On This Day

On This Day in Music for October 1

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1880 John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band

  • 1905 František Pavlík is killed in a demonstration in Prague, inspiring Leoš Janáček to the piano composition 1. X. 1905.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Dmitri Shostakovich evacuated by plane to Moscow

  • 1941 H Martin/R Blane's musical "Best Foot Forward" premieres in NYC
  • 1961 The Beach Boys record their debut single "Surfin", introducing a new musical style
  • 1961 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 12nd Symphony

AgreementContract of Interest

1962 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

AgreementContract of Interest

1962 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1970 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1977 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Music releaseAlbum Release

1982 Marvin Gaye releases his last studio album "Midnight Love" featuring single "Sexual Healing"

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1987 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1992 "Oba Oba '93" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • 2017 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history

Birthdays in Music

  • 1644 Jean Rousseau, French composer and viol player (d. 1699)
  • 1724 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, born in Forlì, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1735 Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, German composer, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1800)
  • 1771 Pierre Baillot, French violinist and composer, born in Passy, Paris (d. 1842)
  • 1808 Eduard Sobolewski, Polish-American violinist and composer, born in Königsberg (d. 1872)
  • 1820 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1904)
  • 1832 Henry Clay Work, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1884)
  • 1841 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, born in Sin′yava, Galicia (d. 1908)
  • 1865 Paul Dukas, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1935)
  • 1881 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1894 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Gaaden (d. 1968)
  • 1899 Lajos Bárdos, Hungarian conductor, composer, musicologist and professor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Oedoen Partos, Hungarian-Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1938-56), composer, and teacher, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Herman David Koppel, Danish pianist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Irwin Kostal, American orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story: The Sound Of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the "King of Accordions" (Body & Soul), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, born in Orense, Spain (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist (Born Free), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 2019)

Person of interestRichard Harris

1930 Richard Harris, Irish actor (Man Called Horse) and singer (MacArthur Park), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2002)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 1931 Sylvano Bussotti, Italian composer, film maker and novelist, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1932 Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), born in Leona, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Olga Pozzi Escot, Peruvian-American composer and musicologist, born in Lima, Peru

Person of interestJulie Andrews

1935 Julie Andrews, British actress and singer (Mary Poppins; The Sound Of Music), born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1936 Edward Villella, American ballet dancer (NYC Ballet), born in Bayside, Queens, New York
  • 1942 Herb Fame, American pop and soul singer (Peaches & Herb - "Reunited"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Jerry Martini [Gerald L. Martini], American saxophonist (Sly and the Family Stone - "Everyday People"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1944 Barbara Parritt, American soul singer (The Toys - "A Lover's Concerto"), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1944 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), born in Bamberg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1945 Donny Hathaway, American singer-songwriter (Where Is The Love), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1947 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, the Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Martin Turner, Martin Turner, British rock bassist, songwriter and singer (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in Torquay, Devon, England
  • 1947 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)), born in London
  • 1948 Michael "Cub" Koda, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room'), born in Detroit Michigan (d. 2000)
  • 1948 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949 Hans Pålsson, Swedish concert pianist, and educator ("Dead Masters, Live Music"), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1950 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress,, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Brian Greenway, Canadian rock guitarist and vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1952 Earl Slick [Frank Madeloni] American rock guitarist (David Bowie; Phantom, Rocker & Slick), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Howard Hewett, American R&B vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1958 Masato Nakamura, Japanese bass player (Dreams Come True) and composer (Sonic The Hedgehog), born in Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1958 Martin Cooper, British new wave keyboard player and saxophonist (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking The Tree), born in Dakar, Senegal
  • 1964 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer and broadcaster, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1966 Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1969 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz musician
  • 1974 Keith Duffy, Irish pop singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1982 Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish pop-dance singer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • 1985 Ryo Miyamori, Japanese rock singer (Orange Range), born in Koza (now part of Kushimoto), Japan
  • 1986 Sayaka Kanda, Japanese singer and actress, born in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1987 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor and singer (The Prince Of Tennis), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • 1987 Michaela Coel, English actress, filmmaker and singer (Chewing Gum), born in London, England

Person of interestBrie Larson

1989 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], American actress (Room, Captain Marvel), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California

Actress Brie Larson
Actress
Brie Larson

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1602 Hernando de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1609 Gianmatteo Asola, Italian composer
  • 1708 John Blow, English baroque composer (Venus & Adonis), dies at 59
  • 1770 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1876 Henri Bertini, French classical composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1922 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1927 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1930 Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), dies at 76
  • 1970 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1970 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • 1975 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39 [1]
  • 1979 Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
  • 1990 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), dies at 49
  • 1992 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies of a stroke at 45
  • 1994 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1998 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, takes her own life after a brain disease diagnosis, at 70
  • 1999 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and child star (Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me)), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 35
  • 2000 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2007 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • 2008 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • 2011 David Vickerman Bedford, British composer and educator, dies at 74
  • 2014 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • 2018 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), dies at 94
  • 2019 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • 2019 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80