On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 21

  • 1626 John Dowland, English composer (In Darkness We Dwell), dies at 62
  • 1638 Ignazio Donati, Italian composer (c. 1570)
  • 1665 Domenico Mazzocchi, Italian Baroque composer, dies at 72
  • 1746 Gottfried Kirchhoff, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1851 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), dies at 49
  • 1882 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1883 Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1884 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1888 Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer, dies at 83
  • 1891 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), dies at 48
  • 1894 Guillaume Lekeu, Belgian composer (Épithalame), dies of typhoid fever at 24
  • 1931 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1942 Henryk Opieński, Polish violinist, conductor, choral director, composer (Zygmunt August and Barbara), and musicologist (Moniuszko), dies at 72
  • 1943 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1948 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian light opera composer, dies at 72
  • 1959 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61

  • 1961 John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • 1975 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1977 John Vincent, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1977 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1983 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 34
  • 1984 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), dies at 49
  • 1989 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1992 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • 1993 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1999 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • 1999 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), dies at 76
  • 1999 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2002 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2010 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2013 Michael Adamis, Greek electro-acoustic music composer, dies at 83
  • 2015 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), dies at 85
  • 2017 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2017 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), dies at 86
  • 2019 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87