May 1997 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 3 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 6 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • 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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 31 "Once Upon a Matress" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances

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 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • 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