May 1961 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 7 "Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 performances
  • May 15 "Bonanza" by Al Caiola Orchestra hits #19
  • May 18 "Donnybrook!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • May 20 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • May 22 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • May 22 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • May 4 Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • May 7 Phil "Wizzö" Campbell, Welsh rock musician (Motörhead), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • May 11 Cecile Licad, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • May 12 Billy Duffy, rocker (Cult-Hell's Kitchen)
  • May 15 Melle Mel [Melvin Glover], American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestEnya

May 17 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • May 19 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 20 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • May 21 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • May 22 Dana Williams, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 28 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • May 29 David Palmer, American musician and founding member of ABC (The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • May 29 Melissa Etheridge, US singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • May 30 Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)

Deaths in Music

  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 19 Joe Howard, singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
  • May 29 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer, dies at 60