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October 2018 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Oct 11 Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme is awarded the fourth $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

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Oct 23 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
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Freddie Mercury
Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek

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Oct 26 Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor announces she has converted to Islam

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
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Sinead O'Connor
  • Oct 31 BLACKPINK become the first K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 with multiple hits

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Oct 3 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 4 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), dies at 80
  • Oct 18 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103
  • Oct 24 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer ("Polk Salad Annie"), and songwriter ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 24 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • Oct 24 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • Oct 28 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76