Musicians Who Died on February 26

  • 1552 Heinrich Faber, German singer, music theorist, and composer, dies at about 52
  • 1630 William Brade, English composer and violinist (1st Englishman to write a canzona), dies at 70
  • 1723 Thomas d'Urfey, English songwriter and playwright who helped evolve ballad opera, dies at around 69-70
  • 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 organist (Trondheim Vor Frelsers Kirke, 1799-57), composer, and educator, dies at 88
  • 1859 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • 1889 Karl Davydov, Russian virtuoso cellist, dies at 51
  • 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 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 Kuyper, Dutch pianist, conductor, composer, educator, and women's rights activist dies at 75
  • 1962 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1970 Ethel Leginska [Liggins], British pianist, conductor, composer, and music educator, dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1971 Josef Berg, Czech composer, and librettist 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

Howard Hanson

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

  • 1982 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • 1989 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • 1989 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • 1990 Cornell Gunther, American musician (The Coasters - "Poison Ivy"), dies at 53
  • 1990 Scott Jarvis, American theatrical actor and singer (1776; Here's Where I Belong), dies of AIDS at 48
  • 1991 (Bulee) "Slim" Galliard, American jazz singer, musician, songwriter ("Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)"), and actor, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1995 Frank O’Keefe, American southern rock bassist (The Outlaws, 1968-76), dies of pain medication overdose at 44
  • 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
  • 2002 Oskar Sala, German physicist, composer, electronic music pioneer, and Trautonium (an early synthesizer) player, dies at 91
  • 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 R&B singer (Chi-Lites, 1988-2014), dies at 59
  • 2016 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2016 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, dies at 80
  • 2017 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 2017 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • 2017 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
  • 2019 (Clifford) "Andy" Anderson, British session and touring drummer (Steve Hillage; The Cure, 1983-84), dies of cancer at 68