October 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy

Musical Finale

Oct 3 André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "Coco", inspired by the life of Coco Chanel, and starring Katharine Hepburn, closes at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NYC, after 329 performances, and 2 Tony Awards

  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances

Music History

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

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 pop-opera singer and 1st 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 24 Jeff Mangum, American psychedelic-pop, folk-rock musician, and singer-songwriter (Neutral Milk Hotel - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"), born in Ruston, Louisiana
  • Oct 25 Ed Robertson, Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter (Barenaked Ladies - "If I Had $1000000"), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Oct 27 Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish drummer (Cradle of Filth), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 28 Kurt Rosenwinkel, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 29 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter (Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Oct 30 Maja Tatić, Serbian-Bosnian pop singer, born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Oct 31 Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 31 Linn Berggren, Swedish pop singer (Ace of Base - "All That She Wants"; "The Sign"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct 31 Mitch Harris, American heavy metal guitarist (Napalm Death, among others), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 31 Nicholas "Nicky" Wu, Taiwanese singer, actor and martial arts expert (Xiao Hu Dui/Little Tiger Team), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Oct 31 Rogers Stevens, American rock guitarist (Blind Melon), born in West Point, Mississippi

Weddings in Music


Oct 2 Scottish singer Donovan (24) weds Linda Lawrence at Windsor Registry Office

James Brown

Oct 22 American "Godfather of Soul" singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins (25) in Barnwell, South Carolina; divorce in 1981

Dennis Hopper

Oct 31 American "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds American "The Mamas & the Papas" singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico; divorce 8 days later

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 neo-classical composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970)

Oct 4 American rock and blues singer-songwriter ("Piece of My Heart"; "Me and Bobby McGee"; "Mercedes Benz"),, dies of a heroin overdose at 27

  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, Dutch mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], American rock and soul singer (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies of a drug-related heart attack at 26
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99