May 1918 in Music

Birthdays in Music

  • May 5 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • May 6 Godfrey Ridout, composer
  • May 7 Argeliers Leon, composer
  • May 13 T. Balasaraswati, Bharatanatyam dancer (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Eddy Arnold, Henderson TN, country singer (Cattle Call, Anytime)
  • May 17 Birgit Nilsson, Karup Sweden, operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome)
  • May 23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)

Deaths in Music

  • May 18 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • May 24 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor