On This Day

May 1994 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • May 1 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 3 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 8 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 10 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font NYC for 16 per

Music concertMusic Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 11 Musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
  • May 21 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels is involved in a car crash
  • May 29 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances
  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Weddings in Music

  • May 21 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 26 Michael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 6 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 11 Danny Overbea, American singer & guitarist (40 Cups of Coffee), dies at 68
  • May 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), dies at 63
  • May 15 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • May 15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • May 17 Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • May 23 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • May 24 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • May 26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit) dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • May 29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • May 31 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • May 31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85