On This Day

October 1977 in Music History

Events in Music


Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem at World Series

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Oct 14 Rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Oct 15 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • Oct 20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick
  • Oct 29 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 8 Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Deathlike Silence), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Oct 12 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy", born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Oct 14 Tina Dico [Dickow], Danish singer-songwriter, born in Åbyhøj, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Oct 14 Freddy Kempf, British musician (BBC Young Musician of the Year), born in Croydon, England
  • Oct 15 Erin McKeown, American musician and singer-songwriter, (We Will Become Like Birds), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Oct 16 John Mayer, American guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Your Body Is A Wonderland"; "Waiting For The World To Change'), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Oct 18 Simon Rix, British rock bassist (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby") born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Oct 20 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • Oct 31 Séverine Ferrer, French singer, born in Montpellier, France

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75

Person of interestBing Crosby

Oct 14 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American singer and actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48