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May 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

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May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

Music releaseMusic Premiere

May 2 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 604 performances

Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim
Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win
  • May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

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May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

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

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May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • May 24 Revival of musical "The Wiz" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, runs for 13 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
  • May 3 Cheryl Burke, American professional dancer (Dancing with the Stars), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 5 Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist (Alexisonfire), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • May 20 Kenny Vasoli, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Vacationer), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • May 25 Marion Raven, Norwegian singer and songwriter (M2M), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • May 25 Kostas Martakis, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 5 American rock singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde (32) weds Scottish 'Simple Minds' singer Jim Kerr (25), in a horse-drawn carriage in New York City; divorce in 1990

Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73
  • May 4 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!; Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • May 4 Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter ("Blueberry Hill"; "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"), dies at 87
  • May 10 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, dies at 51
  • May 25 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79