On This Day

Deaths in Music on September 26

  • 1614 Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies
  • 1788 Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63
  • 1800 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 1808 Pavel Vranicky, composer, dies at 51
  • 1871 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • 1944 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64

Person of interestBéla Bartok

1945 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1964 Ida Moore, American character actress (Mr. Music; Ma and Pa Kettle; Desk Set), dies at 82
  • 1979 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1989 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1998 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Baden Powell, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, dies at 85
  • 2003 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2003 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2007 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)