May 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks

Music History

May 18 David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC

  • May 24 18th Tony Awards: "Luther" (play) & "Hello, Dolly!" (musical) win

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

May 24 The Beatles' 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", features an interview and pre-recorded performance of "You Can't Do That"

Music Premiere

May 26 Betty Comden & Adolph Green and Jule Styne's musical "Fade Out-Fade In", featuring Carol Burnett, Jack Cassidy (later replaced by Dick Shawn), and Tina Louise, opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 271 performances

Music History

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

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz (58 years old)

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

Tom MorelloTom Morello (58 years old)

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

Wynonna JuddWynonna Judd (58 years old)

May 30 American country singer (The Judds), born in Ashland, Kentucky

  • 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

Ritchie Blackmore

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