On This Day

May 1899 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 (Adolphe) Paul Barbarinan American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Red Allen Sextet; Onward Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • May 6 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (d. 1969)

Fred Astaire

May 10 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

  • May 14 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Tinos
  • May 25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1976)

Deaths in Music

  • May 29 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, dies at 60