On This Day

May 2015 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 5 "Traveller" debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album, 2016; Billboard Album of the Year, 2016)

Album Release

May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Singer-Songwriter Tyler Joseph
Singer-Songwriter
Tyler Joseph

Music Awards

May 17 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music History

May 21 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Album Release

May 22 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • May 23 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna

Weddings in Music

  • May 2 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California

Geri Horner

May 15 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • May 16 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • May 2 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • May 8 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), dies at 93
  • May 8 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • May 12 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, dies at 85

B.B. King

May 14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 17 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 28 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), dies at 66
  • May 29 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59