On This Day

May 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings for Pope John Paul II in Rome

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 13 45th Eurovision Song Contest: Olsen Brothers for Denmark wins singing "Fly on the Wings of Love" in Stockholm

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 23 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album, 2001)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem

Film release premierCannes Film Festival

May 25 53rd Cannes Film Festival: "Dancer in the Dark" directed by Lars von Trier and starring Björk (Best Actress) wins the Palme d'Or

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 30 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw win

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

Weddings in Music

  • May 9 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • May 6 Leonard Salzedo, British composer, mostly for ballet (The Witch Boy), dies at 78
  • May 8 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 13 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), dies at 50
  • May 16 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), dies while conducting a rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem at 63
  • May 18 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, dies at 54
  • May 18 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • May 20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), dies at 77
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), dies at 66
  • May 31 Joe Puma, American session and jazz guitarist (Herbie Mann; Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five; Chuck Wayne), dies at 72