May 1914 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 15 Henri Rabaud's opera "Marouf, savetier de Caire" premieres in Paris

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 - "The Golden Wedding"), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • May 9 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On; I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • May 13 (Louis Charles) "L. C. Robinson, American blues singer, guitarist, fiddler, and electric steel guitar player, born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1976)
  • May 15 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 15 Pierre Froidebise, Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Chey, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • May 17 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), born in Friedeck, Austria-Hungary (d. 2015)
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (d. 1993)
  • May 22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • May 23 Travis Kemp, British ballet dancer and teacher, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1995)
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 26 Ziggy Elman [Harry Finkelman], American big band jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Tommy Dorsey), bandleader, and klezmer musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario (d. 1977)
  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • May 31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • May 25 Paolo Giorza, Italian-Australian composer, dies at 81
  • May 28 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76