May 1921 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Joe Ames, American singer (d. 2007)
  • May 4 John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
  • May 4 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • May 5 Sonja Oosterman, Dutch singer (Marketensters)
  • May 6 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • May 7 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • May 12 Edvard Mikcaeli Mirzoyan, composer
  • May 12 Joe (born Otis W.) Maphis, Suffolk, Virginia, American country music guitarist
  • May 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • May 21 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 23 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire (d. 2008)
  • May 25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • May 25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • May 27 Redd Stewart, Ashland City Tn, guitarist/pianist (Pee Wee King Show)

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Louis Campbell-Tipton, US composer, dies at 43