Musicians Who Died on May 26

  • 1832 François-Louis Perne, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1871 Aimé Maillart, French opera composer (Les Dragons de Villars), dies at 54
  • 1873 August Conradi, German organist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1880 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, dies at 63
  • 1891 Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, dies at 67
  • 1912 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Bride of the Sea), dies at 61
  • 1924 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1924 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), dies of a heart attack at 65

Jimmie Rodgers

1933 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, dies of a pulmonary hemorrhage at 35

  • 1950 Antonina Nezhdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies at 77
  • 1953 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 William "Little Willie" John, American R&B singer ("Fever"; "Leave My Kitten Alone"), dies in prison while serving a sentence for manslaughter at 30
  • 1977 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays - "Love Train"; "Backstabbers"), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1982 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • 1987 Emiliana de Zubeldía, Spanish-Mexican concert pianist, composer - chiefly for guitar (Landscape Basko),and educator (Academy of Music at the University of Sonora, 1947-87), dies at 98
  • 1988 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, dies at 83
  • 1992 George Morrow, American jazz double-bassist (Max Roach and Clifford Brown; Sonny Rollins), dies at 66
  • 1993 Cor de Great, Dutch pianist, conductor, and composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
  • 1994 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit) dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1995 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • 1996 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairen rock guitarist (Zaika Langa-Langa), dies at 45
  • 1997 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • 1998 Linda Hayes [Bertha Williams], American R&B singer (Yes I Know), dies at 74
  • 1999 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93
  • 2007 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • 2008 Earle Hagen, American big band trombonist (Isham Jones; Tommy Dorsey; Benny Goodman), and Emmy Award-winning television composer (The Dick Van Dyke Show; The Andy Griffith Show; I Spy; The Mod Squad; "Harlem Nocturne"), dies at 88
  • 2021 Patrick Sky [Lynch], American musician, folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and uilleann bagpiper (Songs That Made America Famous), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2022 Alan White, British rock drummer (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band; Yes, 1972-2022; solo - Ramshackled), dies at 72
  • 2022 Andy Fletcher, British synthesizer and bass player (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), dies of an aortic dissection at 60