On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 1977

  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • May 16 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (St Louis Symphony, 1958-62), dies at 50
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays - "Love Train"; "Backstabbers"), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiří Reinberger, Czech organist and 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
  • May 30 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76