May 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

May 1 Reprise Records releases "Clouds", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 2nd studio album

  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances

Music History

May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

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May 16 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault

  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 24 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by cartoon band The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year, 1969)
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks

Music History

May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • May 29 Atlantic Records releases the eponymous debut album of "Crosby, Stills & Nash"; it contains hits 'Marrakesh Express' and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8
  • May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance" in a Montreal hotel, during their second 'bed-in' for peace

My Cherie Amour

May 31 Stevie Wonder releases the single "My Cherie Amour" which goes on to become a soul classic


Birthdays in Music

  • May 9 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • May 13 Buckethead [Brian Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 13 Patricia Leonard, American classical composer (My Dearest Friend; Strangely Close, Yet Distant), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 13 Sevren Ni-Arb [André Schmechta], German techno-trance musician (X Marks the Pedwalk), born in Germany
  • May 14 Danny Wood, American singer, guitarist, and choreographer (New Kids On The Block), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • May 14 Greg Kurstin, American record producer, and songwriter (Lily Allen; Sia; P!nk; Foo Fighters; Adele; Paul McCartney; Bird and The Bee), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 15 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • May 17 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea), and actor, born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland
  • May 17 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), born in Whittier, California (d. 2020)
  • May 18 Ettore Carucci, Italian jazz pianist and composer, born in Taranto, Italy
  • May 18 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer ("Toy Soldiers"), born in Whittier, California
  • May 24 Rich Robinson, American rock guitarist (Black Crowes - "Shake Your Money Maker"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 29 Chan Kinchla, Canadian rock guitarist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 12 Martin Lamble, British folk-rock drummer (Fairport Convention, 1966-69), killed in a vehicle crash at 19
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, American composer ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street"; "I'm In The Mood For Love"), dies at 74
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45