May 2011 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

May 2 Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses

Album Release

May 10 Christina Perri releases her debut studio album, "lovestrong"

  • May 14 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf

Weddings in Music

  • May 4 American pop singer Marie Osmond re-weds her 1st husband Steve Craig at the Las Vegas Nevada Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • May 12 Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge (25) weds Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill (29) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert

May 14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas

  • May 20 Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 22 American R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio; divorce in 2017

Deaths in Music

  • May 5 Arthur Laurents, American playwright (West Side Story: Gypsy), and screenwriter (Rope; Anastasia), dies at 93
  • May 7 "Big" George Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 7 John Walker [Maus], American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers - "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), dies of liver cancer at 67
  • May 8 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), dies of emphysema at 68
  • May 11 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • May 13 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (The Last of the Blue Devils; Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser), dies at 68
  • May 13 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 18 Leonard Kastle, opera composer, librettist, director (The Passion of Mother Ann), and film maker (The Honeymoon Killers), dies at 82
  • May 19 Kathy Kirby, English singer (Secret Love), dies at 72
  • May 22 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • May 27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer ("Whitey on the Moon"), dies at 62
  • May 27 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 60
  • May 29 Simon Brint, British comic actor, musician, and television composer (French and Saunders; A Bit of Fry & Laurie; Monarch of the Glen), takes his own life at 60
  • May 30 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88