Music Makers Encyclopedia: B


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

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Eric B. & Rakim

Song(s):
Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness) (1987)

Album(s):
Paid in Full (1987)


Stevie B

Song(s):
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) (1990)


Baauer

Song(s):
Harlem Shake (2013)


Bob Babbitt


Harry Babbitt

Song(s):
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle (1942) – see Kay Kyser
He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings (1942) – see Kay Kyser
On a Slow Boat to China (1948) – see Kay Kyser


Milton Babbitt

Album(s):
Philomel: For Soprano (1964)


Babyface

R&B singer/songwriter (“When Can I See You”) born Kenneth Edmonds on 4/10/1959 in Indianapolis, IN.


Babylon Zoo

Song(s):
Spaceman (1996)


The Babys

Rock group (1974-81). Members: John Waite (v/b: 74-81), Michael Corby (k/g: 74-78), Tony Brock (d: 74-81, 13-), Wally Stocker (g: 74-81, 13-), Jonathan Cain (k: 78-81), Ricky Phillips (b: 78-81), Joey Sykes (g: 13-), John Bisaha (v/b: 13-). Waite, Cain, and Phillips were also bandmates in Bad English. Best known for the song “Isn’t It Time.”


Baccara

Song(s):
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie (1977)


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

German classical pianist and composer born 3/8/1714 in Weimar, Germany. Died 12/14/1788


Johann Sebastian Bach

Classical composer born 3/21/1685 in Eisenach, Germany. Died 7/28/1750.

Classical Work(s):
Tocatta and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
Violin Sonata No. 1 (1720)
Brandenburg Concertos (1719-21)
Cello Suites (1717-23)
St. Matthew Passion (1727)
Goldberg Variations (1741)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (1742)
Mass in B Minor (1748)


Burt Bacharach

Pianist, composer, and producer born 5/12/1928 in Kansas City, MO. Frequently partnered with lyricist Hal David. Through 2006, Bacharach had written 70 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and 52 Top 40 hits in the U.K.

Songs written by Burt Bacharach:
Top 50 Songs (1985) – see Dionne Warwick

Song(s) written with Hal David:
Don’t Make Me Over (1962) – see Dionne Warwick
Walk on By (1964) – see Dionne Warwick
What the World Needs Now (1965) – see Jackie DeShannon
Alfie (1967) – see Dionne Warwick
I Say a Little Prayer (1968) – see Aretha Franklin
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (1969) – see B.J. Thomas
They Long to Be Close to You (1970) – see The Carpenters

Song(s) written with Carole Bayer Sager:
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (1981) – see Christopher Cross
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
On My Own (1986) – see Patti LaBelle


Randy Bachman

Rock guitarist with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.


Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Song(s):
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (1974)


Backstreet Boys

Pop vocal group from Orlanda, Florida. Active: 1993-2005. Members: Nick Carter, Howie Dourough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, and Kevin Richardson

Song(s):
I Want It That Way (1999)
Shape of My Heart (2000)

Album(s):
Backstreet Boys (International Version) (1996)
Backstreet Boys (U.S. version) (1997)
Backstreet’s Back (1998)
Millenium (1999)
Black & Blue (2000)


Bad Brains

Song(s):
Pay to Cum (1980)
Banned in D.C. (1982)
I Against I (1986)

Album(s):
Bad Brains (1982)
Rock for Light (1982)


Bad Bunny

Song(s):
Mayores (2017) – see Becky G
I Like It (2018) – see Cardi B
Te Boté (Remix) (2018) – see Nio Garcia


Bad Company

English rock supergroup formed by members of Free, Mott the Hoople, and King Crimson. Named after a 1972 Jeff Bridges movie. Active: 1973-2992 Members: Paul Rodgers (v: 73-82, 99, 02), Mick Ralphs (g – Mott the Hoople: 70-73; Bad Company: 73-92?), Simon Kirke (d: Free: 68-73; Bad Company: 73-02), Raymond "Boz" Burrell (b – King Crimson: 71-72; Bad Company: 73-87,99), Brian Howe (v: 86-95), Paul Cullen (b: 90-92), Geoffrey Whitehorn (g: 90-92), Dave "Bucket" Colwell (g: 92-), Rick Wills (b: 92-), Robert Hart (v: 95-), Dave "Bucket" Colwell (g: 92-02), Robert Hart (v: 95-96), Jaz Lochrie (b: 02).

Song(s):
Bad Company (1974)
Feel Like Making Love (1975)

Album(s):
Bad Company (1974)


Baddiel & Skinner

Song(s):
Three Lions (Baddiel & Skinner with the Lightning Seeds, 1996)


Bad English

Rock supergroup (1987-1991). Members: John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo, Ricky Phillips, and Neal Schon. Best known for #1 hit “When I See You Smile.” Waite, Cain, and Phillips were in the Babys together. Cain and Schon were bandmates in Journey.


Badly Drawn Boy

Album(s):
The Hour of the Bewilderbeast (2000)


Bad Religion

Song(s):
American Jesus (1993)

Album(s):
Suffer (1988)


Erykah Badu

Song(s):
Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (with Common, 2002)

Album(s):
Baduizm (1997)


David Baerwald

Rock singer/songwriter born July 11, 1960 in Oxford, OH. (v – Sensible Shoes: 82; David David: 86; solo: 90-). Part of the Tuesday Night Music Club that crafted Sheryl Crow’s multi-platinum debut album of the same name. He has also composed music for films, including Reality Bites Clueless, Grace of My Heart, Hurlyburly, and The Pledge. His song “Come What May,” from Moulin Rouge, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture.

Album(s):
Bedtime Stories (1990)
Triage (1992)
A Fine Mess (1999)
Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002)


Joan Baez

Folk singer/songwriter born 1/9/1941 in Staten Island, NY.

Song(s):
We Shall Overcome (1963)

Album(s):
Joan Baez (1960)
Diamonds and Rust (1975)


The Baha Men


Who Let the Dogs Out? (2000)


DeFord Bailey

Song(s):
Pan American Blues (1927)


Mildred Bailey

American jazz singer born 2/27/1907. Died 12/12/1951.

Song(s):
Rockin’ Chair (1937)
Says My Heart (1938) – see Red Norvo


Pearl Bailey

American big band singer born 3/29/1918. Died 8/17/1990.

Song(s):
Best of Friends (from The Fox and the Hound, 1981)


Philip Bailey

Song(s):
Easy Lover (with Phil Collins, 1984)


Eugenie Baird

Song(s):
My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) (1943) – see Glen Gray


Anita Baker

R&B singer born 1/26/1958 in Toledo, OH.

Song(s):
Sweet Love (1986)
Giving You the Bst That I Got (1988)

Album(s):
Rapture (1986)
Rhythm of Love (1994)


Chet Baker

Jazz trumpeter and singer born Chesney Henry Baker, Jr. on 12/23/1929 in Yale, OK. Died 5/13/1988.

Song(s):
My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms, with Gerry Mulligan, 1953)


Elsie Baker (aka “Edna Brown”)

Song(s):
I Love You Truly (1912)
The Missouri Waltz (Hush-a-Bye Ma Baby) (1917)


George Baker Selection

Song(s):
Una Paloma Blanca (1975)


Ginger Baker

Rock drummer born Peter Baker in Lewisham, London on 8/19/1939. Died 10/6/2019. Worked with Blues Incorporated (62), Graham Bond Organization (63), Cream (66-69), Blind Faith (69), Airforce (70), C.C.S., Baker Gurvitz Army (74), Energy, Nutters, Hawkwind, Atomic Rooster, Masters of Reality (92-93), BBM: 94. Also recorded as a solo artist.

The DMDB Blog:
Blind Faith released its only album: July 21, 1969 (7/21/12)


LaVern Baker

American R&B singer born Delores Evans on 11/11/1929 in Chicago, IL. Died 3/10/1997.

Song(s):
Jim Dandy (1956)


Mickey Baker


Ernest Ball


Glen Ballard

Best known for composing songs with Alanis Morissette.


Hank Ballard (& The Midnighters)

R&B singer/songwriter born John Henry Kendricks on 11/18/1927 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 3/2/2003.

Song(s):
Work with Me Annie (The Midnighters, 1954)


J. Balvin

Song(s):
Ay Vamos (2014)
Mi Gente (with Willy William & Beyoncé, 2017)
I Like It (2018) – see Cardi B
X (2018) – see Nicky Jam


Michael Balzary

– see Flea


Afrika Bambaataa (& The Soul Sonic Force)

Song(s):
Planet Rock (1982)
Looking for the Perfect Beat (1982)


Bananarama

Song(s):
Venus (1986)


The Band

Americana/folk-rock group first formed as Bob Dylan’s backing band The Hawks. Active: 1967-1978 Members: Levon Helm (d – Jungle Bush Beaters; Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: 58-63; Levon & The Hawks; Canadian Squires; with Bob Dylan as The Hawks: 65, 73-74; The Band: 67-78; 83; 93), Robbie Robertson (b/rhythm g – Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: 59-63; Levon & The Hawks; Canadian Squires; with Bob Dylan as The Hawks: 65-67, 73-74; The Band: 67-76; solo), Rick Danko (died 12/10/99; b: Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: 61-63; Levon & The Hawks; Canadian Squires; with Bob Dylan as The Hawks: 65-67, 73-74; The Band: 67-78; 83; 93), Richard Manuel (died in 1986; p/backing v: Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: 61-63; Levon & The Hawks; Canadian Squires; with Bob Dylan as The Hawks: 65-67, 73-74; The Band: 67-76; 83), Garth Hudson (k: Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks: 61-63; Levon & The Hawks; Canadian Squires; with Bob Dylan as The Hawks: 65-67, 73-74; The Band: 67-76; 83; 93) , Jim Weider (93), Randy Ciarlante (93), and Richard Bell (93)

Song(s):
The Weight (1968)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (1969)

Album(s):
The Basement Tapes (1967) - see Bob Dylan
Music from Big Pink (1968)
The Band (1969)
Planet Waves (1974) – see Bob Dylan
The Last Waltz (live, 1976)


Band Aid

An all-star benefit recording organized by Bob Geldof to assist famine relief in Ethiopia. Includes Paul Young, Culture Club’s Boy George & Jon Moss, George Michael, Sting, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Bananarama, Spandau Ballet, Paul Weller, Boomtown Rats, Kool and the Gang members, U2, Ultravox, Status Quo, and Heaven 17.

Song(s):
Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984)
Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid 20, 2004)

The DMDB Blog:
Live Aid: July 13, 1985 (7/13/11)


The Band Perry

Song(s):
If I Die Young (2010)


Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga


Moe Bandy

Country singer born Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr. on 2/12/1944 in Meridian, Mississippi.


Bangles

Song(s):
Hero Takes a Fall (1984)
Walk Like an Egyptian (1986)

Album(s):
All Over the Place (1984)
Different Light (1986)
Everything (1988)
Doll Revolution (2003)


Devendra Banhart

Album(s):
Rejoicing in the Hands (2004)


Tony Banks

Rock keyboardist with Genesis.


Buju Banton

Album(s):
’Til Shiloh (1995)


Samuel Barber

Classical composer born Samuel Osborne Barber II on 3/9/1910 in West Chester, PA. Died 1/23/1981.

Song(s):
Adagio for Strings (1938)

Album(s):
Violin Concerto Op. 14 (1941)


Bobby Bare

Country singer/songwriter born Robert Joseph Bare on 4/7/1935 in Ironton, OH. Father of musician Bobby Bare, Jr.

Song(s):
Detroit City (1963)


Sara Bareilles

Song(s):
Love Song (2007)


Barenaked Ladies

Song(s):
One Week (1998)

Album(s):
Gordon (1992)


Gene Barge


Travis Barker


Jimmy Barnes

Album(s):
For the Working Class Man (1985)


Charlie Barnet

Jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader born 10/26/1913 in New York City, NY. Died 9/4/1991

Song(s):
Cherokee (1939)


Antonio Aguilar Barraza


Aston “Family Man” Barrett


Syd Barrett

Psychedelic rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd born Roger Keith Barrett on 1/6/1946 in Cambridge, England. Died 7/7/2006.

Album(s):
The Madcap Laughts (1970)
Barrett (1970)

The DMDB Blog:
Syd Barrett showed up while Pink Floyd recorded a tribute to him: June 5, 1975 (6/5/12)


Blue Barron

Big band leader born Harry Freidman on 11/19/1913 in Cleveland, OH. Died 7/16/2005

Song(s):
Cruising Down the River (1949)


Jeff Barry

Pop singwriter born Joel Adleberg on 4/3/1938 in Brooklyn, NY. Often worked with wife Ellie Greenwich as one of the famous Brill Building songwriting teams.

Song(s) He Wrote or Co-Wrote:
Top 30 Songs
Be My Baby (1963) – see the Ronettes
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963) – see the Crystals
Leader of the Pack (1964) – see the Shangri-La’s
Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964) – see Manfred Mann
Chapel of Love (1964) – see the Dixie Cups
River Deep, Mountain High (1966) – see Tina Turner
Sugar, Sugar (1969) – see the Archies
I Honestly Love You (1974) – see Olivia Newton-John


John Barry

Song(s):
The James Bond Theme (1962)


Frank Barsalona


Lionel Bart

Song(s):
As Long As He Needs Me (from Oliver!, 1960) – see Shirley Bassey

Album(s):
Oliver! (cast: 1962)


Dave Bartholomew

R&B songwriter and producer born 12/24/1920 in Edgard, LA. Died 6/23/2019. Co-wrote the majority of Fats Domino’s hits.

Song(s):
The Fat Man (1949) – see Fats Domino
Ain't That a Shame (aka "Ain't It a Shame") (1955) – see Fats Domino
Walking to New Orleans (1960) – see Fats Domino
I Hear You Knocking (1970) – see Dave Edmunds


Béla Bartók

Classical composer and pianist born Béla Viktor János Bartókon 3/25/1881 in Hungary. Died 9/26/1945.

Album(s):
The String Quartets (1908-39)
Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, & Piano (1940)
Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
The Quartets (1950)


Eileen Barton

Song(s):
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake (with New Yorkers, 1950)


Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Song(s):
It Takes Two (1988)


Count Basie

Jazz big band leaderand pianist born William James Basie on 8/21/1904 in Red Bank, NJ. Died 4/26/84 of pancreatic cancer. Learned music and piano from mother, organ from Fats Waller. First recorded with own band in 1937 for Decca. Appeared in many movies and toured into the ‘70s.

Song(s):
One O'Clock Jump (1937)
Lester Leaps In (1939)
Open the Door, Richard (1947)
Everyday I Have the Blues (with Joe Williams on vocals, 1955)
April in Paris (w. Yip Harburg, 1956)

Album(s):
The Complete Atomic Basie (compilation, 1957)
Ella and Basie! (1963) – see Ella Fitzgerald


Basement Jaxx

Song(s):
Where’s Your Head At? (2001)

Album(s):
Remedy (1999)
Kish Kash (2004)


James Baskett

Song(s):
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1946)


Fontella Bass

Song(s):
Rescue Me (1965)


Ralph Bass


Shirley Bassey

Pop singer born Shirley Veronica Bassey in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales on 1/8/1937.

Song(s):
As Long As He Needs Me (w. by Lionel Bart, from Oliver!, 1960)
Goldfinger (1964)


Bastille

Song(s):
Pompeii (2013)
Happier (2018) – see Marshmello


Katharine Lee Bates


Bat for Lashes

Song(s):
Daniel (2009)


Franklyn Baur


Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926) – see Paul Whiteman
Sweet Sue, Just You (1928) – see Ben Pollack


Les Baxter

Jazz/big band leader born 3/14/1922 in Mexia, TX. Died 1/15/1996.

Song(s):
I Love Paris (from Can-Can, w. by Cole Porter, 1954)


James Bay

Song(s):
Let It Go (2014)
Hold Back the River (2014)


Bay City Rollers

Song(s):
Bye Bye Baby (1975)

Album(s):
Bay City Rollers (1976)


Nora Bayes

Vaudevillian singer and performer born Eleanora Sarah Goldberg on 10/8/1880 in Joliet, IL. Died 3/9/1928. Married to Jack Norworth from 1908-13.

Song(s):
Shine on, Harvest Moon (w. by Nora Bayes (1909) - see Harry MacDonough
Over There (w. George M. Cohan, 1917)
How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm after They've Seen Paree? (1919)


Eric Bazilian

American rock singer/songwriter and musician born 7/21/1953. Worke with the Hooters (“And We Danced”, “Day by Day”) and wrote “One of Us” for Joan Osborne.

Album(s):
The Optimist (2000)
A Very Dull Boy (2002)


The Beach Boys

Pop/rock vocal harmony group (and initiators of surf-rock) formed in Hawthorne, California. 1961-. Known in high school as Kenny & the Cadets, Carl & the Passions, then The Pendletones. Brothers Brian Wilson (leader/composer/producer/b/k: 61-85,96,12), Carl Wilson (g; died in 1998), and Dennis Wilson (g: 61-83; drowned in 1983) with cousin Mike Love (v/sax: 61-), Al Jardine (g: 61-)

Jardine was briefly replaced by David Marks (g: 62-63). Brian quit touring in December 1964 to focus on developing music in the studio. He was replaced on tour by Glen Campbell (k: 64-65) and then Bruce Johnston (k: 65-). Campbell and Johnston were also members of Sagittarius. After Carl’s death in 1998, Mike Love continued to helm a touring group billed as the Beach Boys. In 2012, Love reunited with Brian and Jardine for an album and tour.

Song(s):
The Beach Boys: Top 100 Songs
Surfin' U.S.A. (1963)
In My Room (1963)
Don't Worry Baby (1964)
I Get Around (1964)
California Girls (1965)
God Only Knows (1966) baker
Good Vibrations (1966)
Kokomo (1988)

Album(s):
Best of (compilation, 1965)
Endless Summer (compilation: 1962-65, released 1974)
Pet Sounds (1966)
Smile (1967) – see Brian Wilson
Sunflower (1970)
Surf’s Up (1971)
20 Golden Greats (compilation, 1976)
Very Best of (compilation: 1962-88, released 2001)


Beastie Boys

Active: 1979- Members: King Ad-Rock (Adam Howovitz), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Mike D (Michael Diamond)

New-York-based white rap group who started out making party music, but grew to earn critical acclaim for musical experimentation. 1986 debut album License to Ill was the first #1 rap album. Horovitz is the son of playwright Israel Horovitz and married actress Ione Skye (daughter of Donovan). Trio’s DJ, Doctor Dre, became co-host of Yo! MTV Raps. Beastie stands for Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence.

Song(s):
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party) (1986)
Girls (1987)
Shake Your Rump (1989)
Sabotage (1994)
Intergalactic (1998)

Album(s):
Licensed to Ill (produced by Rick Rubin, 1986)
Paul’s Boutique (1989)
Check Your Head (1992)
Ill Communication (1994)
Hello Nasty (1998)

The DMDB Blog:
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, dead at 47 (5/4/12)


The Beat

- see The English Beat


The Beatles

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

The world’s best-selling group of all time. Formed in Liverpool, England. Active 1960 to 1970. Members: John Lennon (v/g), Paul McCartney (v/g; switched to b 4/61), George Harrison (g/v), and Ringo Starr (d/v – Rory Storm and the Hurricanes: Beatles: 8/62 to 4/70). Earlier members included Stu Sutcliffe (b – left in April 1961), and Pete Best (d: 8/60-8/62), as well as John Lowe (piano) and Colin Hanton (d) who were in early version known as the Quarrymen.

Group managed by Brian Epsteinthrough 1967 and produced by George Martin. First U.S. tour in 2/64. Won the 1964 Best New Artist Grammy Award. Starred in movies A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), and Let It Be (1970). Also contributed soundtrack to animated Yellow Submarine (1968). Own Apple label in 1968. McCartney publicly announced group’s dissolution on 4/10/70.

Song(s):
The Beatles: Top 100 Songs
Love Me Do (1962)
She Loves You (1963)
I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963)
Do You Want to Know a Secret? (1963)

I Saw Her Standing There (1963)

From Me to You (1963)

Twist and Shout (1964)

Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

I Feel Fine (1964)

And I Love Her (1964)

Ticket to Ride (1965)

Help! (1965)

Yesterday (1965)
In My Life (1965)

Day Tripper (1965)

We Can Work It Out (1965)

Michelle (1965)

Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (1965)

Paperback Writer (1966)

Rain (1966)

Eleanor Rigby (1966)

Yellow Submarine (1966)

Tomorrow Never Knows (1966)

Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
Penny Lane (1967)

A Day in the Life (1967)

With a Little Help from My Friends (1967)

She’s Leaving Home (1967)

All You Need Is Love (1967)

Hello Goodbye (1967)

Hey Jude (1968)
Revolution (1968)

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968)

Get Back (with Billy Preston, 1969)

Come Together (1969)

Something (1969)

Let It Be (1970)

Album(s):


The Beatles: Top 10 Albums
Please Please Me/Introducing the Beatles (1963)
With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles (1963)
A Hard Day’s Night (UK version, soundtrack, 1964)
Beatles for Sale/Beatles ‘65 (1964)
Help! (1965)
Rubber Soul (UK version, 1965)
Revolver (UK version, 1966)
1962-1966 (aka ‘The Red Album’) (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The Beatles (aka ‘The White Album’) (1968)
Abbey Road (1969)
Let It Be (1970)
1967-1970 (aka ‘The Blue Album’) (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
Ballads (compilation, 1981)

1 (compilation: 1962-70, released 2000)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time: July 6, 1957 (7/6/12)
The Beatles’ First Recording Session: June 22, 1961 (6/22/11)


The Beau Brummels

Song(s):
Laugh Laugh (1965)


Carter Beauford


Kathryn Beaumont

Song(s):
The Unbirthday Song (with Jerry Colonna & Ed Wynn, from Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
In a World of My Own (et Chorus, from Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (et al, from Peter Pan, 1953)


Sidney Bechet

Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader, and composer born 5/14/1897 in New Orleans, LA. Died 5/14/1959.

Song(s):
Summertime (1939)


Beck

Alternative-rock singer/songwriter and musician born Bek David Campbell on 7/8/1970 in Los Angeles, CA.

Song(s):
Loser (1993)
Where It’s At (1996)

Album(s):
Mellow Gold (1993)
Odelay (1996)
Mutations (1998)
Midnite Vultures (1999)
Sea Change (2002)
Morning Phase (2014)


Jeff Beck

Rock guitarist born Geoffrey Arnold Beck on 6/24/1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England. With the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group (67-72), and the Honeydrippers.


Jeff Beck Group

Rock group formed in London, England. 1967-1972. helmed by Jeff Beck (g: 67-72). Members included Clive Chaman (b: 70-72), Aynsley Dunbar (d: 67), Nicky Hopkins (k: 67-70), Alex Ligertwood (v: 70-72), Max Middleton (k: 70-72), Tony Newman (d: 69-70), Cozy Powell (d: 70-72), Rod Stewart (v: 67-69), Bobby Tench (v/g: 71-72), Mickey Waller (d: 68-69), Ronnie Wood (b: 67-69). Stewart and Wood also worked together in The Faces.

Song(s):
Plynth (Water Down the Drain) (1969)


Natasha Bedingfield

Song(s):
Unwritten (2004)


Bee Gees

Pop/disco trio from Manchester, England. First performed 12/55. To Australia in 1958; performed as the Gibbs, later as BG’s, finally the Bee Gees. Returned to England in 2/67. In 1969, each tried a solo career. Reunited the next year. Best known for 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Younger brother, Andy, was a successful solo singer (died 3/10/88).

Active: 1966-2001 Members: brothers Barry and twins Maurice and Robin.

Song(s):
Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs
To Love Somebody (1967)
You Should Be Dancing (1976)
How Deep Is Your Love (1977)
Stayin’ Alive (1977)
Night Fever (1978)

Album(s):
Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack with various artists, 1977) – see Various Artists
Spirits Having Flown (1979)

The DMDB Blog:
Saturday Night Fever premiered in U.S. theaters: December 16, 1977 (12/16/11)


Ludwig Van Beethoven

Cassical composer and pianist born 12/17/1770 in Germany. Died 3/26/1827.

Album(s):
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1797)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1789)
Piano Sonata No. 14 (“Moonlight”) (1798)
Piano Sonata No. 8 “Pathetique” (1799)
Piano Concerto No. 3 (1800)
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Sinfonia Eroica” (1804)
Piano Sonata No. 23 (1805)
Fidelio (opera, 1805)
Piano Concerto No. 4 (1806)
Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” (1808)
Egmont Overture (1810)
Piano Concerto No. 5 (1811)
Symphony No. 7 (1812)
Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1822)
Symphony No. 9 (1824)
The 9 Symphonies (1800-1824)
The String Quartets (16) (1826)

The DMDB Blog:
Beethoven’s 5th and 6th Symphonies performed for first time: December 22, 1808 (12/22/11)


Lou Bega

Song(s):
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) (1999)


Bix Beiderbecke

Jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer born Leon Bismark Beiderbecke on 3/10/1903 in Davenport, IA. Died 8/6/1931.

Song(s):
Singin’ the Blues (with Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra, 1927)
In a Mist (1928)


Harry Belafonte

Musician, actor, and social activitist born Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. on 3/1/1927 in Harlem, NY.

Song(s):
Mary’s Boy Child (1956)
Banana Boat (Day-O) (1957)

Album(s):
Calypso (1956)
At Carnegie Hall (live, 1959)


Al Bell


Archie Bell & the Drells

Song(s):
Tighten Up (1968)


Thom Bell


William Bell


Matt Bellamy


Regina Belle

Song(s):
A Whole New World (1992) – see Peabo Bryson


Belle & Sebastian

Album(s):
If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)


Vincenzo Bellini

Classical composer.

Song(s):
Casta Diva (1929)

Album(s):
Norma (opera: 1831)


Louie Bellson


Arnold Belnick


Pat Benatar

Rock singer (“Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Fire and Ice,” “You Better Run,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong”) born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on 1/10/1953 in Greenpoint, NY.

Album(s):
Crimes of Passion (1980)


Tex Beneke (& the Four Modernaires)

American jazz/big band leader born Gordon Beneke on 2/12/1914. Died 5/30/2000.

Song(s):
Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941) – see Glenn Miller
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (1942) – see Glenn Miller
I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (1942) – see Glenn Miller


William “Benny” Benjamin

R&B drummer with the session group the Funk Brothers.


Lauren Bennett

Song(s):
Party Rock Anthem (2011) – see LMFAO


Tony Bennett

Traditional pop singer born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on 8/3/1926 in Queens, NY. Worked local clubs while in high school, sang in U.S. Army bands. Breakthrough with Bob Hope in 1949 who suggested that he change his then-stage name, Joe Bari, to Tony Bennett. Audition record of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" earned a Columbia contract in 1950. Appeared in the movie The Oscar.

Song(s):
Because of You (1951)
Stranger in Paradise (1953)
Climb Ev’ry Mountain (from The Sound of Music, 1959)
I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1962)
The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from “The Sandpiper”) (1965)
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) (1965)
For Once in My Life (1967)

Album(s):
MTV Unplugged (live, 1994)


George Benson

R&B singer and guitarist born 3/22/1943 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Song(s):
This Masquerade (1976)
Breezin’ (1976)
Turn Your Love Around (1981)

Album(s):
Breezin’ (1976)


Brook Benton

R&B musician and executive born Benjamin Franklin Peay on 9/19/1931 in Lugoff, SC. Died 4/9/1988.


Alban Berg

Classical composer.

Album(s):
Wozzeck (opera, 1925)
Violin Concerto (1935)


Alan Bergman


Marilyn Bergman


Bunny Berigan

American big band leader born Bernard Roland Berigan on 11/2/1908

Song(s):
I Can't Get Started (w. Vernon Duke & Ira Gershwin, 1938)


Berlin

Song(s):
Take My Breath Away (1986)

Album(s):
Pleasure Victim (1983)
Love Life (1984)
Count Three and Pray (1986)
Voyeur (2002)
4 Play (2005)


Irving Berlin

Composer and lyricist born Israel Isidore Baline on 5/11/1888 in Tyumen, Russia. Died 9/22/1989. George Gershwin called him “the greatest songwriter who ever lived.” Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.” A 2001 Time magazine article estimated Berlin has written around 1250 songs. 25 have reached #1 on the pop charts. He wrote 17 complete scores for Broadway musicals and revues including Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun. List of Berlin songs here.

Song(s) as a Songwriter:
Top 100 Songs
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911) – see Arthur Collins
When I Lost You (1913) – see Henry Burr
Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (1918) – see Arthur Fields
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (1919) – see John Steel
What'll I Do? (1924) – see Paul Whiteman
All Alone (1925) – see Al Jolson
All Alone (1925) – see John McCormack
All Alone (1925) – see Paul Whiteman
Always (1926) – see George Olsen
Blue Skies (1927) – see Ben Selvin
Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) – see Earl Burtnett
How Deep Is the Ocean? (1932) – see Guy Lombardo
Easter Parade (1933) – see Leo Reisman
Cheek to Cheek (1935) – see Fred Astaire
Marie (1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
God Bless America (1939) – see Kate Smith
White Christmas (1942) – see Bing Crosby
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1946) – see Ethel Merman
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (1948) – see Les Brown

Album(s):
Annie Get Your Gun (cast: 1946, soundtrack: 1950)

The DMDB Blog:
Irving Berlin was born: May 11, 1888 (5/11/12)


Jeff Berlin


Emile Berliner

Song(s):
The Lord’s Prayer (1890)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1890)


Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Album(s):
Die Zauberflöte (1938)


Hector Berlioz

Classical composer born 12/11/1803 in La Côte-St-André, Isère, France. Died 3/8/1869.

Album(s):
Symphonie Fantasique (1830)
La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust) (opera, 1846)


Al Bernard


St. Louis Blues (1919)


Ernani Bernardi


Ben Bernie

American vaudeville performer, bandleader, jazz violinist, and radio personality born Bernard Anzelevitz on 5/30/1891 in Bayonne, NJ. Died 10/23/1943. Often introduced as “The Old Maestro.”

Song(s):
Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
Sleepy Time Gal (with Arthur Fields, 1926)
Ain't She Sweet (with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot, 1927)
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (with Vaughn Deleath, from Show Boat, 1928)


Bert Berns

Songwriter who worked in the famous Brill Building.


Leonard Bernstein

Musical theater composer Louis Bernstein on 8/25/1918 in Lawrence, MA. Died 10/14/1990.

Songs(s):
New York, New York (from On the Town, 1949) – see Gene Kelly
Tonight (from West Side Storysoundtrack , 1961) – see Marni Nixon
Somewhere (from West Side Story, 1961) – see Marni Nixon
Maria (from West Side Story soundtrack, 1961) – see Jim Bryant

Album(s):
Wonderful Town (composed with Betty Comden & Adolph Green, cast: 1953)
Candide (with Stephen Sondheim & Richard Wilbur, cast: 1956)
West Side Story (with Stephen Sondheim, cast: 1957, soundtrack: 1961)
Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers (1971)


Bill Berry


Chuck Berry

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on 10/18/1926 in St. Louis, MO. Died 3/18/2017. Acclaimed as one of rock and roll’s most influential artists . Muddy Waters introduced Berry to Leonard Chess (Chess Records) in Chicago.

Song(s):
Chuck Berry: Top 25 Songs
Maybellene (1955)
Roll Over Beethoven (1956)
Rock and Roll Music (1957)
Sweet Little Sixteen (1958)
Johnny B. Goode (1958)

Album(s):
The Great Twenty-Eight (compilation: 1955-64, released 1982)
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection (1999)


Frank Bessinger

Song(s):
I'll See You in My Dreams (1925) – see Isham Jones


Don Bestor

Song(s):
42nd Street (with Dudley Mecum, 1933)


John Bettis


Dickey Betts


Beyoncé

Pop/R&B singer born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on 9/4/1981 in Houston, TX. With the girl group Destiny’s Child before going solo. Married rap singer and record executive Jay-Z.

Song(s):
Crazy in Love (with Jay-Z, 2003)
Check on It (w/ Slim Thug & Bun B, 2005)
Irreplaceable (2006)
Beautiful Liar (with Shakira, 2007)
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (2008)
Halo (2008)
Telephone (2009) – see Lady Gaga
Drunk in Love (with Jay-Z, 2013)
Formation (2016)
Perfect (2017) – see Ed Sheeran
Mi Gente (2017) – see J. Balvin

Album(s):
Dangerously in Love (2003)
B’Day (2006)
I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008)
4 (2011)
Beyoncé (2013)
Lemonade (2016)


Bez

Britpop musician with Happy Mondays and Black Grape.

Born Mark Berry on 4/18/1964 in Salford, Lancashire, England


The B-52’s

Song(s):
Rock Lobster (1979)
Love Shack (1989)

Album(s):
The B-52’s (1979)


Justin Bieber

Pop singer born Justin Drew Bieber on 3/1/1994 in London, Ontario, Canada. Became a YouTube sensation as a teenager.

Song(s):
Baby (with Ludacris, 2010)
Mistletoe (2011)
What Do You Mean? (2015)
Sorry (2015)
Love Yourself (co-written by Ed Sheeran, 2015)
Cold Water (2016) – see Major Lazer
Despacito (2017) – see Luis Fonsi
I’m the One (2017) – see DJ Khaled
Let Me Love You (2017) – see DJ Snake

Album(s):
My World 2.0 (2010)
Believe (2012)
Purpose (2015)


John Bieling

Tenor who was in the Haydn Quartet and American Quartet (1910-14).

Song(s):
In the Sweet Bye and Bye (with Harry MacDonough, 1903)


Big & Rich

Song(s):
Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy (2004)


Big Boi

Song(s):
Tightrope (Jonae Monáe with Big Boi, 2010)


The Big Bopper

American early rock ‘n’ roll singer born Jiles Perry Richardson 10/24/1930. Died 2/3/1959 in plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Song(s):
Chantilly Lace (1958)


Big Brother & The Holding Company

Blues-rock group helmed by Janis Joplin.

Song(s): li>Piece of My Heart (1968) – see Janis Joplin

Album(s):
Cheap Thrills (1968) – Janis Joplin


Big Country

Album(s):
In a Big Country (1983)

Album(s):
The Crossing (1983)


Big Daddy Kane

Song(s):
Ain’t No Half Steppin’ (1988)


Big Four Quartet

Included Arthur Collins, Byron G. Harlan, Joe Natus, and A.D. Madeira.

Song(s):
Goodbye, Dolly Gray (1901)


E. Power Biggs


Big Maybelle

Song(s):
Candy (1953)


Big Star

Song(s):
September Gurls (1974)

Album(s):
#1 Record (1972)
Radio City (1974)
Third/Sister Lovers (1975/1978)


Big Youth

Album(s):
Screaming Target (1973)


Joe, Jules, Lester, and Saul Bihari


Mr. Acker Bilk

Song(s):
Stranger on the Shore (1961)


William Billings


Ernie Birchill

Song(s):
Dream a Little Dream of Me (w. by Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, & Fabian Andre; 1931) – see Wayne King
Goodnight Sweetheart (1931) – see Wayne King


Birdman


Elvin Bishop

Blues/rock singer born 10/21/1942 in Glendale, California. Original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.


Roy Bittan

Rock keyboardist with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.


Georges Bizet

Classical composer born 10/25/1838 in Paris, France. Died 6/3/1875.

Album(s):
Carmen (opera, 1875)


Biz Markie

Song(s):
Just a Friend (1989)


Björk

Alternative rock singer born Björk Guðmundsdóttir on 11/21/1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland. With the Sugarcubes before going solo.

Song(s):
Human Behaviour (1993)
It’s Oh So Quiet (1995)

Album(s):
Debut (1993)
Post (1995)


Aloe Blacc

Song(s):
Wake Me Up! (2013) – see Avicii


Bill Black

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Rock bassist born 9/17/1926 in Memphis, TN. Died 10/21/1965. With Elvis Presley’s backing group the Blue Moon Boys. Also fronted Bill Black’s Combo.


Clint Black

Country singer born 2/4/1962 in Long Branch, NJ.

Song(s):
Killin’ Time (1989)

Album(s):
Killin’ Time (1989)


Don Black

Album(s):
Sunset Boulevard (cast: 1993) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber


Frank Black (aka “Black Francis”)

Member of The Pixies.


Black Box

Song(s):
Ride on Time (1989)


Black Crowes

Album(s):
Shake Your Money Maker (produced by Rick Rubin, 1990)


Black Eyed Peas

Links: - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

Hip-hop group formed in Los Angeles, CA. Group took off with third album, 2003’s Elephunk, which featured new member Fergie and the group’s more pop-oriented sound.

Active: 1995- Members: will.i.am (singer, multi-instrumentalist), apl.de.ap (rapper), Taboo (rapper), and Fergie (singer/rapper: 2001-).

Song(s):
Where Is the Love? (with Justin Timberlake, 2003)
Let’s Get It Started (2003)
My Humps (2005)
Boom Boom Pow (2009)
I Gotta Feeling (2009)
The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010)

Album(s):
Monkey Business (2005)
The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (2009)

The DMDB Blog:
The Black Eyed Peas Knock Themselves from #1: July 11, 2009 (7/11/11)


Black Flag

Song(s):
Rise Above (1981)
TV Party (1981)

Album(s):
Damaged (1981)


The Black Keys

Song(s):
Lonely Boy (2011)

Album(s):
Brothers (2010)


Black Sabbath

Heavy-metal group formed originally as blues group Earth in Birmingham, England. Changed name to Black Sabbath in late 1969. From 2006-2010, the band reformed under the name Heaven & Hell, named after the band’s 1980 Ronnie James Dio-era album.

Active: 1968-1999, 2006-10 Members: Ozzy Osbourne (v: 68-79,97-99), Tony Iommi (g: 68-99, 06-10), Terry “Geezer” Butler (b: 68-85,92,97-99, 06-10), Bill Ward (d: 68-80,83-86,97-99), Ronnie James Dio (v: 79-83, 92,06-10), Geoff Nicholls (k: 79-91,95), Vinnie Appice (d: 81-83, 92, 06-10), Ian Gillan (v: 83), Glenn Hughes (v: 83-86), Dave Spitz (b: 86-87), Eric Singer (d: 86-87), Bev Bevan (d: 87-88), Bob Daisley (b: 87-88), Tony Martin (v: 87-91,94-95), Laurence Cottle (b: 89), Cozy Powell (d: 89-90,95), Neil Murray (b: 89-91,95), Bob Rondinelli (d: 94)

Song(s):
Paranoid (1970)
Iron Man (1970)

War Pigs (1970)

Black Sabbath (1970)

Children of the Grave (1971)

Heaven and Hell (1980)

Album(s):
Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)


Black Uhura

Album(s):
Red (1981)


Ritchie Blackmore

Rock guitarist born Richard Hugh Blackmore on 4/14/1945 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. Founder of Deep Purple (68-75, 84-93) and Rainbow (75-84, 95).


Blackstreet

Song(s):
No Diggity (with Dr. Dre, 1996)


Chris Blackwell

Record executive with Island Records born Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell on 6/22/1937 in Westminster, London, England. Worked with Bob Marley and U2.


Otis Blackwell

Rock songwriter born 2/16/1931 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 5/6/2002.


Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Song(s):
Crossing Chilly Jodan (1960)

Album(s):
Favorite Gospel Sounds and Spirituals (1951)


Hal Blaine


Eubie Blake

Jazz and ragtime pianist and composer born James Hubert Blake on 2/7/1887 (some sources say 1883) in Baltimore, Maryland. Died 2/12/1983

Song(s):
Sounds of Africa (1921)

Album(s):
The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)


James Blake

Album(s):
Overgrown (2013)


Art Blakey

Jazz drummer and band leader born Arthur Blakey on 10/11/1919 in Pittsburgh, PA. Died 10/16/1990.

Song(s):
Moanin’ (1958)

Album(s):
A Night at Birdland (1954)


Benny Blanco

Song(s):
Eastside (with Halsey and Khalid, 2018)


Bobby "Blue" Bland

R&B/blues singer born Robert Calvin Brooks on 1/27/1930 in Barrelsville, TN.

Song(s):
Turn on Your Love Light (1961)

Album(s):
Two Steps from the Blues (compilation: 1956-1960)
Members Only (1985)


James Bland


Ralph Blane


Archie Bleyer


Hernando’s Hideaway (from The Pajama Game, 1954)


Mary J. Blige

R&B singer born Mary Jane Blige on 1/11/1971 in Bronx, NY.

Song(s):
Real Love (1992)
I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By (1995) – see Method Man
Family Affair (2001)
Be Without You (2005)

Album(s):
What’s the 411? (1992)
My Life (1994)
The Breakthrough (2005)

The DMDB Blog:
Mary J. Blige hit #1 with “Be Without You” and The Breakthrough: January 7, 2006 (1/7/12)


Blind Blake

Blues guitarist born Arthur Blake in 1893 in Jacksonville, FL. Died 12/1/1934.


Paul Bley

Jazz pianist.


Blind Boys of Alabama


Blind Faith

Rock supergroup. Only released one album. Clapton and Baker had been in Cream together; Winwood and Grech went on to work in Traffic together.

Active: 1969 Members: Steve Winwood (v/g/k: 69), Eric Clapton (g/v: 69), Ginger Baker (d: 69) and Rick Grech (b: 69).

Album(s):
Blind Faith (1969)


Blind Melon

Song(s):
No Rain (1993)


Blink-182

Song(s):
Dammit (Growing Up) (1997)
All the Small Things (1999)
What’s My Age Again? (1999)

Album(s):
Enema of the State (1999)


Marc Blitzstein

Album(s):
The Cradle Will Rock (cast: 1938)


Bloc Party

Song(s):
Banquet (2005)

Album(s):
Silent Alarm (2005)


Ernest Bloch

Album(s):
Schelomo (1916)


Blondie

New-wave rock group formed in New York City. Burke and Harrison were also in Chequered Past.

Active: 1974-83, 98- Members: Debbie Harry (v: 74-83; 98-), Chris Stein (g: 74-82; 98-), Fred Smith (b: 74-75), Gary Valentine (b: 75-77), Jimmy Destri (k: 75-82; 98-), Clement Burke (d: 75-82; 98-), Frank Infante (b/g: 77-82?), Nigel Harrison (b: 77-82)

Song(s):
X-Offender (1976)
Heart of Glass (1979)
One Way or Another (1979)
Sunday Girl (1979)
Call Me (1980)

Album(s):
Parallel Lines (1978)
Best of (compilation: 1976-80, released 1981)


Blood, Sweat & Tears

Album(s):
Child Is Father to the Man (1968)
Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)


Rube Bloom


Mike Bloomfield

Blues guitarist born Michael Bernard Bloomfield on 7/28/1943 in Chicago, IL. Died 2/15/1981. Worked with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.


The Blossoms


Kurtis Blow

Song(s):
The Breaks (1980)


Blue Moon Boys

Elvis Presley’s backing group – rock bassist Bill Black, guitarist Scotty Moore, and drummer DJ Fontana.


Blue Murder

English hard-rock supergroup (1988-1994) formed by John Sykes (g/v), Tony Franklin (b: 88-92), and Carmine Appice (d: 88-92). Blue Öyster Cult

Song(s):
Don't Fear the Reaper (1976)


Blue Swede

Song(s):
Hooked on a Feeling (1974)


Blues Brothers

Album(s):
The Blues Brothers (soundtrack, 1980)


Blues Incorporated

Blues band formed in London, England, by Alexis Korner. 1961-1966. Members included Ginger Baker (d: 62), Long John Baldry (v: 61-), Graham Bond (62), Jack Bruce (b: 61-62), Brian Jones (g: 62), Ian Stewart (k: 62), and Charlie Watts (d: 61-62). Baker, Bond, and Bruce worked together later in the Graham Bond Organization. Baker and Bruce would also work together in Cream. Jones, Stewart, and Watts became members of The Rolling Stones.


James Blunt

Song(s):
You’re Beautiful (2005)

Album(s):
Back to Bedlam (2004)


Blur

Song(s):
Girls and Boys (1994)
Parklife (1994)
Song 2 (1997)
Coffee TV (1999)

Album(s):
Parklife (1994)
Blur (1997)

The DMDB Blog:
Blur beats Oasis in the battle of Britpop: August 26, 1995 (8/26/11)


B.o.B.

Song(s):
Price Tag (2011) – see Jessie J


The Bobbettes

Song(s):
Mr. Lee (1957)


Bob the Builder

Song(s):
Can We Fix It? (2000)


Andrea Bocelli

Classical singer born on 9/22/1958 in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy.

Song(s):
Con te Partiro (1997)
Time to Say Goodbye (with Sarah Brightman, 1998)

Album(s):
Romanza (1997)
Andrea (2004)


Jerry Bock

Musical theater composer born 11/23/1928 in New Haven, CT. Died 11/3/2010.

Song(s):
If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof, 1964) – see Zero Mostel
Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof, 1964) – see Zero Mostel

Album(s):
Fiorello! (composed with Sheldon Harnick, cast: 1959)
Fiddler on the Roof (composed with Sheldon Harnick, cast: 1964)


Neil Bogart

Record executive (Casablanca, Boardwalk).


Tim Bogert


Marc Bolan

Rock singer and guitarist born Marc Feld Marc Feld on 7/30/1947 in London, England. Died in auto accident on 9/16/1977. With Toby Tyler, as a solo artist (65-66), with John’s Children (67), and Tyrannosaurus Rex/T-Rex (68-77).


William Bolcom


Michael Bolton

Rock/adult contemporary singer born Michael Bolotin on 2/26/1953 in New Havent, CT.

Song(s):
When a Man Loves a Woman (1991)
Go the Distance (from Hercules, 1997)

Album(s):
Everybody’s Crazy (1985)
Soul Provider (1989)
Time, Love and Tenderness (1991)


Ray Bolger

Song(s):
The Churkendoose (1947)
Once in Love with Amy (from Where’s Charley?, 1949)
Castle in Spain (from Babes in Toyland, 1961)


Johnny Bond


Gary “U.S.” Bonds

Song(s):
Quarter to Three (1961)


Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Song(s):
Tha Crossroads (1996)

Album(s):
E. 1999 Eternal (1995)


Boney M

Song(s):
Rivers of Babylon (1978)
Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord (1978)
Ma Baker (1978)


John “Bonzo” Bonham

Rock drummer born John Henry Bonham on 5/31/1948 in Worcestershire, England. Died 9/25/1980. With Led Zeppelin.


Bon Iver

Album(s):
For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)
Bon Iver (2011)


Bon Jovi

Rock group formed in Sayreville, NJ. Considered one of the premiere “hair bands” of the 1980s, but have remained a top-selling rock group since.

Active: 1983- Members: Jon Bon Jovi (v), Richie Sambora (g: 83-), Dave Bryan (k), Alec John Such (b: 83-94), and Tico Torres (d)

Song(s):
Runaway (1984)
You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
Livin’ on a Prayer (1986)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (1986)

Album(s):
Bon Jovi (1984)
Slippery When Wet (1986)
New Jersey (1988)
Cross Road (compilation: 1984-94, released 1994)


Jon Bon Jovi

Rock singer/songwriter born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. on 3/2/1962 in Perth, Amboy, NJ. With Bon Jovi.

Song(s):
Blaze of Glory (1990)


Pat Bonner

Song(s):
Schooner Bradley (1960)


Bono

Rock singer/songwriter born Paul David Hewson on 5/10/1960 in Dublin, Ireland. With U2.

The DMDB Blog:
Bono was born: May 10, 1960/ U2’s Top 50 Songs (5/10/12)


Sonny Bono

Born Salvatore Phillip Bono on 2/16/1935. In pop duo Sonny & Cher (63-74) with wife Cher, to whom he was married for the same duration of time. Mayor of Palm Springs, CA (88-92) and was elected to Congress in 1994. Died 1/5/1998 in skiing accident.

Song(s):
I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher, 1965)


Boogie Down Productions

Song(s):
The Bridge Is Over (1987)
My Philosophy (1988)

Album(s):
Criminal Minded (1987)


Booker T. and the M.G.’s


Boomtown Rats

Song(s):
I Don’t Like Mondays (1979)


Debby Boone

Pop/country/Christian singer born 9/22/1956 in Hackensack, New Jersey. Daughter of singer Pat Boone. Won Grammy for Best New Artist.

Song(s):
You Light Up My Life (1977)


Pat Boone

Pop singer born Charles Eugene Boone on 6/1/1934 in Jacksonville, FL. Direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Married Shirley Foley (daughter of country singer Red Foley) on 11/17/53. Won on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts in 1954. First recorded for Republic Records in 1954. Graduated from New York’s Columbia University in 1958. Hosted own TV show The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom form 1957-60. Appeared in 15 movies. Wrote several books. Toured with wife and daughters Cherry, Linda, Laura, and Debby in the mid-’60s. Hosted own syndicated show on Christian radio since 1983. Recording artist Nick Todd is his younger brother. Pat’s trademark: white buck shoes.

Song(s):
Love Letters in the Sand (1957)


Victor Borge


Bob Borger

Song(s):
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1927) – see George Olsen


Alexander Borodin

Album(s):
Kismet (composed with Richard Wright & George Forrest, cast: 1953)


Boston

Rock group from Boston. Delp, Hashian, and Fran Cosmo all recorded on Goudreau’s 1980 solo album and, except for Hashian, worked together again for 1984’s Orion the Hunter. Delp and Goudreau also recorded together as RTZ and as a duo.

Active: 1971-2002 Members: Tom Scholz (g/k: 76-78,86,94,97,02) and Brad Delp (v:76-78,86,97,02) with Barry Goudreau (g – Boston: 76-78), Fran Sheehan (b: 76-78), Sib Hashian (d:76-78), Fran Cosmo (v: 94,97,02), Gary Phil (g: 94,02), David Sikes (b – Giuffria: 85-88; Boston: 94,97), Doug Huffman (d: 94), Curly Smith (harmonica: 97), Kimberly Dahme (v/g: 02), Anthony Cosmo (g/bv).

Song(s):
More Than a Feeling (1976)
Foreplay/Longtime (1976)

Album(s):
Boston (1976)
Don’t Look Back (1978)
Third Stage (1986)
Walk On (1994)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1976-1997)
Corporate America (2002)

The DMDB Blog:
Boston: The Band People Love to Hate (6/12/2011)


Boston Pops Orchestra

Song(s):
Jalouise (Jealousy) (with Arthur Fiedler, 1935)


Connee Boswell

Singer born Constance Foore Boswell on 12/3/1907 in Kansas City, MO. Died 10/11/1976.


The Boswell Sisters

Song(s):
It’s the Girl (1931) – see Dorsey Brothers
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1935)


Thomas Bott

Song(s):
Love’s Old Sweet Song (1892)


Alain Boublil

Song(s):
I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009) – see Susan Boyle

Album(s):
Les Misérables (stage debut: 1980, cast: 1985, soundtrack: 2012) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg
Miss Saigon (cast: 1989) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg


Pierre Boulez


Bow Wow


David Bowie

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Glam-rock singer/songwriter born David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London, England. Died 1/10/2016 in New York City. Became David Bowie 9/15/65 to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones. (v – Kon-Rads; Reds & Blues; King Bees: 11/63 to 8/64; Manish Boys: 8/64 to 4/65; Davy Jones: 65; Lower Third: 3/65 to 1/66; The Buzz: 2/66 to 12/66; solo: 66-; Tin Machine: 89-92). In 1972, he became a producer for Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”) and Lou Reed (Transformer). He also worked with Iggy Popas a producer and songwriter on Pop’s The Idiot and Lust for Life.

Song(s):
David Bowie: Top 100 Songs
Space Oddity (1969)
Life on Mars? (1971)
Changes (1972)
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Starman (1972)
Fame (1975)
Heroes (1977)
Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (1977) – see
Bing Crosby
Ashes to Ashes (1980)

Under Pressure (1981) – see
Queen
Let’s Dance (1983)

Blackstar (2015)

Album(s):
David Bowie: Top 10 Albums
Space Oddity (aka “Man of Words, Man of Music”) (1969)
The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Pin-Ups (1973)
Diamond Dogs (1974)
The Best of 1969/1974 (compilation: 1969-74, released 1997)
Young Americans (1975)
Station to Station (1976)
ChangesOneBowie (compilation: 1969-76, released 1976)
Low (1977)
Heroes (1977)
Lodger (1979)
The Best of 1974/1979 (compilation: 1974-79, released 1998)
Scary Monsters (1980)
ChangesTwoBowie (compilation: 1971-80, released 1981)
Let’s Dance (1983)
Tonight (1984)
Never Let Me Down (1987)
The Best of 1980/1987 (compilation: 1980-87, released 2007)
ChangesBowie (compilation: 1969-90, released 1990)
Black Tie White Noise (1993)
Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
The Singles Collection (compilation: 1969-93, released 1993)
Outside (1995)
Earthling (1997)
Hours (1999)
Heathen (2002)
Best of Bowie (compilation: 1969-2002, released 2002)
Reality (2003)
Nothing Has Changed (compilation: 1969-2014, released 2014)
Blackstar (2016)
Legacy: The Very Best of (compilation: 1969-2015, released 2016)

The DMDB Blog:
David Bowie was born: January 8, 1947 (1/8/12)


Lester Bowie

Jazz trumpeter and composer orn 10/11/1941 in Frederick, MD. Died 11/8/1999.


Al Bowlly

Song(s):
The Old Spinning Wheel (1933) – see Ray Noble
The Very Thought of You (1934) – see Ray Noble
Isle of Capri (1934) – see Ray Noble


Box of Frogs

Album(s):
Box of Frogs (1984)
Strange Land (1986)


The Box Tops

Song(s):
The Letter (1967)


Jimmy Boyd

Song(s):
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952)


Boy George


Susan Boyle

Song(s):
I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009)

Album(s):
I Dreamed a Dream (2009)


Boyz II Men

R&B vocal group formed at Philadelphia’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts: Discovered by Michael Bivins. Boyz II Men have 3 of the top 10 hits of the rock era from 1955-2008, including the #1 song of all-time, “One Sweet Day.” Active: 1988- Members: Wanya Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris

Song(s):
End of the Road (1992)
I'll Make Love to You (1994)
On Bended Knee (1994)
One Sweet Day (1995) – see Mariah Carey

Album(s):
Cooleyhighharmony (1991)
II (1994)


Boyzone

Song(s):
No Matter What (1998)

Album(s):
By Request (1999)


Terry Bozzio


Jimmy Bracken


Bobby Braddock

Country songwriter.

Born 8/5/1940 in Auburndale, FL

Songs written by Braddock:
D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (performed by Tammy Wynette, 1968)
Golden Ring (performed by George Jones & Tammy Wynette, 1976)
He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980) – see George Jones
Time Marches On (performed by Tracy Lawrence, 1996)
I Wanna Talk About Me (performed by Toby Keith, 2002)
People Are Crazy (performed by Billy Currington, 2009)


Harold Bradley


Jerry Bradley


Owen Bradley

Country singer and producer born on 10/21/1915 in Westmoreland, TN. Died 1/7/1998.


Will Bradley

American jazz big band leader born 7/12/1912. Died 7/15/1989.


Billy Bragg

Album(s):
Talking with the Taxman about Poetry (1986)
Mermaid Avenue (with Wilco, 1998)


Johannes Brahms

Classical composer born 5/7/1833 in Hamburg, Germany. Died 4/3/1897.

Album(s):
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major (1854)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)
Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1885)


Michelle Branch

Song(s):
The Game of Love (2002) – see Santana


Brandy

R&B singer born Brandy Rayana Norwood on 2/11/1979 in McComb, Mississippi.

Song(s):
The Boy Is Mine (with Monica, 1998)


Laura Branigan

Song(s):
Gloria (1982)


Rob Brasfield


Andre Brasseur

Song(s):
Early Bird (1965)


Scooter Braun

Record executive and manager born Scott Samuel Braun on 6/18/1981 in New York City, NY. With School Boy Records and Raymond-Braun Group. Manager for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.


Toni Braxton

R&B singer born 10/7/1968 in Severn, MD.

Song(s):
Breathe Again (1993)
Un-Break My Heart (w. Diane Warren) (1996)
You’re Makin’ Me High (1996)

Album(s):
Toni Braxton (1993)
Secrets (1996)


Bread


Breaking Benjamin


Bertolt Brecht


Mack the Knife (1928)


The Breeders

Song(s):
Cannonball (1993)

Album(s):
Last Splash (1993)


Alfred Brendel

Classical pianist born in Austria in 1931.


Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats

Song(s):
Rocket 88 (1951)


Don Brewer


Teresa Brewer

American pop singer (“Dancin’ with Someone”, “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall”, “Ricochet”) born Theresa Veronica Breur on 5/7/1931 in Toledo, OH. Died 10/17/2007.

Song(s):
Music! Music! Music! (1950)
Longing for You (1951)
Till I Waltz Again with You (1952)


Fanny Brice

Song(s):
My Man (Mon Homme) (1922)
Second Hand Rose (1922)


Leslie Bricusse


Alicia Bridges

Song(s):
I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) (1978)


Eddie Brigati


Bright Eyes

Album(s):
I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)


Sarah Brightman

Song(s):
All I Ask of You (with Steve Barton, from Phantom of the Opera, 1986)
Time to Say Goodbye (with Andrea Bocelli, 1998)


Elton Britt

Country singer/songwriter and guitarist born James Elton Baker on 6/27/1913. Died 6/22/1972.


Robert Brittan

Album(s):
Raisin (cast: 1973) – see Judd Woldin


Lord Benjamin Britten

Classical composer.

Album(s):
War Requiem (1961)


James Brockman


Bruce Bromberg


Brooks & Dunn

Country vocal duo (1991-2010) comprised of Kix Brooks (born 5/12/55 in Shreveport, LA.) and Ronnie Dunn.

Song(s):
Boot Scootin’ Boogie (1991)

Album(s):
Brand New Man (1991)


Garth Brooks

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Country singer/songwriter born Troyal Garth Brooks on 2/7/1962 in Tulsa, OK. Most successful country singer of all time in terms of album sales. Attended Oklahoma State on a track scholarship (javelin). Top-selling artist of the Soundscan era (1991-present) with 128 million albums sold. All-time best-selling solo artist in American music history. CMA Entertainer of the Year four times. Married country singer Trisha Yearwood 12/10/05.

Song(s):
Garth Brooks: Top 50 Songs
The Dance (1990)
Friends in Low Places (1990)

Album(s):
Garth Brooks (1989)
No Fences (1990)
Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
The Chase (1992)
In Pieces (1993)
The Hits (compilation, 1989-93, released 1994)
Fresh Horses (1995)
Sevens (1997)
Double Live (live, 1998)
In the Life of Chris Gaines (1999)
Scarecrow (2001)


Hadda Brooks


Lonnie Brooks


Mel Brooks

Album(s):
2000 and Thirteen (comedy, with Carl Reiner, 1973)
The Producers (cast: 2001)


Big Bill Broonzy

Blue singer born William Lee Conley Broonzy on 6/29/1893 in Lake Dick, Arkansas (although he claimed 6/26/1898 in Scott, Mississippi). Died 8/14/1958

Song(s):
Key to the Highway (1941)


The Brotherhood of Man

Song(s):
Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)


Bobby Brown

R&B singer born 2/5/1969 in Boston, MA. Started out with boy band New Edition and went on to a successful solo career. Was married to Whitney Houston.

Album(s):
Don’t Be Cruel (1988)


Charles Brown

Blues singer and pianist born Tony Russell Brown on 9/13/1922 in Texas City, TX. Died 1/21/1999.

Song(s):
Driftin’ Blues (1945)


Chris Brown

R&B/rap singer born 5/5/1989 in Tappahannock, VA.


Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Blues guitarist and singer born 4/18/1924 in Vinton, LA. Died 9/10/2005.


Clifford Brown

Jazz trumpeter born 10/30/1930 in Wilmington, DE. Died 6/26/1956

Album(s):
Clifford Brown and Max Roach (with Max Roach, 1954)


Edna Brown

see Elsie Baker


Ian Brown

Britpop singer born 2/20/1963. With the Stone Roses. Went on to a solo career.


James Brown

R&B singer born 5/3/1933 in Toccoa, GA. Died 12/25/2006. One of the originators of “soul” music. Nicknamed “The Godfather of Soul”. Raised in Augusta, GA. Formed own vocal group, the Famous Flames. Cut demo of “Please Please Please” in 11/55. Signed to King/Federal Records in 1/56.

Song(s):
James Brown: Top 50 Songs
Please, Please, Please (1956)
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (1965)
I Got You (I Feel Good) (1965)
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (1966)
Cold Sweat (1967)
Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (1968)
Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine (1970)

Album(s):
Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
Sex Machine (live, 1970)
In the Jungle Groove (1971)
20 All Time Greatest Hits! (compilation: 1956-76, released 1991)
Star Time (box: 1956-84)


Jim Ed Brown

Country singer born James Edward Brown on 4/1/1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas. Died 6/11/2015.


Les Brown

American big band leader and composer.

Born 3/14/1912. Died 1/4/2001

Song(s):
Sentimental Journey (with Doris Day, 1945)
It's Been a Long, Long Time (1945) – see Bing Crosby
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (w. Irving Berlin, 1948)


Lew Brown


Maxine Brown


Nacio Herb Brown

Album(s):
Singin’ in the Rain (composed with Alan Freed, cast: 1952)


Ray Brown


Roy Brown

Blues singer born 9/10/1925 (some sources say 1920) in Kinder, LA. Died 5/25/1981


Ruth Brown

Blues singer born 1/12/1928 in Portsmouth, VA. Died 11/17/2006.

Song(s):
Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (1953)


Tommy Brown


Zac Brown Band

Album(s):
The Foundation (2008)
You Get What You Give (2010)


Jackson Browne

Rock singer/songwriter (“Running on Empty,” “The Load-Out/Stay,” “Somebody’s Baby”) born Clyde Jackson Browne on 10/9/1948 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Song(s):
Late for the Sky (1974)

Album(s):
Saturate Before Using (aka “Jackson Browne”) (1972)
Late for the Sky (1974)
The Pretender (1976)
Running on Empty (live, 1977)


The Browns


Dave Brubeck

Jazz pianist and band leader born on 12/6/1920 in Concord, CA. Died 12/5/2012.

Song(s):
Take Five (1959)
Blue Rondo a la Turk (1961)

Album(s):
Time Out (1959)


Jack Bruce

Rock/blues/jazz bassist and singer born 5/14/1943 in Scotland. With Blues Incorporated (62), Graham Bond Organization (63-65), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (65), Manfred Mann, Powerhouse (66), Cream (66-68), solo (69-71, 74-90), C.C.S., West, Bruce, & Laing (72-74), BBM (94).


Anton Bruckner

Classical composer born 9/4/1824 in Ansfelden, Austria. Died 10/11/1896.


Bill Bruford

British progressive rock drummer with Yes (The Yes Album, Fragile) and King Crimson (Starless and Bible Black, Red). Reunited with the 1970-72 era Yes members as Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe from 1988-92.

Born 5/17/1949. Died


Alfred Bryan


David Bryan

Album(s):
Memphis (composed with Joe DiPietro, cast: 2009)


Luke Bryan

Album(s):
Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)


Boudleaux Bryant

Country and rock songwriter born Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant on 2/13/1925 in Shellman, GA. Best known for writing hit songs for the Everly Brothers. Wrote on his own and with his wife Felice Bryant. Died 6/25/1987.

Song(s):
Bye Bye Love (1957) – see the Everly Brothers
Wake Up Little Susie (1957) – see the Everly Brothers
All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958) – see the Everly Brothers


Felice Bryant

Country/rock songwriter born Matilda Genevieve Scaduto on 8/7/1925 in Milwaukee, WI. Worked with her husband Boudleaux Bryant, most notably writing songs for the Everly Brothers. Died 4/22/2003.

Song(s):
Bye Bye Love (1957) – see the Everly Brothers
Wake Up Little Susie (1957) – see the Everly Brothers


Jim Bryant

Song(s):
Tonight (from West Side Story soundtrack, 1961) – see Marni Nixon
Maria (from West Side Story soundtrack, 1961)


Yul Brynner

Song(s):
Shall We Dance? (from The King and I, 1951) – see Gertrude Lawrence
Shall We Dance? (from The King and I, 1956) – see Marni Nixon


Peabo Bryson

R&B singer born 4/13/1951 in Greenville, SC.

Song(s):
Beauty and the Beast (1991) – see Celine Dion
A Whole New World (with Regina Belle, 1992)


BTS

Song(s):
Idol (2018)


Michael Bublé

Album(s):
Christmas (2011)


Roy Buchanan


Peter Buck

Rock guitarist with R.E.M.


Buckethead

Rock guitarist with Guns N’ Roses.


Jeff Buckley

Alternative rock singer/songwriter born 11/17/1966 in Orange, CA. Died 5/29/1997. Son of folk singer Tim Buckley.

Song(s):
Hallelujah (1994)
Last Goodbye (1994)

Album(s):
Grace (1994)


Tim Buckley

Folk singer born 2/14/1947 in Washington, D.C. Died 6/29/1975 from a heroin overdose. Father of singer Jeff Buckley.

Album(s):
Starsailor (1970)


Buena Vista Social Club

Album(s):
Buena Vista Social Club (1997)


Descemer Bueno

Song(s):
Bailando (2014) – see Enrique Iglesias


Buffalo Springfield

Superstar rock group formed in Los Angeles, California. Active: 1966-68 Members: Neil Young (v/g: 66-68), Stephen Stills (v/g: 66-68), Richie Furay (g/v: 66-68), Bruce Palmer (b: 66-68), Dewey Martin (d/v: 66-68), Ken Koblun (b: 66-67), Doug Hastings (g: 67), Jim Felder (b: 67), Jim Messina (b: 68).

Song(s):
For What It's Worth (1967)

Album(s):
Again (1967)


Jimmy Buffett

Rock singer/songwriter born 12/25/1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Song(s):
Margaritaville (1977)
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (with Alan Jackson, 2003)


The Buggles

English new wave band (1977-80) consisting of Trevor Horn (v) and Geoff Downes (k). The pair joined Yes in 1980.

Song(s):
Video Killed the Radio Star (1979)


Grace Bumbry


William Bunch

see Peetie Wheatstraw


Clive Bunker


Oteill Burbridge


Irving Burgie


Alexandra Burke

Song(s):
Hallelujah (2008)


Joe Burke


Johnny Burke


Solomon Burke

R&B singer born James Solomon McDonald on 3/21/1940 in Philadelphia, PA. Died 10/10/2010.

Song(s):
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (1964)

Album(s):
Don’t Give Up on Me (2002)


Sonny Burke

Jazz/big band leader born 3/22/1914 in Scranton, PA. Died 5/31/1980.


Chester Arthur Burnett

see Howlin’ Wolf


T-Bone Burnett

Producer/songwriter born Joseph Henry Burnett III on 1/14/1948 in St. Louis, MO. Was a guitarist with Bob Dylan during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in the mid-‘70s. He released albums with The Alpha Band and as a solo artist, but became best known for his work as a producer, most notably as the man behind Album of the Year Grammy winners O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and Robert Plant and Alison KraussRaising Sand.

Notable Albums Produced by Burnett:
King of America (1986) – see Elvis Costello
Spike (1989) – see Elvis Costello
August and Everything After (1993) – see Counting Crows
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack, 2000)
Raising Sand (2007) – see Robert Plant
Life, Death, Love and Freedom (2008) – see John Mellencamp
No Better Than This (2010) – see John Mellencamp
National Ransom (2010) – see Elvis Costello


Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio

Song(s):
Train Kept-a-Rollin’ (1956)

Album(s):
Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (1956)


The Burnette Brothers


R.L. Burnside


Burning Spear

Album(s):
Marcus Garvey (1975)


Henry Burr

Traditional pop tenor singer born Harry H. McClaskey on 1/15/1882 in St. Stephen, Brunswick, Canada. Died 4/6/1941. The #1 ballad singer of recorded music’s 1890-1930 pioneer era. He was performing publicly by the age of 5. He was discovered in 1901 by the Metropolitan Opera baritone Giuseppe Campanari and moved to New York in 1902. The tenor singer used multiple pseudonyms, including Henry Burr and Irving Gillette, to record for various labels. In addition to his work as a soloist (1903-28), he recorded with the Columbia Male Quartet (1904-07), Peerless Quartet (07-28), Columbia Stellar Quartet (15-?), and the Sterling Trio (16-22). He also recorded duets with Albert Campbell. He sang on an estimated 12,000 recordings, far more than any other vocalist in history.

Song(s):
Henry Burr: Top 100 Songs
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (1905)
Love Me and the World Is Mine (1906)
Red Wing (An Indian Fable) (with Frank Stanley, 1907)
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now (1909)
To the End of the World with You (1909)
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (1910)
When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen (with Albert Campbell, 1912)
When I Lost You (w. Irving Berlin, 1913)
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (with Albert Campbell, 1913)
Last Night Was the End of the World (1913)
The Song That Stole My Heart Away (1914)
I’m on My Way to Mandalay (with Albert Campbell, 1914))
M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) (1916)
Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You (Is All That I Can Say) (1916)
Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy Over There) (1918)
I’m Sorry I Made You Cry (1918)
Till We Meet Again (with Albert Campbell, 1919)
Beautiful Ohio (1919)
Oh! What a Pal Was Mary (1919)
My Buddy (1922)

Album(s):
Anthology: The Original King of Pop (compilation: 1903-28, released 2005)


Tony Burrows


Earl Burtnett

Song(s):
Puttin' on the Ritz (w. Irving Berlin; performed with His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra with Harry Richman, 1930)


Cliff Lee Burton

Rock bassist with Metallica born 2/10/1962. Died 9/27/1986.


James Burton

Rock guitarist born James Edward Burton on 8/21/1939 in Dubberly, LA. Worked with Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley.


Bush

Album(s):
Sixteen Stone (1994)


Kate Bush

Alternative rock singer/songwriter born Catherine Bush on 7/30/1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

Song(s):
Wuthering Heights (1978)
Running Up That Hill (1985)

This Woman’s Work (1988)

Album(s):
The Kick Inside (1978)
Hounds of Love (1985)


Busta Rhymes

Rap singer born Trevor George Smith, Jr. on 5/20/1972 in Brooklyn, NY.

Song(s):
Scenario (with A Tribe Called Quest, 1992)
Don’t Cha (2005) – see Pussycat Dolls


Terry “Geezer” Butler

British rock bassist with Black Sabbath (68-85,92,97-99, 06-10).

Born 7/17/1949. Died


Jerry Butler

R&B singer/songwriter born 12/8/1938 in Sunflower, Mississippi.


Paul Butterfield

Blues-rock musician and executive born 12/17/1942 in Chicago, IL. Died 5/3/1987.


The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Song(s):
East-West (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1966)

Album(s):
Pual Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
East West (1966)


The Buzzcocks

Song(s):
Orgasm Addict (1977)
Ever Fallen in Love (1978)

Album(s):
Singles Going Steady (compilation: 1977-79, released 1979)


Bobby Byrd


Charlie Byrd

Song(s):
Desafinado (with Stan Getz, 1962)

Album(s):
Jazz Samba (with Stan Getz, 1962)


Roy Byrd

- see Professor Longhair


The Byrds

Folk-rock group formed in Los Angeles. First recorded as the Beefeaters, then the Jet Set, and then as the Byrds. Hillman, Gram Parsons, and Clarke were also in Flying Burrito Brothers together. Hillman, Jorgenson, and Duncan were in the Desert Rose Band together.

Active: 1964-73, 1990 Members: Roger McGuinn (v/g: 64-4/73, 90), Gene Clark (v/percussion: 64-5/66, 10/67, 73, 90), Chris Hillman (b/v/mandolin: 64-10/68, 73, 90), Michael Clarke (d: 64-67, 73, 90), David Crosby (v/g: 64-10/67, 73; 90), Jim Gordon (d: 67), Gram Parsons (v/g/k: 12/67-8/68), Kevin Kelly (d: 12/67-10/68), Doug Dillard (g – touring band: 68), Clarence White (g: 69-71), John York (b: 69-71), Gene Parsons (d: 69-71), Skip Battin (b: 70-73), John Jorgenson (g: 89-90), Steve Duncan (d: 89-90)

Song(s):
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (1965)
Eight Miles High (1966)
Hickory Wind (1968)

Album(s):
Preflyte / In the Beginning / Preflyte Sessions (archives, 1964)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
Fifth Dimension (1966)
Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1964-67, released 1967)
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)


David Byrne

Member of Talking Heads.

Album(s):
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno, 1981)


The B’z


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