Billy May

Born: 
11/10/1916
City: 
Pittsburgh
Region: 
Pennsylvania
Country: 
USA
Died: 
01/22/2004
Years Active: 
1930's-1990's
Instruments: 
Trumpet, Bandleader
Former Members: 

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William E. "Billy" May was an American composer, arranger and trumpeter. He composed film and television music, most notably for The Green Hornet (1966), Batman (with Batgirl theme, 1967) and Naked City (1960). He also collaborated on films, such as Pennies from Heaven (1981), and orchestrated Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return, among others.

May also wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby, Sandler and Young, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney and Ella Mae Morse.

As a trumpet player, during the 1940s big-band era, May recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby" and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra. With his own band, he had a hit single, "Charmaine" and released an album, Sorta-May.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
The Biggest Show of '52 04/27/1952 IMA Auditorium Flint Michigan USA
The Biggest Show of '52 04/27/1952 Fox Theatre Detroit Michigan USA
The Biggest Show of '52 04/28/1952 MSU Auditorium East Lansing Michigan USA
Billy May 08/08/1952 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May 08/09/1952 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May 08/10/1952 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 02/14/1953 Edgewater Park Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May & His Orchestra 05/29/1953 Edgewater Park Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May & His Orchestra 05/30/1953 Edgewater Park Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 08/08/1953 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 08/09/1953 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 08/21/1954 Edgewater Park Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 10/08/1954 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
New Year's Party 12/31/1954 Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May 01/28/1955 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 06/03/1955 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 06/04/1955 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 06/27/1955 Hollwood Hotel Mount Clemens Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 09/03/1955 Jefferson Beach Saint Clair Shores Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 06/08/1956 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA
Billy May Orchestra 06/09/1956 Walled Lake Casino Walled Lake Michigan USA