May 1964 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 2 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00
  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 9 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • May 16 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • May 24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • May 30 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances
  • May 30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • May 30 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • May 8 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • May 9 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • May 16 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)

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May 26 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz
  • May 28 Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • May 30 Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

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May 30 Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • May 31 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City
  • May 31 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar


Deaths in Music

  • May 6 Harold Morris, composer, dies at 74
  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76