May 1971 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 1 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • May 5 "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 8 "Earl of Ruston" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15 "70, Girls, 70" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 35 performances
  • May 16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • May 17 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 28 Paul McCartney releases his 2nd solo album "Ram"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 29 Court Room by Clarence Carter hits #61
  • May 30 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Josey Scott, American singer (Saliva), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 5 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Chris Shiflett, Guitarist for Foo Fighters
  • May 7 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • May 8 Chris Wolf, actor/musician (Guys Next Door)
  • May 9 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • May 14 Raphael Wiggins, rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • May 16 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • May 27 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, American singer (TLC) (d. 2002)

Person of interestIdina Menzel

May 30 Idina Menzel, American actress and singer born in Queens, New York

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger (27) weds actress and model Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias (31) at St Tropez Town Hall, France

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Deaths in Music

  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, dies at 85