On This Day

October 2009 in Music History

Events in Music

Farm Aid Concert

Oct 4 Farm Aid 22 held in Maryland Heights, Missouri; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jamey Johnson, Jason Mraz, Phosphorescent, Wilco, and Will Dailey

Singer-Songwriter John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp
Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young

Music History

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

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

Weddings in Music

Trent Reznor

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

Musician Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor

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 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • 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 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family), dies at 93
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 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