On This Day

May 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • May 6 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Jackson Five; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; The (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; and Syd Nathan
  • May 11 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

May 12 "It's Your Love" single released by Time McGraw and Faith Hill

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • May 18 "King David" opens at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
  • May 23 "King David" closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Bob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis (fungal lung infection)

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Birthdays in Music

  • May 24 Exzavier Whitley, American folk singer ("Finally Happy"), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 5 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster of Russian heritage, dies at 80
  • May 9 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, dies at 90
  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 23 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • May 26 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • May 30 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), dies of a drug overdose at 36