May 2005 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

May 3 Fall Out Boy's breakthrough album "From Under the Cork Tree" is released through Island Records

Film Premiere

May 15 "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Academy of Country Music Awards

May 17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Music History

May 17 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

  • May 21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev

Weddings in Music

  • May 7 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

Renée Zellweger

May 9 Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Wedding of Interest

May 10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

  • May 12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Pierre Moerlen, French rock-jazz fusion drummer and percussionist (Gong; Mike Oldfield), dies at 52
  • May 9 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer, dies at 36
  • May 10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • May 11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer, and composer, dies at 88
  • May 12 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish jazz singer (with Bill Evans - "Waltz For Debby"), and dies in an accidental apartment fire at 67
  • May 13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • May 25 Ruth Laredo, American concert pianist, dies of ovarian cancer at 67
  • May 29 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), dies at 86
  • May 29 Oscar Brown, American singer, songwriter ("Brown Baby"; "Forbidden Fruit"), playwright, and poet, dies from complications of osteomyelitis at 78
  • May 31 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, Bolivian-American composer and conductor, dies at 79