On This Day

May 1965 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 "New Faces of 1965" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • May 9 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert, at the Royal Albert Hall in London
  • May 11 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • May 13 Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction"
  • May 16 "Roar of the Greasepaint" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 232 performances
  • May 22 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious", from the film "Mary Poppin" hits #66
  • May 22 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1
  • May 25 Dave Davies of The Kinks knocked unconscious in an on stage scuffle with drummer Mick Avory at Cardiff’s Capital Theatre

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Matthew Barley, British classical, contemporary, and jazz cellist (The Peasant Girl), born in London, England
  • May 6 Nathalie Stutzmann (née Dupuy), French concert contralto and conductor (Orfeo 55, 2009-19), born in Suresnes, France
  • May 9 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, English musician and actor (Curiosity Killed Cat - Keep Your Distance), born in London, England
  • May 11 Greg Dulli, American rock guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Afghan Whigs), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • May 13 Tasmin Little, English classical violinist, born in London, England
  • May 13 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be A Star winner- 1988), born in Dunedin, Florida (d. 2018)
  • May 16 Krist Novoselic, American rock bassist, and accordion player (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Giants In The Trees), born in Compton, California

Person of interestTrent Reznor

May 17 Trent Reznor, American rock singer-songwriter (Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral), Grammy and Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Social Network), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania

Musician Trent Reznor
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Trent Reznor
  • May 18 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1995)
  • May 25 Mark Knight, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango - "Dancin' On Coals"), born in California
  • May 25 Remco Prins, Dutch rockabilly guitarist, mandolin player, and vocalist (Stringcaster; Burma Shave)
  • May 28 Chris Ballew, American alt rock singer-songwriter, and bassist (The Presidents Of The United States -"Lump"; Caspar Babypants), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 31 Steve White, British session and touring drummer (The Style Council; Paul Weller), born in Southwark, London, England

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • May 1 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65