May 1962 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 5 West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album
  • May 8 "Funny Thing Happened" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 965 performances
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "Garry Moore Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero wins

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 5 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter
  • May 6 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • May 9 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • May 9 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • May 9 Paul Heaton, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • May 10 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • May 12 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • May 14 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - Talk Dirty to Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 14 Ian Astbury, Merseyside, rock vocalist (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • May 17 Tracey Bryn, rocker (Voice of Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • May 18 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • May 18 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • May 19 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • May 26 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec

Deaths in Music

  • May 31 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67