October 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 2 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC

Music History

Oct 4 Financial advisor Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from rock singer-songwriter Sting

Country Music Association Awards

Oct 5 28th Country Music Association Award: Vince Gill & Pam Tillis wins

  • Oct 15 Philip Glass' Symphony No. 2, for string orchestra, premieres with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NYC

Music Concert

Oct 17 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

  • Oct 22 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" closes at Criterion NYC after 52 performances

Album Release

Oct 25 Reprise Records releases "Turbulent Indigo", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 15th studio album; wins Grammy Award for Best Pop Album

Music Concert

Oct 29 Pink Floyd finishes their final concert tour with a show at Earls Court in London, England

  • Oct 31 "Creep" single released by TLC – their 1st US No.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Beatles "White Album" as a musical costume during a show at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 15 Sebastián Yatra, Colombian singer (Dos Oruguitas), born in Medellín, Colombia

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), dies of heart failure at 85 [1]
  • Oct 3 Virginia Dale, American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • Oct 4 Bill Challis, American jazz arranger and pianist, dies at 90
  • Oct 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), commits suicide at 48
  • Oct 4 Scoville "Toby" Browne, American jazz saxophone and clarinet player, dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • Oct 10 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Gioconda de Vito, Italian-British violinist, dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player ("Walkin' With Mr Lee"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Oct 20 Robert Medley, English artist and theater designer, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 David Buchan, Scottish ethno-musicologist, dies at 55
  • Oct 22 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • Oct 26 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer ("Kansas City"), dies at 65
  • Oct 27 Robert White, American guitarist (The Funk Brothers), dies of complications from open heart surgery at 57
  • Oct 29 Evelyn Anderson, American dancer (Josephine Baker review), dies at 87 [1]
  • Oct 29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Lester Sill, American pioneer music publisher (Leiber and Stoller; Lee Hazlewood), and record label executive (Philles Records; Colpix; Colgems), dies at 76