On This Day

October 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Music 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
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • 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

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
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 "(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 Julie London, American singer ("Cry Me A River") and actress (Emergency - "Nurse McCall"), 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 ("Right On the Tip of My Tongue"), dies from a stomach infection at 59
  • Oct 27 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)

Steve Allen

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