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October 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Oct 3 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Music History

Oct 7 US decides John Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction

Music Awards

Oct 13 9th Country Music Association Award: John Denver wins

Music History

Oct 13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

  • Oct 19 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances

Music History

Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood

  • Oct 22 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater. NYC; runs for 453 performances

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Oct 27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek magazines feature rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Music History

Oct 31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats


Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 3 India Arie [Simpson], American neo-soul singer ("I Am Light") and actress (Voyage to India), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 3 Talib Kweli [Greene], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Oct 7 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 7 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • Oct 9 Sean Ono Lennon, British-American rock musician and producer (Cibo Matto; The Claypool-Lennon Delirium), born in New York City
  • Oct 14 Teresa "Shaznay" Lewis, British singer (All Saints), born in Islington, London
  • Oct 15 Ginuwine [Elgin Baylor Lumpkin], American singer (Ginuwine...The Bachelor), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 23 Jessicka [Jessica Fodera], American goth-rock, alt-pop singer-songwriter and artist, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oct 25 Eirik Glambek Bøe, Norwegian musician (Kings of Convenience), born in Bergen, Norway
  • Oct 27 Igor Lumpert, Slovene jazz-fusion saxophonist (The Sidewinders), born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia
  • Oct 30 Ian D'Sa, English-Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Billy Talent), born in Ealing, London

Weddings in Music

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39 [1]
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, Turkish born composer and collector of Sephardic Jews music, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)