On This Day

May 1917 in Music History

Events in Music

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

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 James Penberthy, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • May 3 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist ("On The Town"; "Just In Time"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • May 6 Kal Mann, American lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • May 12 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • May 14 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • May 16 Geraint Jones, Welsh conductor and organist, born in Porth, Wales (d. 1998)
  • May 20 Enyss Djemil, composer
  • May 22 Georg Tintner, Austrian conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 25 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • May 28 "Papa" John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna; Jefferson Airplane), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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, German composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Léon Vasseur, French composer, dies at 72