Birthdays in Music on May 22

  • May
  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1772)
  • 1759 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1866)

Person of interestRichard Wagner

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

Composer Richard Wagner
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  • 1820 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1850 Johann Schrammel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1893)
  • 1852 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, born in Dun-le-Roi, France (d. 1920)
  • 1865 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Eastwood Lane, American composer, born in Brewerton, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1879 Jean Cras, French composer, born in Brest, France (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, born in San José, Costa Rica (d. 1950)
  • 1891 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), born in Châlons-sur-Marne, France (d. 1985)
  • 1891 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)

  • 1892 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • 1898 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), born in Denmark (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Georg Tintner, Austrian conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1925 James King, American tenor, born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece
  • 1930 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Peter Nero, American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • 1942 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (d. 1982)
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1955 Iva Davies, Australian rock guitarist and vocalist (Icehouse), born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1955 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1959 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1961 Dana Williams, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1966 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 John Vanderslice, American musician
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician