Deaths in Music on April 21

  • 1652 Pietro Della Valle, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1696 Andres de Sola, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1780 Ferdinand Zellbell the younger, Swedish composer, co-founder of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • 1878 Temistocle Solera, composer, dies at 62
  • 1898 Louis Theodore Gouvy, composer, dies at 78
  • 1900 Heinrich Vogl, composer, dies at 55
  • 1939 Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66
  • 1948 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • 1961 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • 1968 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • 1975 Jack Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70
  • 1978 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • 1991 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • 1999 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), dies at 94
  • 2000 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70

Person of interestNina Simone

2003 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 2007 Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)

Person of interestPrince (Rogers Nelson)

2016 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57

  • 2016 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), dies at 74