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May 1952 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • 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; runs for 365 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite" premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress, born in Tokyo
  • May 3 Keiji Haino, Japanese rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter ( Fushitsusha), born in Chiba, Japan
  • May 5 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • May 10 Sly Dunbar, Jamaican 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 [Séchan], French pop singer, composer, and actor, born in Paris, France
  • May 14 David Byrne, Scottish-American rock singer-songwriter (Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House"; "Psycho Killer"), born in Dumbarton Scotland
  • May 15 Phil Seymour, American rock and power pop musician, singer, and songwriter (The Dwight Twilley Band), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1993)
  • May 17 Jody Pijper, Dutch (background) singer
  • May 18 George Strait, American country singer ("All My Exes Live in Texas"), born in Pearsall, Texas
  • May 19 Barbara Loomis, rocker (BT Express)
  • May 20 Warren Cann, Canadian rock drummer (Ultravox), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • May 23 James Mankey, American rock guitarist (Sparks, 1972-73; Concrete Blonde - "Joey"), born in Washington
  • May 23 Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • May 26 David Meece, American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, and piano player, born in Humble, Texas
  • May 28 Deborah Jo Billingsley, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • May 30 Zoltán Kocsis, Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Karl Bartos, German electronic percussionist, and composer (Kraftwerk, 1975-90; Electric Music), born in Berchtesgaden, West Germany
  • May 31 Jim Vallance, Canadian songwriter, arranger and producer (Bryan Adams - "Cuts Like a Knife"; "Heaven"; "Summer of '69"), born in Chilliwack, British Columbia

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, Italian composer (L'amore dei tre re), dies at 76
  • May 18 Rossetter Gleason Cole, American composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85
  • May 28 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, dies at 87