May 1956 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 3 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances

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May 11 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 24 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano

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May 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm" premieres

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Amsterdam Neth, rock vocalist/bassist (Vandenberg)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician
  • May 24 Helen Terry, rocker (Now You're Mine)
  • May 25 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer/model (If You Feel the Funk)/posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)

Weddings in Music


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May 22 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

Deaths in Music

  • May 12 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73