May 1951 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 5 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • May 14 Sammy Fain and EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos, The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • May 3 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter (Arthur's Theme, Sailing), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 4 Jackie Jackson [Sigmund], American rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 4 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • May 4 Mick Mars [Robert Alan Deal], guitarist (Mötley Crüe), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (alternative date 4 April 1955)
  • May 5 Rex Goh, rock guitarist (Air Supply)
  • May 7 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • May 8 Chris Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • May 8 Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • May 10 Ron Banks, US R&B singer (Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get)
  • May 13 Paul Thompson, rock drummer (Roxy Music)
  • May 14 Jay Beckenstein, saxophonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • May 15 Dennis Frederiksen, rocker (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), (d. 2014)
  • May 16 Jonathan Richman, rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
  • May 19 Joey Ramone, [Jeffrey Hyman], lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (Baby I Love You)
  • May 23 Judy Rodman, country singer (Girls Ride Horses Too), born in Riverside, California
  • May 24 Rob Baker, rock drummer (Red Rider)
  • May 25 Clifford Archer, bassist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • May 25 Chuck Ruff, American rock drummer (Frankenstein), born in Reno, Nevada (d. 2011)
  • May 30 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer, born in Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia

Deaths in Music

  • May 17 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • May 29 Dimitrios Levidis, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, composer, dies at 91
  • May 29 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85