On This Day

May 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green' s musical "Will Rogers Follies" premieres at The Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 981 performances
  • May 1 "Will Rogers Follies" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances
  • May 4 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

Music History

May 13 "Michael Jackson: Magic & Madness" goes on sale

  • May 19 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" closes at Shubert NYC after 225 performances
  • May 25 "People Are Still Having Sex" by LaTour hits #35
  • May 28 "Forever My Lady" debut studio album by Jodeci is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1992)
  • May 29 Musical adaptation of "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand

Birthdays in Music

  • May 10 Kenny Beats [Blume], American hip-hop record producer and songwriter, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • May 19 Jordan Pruitt, American singer (The Voice), born in Loganville, Georgia
  • May 19 Moses Sumney, American singer-songwriter (Græ), born in San Bernadino, California
  • May 23 Sarah Jarosz, American singer-songwriter (World on the Ground), born in Austin, Texas
  • May 24 Erika Umeda, Japanese singer (ZYX), born in Minami-ku, Yokohama, Japan

Weddings in Music

Andy Williams

May 3 American singer Andy Williams weds 2nd wife Debbie Hass

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), dies at 84
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro School of Music), dies at 88
  • May 15 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), dies at 95
  • May 24 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (International Bruckner Society; Mozart's Requiem), and educator (Vienna University, 1932-73), dies at 86