On This Day

May 1903 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)

Person of interestBing Crosby

May 3 (Harry Lillis) "Bing" Crosby, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer ("White Christmas"; with David Bowie - "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" ), and actor (Going My Way; High Society; Road To...(with Bob Hope)), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 6 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • May 12 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1984)

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • May 16 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72