On This Day

May 1948 in Music History

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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, English heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 5 Frank Esler-Smith, English-Australian rock keyboardist (Air Supply), born in London (d. 1991)
  • May 11 Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
  • May 12 Steve Winwood, English singer and musician (Higher Love, Roll With It), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 15 Brian Eno, British rock and ambient musician (Roxy Music, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay), born in Woodbridge, Sussex
  • May 16 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], 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, American saxophonist and composer (L.A. Express, The Blues Brothers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 21 Leo Sayer, British singer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need Love), born in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
  • May 22 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • May 24 Ernst Jansz, Dutch keyboardist and singer (Doe Maar), born in Amsterdam
  • May 25 Klaus Meine, German musician (Scorpions), born in Hannover, Germany
  • 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, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • May 29 Michael Berkeley, English composer, broadcaster and House of Lords member (Jayne Eyre opera), born in London, England

Person of interestJohn Bonham

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

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • May 31 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • May 31 Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist (Thriller, Saturday Night Fever), born in Rio de Janeiro

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 José Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80