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October 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 7 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Oct 7 "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • Oct 8 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 8 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Oct 10 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • Oct 11 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Oct 17 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • Oct 18 "Beatlemania" opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Maja Ivarsson, Swedish new wave rock singer (The Sounds - Living In America), born in Åhus, Scania, Sweden
  • Oct 8 [Gregori] Chad Petree, American rocker (Shiny Toy Guns), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Oct 9 Alex Greenwald, American musician (Phantom Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 10 Mýa [Mya Marie Harrison], American pop and R&B singer ("Lady Marmalade" from Moulin Rouge!), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 10 Kangta [Ahn Chil Hyun], South Korean lead singer (H.O.T.), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 11 Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan-born American musician (Cobra Starship, Midtown), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Oct 12 Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Oct 17 Marcela Bovio, Mexican heavy metal singer and violinist (Stream of Passion; MaYans), born in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Oct 18 Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], American pop and R&B singer and songwriter, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • Oct 19 Brian Robertson, American ska-punk-rock trombonist (Suburban Legends), born in Orange County, California
  • Oct 24 Ben Gillies, Australian drummer (Silverchair), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Oct 28 Aki Hakala, Finnish rock drummer (The Rasmus), born in Espoo, Finland

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, British-American violist and classical composer (Morpheus), dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92