October Musical Birthdays!

October 1: Russian classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), Academy Award-winning entertainer Julie Andrews (1935), Soul singer/composer Donny Hathaway (1945-1979), Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin (1968)

October 2: Entertainer Groucho Marx (1890-1977), Singer/songwriter Don McLean (1945), Police  010-chubby-checkerfrontman/bassist Sting (1951), Human League frontman Philip Oakey (1955), Singer/teen idol Tiffany (1971)

October 3: Rock pioneer Eddie Cochran (1938-1960), Soul singer/”twister” Chubby Checker (1941), Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (1949), Jazz saxophonist Ronnie Laws (1950), Blues icon Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (1962), Singer/No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani (1969), Special Sauce frontman G. Love (1972), R&B singer/songwriter India.Arie (1974), Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears (1978)

October 4: Music executive/Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons (1957), Pet Shop Boy Chris Lowe (1959), Folk singer/songwriter M. Ward (1973)

October 5: Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame singer/guitarist Steve Miller (1943), AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson (1947), Rock singer/philanthropist Bob Geldof (1951), Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning singer/actress Heather Headley (1974)

October 6: Jamaican singer Millie Small (1946), REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin (1951), Singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet (1964), Singer Melinda Doolittle (1977)

October 7: Bandleader/singer Vaughn Monroe (1911-1973), Singer Al Martino (1927-2009), Rock and Roll Hall Of 010-yo-yo-maFame singer/songwriter John Mellencamp (1951), Classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1955), &B singer Toni Braxton (1967), Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke (1968), Chinese classical pianist Yundi Li (1982)

October 8: Jazz pianist/music publisher Clarence Williams (1893-1965), Kool & The Gang founder Robert “Kool” Bell (1950), Gospel singer CeCe Winans (1964), R&B singer/producer Teddy Riley (1967), Singer/producer Bruno Mars (1985)

October 9: French composer Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Jazz musician/composer Yusef Lateef (1920-2013), Beatle/rock icon John Lennon (1940-1980), The Who bassist John Entwistle (1944-2002), Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame singer/songwriter Jackson Browne (1948), Ministry founder Al Jourgensen (1958), Singer/songwriter Sean Lennon [son of John] (1975), Country singer Scotty McCreery (1993)

October 10: Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Jazz pianist/composers Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) and Junior Mance (1928), Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth (1954), Country singer Tanya Tucker (1958), Mr. Big frontman Eric Martin (1960), R&B singer Mya (1978)

Sean Lennon and his Beatles dad John Lennon were both born on October 9th!
Sean Lennon and his Beatles dad John Lennon were both born on October 9th!

October 11: Jazz drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (1919-1990), Jazz trumpeter/composer Lester Bowie (1941-1999), Singer Daryl Hall (1946), Gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins (1951), Tony Award-winning entertainer Jane Krakowski (1968), Rapper MC Lyte (1971)

October 12: British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Soul singer Sam Moore (1935), Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio (1955), Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (1962)

October 13: Jazz pianist Art Tatum (1909-1956), Jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz (1927), Gospel singer Shirley Caesar (1938), Singer/songwriter Paul Simon (1941), Chicago founder/keyboardist Robert Lamm (1944), Rock singer Sammy Hagar (1947), Entertainer Marie Osmond (1959), R&B singer Ashanti (1980), Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke (1981)

October 14: Entertainer Allan Jones [father of Jack] (1907-1992), Moody Blues frontman/guitarist Justin Hayward (1946), British musician/entrepreneur Thomas Dolby (1958), R&B singer Karyn White (1965), Dixie Chicks 010-usherfrontwoman Natalie Maines (1974), R&B singer Usher (1978)

October 15: Singer Brenda K. Starr (1966), Jazz pianist Bill Charlap (1966), R&B singers Ginuwine (1970) and Keyshia Cole (1981)

October 16: 5-time Tony Award-winning entertainer Angela Lansbury (1925), German singer Nico (1938-1988), Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir (1947), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (1962), Rock singer/guitarist John Mayer (1977)

October 17: Jazz drummer Cozy Cole (1909-1981), Jazz guitarist Barney Kessel (1923-2004), Seals and Crofts founder Jim Seals (1941), Singer/Union Gap frontman Gary Puckett (1942), Reggae singer Ziggy Marley [son of Bob] (1968), Fugees founder/music producer Wyclef Jean (1969)

October 18: Jazz singer/pianist Bobby Troup [writer of “Route 66”] (1918-1999), Jazz singer Anita O’Day (1919-2006), Rock pioneer Chuck Berry (1926), 3-time Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore (1946), 010-e-spauldingJazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1961), Singer Curtis Stigers (1965), R&B singer Ne-Yo (1982), Jazz singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding (1984), Entertainer/”High School Musical” star Zac Efron (1987)

October 19: Russian classical pianist Emil Gilels (1916-1985), Reggae singer Peter Tosh (1944-1987), Doobie Brothers founder/guitarist, Aberdeen’s Patrick Simmons (1948), Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Holliday (1960)

October 20: Jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton (1885-1941), Rock musician/Heartbreakers frontman Tom Petty (1950), Film composer Thomas Newman (1955), Level 42 frontman Mark King (1958), Rapper Snoop Dogg (1971)

October 21: Jazz trumpeter/bandleader Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), “The Queen Of Salsa” Celia Cruz (1924-2003), Rock keyboardist Manfred Mann (1940), Booker T. & The MG’s guitarist Steve Cropper (1941), Blues singer/guitarist Elvin Bishop (1942), British rock musician/archaeologist Julian Cope (1957), Toto guitarist Steve Lukather (1957), Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter (1976)

October 22: Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Entertainer/”Mousketeer” Annette Funicello (1942-2013), Mountain frontman Leslie West (1945), Composer Marc Shaiman (1959), Rapper/reggae singer Shaggy 010-weird-al(1968)

October 23: Jazz saxophonist Sonny Criss (1927-1977), Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (1956), Country singer/songwriter Dwight Yoakam (1956), Musical satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic (1959), Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo (1964), R&B singer/songwriter Miguel (1985)

October 24: Rock singer J.P. Richardson [aka The Big Bopper] (1930-1959), Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (1936), R&B singer Monica (1980), Rapper/actor Drake (1986)

October 25: Austrian composer Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1875), Singer Helen Reddy (1941), Yes frontman Jon Anderson (1944), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1961), Barenaked Ladies founder Ed Robertson (1970), Singer Katy Perry (1984), R&B singer/”Mrs. Russell Wilson”, Ciara (1985)

October 26: Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), “The Queen Of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), Parliament/Funkadelic bassist William “Bootsy” Collins (1951), B-52’s founder/guitarist Keith Strickland 010-d-scarlatti(1953), Singer/10,000 Maniacs frontwoman Natalie Merchant (1963), Country singer/guitarist Keith Urban (1967), Entertainer Seth MacFarlane (1973)

October 27: Italian violinist/composer Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), Country Music Hall Of Fame/Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame pianist Floyd Cramer (1933-1997), Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon (1958), Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

October 28: British singer Cleo Laine (1927), Country singer/violinist Charlie Daniels (1936), Singer/songwriter Ben Harper (1969), Country singer/guitarist Brad Paisley (1972), Singer/rapper Frank Ocean (1987)

October 29: Broadway/radio entertainer Fanny Brice (1891-1951), Composer/arranger Neal Hefti (1922-2008), Moody Blues and Wings singer/guitarist Denny Laine (1944), Fleetwood Mac founder/guitarist Peter Green (1946), Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007), The Jacksons youngest brother/multi-instrumentalist Randy Jackson (1961)

October 30: Country Music Hall Of Fame singer Patsy Montana (1908-1996), Rock singer Grace Slick (1939), Temptations founder Otis Williams (1941), Poco/Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit (1947), Country singer T. Graham Brown (1954), Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (1965), Singer/actor Matthew Morrison (1978)

October 31: Grammy Award Hall Of Fame entertainer Ethel Waters (1896-1977), Folk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton (1937), Singer/actor Brian Stokes Mitchell (1957), Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr (1963), Bow Wow Wow frontwoman Annabella Lwin (1966), Beastie Boy Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (1966), Fountains Of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger (1967), Rappers Vanilla Ice (1967) and Pharoahe Monch (1973)

Your birthday isn’t in October?  Check out the other musical birthday months that we’ve put together!  You might find someone in common 🙂

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