May 2004 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Charli D'Amelio, American dancer considered TikTok's biggest star, born in Norwalk, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

  • May 23 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico

Deaths in Music

  • May 4 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 73
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • May 12 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • May 15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 16 Marius Constant, Romanian-born French composer and conductor (founded Ars Nova), dies at 79
  • May 17 Edgardo Martín, Cuban classical pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 88
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 27 Denis ApIvor, British composer, dies at 88
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), dies of an intentional heroin overdose at 61