May 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 8 Brazilian musical revue "Oba Oba" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 46 performances
  • May 12 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 14 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • May 15 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances

Musical Finale

May 15 Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford's musical "Carrie", based on Stephen King's novel, closes at Virginia Theater, NYC, after 5 performances

  • May 21 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

Music History

May 21 Weird Al Yankovic's "Fat" (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad") hits #99

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Lara Liang, Russian-Taiwanese-American singer (Nan Quan Mama), born in California

AdeleAdele (34 years old)

May 5 British pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Rolling In The Deep"; "Someone Like You"), born in Tottenham, London

  • May 5 Brooke Hogan, American singer (Undiscovered), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 5 Skye Sweetnam, Canadian singer and songwriter (Sumo Cyco), born in Bolton, Ontario, Canada
  • May 7 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious, born in West Covina, California
  • May 11 Ace Hood [Antoine McColister], American rapper, born in Port St. Lucie, Florida
  • May 11 Marek Pospieszalski, Polish avant-garde jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Częstochowa, Poland
  • May 14 Nadine Sierra, American opera singer (Lucia di Lammermoor), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • May 18 Ksenija Sidorova, Latvian classical accordionist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • May 18 Taeyang [Dong Young-bae], Korean singer (Big Bang), born in Uijeongbu, South Korea
  • May 24 Billy Gilman, American singer (One Voice), born in Westerly, Rhode Island
  • May 31 Hope Partlow, American pop and country singer, born in Drummonds, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, dies at 67
  • May 4 Paul Wilson, American doo-wop baritone singer (Flamingos, 1953-64 - "I Only Have Eyes For You"; "Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), dies at 53
  • May 5 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • May 6 Paul Wilson, American baritone doo-wop singer (Flamingos, 1952-64 - "Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), dies at 53

Chet BakerChet Baker (1929-1988)

May 13 American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), falls to his death from an Amsterdam hotel balcony at 59

  • May 18 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • May 20 René Defossez, Belgian composer, composer, and pedagigue, dies at 82
  • May 21 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • May 21 Sammy Davis Sr., American vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), dies at 87
  • May 26 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, dies at 83
  • May 28 (Melvin) "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Jimmie Lunceford; Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!"), dies at 77 [1]