May 1917 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 3 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • May 30 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Original Dixieland Jass Band first recorded

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 James Penberthy, composer
  • May 3 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Edward Toner Cone, composer
  • May 6 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • May 12 Andre A Rieu, Dutch conductor
  • May 14 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 16 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Geraint Jones, conductor/organist
  • May 20 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • May 21 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • May 22 Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer
  • May 25 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist
  • May 28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Country singer Jimmie Rodgers (19) weds Stella Kelley

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

Deaths in Music

  • May 11 Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, composer, dies at 72