Deaths in Music on May 21

  • 1812 Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
  • 1815 Roman Hoffstetter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1817 Johann Friedrich Christmann, composer, dies at 64
  • 1844 Guiseppi Baini, composer, dies at 68
  • 1860 Johannes Frederick Frohlich, composer, dies at 53
  • 1885 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1895 Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), dies at 76
  • 1897 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1926 Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer, dies at 65
  • 1954 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • 1957 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • 1973 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • 1976 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • 1979 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1983 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • 1999 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • 2006 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 2015 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60