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May 1989 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1990)
  • 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 96 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 24 G-Eazy [Gerald Earl Gillum], American rapper (Me, Myself & I, No Limit), born in Oakland, California
  • May 30 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York

Deaths in Music

  • May 9 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 11 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • 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