On This Day

May 2019 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 19 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Weddings in Music

  • May 1 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Georg Katzer, German composer (electroacoustic music), dies at 84
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 13 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Person of interestDoris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 31 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), dies at 71