October 1961 in Music

Events in Music

  • Oct 1 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 12nd Symphony
  • Oct 3 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Oct 7 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • Oct 10 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • Oct 12 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 14 "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)

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Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
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Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 23 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Oct 24 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • Oct 4 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 5 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • Oct 6 Tim Burgess, English drummer (T'Pau), born in Macclesfield
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • Oct 8 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist
  • Oct 10 Martin Kemp, rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 31 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 31 Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 19 John Axel Fernstrom, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies