May 1969 in Music

Events in Music

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

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May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 24 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)

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May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • May 31 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

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May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

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May 31 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

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 AndrĂ© Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk, Scarecrow), born in Germany
  • May 14 Danny Wood, American musician (New Kids), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 15 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • May 17 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • May 18 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer (Toy Soldiers), born in Whittier, California
  • May 24 Rich Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)
  • May 29 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, American composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45