Musicians Who Died on June 21

  • 1621 Kryštof Harant, Czech nobleman, soldier, writer, and composer, dies at about 57
  • 1887 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, dies at 67
  • 1900 Polibo Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1908 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (Sheherazade), dies at 64 (OS 8 Jun)
  • 1914 Glauco Velasquez, Brazilian composer, dies at 30
  • 1946 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), dies at 90
  • 1975 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1979 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 1980 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1981 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • 1986 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), dies at 63
  • 1990 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • 1992 Thomas Whitfield, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • 1993 Ticho Parly, Danish tenor, dies at 64
  • 1997 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer ("I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night"; "In The Rain"), dies at 68 or 73 [birth year disputed]
  • 1997 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1999 Kami [Ukyō Kamimura], Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 27
  • 2000 Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Lousadzak, Ukiyo), dies at 89
  • 2001 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen"), dies at 83
  • 2002 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • 2012 Richard Adler, American musical theater composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees)), dies at 90
  • 2015 Gunther Schuller, American horn player and jazz composer ("Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize, 1994), dies at 89
  • 2016 Wayne Lamar Jackson, American soul and R&B trumpeter (Mar-Keys; The Memphis Horns), dies of congestive heart failure at 74
  • 2017 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 2019 Elliot Roberts [Rabinowitz] American music manager (Joni Mitchell; Neil Young), and label executive (Asylum Records), dies at 76
  • 2021 Pat Lupo, American rock bassist (Beaver Brown Band, 1972-94 - "On The Dark Side"; "Tough All Over"), dies at 66
  • 2022 James Rado [Radomski], American stage actor, playwright, director, and composer (Hair!; Rainbow), dies at 90