On This Day

May 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances
  • May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win
  • May 11 Alan Jay Lerner and Charles Strouse's musical "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 1 performance
  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5

Music History

May 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • May 20 "Every Breath You Take" single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year, 1983)
  • May 21 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63

#1 in the Charts

May 21 David Bowie's "Let's Dance" single goes #1

Music History

May 25 "Return of the Jedi" (Star Wars Episode VI), produced by George Lucas first released

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Mon Laferte [Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte], Chilean singer-songwriter, born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • May 3 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer, Arab female artist who performs choreographed dance routines while singing, born in Kfar Chellal, Lebanon
  • May 8 Matt Willis, British pop singer, bassist (Busted), and television personality. born in Tooting, London, England

Holly Valance

May 11 Holly Valance, Australian actress (Felicity "Flick" Scully-Neighbours) and singer, born in Melbourne, Victoria

  • May 13 Casey Donovan, Australian pop singer (Australian Idol, 2004), born in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
  • May 13 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, born in La Tronche, France (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • May 14 Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • May 15 Devin Bronson, American guitarist (Avril Lavigne)
  • May 16 Mince Fratelli [Gordon McRory], Scottish drummer (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland)
  • May 16 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
  • May 23 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • May 23 Heidi Range, British pop singer (Atomic Kittens; Sugababes - "Angels with Dirty Faces"), born in Liverpool, England
  • May 23 Jennifer Bellor, American orchestral and jazz composer (Reflections at Dusk), born in northern New York State
  • May 29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist, born in Bandung, Indonesia
  • May 29 Julie Campiche, Swiss jazz harpist and composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 31 David Hernandez, American pop singer (American Idol), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, dies at 76
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, dies at 72
  • May 6 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist ("Georgia On My Mind"), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • May 16 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • May 21 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, music critic, and educator, dies at 61
  • May 27 (Arnoldus) Arnold van Wyk, South African concert pianist and composer (Nagmusiek - Night Music), dies at 67