On This Day

October 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 1 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 16 Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • Oct 18 Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 6 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • Oct 8 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist (Born Free), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 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 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 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 31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81