On This Day

May 1999 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 18 "Millennium" 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released - one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold

Film Release

May 19 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, is released in cinemas

  • May 29 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing "Take Me to Your Heaven" in Jerusalem

Birthdays in Music

  • May 11 Sabrina Carpenter, American actress (Girl Meets World) and singer, born in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
  • May 27 Lily-Rose Depp, French-American singer and actress (The Dancer), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Weddings in Music

  • May 1 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas

Deaths in Music

  • May 6 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith) dies at 49
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 19 James Blades, British classical percussionist, and educator, dies at 97
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12), killed in a picnic dispute at 21
  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93