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 Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Bessie Smith, singer, dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • 1944 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • 1945 Béla Bartok, Hungarian pianist and composer (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64
  • 1964 Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
  • 1979 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, 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)
  • 2003 Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • 2003 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)