On This Day

October 2008 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), dies from respiratory disease at 75
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Pierre Sancan, French composer (Sonatine for flute and piano; La Légende de Icare), pianist, conductor, and teacher (Conservatoire de Paris, 1956-85), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 28 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, dies at 94
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American heavy metal singer and bass player (Shadow Gallery), dies of a heart attack at 45