May 1968 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • May 1 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
  • May 3 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • May 3 Shane Minor, American singer
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh
  • May 6 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
  • May 13 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • May 15 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • May 16 Ralph Tresvant, singer (New Editon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • May 30 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans-Only One I Know)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England


Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 26 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • May 27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30