February 2003 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "All I Have"

  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "All The Things She Said"

Music History

Feb 3 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

Get Rich or Die Trying

Feb 6 American rapper 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)

  • Feb 20 Pyrotechnics display sets 'The Station' nightclub ablaze during a concert by rock band Great White; kills 100 and injuries over 300 others (West Warwick, Rhode Island)

45th Grammy Awards

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

Birthdays in Music

Olivia RodrigoOlivia Rodrigo (20 years old)

Feb 20 American actress and singer-songwriter ("Driver's License"), born in Temecula, California

Deaths in Music

  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban Latin jazz percussionist and bandleader, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Nancy Whiskey [Anne Wilson], Scottish folk singer and guitarist ("Freight Train"), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Feb 5 Charlie Biddle, American-Canadian jazz double bassist, and music promoter, dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer ("ake This Job and Shove It"), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White), dies in The Station nightclub fire at 31
  • Feb 23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1982-2002), dies from an overdose at 47
  • Feb 24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, British-Australian composer and conductor (Royal Ballet, 1959-72; Australian Ballet, 1972-77; American Ballet Theatre, 1978-80), dies at 79