2004 in Music

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1st Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

  • Feb 8th 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20th 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Singer Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 21st 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • May 15th 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • May 26th 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23rd Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 29th 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher
  • Nov 9th 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 14th 31st American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
Singer Usher

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1st Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3rd Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Feb 27th Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • Apr 4th Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California
  • Apr 29th "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • May 23rd Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5th Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jun 6th "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • Jun 20th Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • Jul 24th "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sep 4th Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Sep 9th 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone (27) weds Kelly Baldwin (27) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York
  • Sep 18th Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 2nd "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 30th Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician Daniel Johns
Daniel Johns

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 4th Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Apr 27th Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated
  • Jun 8th "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
  • Nov 19th Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4th Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 12th Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Jan 14th Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • Jan 17th Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22nd Billy May, American composer and musician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 22nd Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 1st May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • Feb 3rd Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 16th Doris Troy, American singer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 23rd Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23rd Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4th John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • Mar 4th Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9th Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10th Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16th Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 21st Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • Mar 26th Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 27th Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 30th Timi Yuro, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 1st Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6th Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 15th Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • May 5th Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 6th Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • May 7th Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 11th John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • May 15th Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 18th Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • May 31st Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • May 31st Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • Jun 3rd Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • Jun 4th Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 5th Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10th Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • Jun 14th Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • Jun 24th Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • Jun 26th Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • Jul 1st Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 4th Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 6th Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 13th Arthur Kane, American musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 13th Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1930)
  • Jul 21st Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22nd Sacha Distel, French singer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 22nd Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • Jul 23rd Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 23rd Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 23rd Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 26th Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • Jul 28th George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), dies at 68
  • Jul 29th Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 30th Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 2nd Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 6th Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • Aug 9th Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • Aug 9th David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 15th Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 17th Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • Aug 18th Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • Aug 26th Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • Aug 29th Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 31st Carl Wayne, English singer (b. 1943)
  • Sep 11th Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15th Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 19th Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19th Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • Sep 23rd André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  • Oct 1st Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • Oct 14th Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17th Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 19th Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 23rd Robert Merrill, American baritone (b. 1919)
  • Nov 1st Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • Nov 1st Terry Knight, American music producer and promoter (Grand Funk Railroad), is murdered at 61
  • Nov 10th Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13th John Balance, English musician and artist (b. 1962)
  • Nov 13th Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan) (b. 1968)
  • Nov 14th Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 18th Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19th Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 20th Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • Nov 24th Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Dec 2nd Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 4th Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 7th Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7th Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8th Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • Dec 11th M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • Dec 17th Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 19th Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 26th Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26th Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26th Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 27th Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 30th Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94