On This Day

October 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 4 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • Oct 16 "Side Show," opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 91 performances
  • Oct 19 "Annie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Oct 23 "Triumph of Love" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Oct 30 "The Cherry Orchard" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 7 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), dies at 98

Person of interestJohn Denver

Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 19 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, dies at 49
  • Oct 20 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), dies of heart and respiratory failure at 52