On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 26

  • 1648 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • 1907 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1922 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • 1924 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1951 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • 1972 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1984 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer & conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Manuel EnrĂ­quez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country musician (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79