Age 22
January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001
Ferncliff Cemetery / Hartsdale / New York / USA / North America
In her heyday, it seemed like the Grammy-nominated singer was destined for a long career, having made the leap from music to modeling and acting. But sadly that career ended suddenly when she died in a tragically, yet totally prev...
Age 25
June 9, 1929 - December 25, 1954
New Park Cemetery / Memphis / Tennessee / USA / North America
A popular R&B singer with a string of eight hits in a row including "Cross My Heart" and "Please Forgive Me", he blew his brains out on Christmas Day between sets after telling everyone ‘It’s okay! Gun’s not loaded… see?...
Age 70
October 12, 1941 - October 11, 2012
Cimetière du Père Lachaise / Paris / France / Europe
Frank Alamo was a French singer who achieved his greatest success in the 1960s. With his boy-next-door image and plaintive voice, the yéyé singer Frank Alamo was an engaging "idole des jeunes" – teenage idol – and a const...
Age 81
February 15, 1905 - April 23, 1986
Ferncliff Cemetery / Hartsdale / New York / USA / North America
Harold Arlen was an American composer writing over 500 songs, several known worldwide. Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. Some of his best known work includes "Over the Rainbow", "Stormy Weather...
Age 85
June 7, 1845 - July 15, 1930
Ferncliff Cemetery / Hartsdale / New York / USA / North America
Leopold Auer was a renown Hungarian violinist, academic, conductor and composer, best known as an outstanding violin teacher. Many notable virtuoso violinists including Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, and Efrem Zimbalist were among ...
Age 53
August 13, 1939 - June 10, 1993
Ferncliff Cemetery / Hartsdale / New York / USA / North America
Arleen Auger was an American soprano opera singer known for her melodic voice and interpretations of works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Monteverdi, Mozart, and Schubert. Auger won a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1994 f...
Age 91
September 29, 1907 - October 2, 1998
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Gene Autry, nicknamed the Singing Cowboy, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, rodeo performer, and baseball owner who gained fame largely by singing in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for mo...
Age 34
July 13, 1936 - November 25, 1970
Highland Park Cemetery / Cleveland / Ohio / USA / North America
Ayler was an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist, singer and composer and the older brother of jazz trumpeter Donald Ayler. Ayler began recording music during the free-form jazz era of the 1960s and evoked incredibly strong and...
Age 94
May 22, 1924 - October 1, 2018
Cimetière de Montfort-l'Amaury / Cimetière de Montfort-l'Amaury / France / Europe
Charles Aznavour was a French singer of Armenian ancestry, as well as a songwriter, lyricist, actor and diplomat. Aznavour was known for his distinctive vibrato tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly an...
Age 64
March 25, 1881 - September 26, 1945
Farkasréti Cemetery / Budapest / New York / Hungary / Europe
Béla Bartók was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and one founders of comparative musicology (ethnomusicologist). He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century, and he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hung...
Age 61
December 1, 1947 - March 14, 2009
Cimetière du Père Lachaise / Paris / France / Europe
Alain Bashung was a French singer, songwriter and actor credited with reviving the French chanson in "a time of French musical turmoil" and was one of the most influential and admired French singer/songwriters of the last 40 years...
Age 74
October 24, 1927 - December 18, 2001
Cimetière du Père Lachaise / Paris / France / Europe
Gilbert Bécaud was a French singer, composer, pianist and actor known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances. His best-known hits are "Nathalie" and "Et maintenant", a 1961 release that became an English langu...
Age 56
December 17, 1770 - March 26, 1827
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof / Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 / Vienna / Austria / Europe
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist who remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. His works rank among the most performed of the classical music repertoire and span the transitio...
Age 28
March 10, 1903 - August 6, 1931
Oakdale Memorial Gardens / Davenport / Iowa / USA / North America
Bix Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, pianist and composer who was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. As a cornet player noted for an inventive lyrical approach and purity of tone and with such clari...
Age 27
December 15, 1932 - February 6, 1960
Evergreen Cemetery / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
As author of the best known do-wop hit “Earth Angel” and “Good Night My Love,” Jesse Belvin was one of the premier voices of the West Coast black vocal music before his life (and that of his driver and wife) was cut short ...
Age 44
November 28, 1947 - August 2, 1992
Cimetière de Montmartre / Paris / France / Europe
Michel Berger was a popular French singer and songwriter and a leading figure of France's pop music scene for two decades as a singer. As a songwriter he was active for such artists as his wife France Gall, Françoise Hardy and J...
Age 33
November 2, 1908 - June 2, 1942
Annunciation Cemetery / Fox Lake / Wisconson / USA / North America
Bunny Berigan was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader who rose to fame during the swing era of the 1930s and early 40s. Although he composed some jazz instrumentals such as "Chicken and Waffles" and "Blues", Berigan was bes...
Age 57
December 11, 1926 - July 25, 1985
Inglewood Park Cemetery / Inglewood / California / USA / North America
Janis Joplin called her one of her inspirations and Living Blues magazine described her as "two hundred pounds of boogaloo." Of course, fans and musicians alike just called her Big Mama Thornton. A rhythm-and-blues singer and song...
Age 47
May 1, 1924 - January 23, 1972
Evergreen Memorial Park / Bedford Heights / Ohio / USA / North America
Her impressive stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and S...
Age 70
March 29, 1906 - March 10, 1977
Mount Auburn Cemetery / Cambridge / Massachusetts / USA / North America
From the late 1930's on, Mr. Biggs was a dominant figure in the U.S. in arousing interest in serious organ music and in changing the style of its performance. Through his concert tours, weekly recitals over Columbia Broadcasting S...