May 1983 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 1 "My One & Only" opens at St James Theater NYC for 767 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 9 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • May 11 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • May 14 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer, the only Arab female artists who performs choreographed dance routines while singing, born in Kfar Chellal, Lebanon
  • May 8 Matt Willis, British singer

Person of interestHolly Valance

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

Actress & Singer Holly Valance
Actress & Singer
Holly Valance
  • May 13 Casey Donovan, Australian singer
  • 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, Scottish Drummer (The Fratellis)
  • May 16 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
  • May 23 Cristiano Bilanzola, Canadian musician and filmmaker
  • May 23 Heidi Range, English singer (Sugababes)
  • May 29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • May 31 David Hernandez, American singer

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, dies at 76
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian 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, composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67