May 1963 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • May 11 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 16 "Beast in Me" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • May 18 "Beast in Me" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • May 18 "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul hits #1
  • May 25 "Hot Spot" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 43 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 James LaBrie, Canadian singer (Dream Theater)
  • May 6 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • May 7 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • May 9 Sanja Dole┼żal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • May 12 Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Julian Brookhouse, rocker (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Your Distance)
  • May 17 Page McConnell, American songwriter and keyboardist (Phish), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Kevin Shields, Musician (My Bloody Valentine)
  • May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 24 Kathy Leander, Swiss singer
  • May 28 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • May 29 Blaze Bayley, British singer (ex-Iron Maiden)
  • May 31 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • May 31 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 12 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer, dies at 60