Tony May

Real Name:
Ross Anthony May
Profile:
Born in New York City's Harlem community in 1936, Ross A. "Tony" May was the son of jazz musician and songwriter Ernestine Atwell May. He was the brother-in-law and producing/songwriting partner of the late Larry Banks, who was former husband to singer Bessie Banks. His career focused on the New York music scene, as an engineer, producer and songwriter.

He briefly worked at Mirasound Studios before joining the staff at A&R Studios in New York, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. After the departure of Bruce Staple, he became chief engineer at Allegro Sound Studios; he oversaw Allegro's upgrade from 8- and 16-track to a full 24-track facility, at which point it was renamed Generation Sound Studios. He also worked as a senior engineer for the legendary BMG Studios, NY before the merger with Sony Music.

During the course of his career as a world-class audio engineer, he recorded Chick Corea's breakthrough album Chick Corea - Return To Forever, among many other prominent jazz (e.g., John Abercrombie. Keith Jarrett, Stanley Turrentine, David Sanborn, Ron Carter), rock (The Band, Van Morrison, Ten Wheel Drive), soul (Crown Heights Affair, Ashford & Simpson, The Isley Brothers) and Latin music artists (Charlie Palmieri, his brother Eddie Palmieri, Ismael Rivera, Joe Cuba).

He is not to be confused with the British photographer Tony May (4) who is credited with contributing to the artwork found on releases by Pink Floyd, Catherine Wheel, Alan Parsons, and Dream Theater, among others.

After an extended illness, Tony May passed away in New Rochelle, NY, USA, March 18 2020; he was 83.
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FDS-108 Tony May - Flight For Four album art John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet - Flight For Four (Album) Flying Dutchman FDS-108 US 1969 Sell This Version
RS 15001 Tony May - Superman album art The Reggae Beat The Reggae Beat - Superman Reggae (8) RS 15001 US 1970 Sell This Version
CST 9000 Tony May - Hermeto album art Hermeto Pascoal Hermeto Pascoal - Hermeto (Album) Cobblestone CST 9000 US 1970 Sell This Version
BN-LA259-G Tony May - Sweet Lou album art Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson - Sweet Lou (Album) Blue Note BN-LA259-G US 1974 Sell This Version
F-9519 Tony May - The Man With The Sad Face album art Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine - The Man With The Sad Face(LP, Album) Fantasy F-9519 US 1976 Sell This Version
BN-LA460-H2 Tony May - Cosmos album art McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner - Cosmos (Album) Blue Note BN-LA460-H2 US 1976 Sell This Version
AN 8717 Tony May - Priestess album art Gil Evans Gil Evans - Priestess(LP, Album) Antilles AN 8717 UK 1983 Sell This Version
8409-4-RB Tony May - Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix album art The Gil Evans Orchestra* The Gil Evans Orchestra* - Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (Album) Bluebird (3), RCA 8409-4-RB US 1988 Sell This Version
TOCJ-50568, LA109-F Tony May - Sassy Soul Strut album art Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson - Sassy Soul Strut(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Blue Note, Blue Note TOCJ-50568, LA109-F Japan 2013 Sell This Version
CDSOL-45714 Tony May - Swiss Suite (Recorded At Montreux Jazz Festival) album art Oliver Nelson Oliver Nelson - Swiss Suite (Recorded At Montreux Jazz Festival)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Solid Records (6) CDSOL-45714 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
TWMSCD001 Tony May - Sapo album art Sapo Sapo - Sapo(CD, Album) Time Warp Music TWMSCD001 US Unknown Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

AR/7100/507 Tony May - Go Now album art Marian Love Marian Love - Go Now(7", Single, Promo) A&R AR/7100/507 US 1971 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

S4009 Tony May - Do It Now / (You Should Have Been A) Doctor album art Bessie Banks Bessie Banks - Do It Now / (You Should Have Been A) Doctor (Single) Spokane Records S4009 US 1964 Sell This Version
RSVP 1113 Tony May - Let's Have A Beach Party / Don't You Know (I Love You) album art The Pleasures The Pleasures - Let's Have A Beach Party / Don't You Know (I Love You)(7", Promo) RSVP RSVP 1113 US 1965 Sell This Version
DCP 1144 Tony May - Ain't Gonna Let It Get Me Down album art Gayle Harris Here I Go Again Gayle Harris - Ain't Gonna Let It Get Me Down(7", Single, Promo) DCP International DCP 1144 US 1965 Sell This Version
DCP 1133 Tony May - I Don't Wanna Do It album art Larry Banks I Don't Wanna Do It (as May) Larry Banks - I Don't Wanna Do It(7", Single, Promo) DCP International DCP 1133 US 1965 Sell This Version
RSVP 1102 Tony May - Don't You Know (I Love You) album art The Pleasures Don't You Know (I Love You) (as T. May) The Pleasures - Don't You Know (I Love You) (Single) RSVP RSVP 1102 US 1965 Sell This Version
72478 Tony May - Big Mistake / Teardrops 'Till Dawn album art Timi Yuro Big Mistake (as May) Timi Yuro - Big Mistake / Teardrops 'Till Dawn(7", Single) Mercury 72478 US 1965 Sell This Version
E-4366, E4366, E/SE-4366 Tony May - The Elegant Sound Of The Royalettes album art The Royalettes It's A Big Mistake (as May) The Royalettes - The Elegant Sound Of The Royalettes(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) MGM Records, MGM Records, MGM Records E-4366, E4366, E/SE-4366 US 1966 Sell This Version
K13507 Tony May - It's A Big Mistake / It's Better Not To Know album art The Royalettes It's A Big Mistake (as May) The Royalettes - It's A Big Mistake / It's Better Not To Know (Single) MGM Records K13507 US 1966 Sell This Version
VPS 13513 Tony May - Payin' Our Dues album art Anthony & The Imperials* You're Not That Girl Anymore (as May) Anthony & The Imperials* - Payin' Our Dues (Album) Veep VPS 13513 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
VK-10519 Tony May - I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You album art Bessie Banks Bessie Banks - I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You(7", Single, Promo) Verve Records VK-10519 US 1967 Sell This Version
ARL/7100/005, ARL 7100/005 Tony May - I Believe In Music album art Marian Love Don't Just Tell Me Marian Love - I Believe In Music (Album) A&R, A&R ARL/7100/005, ARL 7100/005 US 1971 Sell This Version
2C006-92881 Tony May - Don't Just Tell Me / Go Now album art Marian Love Don't Just Tell Me Marian Love - Don't Just Tell Me / Go Now(7", Single) Stateside 2C006-92881 France 1971 Sell This Version
CLP1300, CLP-1300 Tony May - Bustin' Out album art The Joe Cuba Sextet* = El Sexteto De Joe Cuba* Do You Feel It? = ¿Tu Lo Sientes? (as T. May) The Joe Cuba Sextet* = El Sexteto De Joe Cuba* - Bustin' Out (Album) Tico Records, Tico Records CLP1300, CLP-1300 Venezuela 1972 Sell This Version