On This Day

May 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Music releaseMusic Single

May 26 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 27 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Venus & Mars" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • May 4 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Person of interestEnrique Iglesias

May 8 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ("Bailamos"; "Hero"), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • May 9 Tamia [Washington], Canadian R&B, hiphop, and pop singer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • May 16 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • May 16 Tonéx, American singer
  • May 17 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • May 18 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams, "Upside Down"), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • May 18 Peter Iwers, Swedish heavy metal bass player (In Flames, 1999-2018)
  • May 18 Zach Gill, American singer-songwriter, pianist, accordion player and banjo picker (Animal Liberation Orchestra; Jack Johnson), born in Santa Clara County, California
  • May 21 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • May 24 Maria Lawson, British soul and R&B singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London

Person of interestLauryn Hill

May 26 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • May 27 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa
  • May 27 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper (Outkast), and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 27 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York

Person of interestMelanie Brown

May 29 Mel B {Melanie Brown], English pop singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), and television personality (America's Got Talent; X-FActor), born in Leeds, England


Deaths in Music

  • May 12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • May 13 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the 'King of Western Swing' ("Steel Guitar Rag"), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • May 13 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), takes his own life at 53
  • May 17 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), dies at 64
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, Belgian pianist and composer (Symphonie de poche), dies at 62