On This Day

October 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 3 "Here's Love" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 338 performances

Music History

Oct 7 The Rolling Stones record the Lennon-McCartney song "I Wanna Be Your Man" at Kingsway Sound Studio in London

  • Oct 12 "Student Gypsy" closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 13 The term "Beatlemania" is coined after Beatles appear at the London Palladium
  • Oct 17 "Jennie" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • Oct 24 "110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • Oct 25 Beatles begin their 1st full foreign tour in Karlstad, Sweden
  • Oct 29 "Meet the Beatles" booklet is published

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 10 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • Oct 13 Michael Lavine, American portrait photographer and contributor to several grunge rock album art packages (Nirvana; Soundgarden), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 14 Yim Jae-beom, South Korean rock singer, born in Seoul
  • Oct 17 Petri Alanko, Finnish classical flute player (Finnish RSO, 1988-2012) and educator (Sibelius Academy, since 2012), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • Oct 19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer ("So Macho"; "Toy Boy"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 26 Natalie Merchant, American singer and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs - "These Are Days"; "Trouble Me"), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Oct 28 Eros Ramazotti, Italian pop musician and songwriter ("Adesso Te"), born in Cinecittà Est, Rome, Italy
  • Oct 30 Jerry de Borg, English pop guitarist (Jesus Jones - "Real, Real, Real"), born in Kentish Town, London
  • Oct 31 Johnny Marr, British guitarist and songwriter (The Smiths - "This Charming Man"; "Ask"), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England
  • Oct 31 Mikkey Dee [Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou], Swedish rock musician and drummer [Motörhead, Scorpions], born in Gothenburg, Sweden

Weddings in Music

Mary Travers

Oct 15 American folk singer Mary Travers (26) weds American portrait photographer Barry Feinstein (32); divorce in 1967

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 9 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, American composer ("By the Waters of Minnetonka"), dies at 85

Edith Piaf

Oct 10 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French singer (No, I Don't Regret Anything; Le Vie En Rose), dies of liver failure at 47

  • Oct 18 Cláudio Carneyro, Portuguese violinist, composer, and educator, dies at 68
  • Oct 25 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 38