On This Day

Year 2005 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 13 47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 27 77th Academy Awards: "Million Dollar Baby", Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win

Actress Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

Singer Usher
Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube
Singer Ciara
  • Mar 3 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 29 "We Belong Together" single is released by Mariah Carey (Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2006, Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Apr 11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • May 21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 21 Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • Jun 27 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter, 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in the US (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 2 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 1 22nd MTV Video Music Awards: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson & Kanye West win

Singer Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • Sep 15 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Bilge (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 17 Diana DeGarmo receives the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony

  • Oct 4 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released
  • Nov 15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 15 Carrie Underwood releases her debut album “Some Hearts” (2006 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best New Artist 2007)

  • Nov 17 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 22 32nd American Music Awards: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Singer Elton John and David Furnish register their civil partnership at Windsor Town Hall, on the first day they come into law in England and Wales

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 8 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 9 "Motley Crue" lead singer Vince Neil (43) weds Lia Gerardini at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas
  • May 7 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

May 9 Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

LoveWedding of Interest

May 10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • May 12 "La Femme Nikita" actress Anne Parillaud (45) weds musician Jean-Michel Jarre (56) in Paris
  • Jun 1 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • Jun 11 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jun 16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
  • Jun 25 British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria
  • Jul 21 Tennis star player Lleyton Hewitt (24) weds "Home and Away" TV actress Bec Cartwright (22) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 10 Glamour model Katie Price (27) weds 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (32) in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • Sep 10 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • Sep 17 Country music singer Terri Clark (37) weds her tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada
  • Sep 24 "30 Minute Meals" TV host Rachael Ray (37) weds "The Cringe" lead singer John Cusimano in Montalcino, Italy
  • Sep 26 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas
  • Oct 2 Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Evhenya Tymoshenko weds "Death Valley Screamers" musician Sean Carr at 11th century Vydubychi Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oct 9 Savage Garden musician Daniel Jones (32) weds "Hi-5" member Kathleen De Leon at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Italian pop singer Alexia (38) weds Giorgio Armani's nephew Andrea Camerana at Church of San Martino in Piacenza, Italy

Fashion Designer Giorgio Armani
Fashion Designer
Giorgio Armani

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Singer and actress Christina Aguilera (28) weds music executive Jordan Bratman (32) under a mountainside tent at the Staglin Family Vineyards in Rutherford, California

  • Nov 19 "KISS" lead singer Paul Stanley (53) weds Erin Sutton at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena, California
  • Dec 3 Marilyn Manson lead singer Brian Warner (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland
  • Dec 10 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 10 Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Dec 17 "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
  • Dec 17 Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
  • Dec 23 Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles

Actress Laura Dern
Laura Dern
  • Dec 31 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 16 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 20 Actress Renée Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 5 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • Jan 8 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • Jan 10 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • Jan 11 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) dies of colon cancer at 66
  • Jan 11 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • Jan 15 Victoria de los Ángeles, Spanish operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • Jan 15 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • Jan 22 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, dies at 88
  • Jan 24 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), dies at 65
  • Jan 28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • Jan 29 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • Jan 29 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • Jan 30 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • Feb 6 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • Feb 8 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66
  • Feb 12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night) , dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Feb 20 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Feb 21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • Feb 25 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies of a stroke at 65
  • Mar 2 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • Mar 4 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • Mar 9 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • Mar 10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) dies of pneumonia at 53
  • Mar 12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • Mar 13 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), dies from cardiac arrhythmia at 56
  • Mar 21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • Mar 27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 30 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • Apr 1 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Apr 3 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 7 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues & jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), dies from kidney problems and pneumonia at 80
  • Apr 13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer, dies at 59
  • Apr 13 [Salvador] Tutti Camarata, American composer & producer (Vic Damone Show), dies at 91
  • Apr 14 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • Apr 15 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • Apr 18 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (Amer Ballet), dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 22 Robert Farnon, Canadian composer & conductor, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • May 9 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer, dies at 36
  • May 10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • May 11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer & composer, dies at 88
  • May 12 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, dies at 67
  • May 13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • May 25 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • May 29 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), dies at 86
  • May 29 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), dies at 78

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

Jun 6 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • Jun 11 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies at 64
  • Jun 13 David Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), dies at 89
  • Jun 14 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • Jun 17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum), dies at 42
  • Jun 17 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), dies at 48
  • Jun 27 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • Jul 1 Luther Vandross, American singer, dies at 54
  • Jul 1 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Shirley Goodman, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Jul 6 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 11 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), dies at 92
  • Jul 14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 80
  • Jul 16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • Jul 17 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music, dies at 78
  • Jul 21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (Don't try to Lay No Boogie), dies at 64
  • Jul 22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • Jul 23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • Jul 23 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrenece Welk Show), dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • Jul 30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • Aug 4 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • Aug 6 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • Aug 16 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Aug 16 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • Aug 20 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • Aug 21 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Aug 21 Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Aug 22 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 78