On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 2003

  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • 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, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • Jan 11 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74

Maurice Gibb

Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
  • 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
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist & band leader, dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Feb 4 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 19 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • 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, English composer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 2 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • Mar 5 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 13 Enriko Josif, Serbian composer and pedagogue (Lyric Symphony), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, dies at 77
  • Mar 24 Dave Dallwitz, South Australian jazz and classical pianist, bandleader, composer, and visual artist, dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician and singer (Sir Henry and his Butlers), dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Emmanuel Ghent, Canadian-American electronic music composer (Phosphones), dies at 77
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 2 (Charles) Edwin Starr [Hatcher], American soul and R&B singer ("War"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 3 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, dies at 75

Little Eva

Apr 10 Little Eva [Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 17 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • Apr 19 Conrad Leonard, British composer and pianist, dies at 104

Nina Simone

Apr 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and civil rights activist (“Mississippi Goddam”; “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, “Feeling Good”; “Wild Is The Wind”), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Apr 22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (Bye Bye Love; Wake Up Little Susie), dies at 77
  • May 2 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer ("The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 87
  • May 5 David Lewin, American composer, dies at 69
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 57

June Carter Cash

May 15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • May 23 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • May 23 Edward Boguslawski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • May 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta), dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77
  • May 28 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • Jun 5 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor, dies at 98
  • Jun 6 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals -"House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 62
  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American stage and screen actor, director, and operatic singer (Frederick Douglass: Slave and Statesman; Blacula; Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • Jun 13 Harold Ashby, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Michael "Peanuts" Hucko, American big band jazz and session clarinetist (Glenn Miller's Army-Air Force Band; Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist ("Hijack"), dies at 73

Barry White

Jul 4 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 4 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies at 69
  • Jul 7 Izhak Graziani, Bulgarian-born conductor (b. 1924)
  • Jul 8 Kunio Toda, Japanese composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 12 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, dies at 93
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo, Cuban trova guitarist and singer (Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 95
  • Jul 15 Elisabeth Welch, American born British-based singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 99
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning guaracha, salsa, and bolero singer (La Sonora Matancera, 1950-65), known as 'the Queen of Salsa', dies of cancer at 77
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • Jul 25 Erik Brann, American violin prodigy and rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), dies of congenital heart disease at 52
  • Jul 27 Artie Anton, American jazz drummer, conguero, and timbalero (Stan Kenton, Jimmy Guiffre), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer ("It Ain't Half Hot Mum"), dies at 70
  • Aug 3 Roger Voudouris, American singer and songwriter (b. 1954)
  • Aug 8 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights; Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Chester Ludgin, American operatic baritone (San Francisco Opera, 1962-85), dies of cancer at 78
  • Aug 10 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer (Tierra Rica"; "La Vida En Rosa"), dies of cancer at 64
  • Aug 13 Ed Townsend, American doo-wop singer, and songwriter ("For Your Love"; Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"), producer, dies at 73
  • Aug 15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (Leevi and the Leavings), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Aug 16 Andrew Pryce Jackman, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger and composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 18 Tony Jackson, British bass player (The Searchers, 1962-64 - "Sugar And Spice"), dies from a combination of diabetes, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver at 65
  • Aug 21 Wesley Willis, American underground singer-songwriter, and visual artist, dies of leukemia at 40
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina [María Magdalena Nile], Argentinian-Spanish singer and actress, dies at 92
  • Aug 26 Wilma Burgess, American country-pop singer, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 26 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, dies at 72
  • Aug 31 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 2 Bruce Waibel, American touring and session rock bassist (Gregg Allman; Firehouse), takes his own life at 45
  • Sep 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), dies at 82
  • Sep 4 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician ("Werewolves of London"; "Lawyers, Guns and Money"; "Excitable Boy"), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56

Johnny Cash

Sep 12 Johnny Cash, American country singer ("I Walk the Line"; "Ring of Fire"; "A Boy Named Sue"), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Sep 14 John Serry, Sr., American classical, jazz, and bolero accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, and educator, dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, British classical clarinetist (Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony; London Symphony), and teacher, dies at 88
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 19 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American country singer, yodeler, and disc jockey, dies of congestive heart failure at 79
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter ("Addicted To Love"; The Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American session rock, jazz, and world fusion guitarist, dies of lung issues at 40
  • Sep 26 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • Sep 30 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]
  • Oct 1 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 84
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), dies at 91
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), dies at 77
  • Oct 12 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 (Steven) Elliott Smith, American Academy Award nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), dies of suspected self-inflicted 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 1 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 76
  • 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 (Fame - "Leroy"), dies from complications of a stroke 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