On This Day

October 2002 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before

Birthdays in Music

Jacob Sartorius

Oct 2 Jacob Sartorius, American singer (Sweatshirt) and internet personality, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Weddings in Music

Jessica Simpson

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright ("It's Always Fair Weather"), dies at 87

Richard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer ("MacArthur Park") dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay [Jason Mizell], American rapper and musician (Run DMC), fatally shot by an unknown assailant at 37