On This Day

May 1931 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1991)
  • May 4 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (USSR State Radio), born in Moscow, Russia
  • May 7 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Charles M.Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • May 14 Alvin Augustus Lucier Jr, composer
  • May 16 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • May 17 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • May 18 Robert Morse, American singer and actor (Mad Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • May 19 Ruben Radica, composer
  • May 19 Eric Tappy, Swiss tenor
  • May 27 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), born in Florence, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • May 27 Veroslav Neumann, composer
  • May 28 Peter Talbot Westergaard, American composer and educator, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • May 31 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 31 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer, dies at 59
  • May 3 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, dies at 93
  • May 12 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • May 13 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, dies at 79