On This Day

May 2010 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts

Singer Bryan Adams
Singer
Bryan Adams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
  • May 15 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,335): Chelsea beats Portsmouth,1-0; Didier Drogba scores 59' winner; Blues' 6th title

Music releaseMusic Single

May 28 "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" single released by Alicia Keys (Billboard Song of the Year, 2010)

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • May 29 55th Eurovision Song Contest: Lena for Germany wins singing "Satellite" in Oslo

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 22 Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Alanis Morissette (38) weds American rapper Mario Treadway (32) in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 29 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • May 1 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Alfons Kontarsky, German concert pianist (best known for duo-piano performance with his brother, Aloys) dies at 77
  • May 7 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million; Wheels), dies at 87
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer & actress (Cabin in the Sky), dies at 92
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • May 13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • May 15 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, dies at 82
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies at 91
  • May 17 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer (Mélopées africaines), and teacher, dies at 86
  • May 23 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano, 1942-83, dies at 85
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech new-wave and pop musician, and singer-songwriter (Oceán; Shalom), dies from mixing alcohol and prescription medications at 45
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • May 24 Deborah Jo Billingsley, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter, dies at 58
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor singer, dies of meningitis at 35
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees [Lisniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), dies at 86