This Month in Music: October

by Abby @ Quaver on October 12, 2011

in This Month in Music

Step back in time with Quaver to explore some important events in Music History that happened in October!



1880 – John Philip Sousa was named the director of the United States Marine Corps Band. He composed the hymn “Semper Fidelis.” Listen to the march performed in 1909 here!



1928 – DeFord Baily recorded eight masters in Nashville, TN. The songs that were issued were the first recording sessions to be made in what is now known as Music City, USA (and the home of!)



1945 – Elvis Presley appeared in a talent show at the age of 10. It was his first public appearance. He won 2nd place and $5.



1930 – The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall for the first time. Learn more about the history of the famous Carnegie Hall here!



1870 – Composer Louis Vierne was born. Vierne was blind from a young age, but that didn’t stop him from writing 6 symphonies and many other works for the organ. Listen to his “Carillon de Westminsterhere!



1965 – The Supremes made their first appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” They would eventually make 17 appearances!



1727 – Coronation Anthem No. 4, by Handel, was first performed in Westminster Abbey. Listen to a recording of the Anthem here!



1962 – Steveland Morris Judkins, later known as Little Stevie Wonder, at the age of 12 recorded his first single. The song was “Thank you for Loving Me All the Way.”



1825 – Composer Johann Strauss II was born. He became known as “The Waltz King” and composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music. Take some time to learn a waltz today!



1935 – Judy Garland, at the age of 12, sang on Wallace Berry’s radio show on NBC. Garland, of course, later starred in the famous movie – The Wizard of Oz!

Dig deeper into a few of these moments in music history, and let us know what you learn! Happy October!


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