Deaths in Music in May 2006

  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)