On This Day

October 2004 in Music History

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 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 singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, 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

Person of interestVaughn Meader

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

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