On This Day

Year 2021 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • Sep 2 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 96
  • Sep 3 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, dies at 97
  • Sep 5 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), dies of breast cancer at 39
  • Sep 7 Phil Schaap, American Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, DJ, author and educator, dies of cancer at 70
  • Sep 13 George Wein, American music promoter (Newport Jazz Festival; Newport Folk Festival; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), dies at 95
  • Sep 16 Jane Powell [Suzanne Burce], American singer and actress (Royal Wedding; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dies at 92
  • Sep 20 Sarah Dash, American pop, R&B, and disco singer (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds; Labelle - "Lady Marmalade"), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Melvin Van Peebles, American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, dies at 89
  • Sep 23 (Alfred) "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken"; "Cold Sweat"), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Sep 26 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), dies of esophageal cancer at 77
  • Sep 28 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 79 [1]
  • Sep 28 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Susanna; Prince of Players), dies at 95
  • Oct 6 Pat Fish [Huntrods], British guitarist (The Jazz Butcher), dies at 63
  • Oct 8 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), dies at 71
  • Oct 18 Edita Gruberová, Slovak operatic soprano, dies at 74
  • Oct 19 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), dies at 92 [1]
  • Oct 21 (Nils) Einár [Grönberg], Swedish rapper ("Första klass"; "Katten i trakten"), shot to death in suspected gang-related incident at 19
  • Oct 22 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), dies of pneumonia and complications from dementia at 82