On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 2012

  • May 1 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65

Person of interestAdam Yauch

May 4 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • May 5 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - Slip Sliding Away), dies at 72
  • May 13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist, dies at 70
  • May 16 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75

Person of interestDonna Summer

May 17 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • May 18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86

Person of interestRobin Gibb

May 20 Robin Gibb, British singer-songwriter, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • May 20 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), dies at 67
  • May 29 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89