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

Music Premiere

Oct 20 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical adaptation of Clifford Odet's "Golden Boy", starring Sammy Davis Jr. opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 569 performances

  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones conecrt 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

TV Show Appearance

Oct 25 The Rolling Stones make their 1st appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; they perform a cover of Chuck Berry's “Around & Around,” and their own hit "Time Is On My Side" [1]

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

#1 in the Charts

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

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer and broadcaster, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Oct 3 Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Filipino prima ballerina, 1984-2014 (Kirov Ballet; Philippine Ballet Theatre; Ballet Manila), artistic director, and educator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 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 15 Lisa Ullén, Korean-Swedish jazz pianist and composer, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 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 TobyMac [Kevin McKeehan], American Christian-hip-hop rapper, singer and songwriter (DC Talk), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Oct 23 Robert Trujillo, American musician and songwriter (Metallica), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Oct 25 Nick Thorp, British pop-funk bassist (Curiosity Killed the Cat), born in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Oct 25 Nicole [Hohloch], German pop singer (Eurovision Song Contest, 1982), 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

Charlie Watts

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

Harry Nilsson

Oct 24 Aspiring American songwriter Harry Nilsson (23) weds Sandi McTaggart (21) in Los Angeles, California; divorce in 1967

Sonny Bono & Cher

Oct 27 American singers Sonny Bono (29) & Cher [Sarkisian] (18) wed, Cher wears bell-bottoms; divorce in 1975

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 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Russ Case, American orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52

Cole PorterCole Porter (1891-1964)

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