Musicians Who Died on June 26

  • 1657 Tobias Michael, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1661 Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 Angelo Antonio Caroli, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1798 Eugene Godecharle, composer, dies at 56
  • 1819 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1836 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French author and composer (Marseillaise), dies at 76
  • 1906 Alexander Muir, Canadian composer (The Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

American Harlem Renaissance poet, lyricist ("Lift Every Voice And Sing"), civil rights activist, and leader of the NAACP, dies in a car crash at 67

  • 1945 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 54
  • 1945 Nikolay Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • 1971 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • 1971 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • 1971 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • 1973 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1977 Lou Reizner, American rock vocalist and producer (Rod Stewart; Tommy), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1981 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • 1982 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • 1983 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • 1987 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • 1994 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • 1997 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian singer, songwriter ("Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World"), and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, dies from respiratory failure at 38
  • 2002 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman' Kismet), dies at 78
  • 2004 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), dies at 66
  • 2004 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Erhard Karkoschka, German composer, conductor (Contac-Ensemble), educator, and music scholar, dies at 86
  • 2010 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • 2018 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101
  • 2019 Eugene Alcalay, Romanian concert pianist, composer, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2021 Frederic Rzewski, American concert pianist, and composer (Spacecraft), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2021 Johnny Solinger, American rock singer-songwriter (Skid Row, 1999 to 2015), dies of liver failure at 55
  • 2021 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), dies at 84