On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 26

  • 1517 Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer
  • 1566 Antonio de Cabezon, Spanish composer, dies
  • 1657 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist and carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1713 Paul Esterhazy, Hungarian prince, composer and patron, dies at 77
  • 1736 Georg Balthasar Schott, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1809 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Italian tenor and composer, dies at 68
  • 1820 Jean-Etienne Despreaux, French ballet dancer and composer, dies at 71

Ludwig van Beethoven

1827 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), dies of liver disease at 56

  • 1837 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1880 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, dies at 62
  • 1892 Anton Wallerstein, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56
  • 1918 Caesar A. Cui, Lithuanian fort builder and composer, dies at 83
  • 1924 Augusto (de Oliveira) Machado, Portuguese composer (Lauriane; Camões es os Luziadas), dies at 78
  • 1932 Jean Cartan, French composer, dies at 25
  • 1933 Eddie Lang [Salvatore Massaro], American jazz guitarist known as the "father of jazz guitar", dies at 30
  • 1946 Alexandru Zirra, Romanian composer, dies at 62
  • 1956 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70

Noël Coward

1973 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

  • 1973 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • 1978 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), dies at 65
  • 1980 Jon-Jon Poulos, American drummer (Buckinghams), dies at 32
  • 1987 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), dies at 84
  • 1988 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994 Jan Bor, Dutch violinist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1995 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), dies from AIDS-related illness at 30
  • 2002 (Randolpho) Randy Castillo, American rock and mariachi drummer (Ozzy Osbourne; Mötley Crüe; Azul), dies of cancer at 51
  • 2004 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) dies after a stroke at 62
  • 2005 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2015 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2016 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), dies at 84
  • 2017 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), dies at 78
  • 2019 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2019 Heinz Winbeck, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73