On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 26

  • 1614 Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies at about 74
  • 1788 Francois Bainville, French organist, and composer, dies at 63
  • 1800 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 1808 Pavel Vranicky, Moravian-Austrian composer (Oberon – The Fairy King), and conductor, 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

Béla Bartok

1945 Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist, composer (Concerto for Orchestra), and ethno-musicologist, dies of leukemia at 64

  • 1976 (Louis Charles) "L. C." Robinson, American blues singer, guitarist, fiddler, and electric steel guitar player, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1979 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1984 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1989 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Billy Vaughn, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader ("Sail Along Sil'vry Moon"), dies of stomach cancer at 72
  • 1998 Betty Carter, American jazz singer, dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2000 Baden Powell, Brazilian jazz and samba guitarist, dies of bacterial pneumonia at 63
  • 2000 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, dies at 85
  • 2003 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter ("Addicted To Love"; The Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2003 Shawn Lane, American session rock, jazz, and world fusion guitarist, dies of lung issues at 40
  • 2003 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2007 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra), dies at 94
  • 2008 Marc Moulin, Belgian jazz and rock pianist (Placebo), and journalist, dies of throat cancer at 66
  • 2015 Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection), dies at 85
  • 2015 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), dies at 93
  • 2019 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, dies at 74
  • 2021 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), dies of esophageal cancer at 77
  • 2021 Alan Lancaster, British rock bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85 - "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 72