2001 in Music

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Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4th Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 8th 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Jan 9th Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos. Now widely used by Windows and Mac users.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14th Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Feb 21st 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28th 15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
  • May 8th 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
  • May 12th 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen
  • Jun 13th 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 6th 18th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani win

Singer Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 21st "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Nov 7th 35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 13th Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, "Laundry Service", is released

Singer Shakira

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 20th Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"

Singer Josh Groban
Josh Groban

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10th Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 6th Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 3rd Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1st Singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder (51) marries for second time fashion designer Kai Millard Morris

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29th Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (32) weds dancer/choreographer Cris Judd (32) in Calabasas, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Oct 5th "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan
  • Dec 31st Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31st Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (43) weds Manuela Testolini

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4th Les Brown, American bandleader (b. 1912)
  • Jan 12th Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 13th Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 24th Leif Thybo, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 27th Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 4th J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 4th Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
  • Feb 7th Dale Evans, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 10th George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 19th Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
  • Mar 4th Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 7th Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 10th Massimo Morsello, Italian musician and far right activist (b. 1958)
  • Mar 18th John Phillips, American musician (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1935)
  • Mar 28th Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29th John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 1st Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 6th Charles Pettigrew, American singer (b. 1963)
  • Apr 11th Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 15th Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • Apr 20th Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)
  • Apr 24th Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)
  • May 3rd Billy Higgins, American drummer (b. 1936)
  • May 9th James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • May 12th Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • May 16th Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17th Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19th Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20th Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • May 30th Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jun 4th John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Jun 7th Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 11th Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 21st John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 30th Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30th Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 3rd Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jul 5th Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • Jul 7th Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Jul 11th Herman Brood, Dutch singer and artist (b. 1946)
  • Jul 19th Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • Jul 24th Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27th Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (b. 1952)
  • Aug 2nd Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 4th Lorenzo Music, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Aug 19th Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 25th Aaliyah, American singer and actress (b. 1979)
  • Aug 25th Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 29th Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Sep 6th Carl Crack, German musician (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)
  • Sep 14th Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 22nd Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920)
  • Oct 2nd Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 13th Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17th Jay Livingston, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 18th Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 28th Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)
  • Oct 31st Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Nov 16th Tommy Flanagan, American jazz pianist (b. 1930)
  • Nov 17th Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Nov 22nd Norman Granz, American jazz impresario and producer (b. 1918)
  • Nov 23rd O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 24th Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • Nov 28th Kal Mann, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • Nov 29th Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 29th George Harrison, English singer, guitarist and songwriter (b. 1943)

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Dec 3rd Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • Dec 13th Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • Dec 15th Rufus Thomas, American musician (b. 1917)
  • Dec 16th Stuart Adamson, English-born Scottish musician (The Skids, Big Country) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 18th Gilbert Bécaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 18th Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 19th Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • Dec 29th Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)