On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 26

  • 1607 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor, poet, composer and hymnodist, dies at 52
  • 1678 John Jenkins, English composer, dies at about 86
  • 1706 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1733 Antonio Veracini, Italian violinist and Baroque composer, dies at 74
  • 1749 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
  • 1756 Johann Theodor Romhild, German composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 1823 Josef Preindl, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1858 Isac B. Woodbury, American church composer (The Dulcimer), dies at 39
  • 1858 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), dies at 39
  • 1867 John Fawcett, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1874 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), dies of liver issues at 49
  • 1903 Herbert Oakeley, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53
  • 1955 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • 1956 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1965 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • 1966 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • 1984 John Woods Duke, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
  • 1993 Harold Rome, American composer (Fanny, Pins & Needles), dies at 85
  • 1994 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), dies at 65
  • 1999 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2003 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • 2009 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2010 John King, American rock drummer (Steve Miller Band, 1972-74), dies at 63
  • 2020 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92