On This Day

May 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 7 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • May 8 Beatles release 12th, and final, studio album, "Let It Be", in conjunction with the film of the same name
  • May 13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Gregg Alexander, American pop-rock musician, songwriter, and producer (New Radicals- "You Get What You Give"), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • May 10 Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
  • May 10 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas
  • May 10 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • May 15 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • May 17 Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • May 23 Matt Flynn, American drummer (Maroon 5, since 2006 - "Moves Like Jagger", born in Woodstock, New York
  • May 24 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), born in Glenridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 11 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), dies at 82
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, Uruguayan composer and conductor, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62