2003 in Music

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Events in Music


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

Singer & Pianist Norah Jones
Singer & Pianist
Norah Jones

Music-awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1st 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 7th 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • May 21st 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 24th 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10th "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 28th 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z">Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Singer-songwriter
Justin Timberlake
  • Sep 27th Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet
  • Oct 30th "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth,
  • Nov 5th 37th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Nov 17th 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 & Divorces in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11th "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 11th "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25th 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 7th 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 10th "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California
  • Jul 19th "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 19th "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (27) weds "Course of Nature" lead singer-guitarist Mark Wilkersonin (26) in Florence, Italy

  • Aug 9th 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 17th Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 29th 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 5th Cold play band 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 7th Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary Jane Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Mary Jane Blige
Singer-Songwriter
Mary Jane Blige

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 13th 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 31st "Torn" singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" singer Daniel Johns (24) at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Deaths in Music

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12th 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 15th Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17th Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 23rd Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Feb 1st Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • Feb 2nd Lou Harrison, American composer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 4th Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 19th Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Feb 20th Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 23rd Howie Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (b. 1955)
  • Feb 27th John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 2nd Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2nd Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3rd Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • Mar 8th Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 28th Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 31st Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 1st Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • Apr 2nd Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 6th Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Apr 10th Little Eva (stage name for Eva Boyd) American pop singer (Locomotion)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 17th Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Apr 21st Nina Simone, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22nd Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • May 10th Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and chess problem composer (b. 1937)
  • May 11th Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4th Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 4th André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6th Skip Battin, American rocker, dies at 69
  • Jul 7th Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian-born conductor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 12th Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13th Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 16th Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • Jul 17th Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914)
  • Jul 25th Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • Jul 30th Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 3rd Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • Aug 9th Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (b. 1946)
  • Aug 9th Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10th Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • Aug 13th Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 15th Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • Aug 18th Tony Jackson, English musician (The Searchers) (b. 1938)
  • Aug 21st Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 22nd Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Sep 4th Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 4th Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 5th Gisele MacKenzie, Canadian-born singer (b. 1927)
  • Sep 7th Warren Zevon, American musician (b. 1947)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Sep 12th Johnny Cash, American singer and guitarist (b. 1932)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Sep 14th John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • Sep 15th Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 16th Sheb Wooley, singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19th Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 23rd Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • Sep 24th Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
  • Sep 26th Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • Sep 26th Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • Oct 7th Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 10th Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 21st Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 23rd Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 29th Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82
  • Oct 31st Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • Nov 5th Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers) (b. 1940)
  • Nov 8th Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)
  • Nov 12th Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)
  • Nov 15th Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 15th Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 17th Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Nov 17th Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Nov 18th Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • Nov 26th Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • Dec 6th Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • Dec 8th Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • Dec 16th Gary Stewart, American musician and songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Dec 22nd Dave Dudley, American singer (b. 1928)
  • Dec 30th Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)