Deaths in Music in May 2000

  • May 3 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • May 6 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 18 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician and arranger (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), dies at 77
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)