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 folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), born in Tweedside, New Brunswick (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, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1995)
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian pianist and composer (New Guinea Fantasy), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1982)

Person of interestBenny Goodman

May 30 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman

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)