On This Day

May 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

#1 in the Charts

May 17 Stevie Wonder releases the music single "You are the Sunshine of my Life", goes to #1 and wins him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • May 19 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14
  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Music Single

May 25 George Harrison releases single "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album (the blue one) goes #1
  • May 26 "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 "Super Fly Meets Shaft" by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 British composer Michael Tippett's 3rd Piano Sonata premieres
  • May 30 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Lithuanian composer (In Search Of Lost Beauty...), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • May 14 Shanice [Wilson], American R&B and soul vocalist ("I Love Your Smile"; "Saving Forever For You"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Natalie Appleton, Canadian pop singer (All Saints -"Never Ever"), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • May 17 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • May 17 Steve Barakatt, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • May 17 Jenny Scheinman, American jazz and session violinist (Bill Frisell; Allison Miller), and singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • May 20 Elsa [Lunghini], French singer ("T'en va pas" - "Don't Go Away") and actress, born in Paris, France
  • May 23 (Gerald) Maxwell [Rivera], American Grammy Award-winning neo-soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer ("Fortunate"; "Pretty Wings"), born in Brooklyn New York City
  • May 24 Ruslana [Lyzhychko], Ukrainian pop singer and songwriter, born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)
  • May 29 Mark Lee, American contemporary Christian guitarist (Third Day - "Nothing At All"; "Soul On Fire"), born in Powder Springs, Georgia
  • May 29 Massimo Tagliata, Italian jazz accordionist and composer, born in Syracuse, Sicily

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers, 1944-50; Afterglow), dies at 52
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, American singer and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • May 29 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), dies at 69
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66