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October 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 2 30th Country Music Association Award: Brooks & Dunn win
  • Oct 10 "Sex & Longing" opens at Cort Theater NYC

Music concertFarm Aid Concert

Oct 12 Farm Aid IX held in Columbia, South Carolina; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Beach Boys, Son Volt, Robert Earl Keen, Martina McBride, Jewel, and John Conlee

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Oct 13 "Big" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 193 performances
  • Oct 17 "Taking Sides" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC
  • Oct 20 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Oct 31 American jam band Phish performs The Talking Heads' "Remain In Light" as a musical costume during a show at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 7 Lewis Capaldi, Scottish singer-songwriter ("Someone You Loved"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Oct 26 Onutė Gražinytė, Lithuanian classical pianist, born in Vilnus, Lithuania

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 6 American country singer Faith Hill (29) weds American country singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 25 Singer-dancer Paula Abdul (33) weds sportswear designer Brad Beckerman (30) at Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • Oct 11 Johnny Costa [Costanza], American jazz pianist, celeste and accordion player, and musical director (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood), dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Vernon Elliott, British composer and bassoonist, dies at 84
  • Oct 16 James Wild, music teacher, dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), takes his own life at 30
  • Oct 22 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • Oct 23 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 24 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • Oct 24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • Oct 27 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher, dies at 84
  • Oct 27 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82