Musicians Who Died on July 26

  • 1667 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, dies at 58 [1]
  • 1719 Johann Georg Christian Störl, German organist, kappelmeister, and composer, dies at 43
  • 1770 Michael Schevenstuhl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1801 Daniel Dal Barba, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 1826 Friedrich Wilhelm Weis, German physician and composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, Spanish romantic composer, dies of tuberculosis at 45 [some source date death as 4 August]
  • 1872 Michele Carafa, Italian-French opera composer, and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1840-58), dies at 84
  • 1916 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1920 Carlos Troyer, American composer, dies at 83
  • 1933 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer (I'll Overcome Someday), and Methodist minister, dies at 82
  • 1956 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1967 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch classical composer, critic, and musicologist dies at 79
  • 1977 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 95
  • 1977 Hans-Otto Borgmann, German film score composer under the Third Reich, dies at 75
  • 1977 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6
  • 1981 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator, dies at 58
  • 1987 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), dies after a stroke at 71
  • 1990 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead - "Hell In A Bucket"; "I Will Take You Home"), dies of a cocaine and morphine "speedball" overdose at 38
  • 1992 Mary Wells, American pop and soul singer ("My Guy"), dies of laryngeal cancer at 49
  • 1995 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), dies of leukemia at 77
  • 1996 Evelyn Levine, American composer ("Scarlet Ribbons"), dies at 94
  • 1998 (David Allan) "Chico" Ryan, American rock bassist and singer (Sha Na Na, 1973-98), dies at 50
  • 2004 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2010 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young; Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • 2013 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist and songwriter ("After Midnight": "Call Me The Breeze"; "Cocaine"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • 2016 Sandy Pearlman, American lyricist; music producer, artist manager (Blue Öyster Cult), music journalist and record company executive, dies form complications of a stroke at 72
  • 2017 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90
  • 2021 Joey Jordison, American drummer (Slipknot, 1995-2013 - "All Hope Is Gone"), dies at 46