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October 2019 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 1 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • Oct 1 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 3 Vinnie Bell [Gambella], American session guitarist, electric sitar player, and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music, dies at 87
  • Oct 5 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • Oct 5 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Oct 6 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • Oct 14 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King), takes her own life at 25
  • Oct 15 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), dies of Alzheimer complications at 92
  • Oct 17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 17 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
  • Oct 22 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • Oct 23 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), dies at 93
  • Oct 25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96
  • Oct 26 Paul Barrere, American rock guitarist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • Oct 28 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76