On This Day

May 1967 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 5 The Kinks release "Waterloo Sunset" as a single; peaks at #2 on the British charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 11 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

May 12 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert in London

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 12 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

May 15 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 20 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • May 21 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Album Release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

May 26 EMI releases "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK

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One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
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  • May 27 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Violin concert


Birthdays in Music

Person of interestTim McGraw

May 1 Tim McGraw, American country musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • May 6 Mark Bryan, American songwriter, and lead guitarist (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You", born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • May 8 James Hurt, American jazz pianist, and composer (Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 10 Young MC [Marvin Young], British American rapper (Bust a Move), born in London, England
  • May 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American heavy metal singer-songwriter and guitarist (Death; Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Melanie Thornton, American pop-dance singer (La Bouche - "Be My Lover"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • May 18 Rob Base [Ginyard], American rapper (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 22 John Vanderslice, American rock musician and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • May 23 Philip Selway, British alternative-rock drummer (Radiohead - "Creep"; "Lucky"), and singer-songwriter, born in Oxfordshire, England
  • May 23 Freddie "Junior" Waite, British reggae-rock drummer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 24 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • May 24 Steve McDonald, American rocker (Redd Kross), born in Hawthorne, California
  • May 26 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestNoel Gallagher

May 29 Noel Gallagher, British pop singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Oasis - "Wonderwall"; "Don't Look Back In Anger"; High Flying Birds - "Holy Mountain"), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • May 29 Mark Nightingale, British jazz and session trombonist, composer, and arranger, born in Evesham, Worcestershire, Engalnd
  • May 30 Martin Blunt, British rock singer (The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know"), born in West Midlands, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 1 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Deaths in Music

  • May 4 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • May 8 Laverne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), dies at 55
  • May 9 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy & composer, dies at 35
  • May 12 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • May 15 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • May 17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • May 19 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of heart failure at 43

Person of interestLangston Hughes

May 22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • May 23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • May 29 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • May 31 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer ("Take The 'A' Train"), dies of esophageal cancer at 51