On This Day

Musicians Born on May 22

  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1772)
  • 1759 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Doležálek, Bohemian organist and composer, born in Chotěboř, Bohemia, Habsburg Monarchy (d. 1858)
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1866)

Richard Wagner

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

  • 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 clarinetist, composer, conductor (Allentown Band), arranger (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), and teacher, 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)
  • 1897 Marcelle Meyer, French contemporary classical (Les Six) and Baroque revivalist (Bach; Rameau) concert pianist, born in Lille, France (d. 1958)
  • 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; She; 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 and soul singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • 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 [Bernard Nierow], American conductor (Philadelphia POPS, 1979-2013), pianist and composer (Sunday in New York), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1935 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1991)
  • 1936 Toshiaki Tsushima, Japanese film score composer, born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), born in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • 1939 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, British conductor, composer and music professor (The Aeolian Singers), born in Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, American funk and gospel vocalist (Parliament/Funkadelic - "Livin' the Life"), born in Beckley, West Virginia (d. 2022)
  • 1942 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, British lyricist (Elton John), and singer, born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1953 Stuart Elliott, British rock session drummer (Kate Bush; Alan Parsons Project; Al Stewart) born in London, England
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1954 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer, and music album cover designer (Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling; Supertramp - Breakfast In America), born in San Mateo County, California
  • 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 rock musician and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1989 Christian Sands, American jazz pianist and composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut