On This Day

May 1909 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 George Melachrino, English composer, born in London (d. 1965)
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

May 10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • May 30 Benny Goodman, clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Deaths in Music

  • May 18 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist & composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • May 20 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)