On This Day

May 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • May 3 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 678 performances

Music History

May 11 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

  • May 24 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing "Refrain" in Lugano

Music History

May 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm" premieres


Birthdays in Music

  • May 2 David Rhodes, English guitarist (Random Hold), born in London
  • May 4 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 5 Dick Kemper, Dutch rock vocalist and bassist (Vandenberg), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • May 6 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • May 10 Bakithi Kumalo, South African session and touring bassist, and composer (Paul Simon - "Graceland"; "Call Me Al"; Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; Harry Belafonte), born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 12 Greg Phillinganes, American session and touring keyboardist, and musical director (Stevie Wonder, Toto, Micheal Jackson, David Gilmour), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • May 13 David Hollestelle, Dutch rock guitarist (Herman Brood & His Wild Romance), born in Hilversum, Netherlands
  • May 18 James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine"), born 64) Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
  • May 19 Martyn Ware, rocker (Heaven 17-Electric Dreams)
  • May 22 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • May 25 Helen Terry, British pop-rock singer ("Love Lies Lost"; "Now You're Mine"), born in England
  • May 25 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • May 25 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 29 LaToya Jackson, American singer ("If You Feel the Funk"), and model, born in Gary, Indiana
  • May 29 Larry Blackmon, American singer (Cameo-Alligator Woman), born in New York City
  • May 31 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist, guitarist, and singer (Duplex Johnson, 1980-85; Tambourine, 1987-92; The Analogues, 2014-), born in The Netherlands
  • May 31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk, 1987-), born in Amberg, West Germany

Weddings in Music

Anita Ekberg

May 22 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959

Deaths in Music

  • May 12 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73