On This Day

May 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 8 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • May 14 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR
  • May 23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 26 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • May 9 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • May 9 Andrew W.K., American musician
  • May 10 Lee Hyori, South Korean singer
  • May 11 Erin Lang, Canadian musician
  • May 13 Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • May 21 Gaspard Augé, French musician

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 19 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Deaths in Music

  • May 9 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Lester Raymond Flatt, American musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • May 21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79