October 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Oct 9 The Supremes release single "Someday We'll Be Together", Diana Ross' last recording with the group

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Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

  • Oct 10 British progressive rock band King Crimson releases their debut album "In The Court Of The Crimson King"

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Oct 11 American blues musician Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Music History

Oct 18 British singer Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

  • Oct 19 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's musical "The Rothschilds", starring Halden, Jill Clayburgh, and Robby Benson opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 505 performances, winning 2 Tony Awards

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Oct 22 Paul McCartney denies greatly exaggerated rumors of his death

  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances

Music Single

Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released by the Beatles as a single in UK, his first "A" side

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz saxophonist (Balkan Beat Box), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Oct 2 Badly Drawn Boy [Damon Gough], British singer-songwriter (Have You Fed The Fish?), born in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England

Gwen StefaniGwen Stefani (53 years old)

Oct 3 American singer-songwriter (No Doubt - "Just A Girl'; "Don't Speak"), born in Fullerton, California

  • Oct 3 Tetsuya, Japanese rock bassist (L'Arc-en-Ciel), born in Hikone, Shiga, Japan
  • Oct 7 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Oct 9 P.J. Harvey, English musician, singer and songwriter, born in Bridport, Dorset, England
  • Oct 12 Martie Maguire, American country fiddler, songwriter, and vocalist (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks; Court Yard Hounds), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 16 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • Oct 16 Wendy Wilson, American pop vocalist (Wilson Phillips - 'Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 17 Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper and singer-songwriter, born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Trey ParkerTrey Parker (53 years old)

Oct 19 American animator, producer, actor and composer (South Park; The Book of Mormon), born in Conifer, Colorado

  • Oct 22 Helmut Lotti [Lotigiers], Belgian rock-pop and classical cross-over tenor singer-songwriter, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Oct 28 Ben Harper, American blues and reggae musician and singer-songwriter ("No Mercy In This Land"), born in Pomona, California
  • Oct 30 Masanori Hikichi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Saitama, Japan
  • Oct 30 Snow [Darrin O'Brien], Canadian rapper ("Informer"), born in Toronto, Ontario

Weddings in Music

Waylon Jennings

Oct 26 American outlaw country singer-songwriter Waylon Jennings (32) weds American singer Jessi Colter (26) in Phoenix, Arizona

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 3 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto [Natale Codognotto], Italianswing-jazz singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 16 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), dies at 52

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac (1922-1969)

Oct 21 American novelist and poet of the Beat Generation (On the Road, Mexico Blues), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47

  • Oct 21 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), dies from complications of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 30 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz double bassist, tuba player, and trumpeter (Louis Armstrong; Sidney Bechet; Earl Hines), dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, Swiss classical and stage composer, dies at 55