On This Day

May 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
  • May 6 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • May 9 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York

Music Premiere

May 12 Darius Milhaud's opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris

  • May 18 "Liar" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music History

May 22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

  • May 27 "Arms & the Girl" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 134 performances

Music History

May 29 The Carter family debut on the Grand Ole Opry with Chet Atkins


Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 Lou Gramm [Grammatico], American rock singer-songwriter (Foreigner - "Hot Blooded"; "Cold As Ice"), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 3 Mary Hopkin, Welsh folk singer ("Those Were the Days"), born in Pontardawe, Wales
  • May 4 Darryl Hunt, British celtic-rock bassist (Pogues - "Fairytale of New York",), born in Christchurch, Hampshire, England
  • May 5 Maggie MacNeal, Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal - "I See A Star"), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • May 5 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • May 5 Galen Fous, American acoustic jazz-fusion guitarist (Sacred Ground), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 6 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • May 7 (Charles) "Prairie" Prince, American rocker (The Tubes; Chris Isaak; Jefferson Starship, 1992-2008), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 9 Tom Petersson, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • May 12 Billy Squier, American rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("The Stroke"; "My Kind Of Lover"), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • May 12 Jocko Marcellino, American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • May 13 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), born in London, England (d. 2018)

Stevie Wonder

May 13 Stevie Wonder [Stevland Hardaway Morris], American singer-songwriter ("You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"; "Sir Duke"), born in Saginaw, Michigan

  • May 16 Jock Bartley, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Firefall - "Just Remember I Love You"), born in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • May 16 Ray Condo [Tremblay], Canadian rockabilly guitarist and sax player, born in Hull, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • May 17 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors: The Little Mermaid), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • May 18 Mark Mothersbaugh, American new wave rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Devo - "Whip It"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 20 Andy Johns, British sound engineer (Rolling Stones; Led Zeppelin), and record producer (Free; Humble Pie; L.A. Guns), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 2013)
  • May 22 Bernie Taupin, British lyricist (Elton John), and singer, born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • May 25 Robby Steinhardt, American rock violinist and singer (Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"), born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • May 25 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2019)
  • May 27 Dee Dee Bridgewater (née Garrett), American Grammy Award-winning jazz singer-songwriter, Tony Award-winning stage actress (The Wiz), and radio host (NPR's "JazzSet"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 29 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, American singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana

Deaths in Music

  • May 7 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), struck and killed by a car in New York City at 45
  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies at 77