October 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Oct 3 Warner Bros. Records releases "You're the One", the tenth solo studio album by singer-songwriter Paul Simon; Grammy nomination for Album of the Year makes Simon the first artist nominated in category in five consecutive decades (1960s-2000s)

  • Oct 8 Musical "Peter Pan" starring Cathy Rigby, and filmed before a live audience, premieres on A&E TV

Music History

Oct 18 Zack de la Rocha announces he is leaving rock band Rage Against the Machine

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 6 Addison Rae [Easterling], American dancer and TikTok star, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Oct 21 Imanbek [Zeikenov], Kazakh music producer (Roses), born in Aksu, Kazakhstan
  • Oct 22 Baby Keen [Hykeem Carter Jr.], American rapper (Family Ties), born in Carson, California

Willow SmithWillow Smith (22 years old)

Oct 31 American actress, singer (Whip My Hair) and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"; "Chances Are"), dies of colon cancer at 73
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Orr [Orzechowski], American rock bassist and singer (The Cars - "Just What I Needed", "Drive"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • Oct 10 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, dies at 94
  • Oct 13 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), dies of respiratory issues at 80
  • Oct 18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club; Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Oct 18 Julie London, American singer ("Cry Me A River") and actress (Emergency - "Nurse McCall"), dies at 74
  • Oct 19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer ("Right On the Tip of My Tongue"), dies from a stomach infection at 59
  • Oct 25 Don Frank Brooks, American blues and session harmonica player (Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), dies at 53
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian lyric bass-baritone singer, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)

Steve AllenSteve Allen (1921-2000)

Oct 30 American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show; Steve Allen Show), dies of injuries from a car accident at 78

  • Oct 31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese progressive rock guitarist and songwriter (Raphael), dies of an accidental sedative overdose at 19