On This Day

May 1957 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

Music Premiere

May 10 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC; runs for 432 performances
  • May 25 "Shinbone Alley" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • May 27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • May 1 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • May 3 [Michael] Cactus Moser, American country singer (Highway 101), born in Montrose, Colorado
  • May 4 Soozie Tyrell, American session and touring violinist and vocalist (E-Street Band; Seeger Sessions Band; Buster Poindexter; Southside Johnny), born in Pisa, Italy
  • May 7 Paul Leary, American rock guitarist (Butthole Surfers), and music producer, born in San Antonio, Texas

Sid Vicious

May 10 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 1979)

Musician Sid Vicious
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  • May 18 Michael Cretu, Romanian-German rocker (Enigma - "Sadeness, Part 1"), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • May 23 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar - "Love's Gotta Hold on Me"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 23 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora - "Tarzan Boy"), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Kristina Olsen, American folk singer-songwriter ("I'm Keeping This Life of Mine"), and session musician, born in San Francisco, California
  • May 27 Siouxsie Sioux [Susan Ballion], British rock musician, singer and songwriter (Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Peek-a-Boo'; "Kiss Them For Me"), born n Southwark, England
  • May 27 Eddie Harsch [Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog; The Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • May 30 Chris Van Jaarsveld, guitarist (Sleeze Beez)

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Russian composer (Vrubel; The Youth Of Abraham), dies at 74
  • May 9 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific, NY Met Opera), dies at 64
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), dies at 75