On This Day

May 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 4 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • May 8 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger, NYC, after 7 performances
  • May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • May 27 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances

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May 29 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

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  • May 31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton, London, England

Birthdays in Music

  • May 8 Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American musician and songwriter, born in Montréal, Quebec
  • May 8 Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • May 10 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • May 10 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • May 12 Matt Mangano, American country-rock bass player (Zac Brown Band), born in Visalia, CA
  • May 14 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • May 17 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • May 21 Deron Miller, American rock musician (CKY), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Kardinal Offishall [Jason Drew Harrow], Canadian rapper, born in Scarsborough, Ontario
  • May 24 Alessandro Cortini, Italian rock musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Bologna, Italy
  • May 25 Sandra Nasić, German singer (Guano Apes), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • May 26 Justin Pierre, American punk-pop singer and guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mahtomedi, Minnesota
  • May 29 David Buckner, American drummer (Papa Roach, 1993-2007 - "Last Resort"), born in Vacaville, California

Weddings in Music

  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola

Deaths in Music

  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • May 12 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), dies at 65
  • May 14 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, Finnish composer, dies at 77
  • May 21 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51