On This Day

May 1928 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 5 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • May 8 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, born in New York City
  • May 9 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • May 12 Burt Bacharach, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer ("I'll Never Fall in Love Again"; "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"; Promises, Promises"), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 12 Henry Cosby,American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown ("Tears of a Clown"; "For Once In My Life"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • May 12 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 2020)
  • May 14 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel and soul singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • May 23 Rosemary Clooney, American singer ("Come On-a My House"), and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • May 23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • May 23 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • May 25 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • May 27 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • May 29 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021)
  • May 29 Sandy Mosse, American jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader (Pieces of Eight), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 1983)
  • May 30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Jacob Lateiner, Cuban-American concert pianist, and professor (Juilliard School, 1966-2010), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2010)

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), dies at 81
  • May 19 Henry F. Gilbert, American composer, and folk song collector, dies at 59