Music Makers Encyclopedia: C


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C C Music Factory

Song(s):
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1990)

Album(s):
Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)


Caamp

Song(s):
Officer of Love (2020)


Camila Cabello

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


The Cadillacs

Song(s):
Gloria (1954)
Speedoo (1955)


Irving Caesar

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

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


Shirley Caesar

Song(s):
No Charge (1975)


John Cage

Song(s):
4'33" (1952)


Cage the Elephant

Song(s):
Shake Me Down (2010)
Come a Little Closer (2013)
Whole Wide World (2017)
Ready to Let Go (2019)

Album(s):
Social Cues (2019)


James Cagney

Song(s):
Yankee Doodle Boy (1942)


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

Song(s):
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).


Cake


Anne Caldwell


Sarah Caldwell


J.J. Cale

Album(s):
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).

Album(s):
Paris 1919 (1973)
Music for a New Society (1982)
Songs for Drella (with Lou Reed, 1990)
Wrong Way Up (with John Cale, 1990)


California Swag District

Song(s):
Teach Me How to Dougie (2010)


Bill Callahan

Album(s):
Dream River (2013)


Maria Callas

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


Anthony Callea

Song(s):
The Prayer (2005)


The Call

Song(s):
Let the Day Begin (1989)


The Calling

Song(s):
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.

Song(s):
Minnie the Moocher (The Ho Do Ho Song) (1931)
I've Got the World on a String (1932)
Hep! Hep! The Jumpin' Jive (1939)


Eddie Calvert

Song(s):
O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa) (1953)


Camel

Album(s):
Mirage (1974)
The Snow Goose (1975)


Cameo

Song(s):
Word Up! (1986)


Camera Obscura

Song(s):
Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken (2006)


Matt Cameron

Grunge-rock drummer born 11/28/1962 in San Diego, California. 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.

Song(s):
My Wild Irish Rose (1899)
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
Closer to My Heart (1915) – see Henry Burr
There's a Quaker Down in Quaker Town (1916) – see Henry Burr
Till We Meet Again (1919) – see Henry Burr
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (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.

Song(s):
Gentle on My Mind (1967)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967)
Wichita Lineman (1968)
Galveston (1969)
Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)
I'm Not Gonna Miss You (2014)

Album(s):
By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967)
Gentle on My Mind (1967)
Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell (1968) – see Bobbie Gentry
Wichita Lineman (1968)
Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)


Tevin Campbell

Song(s):
Can We Talk (1993)


Can

Album(s):
Tago Mago (1971)
Future Days (1973)


Canario y Su Grupo

Songs(s):
Lamento Borincano (1930)


Candlebox

Song(s):
You (1993)
Far Behind (1993)
Understanding (1995)


Canned Heat

Song(s):
On the Road Again (1968)
Goin' Up the Country (1968)


Effie I. Canning

Song(s) written by Canning:
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1884)


Freddy Cannon

Rock singer (“Tallahassee Lassie,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Pallsades Park”) born Frederick Anthony Picariello, Jr. on 12/4/1940 in Revere, Massachusetts.


Gus Cannon

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

Song(s):
Walk Right In (Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, 1930)


Eddie Cantor

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

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


Blu Cantrell

Song(s):
Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (2001)


Lewis Capaldi

Song(s):
Someone You Loved (2018)
Before You Go (2019)


Jimmy Capps


The Capris

Song(s):
There's a Moon Out Tonight (1960)


Captain & Tennille

Song(s):
Love Will Keep Us Together (1975)
Do That to Me One More Time (1979)


Captain Beefheart

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

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


Alessia Cara

Song(s):
1-800-273-8255 (2017) – see Logic
Stay (2017) – see Zedd


Irene Cara

Song(s):
Fame (1980)
Flashdance...What a Feelin' (1983)


Caravan

Album(s):
In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971)


Cardi B

Rapper born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar Cephus on 10/11/1992 in New York City, New York.

Song(s):
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) (2017)
Girls Like You (2017) – see Maroon 5
I Like It (with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin, 2018)
Finesse (2018) – see Bruno Mars
WAP (with Megan Thee Stallion, 2020)

Album(s):
Invasion of Privacy (2018)


Cardigans

Song(s):
Lovefool (1996)


Matt Cardle

Song(s):
When We Collide (2010)


Danny Carey

Rock drummer with Tool.


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.

Song(s):
Mariah Carey: Top 42 Songs
Vision of Love (1990)
Love Takes Time (1990)
Someday (1990)
I'll Be There (live) (1992)
Dreamlover (1993)
Hero (1993)
All I Want for Christmas Is You (1994)
Without 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)
Shake It Off (2005)

Album(s):
Mariah Carey (1990)
Emotions (1991)
Music Box (1993)
Merry Christmas (Christmas, 1994)
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.

Song(s):
Oh! What It Seemed to Be (with Marjorie Hughes, 1946)
Rumors Are Flying (with Marjorie Hughes, 1946)


Brandi Carlile

Song(s):
The Joke (2017)
Crowded Table (2019) – see The Highwomen

Album(s):
By the Way, I Forgive You (2018)


George Carlin

Album(s):
Class Clown (comedy, 1972)


Belinda Carlisle

New wave rock singer born 8/17/1958 in Los Angeles, California. With the Go-Go’s (“We Got the Beat”) and a solo singer (“Heaven Is a Place on Earth”).


Bill Carlisle


Bob Carlisle

Song(s):
Butterfly Kisses (1997)


Roberto Carlos

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


Wendy Carlos

Album(s):
Switched on Bach (1969)


Carl Carlton

Song(s):
Everlasting Love (1974)
She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (1981)


Vanessa Carlton

Song(s):
A Thousand Miles (2002)


Eric Carmen

Song(s):
All by Myself (1975)


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 (1931) – see Louis Armstong
Georgia on My Mind (1930)
Lazy River (1931) – see Louis Armstrong
Stardust (1941) – see Artie Shaw
Stardust (1957) – see the Dominoes
Georgia on My Mind (1960) – see Ray Charles


Kim Carnes

Song(s):
Bette Davis Eyes (1981)


Billy Carpenter

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


Karen Carpenter

Pop singer and drummer born 3/2/1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. Died 2/4/1983. With her brother Richard in the duo the Carpenters.


Mary Chapin Carpenter

American country singer born 2/21/1958.

Song(s):
It Don't Bring You (1989)
Passionate Kisses (1992)

Album(s):
State of the Heart (1989)
Come on, Come On (1992)
Stones in the Road (1994)


Carpenters

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).

Song(s):
They Long to Be Close to You (1970)
We've Only Just Begun (1970)
Merry Christmas Darling (1970)
For All We Know (1971)

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


James Carr

Song(s):
The Dark End of the Street (1967)

Album(s):
You Got My Mind Messed Up (1966)


Leroy Carr

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

Song(s):
How Long, How Long Blues (with Scrapper Blackwell, 1928)

Album(s):
Blues Before Sunrise (1962)


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").

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

Album(s):
The Carrack Collection (compilation: 1974-85, released 1988)
Top 30 Songs (compilation: 1974-1990, released 1994)


Keith Carradine

Song(s):
I'm Easy (1976)


Jose Carreras

Album(s):
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).

Song(s):
Just What I Needed (1978)
Shake It Up (1981)
You Might Think (1984)
Drive (1984)

Album(s):
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

Song(s):
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.

Album(s):
The Audience with Betty Carter (1979)


Clarence Carter

Song(s):
Slip Away (1968)
The Dark End of the Street (1969)
Patches (1970)


Deana Carter

Song(s):
Strawberry Wine (1996)


Elliott Carter Jr.

Classical composer.

Album(s):
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).

Song(s):
Wildwood Flower (1928)
Keep on the Sunny Side (1928)
Will 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.

Song(s):
Celeste Aida (Heavenly Aida) (1904)
Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play) (1907)
Over There (1918)


Robert Casadesus


Jack Casady


Pablo Casals


The Cascades

Song(s):
Rhythm of the Rain (1963)


Neko Case

Song(s):
Atomic Number (2016) – see k.d. lang
Last Lion of Albion (2018)

Album(s):
Hell-On (2018)
Case/Lang/Viers (2016) – see k.d. lang


Adrianna Caselotti

Song(s):
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)


Johnny Cash

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

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.

Song(s):
Folsom Prison Blues (1956; live: 1968)
I Walk the Line (1956)
Ring of Fire (1963)
Jackson (with June Carter Cash, 1967)
Daddy Sang Bass (1968)
A Boy Named Sue (live, 1969)
Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down (1970)
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen
Hurt (2003)
Redemption Day (2019) – see Sheryl Crow

Album(s):
The Complete Million Dollar Session (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Elvis Presley; recorded 1956, released 1987)
The Sun Years (compilation: 1954-58, released 1985)
Ride This Train (1960)
I Walk the Line (1964)
At Folsom Prison (live, 1968)
At San Quentin (live, 1969)
The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (box: 1955-83, released 1992)
American Recordings (produced by Rick Rubin, 1994)
American II: Unchained (1996)
American III: Solitary Man (produced by Rick Rubin, 2000)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (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

Song(s):
Seven Year Ache (1981)
The Long Way Home (2014)

Album(s):
Seven Year Ache (1981)
Interiors (1990)


The Casinos

Song(s):
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye (1966)


Cassie

Song(s):
Me & U (2006)


Irene & Vern Castle

Song(s):
The Castle Walk (1914)


Deen Castronovo

Rock drummer and singer born 8/17/1964 in Westminster, CA. Member of Wild Dogs (83-87), Bad English (89-91), Hardline (92), Journey (98-15).


The Cats and the Fiddle

Song(s):
I Miss You So (1939)


Felix Cavaliere


Carmen Cavallaro

Jazz/big band leader born 5/6/1913 in New York City, NY. Died 10/12/1989.


Nick Cave

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

Song(s):

Into My Arms (1997)

Album(s):
Tender Prey (1988)
The Boatman’s Call (1997)
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)
Ghosteen (2019)


Adriano Celentano


Peter Cetera

Rock singer born 9/13/1944 in Chicago, Illinois. With Chicago (“If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”) from 1967 to 1985. Also a solo artist (“Glory of Love,” “The Next Time I Fall”).


Frank Chacksfield

Song(s):
Ebb Tide (1953)


Chad & Jeremy

Song(s):
A Summer Song (1964)


Feodor Chaliapin

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


The Chainsmokers

Song(s):
Roses (with Rozes, 2015)
Don’t Let Me Down (with Daya, 2016)
Closer (with Halsey, 2016)
Something Just Like This (with Coldplay, 2017)


Jimmy Chamberlin

Rock drummer with Smashing Pumpkins.


The Chambers Brothers

Song(s):
Time Has Come Today (1967)


The Champs

Song(s):
Tequila (1958)


Chance the Rapper

Song(s):
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.

Song(s):
Duke of Earl (1962)


Bruce Channel

Song(s):
Hey! Baby (1962)


The Chantays

Song(s):
Pipeline (1963)


The Chantels

Song(s):
Maybe (1958)


Harry Chapin

Song(s):
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.

Song(s):
Fast Car (1988)
All That You Have Is Your Soul (1989)
Give Me One Reason (1995)
At This Point in My Life (1995)
Telling Stories (There Is Fiction in the Space Between) (2000)

Album(s):
Tracy Chapman (1988)
Crossroads (1989)
New Beginning (1995)
Telling Stories (2000)
Collection (compilation, released 2001)


Olumide Chapters


The Charlatans

Song(s):
The Only One I Know (1990)


Charlene

Song(s):
I’ve Never Been to Me (1977)
Used to Be (with Stevie Wonder, 1982)


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!

Song(s):
Ray Charles: Top 50 Songs
I Gotta Woman (1955)
Hallelujah, I Love Her So (1956)
What’d I Say (1959)
Georgia on My Mind (1960)
Let the Good Times Roll (1960)
Come Rain or Come Shine (1960)
Hit the Road Jack (1961)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (1962)
Busted (1963)
Crying Time (1965)
America the Beautiful (1972)
Baby Grand (1986) – see Billy Joel
Here We Go Again (with Norah Jones, 2004)

Album(s):
The Genius of Ray Charles (1959)
In Person (live: 1959)
The Birth of Soul – The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings (box: 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 in Concert L.A. (1973)
Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (box: 1949-93, released 1997)
Genius Loves Company (with various artists, 2004)


Charli XCX

Song(s):
Fancy (2014) – see Iggy Azalea


Martin Charnin

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

Album(s):
Annie (cast album: 1977) – see Charles Strouse


Samuel Charters


Cheap Trick

Song(s):
Surrender (1978)
I Want You to Want Me (live, 1979)
The Flame (1988)

Album(s):
At Budokan (live, 1978)


Chubby Checker

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

Song(s):
The Twist (1960)
Let’s Twist Again (1961)
Limbo Rock (1962)


The Chemical Brothers

Song(s):
Block Rockin’ Beats (1997)

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


Clifton Chenier

Album(s):
Bogalusa Boogie (1976)


Cher

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.

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


Ed Cherney

Recording engineer and record producer born on 6/16/1950 in Chicago, IL. Died 10/22/2019. Worked with Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, Sting, and others.


Eagle-Eye Cherry

Song(s):
Save Tonight (1998)


Kenny Chesney

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

Song(s):
The Good Stuff (2002)

Album(s):
When the Sun Goes Down (2004)


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

Song(s):
Did I Remember? (1936) – see Shep Fields


Maurice Chevalier

Song(s):
Louise (1929)
Isn’t It Romantic? (with Jeannette MacDonald, 1932)
Thank Heaven for Little Girls (1958)
Enjoy It (with Hayley Mills, from In Search of the Castaways, 1962)


Chevelle

Song(s):
Face to the Floor (2011)


Chic

Song(s):
Le Freak (1978)
Good Times (1979)

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


Chicago

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-).

Song(s):
25 or 6 to 4 (1970)
Saturday in the Park (1972)
If You Leave Me Now (1976)
Hard to Say I’m Sorry (1982)
You’re the Inspiration (1984)
Look Away (1988)

Album(s):
Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Chicago V (1972)
Chicago IX – Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-73, released 1975) Chicago 17 (1984)


Chickenfoot

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


The Chiffons

Song(s):
He’s So Fine (1963)
One Fine Day (1963)
Sweet Talkin’ Guy (1966)


Desmond Child

Songwriter and producer born John Charles Barrett on 10/28/1953 in Gainesville, FL.

Songs Written by Child:
I Was Made for Lovin’ You (1979) – see Kiss
You Give Love a Bad Name (1986) – see Bon Jovi
Livin’ on a Prayer (1986) – see Bon Jovi
Bad Medicine (1988) – see Bon Jovi
Angel (1988) – see Aerosmith
What It Takes (1989) – see Aerosmith
Poison (1989) – see Alice Cooper
The Cup of Life (1998) – see Ricky Martin
Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999) – see Ricky Martin


Childish Gambino

Song(s):
Redbone (2016)
This Is America (2018)


Toni Childs

Rock singer born 10/29/1957 in Orange, California. Was briefly in Berlin as the lead singer. Provided backing vocals on David David’s Boomtown album.

Song(s):
I Saw God in the Supermarket (2008)

Album(s):
Union (1988)
House of Hope (1991)
The Woman’s Boat (1994)
The Ultimate Collection (compilation, released 2000)
Keep the Faith (2008)
Citizens of the Planet (2014)
It’s All a Beautiful Noise (2015)


The Chi-Lites

Song(s):
Oh Girl (1972)


The Chimes

Song(s):
Once in a While (1960)


Chino & Nacho

Song(s):
Andas en Mi Cabeza (with Daddy Yankee, 2016)


The Chipmunks

- see David Seville


Harry Choates

Song(s):
Jole Blon (1947)


The Choirboys

Song(s):
Run to Paradise (1989)


Frédéric Chopin

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

Album(s):
Polonaise, op. 40, no. 1 ("Polonaise Miltaire") (1842)
Nocturnes for Piano (1827-1846)
Waltzes (1831-1847)
Mazurkas (1830-1849)


The Chordettes

Song(s):
Mr. Sandman (1954)
Lollipop (1958)


The Chords

Song(s):
Sh-Boom (1954)


Charlie Christian

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

Song(s):
Breakfast Feud (with Benny Goodman, 1941)

Album(s):
Genius of the Electric Guitar (box: 1939-41, released 2002)


Lou Christie

Song(s):
Lightnin' Strikes (1965)


Tony Christie

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


The Chuck Wagon Gang

Song(s):
I'll Fly Away (1948)


Chumbawumba

Song(s):
Tubthumping (1997)


The Church

Song(s):
Under the Milky Way (1988)


Eric Church

Country singer born Kenneth Eric Church on 5/3/1977 in Granite Falls, NC.

Song(s):
Springsteen (2011)

Album(s):
Chief (2011)
Mr. Misunderstood (2015)


Frank Churchill

Album(s):
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (soundtrack: 1938)


Ciara

Song(s):
Goodies (with Petey Pablo, 2004)


Cinderella

Song(s):
Nobody's Fool (1986)
Shake Me (1986)
Don't Know What You Got 'Til It's Gone (1988)
Gypsy Road (1988)
Coming Home (1988)


Circle Jerks

Album(s):
Group Sex (1980)


Jimmy Clanton


Eric Clapton

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.

Check out Eric Clapton's DMDB profile page.

Song(s):
Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs
For Your Love (1965) – see The Yardbirds
I Feel Free (1966) – see Cream
Sunshine of Your Love (1967) – see Cream
Strange Brew (1967) – see Cream
White Room (1968) – see Cream
Badge (1969) – see Cream
Crossroads (live, 1969) – see Cream
After Midnight (1970)
Layla (1971) – see (Derek the Dominos
I Shot the Sheriff (1974)
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1975)
Cocaine (1977)
Wonderful Tonight (1977)
Lay Down Sally (1977)
Pretending (1989)
Tears in Heaven (1992)
Layla (Unplugged, 1992)
Circus Left Town (live, 1992)
It's Probably Me (1992) – see Sting
Change the World (1996)
My Father's Eyes (1998)

Album(s):
Eric Clapton: Studio Albums Ranked
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
Blind Faith (1969) – see Blind Faith
On Tour with Eric Clapton (live with Delaney & Bonnie, 1969)
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)
Timepieces (compilation: 1970-1978, released 1982)
Another Ticket (1981)
The Cream of Clapton (compilation: 1966-81, released 1995)
Money and Cigarettes (1983)
Behind the Sun (1985)
August (1986)
Crossroads (box: 1963-87, released 1988)
Journeyman (1989)
Unplugged (live, 1992)
From the Cradle (1994)
Pilgrim (1998)
Chronicles (compilation: 1983-99, released 1999)
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)
Clapton (2010)
Old Sock (2013)
The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale (with friends, 2014)
Forever Man (compilation: 1982-2014, released 2015)
I Still Do (2016)


Sidney Clare


Buddy Clark

American traditional pop singer born 7/26/1911. Died 10/1/1949.

Song(s):
Linda (1947) – see Ray Noble
Peg O' My Heart (1947)


Claudine Clark

Song(s):
Party Lights (1962)


Dave Clark


The Dave Clark Five

Song(s):
Glad All Over (1963)
Bits and Pieces (1964)
Because (1964)
Can't You See That She's Mine (1964)
Catch Us if You Can (1965)
Over and Over (1965)


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)


Gary Clark Jr.

Album(s):
This Land (2019)


Gene Clark

Check out DMDB actpage here.

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."


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.

Song(s):
Downtown (1964)
My Love (1965)
Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)


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

Check out DMDB actpage here.


Stanley Clarke


Kelly Clarkson

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

Song(s):
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)
Don't You Wanna Stay (2010) – see Jason Aldean
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) (2011)
Underneath the Tree (2013)

Album(s):
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)

Song(s):
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)

Album(s):
The Clash (1977)
London Calling (1979)
Sandinista! (1980)


The Classics

Song(s):
Till Then (1963)


Classics IV

Song(s):
Traces (1969)


Alf Clausen

Film and television composer born Alf Heiberg Clausen on 3/28/1941 in Minneapolis, MN. Scored more than 30 films and television shows including The Simpsons, Moonlighting, The Naked Gun, ALF, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


Otis Clay


Les Claypool

Rock singer and bassist born 9/26/1963. With Primus.


Adam Clayton, Jr.

Rock bassist born 3/13/1960 in Chinnor, Oxforshire, England. With U2.


Clean Bandit

Song(s):
Rather Be (with Jess Glynne, 2014)
Rockabye (with Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, 2016)
Symphony (2017) – see Zara Larsson


Eddy Clearwater


The Cleftones

Song(s):
Little Girl of Mine (1956)
Heart and Soul (1961)


Jack Clement

Country singer/songwriter and record producer born 4/5/1931 in Memphis, TN. Producer and songwriter 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

Album(s):
At Least for Now (2015)


Reverend James Cleveland

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

Album(s):
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

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

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


Doug Clifford

Rock drummer born 4/24/1945. With Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Climax Blues Band

Song(s):
I Love You (1981)


Patsy Cline

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

Song(s):
Walkin' After Midnight (1957)
I Fall to Pieces (1961)
Crazy (1961)
She's Got You (1962)
Sweet Dreams of You (1963)

Album(s):
Showcase (1962)
12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63, released 1973)
Stop, Look and Listen (compilation, released 1986)
The Collection (box: 1955-63, released 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.

Song(s):
Atomic Dog (1983)


Larry Clinton

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

Song(s):
My Reverie (with Bea Wain, 1938)
You Go to My Head (with Bea Wain, 1938)
Love Is Here to Stay (with Bea Wain, 1938)
Deep Purple (with Bea Wain, 1939)
Over the Rainbow (with Bea Wain, 1939)


Rosemary Clooney

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

Song(s):
Come on-a My House (1951)
Tenderly (1952)
Half As Much (1952)
Hey There (1954)
This Ole House (1954)


Arthur Clough

Song(s):
Down by the Old Mill Stream (with the Brunswick Quartet, 1911)
Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)


The Clovers

Song(s):
One Mint Julep (1952)
Money Honey (1953)
Devil or Angel (1955)
Blue Velvet (1955)
Love Potion No. 9 (1959)


Club Nouveau

Song(s):
Lean on Me (1987)


CNCO

Song(s):
Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos) (2016)


The Coasters

Song(s):
Riot in Cell Block #9 (as the Robins, 1954)
Smokey Joe's Café (as the Robins, 1955)
Searchin' (1957)
Young Blood (1957)
Yakety Yak (1958)
Charlie Brown (1959)
Poison Ivy (1959)

Album(s):
50 Coastin' Classics (compilation: 1954-68)


Kurt Cobain

Grunge-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 2/20/1967 in Aberdeen, WA. Died from a 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.

Album(s):
Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (archives: 1987-94, released 2015)


Billy Cobham

Drummer who worked with Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and Mahavishnu Orchestra.


Eddie Cochran

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

Song(s):
Summertime Blues (1958)
C'Mon Everybody (1958)


Hank Cochran


Tom Cochrane/Red Rider

Song(s):

  • Lunatic Fringe (Red Rider, 1981) <
    The Boy Inside the Man (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, 1986)
    Big League (Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, 1988)
    Life Is a Highway (Tom Cochrane, 1992)

    Bruce Cockburn

    Song(s):

  • Lovers in a Dangerous Time (1984)

    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.

    Song(s):
    With a Little Help from My Friends (1968)
    Delta Lady (1969)
    You Are So Beautiful (1974)
    Up Where We Belong (1982) – see Jennifer Warnes

    Album(s):
    Cocker Happy (1971)


    Cocomelon

    Song(s):
    Bath Song (2018)
    Yes Yes Vegetables Song (2018)


    David Allen Coe

    Song(s):
    You Never Even Call Me by My Name (1975)


    Alma Cogan

    Song(s):
    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
    Over There (1918) – see Enrico Caruso
    Yankee Doodle Boy (1942) – see James Cagney

    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.

    Song(s):
    Suzanne (1967)
    Hallelujah (1984)
    Everybody Knows (1988)
    You Want It Darker (2016)

    Album(s):
    The Songs of Leonard Cohen (1968)
    Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
    You Want It Darker (2016)


    Paul Cohen


    Marc Cohn

    Singer/songwriter and musician born 7/5/1959 in Cleveland, OH.


    Vinnie Colaiuta

    Drummer who worked with Frank Zappa, Sting, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.


    Cold Chisel

    Song(s):
    Khe Sanh (1978)


    Coldplay

    Song(s):
    Yellow (2000)
    Trouble (2000)
    The Scientist (2002)
    Clocks (2002)
    Speed of Sound (2005)
    Fix You (2005)
    Viva La Vida (2008)
    Paradise (2011)
    Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (2011)
    Adventure of a Lifetime (2015)
    Hymn for the Weekend (with Beyoncé, 2015)
    Something Just Like This (2017) – see the Chainsmokers

    Album(s):
    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)


    Cold War Kids

    Song(s):
    First (2014)


    Cheryl Cole

    Song(s):
    Fight for This Love (2009)


    J. Cole

    Rapper born Jermaine Lamarr Cole on 1/28/1985 in Franfurt, Hesse, West Germany.

    Album(s):
    2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)


    Lloyd Cole & the Commotions

    Album(s):
    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 Cole also became a singing star.

    Song(s):
    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)
    When I Fall in Love (1957)
    Around the World (1957)
    Stardust (1957)
    Unforgettable (1991) – see Natalie Cole

    Album(s):
    The King Cole Trio (1945)
    The Magic of Christmas (aka "The Christmas Song") (Christmas, 1960)
    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.

    Song(s):
    I Live for Your Love (1987)
    Unforgettable (with Nat "King" Cole, 1991)

    Album(s):
    Unforgettable: With Love (1991)


    Paula Cole

    Song(s):
    I Don't Want to Wait (1996)
    Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? (1996)

    Album(s):
    This Fire (1996)


    Cy Coleman


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

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


    Michael Coleman

    Song(s):
    Boys of the Lough/Humours of Ennistymon (1922)


    Ornette Coleman

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

    Album(s):
    The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
    Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960)


    Collective Soul

    Song(s):
    Shine (1993)
    December (1995)
    The World I Know (1995)
    Heavy (1999)
    Run (1999)


    Albert Collins

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

    Song(s):
    If Trouble Was Money (1984)

    Album(s):
    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).

    Song(s):
    Arthur Collins: Top 100 Songs
    Hello Ma Baby (1899)
    I'd Leave My Happy Home for You (1899)
    Ma Tiger Lily (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 (with Byron Harlan, 1911)
    Under the Yum Yum Tree (with Byron Harlan, 1911)
    I'm Going Back to Dixie (aka "I Want to Be in Dixie") (with Byron Harlan, 1912)
    Everybody's Doin' It Now (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)

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


    Bootsy Collins


    Edwyn Collins

    Song(s):
    A Girl Like You (1995)


    Judy Collins

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


    Lynn Collins

    Song(s):
    Think About It (1972)


    Phil Collins

    Check out DMDB actpage here.

    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.

    Song(s):
    Genesis et al: Top 100 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)
    Two Worlds (from Tarzan, 1999)
    Look Through My Eyes (from Brother Bear, 2003)

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


    Color Me Badd

    Song(s):
    I Wanna Sex You Up (1991)


    Jessi Colter

    Album(s):
    Wanted! The Outlaws (1976) – see Waylon Jennings


    John Coltrane

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

    Song(s):
    Tenor Madness (1956) – see Sonny Rollins
    Giant Steps (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)

    Album(s):
    Blue Train (1957)
    Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk, 1957)
    Giant Steps (1960)
    Live at the Village Vanguard (1961)
    Lush Life (1961)
    Ballads (1962)
    John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (with Johnny Hartman, 1963)
    A Love Supreme (1965)


    Columbia Comedy Trio

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


    Columbia Orchestra

    Song(s):
    Creole Belles (1901)


    Columbia Quartet

    Song(s):
    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 (?).

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


    Shawn Colvin

    Song(s):
    Diamond in the Rough (1989)
    I Don't Know Why (1992)
    Sunny Came Home (1996)
    Crazy (2007)
    Shine on You Crazy Diamond (2007) – see Viktor Krauss

    Album(s):
    Steady On (1989)
    Fat City (1992)
    Cover Girl (covers, 1994)
    A Few Small Repairs (1996)
    Uncovered (covers, 2015)
    Colvin & Earle (with Steve Earle, 2016)
    The Starlighter (2018)


    Luke Combs

    Song(s):
    Beautiful Crazy (2017)
    Forever After All (2021)

    Album(s):
    This One's for You (2017)
    What You See Is What You Get (2019)


    Sean Combs

    - see Puff Daddy


    Betty Comden

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

    Song(s):
    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

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


    Tim Commerford


    The Commitments

    Song(s):
    I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You (1991)
    Try a Little Tenderness (1991)

    Album(s):
    The Commitments (soundtrack: 1991)
    The Commitments, Volume 2 (1992)


    The Commodores

    Song(s):
    Machine Gun (1974)
    Brick House (1977)
    Easy (1977)
    Three Times a Lady (1978)
    Sail On (1979)
    Still (1979)
    Lady, You Bring Me Up (1981)


    Common

    Song(s):
    I Used to Love H.E.R. (1994)
    Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (with Erykah Badu, 2002)
    Glory (with John Legend, 2014)

    Album(s):
    Be (2005)


    The Communards

    Song(s):
    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.

    Song(s):
    Till the End of Time (1945)
    If I Loved You (with Russell Case's Orchestra, from Carousel, 1945)
    Because (with Russell Case's Orchestra, 1948)
    Some Enchanted Evening (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 The Ramblers & the Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra, 1952)
    No Other Love (1953)
    Wanted (1954)
    There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (1954)
    Round and Round (1957)
    Catch a Falling Star (1957)
    Magic Moments (1958)


    Zez Confrey

    Song(s):
    Kitten on the Keys (1921)


    Con Funk Shun

    Song(s):
    Ffun (1977)


    The Congos

    Album(s):
    The Heart of the Congos (1977)


    Arthur Conley

    Song(s):
    Sweet Soul Music (1967)


    Earl Thomas Conley

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


    Judd Conlon

    Song(s):
    That Lucky Old Sun (1949) – see Frankie Laine


    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Song(s):
    It Had to Be You (1989)


    Ray Conniff

    Song(s):
    Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme) (1966)


    Con Conrad


    Bill Conti

    Song(s):
    Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") (1977)


    The Contours

    Song(s):
    Do You Love Me? (1962)

    Album(s):
    Do You Love Me? (1962)


    Julie Conway

    Song(s):
    Jingle, Jangle, Jingle (1942) – see Kay Kyser


    Russ Conway

    Song(s):
    Side Saddle (1959)


    Conway's Band

    Song(s):
    Indiana (1917)


    Ry Cooder

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

    Album(s):
    Paradise and Lunch (1974)


    Barbara Cook


    Roger Cook


    Stu Cook

    Rock bassist born 4/25/1945. 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.

    Song(s):
    You Send Me (1957)
    Wonderful World (1960)
    Chain Gang (1960)
    Cupid (1961)

    Twistin' the Night Away (1962)
    Bring It on Home to Me (1962)
    Having a Party (1962)
    A Change Is Gonna Come (1964)

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


    The Cookies

    Song(s):
    Chains (1962)


    Coolio

    Song(s):
    Gangsta's Paradise (with L.V., 1995)


    Alice Cooper

    Shock-rock singer born Vicent Damon Furnier on 2/4/1948 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Song(s):
    I'm Eighteen (1971)
    School's Out (1972)
    Poison (1989)


    Bradley Cooper

    Song(s):
    Shallow (2018) – see Lady Gaga

    Album(s):
    A Star Is Born (soundtrack: 2018) – see Lady Gaga


    Fred J. Coots


    Johnny Copeland

    Album(s):
    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

    American rock drummer born 7/16/1952. With The Police and Animal Logic.


    Aaron Copland

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

    Song(s):
    Fanfare for the Common Man (1943)
    Appalachian Spring (1944)

    Album(s):
    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.

    Song(s):
    Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968)


    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

    Rock singer born Christopher John Boyle on 7/20/1964 in Seattle, Washington. Died May 18, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan from suicide. With Soundgarden (87-96), Temple of the Dog (90-91), solo (98-00, 07), and Audioslave (01-06).

    Song(s):
    Chris Cornell: Top 20 Songs
    Black Hole Sun (1994) – see Soundgarden
    Billie Jean (2007)
    I Will Always Love You (2012)
    Nothing Compares 2 U (2016)

    Album(s):
    Temple of the Dog (1990) – see Temple of the Dog
    Badmotorfinger (1991) – see Soundgarden
    Superunknown (1994) – see Soundgarden
    The Roads We Choose (compilation: 1991-2007, released 2008)


    Don Cornell

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


    Cornershop

    Song(s):
    Brimful of Asha (1997)

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


    Joel Corry

    Song(s):
    Head & Heart (with MNEK, 2020)


    The Corrs

    Album(s):
    Talk on Corners (1997)


    Alfred Cortot

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


    Bill Cosby

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


    Henry Cosby


    Sam Coslow


    Pierre Cossette


    Mary Costa

    Opera singer born 4/5/1930 in Knoxville, TN.

    Song(s):
    Once Upon a Dream (with Bill Shirley, 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).

    Song(s):
    Elvis Costello: Top 50 Songs
    Alison (1977)
    Watching the Detectives (1977)
    Radio Radio (1978)
    Pump It Up (1978)
    Lipstick Vogue (1978)
    I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea (1978)
    Oliver's Army (1979)
    Veronica (1989)

    Album(s):
    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)
    Extreme Honey (compilation: 1989-97, released 1997)
    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)
    Pomp & Pout: The Universal Years (compilation: 1998-2008, released 2010)
    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 I

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


    James Cotton


    Larry Cotton

    Song(s):
    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

    Song(s):
    Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn (1929)


    Tommy Couch, Sr.


    John Cougar

    – see John Mellencamp


    The Count Five

    Song(s):
    Psychotic Reaction (1966)


    Counting Crows

    Song(s):
    Mr. Jones (1993)
    Hanginaround (1999)
    Accidentally in Love (2004)

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


    Country Joe & the Fish

    Song(s):
    Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag (1967)
    Section 43 (1967)
    Grace (1967)
    Bass Strings (1967)

    Album(s):
    Electric Music for the Mind and Body (1967)


    Don Covay

    Song(s):
    Mercy Mercy (1964)


    David Coverdale

    Rock singer/songwriter born 9/22/1951 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. Member: Deep Purple (73-76), Whitesnake (77-90, 97, 06-), Coverdale-Page (91-93).


    Coverdale-Page

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

    Song(s):
    Pride and Joy (1993)


    Julie Covington

    Song(s):
    Don't Cry for Me Argentina (from Evita, 1976)


    Sir Noël Coward

    Playwright and composer 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

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


    Billy Cox

    Rock bassist with Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys.


    Deborah Cox

    Song(s):
    Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here (1998)


    Ida Cox


    Francis Craig

    Song(s):
    Near You (with Bob Lamm, 1947)


    Floyd Cramer

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

    Song(s):
    Last Date (1960)


    The Cramps

    Album(s):
    Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980)


    The Cranberries

    Song(s):
    Dreams (1992)
    Linger (1993)
    Zombie (1994)

    Album(s):
    No Need to Argue (1994)


    Crash Test Dummies

    Song(s):
    Superman's Song (1991)
    Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (1993)

    Album(s):
    The Ghosts That Haunt Me (1991)


    Crass

    Album(s):
    Feeding of the 5000 (1978)


    Robert Cray

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

    Song(s):
    Smoking Gun (1986)

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


    Crazy Frog

    Song(s):
    Axel F (2005)


    Cream

    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.

    Song(s):
    Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs
    I Feel Free (1966)
    Sunshine of Your Love (1967)
    Strange Brew (1967)
    White Room (1968)
    Badge (1969)
    Crossroads (live, 1969)

    Album(s):
    Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked
    Fresh Cream (1966)
    Disraeli Gears (1967)
    Wheels of Fire (live/studio, 1968)
    Goodbye (live/studio, 1969)
    Those Were the Days (box: 1966-69, released 1997)


    Creed

    Song(s):
    My Own Prison (1997)
    What's This Life For (1997)
    Higher (1999)
    With Arms Wide Open (1999)
    My Sacrifice (2001)

    Album(s):
    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).

    Song(s):
    Suzie Q (1968)
    Proud Mary (1969)
    Fortunate Son (1969)
    Bad Moon Rising (1969)
    Green River (1969)
    Born on the Bayou (1969)
    Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (1970)
    Who'll Stop the Rain (1970)
    Travelin' Band (1970)

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


    The Crests

    Song(s):
    Sixteen Candles (1958)
    The Angels Listened In (1959)
    Step by Step (1960)


    The Crew-Cuts

    Song(s):
    Sh-Boom (1954)


    Bob Crewe

    Album(s):
    Jersey Boys (musical: 2005) – see Bob Gaudio


    Jim Croce

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

    Song(s):
    Time in a Bottle (1973)
    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (1973)


    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

    Check out DMDB actpage here.

    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).

    Song(s):
    Bing Crosby: Top 100 Songs
    Ol' Man River (1928) – see Paul Whiteman
    Without a Song (1929) – see Paul Whiteman
    Great Day (1929) – see Paul Whiteman
    Out of Nowhere (with Victor Young's Orchestra, 1931)
    I Surrender Dear (1931) – see Gus Arnheim
    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (with Lennie Hayton's Orchestra, 1932)
    Dinah (with the Mills Brothers, 1932)
    Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1932)
    Please (with Anson Weeks, 1932)
    Shadow Waltz (with Jimmie Grier's Orchestra, 1933)
    You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me (with Guy Lombardo's Orchestra, 1933)
    Home on the Range (with Lennie Hayton's Orchestra, 1933)
    June in January (with George Stoll's Orchestra, 1934)
    Love in Bloom (with Irving Aaronson, 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 (with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, 1938)
    You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (1938)
    Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Connee Boswell & John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, 1938)
    What's New? (1939)
    Sierra Sue (1940)
    Only Forever (1940)
    White Christmas (with the Ken Darby Singers, 1942)
    Moonlight Becomes You (with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, 1942)
    Road to Morocco (with Bob Hope, 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 (with the Andrews Sisters, 1944)
    Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby) (1944)
    San Fernando Valley (1944)
    I Love You (1944)
    There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin When the Yanks Go Marching In (with the Andrews Sisters, 1944)
    It's Been a Long, Long Time (with the Les Paul Trio, 1945)
    I Can't Begin to Tell You (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)
    Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) (with the Andrews Sisters, 1949)
    Quicksilver (with the Andrews Sisters, 1950)
    Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950)
    Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950)
    In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening (1951)
    Silver Bells (with Carol Richards, 1952)
    Around the World (1957)
    Do You Hear What I Hear? (1963)
    Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with David Bowie, 1977)

    Album(s):
    Merry Christmas (aka 'White Christmas') (Christmas, 1945)
    Bing: A Musical Autobiography (box: 1938-54, released 1954)
    Bing! His Legendary Years (box: 1931-57, released 1993)
    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.

    Song(s):
    Lullaby of Broadway (1935) – see the Dorsey Brothers
    Over the Rainbow (with Teddy Grace, 1939)
    Whisper in the Dark (with Kay Weber, 1937)


    David Crosby

    Check out DMDB actpage here.

    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).


    John O. Crosby


    Crosby, Stills & Nash

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    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).

    Song(s):
    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (1969)
    Marrakesh Express (1969)
    Ohio (with Neil Young, 1970)
    Woodstock (with Neil Young, 1970)
    Teach Your Children (with Neil Young, 1970)
    Our House (1970)

    Album(s):
    Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
    Déjà Vu (with Neil Young, 1970)
    4 Way Street (with Neil Young, live, 1971)
    So Far (with Neil Young, compilation: 1960-70, released 1974)
    CSN (box: 1968-90, released 1991)
    Looking Forward (with Neil Young, 1999)


    Christopher Cross

    Song(s):
    Sailing (1979)
    Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (1981)

    Album(s):
    Christopher Cross (1980)


    Andrae Crouch


    Sheryl Crow

    Check out DMDB actpage here.

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

    Song(s):
    All I Wanna Do (1993)
    Strong Enough (1993)
    If It Makes You Happy (1996)
    Everyday Is a Winding Road (1996)
    A Change Would Do You Good (1996)
    My Favorite Mistake (1998)
    Anything But Down (1998)
    Mississippi (1998)
    Sweet Child O' Mine (1999)
    Safe and Sound (live, 2001)
    Picture (2001) – see Kid Rock
    Soak Up the Sun (2002)
    Always on Your Side (with Sting, 2006)
    Lullaby for Wyatt (2008)
    Lean on Me (live with Kid Rock & Keith Urban, 2010)
    Redemption Day (with Johnny Cash, 2019)

    Album(s):
    Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
    Sheryl Crow (1996)
    The Globe Sessions (1998)
    C'mon C'mon (2002)
    Wildflower (2005)
    Detours (2008)
    Home for Christmas (Christmas, 2008)
    100 Miles from Memphis (2010)
    Be Myself (2017)
    Threads (2019)


    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: 2008, 2020-), Liam Finn (g/k: 2007-08, 2020-), Tim Finn (v/g/k: 90-91), Mitchell Froom (k/g: 1986, 2020-), Mark Hart (g/k: 92-96, 07-11, 16), Peter Jones (d: 94-96; died 2012), and Matt Sherrod (d: 07-11,16).

    Neil Finn's DMDB profile page
    DMDB podcast: The Best of Crowded House and Neil Finn

    Song(s):
    Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs
    Don't Dream It's Over (1986)
    Better Be Home Soon (1988)
    Weather with You (1991)
    Silent House (2007)

    Album(s):
    Crowded House (1986)
    Temple of Low Men (1988)
    Woodface (1991)
    Together Alone (1993)
    Recurring Dream – The Very Best of (compilation: 1986-96)
    Afterglow (archives: 1986-96, released 2000)
    Time on Earth (2007)
    Intriguer (2010)
    Dreamers Are Waiting (2021)


    Rodney Crowell

    Country singer/songwriter born 8/7/1950 in Houston, Texas.

    Song(s):
    After All This Time (1989)


    The Crows

    Song(s):
    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.

    Song(s):
    That's All Right, Mama (1946)


    Frank Crumit

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


    Celia Cruz

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

    Album(s):
    Celia y Johnny (with Johnny Pachero, 2013)


    Taio Cruz

    Song(s):
    Dynamite (2010)


    Crystal Castles

    Album(s):
    Crystal Castles III (2012)


    The Crystals

    Song(s):
    There's No Other Like My Baby (1961)
    He's a Rebel (1962)
    He's Sure the Boy I Love (1962)
    Uptown (1962)
    Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963)
    Then He Kissed Me (1963)


    Xavier Cugat

    Jazz/big band leader born Francesc d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru I Deulofeu on 1/1/1900 in Barcelona, Spain. Died 10/27/1990

    Song(s):
    Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) (1943)


    John Culshaw


    Culture Club

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

    Album(s):
    Colour by Numbers (1983)


    Cupid

    Song(s):
    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-).

    Song(s):
    Boys Don't Cry (1979)
    In Between Days (Without You) (1985)
    Close to Me (1985)
    A Night Like This (1985)
    Just Like Heaven (1987)
    Why Can't I Be You? (1987)
    Fascination Street (1989)
    Love Song (1989)

    Album(s):
    Boys Don't Cry (1980)
    Pornography (1982)
    The Head on the Door (1985)
    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
    Disintegration (1989)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1979-2001, released 2001)
    Join the Dots: B-sides & Rarities (The Fiction Years) (box: 1978-2001, released 2004)


    Shannon Curfman

    Album(s):
    Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions (1999)


    Colin Currie

    Album(s):
    Percussion Concerto (2008)


    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.

    Check out The DMDB podcast "The Best of Justin Currie and Del Amitri" here.

    Song(s):
    Justin Currie/Del Amitri: Top 40 Songs
    Kiss This Thing Goodbye (1989) – see Del Amitri
    Jesus Saves (2002) – see Del Amitri
    The Fight to Be Human (2010)
    Every Song's the Same (2013)
    Hey Polly (2017)

    Album(s):
    Del Amitri (1985) – see Del Amitri
    Waking Hours (1989) – see Del Amitri
    Change Everything (1992) – see Del Amitri
    Twisted (1995) – see Del Amitri
    Some Other Sucker's Parade (1997) – see Del Amitri
    Can You Do Me Good? (2002) – see Del Amitri
    A Terrible Beauty (Uncle Devil Show, 2004)
    What Is Love For? (2007)
    The Great War (2010)
    Lower Reaches (2013)
    This Is My Kingdom Now (2017)
    Fatal Mistakes (2021) – see Del Amitri


    Ian Curtis

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


    King Curtis


    Cutting Crew

    Song(s):
    I Just Died in Your Arms (1987)


    Cypress Hill

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

    Album(s):
    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).

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

    Album(s):
    Some Gave All (1992)


    Miley Cyrus

    Song(s):
    Party in the U.S.A. (2009)
    Wrecking Ball (2013)
    We Can't Stop (2013)


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