May 2006 in Music History

Events in Music


May 9 Warner Bros. Records releases "Surprise", the eleventh solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon

Music Concert

May 19 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz

  • May 20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens

Academy of Country Music Awards

May 23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

Music Concert

May 29 Singer David Bowie joins guitarist David Gilmour as special guest during encore at Royal Albert Hall, London concert; they perform "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" in what becomes Bowie's final UK appearance

Weddings in Music

  • May 6 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • May 16 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • May 8 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 10 Soraya [Lamilla], Colombian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, arranger and record producer ("Amor En Tus Ojos / Love In Your Eyes"'; "Casi"), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli pop and cabaret singer, and actor dies of cancer at 74
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English pop singer (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 69
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American country music singer and guitarist ("Charlie's Shoes"), dies, along with his wife and two band members, in a single vehicle car accident, at 77
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metroplitan opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, dies at 96
  • May 22 Jack Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, fiddler (The Beatles - "Don't Pass Me By"), and concert promoter, dies at 90
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker [Dacres], Jamaican reggae pioneer (The Aces - "007 (Shanty Town)"; "Israelites"), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • May 25 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • May 27 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter ("I Was Made to Love Her"; "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"), and mother of singer Stevie Wonder, dies at 76