On This Day

May 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 13 "Pajama Game" opens at St James Theater NYC for 1063 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • May 1 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 3 Gary Young, American drummer (Pavement), born in Mamaroneck, New York
  • May 4 Julie Budd, American singer (Child of Plenty), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 4 Marilyn Martin, American singer-songwriter (Separate Lives), born in Tennessee
  • May 4 Pia Zadora, American actress and singer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • May 5 Angelo Kimball, American rock guitarist (Face To Face), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 11 Edgar Riley Jr, rocker (Axe K)
  • May 11 Judith Weir, English composer, Master of the Queen's Music, born in Cambridge
  • May 13 Johnny Logan, Irish singer and songwriter
  • May 18 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • May 18 Reinhold Heil, German composer
  • May 19 Phil Rudd, Australian rock drummer (AC/DC-Rock 'n Roll Damnation), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 20 James Henderson, country singer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • May 20 Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • May 21 Marc Ribot, American guitarist (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 22 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • May 22 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California
  • May 28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • May 31 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)

Deaths in Music

  • May 2 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • May 16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • May 19 Charles Ives, American composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • May 21 János Hammerschlag, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • May 28 Achille Longo, Italian composer, dies at 54