On This Day

May 1912 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Anna Pollak, English mezzo-soprano, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)
  • May 3 Virgil Fox, American organist, born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 4 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Erik Jorgensen, composer
  • May 12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • May 13 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • May 15 Arthur Victor Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • May 18 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • May 24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • May 25 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • May 31 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)

Deaths in Music

  • May 26 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61