Age 40
February 19, 1957 - February 6, 1998
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof / Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234 / Vienna / Austria / Europe
His name was Falco, and the image of sharp suit and slick-back hair already set him apart from the glam rockers and post-punks of the late 80s. He was a musician; a singer; a rapper. A gentleman, a womanizer; he hated garden gnome...
Age 81
August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991
Fairhaven Memorial Park / Santa Ana / California / USA / North America
Keith Richard's once said "thank God for Leo Fender". For it was Leo Fender, with $600 in his pocket, started the Fender Radio Service company during World War II which eventually led to a lifetime obsession with creating and buil...
Age 47
December 3, 1914 - August 23, 1962
Sharon Memorial Park / Sharon / Massachusetts / USA / North America
Irving Fine was an American composer with a remarkable gift for lyricism, whose masterfully crafted scores inevitably "sing." Aaron Copland wrote that his music "wins us over through its keenly conceived sonorities and its fully r...
Age 72
February 13, 1919 - October 17, 1991
Alta Mesa Memorial Park / Palo Alto / California / USA / North America
American singer known for his rich bass-baritone voice in singing country, pop, and gospel, Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit recordings include "The Shotgun Boogie" and "Sixteen Tons". Ford also was a television host and known for his e...
Age 79
September 21, 1921 - May 20, 2001
Holly Ridge Cemetery / Holly Ridge / Mississippi / USA / North America
Not to be confused with Little Willy Foster from Chicago, Willie Foster was a talented delta blues harmonica player who was born into poverty who ended up eventually in Chicago playing for tips on Maxwell Street. Shortly after he ...
Age 75
July 21, 1939 - January 15, 2015
Hollywood Forever Cemetery / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Hunter S. Thompson once said "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." A more apt description of fo...
Age 39
February 1, 1939 - March 11, 1978
Cimetière de Dannemois / Dannemois / France / Europe
Claude François was a popular French pop singer, composer, songwriter, record producer, drummer and dancer. François co-wrote the lyrics of "Comme d'habitude" (composed by Jacques Revaux), the original version of "My Way" (as ma...
Age 52
October 12, 1942 - February 23, 1995
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
It has been over five decades since The Temptations were first founded and in that time there have been 22 different members of the group, but it is the ‘Classic Five’ (and the post-Classic Five, Dennis Edwards) line-up that m...
Age 43
December 15, 1921 - January 20, 1965
Lake View Cemetery / Cleveland / Ohio / USA / North America
Alan Freed was an American disc jockey and Rock and Roll’s first great evangelist and martyr. Freed became associated with the genre on July 11, 1951, when he started hosting a radio show with the purpose of exposing white teena...
Age 47
March 31, 1928 - July 19, 1975
Forest Lawn Memorial Garden / Goodlettsville / Tennessee / USA / North America
Widely considered one of the greatest country singers who ever lived, Lefty Frizzell's body of work gives little indication of the enormous stylistic impact he had on country music beginning in the 1950s. Had Lefty died the way Ha...
Age 63
April 15, 1936 - October 12, 1999
Magnolia Cemetery / Helena / Arkansas / USA / North America
One of the foremost Delta blues harmonica players of his generation. Frank Frost only picked up the harmonica after an accident damaged his hand that prevented him from continuing with guitar. Taught by Sonny Boy Williams II, Fran...
Age 23
October 22, 1942 - July 18, 1966
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
"I fought the law and the law won". These words became an anthem for a generation of disaffected youth during the turbulent 60s. Written and sung by Bobby Fuller fronting the Bobby Fuller Four, like so many young talent of those u...
Age 62
April 2, 1928 - March 2, 1991
Cimetière du Montparnasse / Paris / France / Europe
Serge Gainsbourg was a French musician, singer-songwriter, author, filmmaker and actor. Regarded as the most important figure in French pop whilst alive, he was renowned for often provocative and scandalous releases which caused u...
Age 70
October 9, 1947 - January 7, 2018
Cimetière de Montmartre / Paris / France / Europe
France Gall was a French yé-yé singer who first rose to fame in 1965 when, at the age of 17, she won the Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg. What little did she know at the time was the song that she won the Eurovision Song ...
Age 70
November 22, 1946 - February 5, 2017
Knollwood Cemetery / Mayfield Heights / Ohio / USA / North America
Geraci made his mark in the Cleveland music scene as the lead singer for the Outsiders. Signed to Capital Records they released four Top-40 hits including "Girl in Love" and "Help Me Girl". In 1971 Geraci scored his biggest hit s...
Age 30
March 5, 1958 - March 10, 1988
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Andy Gibb was an English singer and teen idol, and the youngest brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, aka the Bee Gees. He came to international fame in the late 1970s, with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the US. For a...
Age 77
May 30, 1909 - June 13, 1986
Long Ridge Union Cemetery / Stamford / Connecticut / USA / North America
American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". Benny Goodman led one of the first integrated jazz groups and help start the careers of many jazz musicians including Lionel Hampton, trumpeters Ziggy Elman an...
Age 32
December 10, 1926 - February 7, 1959
Moses Allen Chapel Calvary Cemeteries / Thibodaux / Louisiana / USA / North America
In the 1950s, no blues guitarist even came close to equaling the flamboyant Guitar Slim on stage. A masterful guitarist who pioneered the use of the distorted guitar solo, Slim would appear on stage resplendent in a blue suit, blu...
Age 88
July 9, 1919 - May 26, 2008
Desert Memorial Park / Cathedral City / California / USA / North America
Earle Hagen was a talented Hollywood composer and musician who wrote some of the most famous theme songs in television history. Hagen's memorably melodic riffs in a variety of musical genres graced the score of dozens of televisio...
Age 36
May 5, 1965 - December 15, 2001
Hollywood Forever Cemetery / Los Angeles / California / USA / North America
Halstead performed as a singer and bassist in Los Angeles punk band Butt Trumpet before departing with two other members — guitarists Blare N. Bitch and Sharon Needles — to form Betty Blowtorch. She died during a tour with Nas...