On This Day

October 2010 in Music History

Events in Music

Music concertFarm Aid Concert

Oct 2 Farm Aid 23 held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jeff Tweedy, Kenny Chesney, Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, The BoDeans, and Jamey Johnson

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 25 "Speak Now" 3rd studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2011)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 10 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • Oct 10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 23 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 8 American musician Ben Harper (40) divorces American actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Actress Laura Dern
Laura Dern

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 29 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 5 Steve Lee [Stefan Alois], Swiss rock musician and vocalist (Gotthard), dies in a vehicle crash at 47
  • Oct 6 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • Oct 6 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 7 (Terry) "T" Lavitz, American jazz-fusion keyboardist (Dixie Dregs; Jazz Is Dead), dies at 54
  • Oct 10 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), dies at 70
  • Oct 10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), dies at 83
  • Oct 13 General Norman Johnson, American soul singer, (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Oct 16 Eyedea [Micheal Larsen], American poet and rapper (Eyedea & Abilities), dies from opiate induced respiratory depression at 28
  • Oct 18 Marion Brown, American jazz alto saxophonist, (Marion Brown Quartet; John Coltrane -"Ascension"; Artie Schepp), avant garde composer, writer, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • Oct 20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • Oct 25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Oct 26 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), dies at 63