Musicians Who Died on July 21

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

Robert BurnsRobert Burns (1759-1796)

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

  • 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 Festival, dies at 71
  • 1968 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • 1981 Lawrence "Snub" Mosley, American jazz trombonist (Alphonso Trent Orchestra; Louis Armstrong), bandleader, and promoter of the slide saxophone ("The Man With The Funny Little Horn"),, dies at 75 [1]
  • 1984 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • 1993 Richard Tee [Ten Ryk], American jazz and session pianist, and arranger (Paul Simon - "Slip' Slidin' Away"; Peter Gabriel - "In Your Eyes"; Grover Washington, Jr - "Just The Two Of Us"), 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 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • 2015 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 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]