On This Day

Musicians Born in May 1948

  • May 1 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • May 2 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • May 5 Bill Ward, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 5 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), born in London (d. 1991)
  • May 11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • May 12 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • May 15 Brian Eno, British rock and ambient musician (Roxy Music, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay), born in Woodbridge, Sussex
  • May 16 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 19 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • May 19 Tom Scott, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express, The Blues Brothers) born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 21 Leo Sayer, British singer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need Love), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • May 22 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • May 24 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • May 25 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions), born in Hannover, Germany
  • May 26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 27 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • May 28 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • May 29 Linda Esther Gray, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • May 29 Michael Berkley, composer/broadcaster

Person of interestJohn Bonham

May 31 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
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John Bonham
  • May 31 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)

About May 1948

How Old? 71 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)