October 2017 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 1 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history
  • Oct 4 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"

Music History

Oct 7 Rapper Nelly arrested for rape in Auburn, Washington

Music History

Oct 26 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching the copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and ordered to pay $413,000 for use of the song “Eminem Esque”

Weddings in Music

Kacey Musgraves

Oct 14 American country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves (29) weds American country singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly (29) in Tennessee; divorce in 2020

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 2 Klaus Huber, Swiss composer (Tenebrae) and academic, dies at 92

Tom PettyTom Petty (1950-2017)

Oct 2 American classic rock singer and songwriter (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "American Girl"; Traveling Wilburys - "Last Night"; solo -"I Won't Back Down"), dies of an accidental overdose at 66

  • Oct 9 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), dies at 88 [1]
  • Oct 17 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), dies of glioblastoma at 53
  • Oct 17 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • Oct 22 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70

Fats DominoFats Domino (1928-2017)

Oct 24 American rhythm & blues piano player, singer, and star of the early rock ’n’ roll era ("Blueberry Hill"; "Blue Monday"; "Walkin' To New Orleans", dies from natural causes at 89

  • Oct 25 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), dies at 89
  • Oct 27 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), dies at 71
  • Oct 29 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, dies at 87