2003 – Celine Dion’s father Adhemar, a former butcher and security guard, dies at his Montreal home aged 80.
2003 – Will Young, winner of the UK’s equivalent to American Idol, tops the British charts with “Leave Right Now.”
2003 – The corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York is renamed Joey Ramone Place, in honor of the late punk icon. Among the hundreds attending were Tommy and Marky Ramone, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, The Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba and Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts.
2003 – The Strokes kick off the European leg of their Room on Fire tour in Belfast.
2003 – Beyonce, U2’s Bono, Peter Gabriel, Ms. Dynamite, Jimmy Cliff and the surviving members of Queen all perform at a concert to raise AIDS awareness held in Cape Town, South Africa.
2003 – Ludacris’ “Stand Up” knocks Beyonce’s “Baby Boy” off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
2003 – Billboard reports that the Rolling Stones’ Licks tour was the second highest grossing tour of all time, beaten out only by their Voodoo Lounge jaunt in 1994-1995. The 116 Licks shows made a total of $300 million.
2003 – Radiohead play “Creep” in the U.K. for the first time in two years during a massive concert at London’s Earls Court.
2003 – James Carter, whose version of “Po’ Lazarus” opens the best-selling O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, dies in Chicago following a stroke. He was 77. Alan Lomax first recorded him singing the song with a Mississippi chain gang.
2003 – Britney Spears tops the album charts with her much hyped In the Zone record. She becomes the first female artist in chart history to land four consecutive albums at No. 1. Blink-182 are at No. 3 with their self-titled album, while a remix of the Beatles’ Let It Be enters at No. 5.
2003 – James Carter, an ex-convict whose 1959 field recording was a key track on the award-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, dies in Chicago of complications related to a stroke. He is 77. Carter was a member of a Mississippi chain gang when folklorist Alan Lomax recorded him leading other convicts on the […]
2003 – Former ‘N Sync tour manager Ibrahim Duarte sues the boy band for $10 million, alleging they fired him in 2000 for racial reasons.