On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 2004

  • May 4 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" ), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • May 12 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • May 15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 27 Denis ApIvor, British composer, dies at 88
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), dies of an intentional heroin overdose at 61
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62