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2003
JANUARY

King Biscuit Boy, 59
Canadian Blues Harp

Buzz Busby, 69
 Bluegrass Mandolinist, Bandleader

Maurice Gibb, 53
Bee Gee

Mickey Finn, 55
T Rex drummer

William Russo, 74
Chicago Jazz Ensemble

Frank "Hylo" Brown, 80
Country/Bluegrass Star

Daphne Oram, 77
Electronic music pioneer

Nell Carter, 54
Singer/Actor

Russ David, 89
Pianist/Bandleader

Bobby Montez, 67,
Latin Jazz Percussionist

Tommy Thompson, 65
Red Clay Ramblers

Doris Fisher, 87
Songwriter and Singer

Sabotage, 29
Mauro Mateus dos Santos
Brazilian Rapper

Mary Ellis, 105
British opera/musicals singer


Historically

Dizzy Gillespie, a Founding Father of Modern Jazz, 75, Dies (Jan. 6, 1993)

2003
February

Mongo Santamaria, 85
Latin Jazz Percussionist
 

Keven A. "Dino" Conner, 28
Singer H-Town

Charlie Biddle, 76
Jazz Bass

Lou Harrison, 85
American composer

Malcolm Roberts, 58
British Crooner

Ruby Braff, 75
Jazz Trumpet Legend

Peter Schat, 67
Dutch Composer

Sister Mary Ignacious, 81
Alpha Boys School Mentor

Keba Bobo Cissoko, 41
Guinean Kora Player

Clyde Dickerson, 80
Wash. D.C. Saxman

Nancy Whiskey, 67
Queen of Skiffle

Johnny Paycheck, 64
Honky Tonk Hero

Ty Longley, 31
Great White Guitarist
R.I. Club Fire Emergency Tapes Released
 

Howie Epstein, 47
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Tom Glazer, 88
On Top of Spaghetti

Fred McFeely Rogers, 74
Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Othar Turner, 94
Great Grandfather of the Blues


Historically

Thelonious Monk, Jazz Pianist and Composer, Dies at 64 (Feb. 17, 1982)

2003
March

Hank Ballard, 76
Creator of the Twist

Adam Faith, 62
born: Terence Nelhams
British pop star

Goffredo Petrassi, 98
Italian modernist composer

Edwin Carr, 76
N. Z. composer

Manny Harmon, 93
Big band orchestra leader

Roberto Murolo, 91
Neapolitan singer

Rusty Draper, 80
Singer of country and pop hits

Emmanuel Ghent, 77
Composer and Innovator

David Azarian, 51
Jazz piano

Brandi Wells, 47
 a.k.a Marguerite J. Pinder Bannister

 


Historically

Carlos Montoya, Flamenco Guitarist and Composer, Dies at 89 (Mar. 3, 1993)

John Philip Sousa, Band Leader, 77, Dies (Mar. 6, 1932)

W.C. Handy, Composer of Jazz Classics, Dies at 84 (Mar. 28, 1958)

2003
April

Babatunde Olatunji, 76
Drums of Passion

Edwin Starr, 61
War, huh! What is it good for?

Rob Madna, 71
Dutch Jazz Pianist

Little Eva, 59
Loco-motion singer

Frederick Bernard Grady, 49
Chicago Funk and Blues drummer

Earl King, 69
King of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

Teddy Edwards, 78
Bebop sax giant
April 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA

Nina Simone, 70
Nina Simone recent article
Iconoclastic piano and vocal stylist

Noel Fox, 63
Oak Ridge Boy

Harry Dailey, 51
Jimmy Buffet's bassist

Irving Foy, 94
Last of 7 Little Foys

Felice Bryant, 77
Pop songwriter

Maki Ishii, 66
Japanese composer

Jutta Hipp, 78
Jazz Pianist

Cholly Atkins, 89
Tap dancer, Choreographer

Walter Fuller, 93
Trumpeter with Fatha Hines

Homer Banks, 61
Stax Soul Singer Songwriter


Historically

Count Basie, 79, Band Leader and Master of Swing, Dies (April 26, 1984)

Igor Stravinsky, Russian Composer and Musician, Dies at 88 (April 6, 1971)

2003
MAY

George Wyle, 87
Gilligan's Isle theme

Noel Redding, 57
Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist

Terry Thaddeus, 55
"The Jimi Hendrix of the East"
Japanese outfit the Strollers, and Singapore's X-Periments, London-based Pitiful Souls

Ted Joans, 84
Beat Jazz Poet

June Carter Cash, 73
Two Country Music Dynasties
2nd obituary

Paul Grosney, 80
Canadian trumpeter

Freddy Guerra, 79
Glenn Miller's WWII Band

Dewey Terry, 65
Don and Dewey
Big Boy Pete

Camoflauge, 21
AKA Jason Johnson
Georgia Rapper
The motive

Gerry Shephard, 51
Gary Glitter bassist
Glitter Band

George Faith, 56
Jamaican Soul Singer

William Blezard, 81
Piano Man and Composer

Joe "Guitar" Hughes, 65
Houston Blues Legend

Freyda Epstein, 46
Folk singer/violinist

Al Plank, 70
Jazz piano

Rip Thrillby, 36
Born: John Scott Rogers
The Penetrators

George Holton III, 31
AKA "Montague"
The Woggles

Jeremy Michael Ward, 27
The Mars Volta
De Facto

Mickie Most, 64
The Most Brothers, Producer

Allen Eager, 76
Sax Player of the Bebop Era

Almir Chediak, 52
Preserver Of Brazil's Pop Songs

Luciano Berio, 77
Italian Composer


Historically

Sammy Davis Jr., 64, Top Showman Who Broke Color Barriers, Dies (May 16, 1990)

Frank Sinatra, Crooner Known as the 'Chairman of the Board,' Dies at 82 (May 14, 1998)

Marlene Dietrich, Sultry Movie Star and Singer, Dies at 90 (May 6, 1992)

 

2003
JUNE

Dave Rowberry, 62
Animals Keyboard Player

Tommy Perkins, 69
Former drummer for Bob Wills

Manuel Rosenthal, 98
Conductor, student of Ravel

Jimmy Knepper, 75
Versatile Jazz Trombonist

Harold Ashby, 78
Saxophonist With Ellington Band

Peanuts Hucko, 85
Clarinet, saxophone, bandleader

Volker Kriegel, 59
Guitar, composer

Norman J. O'Connor, 81
Jazz Priest

Ethan James, 56
Blue Cheer

Vic Taylor, 56
Singer with Skatalites

 

 


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Benny Goodman, King of Swing, Dies at 77 (June 13, 1986)

Andres Segovia, 94, Whose Crusade Elevated Guitar, Dies (June 2, 1987)

Kate Smith, All-American Singer, Dies at 79 (June 17, 1986)

Judy Garland, 47, Star of Stage and Screen, Dies (June 22, 1969)

 

2003
 JULY

Bernice Freedman Cobert, 79,
Pianist, Performer

Buddy Ebsen, 95
Song and Dance "Hillbilly"

Barry White, 58
R&B LOVE GOD

Herbie Mann, 73
Jazz Flutist, World Music Pioneer

 Tom Green, 55
Christian Popular Music

Skip Battin, 69
Bassist for The Byrds, New Riders,
The Flying Burrito Bros.

Benny Carter, 95
Legendary Jazz Great

Compay Segundo, 95
  Buena Vista Social Club

Celia Cruz, 77
Queen of Salsa

Enemelio Jiménez, 87

Bob Hope, 100
Thanks for the memories

Erik Braunn, 52
Iron Butterfly Guitarist

Aaron Bell, 82
bass, piano, composer

Earl Clarence 'Buster' Smith, 71
Jazz drummer

Sam Phillips, 80
Sun Records Founder
Elvis Finder

Sylvestre Randafison, 75
A Madagascan Virtuoso of the valiha

Lucia Pamela, 98
Singer/accordionist/space traveler



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Historically

Louis Armstrong, 71, Jazz Trumpeter and Singer, Dies (July 6, 1971)

Billie Holiday, Influential Jazz Singer, 44, Dies (July 17, 1959)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003
August

Bill Perkins, 79
west coast jazz tenor sax

Henry Redd Stewart, 82
Tennessee Waltz

Grover Mitchell, 73
 trombonist w/ Count Basie Orch.

Gregory Hines, 57
Triple Threat Talent

Wesley Willis, 40
Chicago's Outsider Rocker

Floyd Tillman, 88,
Country Music Hall of Famer

"Wild Bill" Whelan, 76
DC jazz cornetist

Tony Jackson, 63
Bassist of the Searchers

Paulinho Nogueira, 75
Mentor of bossa nova

Thui Ruangsri-aran, 77
Thai panpipes master

Wayne Andre, 71
Trombonist with Herman, Winding, Goodman

Roger Voudouris, 48
Pop song: Get Used To It

Peter Niklas Wilson, 46
Jazz Bass, Biographer and Musicologist
 

 


Historically

Stan Kenton, Band Leader and Center of Jazz Controversies, Dies at 67 (August 25, 1979)

Marilyn Monroe, Golden Girl of the Movies, Dies at 36 (August 5, 1962)

 

2003
September

William Roy, 75
Songwriter / Music Director in Cabaret

Gerard Fields, 26
AKA D.O. Cannon
Rapper
Queens, NY Rap war news

Warren Zevon, 56
Darkly Comedic Singer/Songwriter
Photos search
News search

Wilbur Snapp, 83
a minor league baseball organist

Gisele MacKenzie, 76
Singer and Star of 'Your Hit Parade'

Johnny Cash, 71

Terome "T-Bone'' Hannon, 39
Bassist for Jewel

Edgar Guggeis, 39
Classical percussionist

Slim Dusty, 76
Balladeer of Australian Outback Life

Sheb Wooley, 82
Sang Purple People Eater

Charlie Harris, 87
Bassist for Nat "King" Cole

Tary Owens, 60
Texas blues producer

James Durant, 31
Rebirth Brass Saxophonist

Shooby Taylor, 74
Scat singer/postal worker

Frank Lowe, 60
Avant-garde tenor saxophonist

Robert Palmer, 54
Sauve rocker

Eddie Gladden, 65
Hard bop drummer

Yi Sung-chun, 67
South Korean national music legend

Donald O'Connor, 78
Song and Dance Man

Geoffrey Andrew Thaler, 42
Jazz musician, teacher and composer

Shawn Lane, 40
Fusion Guitarist

Rosalie Allen, 79
Singing cowgirl and yodeler

Catharine Crozier, 89,
Pioneering Organist

Paul Burlison, 74
Rock Guitar Pioneer

Wesley Tuttle, 85
Southern California country-western singer

Harry Goz, 71
Tevye on Broadway

Ronnie Dawson, 64
 Rockabilly's "Blonde Bomber"


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2003
OCTOBER

Chubby Jackson, 84
Big-Band Star on Bass

Robert Loewry, 87
Guitarist played with top jazz bands

John Brim, 81
Chicago Blues guitarist and singer

Carl Fontana, 75
Doodle tonguing jazz trombonist

Eugene Istomin, 77
Pianist Known for German Repertory

Don Lanphere, 75
Bebop jazz saxophonist

William Bennett, 49
NYC rock guitarist and entrepreneur

Paul "Jazzmo" Moen,  51
Tenor saxophone player and jazz arranger

Johnnie Jessen, 94
Played with Jack Benny and Taught Kenny Gorelick among other claims to fame.

James R. Lawson, 84
Tamed the Mighty Carillon

Marie Marcus, 89,
Virtuoso at jazz piano

Anne Ziegler, 93,
Singer, and Fats Waller protégé

Gary Buck, 63
 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

Joseph E. Mourek, 93
CSO French hornist

Elliott Smith, 34
Academy award nominated singer/songwriter
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Rosie Carter Nix Adams, 45
Daughter of June Carter Cash and Rip Nix

Jimmy Campell, 40
Bluegrass fiddle player

Tony Capstick, 59
British singer and comic actor

Joey Forgione,
Drummer for The Soul Survivors

Tom King, 92
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Co-Founder

Richard Kazuo Hamada, 96
Japanese-American Swing Musician

Roy Harte, 79
Jazz drummer, label co-founder

Oliver Sain, 77
St. Louis Sax Legend

Cindy Terry, 45
Dime a Dozen singer/flutist

Mary Lofstrom, 38
Jazz vocalist and drummer


Historically

Leonard Bernstein, 72, Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic, Dies (Oct. 14, 1990)

Cole Porter, 72, World Famous Composer and Lyricist, Dies (Oct. 15, 1964)

2003
NOVEMBER

Ron Davies, 57,
Songwriter

Bobby Hatfield, 63
Righteous Brothers
"The Curse of Kalamazoo"
Autopsy determines cocaine caused death of Bobby Hatfield, half of Righteous Brothers

David Bar-Illan,  73
Concert pianist-turned-journalist and adviser to an Israeli prime minister

Guy Speranza, 47
Original Singer of Riot

James "Spider" Rich, 80
Co-wrote  "Yakety Sax"

 Buddy Arnold, 77
 Saxist played w/ Buddy Rich & Tommy Dorsey

Dorothy Loudon, 70
Tony Winner for Annie

Claude Trenier, 84
another obit
The Treniers

Don Gibson, 75
Country Star

Arthur Conley, 57
Sweet Soul Singer

Michael Kamen, 55
Composer

Wesley Webb West, 79
Country Music Steel Guitarist

 Tony Thompson, 48
Chic Drummer

Teddy Randazzo, 68
Three Chuckles, Songwriter

Walter F. Anderson, 88
Concert Pianist

James Carter, 77
Singer of O' Brother's "Po' Lazarus"

James "Soulja Slim" Tapp, 25
New Orleans Rapper

Richard Thomas Goldhahn, 88
Cowboy Sang 'Sioux City Sue'

 Teddy Wilburn, 71
Country music's Wilburn Brothers

Rick Jeffery, 53
Blues harmonica w/ Dutch Mason

Jerome Evans, 65
 Furys' Lead Singer

Meyer Kupferman, 77
Composer

Tun Tun (Uma Devi Khatri), 80
Actor, singer and comedian

Greg Ridley, 56 
Humble Pie bassist


Historically

 

2003
December

Ruben Gonzalez, 84
Pianist / Buena Vista Social Club

Gary Stewart, 58
Honky-Tonkin' Country Star

David Hemmings, 62
Singer / Actor

Webster Young, 71
Jazz Trumpeter

Don Lamond, 82
Jazz Drummer

Charles R. Grean, 90
Pop composer, arranger

Henry Cuesta, 71
Clarinetist  With Lawrence Welk's Orchestra

Vestal Goodman, 74
Pioneering gospel music singer

Dick St. John, 63
Half of the "Dick & Dee Dee" Duo

Johnny Cunningham, 46
 Scottish Fiddle Legend

Fred Zabin, 55
Jazz Bassist

Donald A. Lucki Sr., 70
Polka Trumpeter

Dave Dudley, 75
(
AKA Darwin David Pudraska)
Truck Driver Country Song Pioneer

Hans Koller, 82
Austrian Played Sax With Top Jazz Musicians

Nicola Paone, 88
"Italian Troubadour" and  Restaurateur

Horace "Harpo" Kidwell, 93
Hillbilly harmonica player

Bill Deal, 59
Bill Deal and the Rhondels
 


Historically

Maurice Ravel, French Composer of "Scheherazade" and "Bolero," 62, Dies (Dec. 28, 1937)

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Careless Love : The Unmaking of Elvis Presley  by Peter Guralnick

Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music Thomas Fitterling, Steve Lacy, Robert Dobbin (Translator)

George Harrison by Alan Clayson

Death Discs by Alan Clayson

When Elvis Died: Media Overload and the Origins of the Elvis Cult by Neal Gregory, Janice Gregory (Contributor)

The Black Elvis - Jackie Wilson by Doug Carter

Down at the End of Lonely Street: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Peter Harry Brown, Pat H. Broeske

Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West (Music of the African Diaspora) by Phil Pastras

Jazz Generations: A Life in American Music and Society (Bayou) by Buddy Collette, Stephen Isoardi

Songs of the Unsung: The Musical and Social Journey of Horace Tapscott by Horace Tapscott, Steven Louis Isoardi

Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams by Linda Dahl

The Late Great Johnny Ace and the Transition from R&B to Rock 'N' Roll by James M. Salem

Tammy Wynette: A Daughter Recalls Her Mother's Tragic Life and Death by Jackie Daly, Tom Carter

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain   by Charles R. Cross

John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums by Chris Welch, Geoff Nicholls

Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend by Tony Fletcher --(Keith Moon book)

Remembering Buddy: The Definitive Biography of Buddy Holly by John Goldrosen, John Beecher (Contributor)

Behind the Music: The Day the Music Died by Martin Huxley, Quinton Skinner --(Buddy Holly book)

The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens --by Larry Lehmer

Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter  by Nick Catalano

Don't Forget Me : The Eddie Cochran Story by Julie Mundy, Darrel Higham

El Sid: Saint Vicious by David Dalton

Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley by David Browne

Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline by Margaret Jones

Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway by Colin Escott, Kira Florita, Marty Stuart (Introduction)

Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons by Ben Fong-Torres

Gram Parsons: A Music Biography by Sid Griffin, John Delgatto (Editor)

Marc Bolan: A Tribute

Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story by Peter Morton Coan

Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius: 'the World's Greatest Bass Player'

Django Reinhardt by Charles Delaunay, Michael James (Translator)

Positively 4th Street : The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina

Death of a Rebel/a Biography of Phil Ochs  by Marc Eliot, Vin Scelsa

The Final Days of Michael Hutchence by Mike Gee

Just a Man: The Real Story of Michael Hutchence by Tina Hutchence and Patrician Glassop

Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Mysterious Death of an Icon

You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke

Peace at Last: The After-Death Experiences of John Lennon by John Lennon

Catch a Fire : The Life of Bob Marley  by Timothy White 

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire by Joe Nick Patoski, Crawford Bill, Bill Crawford

The Final Days of Jimi Hendrix

The Lizard King: The Essential Jim Morrison

Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye

Tupac  Shakur's poetry: The Rose That Grew from Concrete

The Killing of Tupac Shakur

The Murder of Biggie Smalls

LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal     by Randall Sullivan

Garcia: An American Life

The Year Jerry Garcia Died a novel by Fred Beauford

Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin

Brian Jones: The Last Decadent

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Liberace: An American Boy  by Darden Asbury Pyron

Bird Lives!: The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker

Chet Baker: His Life and Music

The Covert War Against Rock : What You Don't Know About the Deaths of Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Michael Hutchence, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Phil Ochs..

Russ Columbo: The Amazing Life and Mysterious Death of a Hollywood Singing Legend

Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon

 

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