On This Day

May 1911 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter (Dogtown Blues, Stormy Weather), born in Trenton, Missouri (d. 1995)

Person of interestRobert Johnson

May 8 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • May 13 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • May 14 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • May 18 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • May 23 Boris Kremenliev, composer

Deaths in Music

  • May 18 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer & conductor (Children's Death Songs), dies of heart disease at 50