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May 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 9 Peter & Gordon release "A World Without Love"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music ConcertThe Beatles on Ed Sullivan

May 24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

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The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
The Beatles with TV host Ed Sullivan during their first appearance on his show in February 1964
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  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 9th String quartet

  • 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 drummer (Blur - "Country House"; Coffee &TV"), and politician, born in Colchester, Essex, England
  • May 16 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist and mandolin player (Dave Matthews Band, 1992-2018; Crystal Garden, 2015-), born in Charlottesville, Virginia

Person of interestLenny Kravitz

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-songwriter ("Just Another Day In Paradise"), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • May 30 Wynonna Judd [Christina Ciminella], American country singer (The Judds), born in Ashland, Kentucky

Person of interestTom Morello

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 NYC, New York
  • May 31 Scotti Hill [Mulvehill], American rock guitarist (Skid Row - "18 And Lie": "I Remember You"), born in Manhasset, New York

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 18 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

Deaths in Music

  • May 6 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Rudy Lewis, American pop vocalist (The Drifters - "Up On The Roof"; "On Broadway), dies of a probable drug overdose at 27
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Russian composer (Rhapsodie hébraïque; Prince Lake), and teacher, dies at 92
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, American choral conductor (Westminster Choir College, 1920-58), dies at 76