On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 1996

  • May 1 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer & teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, American singer & songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies at 46
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus; Windows), dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • May 28 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77
  • May 29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • May 31 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • May 31 Ton de Leeuw, Dutch composer, dies at 69