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

Music concertFarm Aid Concert

Oct 4 Farm Aid 10 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Steve Earle, and The Allman Brothers

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 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
  • Oct 10 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), dies at 80

Person of interestJohn Denver

Oct 12 (Henry) John Denver [Deutschendorf], American pop songwriter ("Leaving On A Jet Plane"), country-pop singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Calypso"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), and actor (Oh, God!), dies in a solo 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