October 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 13 Italian conductor Riccardo Muti is awarded the second $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 9 Scotty McCreery, American country music singer. (American Idol, 2011; "I Love You This Big"), born in Garner, North Carolina

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 1 Israeli-American "KISS" bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds Canadian actress and model Shannon Tweed (55), after 28 years of couplehood, at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Paul McCartney

Oct 9 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

  • Oct 16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • Oct 18 American actress, model, and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds American "That '70s Show" actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland; separate in 2023

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Oct 6 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • Oct 8 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, dies at 93
  • Oct 8 Mikey Welsh, American bass player (Weezer, 1998-2001 - "Island In The Sun"), dies of a drug overdose at 40
  • Oct 8 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist ("Born Free"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Oct 10 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • Oct 12 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), killed in a car accident at 67 [1]
  • Oct 14 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Oct 15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street; Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 16 Pete Rugolo, American bandleader and arranger (Fugitive), dies at 95
  • Oct 20 Barry Feinstein, American portrait photographer and album cover designer (Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Janis Joplin; George Harrison), dies at 80
  • Oct 21 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, dies at 100
  • Oct 22 Karl-Heinz Köper, German conductor, and composer (Tuba-Tabu; Pop Corn Concerto), dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Beryl Davis, British-American cabaret and big band singer (Quintette du Hot Club de France, Glenn Miller's US Army Air Force Orchestra), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Oct 31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81