On This Day

May 1980 in Music History

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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"

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
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 rock band Kiss

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May 21 "Star Wars Episode V - Empire Strikes Back", produced by George Lucas opens in cinemas in UK and North America

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams

Film release premierCannes Film Festival

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 John MacLachlan Gray's musical "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC; runs for 12 performances, then moves to Off-Broadway
  • May 31 "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band peaks at #38

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 pop singer ("All This Time"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 13 Mau Marcelo, Filipino singer
  • May 17 Dallas Taylor, American Christian metal singer (Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Underoath), born in Ocala, Florida
  • May 18 Ali Zafar, Pakistani singer and model (Channo), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • May 21 Gotye [Wouter De Backer], Belgian-Australian rock singer-songwriter ("Someone That I Used to Know"), born in Bruges, Belgium
  • May 22 Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 24 Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong-Australian actress (Fly Me To Polaris) and cantopop singer, born in Hong Kong
  • May 28 Mark Feehily, Irish pop singer (Westlife - "Flying Without Wings"), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • May 31 Andy Hurley, American drummer (Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Deaths in Music

  • May 12 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers; Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 30 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), dies of a kidney infection at 37