On This Day

October 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 6 "Cambridge Circus" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Oct 7 The Beatles appear on episode of "Shindig" (ABC-TV) in the US
  • Oct 20 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris leads to 150 arrests
  • Oct 22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become The Who
  • Oct 24 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Oct 25 Rolling Stones appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Oct 27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Oct 31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer and broadcaster, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Oct 4 Francis Magalona, Filipino Pinoy hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and television personality (Eat Bulaga!, 1995-2009), born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2009)
  • Oct 7 Sam Brown, English singer & songwriter ("Stop!"), born in Stratford, United Kingdom
  • Oct 8 (Priscilla) "CeCe" Winans (Love), American 23-time Dove and 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 20 Zap Mama [Marie Daulne], Belgian-Congolese Afro-pop and world music singer-songwriter, born in Isiro, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Oct 21 Jon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd; The Who), born in New York, New York
  • Oct 22 Toby Mac, American singer and songwriter
  • Oct 25 Nicholas Bernard Thorp, English musician (Curiosity Killed the Cat), born in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
  • Oct 25 Nicole [Hohloch], German singer (won 1982 Eurovision Song Contest), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Oct 28 Costantino Mastroprimiano, Italian classical pianist, educator, and musicologist, born in Foggia, Italy
  • Oct 31 Darryl Worley, American country singer (Hard Rain Don't Last), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (23) weds Shirley Shepherd

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 27 American singers Sonny Bono (29) & Cher (18) wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • Oct 10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76

Person of interestCole Porter

Oct 15 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist ("Anything Goes"; "Night And Day"; "I've Got You Under My Skin"), dies of kidney failure at 73

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter