May 1947 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 10 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances

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May 16 Billie Holiday is arrested in her New York apartment for possession of narcotics

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
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  • May 17 "Street Scene" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 148 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 8 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • May 11 Butch Trucks, drummer (the Allman Brothers), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
  • May 13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • May 13 Robert "Rab" Noakes, Scottish singer-songwriter, born in St Andrews, Fife
  • May 14 Al Ciner, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • May 16 Barbara Lee, US singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine)
  • May 19 Jerry Hyman, rock singer/trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 21 William "Bill" Champlin, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and producer (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California
  • May 24 Mike Reid, Altoona Penn, country singer (Walk on Faith)
  • May 24 Albert Bouchard, American musician, singer and songwriter (Blue Öyster Cult), born in Watertown, New York
  • May 24 Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, American session musician, composer and record producer, born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Liana Alexandra, composer
  • May 28 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • May 31 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Deaths in Music

  • May 11 Ture Rangstrom, composer, dies at 62
  • May 30 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • May 31 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67