On This Day

May 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • May 5 "Jack-Night on Town with J Barrymore" closes at Belasco after 12 performances

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May 9 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Singer-Songwriter Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee
  • May 12 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • May 12 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • May 18 41st Eurovision Song Contest: Eimear Quinn for Ireland wins singing "The Voice" in Oslo
  • May 21 "You're Makin' Me High" single released by Toni Braxton (Grammy Award - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 1997)
  • May 22 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • May 26 "Midsummer Night's Dream" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 66 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 8 6ix9ine [Daniel Hernandez], American rapper and songwriter ("Trollz"), born in Brooklyn, New York (born May 8, 1996)
  • May 31 Normani [Hamilton], American singer (with Sam Smith - "Dancing With A Stranger"; solo -"Motivation"), and dancer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music

  • May 25 Actress Kelley Menighan (29) weds actor-singer Jon Hensley (31) in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, British cello teacher (International Cello Centre), dies at 80
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer & teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, American singer-songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies in a plane crash in the Florida Everglades at 46
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 18 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (Toy Matinee; Tuesday Night Music Club), dies of accidental asphyxiation at 29
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral and choral conductor, music educator and author (Roll Over Rock), dies at 60
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairen rock guitarist (Zaika Langa-Langa), dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, British classical music concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • May 28 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, Georgian-American prima ballerina, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • May 31 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • May 31 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, dies at 69