On This Day

May 1992 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 2 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • May 4 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year, 1992)

Music History

May 5 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 9 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • May 10 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music History

May 16 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Album Release

May 19 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • May 20 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds

Birthdays in Music

  • May 12 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California
  • May 19 Sam Smith, English singer-songwriter (Stay with Me), born in London, England
  • May 21 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress (Love Actually - "Joanna"), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music

Robert Downey Jr

May 29 American "Chaplin" and "Iron Man" actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds American actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26); divorce in 2004

  • May 30 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (50) weds American rock singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (26)

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • May 2 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • May 2 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • May 3 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

Marlene Dietrich

May 6 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • May 10 Joan Merrill, American pop vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • May 10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • May 15 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine), dies at 44
  • May 16 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • May 17 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • May 17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], American operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • May 19 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • May 23 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • May 29 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • May 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72