May 1941 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Recording

May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • May 13 Willy Lewis' US jazz band performs in Switzerland
  • May 15 Nazi occupiers in Netherlands forbid Jewish music
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 21 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • May 4 David LaFlamme, American electric violinist (It's a Beautiful Day), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • May 8 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • May 9 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • May 10 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 11 Eric Burdon, Walker-on-Tyne England, rock vocalist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • May 12 Anthony Newman, harpsichordist/organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Little Jayotis Washington, US R&B singer (Persuasions)
  • May 12 Ruud de Wolff, singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • May 13 Joe Brown, English musician (A Picture of You), born in Swarby, England
  • May 13 Ritchie Valens, American singer (Donna, La Bamba), born in Pacoima, California (d. 1959)
  • May 15 K T Oslin, Crossett Ar, country singer (80's Ladies)
  • May 15 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • May 16 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer
  • May 17 David Howell Cope, composer
  • May 17 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • May 19 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • May 21 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 21 Martin Carthy, English musician
  • May 22 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • May 23 Jackson Hill, composer
  • May 23 General George Norman Johnson, US singer (Down at the Beach Club)

Person of interestBob Dylan

May 24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter (Blowin' in Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin') and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 24 Brian Dennis, composer
  • May 24 Konrad Boehmer, composer
  • May 24 Tony Valentino, rocker (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • May 25 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • May 26 Imants Kalnins, composer
  • May 29 Roy Crewsdon, Manchester, rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • May 31 Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
  • May 31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York

Deaths in Music

  • May 8 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45