On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 21

  • 1734 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1755 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1807 John Newton, English cleric and hymnist, died at 82
  • 1820 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, dies at 45
  • 1864 William Henry Fry, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1890 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1906 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 58
  • 1940 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, dies as a result of a car accident at 36
  • 1941 Peetie Wheatstraw [William Bunch], American blues singer, songwriter, and piano player, dies on his 39th birthday when the car in which he was a passenger met a freight train
  • 1957 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1957 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love") (d. 2020)
  • 1965 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, dies at 74
  • 1984 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), dies at 56
  • 1989 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1997 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • 1998 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 2012 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), dies at 70
  • 2013 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • 2016 Weston Noble, American music educator and conductor (Luther College, 1948-2005), dies at 94
  • 2017 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, dies at 91
  • 2020 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), dies at 78 [1]