Deaths in Music in 2003

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  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 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

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

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

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • 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, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), 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, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 2 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 3 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)

Person of interestLittle Eva

Apr 10 Little Eva [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 musician and songwriter (b. 1934)

Person of interestNina Simone

Apr 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), 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 (b. 1925)
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)

Person of interestJune 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 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 5 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), dies at 62
  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78

  • Jul 1 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)

Person of interestBarry 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 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 16 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • Jul 17 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • Jul 25 Erik Brann, American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1950)
  • 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, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 9 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Carmita Jiménez, Puerto Rican singer
  • Aug 13 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • Aug 21 Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 22 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • Aug 31 Jaap Geraedts, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 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 7 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56

Person of interestJohnny 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 musician, (b. 1915)
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • 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 23 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 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
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 25 Robert Strassburg, American composer, dies at 88
  • 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 5 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers) (b. 1940)
  • Nov 8 Guy Speranza, American singer, original Riot frontman (b. 1956)
  • Nov 12 Tony Thompson, American drummer (Chic, Power Station) (b. 1954)
  • 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 18 Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)
  • Nov 19 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), dies at 56
  • Nov 26 Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • 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