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October 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 10 22nd Country Music Association Award: Highway 101, K. T. Oslin win
  • Oct 13 Concert at Masada ends Israel's 40th-anniversary festival
  • Oct 15 Amnesty International's Global Concert Tour ends in Buenos Aires
  • Oct 16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • Oct 17 Traveling Wilburys release "Volume 1", featuring the single "Handle With Care"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Brittany Howard, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alabama Shakes), born in Athens, Alabama
  • Oct 3 ASAP Rocky [Rakim Mayers], American rapper (Long. Live. A$AP), born in New York City
  • Oct 4 Melissa Benoist, American actress and singer (Glee, Supergirl), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Oct 5 Bahar Kızıl, German singer (Monrose), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Oct 7 Stacy DuPree, American musician (Eisley), born in The Woodlands, Texas
  • Oct 10 Jodie Devos, Belgian operatic soprano, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium
  • Oct 20 Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 3 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 7 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • Oct 8 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 9 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 15 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), dies of heart failure at 96
  • Oct 19 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • Oct 25 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), dies at 53