May 1948 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 6 "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • May 18 "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 62 performances
  • May 24 Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • May 2 Larry Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Seminole, Texas
  • May 5 Bill Ward, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • May 12 Steve Winwood, England, musician (A Higher Love, Roll with it)
  • May 15 Brian Eno, Woodbridge England, rock keyboardist/singer (On Land)
  • May 16 Alto Reed, American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 18 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 19 Grace Jones, Jamacian singer/actress (Vamp, A View to a Kill), born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine
  • May 19 Tom Scott, LA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show)
  • May 21 Leo Sayer, British singer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need Love), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • May 24 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • May 25 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions)
  • May 26 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 27 Pete Sears, bassist (Jefferson Starship)
  • May 28 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • May 29 Linda Esther Gray, opera singer
  • May 29 Michael Berkley, composer/broadcaster

Person of interestJohn Bonham

May 31 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • May 31 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)

Weddings in Music

  • May 15 Dancer and actress Cyd Charisse (26) weds singer Tony Martin (34)

Deaths in Music

  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80