January 2003 in Music History

Events in Music

In Da Club

Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Pete Townshend Arrested

Jan 13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who is arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 24 Johnny Orlando, Canadian pop singer-songwriter ("Waste My Time"), born in Mississauga, Ontario

Weddings in Music

Idina Menzel

Jan 11 "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

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

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Israeli-British concert violinist, and pedagogue, dies of cancer at 79
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 7 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), dies at 69
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, British rock percussionist and bongocero (T. Rex), dies at 55
  • Jan 11 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74

Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)

Jan 12 English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and bassist (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), dies of cardiac arrest at 53

  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter ("Tutti Frutti"; You Always Hurt the One You Love": "Tampico"), dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 26 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), dies at 69