Musicians Who Died on October 21

  • 1662 Henry Lawes, British sacred and secular songwriter, dies at 66
  • 1793 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1798 Johann Christoph Schmugel, German organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1805 Johann Baptist Lasser, German singer and composer, dies at 54
  • 1810 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • 1897 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • 1905 Jose Teodor Vilar, composer, dies at 69
  • 1919 Sven August Körling, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 1924 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1965 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumor at 39
  • 1965 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42

Jack KerouacJack Kerouac (1922-1969)

American novelist and poet of the Beat Generation (On the Road, Mexico Blues), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47

  • 1969 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • 1977 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48
  • 1981 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, dies at 77
  • 1982 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • 1984 Dalibor Cyril Vačkář, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1995 Maxene Andrews, American pop and sing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Shannon Hoon, American vocalist (Blind Melon), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 2003 (Steven) Elliott Smith, American Academy Award nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), dies of suspected self-inflicted stab wounds at 34 [1]
  • 2006 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56
  • 2011 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, dies at 100
  • 2020 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), dies at 107 [1]
  • 2021 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), dies at 92 [1]
  • 2021 Nils Einár Grönberg, Swedish rapper ("Första klass"; "Katten i trakten"), shot to death in suspected gang-related incident at 19