Famous Songwriters in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 977

  • 1922-03-24 Dave Appell, singer/musician/songwriter (In the Midnight Hour)
  • 1922-08-25 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, born in Hoogeveen, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 1922-09-09 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1922-10-13 Alan Scott, American TV host and songwriter (Spin the Picture), born in Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • 1923-05-21 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), born in Brookfield, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1923-10-16 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1924-03-29 Jules de Corte, blind Dutch ballad singer and songwriter, born in Deurne, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-08 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1924-08-29 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1924-11-30 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1925-01-25 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1925-06-27 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1925-10-22 Dory Previn [Dorothy Veronica Langan], singer-songwriter (Mythical Kings and Iguanas), born in Woodbridge, New Jersey, (d. 2012)
  • 1925-11-23 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1925-12-19 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-10 Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1926-10-10 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1926-10-18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1926-10-19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • 1926-12-11 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1927-01-25 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1927-06-13 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, born in Kempsey, New South Wales (d. 2003)
  • 1927-07-06 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (d. 2004)
  • 1927-09-08 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1927-09-24 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter (The Black Keys), born in California (d. 2018)
  • 1928-01-09 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • 1928-02-11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-05-12 Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1929-03-23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch song writer and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding, I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1929-04-08 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929-05-01 Sonny James, [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1929-06-14 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1929-07-09 Lee Hazlewood, American country singer and songwriter (Summer Wine, These Boots Are Made For Walkin'), born in Mannford, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1929-11-10 Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930-03-13 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930-05-01 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1930-08-06 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1930-09-04 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer (Wonderful Dream), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1930-09-29 Billy Strange [William], singer-songwriter (A Little Less Conversation), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930-12-29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter & pianist, born in China (d. 1992)
  • 1931-03-10 Georges Dor, Quebec author, playwright, singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1931-04-12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-29 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1931-05-31 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1931-11-12 Bob Crewe, songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1932-03-17 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter
  • 1932-04-05 Billy Bland, American singer and songwriter, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • 1932-07-11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1932-11-15 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England
  • 1932-12-05 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1933-04-24 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • 1933-04-25 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2011)
  • 1933-04-29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933-09-25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1933-10-17 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, born in Laeken (d. 1985)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1934-02-07 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-02-18 Skip Battin, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934-03-15 Daniel George "Danny" Apolinar, composer/songwriter
  • 1934-03-25 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-06-09 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

1934-09-21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter (Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1934-11-19 Dave Guard, singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio), born in San Francisco, California (1991)
  • 1934-12-21 [Bernie Ross] Hank Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1934-12-30 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935-02-12 Gene McDaniels, American vocalist (A Hundred Pounds Of Clay), songwriter (I Feel Like Making Love) and actor (Young Swingers), born in Kansas City, Kansas ( d. 2011)
  • 1935-05-15 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's not Unusual"), born in Madras, India (d. 1986)
  • 1935-07-24 Les Reed, English songwriter (It's Not Unusual), born in Woking, Surrey
  • 1936-02-26 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1936-03-16 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1936-06-30 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1936-09-21 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter (Patches), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-11-12 Mort Shuman, singer-songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1936-11-15 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937-01-06 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1937-02-08 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), born in Fall River Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1937-02-20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937-03-08 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-04-22 Jack Nitzsche, American composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1937-05-09 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (the Crickets, I fought the Law), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1937-05-20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-10-30 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1937-10-31 Tom Paxton, American folk singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938-01-14 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer (Mother-In-Law; Working In A Coal Mine), born in Gert Town, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938-02-08 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1938-02-11 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1938-02-25 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), (d. 1999)
  • 1938-03-10 Norman Blake, American traditional stringed instrument artist and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938-05-31 Peter Yarrow, American singer-songwriter (Peter, Paul & Mary), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBill Withers

1938-07-04 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), born in Slab Fork, West Virginia (d. 2020)

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Person of interestKenny Rogers

1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 371

  • 1991-03-14 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), dies of AIDS-related complications at 40
  • 1991-03-14 Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter (Save the Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • 1991-05-24 [Harold Eugene] Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • 1991-07-10 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1991-11-02 Mort Shuman, American singer songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), dies of cancer at 54

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

1991-11-24 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen), dies of AIDS at 45

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
  • 1992-06-24 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1992-07-30 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • 1992-08-15 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • 1992-10-05 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992-11-19 Bobby Russell, song writer (Honey, Little Green Apples), dies at 52
  • 1992-12-24 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • 1992-12-28 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 1993-01-15 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1993-06-09 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter (You Better Move On), dies at 53
  • 1993-12-05 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • 1993-12-30 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1994-01-15 Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter and rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin', Midnight Cowboy), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1994-01-18 Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), dies at 83
  • 1994-01-27 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), dies from cancer at 86
  • 1994-02-02 Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel Singer/Songwriter, dies at 89
  • 1994-02-24 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1994-03-22 Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter (Love Sensation), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994-05-15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • 1994-08-06 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1994-11-16 Chester Dino Powers Valenti, singer/Songwriter, dies at 57
  • 1994-11-23 Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (Boyce & Hart, Monkees), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994-12-08 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), dies from pulmonary embolism at 67
  • 1994-12-15 Harry Tobias, American songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1995-01-12 Francis Lopez, songwriter, dies at 77
  • 1995-03-04 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), dies at 86
  • 1995-03-23 Danny Apolinar, American composer & songwriter, dies at 61
  • 1995-03-31 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), killed by a fan at 23
  • 1995-05-25 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • 1995-07-22 Dave Clark, music promoter/songwriter, dies at 85
  • 1995-07-27 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), dies at 72
  • 1995-10-06 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impressario, dies at 88
  • 1995-11-13 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, American songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1995-11-21 Smilin' Jim Eames, singer/songwriter, dies at 71
  • 1996-01-08 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1996-02-14 Taiguara [Chalar da Silva], Brazilian singer and songwriter, dies at 50
  • 1996-02-29 Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1996-03-31 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), dies at 37
  • 1996-04-04 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996-04-18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • 1996-05-11 Walter Hyatt, American singer & songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies at 46
  • 1996-05-15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • 1996-06-22 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996-07-08 James Woodie Alexander, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 80
  • 1996-12-01 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1996-12-17 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), dies at 101
  • 1996-12-29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 1997-01-01 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1997-01-27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), dies at 96
  • 1997-04-08 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 1997-04-16 Mae Boren Axton ["Queen Mother of Nashville"], American song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • 1998-01-19 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), dies at 65
  • 1998-07-12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, dies at 91
  • 1998-10-02 Gene Autry, American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, performer and business tycoon (owner LA/California/Anaheim Angels MLB team 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • 1998-10-29 Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1998-11-19 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1998-11-27 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 1998-12-25 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 1999-01-11 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1999-02-14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • 1999-03-02 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 1999-04-14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 1999-04-16 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • 1999-08-16 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 1999-10-26 Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 1999-12-17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 1999-12-26 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), dies from complications of type 2 diabetes at 57
  • 2000-03-07 Pee Wee King, American country music songwriter and musician (b. 1914)
  • 2000-03-09 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2000-05-10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2000-08-13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • 2000-08-25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), dies at 63
  • 2000-10-01 Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2000-11-05 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), dies at 101
  • 2000-12-03 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2000-12-18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, dies at 41
  • 2001-03-10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • 2001-05-09 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • 2001-07-03 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001-07-07 Frederick "Fred" Neil, American folk singer-songwriter and dolphin conservationist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies from skin cancer at 65
  • 2001-11-29 Mic Christopher, Irish singer and songwriter (b. 1969)
  • 2002-01-20 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), dies at 73
  • 2002-01-22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • 2002-02-10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • 2002-02-16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • 2002-03-03 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2002-03-12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • 2002-05-06 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2002-05-17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • 2002-09-24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • 2002-10-14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 2002-11-03 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • 2002-11-26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 2003-01-15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87