May 1929 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

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 Irving, composer
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 Link Wray, American rock guitarist (d. 2005)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters)
  • May 16 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer
  • May 18 Roger Matton, composer
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, composer
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, composer
  • May 25 Beverly Sills, [Belle "Bubbles" Miriam Silverman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 27 Donald Howard Keats, composer
  • May 31 Aladar Zoltan, composer

Deaths in Music

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