On This Day

May 2008 in Music History

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

May 18 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • May 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Weddings in Music

  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 5 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, American Country music singer, dies at 89
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies at 74
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush), dies at 55
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • May 25 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • May 28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80