On This Day

October 1968 in Music History

Events in Music

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Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Oct 12 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed

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Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances

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Oct 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby; she later suffers a miscarriage

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Jeff Martin, Canadian singer-songwriter (the Tea Party), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Oct 7 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep; Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Person of interestHugh Jackman

Oct 12 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-Men -"Wolverine"; The Greatest Showman; Kate And Leopold), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Oct 13 Carlos Marín, Spanish baritone (Il Divo), born in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany
  • Oct 14 Johnny Goudie, Cuban American singer-songwriter and musician, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Oct 15 Jyrki 69 [Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi], Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 17 Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae performer and son of Bob Marley, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 22 Shelby Lynne [Moorer], American country singer (If I Could Bottle This Up), born in Quantico, Virginia

Person of interestShaggy

Oct 22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American reggae musician and rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
Shaggy
  • Oct 29 Tsunku [Mitsuo Terada], Japanese music producer and former singer (SHARAM Q), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Oct 29 Stanley Donwood [Dan Rickwood], British writer and album art designer (Radiohead; Thom Yorke). born in Essex, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 15 Franz Reizenstein, German-British pianist, composer, and educator (Concerto Popolare), dies at 57
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27