On This Day

May 1929 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

May 2 Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • May 2 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 16 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • May 18 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • May 21 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, American pianist (Lincoln Center), born in Barnesville, Georgia
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • May 25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 29 Robert Beaser, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 31 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)

Deaths in Music

  • May 4 Henry Morton Dunham, American composer, dies at 75
  • May 16 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies