On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 26

  • 1552 Heinrich Faber, German composer
  • 1630 William Brade, English composer and violinist (1st Englishman to write a canzona), dies at 70
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright (b. 1653)
  • 1733 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, dies at 46
  • 1766 August Bernhard Valentin Herbing, German organist and composer, dies at 30
  • 1770 Francois Hanot, French composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1770 Giuseppe Tartini, Venetian Baroque composer and violinist (Trillo del Diavolo), dies at 77
  • 1810 Johann Ernst Rembt, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 David Moritz Michael, German composer who worked in America, dies at 75
  • 1857 Ole Andreas Lindeman, Norwegian composer and musician, dies at 88
  • 1859 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • 1889 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1906 Manuel Fernandez Caballero, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1913 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), dies from a stroke at 77
  • 1918 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, Spanish violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1926 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, Danish composer and pianist, dies at 75

  • 1933 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1950 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • 1953 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • 1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1971 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1977 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1977 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1977 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36

Person of interestHoward Hanson

1981 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1989 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1990 Cornell Gunther, American musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • 1990 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectations), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1991 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer songwriter, dies at 75
  • 1995 Willie Johnson, American electric blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years"), dies at 71
  • 1996 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn's disease at 77
  • 2008 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2011 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • 2012 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, dies at 90
  • 2014 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), dies at 59
  • 2016 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, dies at 80
  • 2016 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2017 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 2017 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76