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Music Makers Encyclopedia: A

Click on a letter to choose a recording act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards (see more here), short bios for select acts (generally taken or adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to all albums reviewed here at the DMDB.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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Aaliyah

Born: Aaliyah Haughton on 1/16/1979 in Brooklyn, NY Died: 8/21/2001 in a plane crash

About: R&B singer. Moved to Detroit at age 5. Secretly married R. Kelly, producer of her first album, when she was 15. Her name means “highest, exalted one” in Swahili.


Irving Aaronson & His Commanders

  • Love in Bloom (1934) – see Bing Crosby

    Abba

    Active: 1970-82 Members: Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad (v), Agnetha Faltskog (v), Bjorn Ulvaeus (g), Benny Andersson (k)

    About: Pop group formed in Stockholm, Sweden, using their first names as an acronym. Benny and Bjorn recorded together in 1966. Bjorn and Agnetha married in 1971; divorced in 1979. Benny and Frida married in 1978; divorced in 1981. Bjorn and Benny co-wrote the Chess musical with Tim Rice.

    Song(s):

  • Mamma Mia (1975)
  • Fernando (1976)
  • Dancing Queen (1976)

    Album(s):

  • Abba (1975)
  • Arrival (1976)
  • Greatest Hits (1976)
  • Super Trouper (1980)
  • Gold: Greatest Hits (compilation, 1974-1982)

    Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott


    ABC

    Song(s):

    The Look of Love (1982)

    Album(s):

  • The Lexicon of Love (1982)

    Paula Abdul

    Born: 6/19/1962

    About: Dance-pop singer born of Brazilian and French-Canadian heritage. As a teen, she was a choreographer and cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers. Also choreographed Janet Jackson’s “Control” video and TV’s The Tracey Ullman Show. Was a judge on TV’s American Idol singing contest.

    Album(s):

  • Forever Your Girl (1988)

    Herb Abramson


    Maurice Abravanel


    AC/DC

    Active: 1973-. Members: Brothers Angus Young (g) and Malcolm Young (g: 73-14) with Dave Evans (v: 73-74), Bon Scott (v: 74-80), Phil Rudd (d: 74-82, 95-), Mark Evans (b: 74-77). Cliff Williams (b: 77-), Brian Johnson (v: 80-), Simon Wright (d – AC/DC: 82-89, Dio: 89-), Chris Slade (d: 89-95)

    About: Hard rock group from Australia.

    Song(s):

  • Highway to Hell (1979)
  • You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)
  • Back in Black (1980)

    Album(s):

  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
  • Highway to Hell (1979)
  • Back in Black (1980)
  • For Those about to Rock We Salute You (1981)
  • The Razor’s Edge (1990)

    Ace of Base

    Song(s):

  • The Sign (1994)
  • Don’t Turn Around (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Happy Nation (1992)
  • The Sign (1993)

    Paul Ackerman


    Roy Acuff

    Born: 9/15/1903 Died: 11/23/1992

    About: Country singer. Debuted on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in 1938.

    Song(s):

  • The Great Speckled Bird (1938)
  • Wabash Cannonball (1938)

    Adam & the Ants/Adam Ant

    Album(s):

  • Kings of the Wild Frontier (1981)

    Adama

    Song(s):

  • Tombe Le Neige (1965)

    Bryan Adams

    Born: 11/5/1959 in Kingston, Ontario.

    About: Canadian rock singer. First served as lead singer of Sweeney Todd in 1976.

    Song(s):

  • Summer of ’69 (1984)
  • Everything I Do (I Do It for You) (1991)

    Album(s):

  • Reckless (1984)
  • Waking Up the Neighbours (1991)
  • So Far So Good (compilation, 1993)

    Faye Adams


    Johnny Adams


    Lee Adams


    Ryan Adams

    Album(s):

  • Heartbreaker (2000)

    Harold Adamson


    Cannonball Adderley

    Born: Julian Edwin Adderley on 9/15/1928 in Tampa, FL Died: 8/8/1975 in Gary, IN

    About: American jazz saxophonist. Led a jazz combo with his brother Nat Adderley (comet) and Joe Zawinul (piano) and George Duke (piano). Nickname derived from “cannibal” in tribute to his love of eating.

    Song(s):

  • Autumn Leaves (1958)
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (1966)

    Album(s):

  • Live in San Francisco (1959)

    King Sunny Ade

    Album(s):

  • Juju Music (1983)

    Adele

    Born: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins on 5/5/1988 in Tottenham, North London, England

    About: British blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter who won The Brit Awards Critics Choice as the 2008 breakthrough act and then won The Grammy for Best New Artist in 2009. In February 2011, she became the first living artist since The Beatles in 1964 to have two top 5 albums and two top 5 singles on the charts simultaneously in the U.K.

    Song(s):

  • Make You Feel My Love (2008)
  • Rolling in the Deep (2010)
  • Someone Like You (2011)
  • Set Fire to the Rain (2011)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Hello (2015)

    Album(s):

  • 19 (2008)
  • 21 (produced by Rick Rubin, 2011)
  • 25 (2015)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Adele-ation is in full swing in the wake of the Grammys and a Brit Award (3/3/12)

    Chris Adler


    Lou Adler

    Born: 12/13/1933 in Chicago, IL

    About: American record producer (Sam Cooke, Carole King, The Mamas & the Papas), manager (Jan & Dean), director, and an owner of the famous Roxy Theater. Founded Dunhill Records in 1964 and Ode Records in 1967. Helped produce the Monterey International Pop Festival and cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


    Richard Adler


    Steven Adler


    Aerosmith

    Active: 1970- Members: Steven Tyler (v: 70-), Joe Perry (g: 70-79, 84-), Brad Whitford (g: 70-81, 84-; Whitford/St.Holmes: 81), Tom Hamilton (b: 70-), Joey Kramer (d: 70-), Jimmy Crespo (g – The Flame, Aerosmith: 79-84), Rick Dufay (g: 81-84)

    About: Hard-rock group formed in New Hampshire

    Song(s):

  • Dream On (1973)
  • Sweet Emotion (1975)
  • Toys in the Attic (1975)
  • Walk This Way (1976)
  • Walk This Way (Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, 1986)
  • Janie’s Got a Gun (1990)
  • I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (w. Diane Warren) (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Toys in the Attic (1975)
  • Rocks (1976)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation, 1972-80)
  • Permanent Vacation (1987)
  • Pump (1989)
  • Get a Grip (1993)

    Afrojack

    Song(s):

  • Give Me Everything (2011) – see Pitbull

    Against Me!

    Album(s):

  • New Wave (2007)

    Milton Ager


    Pepe Aguilar


    Christina Aguilera

    Born: 12/18/1980 in Staten Island, NY

    About: Pop singer. Won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1999.

    Song(s):

  • Genie in a Bottle (1999)
  • Lady Marmalade (with Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink; 2001)
  • Dirrty (with Redman, 2002)
  • Beautiful (2002)
  • Moves Like Jagger (2011) – see Maroon 5

    Album(s):

  • Christina Aguilera (1999)

    A-ha

    Song(s):

  • Take on Me (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Hunting High and Low (1985)
  • Scoundrel Days (1986)
  • Stay on These Roads (1988)
  • East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990)
  • Memorial Beach (1993)
  • Minor Earth, Major Sky (2000)

    Fred Ahlert


    Air

    Song(s):

  • Sexy Boy (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Moon Safari (1998)

    Air Supply

    Song(s):

  • Lost in Love (1980)
  • Making Love Out of Nothing at All (w. Jim Steinman, 1983)

    Album(s):

  • Lost in Love (1980)
  • The One That You Love (1981)
  • Now and Forever (1982)

    Don Airey

    Rock keyboardist with Rainbow (79-83) and Deep Purple (03-05, 13).


    Harry Akst


    Alabama

    Active: 1969-2006 Members: Randy Owen (v/g: 69-06), Jeff Cook (k/fiddle: 69-06), Teddy Gentry (b/v: 69-06), Rick Scott (d: 69-79), Mark Herndon (d/v: 79-06)

    About: Country group from Fort Payne, Alabama. Formed as Young Country (69-72), changed name to Wildcountry (72-77) and then Alabama. CMA Awards: 1981, 1982 & 1983 Vocal Group of the Year; 1982, 1983 & 1984 Entertainer of the Year.

    Song(s):

  • My Home’s in Alabama (1980)

    Album(s):

  • Feels So Right (1981)

    Alabama Shakes

    Song(s):

  • Hold On (2012)
  • Don’t Wanna Fight (2015)

    Licia Albanese

    Italian operatic soprano singer.

    Born: 7/22/1913


    Damon Albarn

    Born: 3/23/1968 in Whitechapel, London

    About: Britpop singer/songwriter, most notably with Blur and Gorillaz, but he has also helmed The Good, the Bad & the Queen; Monkey: Journey to the West; and Mali Music.


    Morris Albert

    Song(s):

  • Feelings (1975)

    Steve Albini


    Jason Aldean

    Album(s):

  • My Kinda Party (2010)

    John Alderete


    Tommy Aldridge


    George Alexander

    Song(s):

  • Mighty Like a Rose (aka "Mighty Lak a Rose") (1903)

    Tim Alexander


    Alice in Chains

    Active: 1987- Members: Layne Staley (v: 87-96, 98: Mad Season: 95; died of a heroin and cocaine overdose in 2002), Jerry Cantrell (g: 87-96, 98, 05-), Mike Starr (b: 87-93; died of an apparent drug overdose in 2011), Sean Kinney (d: 87-96, 98, 05-), Mike Inez (b – Ozzy Osbourne: 89-93; Alice in Chains: 93-96, 98, 05-; Slash’s Snakepit: 95; with Jerry Cantrell: 98; Black Label Society: 01-04), William DuVall (v: 05-)

    About: One of the foremost bands of the grunge movement of the 1990s. Formed in Seattle, WA. Have sold over 35 million albums worldwide.

    Song(s):

  • Man in the Box (1991)

    Album(s):

  • Dirt (1992)

    Alien Ant Farm

    Song(s):

  • Smooth Criminal (2001)

    All-4-One

    Song(s):

  • I Swear (1994)

    Bill “Hoss” Allen


    Fulton Allen

    see Blind Boy Fuller

    Rick Allen


    Luther Allison

    Born: 8/17/1939 Died: 8/12/1997

    About: Blues guitarist.


    The Allman Brothers Band

    Active: 1969- Members: Duane Allman (g: 70-71), Gregg Allman (k/v: 69-76, 78-81, 89-) with Dickey Betts (g/v: 69-76, 78-81, 89-00), Berry Oakley (b: 69-72; died in a motorcycle accident on 11/11/72), Butch Trucks (d: 69-76, 89-), and Jai Johanny Johanson (d: 69-76, 89-); Lamar Williams (b: 69-76; died 1/25/83), Chuck Leavell (k: 72-76), Warren Haynes (g: 95-), Allen Woody (b: 89-95), Johnny Neel (k: 89-90), Mark Quinones (k: 90-). Derek Trucks (g: 00-).

    About: Southern-rock group formed in Macon, GA by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman. Members have formed various offshoot groups. Johanson, Williams, and Leavell formed the band Sea Level. Betts, Haynes, and Neel were all in the Dickey Betts Band together. Haynes and Woody were in Gov’t Mule together.

    Song(s):

  • Whipping Post (1970)
  • Ramblin’ Man (1973)

    Album(s):

  • At Fillmore East (1971) live
  • Eat a Peach (1972) live/studio

    Duane Allman

    Born: Howard Duane Allman in Nashville, TN on 11/20/1946 Died: 10/29/71 in a motorcycle accident

    About: Blues-rock guitarist. Killed in a motorcycle accident on 10/29/71. (g – Allman Joys: 66; Hour Glass: 67-68; 31st of February: 68; w/ Gregg Allman: 68; The Second Coming: 69; w/ Boz Scaggs: 69; Allman Brothers Band: 69-71; Delaney & Bonnie: 70; Derek + the Dominos: 70-71; )


    All Saints

    Song(s):

  • Never Ever (1997)

    Herb Alpert (& the Tijuana Brass)

    Born: 3/31/1935 in Los Angeles, CA

    About: Producer, composer (“Rise”), trumpeter, and bandleader. Played trumpet since age 8. Did A&R work for Keen Records. Produced Jan & Dean’s first session. Wrote Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World.” Recorded as Dore Alpert in 1962. With Jerry Moss, he formed A&M Records that same year. They formed the Almo Sounds label in 1994. Several times during 1966, Alpert held down 5 of the top 20 positions on the Billboard album charts.

    Song(s):

  • The Lonely Bull (1962)
  • A Taste of Honey (1965)

    Album(s):

  • The Lonely Bull (1962)
  • South of the Border (1965)
  • Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965)
  • Going Places (1965)
  • What Now My Love (1966)

    ALT

    Active: 1995 Members: Andy White, Liam O’Maonlai, Tim Finn

    Album(s):

  • Altitude (1995)

    Louis Alter


    Alt-J

    Album(s):

  • An Awesome Wave (2012)

    Jeff Ament

    About: Grunge-rock bassist with Deranged Diction, Green River (84-88), Mother Love Bone (88-90), Temple of the Dog (90), Mookie Blaylock (90), Pearl Jam (91-).


    America

    Song(s):

  • A Horse with No Name (1971)

    Album (s):

  • America (1972)

    American Quartet/Premier Quartet

    About: Originally recorded in 1900. Revamped (with only Hooley returning) as a hugely popular vocal group led by Also known as the Premier Quartet on their Edison recordings. Bieling, Dudley, Hooley, Murray, and Porter were all also members of the Haydn Quartet. Campbell, Croxton, Meyer, and Porter were also members of the Peerless Quartet.

    Active: 1900, 1910-24 Members: William F. Hooley (bass: 1900, 1910-18), S.H. Dudley (baritone: 1900), Albert Campbell (tenor: 00, 20-25), and W.T. Leahy (1900-?), Billy Murray (tenor: 1910-24?), John Bieling (tenor: 1910-14), Steve Porter (baritone: 1910-14), John Young (tenor: 1914-20), Donald Chalmers (bass: 1918-20), John Meyer (bass: 1920-25), Frank Croxton (baritone: 1920-25).

    Song(s):

  • Casey Jones (with Billy Murray, 1910)
  • Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine (Billy Murray with Ada Jones & the American Quartet, 1911)
  • Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911) – see Billy Murray
  • Moonlight Bay (1912)
  • Everybody Two-Step (1912)
  • On the Mississippi (1913)
  • It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1914)
  • When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose (1915)
  • Chinatown, My Chinatown (1915)
  • Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! (1917)
  • Over There (w. George M. Cohan, 1917)
  • Goodbye Broadway, Hello France (1917)

    The Ames Brothers

    Song(s):

  • You, You, You (1953)

    Tori Amos

    Born: 8/22/1963

    About: American alternative-rock singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Me and a Gun (1991)

    Album(s):

  • Little Earthquakes (1992)
  • Under the Pink (1994)
  • Strange Little Girls (2001) covers

    Skunk Anansie

    Album(s):

  • Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995)

    Bill Anderson

    Born: 11/1/1937

    About: American country singer.


    John Anderson

    Born: 12/13/1954

    About: American country singer.


    Leroy Anderson

    Born: 6/29/1908 Died: 5/18/1975

    About: American pop songwriter.


    Lynn Anderson

    Born: 9/26/1947 in Grand Forks, N.D.

    About: Country singer raised in Sacramento, CA. Daughter of country singer Liz Anderson. An accomplished equestrian, Lynn was the California Horse Show Queen in 1966.

    Song(s):

  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1970)

    Marian Anderson

    Born: 2/27/1897 Died: 4/8/1993

    About: Opera singer.

    Song(s):

  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (1936)
  • Ave Maria (1936)
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee (1939)

    Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe

    Active: 1988-92 Members: Jon Anderson (v: 68-79, 83-01), Bill Bruford (d: 68-72,91), Steve Howe (g: 70-81,91,96-01), Rick Wakeman (k: 71-74, 76-80,91,96-97).

    About: One-time project formed by members of the progressive rock group Yes. Although the four comprised the brunt of the classic Yes lineup from 1970-72, the rights to the name belonged to bassist Chris Squire.

    Album(s):

  • Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (ABWH, 1989)
  • Union (featured both of that eras incarnations of Yes, 1991)

    Benny Andersson

    Member of ABBA.

    Peter Andre

    Song(s):

  • Mysterious Girl (1995)

    Julie Andrews

    Song(s):

  • I Could Have Danced All Night (w. Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe, 1956)
  • The Sound of Music (w. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, 1965)
  • My Favorite Things (w. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, 1965)
  • Do-Re-Mi (w. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, 1965)
  • Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious (with Dick Van Dyke, 1965)

    Michael Andrews

    Song(s):

  • Mad World (with Gary Jules, 2003)

    The Andrews Sisters

    About: Emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. Led by Patty, the trio appeared in many ‘40s movies and their unmistakable sound helped define the wartime era. LaVerne died on 5/8/67 at age 52; the nostalgia wave led Patty and Maxene to star in a 1974 Broadway musical Over There.

    b>Active: 1938-51 Members: sisters Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne Andrews.

    Song(s):

  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand) (1938)
  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (1941)
  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (1942)
  • Jingle Bells (1943) – see Bing Crosby
  • Shoo-Shoo Baby (1943)
  • Don’t Fence Me In (1944) – see Bing Crosby
  • Rum and Coca-Cola (1945)
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1947) – see Bing Crosby
  • I Can Dream, Can't I? (with Gordon Jenkins, 1949)
  • Quicksilver (1950) – see Bing Crosby

    Animal Collective

    Album(s):

  • Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

    The Animals

    Song(s):

  • The House of the Rising Sun (1964)
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place (1965)

    Paul Anka

    Born: 7/30/1941

    About: Pop songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Diana (1957)

    Adam Ant/Adam & the Ants

    Born: Stuart Leslie Goodard on 11/3/1954

    About: British new wave singer with Adam & the Ants before going solo.

    Song(s):

  • Stand and Deliver (1981)

    Marc Anthony

    Song(s):

  • Rain Over Me (2011) – see Pitbull

    Michael Anthony

    Rock bassist with Van Halen (74-04) and Chickenfoot (08-11).


    Ray Anthony

    Born: Raymond Antonini on 1/20/1922

    About: American big band leader.


    Anthrax

    Album(s):

  • Among the Living (1987)

    Clifford Antone


    Antony & the Johnsons

    Album(s):

  • I Am a Bird Now (2005)

    Thelma Aoyama

    Song(s):

  • Soba Ni Lur Ne (2009)

    Aphex Twin

    Song(s):

  • Windowlicker (1999)

    Album(s):

  • Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (compilation: 1985-1992)

    Carmine Appice


    Aqua

    Song(s):

  • Barbie Girl (1997)

    Arcade Fire

    Song(s):

  • Wake Up (2005)
  • Rebellion (Lies) (2005)

    Album(s):

  • Funeral (2004)
  • Neon Bible (2007)
  • The Suburbs (2010)
  • Reflektor (2013)

    The Archies

    Song(s):

  • Sugar, Sugar (1969)

    Arctic Monkeys

    Active: 2002- Members: Alex Turner (v/g), Jamie “Cookie” Cook (rhythm g), Andy Nicholson (b), Matthew “The Cat” Helders (d)

    About: Rock band from High Green, Sheffield, England. Followed in the footsteps of garage-rock-revival bands like U.S. counterparts The Strokes and The White Stripes. First started gaining mainstream attention by making demos available to download in late 2004. Debut album sold 363,735 copies in its first week in the U.K., making it the fastest selling debut album in U.K. chart history.

    Song(s):

  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor (2005)
  • Do I Wanna Know? (2013)

    Album(s):

  • Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
  • Humbug (2009)
  • Suck It and See (2011)
  • AM (2013)

    Toni Arden

    Song(s):

  • Too Young (1951)

    Harold Arlen

    Born: Hyman Arluck on 2/15/1905 Died: 4/23/1986

    About: American songwriter.

    Songs written by Arlen:

  • Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Ted Koehler, 1933) – see Ethel Waters
  • Over the Rainbow (E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1939) – see Judy Garland
  • I’ve Got the World on a String (E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1941) – see Cab Calloway
  • Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (Johnny Mercer, 1941) – see Woody Herman
  • That Old Black Magic (Johnny Mercer, 1943) – see Glenn Miller
  • Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Ted Koehler, 1943) – Lena Horne
  • Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive (Johnny Mercer, 1945) – see Johnny Mercer
  • One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (Johnny Mercer, 1958) – see Frank Sinatra

    Album(s):

  • The Wizard of Oz (w. Arlen, Yip Harburg, & Herbert Stothart; 1939) ST

    Billie Joe Armstrong

    Born: 2/17/1972

    About: Punk-rock singer and guitarist with Green Day.


    Louis Armstrong

    Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Jazz singer and trumpet player. He learned to play cornet at a waifs’ home, and by 1918 was a protégé of King Oliver. Four years later he went to Chicago to join Oliver’s band; a new jazz age was dawning and Louis’ astonishing virtuosity was its herald. By the time he formed his own band in 1926, young “Satchmo” was already a legend and the records that group made the next few years helped create a new international audience for jazz. His popularity came with his uniquely raspy, scat-tinged vocals starting in 1929.

    Born: Daniel Louis Armstrong on 8/4/1901 in New Orleans, LA Died: heart failure on 7/6/1971

    Song(s):

  • Heebie Jeebies (1925)
  • St. Louis Blues (1925) – see Bessie Smith
  • Potato Head Blues (1927)
  • Struttin’ with Some BBQ (1927)
  • West End Blues (1928)
  • Weather Bird (with Earl Hines, 1928)
  • Hotter Than That (1928)
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)
  • St. Louis Blues (1930)
  • Star Dust (music by Carmichael, lyrics by Mitchell Parish – added in 1929, 1931)
  • Lazy River (w. Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin, 1931)
  • All of Me (1932)
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (1938)
  • When the Saints Go Marching In (1939)
  • La Vie En Rose (1950)
  • Mack the Knife (1955)
  • Hello, Dolly! (1964)
  • What a Wonderful World (1967)

    Album(s):

  • The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (1925-1928) box
  • Plays W.C. Handy (1954)
  • Ella & Louis (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1957)
  • Porgy and Bess (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1958)
  • An American Icon (1998)

    Billy Boy Arnold


    Eddy Arnold

    Born: Richard Edward Arnold on 5/15/1918 in Madisonville, TN Died: 5/8/2008

    About: Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. Own radio show on WMPS in Memphis from 1934-39. Lead singer of Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys from 1940-43. Hosted own TV show from 1952-56. Hosted TV’s Out on the Farm in 1954. Hosted TV’s Today on the Farm in 1960. Once known as “The Tennessee Plowboy.” CMA Award: 1967 Entertainer of the Year.

    Song(s):

  • Cattle Call (1945)
  • I’ll Hold You in My Heart Till I Can Hold You in My Arms (1947)
  • Anytime (1948)
  • Bouquet of Roses (1948)
  • Make the World Go Away (1965)

    Kenny Aronoff


    Arrested Development

    Song(s):

  • Tennessee (1992)

    Album(s):

  • 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)

    Martina Arroyo

    Opera star.


    James Arthur

    Song(s):

  • Impossible (2012)

    Artists United Against Apartheid

    Song(s):

  • Sun City (1985)

    Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu


    Ash

    Album(s):

  • 1977 (1996)

    Ashanti

    Song(s):

  • Foolish (with Ja Rule, 2002)

    Album(s):

  • Ashanti (2002)

    Richard Ashcroft

    Born: 9/11/1971

    About: Britpop singer with the Verve.


    Nickolas Ashford

    Born: 5/4/1942 om Fairfield, S.C. Died: 8/22/2011

    About: American R&B songwriter and producer with Motown. Also in singing and songwriting duo with wife Valerie Simpson (“Solid”).

    Songs written by Ashford & Simpson:

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967) – see Marvin Gaye
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1970) – see Diana Ross

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Nickolas Ashford: 1942-2011 (8/23/11)

    Clarence Ashley

    Song(s):

  • The Coo Coo Bird (1929)

    Asia

    British rock supergroup formed by veterans of the progressive rock scene, but in an ‘80s arena rock mold (1981-). Members: Geoff Downes (k: 81-), John Wetton (v: 81-90, 07-), Steve Howe (g: 81-84, 92, 2001, 07-10), Carl Palmer (d: 81-85, 90-92, 07-), Mandy Meyer (g: 85-90), Pat Thrall (g: 90, 01), John Payne (v: 91-04), Al Pitrelli (g: 92-), Michael Sturgis (d: 94-01), Elliott Randall (g: 96-01), Aziz Ibrahim (g: 96), Ian Crichton (g: 01), Guthrie Govan (g: 01-04), Chris Slade (d: 01-04), Jay Schellen (d: 05). Downes and Howe had worked together in Yes, Wetton in King Crimson and Palmer in Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Latter day members Govan, Payne, and Schellen formed GPS after the original lineup reformed in 2007.

    Album(s):

  • Asia (1982)
  • Alpha (1983)
  • Astra (1985)
  • Aqua (1992)
  • Aria (1994)
  • Arena (1996)
  • Aura (2001)
  • Silent Nation (2004)
  • Phoenix (2008)
  • Omega (2010)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Steve Howe Show (7/15/09)

    Associated Glee Clubs of America

    Song(s):

  • Adeste Fideles (1925)

    The Association

    Song(s):

  • Cherish (1966)
  • Windy (1967)
  • Never My Love (1967)

    Adele Astaire

    Song(s):

  • Fascinating Rhythm (w. w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Fred Astaire, 1926)

    Album(s):

  • The Astaire Story (Fred Astaire with the Oscar Peterson Quintet, 1952)

    Fred Astaire

    Born: Frederick Austerlitz on 5/10/1899 Died: 6/22/1987

    About: American tap dancer, actor (Easter Parade), and pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Fascinating Rhythm (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Adele Astaire, 1926)
  • Night and Day (w. Cole Porter; performed with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, 1932)
  • Cheek to Cheek (written by Irving Berlin; performed with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, 1935)
  • Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails (with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1935)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (w. Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields; performed with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1936)
  • A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) (w. by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields, performed with Johnny Green’s Orchestra, 1936)
  • They Can't Take That Away from Me (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1937)

    Album(s):

  • The Astaire Story (with the Oscar Peterson Quintet, 1952)

    Rick Astley

    Born: 2/6/1966

    About: British pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)

    Chet Atkins

    Born: 6/20/1924 Died: 6/30/2001

    About: Country guitarist and producer.


    John Yorke Atlee

  • Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (1891)

    Gene Austin

    Born: 6/24/1900 Died: 1/24/1972

    About: Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Yes Sir, That's My Baby (w. by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn; with Billy Carpenter, 1925)
  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1926)
  • Bye Bye, Blackbird (1926)
  • My Blue Heaven (1927)
  • My Melancholy Baby (1928)
  • Ramona (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra & Viola Klaiss, 1928)
  • Carolina Moon (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1929)

    Audio Two

    Song(s):

  • Top Billin’ (1988)

    Gene Autry

    Born: Orvon Gene Autry on 9/29/07 in Tioga, TX Died: 10/2/1998

    About: Singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor. Hollywood’s first “singing cowboy.” Worked as a cowboy and telegraph operator for the Frisco Railroad. Played saxophone and guitar with the Fields Brothers Marvelous Medicine Show. Sang on KVOO in Tulsa in 1929 as "The Oklahoma Yodeling Cowboy." Joined the WLS National Barn Dance in 1930. Hosted own Melody Dance radio series. Launched movie career in 1934; made more than 100 films. Starred in own TV western from 1950-56. Later owned several businesses, including baseball’s California Angels.

    Song(s):

  • Back in the Saddle Again (1939)
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (w. by Johnny Marks, 1949)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1950)

    Frankie Avalon

    Born: 9/18/1939

    About: American pop singer.


    Clarence Avant


    Avicii

    Song(s):

  • Wake Me Up! (with Aloe Blacc, 2013)

    Iggy Azalea

    Song(s):

  • Problem (2014) – see Ariana Grande
  • Fancy (with Charli XCX, 2014)

    Charles Aznavour

    Born: Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian on 5/22/1924

    About: French-Armenian singer/songwriter (“Yesterday When I Was Young”, “Mama”, “She”) and actor.


    Don Azpiazu

    Song(s):

  • The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) (with Antonio Machin, 1930)

    Aztec Camera

    Album(s):

  • High Land, Hard Rain (1983)

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