October 1979 in Music

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
  • 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, lead singer, The Sounds
  • 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 Mya Harrison, American singer (Mýa), 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 singer and violinist (Stream of Passion)
  • 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 trombonist
  • Oct 24 Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • Oct 28 Aki Hakala, Finnish drummer (The Rasmus)

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, 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