On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 21

  • 1782 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, dies at 63

Person of interestRobert Burns

1796 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, dies at 37

Poet and Lyricist Robert Burns
Poet and Lyricist
Robert Burns
  • 1891 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1910 Johan Peter Selmer, Norwegian composer, dies at 66
  • 1948 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58
  • 1950 Albert Riemenschneider, American pianist, educator, musicologist, and founder of America'a oldest Bach Festiva, dies at 71
  • 1968 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1984 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1993 Richard Tee, American pianist, singer and arranger (Slip' Slidin' Away, In Your Eyes), dies of prostate cancer at 49
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1995 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 2000 Stanojlo Rajičić, Serbian composer, educator, and musicologist, dies at 79
  • 2002 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, early David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • 2004 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (The Twilight Zone; Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
  • 2005 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, dies at 91
  • 2015 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), dies at 79
  • 2019 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93
  • 2020 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]