On This Day

May 1972 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances

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May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 14 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • May 18 Pop rock band Looking Glass release their single "Brandy"
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances

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May 21 "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestMike Dirnt

May 4 Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], American musician (Green Day), born in Berkeley, California

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • May 11 Concha Buika [María Concepción Balboa Buika], Spanish singer (Niña de Fuego), born in Palma de Mallorca
  • May 19 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • May 20 Busta Rhymes [Trevor George Smith Jr.], American rapper (The Coming), born in New York City
  • May 21 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • May 21 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 27 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • May 29 Stanislas [Louis Stanislas Renoult], French composer and pop singer (L'Équilibre instable), born in Fontainebleau, France

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 5 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • May 18 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician & songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • May 29 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), dies at 104
  • May 30 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104