On This Day in Music for October 31

Events in Music

  • 1949 "Regina" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • 1957 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances
  • 1963 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport

Music release#1 in the Charts

1964 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1971 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 65 performances

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1975 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1982 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1983 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1984 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • 1993 "Wonderful Tennessee" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 9 performances

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1993 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Birthdays in Music

  • 1291 Philippe de Vitry, French composer and poet, born in Paris (d. 1361)
  • 1757 Ignaz Spangler, composer
  • 1791 Ferdinand Huber, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1863)
  • 1888 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, born in Astoria, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • 1896 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennslyvania (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), born in Arcachon, France (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Erik Routley, English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
  • 1920 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, born in Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1930 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), born in Denison, Texas (d. 1970)
  • 1931 David Lumsdaine, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1934 Walter Steffens, German composer, born in Burtscheid, Aachen, Germany
  • 1937 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, born in Timbuktu Region, Mali
  • 1945 Rik Kenton, British musician (Roxy Music, Woody Kern), born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • 1949 Bob Siebenberg, American rocker (Supertramp), born in Glendale, California
  • 1949 Odaline de la Martinez, Cuban-American composer, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1952 Bernard Edwards, bassist (Chicago-Addicted to Love), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1957 Robert Pollard, American rocker (Guided by Voices), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1957 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American singer and actor, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1961 Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Johnny Marr, English rocker (Smiths-Ask, Girl Afraid), born in Ardwick, Manchester
  • 1963 Mikkey Dee, Swedish musician, drummer for Motörhead, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1964 Colm Ó Cíosóig, Irish drummer (My Bloody Valentine, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1964 Darryl Worley, American country singer (Hard Rain Don't Last), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966 Annabella Lwin [Myant Aye], singer (Bow Wow Wow), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1966 Ad-Rock [Adam Horovitz], American rocker (Beastie Boys), born in New York City

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Vanilla Ice, American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice
  • 1970 Linn Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1970 Rogers Stevens, American guitarist (Blind Melon), born in West Point, Mississippi
  • 1970 Mitch Harris, American guitarist (Napalm Death, among others), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2007)
  • 1977 Séverine Ferrer, French singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • 1980 Alondra de la Parra, Mexican founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1981 Jon Crocker, American songwriter
  • 1982 The Cheeky Girls, British-Romanian singers, born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
  • 1990 James Charles Lewis aka Lil' JJ, American actor and singer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 2000 Willow Smith, American actress, singer and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

1980 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton

Deaths in Music

  • 1634 Erasmus Widmann, composer, dies at 62
  • 1654 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, composer, dies
  • 1744 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, composer, dies at 50
  • 1768 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1815 Daniel Belknap, American composer, dies at 44
  • 1870 Mihaly Mosonyi, composer, dies at 55
  • 1887 George Alexander Macfarren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1902 Jean-Baptist Colyns, composer, dies at 67
  • 1968 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1969 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1994 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1995 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Lloyd Lambert, bassist, dies at 67
  • 1995 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher, dies at 84
  • 2000 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • 2003 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • 2005 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside) (b. 1974)
  • 2011 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81