Deaths in Music in May 1977

  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 26 Jim Boles, American actor (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, One Man's Family), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52