October 2009 in Music History

Events in Music

Farm Aid 22

Oct 4 Farm Aid 22 held in Maryland Heights, Missouri; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, and Wilco [1]

The List

Oct 6 Manhattan Records releases "The List", the twelfth studio album by singer Rosanne Cash, with song selections culled from a list of 100 titles that her father compiled and gave her when she decided to pursue a career in music.; the album features guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, and Rufus Wainwright

Birgit Nilsson Prize

Oct 14 Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo is awarded the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize


Weddings in Music

Trent Reznor

Oct 17 American musician Trent Reznor (44) weds Filipino American singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig (28) in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 3 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), dies at 61
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What"), dies of a congenital heart defect at 33
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American heavy metal bassist (Blue Cheer), dies of liver cancer at 63
  • Oct 12 Ian Wallace, British buffo bass-baritone opera and concert singer ("Gendarmes' Duet"), and broadcaster (BBC's My Music, 1964-97), dies at 90
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American pop singer ("Here in My Heart"), and actor (The Godfather), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (Green Acres and The Addams Family themes), and bandleader, dies at 93
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, Hawaiian-American musician, dancer and heritage preservationist, dies of cancer at 81
  • Oct 30 Norton Buffalo [Phillip Jackson], American singer-songwriter and country and blues harmonica player, dies of cancer at 58
  • Oct 31 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, dies of cancer at 83