Deaths in Music in May 1997

  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 26 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • May 30 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), dies of a drug overdose at 36