May 1950 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 11 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano ) premieres in Paris
  • May 12 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 3 Mary Hopkin, South Wales, singer (Those Were the Days)
  • May 4 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
  • May 5 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal, I See a Star)
  • May 5 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • May 6 Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)
  • May 7 Prairie Prince, rocker (Tubes)
  • May 9 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • May 12 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • May 12 Jocko Marcellino, rocker (Sha Na Na)
  • May 13 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • May 13 John "Jocko" Marcellino, rocker/actor (Tagget, Hot to Trot, Rain Man)

Person of interestStevie Wonder

May 13 Stevie Wonder, American singer-songwriter (You are the Sunshine of My Love), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 16 Jock Bartley, rocker (Firefall)
  • May 16 Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly musician
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana

Deaths in Music

  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies