On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 26

  • 1706 Guillaume Poitevin, composer, dies at 59
  • 1795 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 62
  • 1798 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Ludwig van Beethoven, dies at 49
  • 1803 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1870 Cesare Pugni, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1922 Luigi Denza, Italian composer (Funiculì, Funiculà), dies at 77
  • 1938 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, dies at 61
  • 1947 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • 1948 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1962 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • 1974 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1975 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • 1991 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), dies at 39
  • 1995 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist, dies at 65
  • 1996 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), dies of a heart attack at 63

  • 1996 Stevie Plunder, Australian musician (b. 1963)
  • 1998 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • 1998 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • 2003 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), dies at 69
  • 2011 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes- "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), dies at 65 [or 66]
  • 2012 Clare Fischer, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 83
  • 2013 Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), dies at 83
  • 2016 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • 2018 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I), dies at 88
  • 2018 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80
  • 2019 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • 2019 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • 2020 Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley), dies at 85