On This Day

May 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • May 1 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
  • May 2 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • May 3 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 7 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 10 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • May 13 40th Eurovision Song Contest: Secret Garden for Norway wins singing "Nocturne" in Dublin
  • May 14 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 28 "An Inspector Calls" closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 454 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 9 Andrea Motis, Spanish jazz singer and trumpeter (Emotional Dance), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • May 15 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer

Weddings in Music

  • May 20 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu

Deaths in Music

  • May 4 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91
  • May 5 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • May 6 Leonard "Red" Truss, American R&B singer (The Steelers - "Get It From The Bottom"), dies at 47
  • May 6 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), dies at 67
  • May 7 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • May 8 Carroll Best, American bluegrass banjo player, and educator, shot to death by his brother at 64
  • May 8 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; "The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, dies from a severe asthma attack at 42
  • May 9 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • May 10 Jimmy Raney, American jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • May 11 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • May 12 Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), dies at 68
  • May 15 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • May 16 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • May 17 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, South African singer (Manhattan Brothers) and actor, dies at 72
  • May 18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • May 18 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • May 18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • May 23 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), dies at 54
  • May 23 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • May 25 Dick Curless, American country music singer-songwriter ("A Tombstone Every Mile"), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • May 26 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • May 27 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • May 27 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), dies at 78
  • May 27 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), dies at 63
  • May 28 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87