Music Makers Encyclopedia: C

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Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1990)

Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)

Camila Cabello

Havana (with Young Thug, 2017)
Señorita (2019) – see Shawn Mendes

The Cadillacs

Gloria (1954)
Speedoo (1955)

Irving Caesar

Songwriter born 7/4/1895 in New York City, NY. Died 12/18/1996.

Tea for Two (1925) – see Marion Harris
Tea for Two (1939) – see Art Tatum

Shirley Caesar

No Charge (1975)

John Cage

4:33 (1952)

Cage the Elephant

Sammy Cahn

Musical theater composer born Samuel Cohen on 6/18/1913 in New York City, NY. Died 1/15/1993

Song(s) Composed by Cahn:
I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943) – see Harry James

Colbie Caillat

Bubbly (2007)

Jonathan Cain

Rock keyboardist and songwriter born Jonathan Leonard Friga on 2/26/1950 in Chicago, IL. Member of the Babys (79-80), Journey (80-86, 96-), and Bad English (87-91).


Anne Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell

J.J. Cale

The Road to Escondido (with Eric Clapton, 2006)

John Cale

Experimental rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born 3/9/1942 in Gamant, Carmathenshire, Wales. With the Velvet Underground and later a solo artist. Also a producer (The Stooges’ 1969 album The Stooges, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Modern Lovers’ 1976 The Modern Lovers).

Paris 1919 (1973)
Songs for Drella (with Lou Reed, 1990)

California Swag District

Teach Me How to Dougie (2010)

Bill Callahan

Dream River (2013)

Maria Callas

Opera singer born 12/2/1923 in New York City, NY. Died 9/16/1977

The Calling

Wherever You Will Go (2001)

Cab Calloway

Jazz big band leader born Cabell Calloway III on 12/15/1907 in Rochester, NY. Died 11/18/1994.

Minnie the Moocher (The Ho Do Ho Song) (1931)
I’ve Got the World on a String (w. Harold Arlen and E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1932)
Hep! Hep! The Jumpin’ Jive (1939)

Eddie Calvert

O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa) (1953)


Mirage (1974)
The Snow Goose (1975)


Camera Obscura

Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken (2006)

Matt Cameron

Grunge-rock drummer with Soundgarden (1987-96), one-time project Temple of the Dog (90), and Pearl Jam (98-).

Albert Campbell

Singer born 8/19/1872 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 1/25/1947. Recorded solo but had his greatest success as a duo with Henry Burr. Both of them recorded with the Peerless Quartet (1904-25) and the Sterling Trio (1916-22) as well.

Ma Blushin’ Rosie (1900)
When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen (1912) – see Henry Burr
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1913) – see Henry Burr
I’m on My Way to Mandalay (1914) – see Henry Burr
Till We Meet Again (1919) – see Henry Burr

Glen Campbell

Country singer/songwriter and guitarist born 4/22/36 in Billstown, AK. Died 8/8/2017. With his uncle Dick Bills’ band (54-58) and the Champs (60) before going solo and becoming a prolific studio musician, which included being the touring keyboardist with the Beach Boys (12/64-4/65) and Sagittarius (67). Own TV show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1968-72. In films True Grit, Norwood, and Strange Homecoming. Voice in animated film Rock-A-Doodle. CMA Awards: 1968 Male Vocalist of the Year; 1968 Entertainer of the Year.

Gentle on My Mind (1967)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967)
Wichita Lineman (1968)
Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)
I’m Not Gonna Miss You (2014)

By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967)
Wichita Lineman (1968)
Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)


Tago Mago (1971)

Gus Cannon

Blues musician born 9/12/1883 in Red Banks, MI. Died 10/15/1979. With Cannon’s Jug Stompers.

Walk Right In (Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers, 1930)

Eddie Cantor

Singer born 1/31/1892. Died 10/10/1964

Margie (1921)
If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie (1925)
Makin’ Whoopee (Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn, 1929)

Lewis Capaldi

Someone You Loved (2018)

Jimmy Capps

The Capris

There’s a Moon Out Tonight (1960)

Captain & Tennille

Love Will Keep Us Together (1975)

Captain Beefheart

Experimental rock singer/songwriter born Don Glen Vliet on 1/15/1941 in Glendale, CA. Died 12/17/2010.

Safe As Milk (1968)
Trout Mask Replica (1969)
Clear Spot (1972)

Alessia Cara

1-800-273-8255 (2017) – see Logic

Irene Cara

Fame (1980)
Flashdance...What a Feelin’ (1983)


In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971)

Cardi B

Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) (2017)
Girls Like You (2017) – see Maroon 5
I Like It (with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, 2018)

Invasion of Privacy (2018)


Lovefool (1996)

Matt Cardle

When We Collide (2010)

Danny Carey

Mariah Carey

Pop singer born 3/27/1970 in Huntington, Long Island, NY. Irish-American and Black-Venezuelan parentage. Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records, the 1990 Best New Artist Grammy winner is known for her five-octave vocal range. She is the only artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and is second only to the Beatles with 19 total chart-toppers. Her songs “One Sweet Day” (1995) and “We Belong Together” (2005) rank in the top 10 biggest #1 songs in the history of the Billboard charts.

Mariah Carey: Top 42 Songs
Vision of Love (1990)
Love Takes Time (1990)
I’ll Be There (live) (1992)
Dreamlover (1993)
Hero (1993)
All I Want for Christmas Is You (1994)
Fantasy (1995)
One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men, 1995)
Honey (1997)
When You Believe (with Whitney Houston, 1998)
We Belong Together (2005)

Mariah Carey (1990)
Emotions (1991)
Music Box (1993)
Merry Christmas (1994) X
Daydream (1995)
Butterfly (1997)
#1’s (compilation: 1990-98, released 1998)
The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)

Frankie Carle

American jazz/big band leader born 5/25/1903. Died 3/7/2001.

Oh! What It Seemed to Be (with Marjorie Hughes, 1946)

Brandi Carlile

The Joke (2017)

George Carlin

Class Clown (comedy, 1972)

Bill Carlisle

Bob Carlisle

Butterfly Kisses (1997)

Roberto Carlos

Brazilian pop singer and composer born 4/19/1941.

Wendy Carlos

Switched on Bach (1969)

Hoagy Carmichael

Songwriter born Hoagland Howard Carmichael on 11/22/1899 in Bloomington, IN. Died 12/27/1981

Song(s) composed by Carmichael:
Stardust (music by Carmichael, performed by Hoagy Carmichael & His Pals; 1927)
Stardust (music by Carmichael, lyrics added by Mitchell Parish in 1929 (1931) – see Louis Armstong
Georgia on My Mind (1930)
Lazy River (w. Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin (1931) – see Louis Armstong
Stardust (music by Carmichael, lyrics added by Mitchell Parish in 1929 (1941) – see Artie Shaw
Stardust (music by Carmichael, lyrics by Mitchell Parish – added in 1929 (1957) – see the Dominoes
Georgia on My Mind (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Stuart Gorrell (1960) – see Ray Charles

Kim Carnes

Bette Davis Eyes (written by Jackie DeShannon & Donna Weiss, 1981)

Billy Carpenter

Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1925) – see Gene Austin

Karen Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

American country singer born 2/21/1958.

Passionate Kisses (1992)

Come on, Come On (1992)


Pop/adult contemporary brother-sister duo from New Haven, CT. Richard played piano from age 9. To Downey, CA in 1963. Karen played drums in group with Richard and bass player Wes Jacobs in 1965. The trio recorded for RCA in 1966. After a period with the band Spectrum, the Carpenters recorded as a duo for A&M in 1969. Won the 1970 Best new Artist Grammy Award. Hosts of the TV variety show Make Your Own Kind of Music in 1971. Active: 1968-1983 Members: Richard Carpenter (born 10/15/46) and Karen Carpenter (born 3/2/50; died 2/4/83 of heart failure due to anorexia nervosa).

They Long to Be Close to You (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1970)
We’ve Only Just Begun (1970)

The Singles 1969-1973 (compilation: 1969-73, released 1973)
The Singles 1969-1981 (compilation: 1969-81, released 2000)

James Carr

The Dark End of the Street (1967)

Leroy Carr

Blues singer born 3/27/1905 in Nashville, TN. Died 4/29/1935.

How Long, How Long Blues (1928)

Blues Before Sunrise (year?)

Vikki Carr

Paul Carrack

Pop/rock singer born 4/22/1951 in Sheffield, England. Fronted the band Ace (“How Long”), offered guest vocals for Squeeze, and worked with Mike the Mechanics (“Silent Running”). Also worked as a solo singer (“Don’t Shed a Tear,” “I Need You”).

Top 30 Songs
Tempted (1981) – see Squeeze
The Living Years (1988) – see Mike the Mechanics

Jose Carreras

The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (live, opera: 1990) – see Luciano Pavarotti

Diahann Carroll

Harry Carroll

The Cars

New wave rock group formed in Boston.

Active: 1978-1988 Members: Ric Ocasek (v/g: 78-88; solo: 83-), Benjamin Orr (b/v: 78-88; solo: 86-), Elliot Easton (g: 78-88; solo: 85), Greg Hawkes (k), David Robinson (d – The Modern Lovers: 70-73; The Cars: 78-88).

You Might Think (1984)

The Cars (1978)
Candy-O (1979)
Panorama (1980)
Shake It Up (1981)
Heartbeat City (1984)
Door to Door (1987)
Move Like This (2011)

Fiddlin’ John Carson

The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane (1923)

Benny Carter

Jazz/big band leader born Bennett Lester Carter on 8/8/1907 in Harlem, NY. Died 7/12/2003.

Betty Carter

Jazz snger born Lillie Mae Jones on 5/16/1929 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 9/26/1998.

The Audience with Betty Carter (1979)

Clarence Carter

Patches (1970)

Deana Carter

Strawberry Wine (1996)

Did I Shave My Legs for This? (1996)

Elliott Carter Jr.

Classical composer.

Variations for Orchestra (1956)

The Carter Family

“The First Family of Country Music.” Influential for generations to follow. All Virginia-born. Maybelle’s daughter June carried on the family tradition singing with husband Johnny Cash.

Active: 1928-1935 Members: A.P. (Alvin Pleasant) Carter, wife Sarah (lead vocalist and autoharp), and her cousin Maybelle (alto vocalist and guitar).

Wildwood Flower (1928)
Keep on the Sunny Side (1928)
Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) (1935)

Vivian Carter

Enrico Caruso

Operatic tenor born 2/25/1873 in Naples, Italy. Died 8/2/1921. Made operatic debut in 1894 after European acclaim. Came to America in 1902 and began working with the New York Metropolitan Opera. Made his first recording for Victor in 1904. No other individual was more responsible for the growth of the recording industry during this era.

Celeste Aida (Heavenly Aida) (1904)
Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play) (LEONCAVALLO) (1907)

Robert Casadesus

Jack Casady

Pablo Casals

The Cascades

Rhythm of the Rain (1963)

Adrianna Caselotti

Someday My Prince Will Come (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)
I’m Wishing/One Song (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)
With a Smile and a Song(from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)

Johnny Cash

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Country singer born J.R. Cash on 2/26/32 in Kingsland, AR. Died 9/12/2003. In U.S. Air Force, 1950-54, where he adopted the name Johnny Ray. Backed by the Tennessee Two: Luther Perkins (g) and Marshall Grant (b). First recorded for Sun in 1955. On Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry in 1957. Own TV show for ABC from 1969-71. Worked with June Carter from 1961; married her in March 1968. Father of Rosanne Cash and stepfather of Carlene Carter. Recorded with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson as "The Highwaymen." Brother of Tommy Cash. Known as “The Man in Black.” CMA Awards: 1969 Vocal Group of the Year (with June Carter), 1969 Male Vocalist of the Year, 1969 Entertainer of the Year. Had one of the all-time great career resurgences in the 1990s and 2000s with his stripped-bare covers recorded with producer Rick Rubin.

Folsom Prison Blues (1956; live: 1968)
I Walk the Line (1956)
Ring of Fire (1963)
A Boy Named Sue (live, 1969)
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen
Hurt (2003)
Redemption Day (2019) – see Sheryl Crow

I Walk the Line (1964)
At Folsom Prison (live, 1968)
At San Quentin (live, 1969)
The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (box set: 1955-83, released 1992)
American Recordings (produced by Rick Rubin, 1994)
Unchained (American Recordings II) (1996)
Solitary Man (American Recordings III) (produced by Rick Rubin, 2000)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (produced by Rick Rubin, 2002)
The Legend of Johnny Cash (compilation: 1955-2003, released 2005)

The DMDB Blog:
Johnny Cash Goes to #1 on the Country Charts: July 21, 1956 (7/21/11)

Rosanne Cash

The Long Way Home (2014)

Seven Year Ache (1981)

The Casinos

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (1966)

Deen Castronovo

Born 8/17/1964 in Westminster, CA

Rock drummer and singer. Member: Wild Dogs (83-87), Bad English (89-91), Hardline (92), Journey (98-15).

The Cats and the Fiddle

I Miss You So (1939)

Felix Cavaliere

Carmen Cavallaro

Born 5/6/1913 in New York City, NY. Died 10/12/1989

American jazz/ big band leader.

Nick Cave

Rock singer and guitarist born 9/22/1957 in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia.

Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)

Adriano Celentano

Frank Chacksfield

Ebb Tide (1953)

Feodor Chaliapin

Song of the Flea (w. Modest Mussorgsky, performed by Feodor Chaliapin, 1926)

The Chainsmokers

Don’t Let Me Down (with Daya, 2016)
Closer (with Halsey, 2016)
Something Just Like This (with Coldplay, 2017)

Jimmy Chamberlin

The Champs

Tequila (1958)

Chance the Rapper

I’m the One (2017) – see DJ Khaled

Justin Chancellor

Gene Chandler

R&B singer born Eugene Drake Dixon on 7/6/1937 in Chicago, IL.

Duke of Earl (1962)

The Chantays

Pipeline (1963)

The Chantels

Maybe (1958)

Harry Chapin

Cat’s in the Cradle (1974)

Mike Chapman

Australian record producer/songwriter born Michael Donald Chapman on 4/13/1947. Created singles for the Sweet and produced albums for Blondie and the Knack.

Saul Chaplin

Tracy Chapman

Folk singer/songwriter born 3/30/1964 in Cleveland, OH.

Fast Car (1988)
Give Me One Reason (1995)

Tracy Chapman (1988)
New Beginning (1995)

Olumide Chapters

The Charlatans

The Only One I Know (1990)

Ray Charles

R&B singer born Ray Charles Robinson on 9/23/1930 in Albany, GA. Died 6/10/2004. Well known for integrating multiple genres into his music. To Greenville, FL while still an infant. Partially blind at age 5, completely blind at age 7 (glaucoma). Studied classical piano and clarinet at State School for Deaf and Blind Children, St. Augustine, FL, 1937-45. With local Florida bands; moved to Seattle in 1948. Formed the McSon Trio (aka Maxim Trio and the Maxine Trio) with Gossady McGhee (g) and Milton Garret (b). First recordings were in the King Cole Trio style. Formed own band in 1954. The 1950’s female vocal group, The Cookies, became his backing group, The Raeletts. Singer/actor Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor portraying Charles in Ray!

Ray Charles: Top 50 Songs
I Gotta Woman (1955)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So (1956)
What'd I Say (1959)
Georgia on My Mind (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Stuart Gorrell, 1960)
Let the Good Times Roll (1960)

Hit the Road Jack (1961)

I Can't Stop Loving You (1962)
Busted (1963)

Crying Time (1965)

America the Beautiful (1972)

Here We Go Again (with
Norah Jones, 2004)

The Genius of Ray Charles (1959)
In Person (live: 1959)
The Birth of Soul – The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings (box set: 1952-59, released 1991)
Genius Soul = Jazz (1961)
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
Anthology (compilation: 1955-68, charted 10/29/88)
Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (1997)
Genius Loves Company (with various artists, 2004)

Charli XCX

Fancy (2014) – see Iggy Azalea

Martin Charnin

Tomorrow (from Annie, performed by Andrea McCardle, 1977) – see Charles Strouse
It’s a Hard-Knock Life (from Annie, 1977) – see Charles Strouse

Annie (cast album: 1977) – see Charles Strouse

Samuel Charters

Cheap Trick

At Budokan (live, 1978)

Chubby Checker

R&B singer born Ernest Evans on 10/3/1941 in Spring Gully, SC.

The Twist (1960)
Limbo Rock (1962)

The Chemical Brothers

Block Rockin’ Beats (1997)

Exit Planet Dust (1995)
Dig Your Own Hole (1997)
Surrender (1999)
Push the Button (2005)
We Are the Night (2007)

Clifton Chenier

Bogalusa Boogie (1976)


Pop singer born Cherilyn Sarkisian on 5/20/46 in El Centro, CA. In duo known as Sonny & Cher (63-74) with her husband Sonny Bono, to whom she was married throughout their singing partnership. Simultaneously recorded as a solo artist, first under the names Bonnie Jo Mason and Cherilyn in 1964, and continued doing so after the duo ceased. Married to rocker Gregg Allman (75-79). Member of group Black Rose (80). Won Best Actress Oscar in 1987 for Moonstruck.

I Got You Babe (1965) – see Sonny & Cher
If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)
Believe (1998)

Eagle-Eye Cherry

Save Tonight (1998)

Kenny Chesney

Country singer born 3/26/1968 in Knoxville, TN.

Leonard Chess

Chess record executive born Lejzor Shmuel Czy%u017C on 3/12/1917 in Motal, Poland. Died 10/16/1969.

Phil Chess

Chess record executive born Fiszel Czy%u017C on 3/27/1921 in Motal, Portland. Died 10/18/2016.

Charles Chester

Did I Remember? (1936) – see Shep Fields

Maurice Chevalier

Louise (1929)
Enjoy It (with Hayley Mills, from In Search of the Castaways, 1962)



Le Freak (1978)
Good Times (1979)

Risqué (1979)
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of (1982)


Jazz-oriented rock group formed in Chicago. Originally called The Big Thing; later Chicago Transit Authority. To LA in late ‘60’s.

Active: 1967- Members: Peter Cetera (v/b: 67-85), Robert Lamm (k/v), James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), Terry Kath (g; died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot on 1/23/78 at age 31), Walt Parazaider (reeds), Danny Seraphine (d: 67-89), Donnie Dacus (g: 78-79), Bill Champlin (k: 82-), Jason Scheff (v: 85-), DaWayne Bailey (g: 89-).

Saturday in the Park (1972)
If You Leave Me Now (1976)
Hard to Say I’m Sorry (1982)
Look Away (w. Diane Warren) (1988)

Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Chicago V (1972)


Rock supergroup (2008-11). Sammy Hagar (v), Michael Anthony (b), Joe Satriani (g), Chad Smith (d).

The Chiffons

He's So Fine (1963)

Desmond Child

Childish Gambino

This Is America (2018)

Toni Childs

Union (1988)
House of Hope (1991)
The Woman’s Boat (1994)
Keep the Faith (2008)

The Chi-Lites

Oh Girl (1972)

Chino & Nacho

Andas en Mi Cabeza (with Daddy Yankee, 2016)

The Chipmunks

- see David Seville

Harry Choates

Jole Blon (1947)

Frédéric Chopin

Classical composer and pianist born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin on 3/1/1810 in Duchy of Warsaw, Poland. Died 10/17/1849.

Polonaise, op. 40, no. 1 (“Polonaise Miltaire”) (1842)
Nocturnes for Piano (1827-1846)
Waltzes (1831-1847)
Mazurkas (1830-1849)

The Chordettes

Mr. Sandman (1954)
Lollipop (1958)

The Chords

Sh-Boom (1954)

Charlie Christian

Jazz guitarist born 7/29/1916 in Bonham, TX. Died 3/2/1942. Worked with Benny Goodman.

Breakfast Feud (with Benny Goodman, 1941)

Tony Christie

Is This the Way to Armadillo? (with Peter Kay, 1971/2005)

The Chuck Wagon Gang

I’ll Fly Away (1948)


Tubthumping (1997)

The Church

Under the Milky Way (1988)

Eric Church

Chief (2011)

Frank Churchill

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (soundtrack, 1938)


Nobody’s Fool (1986)
Shake Me (1986)
Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone (1988)
Gypsy Road (1988)

Circle Jerks

Group Sex (1980)

Eric Clapton

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Blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter born Eric Patrick Clapton on 3/30/1945 in Ripley, England. With The Roosters (63), Yardbirds (63-65), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (65-66), Powerhouse (66), Cream (66-69), Blind Faith (69), Delaney & Bonnie (69), Plastic Ono Band (70), Derek the Dominos (70), Bunburys (88). Has worked as a solo artist since 1970. Nicknamed “Slowhand” in 1964 while with the Yardbirds.

Eric Clapton: Top 67 Songs
Sunshine of Your Love (1968) – see Cream
White Room (1968) – see Cream
Crossroads (live, 1969) – see Cream
After Midnight (1970)
Layla (1971) – see (Derek the Dominos
I Shot the Sheriff (1974)
Cocaine (1977)
Tears in Heaven (1992)
Layla (Unplugged, 1992)
Circus Left Town (live, 1992)
Change the World (1996)

Eric Clapton: Top 10 Albums
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) – see John Mayall, 1966)
Fresh Cream (1966) – see Cream
Disraeli Gears (1967) – see Cream
Wheels of Fire (1968) – see Cream
Goodbye (1969) – see Cream
On Tour (live with Delaney & Bonnie, 1969)
Blind Faith (1969) – see Blind Faith
Eric Clapton (1970)
Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) – see Derek the Dominos
461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
There’s One in Every Crowd (1975)
No Reason to Cry (1976)
Slowhand (1977)
Backless (1978)
Another Ticket (1981)
The Cream of Clapton (compilation: 1966-81, released 1995)
Money and Cigarettes (1983)
Behind the Sun (1985)
August (1986)
Journeyman (1989)
Unplugged (live, 1992)
From the Cradle (1994)
Pilgrim (1998)
Riding with the King (with B.B. King, 2000)
Reptile (2001)
Me and Mr. Johnson (Robert Johnson covers, 2004)
Back Home (2005)
The Road to Escondido (with J.J. Cale, 2006)

Sidney Clare

Buddy Clark

Born 7/26/1911. Died 10/1/1949

American traditional pop singer.

Linda (1947) – see Ray Noble

Dave Clark

The Dave Clark Five

Glad All Over (1964)

Dick Clark

DJ and television personality born 11/30/1929 in Mount Vernon, NY. Died 4/18/2012. Nicknamed “America’s Oldest Teenager” for his role in bringing dance music to a national teen audience in the early days of rock and roll with TV’s American Bandstand, which ran from 1957-1987. Also launched the American Music Awards and was the annual host for the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve ball.

The DMDB Blog:
Dick Clark Takes Over American Bandstand: July 9, 1956 (7/9/11)

Gene Clark

Born Harold Eugene Clark on 11/17/1944 in Tipton, MO. Died 5/24/1991 from a bleeding ulcer exasterbated by excessive drinking.

Folk/country/rock singer/songwriter and musician with the New Christy Minstrels (1962-64); The Jet Set (64); the Byrds (64-66, 73); the Gosdin Brothers (66-67); Dillard and Clark (68-69); solo (72-84); McGuinn, Clark, & Hillman (79-80); and with Carla Olson (87). Wrote or co-wrote some of the Byrds’ best-known songs, including “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” and “Eight Miles High.”

The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (with Doug Dillard, 1968)
White Light (1971)

Petula Clark

Adult contemporary singer born Sally Olwen Clark on 11/15/1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England. Has sold over 68 million records throughout her career. On radio at age 9, own show Pet’s Parlour at age 11. TV series in England in 1950. First U.S. record release for Coral in 1953. Appeared in over 20 British movies from 1944-57; revived her movie career in the late 1960s, starring in Finian’s Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips.

Downtown (1964)

Roy Clark

Country singer, guitarist, and host of TV variety show Hee Haw. Born 4/15/1933 in Meherrin, VA.

Sonny Clark

Jazz pianist.

Michael Clarke

Stanley Clarke

Kelly Clarkson

Pop singer born 4/24/1982 in Fort Worth, TX. Won the first season of TV’s American Idol.

A Moment Like This (2002)
Miss Independent (2003)
Since U Been Gone (2004)
Because of You (2004)
Behind These Hazel Eyes (2004)
Already Gone (2009)
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (2011)

Breakaway (2004)

The Clash

Eclectic punk/new wave rock group formed in London, England.

Active: 1976-1986 Members: John “Joe Strummer” Mellor (v – 101ers; The Clash: 76-86; solo), Mick Jones (g – London SS: 75-76; The Clash: 76-84; Big Audio Dynamite: 85-), Keith Levene (g – The Clash; PiL: 75-?, 92), Paul Simonon (b – The Clash: 76-86; Havana 3am: 90-), Terry Chimes (d: 76-77), Nicky “Topper” Headon (d: 77-83), Peter Howard (d: 83-85)

White Riot (1977)
Complete Control (1977)
White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
London Calling (1979)
Train in Vain (Stand by Me) (1979)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (1982)
Rock the Casbah (1982)

The Clash (1977)
London Calling (1979)
Sandinista! (1980)

Classics IV

Traces (1969)

Otis Clay

Les Claypool

Born 9/26/1963. Died

American rock singer and bassist with Primus.

Adam Clayton, Jr.

Clean Bandit

Rather Be (with Jess Glynne, 2014)
Rockabye (with Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, 2016)

Eddy Clearwater

Jack Clement

Born 4/5/1931 in Memphis, TN

American country singer/songwriter and record producer. Producer and enginner for Sam Phillips at Sun Records working with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins. Discovered Jerry Lee Lewis. Also wrote songs for Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, Cliff Richard, and Hank Snow.

Benjamin Clementine

At Least for Now (2015)

Reverend James Cleveland

Born 12/5/1931 in Chicago, IL. Died 2/9/1991.

Peace Be Still (1962)

Van Cliburn

Classical pianist born Harvey Lavan Cliburn, Jr. on 7/12/1934 in Shreveport, LA. Died 2/27/2013.

Jimmy Cliff

Many Rivers to Cross (1969)
The Harder They Come (1972)

The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff et al, soundtrack, 1973)

Doug Clifford

Born 4/24/1945

Rock drummer with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Patsy Cline

Country singer born Virginia Patterson Hensley on 9/8/1932 in Winchester, VA. Died 3/5/1963.

Walkin’ After Midnight (1957)
I Fall to Pieces (1961)
Crazy (w. Willie Nelson, 1961)
Sweet Dreams of You (1963)

Showcase (1961)
12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63, released 1973)
The Collection (box, 1991)

George Clinton

Highly prolific and influential funk singer/songwriter and producer born 7/22/1940 in Kannapolis, NC. Formed the seminal groups Parliament/Funkadelic.

Atomic Dog (1983)

Larry Clinton

Jazz/big band leader and trumpeter born 8/17/1909 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 5/2/1985.

My Reverie (with Bea Wain, 1938)
You Go to My Head (with Bea Wain, 1938)
Our Love Is Here to Stay (with Bea Wain, 1938)
Deep Purple (with Bea Wain, 1939)

Rosemary Clooney

Traditional pop singer born 5/23/1928 in Maysville, KY. Died 6/29/2002.

Tenderly (1952)
Hey There (1954)
This Ole House (1954)

The Clovers

Devil or Angel (1955)
Blue Velvet (1955)
Love Potion No. 9 (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1959)

Club Nouveau

Lean on Me (1987)


Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos) (2016)

The Coasters

Smokey Joe’s Café (as the Robins, 1955)
Searchin’ (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1957)
Young Blood (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1957)
Yakety Yak (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1958)
Charlie Brown (1959)
Poison Ivy (1959)

50 Coastin’ Classics (compilation: 1954-68)

Kurt Cobain

Grunge-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 2/20/1967 in Aberdeen, WA. Died self-inflicted gunshot wound on 4/8/1994. Started out playing drums with Fecal Matter. Then became a singer and guitarist with Stiff Woodies, Skid Row, and Nirvana (87-94). Married rock singer Courtney Love of Hole on 2/24/92.

Billy Cobham

Eddie Cochran

Early rock singer and guitarist born 10/3/1938 in Albert Lea, MN. Died 4/17/1960.

Summertime Blues (1958)
C’Mon Everybody (1958)

Hank Cochran

Jarvis Cocker

Joe Cocker

Blue-eyed soul singer (“You Are So Beautiful”) born John Robert Cocker on 5/20/1944 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Died 12/22/2014.

With a Little Help from My Friends (1968)
You Are So Beautiful (1974)
Up Where We Belong (1982) – see Jennifer Warnes

Cocker Happy (1971)


Bath Song (2018)
Yes Yes Vegetables Song (2018)

Alma Cogan

The Homing Waltz (1952)

George M. Cohan

Songwriter born George Michael Cohan on 7/3/1878 in Providence, RI. Died 11/5/1942. One of America’s most successful songwriters. His songs were often recorded by Billy Murray, one of the most successful singers of the first quartet of the 20th century. Cohan was known for introducing a new style to American musical comedy and wrote, produced, directed, and starred in more than 40 musicals on Broadway.

Songs written by Cohan:
Top 30 Songs
Yankee Doodle Boy (1905) – see Billy Murray
Give My Regards to Broadway (1905) – see Billy Murray
You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906) – see Billy Murray
Harrigan (1907) – see Billy Murray
Over There (1917) – see American Quartet
Over There (1917) – see Nora Bayes

The DMDB Blog:
George M. Cohan Was Born: July 3, 1878 (7/3/11)

Leonard Cohen

Folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 9/21/34 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Died 11/7/2016. Has also written the novels The Favorite Game and Beautiful Losers, six volumes of poetry, several documentaries. Has been covered by numerous artists, including Judy Collins, Tim Hardin, Jennifer Warnes, and Jeff Buckley.

Hallelujah (1984)
Everybody Knows (1988)
You Want It Darker (2016)

The Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968)
Songs of Love and Hate (1971)

Paul Cohen

Vinnie Colaiuta


Yellow (2000)
Trouble (2000)
The Scientist (2002)
Clocks (2002)
Speed of Sound (2005)

Viva La Vida (2008)
Paradise (2011)

Something Just Like This (2017) – see
the Chainsmokers

Parachutes (2000)
A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
X & Y (2005)
Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (2008)
Mylo Xyloto (2011)
A Head Full of Dreams (2015)

Cheryl Cole

Fight for This Love (2009)

J. Cole

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

Rattlesnakes (1984)

Nat “King” Cole

Traditional pop singer born Nathaniel Adams Cole on 3/17/1917 in Montgomery, AL. Died 2/15/1965. One of the most popular singers in recording history. Began his career as a jazz pianist. Formed the Nat King Cole Trio in 1939 Wiith guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince (later replaced by Johnny Miller). The trio soon became the hottest small instrumental combo in the country, but once Nat began to sing, his future course was clear. Nat appeared in several movies from 1953 on, hosted his own TV series. Daughter Natalie became a star a decade later.

Embraceable You (1943)
Straighten Up and Fly Right (1944)
I Love You for Sentimental Reasons (King Cole Trio, 1946)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (1946)
Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (King Cole Trio, 1946)
Nature Boy (with Frank DeVol’s Orchestra, 1948)
Mona Lisa (1950)
Too Young (1951)
Unforgettable (1951)
Pretend (1953)
Around the World (1957)
Stardust (1957)
Unforgettable (1991) – see Natalie Cole

The King Cole Trio (1945)
Ramblin’ Rose (1962)

Natalie Cole

R&B singer born 2/6/1950 in Los Angeles, CA. Died 12/31/2015. Daughter of singer Nat “King” Cole.

Unforgettable (with Nat “King” Cole, 1991)

Unforgettable: With Love (1991)

Paula Cole

I Don’t Want to Wait (1996)

David Bryan

Memphis (composed with Joe DiPietro, cast: 2009)

Cy Coleman

Jazz songwriter born Seymour Kaufman on 6/14/1929 in New York City, NY. Died 11/18/2004.

City of Angels (composed with David Zippel, cast: 1989)
Will Rogers Follies (composed with Betty Comden & Adolph Green, cast: 1991)

Michael Coleman

Boys of the Lough/Humours of Ennistymon (1922)

Ornette Coleman

Born 3/9/1930. Died

Jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer born Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman on 3/9/1930 in Fort Worth, TX. Died 6/11/2015.

The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
Free Jazz (1960)

Albert Collins

Blues guitarist born Albert Gene Drewery on 10/1/1932 in Leona, TX. Died 11/24/1993.

Ice Pickin’ (1978)
Showdown! (with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, 1985)

Arthur Collins

Pioneering recording artist known as “The King of the Ragtime Singers.” He was born 2/7/1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died 8/3/1933. This baritone singer specialized in African-American dialect songs performed on vaudeville and in minstrel shows. He worked as a soloist (1898-1920), with the Big Four Quartet (01), with Byron Harlan (01-18), and with the Peerless Quartet (09-18).

Arthur Collins: Top 100 Songs
Hello Ma Baby (1899)
I’d Leave My Happy Home for You (1899)
Ma Tiger Lily (1900)
Mandy Lee (1900)
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home (1902)
Under the Bamboo Tree (1902)
Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (with Byron Harlan, 1902)
Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (with Byron Harlan, 1903)
Any Rags? (1903)
Goodbye, Eliza Jane (1903)
Under the Anhauser Bush (with Byron Harlan, 1904)
The Preacher and the Bear (1905)
Camp Meetin’ Time (with Byron Harlan, 1906)
The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (with Byron Harlan, 1909)
Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (with Byron Harlan, 1911)
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (w. Irving Berlin; performed with Byron Harlan, 1911)
Under the Yum Yum Tree (with Byron Harlan, 1911)
Everybody’s Doing It Now (with Byron Harlan, 1912)
I’m Going Back to Dixie (aka “I Want to Be in Dixie”) (with Byron Harlan, 1912)
When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (with Byron Harlan, 1913)
The Aba Daba Honeymoon (with Byron Harlan, 1914)
I Love the Ladies (with Byron Harlan, 1914)
Darktown Strutters’ Ball (with Byron Harlan, 1918)

The King of the Ragtime Singers (compilation: 1902-1916, released 2014)

Bootsy Collins

Judy Collins

Both Sides Now (1968)
Amazing Grace (1970)
Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music, 1975)

Phil Collins

Rock singer and drummer born 1/31/51 in Chiswick, London. With Genesis (70-92, 07) and Brand X (76-77). Worked as a solo artist since 1981.

Phil Collins and Genesis: Top 50 Songs
In the Air Tonight (1981)
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (1984)
Easy Lover (1984) – see Philip Bailey
A Groovy Kind of Love (1988)
Two Hearts (1988)
Another Day in Paradise (1989)
I Wish It Would Rain Down (1989)
You’ll Be in My Heart (from Tarzan, 1999)
Strangers Like Me (from Tarzan, 1999)
Look Through My Eyes (from Brother Bear, 2003)

Face Value (1981)
Hello, I Must Be Going (1982)
No Jacket Required (1985)
…But Seriously (1989)
Hits (compilation: 1981-98, released 1998)

Jessi Colter

Wanted! The Outlaws (1976) – see Waylon Jennings

John Coltrane

Jazz musician born 9/23/1926 in Hamlet, NC. Died 7/17/1967.

Tenor Madness (1956) – see Sonny Rollins
Giant Steps (1959)
Naima (1959)
My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music, 1960)
In a Sentimental Mood (with Duke Ellington, 1962)
Lush Life (with Johnny Hartman, 1963)
Acknowledgement (A Love Supreme, Part 1) (1965)

Blue Train (1957)
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk, 1957)
Giant Steps (1959)
Live at the Village Vanguard (1961)
Lush Life (1961)
Ballads (1962)
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (with Johnny Hartman, 1963)
A Love Supreme (1964)

Columbia Comedy Trio

1907. Byron Harlan, Billy Murray (tenor), Steve Porter (baritone).

Columbia Orchestra

Creole Belles (1901)

Columbia Quartet

Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here (1918) – see Irving Kaufman

Columbia Male Quartet

– see Peerless Quartet

Columbia Stellar Quartet

Active: 1912-1922 Members: Charles Harrison (tenor: 12-22), John Barnes Wells (12-15), Frank Croxton (baritone: 12-22), Andrea Sarto (12-22), Henry Burr (15-?), Reed Miller (?).

The Battle Hymn of the Republic (1918) – see Charles Harrison

Shawn Colvin

I Don’t Know Why (1992)
Sunny Came Home (1997)

Steady On (1989)
Fat City (1992)

Sean Combs

- see Puff Daddy

Betty Comden

Songwriter born 5/3/1919 in New York, NY. Died 11/23/2006.

New York, New York (from On the Town, 1949) – see Gene Kelly
The Party’s Over (Judy Holliday, from Bells Are Ringing, 1956) – see Jule Styne

Wonderful Town (cast: 1953) – see Leonard Bernstein
Hallelujah, Baby! (cast: 1968) – see Jule Styne
Will Rogers Follies (cast: 1991) – see Cy Coleman

Tim Commerford

The Commitments

The Commitments (soundtrack, 1991)

The Commodores

Brick House (1977)
Three Times a Lady (1978)


I Used to Love H.E.R. (1994)
Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (with Erykah Badu, 2002)

Be (2005)

The Communards

Don’t Leave Me This Way (1986)

Perry Como

Italian-American traditional pop crooner born Pierino Ronald Como on 5/18/1912 in Canonsburg, PA. Died 5/12/2001. Left his hometown barber shop to sing with Freddie Carlone’s local band in 1933; about four years later Ted Weems hired him as a featured vocalist. When the Weems band broke up in 1942, he secured a local CBS radio show. Once he started recording the following year there was no stopping him. Como’s relaxed style and romantic vocals made his TV series a popular favorite from the early ‘50s to 1963.

Lili Marlene (1944)
Till the End of Time (1945)
If I Loved You (from Carousel, w. by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II; 1945)
Because (1948)
Some Enchanted Evening (w. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, 1949)
A – You’re Adorable (The Alphabet Song) (with the Fontane Sisters and the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra, 1949)
Hello Young Lovers (from The King and I, 1951)
If (They Made Me a King) (1951)
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (1951)
Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (with Ma & The Ramblers, 1952)
Wanted (1954)
There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays (1954)
More (1956)
Round and Round (1957)
Catch a Falling Star (1957)
Magic Moments (1958)

The Congos

The Heart of the Congos (1977)

Arthur Conley

Sweet Soul Music (1967)

Earl Thomas Conley

Country singer/songwriter born 10/17/1941 in Portsmouth, OH.

Judd Conlon

That Lucky Old Sun (1949) – see Frankie Laine

Ray Conniff

Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme) (1966)

Con Conrad

Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”) (1977)

The Contours

Do You Love Me? (1962)

Julie Conway

Jingle, Jangle, Jingle (1942) – see Kay Kyser

Russ Conway

Side Saddle (1959)

Conway’s Band

Indiana (1917)

Ry Cooder

American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist born Ryland Peter Cooder on 3/15/1947.

Paradise and Lunch (1974)

Barbara Cook

Roger Cook

Stu Cook

Born 4/25/1945

Rock bassist with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Sam Cooke

R&B singer born Samuel Cook on 1/22/1931 in Clarksdale, MI. Died 12/11/1964 after being shot by a female motel manager under mysterious circumstances. Revered as the definitive soul singer. Son of a Baptist minister. Raised in Chicago. Sang in a choir from age six. Joined gospel group the Highway Q.C.’s; lead singer of the Soul Stirrers from 1950-56. First recorded secular songs in 1956 as Dale Cook.

You Send Me (1957)
Wonderful World (1960)
Bring It on Home to Me (1962)
A Change Is Gonna Come (1965)

Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (aka “One Night Stand”) (live, 1963)
The Man and His Music (compilation: 1951-65, released 1986)
Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (compilation: 1951-64)


Gangsta’s Paradise (with L.V., 1995)

Alice Cooper

Shock-rock singer (“School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy”) born Vicent Damon Furnier on 2/4/1948 in Detroit, Michigan.

I’m Eighteen (1971)
School’s Out (1972)

Bradley Cooper

Shallow (2018) – see Lady Gaga

A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 2018) – see Lady Gaga

Fred J. Coots

Johnny Copeland

Showdown! (1985) – see Albert Collins

Miles Copeland III

Record executive (I.R.S. Records). Worked with the Bangles, the Go-Go’s, the Police, and R.E.M. Brother of Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

Stewart Copeland

Born 7/16/1952. Died

American rock drummer with The Police.

Aaron Copland

Cliassical composer born on 11/14/1900 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 12/2/1990.

Fanfare for the Common Man (1943)
Appalachian Spring (1944)

Appalachian Spring (ballet, 1944)
Symphony No. 3 (1846)

Chick Corea

Jazz pianist and composer born Armando Anthony Corea on 6/12/1941 in Chelsea, MA.

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968)
Spain (1972)

Don Cornelius

Born 9/27/1936 in Chicago. Died 2/1/2012. Creator of Soul Train, a teen-dance TV show which prominently featured African-Americans and gave R&B and soul music national platforms.

Chris Cornell

Born Christopher John Boyle on 7/20/1964 in Seattle, Washington. Died May 18, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan from suicide.

Rock singer with Soundgarden (87-96), Temple of the Dog (90-91), solo (98-00, 07), and Audioslave (01-06).
Chris Cornell: Top 20 Songs

Don Cornell

Traiditional pop musician born Luigi Variaro on 4/21/1919 in Bronx, NY. Died 2/23/2004.


Brimful of Asha (1997)

When I Was Born for the 7th Time (1997)

The Corrs

Talk on Corners (1997)

Alfred Cortot

Classical pianist born 9/26/1877 in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland. Died 6/15/1962.

Bill Cosby

I Started Out As a Child (comedy, 1964)
Why Is There Air? (comedy, 1965)

Henry Cosby

Sam Coslow

Pierre Cossette

Mary Costa

Once Upon a Dream (with Bill Shirley, from Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
I Wonder (from Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

Elvis Costello

New wave/pung rock singer/songwriter born Declan McManus on 8/25/1954 in Paddington, London, England. Changed name to Elvis Costello in 1976. In 1977, formed back-up group, The Attractions: Steve “Nieve” Nelson (k), Bruce Thomas (b: Sutherland Brothers & Quiver) and Peter Thomas (d).

Elvis Costello: Top 50 Songs
Alison (1977)
Radio Radio (1978)
Pump It Up (1978)
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding (1979)
Oliver’s Army (1979)

Elvis Costello: Top 20 Albums
My Aim Is True (1977)
This Year’s Model (1978)
Armed Forces (1979)
Get Happy!! (1980)
Trust (1981)
Almost Blue (1981)
Imperial Bedroom (1982)
Punch the Clock (1983)
Goodbye Cruel World (1984)
King of America (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 1986)
Blood and Chocolate (1986)
Spike (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 1989)
Mighty Like a Rose (1991)
The Juliet Letters (with the Brodsky Quartet, 1993)
Brutal Youth (1994)
Kojak Variety (1995)
All This Useless Beauty (1996)
Painted from Memory (with Burt Bacharach, 1998)
For the Stars (with Anne Sofie von Otter, 2001)
When I Was Cruel (2002)
North (2003)
Il Sogno (2004)
The Delivery Man (2004)
The River in Reverse (with Allen Toussaint, 2006)
Momofuku (2008)
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009)
National Ransom (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2010)

The DMDB Blog:
Elvis Costello gets banned from Saturday Night Live: December 17, 1977 (12/17/11)

Elizabeth Cotten

Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (1959)

James Cotton

Larry Cotton

Ti-Pi-Tin (1938) – see Horace Heidt
I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (1941) – see Horace Heidt

Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers with Frankie “Half –Pint” Jaxon

Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn (1929)

Tommy Couch, Sr.

John Cougar

– see John Mellencamp

The Count Five

Psychotic Reaction (1966)

Counting Crows

August and Everything After (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 1993)

Country Joe & the Fish

Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag (1967)

Electric Music for the Mind and Body (1967)

Don Covay

Mercy Mercy (1964)

David Coverdale

Born 9/22/1951 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Rock singer/songwriter. Member: Deep Purple (73-76), Whitesnake (77-90, 97, 06-), Coverdale-Page (91-93).


Rock supergroup (1991-93). Members: David Coverdale (v), Jimmy Page (g), Ricky Phillips (b), Denny Carmassi (d), Lester Mendel (k).

Julie Covington

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (from Evita, 1976)

Sir Noël Coward

Songwriter born 12/16/1899 in Teddington, south-west London, England. Died 3/26/1973.

Simon Cowell

Best known as a judge on television talent shows Pop Idol, American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, and America’s Got Talent.

Eugene Cowles

Gypsy Love Song (Slumber on, My Little Gypsy Sweetheart) (1898)

Billy Cox

Rock bassist with Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys.

Ida Cox

Frank Coxton

On the Road to Mandalay (1913)

Francis Craig

Near You (with Bob Lamm, 1947)

Floyd Cramer

Country pianist born 10/27/1933 in Shreveport, LA. Died 12/31/1997.

Last Date (1960)

The Cramps

Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980)

The Cranberries

Zombie (1994)

No Need to Argue (1994)


Feeding of the 5000 (1978)

Robert Cray

Blues-rock singer and guitarist born 8/1/1953 in Columbus, GA.

Smoking Gun (1986)

Bad Influence (1983)
Showdown! (1985) – see Albert Collins
Strong Persuader (1986)

Crazy Frog

Axel F (2005)


British rock supergroup. 1966-69. Eric Clapton (g/v), Jack Bruce (b), Ginger Baker (d). Clapton & Bruce were first in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Powerhouse together; Clapton & Baker would later work together in Blind Faith; Bruce & Baker worked together in Blues Incorporated and Graham Bond Organization and would work together in later years in C.C.S. and in BBM.

Sunshine of Your Love (1968)
White Room (1968)
Crossroads (live, 1969)

Fresh Cream (1966)
Disraeli Gears (1967)
Wheels of Fire (live/studio, 1968)
Goodbye (live/studio, 1969)


With Arms Wide Open (2000)

Human Clay (1999)

Linda Creed

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Rock group formed while members attended high school at El Cerrito, CA.

Active: 1967-72 Members: John Fogerty (v/g: 67-72), brother Tom Fogerty (g: 67-71), Stu Cook (k/b – Blue Velvets: 59-64; Golliwogs: 64-67; CCR: 67-72; Don Harrison Band), and Doug Clifford (d – Blue Velvets: 59-64; Golliwogs: 64-67; CCR: 67-72; Don Harrison Band).

Proud Mary (1969)
Fortunate Son (1969)
Bad Moon Rising (1969)
Green River (1969)
Born on the Bayou (1969)
Run Through the Jungle (1970)

Green River (1969)
Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)
Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
Chronicle (compilation, 1967-72, released 1976)

The Crests

Sixteen Candles (1958)

Bob Crewe

Jersey Boys (cast: 2005) – see Bob Gaudio

Jim Croce

Folk singer/songwriter born 1/10/1943 in South Philadelphia, PA. Died 9/20/1973.

Time in a Bottle (1973)

You Don’t Mess Around with Jim (1972)

Richard Crooks

Steve Cropper

Blues guitarist born 10/21/1941 in Dora, MO. With Booker T. & the MG’s and the Mar-Keys.

Bing Crosby

Baritone singer Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby, Jr. was born on 5/2/1903 in Tacoma, Washington. He died 10/14/1977. He became the most popular entertainer of the first half of the 20th century, thanks in part to recording innovations which allowed him to sing in a more intimate style.

In 1923, he joined a band, including Al Rinker, who performed at dances. Two years later the pair went to California, where they were hired by bandleader Paul Whiteman. They partnered with Harry Barris in New York to form the Rhythm Boys. In 1930, they split from Whiteman and worked with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra and in 1931, Crosby signed a solo recording contract. Over the next three decades, Crosby sold over 300 million records and appeared in over 50 movies (including the 1944 Academy Award for Going My Way).

Bing Crosby: Top 100 Songs
Without a Song (1929) – see Paul Whiteman
Great Day (1929) – see Paul Whiteman
Out of Nowhere (with Victor Young’s Orchestra, 1931)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (w. E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1932)
Dinah (with the Mills Brothers, 1932)
Shadow Waltz (with the Jimmy Grier Orchestra, 1933)
Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1932)
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (with Guy Lombardo’s Orchestra, 1933)
June in January (with George Stoll’s Orchestra, 1934)
Silent Night (1935)
Pennies from Heaven (with George Stoll’s Orchestra, 1936)
Sweet Leilani (with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians, 1937)
Too Marvelous for Words (with Jimmy Dorsey’s Orchestra, 1937)
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams (1938)
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (1938)
What’s New? (1939)
White Christmas (performed with the Ken Darby Singers; w. Irving Berlin; 1942)
Sunday, Monday or Always (with the Ken Darby Singers, 1943) People Will Say We’re in Love (with Trudy Erwin, from Oklahoma!, 1943)
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (with Trudy Erwin, from Oklahoma!, 1943)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, 1943)
Jingle Bells (with the Andrews Sisters, 1943)
I’ll Be Seeing You (with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, 1944)
Swinging on a Star (with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet, 1944)
Don’t Fence Me In (w. Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher; performed with the Andrews Sisters, 1944)
I Love You (with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, 1944)
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) (1944)
It's Been a Long, Long Time (with the Les Brown Trio, 1945)
Sioux City Sue (1946)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (with the Andrews Sisters, 1947)
Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (with the Ken Darby Singers, 1948)
Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949)
Galway Bay (1949)
Quicksilver (with the Andrews Sisters, 1950)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950)
Silver Bells (with Carol Richards, 1952)
Around the World (1957)
Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with David Bowie, 1977)

Merry Christmas (aka ‘White Christmas’) (Christmas, 1945)
The Definitive Collection (compilation: 1931-57, released 2006)

The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: Bing Crosby’s First Trip to #1 – and Paul Whiteman’s Top 100 Songs (3/31/12)

Bob Crosby

Jazz/big band leader born George Robert Crosby on 8/23/1913 in Spokane, WA. Died 3/9/1993. Brother of singer Bing Crosby.

Lullaby of Broadway (1935) – see the Dorsey Brothers
Whispers in the Dark (Bob Crosby with Kay Weber, 1937)

David Crosby

Folk-rock singer/songwriter born David Van Cortlandt Crosby on 8/14/1941 in Los Angeles, CA. With Ethan & David (59-60), Les Baxter’s Balladeers (63), The Jet Set (64), The Byrds (64-67, 73, 90), Crosby, Stills & Nash (68-69, 77, 82-83, 90, 94), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (70, 88, 99), solo (71, 89, 93), Crosby/Nash (72, 75-76, 04), CPR (97-01).

If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971)

John O. Crosby

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Folk-rock supergroup formed by alumni of the Byrds (Crosby), Buffalo Springfield (Stills), and the Hollies (Nash). Played at Woodstock in just their second gig.

Active: 1968- Members: David Crosby (v/g: 68-), Stephen Stills (v/g: 68-), Graham Nash (v/g: 68-), Dallas Taylor (d – CSN: 68-70; Manassas: 71-73), Greg Reeves (b: 70). Sometimes joined by Neil Young (v/g: 69-71;88,99).

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (1969)
Ohio (with Neil Young, 1970)

Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
Déjà Vu (with Neil Young, 1970)
4 Way Street (with Neil Young, live, 1971)

Christopher Cross

Sailing (1980)
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (w. Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, 1981)

Christopher Cross (1980)

Andrae Crouch

Sheryl Crow

Rock singer/songwriter born 2/11/1962 in Kennett, MO.

All I Wanna Do (1994)
Soak Up the Sun (2002)
Redemption Day (with Johnny Cash, 2019)

Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
Sheryl Crow (1996)
The Globe Sessions (produced by Rick Rubin, 1998)
C’mon C’mon (2002)
Wildflower (2005)
Detours (2008)
100 Miles from Memphis (2010)

Crowded House

New wave/pop band formed in Melboune, Australia in 1985 by former Split Enz members Neil Finn (v/g: 85-96,06-11,16) and Paul Hester (d: 85-96; died 2005) with Nick Seymour (b: 85-96, 06-11,16). Other members included Elory Finn (g: 08), Liam Finn (g/k: 07-08), Tim Finn (v/g/k: 90-91), Mitchell Froom (k/g: 86), Mark Hart (g/k: 92-96, 07-11, 16), Peter Jones (d: 94-96; died 2012), and Matt Sherrod (d: 07-11,16).

Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs
Don’t Dream It’s Over (1986)
Better Be Home Soon (1988)
Silent House (2007)

Crowded House (1986)
Temple of Low Men (1988)
Woodface (1991)
Together Alone (1993)
Recurring Dream – The Very Best of (compilation: 1986-96)
Time on Earth (2007)
Intriguer (2010)

Rodney Crowell

After All This Time (1989)

The Crows

Gee (1954)

Frank Croxton

. Died 9/3/1949 at age 71

Baritone singer who recorded solo as well as with the Columbia Stellar Quartet (1912-22), Peerless Quartet (1918-25) and the American Quartet (1920-25).

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

Blues singer born 8/24/1905 in Forest, Mississippi. Died 3/28/1974.

That’s All Right, Mama (1946)

Frank Crumit

Singer/songwriter born 9/26/1889 in Jackson, OH. Died 9/7/1943.

Celia Cruz

Celia y Johnny (with Johnny Pachero, 2013)

Taio Cruz

Dynamite (2010)

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles III (2012)

The Crystals

He's a Rebel (1962)
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963)

Celia Cruz

Salsa singer born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso on 10/21/1925 in Havana, Cuba. Died 7/16/2003.

Xavier Cugat

Born Francesc d’Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu on 1/1/1900 in Barcelona, Spain. Died 10/27/1990

Jazz/big band bandleader.

Brazil (1943)

John Culshaw

The Cult

She Sells Sanctuary (1986)

Culture Club

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (1982)
Time (Clock of the Heart) (1982)
Karma Chameleon (1983)

Colour by Numbers (1983)


Cupid Shuffle (2007)

Mike Curb

The Cure

British techno-rock group formed in Crawley, England. Originally called The Easy Cure.

Active: 1976- Members: Robert Smith (v/g), Michael Dempsey (b: 76-79), Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst (d: 76-82; k: 82-87), Simon Gallup (b: 80-82, 84-), Matthieu Hartley (k: 80), Phil Thornalley (b: 83-85), Andy Anderson (d: 83-84), Porl Thompson (g: 84-93), Boris Williams (d: 84-94), and Roger O’Donnell (k: 88-90, 93-). Perry Bamonte (k: 92-93; g: 93-), Jason Cooper (d: 95-).

Boys Don’t Cry (1979)
In Between Days (Without You) (1985)
Close to Me (1985)
Just Like Heaven (1987)
Love Song (1989)

Boys Don’t Cry (1980)
The Head on the Door (1985)
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
Disintegration (1989)

Justin Currie

Rock singer/songwriter born 12/11/1964 in Glasgow, Scotland. Lead singer of Del Amitri (1980-2002). He fronted the short-lived Uncle Devil Show before striking out as a solo artist.

Del Amitri/Justin Currie: Top 30 Songs

A Terrible Beauty (Uncle Devil Show, 2004)
What Is Love For? (2007)
The Great War (2010)
Lower Reaches (2013)

Ian Curtis

British goth-rock singer/songwriter born 7/15/1956. Died 5/18/1980. With Joy Division.

King Curtis

Cypress Hill

How I Could Just Kill a Man (1992)
Insane in the Brain (1993)

Cypress Hill (1991)
Black Sunday (1993)

Billy Ray Cyrus

American country singer born 8/25/1961. Father of pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana).

Achy Breaky Heart (1992)
Old Town Road (2018) – see Lil Nas X

Some Gave All (1992)

Miley Cyrus

Party in the U.S.A. (2009)
Wrecking Ball (2013)

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