Age 31
January 31, 1797 - November 19, 1828
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof / Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 / Vienna / Austria / Europe
Franz Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short life, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly lieder), seven complete symphon...
Age 88
July 17, 1925 - June 12, 2014
Knollwood Cemetery / Mayfield Heights / Ohio / USA / North America
A jazz vocalist known for his naturally high contralto voice who started his career with Lionel Hampton and was a favorite of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles and Frankie Valli before becoming a solo artist. He is...
Age 23
April 16, 1971 - March 31, 1995
Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery / Corpus Christi / Texas / USA / North America
Considered among the most influential Latin artists of all time and is credited for catapulting Tejano music into the mainstream market, Selena, known as the Queen of Tejano Music, contributions to music and fashion made her one o...
Age 55
December 30, 1934 - February 8, 1990
Cremated / North America
His heyday as a chart-friendly star in the U.S. may have been brief, but on the strength of his biggest hit "Runaway" Del Shannon deserves to be regarded as a rock and roll legend. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Ha...
Age 94
May 23, 1910 - December 30, 2004
Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park / Westlake Village / California / USA / North America
Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists", Artie Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for h...
Age 72
May 28, 1923 - June 2, 1995
Forest Lawn Cemetery / Buffalo / New York / USA / North America
Elvin "Shep" Shepherd was a legendary saxophonist whose career spanned half a century. He traveled with such big name bands as Buck Clayton, Bill Doggett, Billy Ekstine, Erskin Hawkins, Lucky Milinder, and Nat Towles. During his s...
Age 82
December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998
Desert Memorial Park / Cathedral City / California / USA / North America
Frank "The Voice" Sinatra was an American singer, producer and motion-picture actor who, through a long career and a very public personal life, became one of the most sought-after performers in the entertainment industry. Often ha...
Age 26
April 13, 1962 - June 25, 1988
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Hillel Slovak was an Israeli-American musician best known as the founding guitarist of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he recorded two albums. His guitar work was rooted in funk and hard rock, and he oft...
Age 43
April 15, 1894 - September 26, 1937
Montlawn Cemetery / Sharon Hill / Pennsylvania / USA / North America
The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful voices of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Bessie Smith was a rough, crude, violent womanl who was also the...
Age 77
November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932
Historic Congressional Cemetery / Washington, D.C. / Washington, D.C. / USA / North America
John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. Some of his best known marches include "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United ...
Age 46
March 21, 1924 - April 24, 1970
Burr Oak Cemetery / Alsip / Illinois / USA / North America
Arguably the most important pianist of the postwar Chicago blues scene, Otis Spann started playing piano at the age of seven, with some instruction from local piano players in his native Jackson. By 1944 he was playing in local ba...
Age 73
October 25, 1825 - June 3, 1899
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof / Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 / Vienna / Austria / Europe
Johann Strauss II (also referred to as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger) was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas as well as a renown violinist. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrille...
Age 70
October 5, 1942 - February 27, 2013
Forest Lawn Memorial Park / Cypress / California / USA / North America
Richard Street was an American soul and R&B singer, most notable as a member of Motown vocal group The Temptations from 1971 to 1993. Street was the lead singer of an early Temptations predecessor, Otis Williams & the Distants, an...
Age 86
September 10, 1922 - November 1, 2008
Hollywood Forever Cemetery / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Yma Sumac (pronounced Eema) was a Peruvian coloratura soprano who was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music during the 1950s. Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range. It was often reporte...
Age 95
October 15, 1917 - February 5, 2013
Eternal Hills Memorial Park / Oceanside / California / USA / North America
Paul Tanner (October 15, 1917 – February 5, 2013) was an American musician and a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tanner gained fame as a trombonist, playing with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra from 1938 to 1942, the group'...
Age 87
February 22, 1913 - February 10, 2001
Pinelawn Memorial Park / Farmingdale / New York / USA / North America
Buddy Tate was jazz saxophone player who made a name for himself playing with such greats as Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman as well as with his own band for over 20 years at the Celebrity Club in Harlem, New York City.
Age 47
October 13, 1909 - November 5, 1956
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) / Glendale / California / USA / North America
Art Tatum transported the art of jazz piano improvisation beyond the real and imagined confines of his day. Technically the most advanced and respected pianist in the 1920s nd 1930s, Tatum's influence on later jazz pianist - Bud P...
Age 62
September 24, 1933 - August 11, 1996
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
His name might not be familiar, but music fans young and old would recognize his signature drumbeat on one of the most popular instrumental songs ever recorded – “Hawaii Five-O” by the Ventures. Joining the Ventures after th...
Age 58
August 20, 1905 - January 15, 1964
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Until Jack Teagarden, jazz trombone sounded like "a dying cow in a thunderstorm" according to jazz trombonist Vic Dickerson. Like musical innovators Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker before him Teagarden developed new ideas and a...
Age 38
July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991
Mount St. Mary's Cemetery / Flushing / New York / USA / North America
One cannot talk about the origins of punk rock without mentioning the New York Dolls and their lead guitarist - Johnny Thunders. This underrated American glam band played an important role in influencing bands as diverse as the Se...