On This Day

May 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
  • May 5 Courtney, Courtney, and Link's musical "Earl of Ruston" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC, runs for 5 performances
  • May 8 Courtney, Courtney, and Link's musical "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

Music Premiere

May 16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London

  • May 17 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" premieres off-Broadway
  • May 23 American rock group Iron Butterfly ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida") disbands

Music Recording

May 27 John Lennon records the song "Imagine" at his Ascot Sound home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Album Release

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

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, American guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • May 7 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • May 8 Chris Wolf, American actor and musician (Guys Next Door - "I've Been Waiting for You")
  • May 9 Paul McGuigan, English rock bassist (Oasis, 1991-99 - "Wonderwall")
  • May 14 Raphael Wiggins, American rapper (Lifelines), born in Oakland, California
  • May 16 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • May 27 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • May 29 Martin Lohse, Danish classical composer (In Liquid; Tree Haiku), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Idina Menzel

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

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel

Weddings in Music

Mick Jagger

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, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), 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 22 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50
  • 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