On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 21

  • 1695 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Indian Queen), dies at 36
  • 1710 Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1813 William Russell, English composer and organist, dies at 36
  • 1863 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1907 Gaetano Braga, composer, dies at 78
  • 1920 Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68
  • 1953 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 60
  • 1954 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1972 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1974 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • 1992 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, dies
  • 1995 Peter Grant, English rock band manager (Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1996 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1997 Robert Simpson, British classical composer, and broadcaster (BBC), dies at 76
  • 1999 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2002 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), dies at 68
  • 2005 Bill D'Angelo, American heavy metal guitarist (Femme Fatale, 1987-90), dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 2013 Bernard Parmegiani, French composer (L'Oeil écoute - The Eye Listens), dies at 86
  • 2017 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67
  • 2018 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), dies of cancer at 41