May 1957 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
  • May 10 Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow
  • May 14 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • May 14 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC
  • 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 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • May 3 [Michael] Cactus Moser, American country singer (Highway 101), born in Montrose, Colorado

Person of interestSid 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, rocker (Enigma)
  • May 23 Thereza Bazar, British-Canadian singer (Dollar-Love's Gotta Hold on Me), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 23 Jimmy McShane, singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • May 27 Eddie Harsch [Edward Hawrysch], Canadian keyboardist (Bulldog, The Black Crowes), 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, composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75