Music Makers Encyclopedia: B

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Eric B. & Rakim

Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness) (1987)
Follow the Leader (1988)

Paid in Full (1987)

Stevie B

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


Harlem Shake (2013)

Bob Babbitt

Harry Babbitt

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

Philomel: For Soprano (1964)


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

How Come, How Long (with Stevie Wonder, 1996)

Love, Marriage & Divorce (2014) – see Toni Braxton

Babylon Zoo

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.

Isn’t It Time (1977)


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.

Ave Maria (music: Johnann Sebastian Bach, words: Charles Gounod; 1859)
Ave Maria (1936) – see Marian Anderson

Classical Work(s):
Tocatta and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
Violin Sonata No. 1 (1720)
Sonatas and Partitas for Violin (1720)
Brandenburg Concertos (1719-21)
Cello Suites (1717-23)
St. Matthew Passion (1736)
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
God Give Me Strength (1996) – see Elvis Costello

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

Promises, Promises (composed with Hal David, musical: 1969)
The Look of Love: The Collection (various artists, box: 1957-96, released 1996)

The Bachelors

Diane (1964)

Randy Bachman

Rock guitarist with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet (1974)
Takin' Care of Business (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

I Want It That Way (1999)
Shape of My Heart (2000)
Incomplete (2005)

Backstreet Boys (international version, 1996)
Backstreet Boys (U.S. version, 1997)
Backstreet's Back (1998)
Millennium (1999)
Black & Blue (2000)

Bad Brains

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

Bad Brains (1982)
Rock for Light (1982)

Bad Bunny

Te Boté (2017) – see Casper Magico
Mayores (2017) – see Becky G
MIA (with Drake, 2018)
I Like It (2018) – see Cardi B
Callaíta (with Tainy, 2019)
Dakiti (with Jhay Cortez, 2020)
Yonaguni (2021)
Tití Me Preguntó (2022)

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).

Bad Company (1974)
Can't Get Enough (1974)
Feel Like Making Love (1975)
Shooting Star (1975)
How About That (1992)

Bad Company (1974)
Straight Shooter (1975)
The Original Bad Company Anthology (compilation: 1974-99, released 1999)

Baddiel & Skinner

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.

When I See You Smile (1989)

Badly Drawn Boy

Something To Talk About (2002)
The Long Way Round (2006)

The Hour of the Bewilderbeast (2000)

Bad Religion

American Jesus (1993)

Suffer (1988)

Erykah Badu

On and On (1997)
Bag Lady (2000)
Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (with Common, 2002)

Baduizm (1997)

David Baerwald

DMDB profile page.

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.

Welcome to the Boomtown (1986) – see David David
A Friend Like Our Dear Stranger (1999)
If Wishes Were Horses (2004)
Why Not Me (2005)
I Won't Back Down (2006)

Boomtown (1986) – see David David
Bedtime Stories (1990)
Triage (1992)
A Fine Mess (1999)
Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002)
Hellbound Train (EP, 2016)
Hard Times (EP, 2017)
Reckless Boy (EP, 2018)

Joan Baez

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

We Shall Overcome (1963)
Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1965)
There But for Fortune (1965)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (1971)
Diamonds and Rust (1975)

Joan Baez (1960)

The Baha Men

Who Let the Dogs Out? (2000)

DeFord Bailey

Pan American Blues (1927)

Mildred Bailey

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

Rockin' Chair (1937)
Says My Heart (1938) – see Red Norvo
Darn That Dream (1940) – see Benny Goodman

Pearl Bailey

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

Takes Two to Tango (1952)
Best of Friends (from The Fox and the Hound, 1981)

Philip Bailey

Easy Lover (with Phil Collins, 1984)

Merril Bainbridge

Mouth (1995)

Eugenie Baird

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


Hell N Back (2019)

Anita Baker

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

Sweet Love (1986)
Giving You the Bst That I Got (1988)
Body and Soul (1994)

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.

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

Elsie Baker (aka "Edna Brown")

I Love You Truly (1912)
Play a Simple Melody (1916) – see Billy Murray
The Missouri Waltz (Hush-a-Bye Ma Baby) (1917)

George Baker Selection

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.

Tweedle Dee (1955)
Jim Dandy (1956)

Real Gone Gal (1984)

Mickey Baker

Ernest Ball

Kenny Ball

Midnight in Moscow (& His Jazzmen, 1961)

Florence Ballard

R&B singer born Florence Glenda Chapman on 6/30/1943 in Detroit, MI. Died 2/22/1976. With the Supremes.

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.

Work with Me Annie (The Midnighters, 1954)

The Balloon Farm

A Question of Temperature (1968)

J. Balvin

Ay Vamos (2014)
Mi Gente (with Willy William & Beyoncé, 2017)
I Like It (2018) – see Cardi B
X (2018) – see Nicky Jam
Con Altura (2019) – see Rosalia
China (2019) – see Anuel AA
La Canción (with Bad Bunny, 2019)

Michael Balzary

– see Flea

Afrika Bambaataa (& The Soul Sonic Force)

Planet Rock (1982)
Looking for the Perfect Beat (1982)


Cruel Summer (1983) br>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)

The Weight (1968)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (1969)
Up on Cripple Creek (1969)
Mother (live, 1990) – see Roger Waters

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 & the Gang members, U2, Ultravox, Status Quo, and Heaven 17.

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)

Band of Horses

Laredo (2010)

The Band Perry

If I Die Young (2010)

Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga

Martin Bandier

Moe Bandy

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

It's a Cheatin' Situation (1979)


Hero Takes a Fall (1984)
Walk Like an Egyptian (1986)
Following (1986)

Hazy Shade of Winter (1987)

Eternal Flame (1988)

Something to Believe In (1988)

Song for a Good Son (2003)

All Over the Place (1984)
Different Light (1986)
Everything (1988)
Doll Revolution (2003)
Sweetheart of the Sun (2011)

Tony Banks

Rock keyboardist born 3/27/1950 in East Hoathly with Halland, England. With Genesis.

Shortcut to Somewhere (with Fish, 1986)
Another Murder of a Day (with Fish, 1991)

Buju Banton

'Til Shiloh (1995)

Chris Barber

Petite Fleur (Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, 1959)

Samuel Barber

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

Adagio for Strings (1938)

Violin Concerto Op. 14 (1941)


Poison (2000)

Bobby Bare

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

500 Miles (1963)
Detroit City (1963)

Sara Bareilles

Love Song (2007)

Barenaked Ladies

If I Had a $1,000,000 (1992)
Brian Wilson (1992)
One Week (1998)
The Big Bang Theory Theme (2007)

Gordon (1992)
Snack Time! (2008)

Gene Barge

Sabine Baring-Gould

Onward Christian Soldiers (1871) – see Arthur Sullivan

Travis Barker

Rock drummer with Blink-182.

Edward Shippen Barnes

Angels We Have Heard on High (paraphrased by James Chadwick and arranged by Barnes, 1862)

Jimmy Barnes

Working Class Man (1985)
Good Times (1987) – see INXS
Too Much Ain’t Enough (1987)

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.

Cherokee (Indian Love Song) (1939)
I Hear a Symphony (with Bob Carroll, 1941)
Skyliner (1944)

Courtney Barnett

Dead Fox (2015)
Over Everything (2017) – see Kurt Vile

Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
Tell Me How You Really Feel (2018)


I Love You (1992)

Antonio Aguilar Barraza

Aston "Family Man" Barrett

Gabby Barrett

I Hope (with Charlie Puth, 2019)
The Good Ones (2020)

Goldmine (2020)

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.

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.

Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (1946)

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

The James Bond Theme (1962)

Frank Barsalona

Lionel Bart

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

Oliver! (musical: 1960, movie: 1968)

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.

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.

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

Eileen Barton

If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake (with New Yorkers, 1950)

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

It Takes Two (1988)

Count Basie

Jazz big band leader and 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.

One O'Clock Jump (1937)
Jumpin' at the Woodside (1938)
Lester Leaps In (1939)
Open the Door, Richard (1947)
Everyday I Have the Blues (with Joe Williams on vocals, 1955)
April in Paris (1956)

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

Basement Jaxx

Where's Your Head At? (2001)

Kish Kash (2004)

Toni Basil

Mickey (1982)

James Baskett

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (1946)

Fontella Bass

Rescue Me (1965)

Ralph Bass

Shirley Bassey

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

As Long As He Needs Me (from Oliver!, 1960)
Goldfinger (1964)
Never Never Never (Grande Grande Grande) (1973)


Pompeii (2013)
Happier (2018) – see Marshmello

Katharine Lee Bates

Song(s) written by Bates:
America the Beautiful (music: Bates, words: Samuel A. Ward,1895)
America the Beautiful (1910) – see Louise Homer
America the Beautiful (1972) – see Ray Charles

Bat for Lashes

Daniel (2009)

Jon Batiste

We Are (2021)


Goth-rock band formed in Northampton, England. 1978-1983 . Members: Daniel Ash (g/sax), Kevin Haskins (d), David J (b), Peter Murphy (v). Ash and Haskins formed Love & Rockets in 1985.

She’s in Parties (1983)

Franklyn Baur

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

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter

Rock guitarist born 12/13/1948 in Washington, DC. With Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.

Les Baxter

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

Gigl (1953)
I Love Paris (from Can-Can, 1954)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Unchained Melody (1955)
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (1955)
The Poor People of Paris (1956)

James Bay

Let It Go (2014)
Hold Back the River (2014)

Bay City Rollers

Bye Bye Baby (1975)

Bay City Rollers (1976)

Eddie Bayers

Session drummer born 1/28/1949 in Patuxent, MD. Has played on 300 gold and platinum albums. Received the Academy of Country Music "Drummer of the Year Award" for fourteen years. Has also won the Nashville Music Awards "Drummer of the Year" three times.

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.

Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909) – see Harry MacDonough
Over There (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. Founding member of the Hooters ("And We Danced", "Day by Day"). He was also part of the one-time Largo project. Wrote "One of Us" for Joan Osborne and co-wrote "Kiss the Rain" for Billie Myers. Also wrote or co-wrote songs for Bon Jovi, Journey, Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Marshall, Ricky Martin, the Scorpions, Patty Smyth, Ronnie Spector, Robbie Williams, and others.

DMDB podcast: The Best of Eric Bazilian and the Hooters

Hooters/Eric Bazilian: Top 50 Songs
All You Zombies (1983) – see Hooters
One of Us (1995) – see Hooters
Morning Buzz (2007) – see Hooters
White Jeans (2007) – see Hooters

Amore (1983) – see Hooters
Nervous Night (1985) – see Hooters
One Way Home (1987) – see Hooters
Zig Zag (1989) – see Hooters
Out of Body (1993) – see Hooters
Largo (1998) – see Largo
The Optimist (2000)
A Very Dull Boy (2002)
Time Stand Still (2007) – see Hooters
Five by Five (EP, 2010) – see Hooters
What Shall Become of the Baby (with Mats Wester, 2012)
Bazilian (2021)


Mine (2017)

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.

The Beach Boys: Top 100 Songs
Surfin’ Safari (1962)
Surfin’ U.S.A. (1963)
In My Room (1963)
Little Saint Nick (1963)
I Get Around (1964)
Don’t Worry Baby (1964)
Fun, Fun, Fun (1964)
California Girls (1965)
Barbara Ann (1965)
God Only Knows (1966)
Wouldn’t It Be Nice (1966)
Good Vibrations (1966)
Heroes and Villains (1967)
Cotton Fields (1969)
Sail on Sailor (1973)
Kokomo (1988)

Best of (compilation, 1965)
Endless Summer (compilation: 1962-65, released 1974)
Pet Sounds (1966)
Smile (1967) – see Brian Wilson
Friends (1968)
Sunflower (1970)
Surf’s Up (1971)
20 Golden Greats (compilation, 1976)
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys (box: 1961-88, released 1993)
Very Best of (compilation: 1962-88, released 2001)
The Sounds of Summer – The Very Best of (compilation: 2003)
That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012)

Beach House

Teen Dream (2010)

Frank Beard

Rock drummer born 6/11/1949 in Frankston, Texas. With ZZ Top (1969-).

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.

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

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

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.

DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: Paul McCartney – The Best of the Beatles, 1962-1970
DMDB podcast: Celebrating the Beatles’ Revolver Album
The Beatles’ singles

The Beatles: Top 100 Songs
Love Me Do (1962)
Please Please Me (1963)
Twist and Shout (1963)
I Saw Her Standing There (1963)
Do You Want to Know a Secret? (1963)
From Me to You (1963)
She Loves You (1963)
I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963)
All My Loving (1963)
Boys (1963)
Roll Over Beethoven (1963)
Please Mr. Postman (1963)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1964)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
I Feel Fine (1964)
She’s a Woman (1964)
And I Love Her (1964)
If I Fell (1964)
I Should Have Known Better (1964)
Eight Days a Week (1964)
Long Tall Sally (1964)
I Call Your Name (1964)
Matchbox (1964)
Slow Down (1964)
Rock and Roll Music (1964)
Ticket to Ride (1965)
Help! (1965)
Yesterday (1965)
We Can Work It Out (1965)
Day Tripper (1965)
In My Life (1965)
Michelle (1965)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (1965)
Nowhere Man (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)
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1967)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
She's Leaving Home (1967)
Without You Without You (1967)
All You Need Is Love (1967)
Hello Goodbye (1967)
I Am the Walrus (1967)
Christmas Time Is Here Again (1967)
Hey Jude (1968)
Revolution (1968)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968)
Lady Madonna (1968)
Blackbird (1968)
Get Back (with Billy Preston, 1969)
The Ballad of John and Yoko (1969)
Something (1969)
Come Together (1969)
Here Comes the Sun (1969)
Let It Be (1970)
The Long and Winding Road (1970)


The Beatles: Top 10 Albums
Please Please Me (1963)
Introducing the Beatles (1963)
The Early Beatles (recorded 1962-63, released 1965)
With the Beatles (1963)
Meet the Beatles (1964)
The Beatles' Second Album (1964)
A Hard Day's Night (UK version, 1964)
A Hard Day's Night (U.S. version, soundtrack: 1964)
Something New (1964)
Beatles for Sale (1964)
Beatles '65 (1964)
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 (box: 1963-64, released 2004)
Beatles VI (1965)
Help! (UK version, 1965)
Help! (U.S. version, soundtrack: 1965)
Past Masters 1 (compilation: 1962-65, released 1988)
Rubber Soul (UK version, 1965)
The Capitol Albums, Vol. 2 (box: 1962-65, released 2006)
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)
Hey Jude (compilation: 1970)
Let It Be (1970)
1967-1970 (aka 'The Blue Album') (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
Ballads (compilation, 1981)
20 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-1970, released 1982)
Past Masters 2 (compilation: 1966-70, released 1988)
Anthology 1 (archives: 1958-64, released 1995)
Anthology 2 (archives: 1964-68, released 1996)
Anthology 3 (archives: 1968-70, released 1996)
1 (compilation: 1962-70, released 2000)
In Mono (box: 1962-70, released 2009)

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

Laugh Laugh (1965)

Carter Beauford

Rock drummer with Dave Matthews Band.

The Beau-Marks

Clap Your Hands (1960)

Kathryn Beaumont

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.

Summertime (1939)
Blue Horizon (1944)


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

Loser (1993)
Where It's At (1996)
Lost Cause (2002)
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime (2004)
Dreams (2015)
Up All Night (2017)
Uneventful Days (2019)

Mellow Gold (1993)
Odelay (1996)
Mutations (1998)
Midnite Vultures (1999)
Sea Change (2002)
Morning Phase (2014)
Colors (2017)

Jeff Beck

Rock guitarist born Geoffrey Arnold Beck on 6/24/1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England. Died 1/11/2023. With the Yardbirds (65-67), Jeff Beck Group (67-72), and the The Honeydrippers (84).
DMDB Podcast: Remembering Jeff Beck, 1944-2023

Top 30 Songs

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.

Plynth (Water Down the Drain) (1969)

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.

Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs
To Love Somebody (1967)
I Started a Joke (1968)
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (1971)
Jive Talkin' (1975)
You Should Be Dancing (1976)
How Deep Is Your Love (1977)
Stayin' Alive (1977)
Night Fever (1977)
Too Much Heaven (1978)
Tragedy (1979)
You Win Again (1987)

Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack: 1977) – see Various Artists
Spirits Having Flown (1979)
Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits (compilation: 1966-87, released 2017)

Ludwig Van Beethoven

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

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 (1813)
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

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.

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.

Mary's Boy Child (1956)
Banana Boat (Day-O) (1957)

Calypso (1956)
At Carnegie Hall (live, 1959)

Adrian Belew

Rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist born Robert Steven Belew on December 23, 1949 in Covington, Kentucky. With King Crimson (1981-2009). Has also worked as a solo artist and musician with Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Paul Simon, Talking Heads, and Frank Zappa.

Shoe Salesman (1990)

Al Bell

Record executive, producer, and songwriter born Alvertis Isbell on 3/15/1940 in Brinkley, Arkansas. Executive and co-owner of Stax Records.

Archie Bell & the Drells

Tighten Up (1968)

Thom Bell

William Bell

Bellamy Brothers

Let Your Love Flow (1976)

Matt Bellamy

Bell Biv DeVoe

Poison (1990)
Do Me! (1990)

Regina Belle

A Whole New World (1992) – see Peabo Bryson

Belle & Sebastian

If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

Belle Epoque

Black Is Black (1977)

Vincenzo Bellini

Classical composer.

Casta Diva (1929)

Norma (opera: 1831)

The Bell Notes

I've Had It (1959) Louie Bellson

Jazz/big band drummer and bandleader.

Joe Belmont

Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (1899)

Arnold Belnick

Jesse Belvin

Goodnight My Love (1956)

Pat Benatar

Rock singer ("Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Fire and Ice," "You Better Run") born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on 1/10/1953 in Greenpoint, NY.

Heartbreaker (1979)
Hit Me with Your Best Shot (1980)
Shadows of the Night (1982)
Anxiety (Get Nervous) (1982)
Love Is a Battlefield (1983)
We Belong (1984)

In the Heat of the Night (1979)
Crimes of Passion (1980)
Get Nervous (1982)
Live from Earth (live, 1983)
Tropico (1984)
35th Anniversary Tour (live, 2015)

Tex Beneke (& the Four Modernaires)

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

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
Five Minutes More (with Glenn Miller, 1946)

Alec Benjamin

Let Me Down Slowly (with Alessia Cara, 2019)

William "Benny" Benjamin

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

Lauren Bennett

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.

Because of You (1951)
Cold, Cold Heart (1951)
Rags to Riches (1953)
Stranger in Paradise (1953)
Solitude (1958)
Climb Ev'ry Mountain (from The Sound of Music, 1959)
My Funny Valentine (1959)
Last Night When We Were Young (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)

MTV Unplugged (live, 1994)

George Benson

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

This Masquerade (1976)
Breezin’ (1976)
On Broadway (live, 1978)
Give Me the Night (1980)
Turn Your Love Around (1981)

Breezin' (1976)

Jodi Benson

Poor Unfortunate Souls (with Pat Carroll, from The Little Mermaid, 1989)

Dierks Bentley

Country singer/songwriter born 11/20/1975 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Brook Benton

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

It's Just a Matter of Time (1959)
Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes (1960) – see Dinah Washington
Rainy Night in Georgia (1970)

Alban Berg

Classical composer.

Wozzeck (opera, 1925)
Violin Concerto (1935)

Alan Bergman

Songwriter born 9/11/1925 in Brooklyn, New York. Married Marilyn Bergman in 1958. The two wrote songs together and have won two Oscars for Best Original Song.

Songs Written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman:
The Windmills of Your Mind (1968) – see Noel Harrison
The Way We Were (1973) – see Barbra Streisand
You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978) – see Neil Diamond

Marilyn Bergman

Songwriter born 11/10/1929 in Brooklyn, NY. Married Alan Bergman in 1958. The two wrote songs together and have won two Oscars for Best Original Song.

Songs Written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman:
The Windmills of Your Mind (1968) – see Noel Harrison
The Way We Were (1973) – see Barbra Streisand
You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978) – see Neil Diamond

Bunny Berigan

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

I Can't Get Started (1938)


Sex (I’m A…) (1983)
The Metro (1983)
Masquerade (1983)
Take My Breath Away (1986)
Scream (2005)

Pleasure Victim (1982)
Love Life (1984)
Count Three and Pray (1986)
Voyeur (2002)
4 Play (2005)
Transcendance (2019)

Irving Berlin

DMDB profile page

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
That International Rag (1914) – see Victor Military Band
I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm) (1914) – see Eldia Morris
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 Harry Richman
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

Annie Get Your Gun (musical: 1946, soundtrack: 1950)
Top Hat (musical: 2011)

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

Jeff Berlin

Emile Berliner

The Lord's Prayer (1890)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1890)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Die Zauberflöte (1938)

Hector Berlioz

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

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."

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.

Elmer Bernstein

Composer and conductor born 4/4/1922 in New York City, NY. Died 8/18/2004. Noted for film scores such as The Ten Commandments (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Animal House (1978), Airplane! (1980), Heavy Metal (1981), Ghostbusters (1985), The Black Cauldron (1985), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Wild Wild West (1999), and Far from Heaven (2002). Nominated for 14 Oscars, two Grammys, and two Tonys. Won two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy.

Leonard Bernstein

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

New York, New York (from On the Town, 1949) – see Gene Kelly
Somewhere (by West Side Story cast, 1957)
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

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

Bill Berry

Rock drummer born 7/31/1958 in Duluth, Minnesota. With R.E.M..

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.

Chuck Berry: Top 25 Songs
Maybellene (1955)
Roll Over Beethoven (1956)
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (1956)
Rock and Roll Music (1957)
School Days (1957)
Johnny B. Goode (1958)
Sweet Little Sixteen (1958)
Run Rudolph Run (1958)
Merry Christmas Baby (1958)
Memphis, Tennessee (1959)
Back in the U.S.A. (1959)
No Particular Place to Go (1964)
Promised Land (1964)
My Ding-A-Ling (live, 1972)

After School Session (1957)
The Great Twenty-Eight (compilation: 1955-64, released 1982)
The Chess Box (box: 1955-73, released 1988)
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection (1999)

Frank Bessinger

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

Don Bestor

42nd Street (with Dudley Mecum, 1933)
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (with Florence Case, Frank Sherryl, & Charles Yontz; 1933)

Better Than Ezra

Good (1995)

John Bettis

Dickey Betts

Rock guitarist and singer/songwriter born Forrest Richard Betts on 12/12/1943 in West Palm Beach, Florida. With the Allman Brothers Band (1969-2000).


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.
DMDB podcast: Beyoncé: The Best of (1997-2022)

Crazy in Love (with Jay-Z, 2003)
Baby Boy (with Sean Paul, 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)
If I Were a Boy (2008)
Telephone (2009) – see Lady Gaga
Love on Top (2011)
Best Thing I Never Had (2011)
Drunk in Love (with Jay-Z, 2013)
Hymn for the Weekend (2015) – see Coldplay
Formation (2016)
Perfect (2017) – see Ed Sheeran
Mi Gente (2017) – see J. Balvin
Savage (2020) – see Megan Thee Stallion
Break My Soul (2022)
Cuff It (2022)

Dangerously in Love (2003)
B’Day (2006)
I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008)
4 (2011)
Beyoncé (2013)
Lemonade (2016)
Everything Is Love (2018) – see Jay-Z


Britpop musician born Mark Berry on 4/18/1964 in Salford, Lanccashire, England. With Happy Mondays and Black Grape.

The B-52's

Rock Lobster (1979)
Private Idaho (1980)
Love Shack (1989)
Channel Z (1989)

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.

Baby (with Ludacris, 2010)
Mistletoe (2011)
Where Are Ü Now (2015) – see Skrillex
What Do You Mean? (2015)
Sorry (2015)
Love Yourself (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
I Don't Care (2019) – see Ed Sheeran
10,000 Hours (2019) – see Dan Shay
Stuck with You (2020) – see Ariana Grande
Stay (2020) – see Kid Laroi
Peaches (with Daniel Caesar & Giveon, 2021)

My World 2.0 (2010)
Believe (2012)
Purpose (2015)

John Bieling

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

In the Sweet Bye and Bye (1903) – see Harry MacDonough

Big & Rich

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy (2004)

Big Audio Dynamite

Rush (1991)

Big Boi

Half of the rap duo Outkast.

Tightrope (2010) – see Jonae Monáe

The Big Bopper

Early rock 'n' roll singer/songwriter and guitarist born Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson on 10/24/1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Died 2/3/1959 in plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

Chantilly Lace (1958)

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Blues-rock group helmed by Janis Joplin.

Piece of My Heart(1968)

Cheap Thrills (1968)

Big Country

In a Big Country (1983)

The Crossing (1983)

Big Daddy Kane

Ain't No Half Steppin' (1988)

Big Four Quartet

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

Goodbye Dolly Gray (1901)

E. Power Biggs

Big Maybelle

Candy (1953)

Big Star

In the Street (1972)
September Gurls (1974)

#1 Record (1972)
Radio City (1974)
Third/Sister Lovers (recorded 1975, released 1978)

Big Thief

Two Hands (2019)

Joe, Jules, Lester, and Saul Bihari

Mr. Acker Bilk

Stranger on the Shore (1961)

William Billings

Rodney Bingenheimer

Radio DJ.

Ernie Birchill

Dream a Little Dream of Me (1931) – see Wayne King
Goodnight Sweetheart (1931) – see Wayne King


Jane Birkin

Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus) (1969) – see Serge Gainsbourg

Elvin Bishop

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

Fooled Around and Fell in Love (1976)

Stephen Bishop

On and On (1977)

Roy Bittan

Rock keyboardist born 7/2/1949 in Queens, New York. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (1974-1989, 1995, 1999-).

Georges Bizet

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

Carmen (opera, 1875)
Carmen Jones (composed with Oscar Hammerstein II, musical: 1943)

Biz Markie

Just a Friend (1989)


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

Debut (1993)
Post (1995)
Vespertine (2001)

Aloe Blacc

Wake Me Up! (2013) – see Avicii

Bill Black


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.

Cilla Black

Anyone Who Had a Heart (1964)
You’re My World (1964)

Clint Black

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

A Better Man (1989)
Killin’ Time (1989)

Killin’ Time (1989)

Don Black

Sunset Boulevard (musical: 1993) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber

Frank Black (aka "Black Francis")

Member of The Pixies.’

Teenager of the Year (1994)

James M. Black

Song(s) written by Black:
When the Saints Go Marching In (with Katharine E. Purvis, 1886)
When the Saints Go Marching In (1939) – see Louis Armstrong

Rebecca Black

Friday (2011)


Hot Girl Bummer (2019)
Monsters (2020) – see All Time Low

Black Box

Ride on Time (1989)

Black Crowes

Hard to Handle (1990)
Remedy (1992)
Hotel Illness (1992)

Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
Live at the Greek (live with Jimmy Page, 2000)

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: (singer, multi-instrumentalist), (rapper), Taboo (rapper), and Fergie (singer/rapper: 2001-).

Where Is the Love? (with Justin Timberlake, 2003)
Let's Get It Started (2003)
Shut Up (2003)
My Humps (2005)
Don’t Phunk with My Heart (2005)
Boom Boom Pow (2008)
I Gotta Feeling (2009)
Meet Me Half Way (2009)
The Time (Dirty Bit) (2010)

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


Boppin’ the Blues (1972)

Black Flag

Rise Above (1981)
TV Party (1981)

Damaged (1981)

The Black Keys

Rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001 by Dan Auerbach (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Patrick Carney (drums, percussion).

Tighten Up (2010)
Lonely Boy (2011)
Fever (2014)
Go (2019)
Lo/Hi (2019)

Brothers (2010)
El Camino (2011)
Turn Blue (2014)


Pink Venom (2022)

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)

Paranoid (1970)
Iron Man (1970)
War Pigs (1970)
Black Sabbath (1970)
Planet Caravan (1970)
Children of the Grave (1971)
Changes (1972)
Heaven and Hell (1980)

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

Black Uhura

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).


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 and pianist ("Great Balls of Fire," "Don’t Be Cruel") born 2/16/1931 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 5/6/2002.

Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Crossing Chilly Jodan (1960)

Favorite Gospel Sounds and Spirituals (1951)

Jack Blades

Rock singer and bassist born 4/24/1954 in Palm Desert, California. With Rubicon (77-79), Night Ranger (82-88, 97-) Damn Yankees (89-94), and Tak Matsumoto Group (04). Also recorded as a duo with Tommy Shaw (95,07).

Rubén Blades

Latin jazz/salsa singer, composer, and musician born Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna on 7/16/1948 in Panama City, Panama. Has won nine Grammys.

Hal Blaine

Session drummer born 2/5/1929 in Holyoke, MA. Died 3/11/2019. Member of the Wrecking Crew.

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

Charleston Rag (1899)
Sounds of Africa (1921)

The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)

James Blake

Overgrown (2013)

Art Blakey

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

A Night in Tunisia (1954)
Moanin' (1958)

A Night at Birdland (1954)
Moanin' (1958)

Benny Blanco

Eastside (with Halsey and Khalid, 2018)

Bobby "Blue" Bland

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

Further on Up the Road (1957)
Lead Me On (1960)
Turn on Your Love Light (1961)
Stormy Monday Blues (1962)
Ain't Nothin' You Can Do (1964)

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.

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)
Runaway Love (2006) – see Ludacris

What's the 411? (1992)
My Life (1994)
Share My World (1997)
The Breakthrough (2005)
Growing Pains (2007)

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).

Can’t Find My Way Home (1969)

Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked
Blind Faith (1969)

Blind Melon

No Rain (1993)


Dammit (Growing Up) (1997)
All the Small Things (1999)
What's My Age Again? (1999)
I Miss You (2003)

Enema of the State (1999)

Marc Blitzstein

The Cradle Will Rock (musical: 1938)

Bloc Party

Post-punk revival indie-rock band formed in 1999 at the Reading Festival in England. Kele Okereke (vocals, rhythm guitar, etc.), Russell Lissack (guitar, snythesizer, etc.), Justin Harris (bass, etc.: 2015-), Louise Bartle (drums, percussion, backing vocals: 2015-), Gordon Moakes (bass, etc.: 2002-15), Matt Tong (drums, percussion, backing vocals: 2002-13).

Banquet (2005)

Silent Alarm (2005)

Ernest Bloch

Schelomo (1916)


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

X-Offender (1976)
Heart of Glass (1978)
One Way or Another (1978)
Dreaming (1979)
Shayla (1979)
Sunday Girl (1979)
Call Me (1980)
Rapture (1980)
The Tide Is High (1980)

Parallel Lines (1978)
Eat to the Beat (1979)
Best of (compilation: 1976-80, released 1981)

Blood, Sweat & Tears

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

The Breaks (1980)

Jonas Blue

Fast Car (with Dakota, 2015)

Blue Cheer

Summertime Blues (1968)

The Blue Jays

Lover's Island (1961)

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 October

Hate Me (2006)
Into the Ocean (2006)

Blue Öyster Cult

Don’t Fear the Reaper (1976)

Blue Rodeo

Lost Together (1992)

Blue Swede

Hooked on a Feeling (1974)

Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers (soundtrack: 1980)

Blues Image

Ride Captain Ride (1970)

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.

The Blues Magoos

We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet (1966)

Blues Traveler

Run Around (1994)
Most Precarious (1997)

The Bluetones

Slight Return (1996)

James Blunt

You're Beautiful (2005)

Back to Bedlam (2004)


Britpop group led by Damon Albarn.

Damon Albarn: Top 50 Songs
There's No Other Way (1991)
Chemical World (1993)
Girls and Boys (1994)
Parklife (1994)
Country House (1995)
This Is a Low (1995)
The Universal (1995)
Song 2 (1997)
Beetlebum (1997)
Coffee TV (1999)
Out of Time (2003)

Parklife (1994)
Blur (1997)

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

Ann Blyth

The Loveliest Night of the Year (1951)


Nowhere Girl (1982)


Nothin’ on You (with Bruno Mars, 2010)
Airplanes (with Hayley Williams, 2010)
Price Tag (2011) – see Jessie J

The Bobbettes

Mr. Lee (1957)

Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1963)

Bob the Builder

Can We Fix It? (2000)

Bobby & Laurie

Hitch Hiker (1966)

Andrea Bocelli

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

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

Romanza (1997)
Andrea (2004)

Jerry Bock

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

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

Fiorello! (composed with Sheldon Harnick, musical: 1959)
She Loves Me (composed with Sheldon Harnick, musical: 1963)
Fiddler on the Roof (composed with Sheldon Harnick, musical: 1964)

Neil Bogart

Record executive (Casablanca, Boardwalk) born 2/3/1943 in New York City, New York. Died 5/8/1982. Instrumental in lauching bubblegum pop, Kiss, Donna Summer, and the Village People.

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.

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

Everybody's Crazy (1985)
Soul Provider (1989)
Time, Love and Tenderness (1991)

Ray Bolger

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

Bomfunk MCs

Freestyler (2000)

Johnny Bond

Gary "U.S." Bonds

Quarter to Three (1961)

On the Line (1982)

Grahame Bond

Farewell Aunty Jack (1974)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Tha Crossroads (1996)

Boney M

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

John "Bonzo" Bonham

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

Tracy Bonham

Mother Mother (1996)

Bon Iver

Indie-folk band formed in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 2006 by singer/songwriter Justin Vernon.

Skinny Love (2007)
Holocene (2011)

For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)
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)

Runaway (1984)
You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
Livin' on a Prayer (1986)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (1986)
Never Say Goodbye (1986)
Bad Medicine (1988)
I'll Be There for You (1988)
Always (1994)

Bon Jovi (1984)
Slippery When Wet (1986)
New Jersey (1988)
Cross Road (compilation: 1984-94, released 1994)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1984-2010)

Jon Bon Jovi

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

Blaze of Glory (1990)

Pat Bonner

Schooner Bradley (1960)


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.

I Got You Babe (1965) – see Sonny & Cher

Boogie Down Productions

The Bridge Is Over (1987)
My Philosophy (1988)

Criminal Minded (1987)

Booker T. and the M.G.'s

Boomtown Rats

I Don’t Like Mondays (1979)

In the Long Grass (1984)

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.

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.

I Almost Lost My Mind (1956)
Love Letters in the Sand (1957)
April Love (1957)

Victor Borge

Bob Borger

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

Alexander Borodin

Kismet (composed with Richard Wright & George Forrest, musical: 1953)


DMDB profile page

Rock group from Boston. Formed in 1975. Members: Tom Scholz (g/k: 76-78,86,94,97,02,13) 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). 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 with RTZ and as a duo.

More Than a Feeling (1976)
Foreplay/Longtime (1976)
Amanda (1986)

Boston (1976)
Don't Look Back (1978)
Third Stage (1986)
Walk On (1994)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1976-1997)
Corporate America (2002)
Life, Love & Hope (2013)

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

Boston Pops Orchestra

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.

Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) (1937) – see Bing Crosby
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) – see Bing Crosby

The Boswell Sisters

It's the Girl (1931) – see Dorsey Brothers
Rock and Roll (1934)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Dorsey Brothers, 1935)

Thomas Bott

Love's Old Sweet Song (1892)

Alain Boublil

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

Les Misérables (musical: 1980, soundtrack: 2012) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg
Miss Saigon (musical: 1989) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg

Pierre Boulez

Bourgeois Tagg

I Don’t Mind at All (1987)

Bow Wow

Bow Wow Wow

I Want Candy (1982)

David Bowie

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 Pop as a producer and songwriter on Pop's The Idiot and Lust for Life.

Links: DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: David Bowie: The Best of (1964-1979)
DMDB podcast: David Bowie: The Best of (1980-2016)

David Bowie: Top 100 Songs
Space Oddity (1969)
Life on Mars? (1971)
Queen Bitch (1971)
Changes (1972)
Starman (1972)
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Suffragette City (1972)
John, I’m Only Dancing (1972)
The Jean Genie (1972)
Sorrow (1973)
Rebel Rebel (1974)
Fame (1975)
Young Americans (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)
Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger, 1985)
Outside (1995)
I Can't Read (1997)
New Killer Star (2003)
Blackstar (2015)
Lazarus (2015)

Studio Albums Ranked
David Bowie (1967)
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)
Sound Vision (box: 1969-1980, released 1989)
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)
The Next Day (2013)
Nothing Has Changed (box: 1969-2014, released 2014)
Blackstar (2016)
Legacy: The Very Best of (compilation: 1969-2015, released 2016)
No Plan (EP, 2017)
Is It Any Wonder? (2020)
Changes Now Bowie (2020)

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.

Bowling for Soup

1985 (2004)

Al Bowlly

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

Box of Frogs (1984)
Strange Land (1986)

The Box Tops

Rock group fronted by Alex Chilton, later of Big Star.

The Letter (1967)

Eddie Boyd

Five Long Years (1952)

Jimmy Boyd

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952)

Boy George

Susan Boyle

I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009)

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

Motownphilly (1991)
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday (1991)
Please Don’t Go (1991)
End of the Road (1992)
The Birth of Christ (1992)
I'll Make Love to You (1994)
On Bended Knee (1994)
Water Runs Dry (1994)
One Sweet Day (1995) – see Mariah Carey

Cooleyhighharmony (1991)
II (1994)


No Matter What (1998)

By Request (1999)

Terry Bozzio

Rock drummer born 12/27/1950 in San Francisco, CA. With Frank Zappa and Missing Persons.

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)

Charles Bradlee

Song(s) written by Charles Bradlee:
Alphabet Song (1761)

Charles Bradley

Changes (2013)

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

A New England (1983)

Mermaid Avenue (with Wilco, 1998)

Johannes Brahms

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

Piano Trio No. 1 in B major (1854)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1885)

Daryl Braithwaite

You’re My World (1975)
The Horses (1991)

Michelle Branch

The Game of Love (2002) – see Santana

Marlon Brando

Luck Be a Lady (with Ensemble, 1955)


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

The Boy Is Mine (with Monica, 1998)
Have You Ever? (1998)

Laura Branigan

Gloria (1982)

Richard Branson

Founder of Virgin Records.

Rob Brasfield

Andre Brasseur

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.

The Bravery

Post-punk revival band with new wave and dance influences which formed in New York City in 2003. Released three albums from 2005 to 2009 then went on hiatus for more than a decade. Announced their return on their website in 2021. Sam Endicott (vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Zakarin (guitar, backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals), Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals).

The Bravery (2005)

Toni Braxton

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

Breathe Again (1993)
Un-Break My Heart (1996)
You're Makin' Me High (1996)
Let It Flow (1996)

Toni Braxton (1993)
Secrets (1996)
The Heat (2000)
Love, Marriage & Divorce (with Babyface, 2014)


Make It with You (1970)
Baby, I’m A-Want You (1971)

Breaking Benjamin

The Diary of Jane (2006)
Breath (2006)
Failure (2015)

Bertolt Brecht

Mack the Knife (1928)

The Breeders

Cannonball (1993)

Last Splash (1993)

Alfred Brendel

Classical pianist born in Austria in 1931.

Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats

Rocket 88 (1951)

Don Brewer

Rock drummer and singer born 9/3/1948 in Flint, MI. With Grand Funk Railroad.

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.

Music! Music! Music! (1950)
Longing for You (1951)
Till I Waltz Again with You (with Jack Pleis’ Orchestra, 1952)
Let Me Go, Lover! (1954)

Fanny Brice

My Man (Mon Homme) (1922)
Second Hand Rose (1922)

Lee Brice

Love Like Crazy (2010)
I Drive Your Truck (2012)
I Don't Dance (2014)
I Hope You're Happy Now (with Carly Pearce, 2019)


Dazz (1976)

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

What I Am (1988)

Leslie Bricusse

Phoebe Bridgers

Motion Sickness (2018)

Alicia Bridges

I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) (1978)

Leon Bridges

Bad Bad News (2018)

Eddie Brigati

Bright Eyes

Road to Joy (2005)
First Day of My Life (2005)

I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)

Sarah Brightman

All I Ask of You (with Steve Barton, from Phantom of the Opera, 1986)
Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life) (1992) – see Jose Carreras
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

Raisin (musical: 1973) – see Judd Woldin

Lord Benjamin Britten

Classical composer.

Peter Grimes (1945)
War Requiem (1961)

James Brockman

Bruce Bromberg

Bronski Beat

Smalltown Boy (1984)

Jonatha Brooke

I'll Try (from Return to Neverland, 2002)

Brooks & Dunn

Country vocal duo (1991-2010) comprised of Kix Brooks (born 5/12/1955 in Shreveport, LA.) and Ronnie Dunn (born 6/1/1953 in Coleman, TX).

Boot Scootin' Boogie (1991)
My Maria (1997)
Believe (2005)

Brand New Man (1991)

Garth Brooks

Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

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.

Garth Brooks: Top 50 Songs
The Dance (1989)
If Tomorrow Never Comes (1989)
Friends in Low Places (1990)
Unanswered Prayers (1990)
The Thunder Rolls (1990)

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)
The Ultimate Hits (compilation: 1989-2007, released 2007)
Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences (covers, box set: 2013)

Hadda Brooks

Lonnie Brooks

Mel Brooks

2000 and Thirteen (comedy, with Carl Reiner, 1973)
The Producers (musical: 2001)

Meredith Brooks

Bitch (1997)

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

Key to the Highway (1941)