On This Day

October 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Oct 5 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released

  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins

Music Single

Oct 15 Country music artist Dolly Parton releases her single "Jolene"

  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Britten's musical"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC for 847 performances

Music Single

Oct 19 Ringo Starr releases music single "Photograph" in the UK

Music History

Oct 24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone

  • Oct 26 Wings release single "Helen Wheels"

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Lene Nystrøm, Norwegian Eurodance-pop singer (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • Oct 2 Proof [DeShaun Holton], American rapper (D12), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • Oct 3 Black Thought [Tariq Trotter], American rapper and hip-hop MC (The Roots), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 9 Terry Balsamo, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 9 Fabio Lione, Italian musician (Rhapsody), born in Pisa, Italy
  • Oct 9 Steve Burns, American actor, television host (Blues Clues, 1996-2002), and musician, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 11 Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot; Limp Bizkit), born in Middle River, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Brendan B. Brown (BBB), American musician (Wheatus), born in Northport, New York
  • Oct 13 Roger Lima [Manganelli], Brazilian ska singer and bassist (Less Than Jake), born in Porto Alegre
  • Oct 15 Dax Riggs, American musician (Acid Bath), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Oct 19 Laurent Brancowitz [Mazzalai], French guitarist (Phoenix), born in Versailles, France
  • Oct 21 Lera Auerbach, Russian-American pianist, composer, and poet, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Oct 21 Charlie Lowell, American Musician

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 9 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), dies of a stroke at 58
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, American jazz and swing drummer ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, dies at 77