Birthdays in Music on May 1

  • 1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, composer
  • 1771 George Guest, composer
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, composer
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremias, Czech composer (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, composer
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer 1946), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1901 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1909 George Melachrino, composer
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Praha (Prague) Czechoslovakia, conductor
  • 1924 Earl George, composer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Enrico Josif, composer
  • 1927 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • 1929 Sonny James, [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1937 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • 1939 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 1944 Rita Coolidge, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Nick Fortune, [Nicholas Fortuna], rock bassist (Buckinghams Chicago)
  • 1948 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1953 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • 1953 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • 1954 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Nick Feldman, English musician
  • 1957 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • 1957 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1959 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1966 Johnny Colt, Cherry Point NC, rock bassist (Black Crowes)
  • 1967 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1968 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1968 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1977 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • 1984 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)