May 1949 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 14 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • May 4 Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow

Person of interestBilly Joel

May 9 Billy Joel, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • May 13 Franklin Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Jazz Singer, Car Wash), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 13 Jane Glover, British conductor
  • May 15 Eric J Beekes, actor/singer (Hunk)
  • May 17 Bill Bruford, English drummer (Yes, King Crimson-Red, Genesis)
  • May 17 Andrew Latimer, English musician (Camel), born in Guilford
  • May 18 Bill Wallace, rocker/actor (Fear, Avenging Force, Desperate)
  • May 18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • May 18 William Wallace, rocker (Guess Who)
  • May 19 Dusty Hill, rocker (ZZ Top)
  • May 21 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • May 21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • May 24 John Illsley, rocker (Dire Straits)

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

May 26 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • May 28 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • May 29 Francis Rossi, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man), born in London, England
  • May 31 Nancy Shade, American soprano

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 31 Actress Doris Day (27) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

  • May 22 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80