On This Day

May 1933 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow

Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Bunk Gardner [John Guarnera], American saxophone and woodwind player (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestJames Brown

May 3 James Brown, American soul singer ("Hot Pants"; "Living in America"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag") and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • May 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, born near Malishevë, Kosovo (d. 2020)
  • May 12 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • May 13 Alden Ashforth, composer
  • May 13 Stig Gustav Schonberg, composer
  • May 14 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • May 21 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, born in Alès, France (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), born in Chuckatuck, Virginia (d. 2012)
  • May 22 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 23 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award, 1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Gary Burden, American artist and pioneer of album cover art (Neil Young; Graham Nash; The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • May 29 Helmuth Rilling, German conductor (founder of the Gächinger Kantorei), born in Stuttgart, Germany

Deaths in Music

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

May 26 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers