On This Day

October 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

Contract of Interest

Oct 1 American singer Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Contract of Interest

Oct 1 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage The Beatles through 1977

Television Debut

Oct 1 Johnny Carson hosts his 1st "The Tonight Show" on NBC; guests include Rudy Vallée, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and Joan Crawford

  • Oct 3 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

Theater Premiere

Oct 13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

Music Recording

Oct 18 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance"

#1 in the Charts

Oct 20 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts

  • Oct 20 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances

Film Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

  • Oct 26 The Beatles record "Ask Me Why"
  • Oct 27 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic alt-rock drummer (The Sugarcubes - "Hit"), born in Oslo, Norway

Tommy Lee

Oct 3 Tommy Lee [Bass], American drummer (Mötley Crüe - "Girls, Girls, Girls"), born in Kypseli, Athens, Greece

  • Oct 4 Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • Oct 5 Ken Noda, American pianist (Rivalry), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Chris Botti, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop trumpeter, and composer (Impressions), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 15 Philip Blackburn, British-American composer (Ghostly Psalms), sound artist, musicologist (Harry Partch), and record executive (Innova), born in Cambridge, England
  • Oct 16 Flea [Michael Balzary], Australian-American bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), actor, and educator (Silverlake Conservatory of Music), 1962 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 16 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • Oct 16 Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter (Blue Pearl -"Naked In The Rain"), and touring musician (Pink Floyd; Steve Hackett), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 17 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, French concert pianist (Beethoven International Piano Competition, 1986), born in Lannion, France
  • Oct 24 Giovanni Sollima, Italian classical and cross-over cellist, and composer (Silk Road Ensemble; Patti Smith), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  • Oct 26 Steve Wren, British pop-rock drummer (Then Jericho - "The Motive"), born in Lambeth, London, England
  • Oct 29 Einar Örn [Benediktsson], Icelandic rock singer (The Sugarcubes; Ghostdigital), born in Reykjavík, Iceland

Weddings in Music

Edith Piaf

Oct 9 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 4 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • Oct 17 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, dies at 55
  • Oct 28 Pierre Froidebise, Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 48
  • Oct 29 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77