On This Day

May 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 12 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • May 19 "South Pacific" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • May 24 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 performances
  • May 31 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"

Birthdays in Music

  • May 6 (María) "Lolita" Flores, Spanish-Gypsy singer ("Sarandonga"). and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 12 Eric Singer [Mensinger], American hard rock drummer (KISS, 1991-present), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 16 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • May 17 Vincent Henar, Surinam bassist (Fra Fra Sound), born in Surinam
  • May 18 Toyah Wilcox, English singer ("I Want to Be Free"), actress, and Mrs. Robert Fripp, born in Birmingham, England
  • May 20 Jane Wiedlin, American pop-rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter (The Go-Gos - "Vacation"; "We Got The Beat"; solo - Fur), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • May 23 Shelly West, Ameican country singer ("Red Hot"; "West by West"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 23 François Feldman, French singer
  • May 25 Paul Weller, English guitarist (Jam - "This is Modern World"; Style Council), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • May 27 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • May 30 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), born in Össjö, Sweden (d. 2019)

Deaths in Music

  • May 19 Bruno Stürmer, German conductor, composer and educator dies at 65
  • May 28 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77