On This Day

May 2013 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn is renamed after Beastie Boys' rapper Adam Yauch

Rocker Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 10 Agnetha Faltskog releases a new album called "A"

  • May 18 58th Eurovision Song Contest: Emmelie de Forest for Denmark wins singing "Only Teardrops" in Malmo

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 19 21st Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Red win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

May 4 Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

  • May 10 "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress Shenae Grimes (23) weds model and musician Josh Beech at the Boys Hall in Ashford, Kent
  • May 26 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • May 11 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician & bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), dies of cancer at 86
  • May 17 Alan O'Day, American singer and songwriter (Undercover Angel, over 100 songs for the Muppet Babies), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • May 17 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), dies at 93
  • May 20 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), dies of cancer at 74
  • May 20 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, dies at 86
  • May 21 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), dies from cancer at 62
  • May 21 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), dies at 90
  • May 22 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), dies at 97
  • May 25 Marshall Lytle, American Rock bassist, dies from lung cancer at 79
  • May 29 Marvin Junior, American singer (the Dells - Oh What a Nite), dies at 77
  • May 31 Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress & singer (La Divina Infiel, The Shadow of the Bat), dies at 85