2004 in Music

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 27 "Yeah!" single released by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (Grammy Award Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer Usher

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Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

  • Feb 8 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 10 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 17 "If I Ain't Got You" single released by Alicia Keys (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 20 18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
Singer Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
  • Mar 23 Usher releases his 4th studio album “Confessions” (2004 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Contemporary R&B Album 2005)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 21 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • May 15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • May 26 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Music releaseMusic Single

Jun 29 Diana DeGarmo releases her single, "Dreams"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 29 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher">Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher
  • Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2005)
  • Nov 9 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 14 31st American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow, Usher">Usher & Kenny Chesney win

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
Singer Usher

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Feb 27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • Apr 4 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California
  • Apr 29 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan
  • May 23 Singer-guitarist Michelle Branch (21) weds musician Teddy Landau at Isla Pardito, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jun 6 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • Jun 20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • Jul 24 "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sep 4 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone (27) weds Kelly Baldwin (27) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York
  • Sep 18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 2 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 4 Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
  • Jun 8 "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
  • Nov 19 Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 4 Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Jan 14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • Jan 17 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy May, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 1 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Bros), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Feb 16 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67
  • Feb 23 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23 Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • Mar 4 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • Mar 26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 30 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • May 15 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • Jun 3 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • Jun 3 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • Jun 4 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 5 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10 Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • Jun 10 Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), dies at 47
  • Jun 14 Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • Jun 24 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • Jun 26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • Jul 1 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 6 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • Jul 13 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1930)
  • Jul 21 Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22 Sacha Distel, French singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head cover), dies at 71
  • Jul 22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • Jul 23 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 23 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • Jul 28 George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), dies at 68
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 6 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
  • Aug 26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • Aug 29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • Sep 9 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • Sep 12 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 16 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • Sep 23 André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill, American baritone (b. 1919)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Nov 1 Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • Nov 1 Terry Knight, American music producer and promoter (Grand Funk Railroad), is murdered at 61
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • Nov 10 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • Nov 13 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • Nov 14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 18 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • Nov 24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale