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Musical geniuses, artful songwriters and legendary performers leave indelible marks on history and culture and on the lives of fans and listeners, often generations later. The final resting places of these stars and entertainers give fans an opportunity to pay homage to the artists who’ve influenced them. With our collection of publicly viewable gravesites, you can pay your respects to those who influenced your musical journey on your next trip.
No list of musical icons would be complete without Prince, whose prolific career spanned both genres and decades. Paisley Park outside of Minneapolis serves as a suitable shrine to his legacy and even occasionally puts his ashes on display. The site, which was both Prince’s studio and home, is now a museum celebrating Prince’s life and his music. The rock icon, 57, died in April 2016 of an overdose. To complete the visit, pay your respects to “Purple Rain” and “purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka,” which is close to the museum.
The Grammy-nominated American rapper, artist, activist and entrepreneur was murdered in 2019 outside a clothing store he owned in Los Angeles. Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle founded a record label (All Money In) and a clothing brand and retail store, Marathon Clothing, in the Crenshaw commercial district of Los Angeles in addition to building a substantial following as a hip hop rapper and artist. Countless murals were created to memorialize Nipsey upon his death. His gravesite is located inside the Court of Liberty section of Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh native and multi-faceted millennial rapper, producer and musical collaborator born Malcolm McCormick, died of an overdose in 2018 at the age of 26. His short but prolific career has been celebrated and memorialized by fans at his gravesite, located inside the Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
The British singer songwriter Amy Winehouse burst on the international scene with her second album, Back to Black in 2006. The smash single from that album, “Rehab,” quickly made her a household name in the U.S., where she won five Grammys in 2008, tied at the time for the most awards for a female artist in one Grammy ceremony. Winehouse died in 2011 at 27 from alcohol poisoning. She is buried at Edgwarebury Cemetery in London.
American rapper and songwriter Christopher Lee Rios rose to fame under the stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher) in the late 1980s and 1990s. Raised in a Puerto Rican family in New York’s South Bronx neighborhood, the rapper was a champion for the working class. Pun’s 1998 full-length debut, “Capital Punishment,” became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. He died of a heart attack in 2000 at age 28. Pun’s gravesite can be found inside the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery
Fans have purchased more than 200 million Whitney Houston albums, making her one of the best-selling pop artists of all time. She also delivered one of the most iconic renditions of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl. But Houston was more than a platinum-selling musician, as she starred in numerous films, including “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.” Houston accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub in 2012 at the age of 48. She’s buried at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, about 16 miles south of Manhattan.
Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis wasn’t alive long enough to experience his band’s rise to fame. He took his own life in May 1980, just as the band was preparing to release its sophomore record. Fans of the British new wave group (and of its subsequent iteration, New Order) will find Curtis’s gravesite inside Macclesfield Cemetery in Macclesfield, less than an hour’s drive from Manchester, England.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was one of the most prolific artists in music history, recording more than 100 charted hits and 20 No. 1 R&B singles over a career that spanned more than 60 years. Her most popular songs include “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think.” In 1987, she became the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Franklin died in 2018 at the age of 76 of pancreatic cancer. She was laid to rest in the main mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
One of the most famous and prolific artists to be cut down in his prime, Jimi Hendrix dazzled audiences with his unconventional and impassioned guitar playing, later remembered as one of the greatest to ever play the instrument. Hendrix’s gravesite can be found at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington, an inner-ring suburb of Seattle. Hendrix, 27, died in September 1970 after he was found unresponsive in a London hotel. Hendrix’s gravesite features a statue of the guitarist’s iconic Fender Stratocaster as part of a stone shrine.
Jim Morrison, the iconic frontman and lead singer for the Doors, is rumored by some to have faked his death at 27 and lived on after his reportedly overdose-induced heart failure in Paris in 1971. Morrison’s fans often visit his gravesite at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, where other musical greats including classical Polish pianist Frédéric Chopin are also interred.
Roy Orbison and Frank Zappa
West Los Angeles’ Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is the final resting place for a number of celebrities and entertainment industry greats. Inside you can find the headstone of rock legends Roy Orbison, who died of a heart attack in 1988 at 52, and Frank Zappa, who died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52. Other famous residents include Hugh Hefner and Rodney Dangerfield.
If you’re in Los Angeles, once you’ve visited Westwood Village you might also run up the road to Burbank in north-central L.A. to visit Mount Sinai Memorial Park. There you’ll find the gravesites of a host of entertainers and movie stars from the area’s Jewish community, among them the final resting place of Cass Elliot, better known as Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas, who died of heart failure in 1974 at the age of 32.
A rock and roll pioneer, Chuck Berry’s work as a singer, guitarist and songwriter helped to define the sound of American rock and roll in the 1950s. The creator of the timeless “Johnny B. Goode” among other titles was laid to rest in his native St. Louis after his death in 2017 at age 90. The Berry family Mausoleum can be found inside Bellerive Heritage Gardens.
The 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly at just 22 years old—along with young rock greats Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson—was so tragic it was memorialized a decade later in Don McLean’s “American Pie” as “the day the music died.” Holly fans can visit the iconic singer’s gravesite at Lubbock Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas.
Louis Armstrong, the iconic jazz trumpeter and composer, is credited with dozens of timeless hit songs including “What A Wonderful World” and “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and was a trailblazer in the jazz traditions of improvisation and scat singing. Armstrong’s gravesite can be found inside Flushing Cemetery in Queens, New York, with a gravestone featuring Armstrong’s nickname, “Satchmo” and a white marble trumpet and handkerchief. He died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 69.
Ellington’s indelible mark on jazz history is memorialized throughout his home city of Washington, D.C., but the pianist, composer and jazz orchestra leader had perhaps his biggest impact in the New York swing jazz scene in the 1920s and 1930s and throughout his tours of Europe during the same period. Ellington’s gravesite can be visited at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. He died in 1974 at 75 from complications from lung cancer.
Roy Rogers grew up in Ohio before finding his way to California at age 19, where he formed a band later known as the Sons of the Pioneers. Rogers would find success with the group recording “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” among other hits before eventually launching an equally, if not more successful acting career. He became known as the “King of the Cowboys,” and appeared in more than 100 films along with numerous radio and television episodes of his iconic “Roy Rogers Show.” The country music and western film star, who died of congestive heart failure in 1998 at the age of 86, is buried along with his wife and co-star Dale Evans at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in San Bernardino County’s Apple Valley.
Johnny Cash, the American singer, guitarist and actor was known for his sorrowful songs about loss, redemption and moral trepidation. Cash cultivated the image of an outlaw as he fought his own battles with alcoholism and substance abuse. The iconic performer died of respiratory failure in 2003 at 71 years old. He was laid to rest inside Hendersonville Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee, next to his wife, June Carter Cash.
Hank Williams Sr.
Hank Williams Sr. was well-known and widely acclaimed for his traditional-style country music, sung in a bluesy, honky-tonk style that he helped pioneer. He produced dozens of hits including an early rock and roll crossover, “Move It On Over.” Williams’ hard living caught up to him and he died at the early age of 29 on New Year’s Day, 1953. The singer and songwriter is buried at Oakwood Annex Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama.