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October 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 4 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Guitarist Tom Morello
Tom Morello

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 6 Addison Rae, American dancer and TikTok star, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Oct 31 Willow Smith, American actress, singer ("Whip My Hair") and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 3 Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 4 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 18 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)

Person of interestSteve Allen

Oct 30 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), dies of a heart attack at 78

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Oct 31 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)