May 1990 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances

Music History

May 4 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David Bowie slept with Mick Jagger

  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances

Music History

May 12 Nora Dunn and Sinéad O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theatre NYC for 56 performances

Television Finale

May 19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 25 Emmet Cohen, American jazz pianist, composer (Future Stride), bandleader, and Hammond B3 organ player, born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Music

Patti Page

May 12 American singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 William L. Dawson, American choir director, composer (Negro Folk Symphony), educator, and musicologist, dies at 90
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist, dies at 90
  • May 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 9 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), dies at 74
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), dies at 78

Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

May 16 American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

  • May 17 Frank Wright, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 54
  • May 28 Julius Eastman, American pianist, vocalist, and minimalist composer (The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc; Gay Guerrilla), dies of cardiac arrest at 49