On This Day

May 1939 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad


Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 3 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Herbie Cox, American rocker (Cleftones), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 7 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 9 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 11 Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • May 14 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • May 18 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • May 19 Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, American composer, born in New York City
  • May 19 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • May 19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 21 Heinz Holliger, Swiss composer, oboist and conductor, born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • May 22 Ian Underwood, American musician (Frank Zappa), born in New York City
  • May 22 Árni Egilsson, Icelandic classical and jazz bassist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 23 Michel Colombier, French composer and songwriter (d. 2004)
  • May 27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • May 27 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • May 31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)