October 1980 in Music

Events in Music

  • Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months imprisonment on assault charges

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music release#1 in the Charts

Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 5 Paul Thomas, American bassist (Good Charlotte)

Person of interestNick Cannon

Oct 8 Nick Cannon, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing), born in San Diego, California

Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • Oct 10 Tim Maurer, American singer (Suburban Legends)
  • Oct 10 Sherine, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 13 Ashanti, American singer
  • Oct 13 Jon Micah Sumrall, American singer (Kutless)
  • Oct 15 Siiri Nordin, Finnish singer (Killer)
  • Oct 20 Gary Jarman, English musician
  • Oct 21 Brian Pittman, American musician (Relient K)
  • Oct 22 Garrett Tierney, American musician (Brand New)
  • Oct 24 Monica, American singer
  • Oct 27 Tanel Padar, Estonian singer
  • Oct 31 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31