On This Day

Musicians Born on May 1

  • 1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, Czech composer, born in Opavice, Czech Replublic (d. 1855)
  • 1771 George Guest, English organist and composer, born in Broseley, England (d. 1831)
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • 1821 Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1873)
  • 1853 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, born in Řestoky, Czechia (d. 1918)
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1958)
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Plain City, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"), born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1909 George Melachrino, English composer, born in London (d. 1965)
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)

  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, born in Prague (d. 1980)
  • 1924 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Enriko Josif, Serbian composer and pedagogue (Lyric Symphony), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 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), born in Skellefteå (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 1945 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Jerry Weiss, American jazz musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1949 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Felix Hanemann, American rocker (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1954 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Nick Feldman, English musician (Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight), born in London, England
  • 1957 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • 1957 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1959 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1966 Johnny Colt [Charles Brandt], American rock bassist (Black Crowes), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina

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1967 Tim McGraw, American country musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana

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  • 1968 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1968 D'arcy Wretzky, American rock bassist (The Smashing Pumpkins), born in South Haven, Michigan
  • 1977 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • 1980 Zaz [Isabelle Geffroy], French singer-songwriter (Je veux), born in Tours, France
  • 1981 Daniel Letterle, American actor (Camp), and singer, born on Northfield, Ohio
  • 1984 Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese musician (NEWS)
  • 2004 Charli D'Amelio, American dancer considered TikTok's biggest star, born in Norwalk, Connecticut