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 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon Theater, NYC; runs 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
Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 8 Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon Theater, 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; runs for 16 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 11 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater, NYC; runs 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

Film release premierFilm Release

May 27 "The Flintstones" live action movie, starring John Goodman (as Fred) and Rick Moranis (as Barney), opens

Actor John Goodman
Actor
John Goodman
Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's musical "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater, NYC, after 223 performances

  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Celeste [Epiphany Waite], British singer (Not Your Muse), born in Culver City, California
  • May 14 Veronica Swift [O'Brien] , American jazz vocalist (This Bitter Earth; Lonely Woman), born in Charlottesville, Virginia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 21 American country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds American roots-rock bassist Robert Reynolds (32); divorce in 1999

Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood

LoveWedding of Interest

May 26 American King of Pop, Michael Jackson (35) weds King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley's 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 rock singer and guitarist ("Forty 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, British bass-baritone singer, dies at 94
  • May 23 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • May 24 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), dies at 69
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril; Stuff; Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony), 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 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), 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