On This Day

May 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

May 12 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Music History

May 25 Béla Bartòk's "Enchanted Deer" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • May 3 Georg Kröll, German composer, born in Linz
  • May 3 Frankie Valli [Francesco Stephen Castelluccio], American singer (Four Seasons - "Sherry"; "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 5 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • May 7 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • May 14 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • May 19 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • May 21 (Elbert) "Sonny" Forriest, American guitarist (The Coasters; Ray Charles; Hank Crawford), born in Pendleton, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • May 22 Peter Nero [Bernard Nierow], American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY; Philadelphia POPS), born in NYC, New York
  • May 23 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • May 24 Barry Rose, English choir-trainer and organist, born in Chingford, England
  • May 28 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • May 31 Karl-Erik Welin, composer

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, dies at 35
  • May 7 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • May 25 Gustav Holst, English composer (The Planets; Ode to Death), dies at 59