On This Day

Deaths in Music on February 21

  • 1790 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1842 Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer and Chopin's first piano teacher, dies at 85
  • 1876 Henry John Gauntlett, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1884 John Pike Hullah, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1919 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1925 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1938 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • 1948 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • 1949 Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • 1956 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1971 Adolph Weiss, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1972 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • 1979 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • 1982 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey (5th Beatle), dies at 60
  • 1989 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, dies at 64
  • 1991 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), dies at 71
  • 1992 Eva A Jessye, American singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • 1992 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), dies at 82
  • 2001 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • 2004 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), dies at 57
  • 2004 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 88
  • 2005 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • 2015 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2016 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, dies at 88
  • 2017 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • 2019 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • 2019 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, dies at 82