On This Day

Year 2001 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • Jan 9 Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Disney Channel series "Lizzie McGuire" premieres starring Hilary Duff

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 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 12 "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" single released by Brooks & Dunn
  • Feb 21 43rd Grammy Awards: Beautiful Day, Shelby Lynne wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 23 Fatboy Slim releases single "Weapon of Choice", music video directed by Spike Jonze starring Christopher Walken dancing

  • May 8 36th Academy of Country Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Toby Keith win
  • May 12 46th Eurovision Song Contest: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL for Estonia wins singing "Everybody" in Copenhagen

Music releaseMusic Single

May 15 "Fiesta" single released by R. Kelly featuring Jay-Z and Boo & Gotti (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • Jun 13 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill & Alan Jackson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Craig David releases “Born to Do It” in the United States

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David
  • Aug 21 "How You Remind Me" single released by Nickelback (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • Aug 25 Singer Aaliyah and 8 others killed in an air crash in the Bahamas
  • Sep 5 John Cage's musical composition "As Slow as Possible", to be played for 639 years, begins at St. Burchardi Church, Halberstadt, Germany

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

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

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 8 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • Sep 11 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West

Music concertMusic Concert

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 7 35th Country Music Association Award: Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack & Toby Keith wins

Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith
Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 20 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"; sales exceed over 5 million units

Singer Josh Groban
Singer
Josh Groban

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 3 Matthew Whitaker, American jazz pianist (Outta The Box), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Aug 12 Dixie D'Amelio, American singer (Be Happy) and TikTok star, born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Oct 19 SpotEmGottem [Nehemiah Harden], American rapper and songwriter ("Beat Box"), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Person of interestBillie Eilish

Dec 18 Billie Eilish, American singer-songwriter (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

LoveWedding of Interest

May 6 Actress-singer Billie Piper (18) weds media mogul Chris Evans (35) at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 29 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 5 "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

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Singer Natalie Cole marries Kenneth H. Dupree

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Dec 31 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (43) weds Canadian businesswoman Manuela Testolini; divorce in 2006


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 12 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 20 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • Jan 23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jan 23 Lou Levy, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman, Stan Getz), and accompanist (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • Jan 27 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 4 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • Feb 4 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), dies at 51
  • Feb 7 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 10 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 87
  • Feb 15 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • Feb 22 John Farley, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), dies at 61
  • Feb 23 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 7 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • Mar 18 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • Mar 22 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • Mar 28 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer and pedagogue, (The Serdar) dies at 74
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 3 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 12 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • Apr 15 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), dies while conducting Verdi's "Aida" of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer ("Unchained Melody"), dies at 85
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • May 12 (Pierino) Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, dies at 81
  • May 22 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jun 4 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • Jun 6 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands) and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), dies at 85
  • Jun 7 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Jun 9 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 11 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), dies at 77
  • Jun 13 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova Ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • Jun 15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • Jun 21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • Jun 30 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), dies at 77
  • Jun 30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jul 3 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), dies of renal failure at 64
  • Jul 5 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • Jul 7 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies from skin cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Herman Brood, Dutch painter and pianist (Sleepin' Bird), dies at 54
  • Jul 18 Mimi Fariña, American rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind), dies at 56
  • Jul 19 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, dies from complications from a car accident at 62
  • Jul 20 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Georges Dor, Canadian author, composer, singer and playwright (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • Aug 2 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Aug 4 Lorenzo Music, American writer, actor and voice actor (Rhoda - Carlton, the doorman; Garfield), dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, dies of cancer at 87
  • Aug 19 Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (b. 1939)
  • Aug 23 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • Aug 24 Raymond Wilding-White, American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, dies in a plane crash in the Bahamas at 22
  • Aug 25 Philippe Léotard, French actor and singer (b. 1940)
  • Aug 29 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • Sep 2 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • Sep 6 Carl Crack, German musician (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)
  • Sep 7 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, dies at 70
  • Sep 22 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), dies at 91 [1]
  • Oct 2 Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • Oct 5 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo) dies of leukemia at 41
  • Oct 7 Jimmie Lloydd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer (Satire), educator, and musicologist, dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing") dies of throat cancer at 52
  • Oct 16 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 17 Jay Livingston, American composer (Buttons & Bows, Mona Lisa, Tammy), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 24 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 53
  • Oct 25 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, dies at 94
  • Oct 28 Gerard Hengeveld, Dutch composer (b. 1910)