Pender, Martha b. November 8, 1927 d. December 29, 2012 Opera Singer. A dramatic soprano, she sang leading roles in Europe for almost two decades then returned home to become a distinguished voice teacher. Born Martha Helen Pender, she was raised in north central Texas, graduated from Abilene High School, earned a degree from North Texas State University in 1949, then relocated to Rome where for the next 17 years she specialized in such 'heavyweight' soprano roles as Verdi's Ethopian Princess "Aida", Vincenzo Bellini's Druid Priestess "Norma"...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Elmwood Memorial Park, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Pendergrass, Teddy b. March 26, 1950 d. January 13, 2010 R&B Singer, Songwriter, Composer. Born Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, he was a major figure in the American Soul and R&B genres as both a singer and a songwriter during the 1970s and 80s. His hits included "Close the Door," "Love T.K.O.," "Joy," and "It Should Have Been You." The Philadelphia native was named Theodore, which means "gift from God," by his mother because she had suffered six previous miscarriages before giving birth to him. His father Jesse, who had left the family, was murdered...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Franconia 147
Pennell, Joe b. November 15, 1944 d. April 21, 2011 Rock Musician. He was a founding member and lead guitarist of the music group The Rivieras. Formed in 1962, they initially were called The Playmates. However, a group of the same name already existed so they renamed themselves The Rivieras after the 1962 car model the Buick Riviera. A recording session produced their classic "California Sun" under the Riviera label featuring Pennell's guitar playing. The hit peaked at number 5 on the US Pop Charts during the outbreak of the "British Invasion"...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Pennington (Ledford), Lily May b. March 17, 1917 d. July 14, 1985 Folk and Bluegrass musician. She began her career after being discovered at a talent contest in Chicago, Illinois, by local Radio DJ John Lair. Along with Evelyn "Daisy" Lange, Esther "Violet" Koehler and her sister, Rosie Ledford, they made up the all-girl group, 'The Coon Creek Girls.' They played all there own instruments, including the fiddle and banjo, and played authentic mountain music instead of sentimemtal and cowboy songs. One of the first all-girl groups to play string-instruments...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Berea Cemetery, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, USA
Penón, Arturo b. January 15, 1927 d. January 10, 2000 Orchesta leader. He played as first bandoneón at the famed Osvaldo Pugliese´s orchesta for 22 years. He composed the tangos "A un Artista del Pueblo," "Con el Mismo Barro," "Bien de Abajo," "Abrazo Fraternal," "Mi Sueño de Chiquilín" and many others. (Bio by: 380W) Cementerio de Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Peñuela, Antoñita b. April 19, 1947 d. June 5, 1975 Spanish Singer. She was born in Lorca, Murcia. She debuted in Valencia and recorded her first work in 1967. She is best remembered for her songs "La Espabilá," "La Agradecida," "A la Vera, Vera," "Vaya un Lio," "Como Está Mandao," "Sólo Quiero Cantar," "Bebí de tus Labios," "Perla Preciosa, " "Cautiva, " "Con las Manos Vacías," "Vestido Blanco y Negro" and "Fandangos de la Peñuela." A week after giving birth to her second child, she died in a car accident on her way to Madrid. She was buried in...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementerio de Torrente, Torrente, Provincia de València, Valenciana, Spain
Pepper Jr., Art (Arthur Edward) b. September 1, 1925 d. June 15, 1982 Musician. Born Arthur Edward Pepper in Gardena, California, he was a jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist. He began his career in the 1940s, playing with artist Benny Carter, Stan Kenton and by the 1950s, he was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists in jazz. His playing style was often referred as the West Coast Jazz musical movement and he finishing second to Charlie Parker as Best Alto Saxophonist in the Down Beat magazine Readers Poll of 1952. Some of his many albums included "...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Natural causes Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Abbey of the Psalms GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd)
Pepusch, Johann Christoph b. 1667 d. July 20, 1752 Composer. Born in Berlin, a son of a Protestant clergyman, Pepusch [also known in England as John Christopher] was appointed to the Prussian Court at the age of 14. He was a prolific composer of theatrical music, church music and instrumental works. In 1700 he moved to London where he was first employed as a viola player and later as harpsichordist at the Drury Lane Theatre. There he collaborated in the production of a series of masques. Among these was Venus and Adonis, the success of which...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Charterhouse, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Peralta, Angela b. July 6, 1845 d. August 30, 1883 Opera singer. Called the "Mexican Nightingale", she was her country's premiere soprano over a relatively short career. Born Maria de los Angeles Manuela Tranquilina, Cirila Efrena Peralta, she was raised in Mexico City under poor circumstances, worked as a servant girl, gave early evidence of talent, and first appeared in public at age eight performing a song by Donizetti. The good impression she made led to study at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica and to her operatic debut 15 singing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Panteón Civil de Dolores, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Peralta, Austin b. October 25, 1990 d. November 21, 2012 Musician, Composer. A child prodigy, he began playing the piano at age six and by age 15 was a featured performer at the 2006 Tokyo Jazz Festival, appearing with his own trio, as well as doing a live performance with major jazz and jazz fusion stars such as Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Sadao Watanabe, John Patitucci, Omar Hakim, and the young Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara. At age 16, he appeared at the internationally-known Java Jazz Festival. By age 22 he was performing regularly with Allan...[Read More] (Bio by: Whispers From The Grave) Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Peress, Irving b. July 31, 1917 d. November 13, 2014 American Folk Figure. Peress became internationally famous as a target of Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigation into alleged communism in the US military. He graduated from the City College of New York and was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. In 1940 he graduated from New York University’s Dental School, afterwards practicing in New York City. He attempted to join the military for World War II, but was medically unfit. He was drafted during the Korean War, commissioned in the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Perez, Johnny b. 1943 d. September 11, 2012 Rock Musician. A drummer, he was a founding member of the 1960s music group the Sir Douglas Quintet. During his high school years, he was a Golden Gloves amateur boxer, prior to gravitating towards a career in music. Along with his friend Doug Sham, fueled and influenced by the "British Invasion" the Sir Douglas Quintet came to fruition. They ventured out to California and came under the guidance of record producer Huey P. Meaux who secured them under his Tribe label. They would score a Top-20...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista [cenotaph] b. January 4, 1710 d. March 16, 1736 Composer. Most of his short life was spent in and around Naples. He began writing for the theatre while still a student and his comic intermezzo "La Serva Padrona" ("The Bossy Housemaid", 1733) is a delightful early example of opera buffa. Dissolute habits led to his contracting tuberculosis and in 1736 he retired to a Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli. Here he wrote his masterpiece, the moving "Stabat Mater". Pergolesi died impoverished at 26 and was buried in an unmarked mass grave at...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Pozzuoli, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista b. January 4, 1710 d. March 16, 1736 Composer. Most of his short life was spent in and around Naples. He began writing for the theatre while still a student and his comic intermezzo "La Serva Padrona" ("The Bossy Housemaid", 1733) is a delightful early example of opera buffa. Dissolute habits led to his contracting tuberculosis and in 1736 he retired to a Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli. Here he wrote his masterpiece, the moving "Stabat Mater". Pergolesi died impoverished at 26 and was buried in an unmarked mass grave at...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) San Procolo Cathedral, Pozzuoli, Provincia di Napoli, Campania, Italy Plot: Unmarked, gravesite lost
Peri, Jacopo b. August 20, 1561 d. August 12, 1633 Composer, Singer. Born in Rome, he settled in Florence and was associated with the Medici court and the Cammerata Society. It was for the latter that he wrote the first work to be called an opera today, "Dafne" (1597, now lost), and the first opera that has survived complete to the present, "Euridice" (1600). He sang the lead tenor roles in both productions. Peri created this new genre, which he called "dramma per musica", in an attempt to recapture the spirit of Greek tragedy, and he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Pericoli, Emilio b. January 7, 1928 d. April 9, 2013 Singer. He is best remembered for his cover version of the Betty Curtis' song "Al di là". Born 1947 in Cesenatico a small town in north-eastern Italy. After completing his studies in piano and guitar, he began his professional career as a singer in the Maestro Enzo Ceragioli's orchestra with whom he performed in Italy and all abroad for a few years. In 1954, he participated in the radio contest "Dieci canzoni da lanciare". The following year, he made his debut as an actor in the film "Il motivo...[Read More] (Bio by: Ruggero) Cesenatico Cemetery, Cesenatico, Provincia di Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Perkins, Carl b. April 9, 1932 d. January 19, 1998 Musician. Born Carl Lee Perkins in Tiptonville, Tennessee, he was a rockabilly guitarist, singer, songwriter and a rock music pioneer. He began playing guitar at age 7 and at age 13, he won at a talent show with a song he had written titled "Movie Magg". In the early 1950s, he formed a group called the Perkins Brothers which perform at a local honky tonks and appeared on WDXT radio in Jackson, Tennessee. He was touring with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, when he was signed by Sam Phillips to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Complications from multiple strokes Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee, USA GPS coordinates: 35.6538010, -88.8219604 (hddd.dddd)
Perkins, Luther b. January 8, 1928 d. August 5, 1968 Musician. As lead guitar player for Johnny Cash from 1955 until 1968, he was responsible for creating the very distinct sound behind Cash. Perkins, along with bass player Marshall Grant, became known as "The Tennessee Two". He played several different guitars, including the Fender Telecaster. The band was later changed to "The Tennessee Three" with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland. Perkins died at 40 from injuries sustained in a house fire. His position as lead guitarist was filled by Bob...[Read More] (Bio by: Tom Fascian) Cause of death: house fire started when a lit cigarette fell out of his mouth Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA