On This Day

Year 2003 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music


Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • Oct 21 Elliott [Steven] Smith, American musician (Oscar nominee for "Miss Misery" from Good Will Hunting), dies from stab wounds at 34 [1]
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 25 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering a stroke at 82
  • Oct 30 Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95
  • Nov 1 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 5 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)
  • Nov 12 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), dies of renal cancer at 48
  • Nov 14 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Leroy-Fame), dies at 41
  • Nov 15 Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 17 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Nov 17 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), dies at 75
  • Nov 17 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), dies of cardiac arrest at 41
  • Nov 18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 19 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • Nov 21 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), dies at 68
  • Nov 26 Soulja Slim [James Adarryl Tapp Jr.], American rapper (Slow Motion), shot to death by an assailant at 26
  • Nov 27 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • Dec 8 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • Dec 16 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • Dec 22 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • Dec 22 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40