On This Day

May 1968 in Music History

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 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • May 21 Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession in England

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 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 rock bassist (The Smashing Pumpkins), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • May 3 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • May 3 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • May 6 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab), born in Vincennes, France
  • May 7 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish pop rock singer-songwriter ("Save Tonight"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Sławomir Dobrzański, Polish concert pianist and music professor, born in Wrocław, Poland
  • May 13 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • May 15 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • May 16 Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 16 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1993)
  • May 16 Andrew Nethsingha, British organist, choral conductor, and music director (St John's College, Cambridge, 2007-), born in Exeter, England
  • May 17 Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer (Pearl Jam), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)

Person of interestKylie Minogue

May 28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop singer-songwriter ("Can't Get You Out of My Head"), and actress, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • May 30 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans - "Only One I Know"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 26 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), dies in prison while serving a sentence for manslaughter at 30