On This Day

Deaths in Music 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
  • 1920 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's √Čtudes) 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
  • 1995 Peter Grant, English rock band manager, dies at 60
  • 1995 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1996 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 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)
  • 2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • 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