October 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Oct 3 Parlophone releases Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's duet single "Say, Say, Say" (from Paul's "Pipes of Peace" album) in UK

  • Oct 10 17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins

Album Release

Oct 11 "Can't Slow Down" second studio album by Lionel Richie is released

  • Oct 16 "Zorba" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 362 performances

Music History

Oct 27 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking

Album Release

Oct 31 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 10 (Elizabeth Mae) "Lzzy" Hale, American hard rock singer and musician (Halestorm - "Love Bites (So Do I)"), born in Red Lion, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 15 Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress (The Empty Hands), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 17 (Nicole) "Nikki" Lane, American country and roots-rock singer-songwriter (Highway Queen; All or Nothin'), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Oct 19 Makaya McCraven, American jazz drummer, composer, and bandleader, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 21 Ninette Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • Oct 24 Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Manhattan, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, American violinist (The Liberace Show), dies of leukemia at 72
  • Oct 16 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81