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October 1974 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • Oct 25 Wings release single "Junior's Farm"

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 1 Keith Duffy, Irish pop singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 5 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer, born in San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oct 5 Colin Meloy, American singer (The Decemberists), born in Helena, Montana
  • Oct 7 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer, born in Hovmantorp, Sweden
  • Oct 8 DJ Q-Ball [Harry Dean, Jr.], American musician and actor (Bloodhound Gang), born in Limerick, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 11 Rachel Barton Pine, American violinist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 13 Hawick Lau, Hong Kong Chinese actor (Sealed with a Kiss) and singer, born in Hong Kong

Person of interestNatalie Maines

Oct 14 Natalie Maines, American country musician (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in Lubbock, Texas

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • Oct 14 Shaggy 2 Dope [Joseph Utsler], American rapper (Psychopathic Records), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 16 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter and songwriter, born in Kalkara, Malta
  • Oct 17 Janne Puurtinen, Finnish keyboardist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 18 Peter Svensson, Swedish musician and songwriter (The Cardigans - "Lovefool"), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • Oct 18 Zhou Xun, Quzhou, Zhejiang, Chinese actress and singer (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)
  • Oct 22 Tim Kinsella, American musician
  • Oct 26 Lisa [Elizabeth Sakura Narita], Japanese musician (M-Flo), born in Tokyo
  • Oct 31 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2007)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66