On This Day

May 2020 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 19 WHO member states agree to set up an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, including looking at the WHO itself

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Frederick Charles Tillis, American jazz and classical composer, dies at 90
  • May 6 Millie Small, Jamaican singer (My Boy Lollipop), dies of a stroke at 72
  • May 9 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), dies at 87
  • May 10 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), dies at 66
  • May 12 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, dies at 81
  • May 15 Phil May, English rocker (Pretty Things), dies at 75
  • May 22 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), dies at 70
  • May 24 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91
  • May 28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90