On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 1989

  • May 9 Keith Whitley, American country music singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 11 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83