On This Day

May 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • May 7 Webster and Fain's musical "Christine", based on Hilda Wernher's novel "My Indian Family", closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • May 7 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • May 7 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • May 8 1st performance of Ferde Grofé's "San Francisco Suite", with Grofé conducting, in San Francisco

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra television special; Elvis sings Sinatra's 1957 Cy Coleman hit "Witchcraft", and Frank performs Presley's 1956 classic "Love Me Tender"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 14 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

  • May 23 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 23 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Frank Loesser's musical "Greenwillow", starring Anthony Perkins, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 95 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 29 Everly Brothers single "Cathy's Clown" hits #1

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly

Birthdays in Music

  • May 6 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • May 6 John Flansburgh, American alt-rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (They Might Be Giants - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"; "Birdhouse Of Your Soul"), born in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • May 6 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 7 Adam Bernstein, American music video and television director, born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • May 8 Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist (Cinderella - "Heartbreak Station"; "Nobody's Fool"), born in Salisbury, Maryland
  • May 9 Jim Reilly, Northern Irish drummer (Red Rockers), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestBono

May 10 Bono [Paul Hewson], Irish rock singer and lyricist (U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; "Desire"; "Beautiful Day"; "One"), born in Dublin, Ireland

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
  • May 14 Anne Clark, British poet and avant garde recording artist, born in Croydon, Surrey, England
  • May 19 Yazz [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • May 20 Susan Cowsill, American rock vocalist (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • May 24 Guy Fletcher, British musician and keyboardist (Dire Straits), born in Maidstone, Kent
  • May 24 Ken Schaphorst, American jazz composer, performer, big band leader and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • May 25 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • May 30 Stephen "Tea Tower" Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)

Deaths in Music

  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 8 Hugo Alfvén, Swedish violinist, conductor, and composer (Midsommarvaka - Midsummer Vigil), dies at 88
  • May 12 (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies of pneumonia at 70