2003 in Music

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Events in Music

  • Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 13 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

Singer & Pianist Norah Jones
Singer & Pianist
Norah Jones

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Apr 7 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 28 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
Rapper Missy Elliott
Rapper
Missy Elliott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • Oct 30 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth,
  • Nov 5 37th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • Jan 11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Academy Award "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe (39) weds singer Danielle Spencer (32) at his 560-acre cattle farm in Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia

  • May 10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California
  • Jul 19 "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini (33) weds actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan (45) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy

  • Aug 9 Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel
  • Nov 17 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 22 Actress Carmen Electra (31) weds rocker Dave Navarro (36) at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California

  • Nov 22 Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 29 Composer and former Oingo Boingo singer Danny Elfman (50) weds actress Bridget Fonda (39) at First Congressional Church in Los Angeles

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 5 Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress
Gwyneth Paltrow

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 7 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 13 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) at a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 19 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies fro an overdose at 47
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 2 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • Apr 2 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 10 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Apr 22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • May 23 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • May 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 5 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Dave Rowberry, British musician (The Animals) (b. 1940)
  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4 Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 4 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • Jul 7 Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian-born conductor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 8 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 12 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • Jul 25 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • Jul 30 Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 3 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • Aug 8 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • Aug 13 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • Aug 18 Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 21 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Sep 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 4 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie, Canadian-born singer (b. 1927)
  • Sep 7 Warren Zevon, American musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 12 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Hear the Train Coming), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Sep 14 John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 23 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82
  • Oct 31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • Nov 5 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers) (b. 1940)
  • Nov 8 Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)
  • Nov 12 Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)
  • Nov 15 Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 17 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Nov 17 Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Nov 18 Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • Nov 19 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), dies at 56
  • Nov 26 Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • Dec 6 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • Dec 8 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • Dec 16 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • Dec 22 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • Dec 30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)