May 1980 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 performances
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win

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May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis

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May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss

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May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • May 6 Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • May 8 Michelle McManus, Scottish singer
  • May 13 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • May 17 Dallas Taylor, American singer (Underoath)
  • May 18 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • May 28 Mark Feehily, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • May 31 Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)

Deaths in Music

  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 30 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment