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April 2003 in Music History

Events in Music

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

Apr 7 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
Country Singer and Actor Toby Keith
Country Singer and Actor
Toby Keith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Nina Simone is awarded and honorary degree by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 2 (Charles) Edwin Starr [Hatcher], American soul and R&B singer ("War"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 3 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, dies at 75

Person of interestLittle Eva

Apr 10 Little 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 R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • Apr 19 Conrad Leonard, British composer and pianist, dies at 104

Person of interestNina Simone

Apr 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), 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 (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), dies at 77