On This Day

May 1953 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, American rocker (Zebra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 1 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • May 3 Bruce Hall, American rock bassist (Reo Speedwagon), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • May 8 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • May 10 Steve Thomas, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • May 12 Phil Beer is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer (Show of Hands), born in Exminster, Devon
  • May 14 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 15 Mike Oldfield, British musician and composer (Tubular Bells), born in Reading, Berkshire
  • May 16 Richard Page, American singer and bassist (Mr Mister), born in Keokuk, Iowa
  • May 17 George Johnson, rocker (Brothers Johnson), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 18 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • May 24 Mark Rivera, American saxophonist, musical director and corporate entertainment provider (Billy Joel), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 25 Rich Alves, American singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Pleasanton, California
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, American musician and producer (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestDanny Elfman

May 29 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • May 29 Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Beaumont, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • May 4 T. Tertius Noble, English composer, dies at 85

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67