May 1942 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Recording

May 29 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", greatest selling record to date

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Ronnie Bond, drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 6 Colin Earl, British musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • May 8 Euclid "Motorhead" Sherwood, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • May 9 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • May 9 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 10 Bill Coday, US singer (You're Gonna Then Me)
  • May 10 Ingram Douglas Marshall, composer
  • May 12 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), born in Upminster, Essex (d. 2000)
  • May 12 Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)
  • May 13 Jim Douglas, jazz guitarist
  • May 14 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • May 17 Taj Mahal, American singer/songwriter (Real Thing), born in NYC, New York
  • May 18 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • May 20 Paula, [Jill Jackson], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • May 22 Calvin Simon, US rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove)
  • May 22 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer
  • May 24 Derek Quinn, guitarist (Freddie & Dreamers-I'm Telling You Now)
  • May 25 Brian "Blinky" Davison, rocker
  • May 27 Priscilla Anne McLean, composer

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • May 13 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • May 17 Alfred Hollins, British composer, dies at 76