On This Day

May 1961 in Music History

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Doctor Robert [Bruce Robert Howard], Scottish singer-songwriter (The Blow Monkeys - "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way"), born in Haddington, Scotland
  • 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 10 Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • May 11 Cecile Licad, Filipina concert pianist (Leventritt Award, 1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • May 11 David Ake, American jazz pianist (Humanities) and educator, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • May 12 Billy Duffy, British rock musician (The Cult), born in Manchester, England
  • 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 ("Orinoco Flow"; "Carribbean Blue"; "Only Time"), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
Singer-Songwriter
Enya
  • May 18 Hugh Whitaker, British rock drummer (The Housemartins), born in England
  • May 19 Ronan Hardiman, Irish composer (Michael Flatley soundtracks), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 20 Kit Clarke, Scottish rocker (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"), born in Becjenham, Kent, England
  • May 21 Tim Lever, British musician (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • May 22 Dana Williams, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 28 Roland Gift, British pop-rock singer (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), and actor, born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England
  • May 29 David Palmer, British drummer (ABC - The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England

Person of interestMelissa Etheridge

May 29 Melissa Etheridge, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Never Enough), born in Leavenworth, Kansas

Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge
Singer-Songwriter
Melissa Etheridge
  • May 29 John Miceli, American rock drummer (Meat Loaf), born in Long Island, New York

Deaths in Music

  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 19 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), dies at 91
  • May 29 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer (Psalmus; Kalevala Suite), dies of a heart attack while sailing at 60