Deaths in Music in May 1991

  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • May 13 Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • May 15 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • May 22 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • May 24 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)