On This Day

May 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Romance/Romance" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 297 performances
  • May 8 "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 "Carrie" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 15 "Gospel at Colonus" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • May 21 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Music

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

Person of interestAdele

May 5 Adele [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins], Briish pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Rolling In The Deep"; "Someone Like You"), born in Tottenham, London

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • 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 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 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
  • May 13 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpeter, fell to death from a hotel balcony in Amsterdam at 59
  • May 18 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • May 20 René Defossez, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • May 20 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 (Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!") dies at 77 [1]