1996 – Singer Elsbeary Hobbs dies at the age of 60.
1996 – Trombonist Bob Stroup dies at the age of 58.
1996 – Jazz pianist James George “Jimmy” Rowles dies at the age of 78.
1996 – Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.
1996 – Concert promoter Ivan Sutton dies at the age of 82.
1996 – Musician Matima Kinuani Mpiosso dies at the age of 45.
1996 – Bradly Nowell, lead singer of the group Sublime, dies of a heroin overdose in a San Francisco hotel room.
1996 – Musician Barney (Bernard Jean) Wilen dies at the age of 59.
1996 – Blues guitarist Johnny “Guitar” Watson dies while touring Japan. b. 3rd February 1935, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. d. 17th May 1996, Yokohama, Japan. Johnny Guitar Watson’s career went back to the early 50’s in Houston. As a teenager, Johnny played with various artists including Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. His father played piano, which […]
1996 – During a Smashing Pumpkins concert at a Dublin rock club, a girl is crushed to death in the mosh pit.
1996 – Unfortunate Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has spousal battery charges refiled against him in Los Angeles. He had failed to finish a substance abuse counseling program, one of the conditions of the 1995 charges being dropped.