On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 26

  • 1667 Michael Franck, German composer, poet and baker, dies at 58 [1]
  • 1719 Johann Georg Christian Störl, 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, composer, dies at 45
  • 1872 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • 1916 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1920 Carlos Troyer, American composer, dies at 83
  • 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 composer/critic, dies at 79
  • 1977 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 95
  • 1977 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, 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, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • 1990 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1992 Mary Wells, American 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 Chico [David-Allen] Ryan, American rock vocalist (Sha Na Na), dies at 50
  • 2004 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2010 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • 2013 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Finnish composer (Kaivos), dies at 87
  • 2017 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90