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Music Makers Encyclopedia: B

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

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Eric B. & Rakim

Song(s):

  • Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness) (1987)
  • I Know You Got Soul (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 (1964)

    Babyface

    – see Kenny Edmonds

    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.


    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

    German classical composer.

    Born: 3/21/1685 Died: 7/28/1750

    Album(s):

  • Tocatta and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
  • The 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)
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 (?)

    Burt Bacharach

    American pianist, composer, and producer. 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.

    Born: 5/12/1928 in Kansas City, MO

    Song(s) written by Burt Bacharach and 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 by Burt Bacharach and 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)

    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 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).

    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. 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. (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.

    Born: 1960 in Oxford, OH

    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

    Song(s):

  • We Shall Overcome (1963)

    Album(s):

  • Joan Baez (1960)
  • In Concert Part 2 (live, 1963)
  • Diamonds and Rust (1975)

    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


    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

    Song(s):

  • Sweet Love (1986)
  • Giving You the Bst That I Got (1988)

    Album(s):

  • Rapture (1986)
  • Rhythm of Love (1994)

    Chet Baker

    American jazz trumpeter and singer.

    Born: Chesney Henry Baker, Jr. on 12/23/1929 Died: 5/13/1988

    Song(s):

  • My Funny Valentine (with Gerry Mulligan, 1953)

    Elsie Baker (aka “Edna Brown”)

    Song(s):

  • 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

    Song(s):

  • Una Paloma Blanca (1975)

    Ginger Baker

    Born: Peter Baker in Lewisham, London on 8/19/39

    About: Rock drummer. (d – Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc.: 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; solo: 72-73; 77, 83-92,99; Masters of Reality: 92-93; BBM: 94; Ginger Baker Trio: 94-5)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    LaVern Baker

    American R&B singer.

    Born: Delores LaVern Baker on 11/11/1929 in Chicago, IL Died: 3/10/1997

    Song(s):

  • Jim Dandy (1956)

    Mickey Baker


    Ernest Ball


    Hank Ballard (& The Midnighters)

    American R&B singer/songwriter.

    Born: John Henry Kendricks on 11/18/1927 Died: 3/2/2003

    Song(s):

  • Work with Me Annie (The Midnighters, 1954)

    Michael Balzary

    – see Flea

    Afrika Bambaataa (& The Soul Sonic Force)

    Song(s):

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

    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)

    Moe Bandy

    American country singer.

    Born: Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr. on 2/12/1944


    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)

    Buju Banton

    Album(s):

  • ’Til Shiloh (1995)

    Samuel Barber

    Classical composer.

    Born: 3/9/1910 Died: 1981

    Song(s):

  • Adagio for Strings (1938)

    Album(s):

  • Violin Concerto Op. 14 (1941)

    Bobby Bare

    Born: 4/7/1935

    About: American country singer/songwriter. 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)

    Travis Barker


    Jimmy Barnes

    Album(s):

  • For the Working Class Man (1985)

    Charlie Barnet

    American 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

    About: Psychedelic rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd.

    Born: 1/6/1946 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

    American 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

    American pop songwriter. Often worked with wife Ellie Greenwich. Click here for a detailed list of songs written/co-written by Barry.

    Born: 4/3/1938

    Song(s) He Wrote or Co-Wrote:

  • 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

    Album(s):

  • Oliver! (cast: 1962)

    Dave Bartholomew

    American R&B songwriter and producer.

    Born: 12/24/1920


    Béla Bartók

    Hungarian classical composer and pianist.

    Born: 3/25/1881 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

    World-renowned jazz, big-band leader/pianist/organist. 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.

    Born: William Basie on 8/21/1904 in Red Bank, NJ Died: 4/26/84 of pancreatic cancer

    Song(s):

  • One O'Clock Jump (1937)
  • Lester Leaps In (1939)
  • 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! (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1963)

    Basement Jaxx

    Song(s):

  • Where’s Your Head At? (2001)

    Album(s):

  • Remedy (1999)
  • Kish Kash (2004)

    Fontella Bass


    Ralph Bass


    Shirley Bassey

    Song(s):

  • Goldfinger (1964)

    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


    Bay City Rollers

    Song(s):

  • Bye Bye Baby (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Bay City Rollers (1976)

    Nora Bayes

    Born: 10/8/1880 Died: 3/9/1928

    About: American vaudevillian singer and performer. Married to Jack Norworth from 1908-13.

    Song(s):

  • Shine on, Harvest Moon (w. by Nora Bayes (1909) - see Harry MacDonough
  • Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? (1910)
  • Over There (w. George M. Cohan, 1917)
  • How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm after They've Seen Paree? (1919)

    Eric Bazilian

    About: American rock singer/songwriter (Joan Osborne’s “One of Us”) and musician with the Hooters (“And We Danced”, “Day by Day”).

    Born: 7/21/1953

    Album(s):

  • The Optimist (2000)
  • A Very Dull Boy (2002)

    The Beach Boys

    American pop/rock group (and initiators of surf-rock) formed in Hawthorne, California: Known in high school as Kenny & the Cadets, Carl & the Passions, then The Pendletones. First recorded for X/Candix in 1961. Campbell and Johnston were also members of Sagittarius.

    Active: 1961- Members: Brothers Brian Wilson (leader/composer/producer/b/k: 61-85, 96), Carl Wilson (g), and Dennis Wilson (d: 61-83) with cousin Mike Love (v/saxophone – Beach Boys: 61-; Celebration: 78) and Al Jardine (g: 61-62,63-). David Marks (g: 3/62-3/63). Brian quit touring in 12/64; replaced by Glen Campbell (k: 12/64-4/65), then Bruce Johnston (k: 4/65-).

    Song(s):

  • 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)
  • Pet Sounds (1966)
  • Smile (1967) – see Brian Wilson
  • Sunflower (1970)
  • Surf’s Up (1971)
  • Endless Summer (compilation, 1974)
  • 20 Golden Greats (compilation, 1976)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • The Beach Boys – Top 20 Songs

    Beastie Boys

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

    About: 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)
  • Paul Revere (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 Beatles

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: The world’s #1 rock group of all time. Formed in Liverpool, England. Known in early forms as The Quarrymen, Johnny & the Moondogs, The Rainbows, and the Silver Beatles. Group managed by Brian Epstein (died in August 1967) and produced by George Martin. Starred in the movies A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), and Let It Be (1970). Also contributed soundtrack to animated movie Yellow Submarine (1968). First U.S. tour in 2/64. Won the 1964 Best New Artist Grammy Award. Own Apple label in 1968. McCartney publicly announced group’s dissolution on 4/10/70. On 11/19/1995, ABC-TV began airing three-night documentary The Beatles Anthology, which featured two new Beatles’ recordings (studio reunion of McCartney, Harrison, and Starr with original demos by Lennon).

    Active: 1960-70 Members: John Lennon (v/g), Paul McCartney (v/g; switched to b 4/61), George Harrison (g/v: 60-70), John Lowe (piano – Quarrymen), and Colin Hanton (d – Quarrymen), Stu Sutcliffe (b – left in April 1961: Beatles), and Pete Best (d – Beatles: 8/60-8/62). Ringo Starr (d/v – Rory Storm and the Hurricanes: Beatles: 8/62 to 4/70; solo: 70-).

    Song(s):

  • 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)
  • All You Need Is Love (1967)
  • Hello Goodbye (1967)
  • Hey Jude (1968)
  • Revolution (1968)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)
  • Get Back (with Billy Preston, 1969)
  • Come Together (1969)
  • Something (1969)
  • Let It Be (1970)

    Album(s):

  • Please Please Me/Introducing the Beatles (1963)
  • With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles (1963)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (UK version, 1964) ST
  • Beatles for Sale/Beatles ‘65 (1964)
  • Help! (UK version, 1965) ST
  • Rubber Soul (UK version, 1965)
  • Revolver (UK version, 1966)
  • 1962-1966 (aka ‘The Red Album’) (compilation: 1962-66)
  • 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)
  • Ballads (compilation, 1981)
  • 1 (compilation: 1962-1970, released 2000)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • The Beatles – Top 100 Songs
  • 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


    Sidney Bechet

    American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader, and composer.

    Born: 5/14/1897 Died: 5/14/1959

    Song(s):

  • Summertime (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin & Dubose Heyward, 1939)

    Beck

    Alternative-rock singer/songwriter and musician.

    Born: 7/8/1970

    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 with the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, and the Honeydrippers.

    Born: 6/24/1944

    Song(s):

  • Plynth (Water Down the Drain) (Jeff Beck Group, 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):

  • 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)
  • Tragedy: Another Gibb Gone / The Top 40 Bee Gees Songs (5/20/12)

    Ludwig Van Beethoven

    German classical composer and pianist.

    Born: 12/17/1770 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 (1799)
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 (1800)
  • Piano Sonata No. 23 (1805)
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 (1806)
  • Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1806)
  • Symphony No. 5 (1808)
  • Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” (1808)
  • Piano Concerto No. 5 (1809)
  • Egmont Overture (1810)
  • Symphony No. 7 (1812)
  • Piano Sonatas (1822)
  • Symphony No. 9 (1824)
  • The 9 Symphonies (1800-1824)
  • The String Quartets (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

    American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer.

    Born: 3/10/1903 Died: 8/6/1931

    Song(s):

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

    Harry Belafonte

    American musician, actor, and social activitist.

    Born: 3/1/1927

    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 (with Peabo Bryson, 1992)

    Belle & Sebastian

    Album(s):

  • If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)

    Vincenzo Bellini

    Classical composer.

    Song(s):

  • Casta Diva (1929)

    Album(s):

  • Norma (1831)

    Louie Bellson


    Pat Benatar

    Rock singer.

    Born: 1/10/1953

    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.


    Tony Bennett

    One of the top jazz vocalists of the latter half of the 20th Century. 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.

    Born: Anthony Dominick Benedetto on 8/3/1926 in Queens, NY

    Song(s):

  • Because of You (1951)
  • Stranger in Paradise (1953)
  • 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 (1994) live

    George Benson

    R&B singer and guitarist.

    Born: 3/22/1943

    Song(s):

  • This Masquerade (1976)
  • Breezin’ (1976)
  • Turn Your Love Around (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Breezin’ (1976)

    Brook Benton

    R&B musician.

    Born: 9/19/1931 Died: 4/9/1988


    Alban Berg

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Wozzeck (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

    Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history. 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.

    Born: Israel Isidore Baline on 5/11/1888 in Tyumen, Russia Died: 9/22/1989

    Song(s) as a Songwriter:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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:

  • “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” hit #1: September 16, 1911 (9/16/11)
  • Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” hit #1: October 31, 1942 (10/31/11)
  • 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: 1869

    Album(s):

  • Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
  • La Damnation de Faust (Damnation of Faust) (1846) classical/opera

    Ernani Bernardi


    Ben Bernie

    American vaudeville performer, bandleader, jazz violinist, and radio personality. Often introduced as “The Old Maestro.”

    Born: Bernard Anzelevitz on 5/30/1891 in Bayonne, NJ Died: 10/23/1943

    Song(s):

  • Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
  • Sleepy Time Gal (with Arthur Fields, 1926)
  • Ain't She Sweet (with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot, 1927)

    Bert Berns


    Leonard Bernstein

    American musical theater composer.

    Born: 8/25/1918 Died: 10/14/1990

    Album(s):

  • Candide (with Stephen Sondheim & Richard Wilbur, cast: 1956)
  • West Side Story (with Stephen Sondheim, cast: 1957, soundtrack: 1961)

    Bill Berry


    Chuck Berry

    Singer/songwriter and guitarist acclaimed as one of rock and roll’s most influential artists . Muddy Waters introduced Berry to Leonard Chess (Chess Records) in Chicago.

    Born: Charles Edward Anderson Berry on 19/18/1926 in St. Louis, MO

    Song(s):

  • 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: 1955-1965)
  • 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

    Born: Beyoncé Knowles on 9/4/1981

    About: Pop/R&B singer from 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)
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (2008)
  • Halo (2008)
  • Telephone (2009) – see Lady Gaga
  • Drunk in Love (with Jay-Z, 2013)

    Album(s):

  • Dangerously in Love (2003)
  • B’Day (2006)
  • I Am…Sasha Fierce (2008)
  • 4 (2011)
  • Beyonce (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

    About: Pop singer who became a YouTube sensation as a teenager.

    Born: Justin Drew Bieber on 3/1/1994 in London, Ontario, Canada.

    Song(s):

  • One Time (2009)
  • Baby (with Ludacris, 2010)
  • Never Say Never (with Jaden Smith, 2010)
  • Somebody to Love (with Usher, 2010)
  • Boyfriend (2012)
  • Beauty and a Beat (Justin Bieber with Nicki Minaj, 2012)
  • Sorry (2015)

    Album(s):

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

    John Bieling

    About: 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 Boi

    Song(s):

  • Tightrope (Jonae Monáe with Big Boi, 2010)

    The Big Bopper

    About: American early rock ‘n’ roll singer. Died in plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

    Born: Jiles Perry Richardson 10/24/1930 Died: 2/3/1959

    Song(s):

  • Chantilly Lace (1958)

    Big Brother & The Holding Company

    Song(s):

  • Piece of My Heart (1968)

    Album(s):

  • Cheap Thrills (1968)

    Big Country

    Album(s):

  • The Crossing (1983)

    Big Daddy Kane

    Song(s):

  • Ain’t No Half Steppin’ (1990)

    Big Four Quartet

    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

    Elvin Bishop


    Georges Bizet

    French composer.

    Born: 10/25/1838 in France Died: 6/3/1875

    Album(s):

  • Carmen (1874) opera

    Biz Markie

    Song(s):

  • Just a Friend (1989)

    Björk

    Alternative rock singer with the Sugarcubes before going solo.

    Born: 11/21/1965

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Debut (1993)
  • Post (1995)

    Bill Black

    Rock bassist with Elvis Presley’s backing group the Blue Moon Boys. Also fronted Bill Black’s Combo.

    Born: 9/17/1926 in Memphis, TN Died: 10/21/1965


    Clint Black

    Country singer.

    Born: 2/4/1962

    Song(s):

  • Killin’ Time (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Killin’ Time (1989)

    Don Black


    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

    About: 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)
  • 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)
  • El Camino (2011)

    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)

    Album(s):

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

    Black Uhura

    Album(s):

  • Red (1981)

    Ritchie Blackmore

    Born: 4/14/1945

    English rock guitarist and founder of Deep Purple (68-75, 84-93) and Rainbow (75-84, 95).


    Blackstreet

    Song(s):

  • No Diggity (with Dr. Dre, 1996)

    Chris Blackwell

    British record executive.

    Born: 6/22/1937 Died:


    Otis Blackwell

    American rock songwriter.

    Born: 2/16/1932 Died: 5/6/2002


    Blackwood Brothers Quartet

    Album(s):

  • Favorite Gospel Sounds and Spirituals (1951)

    Hal Blaine


    Eubie Blake

    Jazz and ragtime pianist and composer.

    Born: 2/7/1883 (some sources say 1887) in Baltimore, Maryland Died: 2/12/1983

    Album(s):

  • The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)

    James Blake

    Album(s):

  • Overgrown (2013)

    Art Blakey

    American jazz drummer and band leader.

    Born: 10/11/1919 Died: 10/16/1990

    Song(s):

  • Moanin’ (1958)

    Album(s):

  • A Night at Birdland (1954)

    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    R&B/blues singer.

    Born: 1/27/1930 Died:

    Song(s):

  • Turn on Your Love Light (1961)

    Album(s):

  • Two Steps from the Blues (compilation: 1960)
  • Members Only (1985)

    James Bland


    Ralph Blane


    Mary J. Blige

    R&B singer.

    Born: 1/11/1971 Died:

    Song(s):

  • Real Love (1992)
  • I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By (with Method Man, 1995)
  • 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

    American blues guitarist.

    Born: Arthur Phelps in 1893 in Jacksonville, FL Died: 1933


    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)
  • What’s My Age Again? (1999)
  • All the Small Things (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)
  • Sunday Girl (1979)
  • Call Me (1980)

    Album(s):

  • Parallel Lines (1978)

    Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Album(s):

  • Child Is Father to the Man (1968)
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

    Rube Bloom


    Mike Bloomfield


    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)

    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

    Bob the Builder

    Song(s):

  • Can We Fix It? (2000)

    Andrea Bocelli

    Italian classical singer.

    Born: 9/22/1958 Died:

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Romanza (1997)
  • Andrea (2004)

    Jerry Bock

    American musical theater composer.

    Born: 11/23/1928 in New Haven, CT Died:

    Album(s):

  • Fiddler on the Roof (composed with Sheldon Harnick, cast: 1964)

    Tim Bogert


    Marc Bolan

    Rock singer and guitarist with Toby Tyler, as a solo artist (65-66), with John’s Children (67), and Tyrannosaurus Rex/T-Rex (68-77).

    Born: Marc Feld on 7/30/1947 in London Died: in auto accident on 9/16/1977


    William Bolcom


    Michael Bolton

    Rock/adult contemporary singer.

    Born: 2/26/1953

    Song(s):

  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1991)

    Album(s):

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

    Ray Bolger

    Song(s):

  • The Churkendoose (1947)

    Johnny Bond


    Gary “U.S.” Bonds

    Song(s):

  • Quarter to Three (1961)

    Krayzie Bone

    Song(s):

  • Ridin’ (with Chamillionaire, 2006)

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    Song(s):

  • Tha Crossroads (1996)

    Boney M

    Song(s):

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

    John “Bonzo” Bonham

    British rock drummer with Led Zeppelin.

    Born: John Henry Bonham on 5/31/1948 Died: 9/25/1980


    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):

  • Livin' on a Prayer (1986)

    Album(s):

  • Bon Jovi (1984)
  • Slippery When Wet (1986)
  • New Jersey (1988)
  • Cross Road (compilation: 1984-94)

    Jon Bon Jovi

    American rock singer and songwriter with Bon Jovi.

    Born: 3/2/1962 Died:


    Pat Bonner

    Song(s):

  • Schooner Bradley (1960)

    Bono

    Irish rock singer/songwriter with U2.

    Born: Paul David Hewson on 5/10/1960 Died:

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Sonny Bono

    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.

    Born: Salvatore Phillip Bono on 2/16/1935 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

    Song(s):

  • You Light Up My Life (1977)

    Pat Boone

    Born: Charles Eugene Boone on 6/1/1934 in Jacksonville, FL Died:

    Pop singer. 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


    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 (with Arthur Fiedler, 1935)

    Connee Boswell

    American singer.

    Born: 12/3/1907 Died: 10/11/1976


    The Boswell Sisters

    Song(s):

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

    Alain Boublil

    Album(s):

  • Les Misérables (cast: 1985) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg

    David Bowie

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Glam-rock singer/songwriter. 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).

    Born: David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London Died: 1/10/2016 in New York City

    Song(s):

  • Space Oddity (1969)
  • Life on Mars? (1971)
  • Ziggy Stardust (1972)
  • Changes (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
  • Blackstar (2015)

    Album(s):

  • 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)
  • Young Americans (1975)
  • Station to Station (1976)
  • Low (1977)
  • Heroes (1977)
  • Lodger (1979)
  • Scary Monsters (1980)
  • Let’s Dance (1983)
  • Tonight (1984)
  • Never Let Me Down (1987)
  • Black Tie White Noise (1993)
  • Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
  • Outside (1995)
  • Earthling (1997)
  • Hours (1999)
  • Heathen (2002)
  • Reality (2003)
  • Blackstar (2016)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • David Bowie was born: January 8, 1947 (1/8/12)

    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):

  • Letter, The (1967)

    Jimmy Boyd

    Song(s):

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952)

    Boy George


    Susan Boyle

    Album(s):

  • I Dreamed a Dream (2009)

    Boyz II Men

    About: 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 (performed by George Jones, 1980)
  • 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


    Owen Bradley


    Will Bradley

    American jazz big band leader.

    Born: 7/12/1912 Died:


    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: 1897

    Album(s):

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

    Michelle Branch

    Song(s):

  • The Game of Love (with Santana, 2002)

    Brandy

    R&B singer.

    Born: 2/11/1979

    Song(s):

  • The Boy Is Mine (with Monica, 1998)

    Laura Branigan

    Song(s):

  • Gloria (1982)

    Rob Brasfield


    Andre Brasseur

    Song(s):

  • Early Bird (1965)

    Toni Braxton

    R&B singer.

    Born: 10/7/1968 Died:

    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)

    The Breeders

    Song(s):

  • Cannonball (1993)

    Album(s):

  • Last Splash (1993)

    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: 5/7/1931 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


    Sarah Brightman

    Song(s):

  • Time to Say Goodbye (with Andrea Bocelli, 1998)

    Elton Britt

    Born: James Elton Baker on 6/27/1913 Died: 6/22/1972

    Country singer/songwriter and guitarist.


    Lord Benjamin Britten

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • War Requiem (1961)

    James Brockman


    Bruce Bromberg


    Brooks & Dunn

    Country vocal duo.

    Active: 1991-2010 Members: Kix Brooks (born 5/12/55 in Shreveport, LA.) and Ronnie Dunn

    Album(s):

  • Brand New Man (1991)

    Garth Brooks

    Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    Born: Troyal Garth Brooks on 2/7/1962 in Luba, OK

    About: 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):

  • 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, 1989-1993)
  • 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):

  • with Carl Reiner – 2000 and Thirteen (1973) comedy

    Big Bill Broonzy

    American blues singer.

    Born: William Lee Conley Broonzy on 6/26/1893 (although often cited as 1898) Died: 8/15/1958

    Song(s):

  • Key to the Highway (1941)

    The Brotherhood of Man

    Song(s):

  • Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)

    Bobby Brown

    R&B singer who started out with boy band New Edition and went on to a successful solo career. Was married to Whitney Houston.

    Born: 2/5/1969 in Boston, MA

    Album(s):

  • Don’t Be Cruel (1988)

    Charles Brown

    American blues singer and pianist.

    Born: 9/13/1922 Died: 1/21/1999

    Song(s):

  • Driftin’ Blues (1945)

    Chris Brown

    Song(s):

  • Look at Me Now (with Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, 2011)
  • International Love (2011) – see Pitbull

    Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

    Blues guitarist and singer.

    Born: 4/18/1924 Died: 9/10/2005


    Clifford Brown

    Jazz trumpeter.

    Born: 10/30/1930 Died: 6/26/1956

    Album(s):

  • Clifford Brown and Max Roach (with Max Roach, 1954)

    Edna Brown

    see Elsie Baker

    Ian Brown

    Britpop singer with the Stone Roses. Went on to a solo career.

    Born: 2/20/1963


    James Brown

    About: 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.

    Born: 5/3/1933 in Barnwell, SC Died: 12/25/2006

    Song(s):

  • 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 (1970) live
  • In the Jungle Groove (1971)
  • Star Time (1956-1984) box

    The DMDB Blog:

  • James Brown was born: May 3, 1933/ His Top 50 Songs (5/3/12)

    Jim Ed Brown


    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


    Ray Brown


    Roy Brown

    American blues singer.

    Born: 9/10/1925 in New Orleans, LA Died:


    Ruth Brown

    American blues singer.

    Born: 1/12/1928 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.

    Born: 10/9/1948

    Song(s):

  • Late for the Sky (1974)

    Album(s):

  • Late for the Sky (1974)
  • The Pretender (1976)
  • Running on Empty (live, 1977)

    The Browns


    Dave Brubeck

    Jazz pianist and band leader.

    Born: 12/6/1920 Died:

    Song(s):

  • Take Five (1959)
  • Blue Rondo a la Turk (1961)

    Album(s):

  • Time Out (1959)

    Jack Bruce

    Rock/blues/jazz bassist and singer . (b – Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc.: 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)

    Born: 5/14/1943 in Scotland


    Anton Bruckner

    Classical composer.

    Born: 9/4/1824 in Ansfelden, Austria Died: 1894


    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


    Luke Bryan

    Album(s):

  • Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)

    Boudleaux Bryant

    Country and rock songwriter.

    Born: 2/13/1925 Died: 6/25/1987


    Felice Bryant

    American country/rock songwriter.

    Born: 8/7/1925 Died: 4/22/2003


    Peabo Bryson

    American R&B singer.

    Born: Robert Peabo Bryson on 4/13/1951

    Song(s):

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

    Michael Bublé

    Album(s):

  • Christmas (2011)
  • To Be Loved (2013)

    Roy Buchanan


    Peter Buck


    Buckethead


    Jeff Buckley

    Alternative rock singer/songwriter.

    Born: 11/17/1966 Died: 5/29/1997

    Song(s):

  • Hallelujah (1994)
  • Last Goodbye (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Grace (1994)

    Tim Buckley

    Folk singer.

    Born: 2/14/1947

    Album(s):

  • Starsailor (1970)

    Buena Vista Social Club

    Album(s):

  • Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

    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

    American rock singer/songwriter.

    Born: 12/25/1946 Died:

    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

    American R&B singer.

    Born: 3/21/1940 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

    Born: Joseph Henry Burnett on 1/14/1948

    About: Burnett 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)

    R.L. Burnside


    Burning Spear

    Album(s):

  • Marcus Garvey (1975)

    Henry Burr

    Born: Harry H. McClaskey on 1/15/1882 in New Brunswick, Canada Died: 4/6/1941

    About: The #1 ballad singer of recorded music’s 1890-1930 pioneer era. Tenor singer who worked as a soloist (1903-28), but also with the Columbia Male Quartet (04-07), Peerless Quartet (07-28), Columbia Stellar Quartet (15-?), and the Sterling Trio (16-22). Became a major star soon after his first recordings in 1903 and remained so for the next quarter-century. He frequently used the pseudonym “Irving Gillette,” and sometimes his real name. All told, Henry is said to have sung on some twelve thousand recordings – far more than any other vocalist in history.

    Song(s):

  • Goodbye, My Lady Love (1904)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Hindustan (with Albert Campbell, 1919)
  • My Buddy (1922)

    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

    Born: 2/10/1962 Died: 9/27/1986

    Rock bassist with Metallica.


    James Burton


    Bush

    Album(s):

  • Sixteen Stone (1994)

    Kate Bush

    British alternative rock singer/songwriter.

    Born: 7/30/1958 Died:

    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

    Song(s):

  • Scenario (with A Tribe Called Quest, 1992)
  • Don’t Cha (2005) – see Pussycat Dolls
  • Look at Me Now (2011) - see Chris Brown

    Terry “Geezer” Butler

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

    Born: 7/17/1949 Died:


    Jerry Butler


    Paul Butterfield

    Song(s):

  • East-West (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1966)

    Album(s):

  • Pual Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

    The Buzzcocks

    Song(s):

  • Orgasm Addict (1977)
  • Ever Fallen in Love (1978)

    Album(s):

  • Singles Going Steady (compilation: 1977-1979)

    Bobby Byrd


    Charlie Byrd

    Song(s):

  • Desafinado (with Stan Getz, 1962)

    Album(s):

  • with Stan Getz – Jazz Samba (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 (1964) archives
  • Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
  • Fifth Dimension (1966)
  • Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1964-67)
  • The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
  • Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

    David Byrne

    About: Member of Talking Heads.

    Album(s):

  • My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno, 1981)

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