May 1989 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

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

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestChris Brown

May 5 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • May 11 Ace Hood, American rapper
  • May 30 Kevin Covais, American singer

Deaths in Music

  • May 9 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83