May 1952 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 2 1st performance of John Cage's "Water Music"
  • May 3 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
  • May 8 "Of Thee I Sing" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • May 8 "Shuffle Along" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 10 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 16 "New Faces (of 1952)" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 365 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • May 5 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • May 10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • May 10 Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
  • May 10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • May 11 Renaud S├ęchan, French composer
  • May 14 David Byrne, Dumbarton Scotland, rock guitarist/singer (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House)
  • May 17 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • May 18 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • May 19 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • May 20 Warren Cann, Victoria Canada, rock drummer (Ultravox)
  • May 23 James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
  • May 23 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • May 26 David Meece, Christian musician
  • May 30 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 29 Country music legend Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard granted divorce for the second and final time after seven years of marriage. Their first divorce was in 1948.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Deaths in Music

  • May 6 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60
  • May 11 Giovanni Tebaldini, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • May 15 Italo Montemezzi, composer, dies at 76
  • May 18 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85