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

Farm 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 [1]

  • 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 5 Arthur Tracy [Avrom Tracovutsky], Ukrainian-American radio personality, vocalist, and accordion player (The Street Singer), dies at 98
  • Oct 7 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 10 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), dies at 80

John DenverJohn Denver (1943-1997)

Oct 12 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

  • 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
  • Oct 22 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, dies at 91