May 1977 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 2 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • May 7 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • May 21 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • May 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • May 31 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • May 8 Joe Bonnamassa, American singer-songwriter (SeeSaw), born in New Hartford, New York
  • May 13 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • May 16 Dolcenera, Italian singer
  • May 26 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • May 28 Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 31 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • May 30 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76