Deaths in Music in May 1996

  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, #Musician, 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, 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 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