October 2004 in Music History

Weddings in Music

Billy Joel

Oct 2 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds American television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York; divorce 2009

Travis Barker

Oct 30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek actor, singer, actor, and TV game show host (Kontres - Greek Family Feud), dies of obstructive laryngitis at 54
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli pop singer-songwriter, actor, and television personality, dies of a heart attack at 22)
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • Oct 27 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 27 Lester Lanin, American orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits), dies at 97
  • Oct 28 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 72

Vaughn MeaderVaughn Meader (1936-2004)

Oct 29 American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

  • Oct 30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80