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.
  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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
  • 1962 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977

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
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 MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • 1987 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1992 "Oba Oba '93" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 22 performances

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 Bardos, composer
  • 1904 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American pianist (Carmen), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Oedoen Partos, composer
  • 1908 Herman David Koppel, composer
  • 1911 Irwin Kostal, orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Antonio Iglesias Alvares, composer
  • 1922 Hector Campos-Parsi, composer
  • 1926 Roger Williams, American pianist

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
  • 1932 Albert Collins, Leona TX, blues guitarist (Frosty, Showdown)
  • 1933 Olga Pozzi Escot, composer

Person of interestJulie Andrews

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

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1936 Edward Villella, Bayside Queens, ballet dancer (NYC Ballet)
  • 1943 Jerry Martini [Gerald L. Martini], American saxophonist (Sly and the Family Stone), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1944 Barbara Parritt, US soul singer (Toys-Lover's Concerto)
  • 1944 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American singer (Persuasions-Spread the Word)
  • 1945 Donny Hathaway, 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 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), born in London
  • 1948 Cub Koda, rocker (Brownsville Station)
  • 1948 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1950 Jeane Manson, American singer and actress
  • 1951 Brian Greenway, rock guitarist/vocalist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1955 Howard Hewett, rock vocalist (Shalamar), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1958 Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician
  • 1959 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking The Tree), born in Dakar
  • 1964 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer
  • 1969 Ori Kaplan, Israeli jazz musician
  • 1974 Keith Duffy, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1982 Sandra Oxenryd, Swedish singer
  • 1985 Ryo Miyamori, Japanese singer
  • 1986 Sayaka, Japanese singer
  • 1987 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor, singer

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
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 (Melodie Lehre), dies at 76
  • 1970 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1970 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • 1975 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • 1979 Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
  • 1992 Harry Milton Ray, singer/actor (Avanti!), dies of stroke at 45
  • 1992 Harry Ray, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), dies at 45
  • 1994 Scott Dunbar, American blues vocalist and guitarist, dies at 90
  • 1996 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • 1998 Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
  • 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 musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • 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
  • 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