On This Day

May 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

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May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances

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May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • May 3 Michael Kiwanuka, English singer-songwriter (Love & Hate), born in London, England
  • May 4 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer (The Image of You), born in Tirana, Albania
  • May 5 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer (Rijeka bez imena), born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • May 24 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer, born in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland

Weddings in Music

  • May 16 Rocker David Crosby weds Jan Dance in LA

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 29 Phyllis Tate, English composer, dies at 76
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71