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October 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • Oct 3 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 14 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and open profanity, though remains free on a $50,000 bond pending appeal

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 5 Audie Pitre, American bass guitarist (Acid Bath), born in Lousiana (d. 1997)
  • Oct 5 South Park Mexican [Carlos Coy], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 5 Tord Gustavsen, Norwegian jazz pianist and composer (Tord Gustavsen Trio), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Oct 6 Amy Jo Johnson, American actress and singer
  • Oct 10 Corinna May, German blind singer (I Can't Live Without Music), born in Bremen, Germany
  • Oct 13 Mel Jackson, African-American actor (Soul Food) and R&B musician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Paul Potts, British opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent 2007, born in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England
  • Oct 15 Eric Benét, American singer and songwriter (Love Don't Love Me), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 21 Tony Mortimer, British pop singer and songwriter (East 17 - "Stay Another Dy"), born in Stepney, London
  • Oct 24 Alonza Bevan, English bassist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • Oct 25 Ed Robertson, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 27 Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Cradle of Filth), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 30 Maja Tatić, Serbian-Bosnian singer, born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Oct 31 Nicholas "Nicky" Wu, Taiwanese singer, actor and martial arts expert (Xiao Hu Dui/Little Tiger Team), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Oct 31 Linn Berggren, Swedish pop singer (Ace of Base), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 31 Rogers Stevens, American guitarist (Blind Melon), born in West Point, Mississippi
  • Oct 31 Mitch Harris, American guitarist (Napalm Death, among others), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 31 Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist, born in Fort Worth, Texas

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Oct 31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 1 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 2 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Bo Linde, Swedish composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

Oct 4 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99