On This Day

May 1943 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 4 Stella Parton, American singer ("A Woman's Touch"), sister of Dolly Parton, born in Sevierville, Tennessee
  • May 5 Raphael [Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez], Spanish singer, born in Linares
  • May 7 Rick West [Westwood], rocker (Brian Poole & Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • May 8 Paul Samwell-Smith, British blues-rock bassist, and record producer (The Yardbirds, 1963-66 "For Your Love"), born in Richmond, Surrey, England
  • May 8 Danny Whitten, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Crazy Horse; Rod Stewart - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
  • May 9 Bruce Milner, American pop-rock pianist and organ player (Every Mother's Son "Come On Down to My Boat"), and dentist, born in New York
  • May 9 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • May 11 Arnie Satin [Silver], American pop-rock singer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; "You Can't Sit Down"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 11 George Edwards, American composer, and educator, born in Wellesley, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • May 11 Les Chadwick, British bassist (Gerry and the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross The Mersey"), born in Liverpool. England
  • May 12 David Walker, American rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys - "This Diamond Ring"), born in Montgomery Alabama
  • May 13 Mary Wells, American pop singer ("My Guy"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1992)
  • May 14 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • May 14 (John) "Jack" Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"; "White Room"), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Tania León, Cuban-born American composer (Drummin'), conductor, and educator, born in Havana, Cuba
  • May 17 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • May 20 Tison Street, American violinist and composer (Jewel Tree), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 20 Al Bano [Albano Carrisi], Italian-Albanian pop singer, actor, and winemaker, born in Cellino San Marco Italy
  • May 21 John Dalton, British rock bass player (The Kinks, 1969-76 -"Lola"; "Celluloid Heroes"), born in Enfield, Middlesex, England
  • May 21 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in North Shields, Northumberland, England (d. 2021)
  • May 21 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1989)
  • May 25 John "Poli" Palmer, British rocker (Family), born in Evesham, Worcestershire
  • May 25 Leslie Uggams, American singer and actress (Leslie Uggams Show; Roots), born in NYC, New York
  • May 25 Jessi Colter [Miriam Johnson], American country singer ("I'm Not Lisa"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 26 John "Poli" Palmer, British Progressive rock keyboardist, and vibraphone player (Family -"In My Own Time"), born in Worcester, England
  • May 27 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)
  • May 28 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • May 28 Tony Mansfield [Anthony Bookbinder], British rock drummer (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas - "Little Children"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • May 28 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, born in Athens (d. 2004)
  • May 31 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter ("Always On My Mind"), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)

Deaths in Music

  • May 3 Leslie Heward, English composer, dies at 45
  • May 12 Albert Stoessel, American violinist, conductor, composer, and educator, dies of a heart attack on the podium at 48
  • May 29 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, dies at 72