On This Day

May 1941 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 7 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA, it becomes 1st record to be designated "gold"

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 Robert Russell 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 [Gary Posie], American electric rock violinist (It's A Beautiful Day - "White Bird"), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • May 4 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • May 5 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • May 6 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • May 8 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [some sources cite May 18]
  • May 9 Pete Birrell, British rock bassist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now") born in Wythenshawe, Cheshire, England
  • May 10 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors - "At The Hop"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • May 11 Eric Burdon, British rock vocalist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"; "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; War - "Spill The Wine"), born in Walker-on-Tyne, England
  • May 12 Anthony Newman, American harpsichordist and organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Ruud de Wolff, Dutch Indonesian singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Batavia
  • May 13 Joe Brown, British singer, guitarist and ukulele player ("A Picture of You"; "I'll See You In My Dreams"), born in Swarby, England
  • May 13 Ritchie Valens [Valenzuela], American singer ("Donna"; "La Bamba"), born in Pacoima, California (d. 1959)
  • May 15 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), born in Crossett, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 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 Cope, American composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • May 17 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • May 18 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), born in Longreach, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • May 19 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • May 21 Ronald Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers - "Twist and Shout"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 21 Martin Carthy, English folk musician, born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • May 22 Sebastian Forbes, British conductor, composer and music professor (The Aeolian Singers), born in Buckinghamshire, England
  • May 23 Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 23 General Norman Johnson, American soul singer, (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)

Person of interestBob Dylan

May 24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter ("Blowin' In The Wind"; "The Times They Are A-Changin'"; "Positively Fourth Street") and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 24 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, born in Berlin (2014)
  • May 24 Tony Valentino, Italian-American rock guitarist (Standells - "Dirty Water"), born in Sicily, Italy
  • May 24 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • May 26 Imants Kalniņš, Latvian classical, choral and rock composer ("Hey, You There!"), born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • May 26 Art Sharp, British rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road") born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • May 29 Roy Crewdson, British rock guitarist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), born in Manchester, England
  • May 31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), born in New York City (d.2021)

Deaths in Music

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