May 1953 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • 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 3 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 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 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, rocker (Mr Mister), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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, Pleasanton California, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake)
  • May 28 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)

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 Thomas Tertius Noble, 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, composer, 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