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Music Makers Encyclopedia: C

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

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C + C Music Factory

Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Gonna Make You Sweat (1990)

    The Cadillacs


    Irving Caesar

    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)

    Sammy Cahn

    Born: 6/18/1913 Died: 1/15/1993

    American musical theater composer.

    Song(s) Composed by Cahn:

  • I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943) – see Harry James

    Colbie Caillat

    Song(s):

  • Bubbly (2007)

    Jonathan Cain

    Born: Jonathan Leonard Friga on 2/26/1950 in Chicago, IL

    Rock keyboardist and songwriter. Member of the Babys (79-80), Journey (80-86, 96-), and Bad English (87-91).


    Anne Caldwell


    Sarah Caldwell


    J.J. Cale

    Album(s):

  • The Road to Escondido (with Eric Clapton, 2006)

    John Cale

    Born: 3/9/1942 Died:

    Welsh experimental rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist 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)
  • Songs for Drella (with Lou Reed, 1990)

    Bill Callahan

    Album(s):

  • Dream River (2013)

    Maria Callas

    Born: 12/2/1923 Died: 9/16/1977

    American opera singer.


    Cab Calloway

    Born: Cabell Calloway on 12/15/1907 Died: 11/18/1994

    Jazz big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Eddie Calvert

    Song(s):

  • O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa) (1953)

    Camel

    Album(s):

  • Mirage (1974)
  • The Snow Goose (1975)

    Cameo


    Matt Cameron

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


    Albert Campbell

    Born: 1873? Died: 1/25/1947

    About: Popular singer who 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):

  • 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
  • Till We Meet Again (1919) – see Henry Burr
  • Hindustan (1919) – see Henry Burr

    Glen Campbell

    Born: 4/22/36 in Billstown, AK

    Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. 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)

    Can

    Album(s):

  • Tago Mago (1971)

    Gus Cannon

    Born: 9/12/1883 in Red Banks, MI Died: 10/15/1979

    American blues musician with Cannon’s Jug Stompers.

    Song(s):

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

    Eddie Cantor

    Born: 1/31/1892 Died: 10/10/1964

    Singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Jimmy Capps


    Captain & Tennille

    Song(s):

  • Love Will Keep Us Together (1975) Captain & Tennille

    Captain Beefheart

    Born: Don Vliet on 1/15/1941 Died: 2010

    American experimental rock singer/songwriter.

    Album(s):

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

    Irene Cara

    Song(s):

  • Fame (1980)
  • Flashdance...What a Feeling (1983)

    Caravan

    Album(s):

  • In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971)

    Cardigans

    Song(s):

  • Lovefool (1996)

    Matt Cardle

    Song(s):

  • When We Collide (2010)

    Danny Carey


    Mariah Carey

    Born: 3/27/1970 in Huntington, Long Island, NY

    Pop/R&B singer born on of Irish-American and Black-Venezuelan parentage. Native of Long Island, New York. Won the 1990 Best New Artist Grammy Award.

    Song(s):

  • 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)
  • We Belong Together (2005)

    Album(s):

  • Mariah Carey (1990)
  • Emotions (1991)
  • Music Box (1993)
  • Merry Christmas (1994) X
  • Daydream (1995)
  • Butterfly (1997)
  • #1’s (compilation: 1990-1998, released 11/17/98)
  • The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: Mariah Carey’s Top 42 Songs (3/27/12)

    Frankie Carle

    Born: 5/25/1903 Died: 3/7/2001

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

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

    George Carlin

    Album(s):

  • Class Clown (comedy album, 1972)

    Bill Carlisle


    Bob Carlisle

    Song(s):

  • Butterfly Kisses (1997)

    Roberto Carlos

    Born: 4/19/1941

    Brazilian pop singer and composer.


    Wendy Carlos

    Album(s):

  • Switched on Bach (1969)

    Vanessa Carlton

    Song(s):

  • A Thousand Miles (2002)

    Hoagy Carmichael

    Born: 11/22/1899 Died: 12/27/1981

    American songwriter.

    Song(s) composed by Carmichael:

  • Star Dust (music by Carmichael, performed by Hoagy Carmichael & His Pals; 1927)
  • Star Dust (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
  • Star Dust (music by Carmichael, lyrics added by Mitchell Parish in 1929 (1941) – see Artie Shaw
  • Star Dust (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

    Song(s):

  • Bette Davis Eyes (1981)

    Billy Carpenter

    Song(s):

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

    Karen Carpenter


    Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Born: 2/21/1958

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Passionate Kisses (1992)

    Album(s):

  • Come on, Come On (1992)

    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 (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1970)
  • We've Only Just Begun (1970)

    Album(s):

  • The Singles 1969-1973 (compilation: 1969-1973)
  • The Singles 1969-1981 (compilation: 1969-1981)

    James Carr

    Song(s):

  • The Dark End of the Street (1967)

    Leroy Carr

    Born: 3/27/1905 in Nashville, TN Died: 4/29/1935

    Blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • How Long, How Long Blues (1928)

    Album(s):

  • Blues Before Sunrise (year?)

    Vikki Carr


    Paul Carrack


    Jose Carreras

    Album(s):

  • The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, & Jose Carreras; 1990)

    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):

  • You Might Think (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

    Born: 8/8/1907 Died: 7/12/2003

    Jazz/big band leader.


    Betty Carter

    Born: 5/16/1929 Died: 9/26/1998

    American jazz singer.


    Clarence Carter

    Song(s):

  • Patches (1970)

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

    Vivian Carter


    Enrico Caruso

    Born: 2/25/1873 in Naples, Italy Died: 8/2/1921

    Italian operatic tenor. Perhaps the most legendary singer who ever lived. 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) (LEONCAVALLO) (1907)

    Robert Casadesus


    Jack Casady


    Pablo Casals


    The Cascades

    Song(s):

  • Rhythm of the Rain (1963)

    Johnny Cash

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Country singer. 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.

    Born: J.R. Cash on 2/26/32 in Kingsland, AR Died: 9/12/2003

    Song(s):

  • Folsom Prison Blues (1956; live: 1968)
  • I Walk the Line (1956)
  • Ring of Fire (1963)
  • A Boy Named Sue (live) (1969)
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down (1970)
  • Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen
  • Hurt (2003)

    Album(s):

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

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    The Casinos

    Song(s):

  • 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

    Song(s):

  • 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

    Born: 9/22/1957 Died:

    Rock singer and guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)

    Adriano Celentano


    Frank Chacksfield

    Song(s):

  • Ebb Tide (1953)

    Feodor Chaliapin

    Song(s):

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

    Th Chainsmokers

    Song(s):

  • Closer (2016)

    Jimmy Chamberlin


    Chamillionaire

    Song(s):

  • Ridin’ (with Krayzie Bone, 2006)

    The Champs

    Song(s):

  • Tequila (1958)

    Justin Chancellor


    Gene Chandler

    Born: 7/6/1937 Died:

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Duke of Earl (1962)

    The Chantays

    Song(s):

  • Pipeline (1963)

    The Chantels


    Harry Chapin

    Song(s):

  • Cat’s in the Cradle (1974)

    Saul Chaplin


    Tracy Chapman

    Born: 3/30/1964 Died:

    American folk singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Tracy Chapman (1988)
  • New Beginning (1995)

    The Charlatans


    Ray Charles

    Born: Ray Charles Robinson on 9/23/1930 in Albany, GA Died: 6/10/2004

    R&B singer 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):

  • 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)

    Album(s):

  • The Genius of Ray Charles (1959)
  • In Person (1959) live
  • The Birth of Soul – The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959 (1952-1959)
  • Genius + Soul = Jazz (1961)
  • Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
  • Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (1997)
  • Genius Loves Company (with various artists, 2004)

    Charli XCX

    Song(s):

  • Fancy (2014) – see Iggy Azalea

    Samuel Charters


    Cheap Trick

    Album(s):

  • At Budokan (1978) live

    Chubby Checker

    Born: 10/3/1941 Died:

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Twist (1960)
  • 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

    Born: Cherilyn LaPierre on 5/20/46 in El Centro, CA

    Pop singer 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 (Sonny & Cher, 1965)
  • Believe (1998)

    Eagle-Eye Cherry

    Song(s):

  • Save Tonight (1998)

    Kenny Chesney

    Born: 3/26/1968 Died:

    Country singer.


    Leonard Chess

    Born: 3/12/1917 Died: 10/16/1969

    Polish blues record executive.


    Phil Chess


    Charles Chester

    Song(s):

  • Did I Remember? (Shep Fields with Charles Chester, 1936)

    Maurice Chevalier

    Song(s):

  • Louise (1929)

    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):

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

    Album(s):

  • Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
  • Chicago V (1972)

    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)

    Desmond Child


    Toni Childs

    Album(s):

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

    The Chi-Lites

    Song(s):

  • Oh Girl (1972)

    The Chipmunks

    - see David Seville

    Harry Choates

    Song(s):

  • Jole Blon (1947)

    Frédéric Chopin

    Born: 3/1/1810 Died: 10/17/1849

    Polish classical composer and pianist in Romantic style.

    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)

    The Chords

    Song(s):

  • Sh-Boom (1954)

    Charlie Christian

    Born: 7/29/1916 Died: 3/2/1942

    American jazz guitarist with Benny Goodman.

    Song(s):

  • Breakfast Feud (with Benny Goodman, 1941)

    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)

    Frank Churchill

    Album(s):

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1938) ST

    Circle Jerks

    Album(s):

  • Group Sex (1980)

    Eric Clapton

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    Born: Eric Patrick Clapp on 3/30/1945 in Ripley, England

    Blues-rock guitarist and singer/songwriter . (g/ v – The Roosters: 63; Yardbirds; 63-3/65; Powerhouse: 66; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: 65-66; Cream: 66-69; Blind Faith: 69; Delaney & Bonnie: 69; Plastic Ono Band: 70; Derek + the Dominos: 70; solo: 70-, Bunburys: 88). Nicknamed “Slowhand” in 1964 while with the Yardbirds.

    Song(s):

  • 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)
  • Change the World (1996)

    Album(s):

  • Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (with 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)
  • 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)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: The Top 67 Songs of Eric Clapton (3/30/12)

    Sidney Clare


    Buddy Clark

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

    American traditional pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Linda (1947) – see Ray Noble

    Dave Clark


    The Dave Clark Five

    Song(s):

  • Glad All Over (1964)

    Dick Clark

    Born: 11/30/1929 Died: 4/18/2012

    American DJ and radio/TV personality 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.”

    Album(s):

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

    Petula Clark

    About: Adult contemporary singer who 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.

    Born: 11/15/1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England

    Song(s):

  • Downtown (1964)

    Roy Clark

    Born: 4/15/1933

    American country singer, guitarist, and host of TV variety show Hee Haw.


    Michael Clarke


    Stanley Clarke


    Kelly Clarkson

    About: Pop singer. Won the first season of TV’s American Idol.

    Born: 4/24/1982

    Song(s):

  • Miss Independent (2003)
  • Since U Been Gone (2004)
  • Because of You (2004)

    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)
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (1982)
  • Rock the Casbah (1982)

    Album(s):

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

    Classics IV

    Song(s):

  • Traces (1969)

    Otis Clay


    Les Claypool

    Born: 9/26/1963 Died:

    American rock singer and bassist with Primus.


    Adam Clayton, Jr.


    Clean Bandit

    Song(s):

  • Rather Be (with Jess Glynne, 2014)

    Eddy Clearwater


    Jack Clement

    Born: 4/5/1931 in Memphis, TN

    About: 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

    Album(s):

  • At Least for Now (2015)

    Reverend James Cleveland

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

    Song(s):

  • Peace Be Still (1962)

    Album(s):

  • Peace Be Still (1962)

    Van Cliburn

    Born: 7/12/1934 Died:

    Classical pianist.


    Jimmy Cliff

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Doug Clifford

    Born: 4/24/1945

    Rock drummer with Creedence Clearwater Revival.


    Patsy Cline

    About: Country singer.

    Born: 9/8/1932 Died: 3/5/1963

    Song(s):

  • I Fall to Pieces (1961)
  • Crazy (w. Willie Nelson, 1961)
  • Sweet Dreams of You (1963)

    Album(s):

  • 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63)
  • The Collection (box, 1991)

    George Clinton

    Born: 7/22/1940 in Kannapolis, NC

    Highly prolific and influential funk music singer/songwriter/producer. Formed the seminal groups Parliament/Funkadelic.

    Song(s):

  • Atomic Dog (1983)

    Larry Clinton

    Born: 8/17/1909 Died: 5/2/1985

    American jazz/big band leader and trumpeter.

    Song(s):

  • My Reverie (with Bea Wain, 1938)
  • You Go to My Head (with Bea Wain, 1938)
  • Deep Purple (with Bea Wain, 1939)

    Rosemary Clooney

    Born: 5/23/1928 Died: 6/29/2002

    American traditional pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Tenderly (1952)
  • Hey There (1954)

    The Clovers

    Song(s):

  • Love Potion No. 9 (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1959)

    Club Nouveau

    Song(s):

  • Lean on Me (1987)

    The Coasters

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Album(s):

  • 50 Coastin’ Classics (compilation: 1954-68)

    Kurt Cobain

    Born: 2/20/1967 Died: self-inflicted gunshot wound on 4/8/1994

    Grunge-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. 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

    Born: 10/3/1938 Died: 4/17/1960

    American early-rock guitarist.

    Song(s):

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

    Hank Cochran


    Jarvis Cocker


    Joe Cocker

    Born: John Robert Cocker on 5/20/1944 Died:

    British blue-eyed soul singer (“You Are So Beautiful”).

    Song(s):

  • With a Little Help from My Friends (1968)
  • Up Where We Belong (with Jennifer Warnes, 1982)

    Album(s):

  • Cocker Happy (1971)

    Alma Cogan

    Song(s):

  • The Homing Waltz (1952)

    George M. Cohan

    About: 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.

    Born: 7/3/1878 in Providence, RI Died: 11/5/1942

    Songs written by Cohan:

  • 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

    Born: 9/21/34 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Died: 11/7/2016

    Folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist who 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 (1968)
  • Bird on a Wire (1969)
  • Famous Blue Raincoat (1971)
  • Hallelujah (1985)
  • First We Take Manhattan (1988)
  • Everybody Knows (1988)

    Album(s):

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

    Paul Cohen


    Vinnie Colaiuta


    Coldplay

    Song(s):

  • Yellow (2000)
  • Trouble (2000)
  • The Scientist (2002)
  • Clocks (2002)
  • Speed of Sound (2005)
  • Viva La Vida (2008)
  • Paradise (2011)

    Album(s):

  • Parachutes (2000)
  • A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  • X & Y (2005)
  • Viva La Vida (2008)
  • Mylo Xyloto (2011)

    Cheryl Cole

    Song(s):

  • Fight for This Love (2009)

    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

    Album(s):

  • Rattlesnakes (1984)

    Nat “King” Cole

    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.

    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)
  • Around the World (1957)
  • Unforgettable (1991) – see Natalie Cole

    Album(s):

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

    Natalie Cole

    Born: 2/6/1950

    R&B singer. Daughter of singer Nat “King” Cole.

    Song(s):

  • Unforgettable (with Nat “King” Cole, 1991)

    Album(s):

  • Unforgettable: With Love (1991)

    Cy Coleman


    Michael Coleman

    Song(s):

  • Boys of the Lough/Humours of Ennistymon (1927)

    Ornette Coleman

    Born: 3/9/1930 Died:

    American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer.

    Album(s):

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

    Albert Collins

    Born: 10/1/1932 Died: 11/24/1993

    American blues guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • Ice Pickin’ (1978)
  • Showdown! (Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland, 1985)

    Arthur Collins

    Born: 2/7/1864 in Philadelphia Died: 8/3/1933

    The leading minstrel-style dialect-comedy singer of the early 1900s. Baritone singer worked as a soloist (1898-1920), but also with the Big Four Quartet (01), with Byron Harlan (01-18), and the Peerless Quartet (09-18).

    Song(s):

  • 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)
  • Under the Anhauser Bush (with Byron Harlan, 1904)
  • The Preacher and the Bear (1905)
  • What You Goin’ to Do When the Rent Comes Due (1905)
  • Camp Meetin’ Time (with Byron Harlan, 1906)
  • Down in Jungle Town (with Byron Harlan, 1908)
  • 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)
  • 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)

    Bootsy Collins


    Judy Collins

    Song(s):

  • Both Sides Now (1968)
  • Send in the Clowns (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Forever: An Anthology (compilation, 1997)

    Phil Collins

    Born: 1/31/51 in Chiswick, London

    Rock drummer and pop singer/songwriter with Genesis (70-92, 07), Brand X (76-77) and a solo artist (81-).

    Song(s):

  • In the Air Tonight (1981)
  • Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (1984)
  • A Groovy Kind of Love (1988)
  • Another Day in Paradise (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Face Value (1981)
  • Hello, I Must Be Going (1982)
  • No Jacket Required (1985)
  • …But Seriously (1989)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Top 50 Songs of Phil Collins and Genesis (1/31/12)

    Jessi Colter

    Album(s):

  • Wanted! The Outlaws (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter; 1976)

    John Coltrane

    Born: 9/23/1926 Died: 7/17/1967

    Jazz musician.

    Song(s):

  • Giant Steps (1959)
  • Naima (1959)
  • My Favorite Things (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 (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 Quartet

    Song(s):

  • Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here (with Irving Kaufman, 1918)

    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):

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

    Album(s):

  • Steady On (1989)
  • Fat City (1992)

    Sean Combs

    - see Puff Daddy

    Betty Comden


    Tim Commerford


    The Commitments

    Album(s):

  • The Commitments ST (1991)

    The Commodores

    Song(s):

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

    Common

    Song(s):

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

    Perry Como

    Born: Pierino Ronald Como on 5/18/1912 in Canonsburg, PA Died: 5/12/2001

    Italian-American traditional pop crooner. Como 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):

  • Lili Marlene (1944)
  • Till the End of Time (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)
  • If (They Made Me a King) (1951)
  • Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (with Ma & The Ramblers, 1952)
  • Wanted (1954)
  • More (1956)
  • Round and Round (1957)
  • Catch a Falling Star (1957)
  • Magic Moments (1958)

    Comus

    Album(s):

  • First Utterance (1971)

    The Congos

    Album(s):

  • The Heart of the Congos (1977)

    Earl Thomas Conley

    Born: 10/17/1941 Died:

    American country singer/songwriter.


    Judd Conlon

    Song(s):

  • That Lucky Old Sun (Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires, Harry Geller's Orchestra, & Carl Fischer's Orchestra, 1949)

    Ray Conniff


    Con Conrad


    The Contours

    Song(s):

  • Do You Love Me? (1962)

    Conway’s Band

    Song(s):

  • Indiana (1917)

    Julie Conway

    Song(s):

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

    Ry Cooder

    Born: Ryland Peter Cooder on 3/15/1947 Died:

    American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.


    Barbara Cook


    Roger Cook


    Stu Cook

    Born: 4/25/1945

    Rock bassist with Creedence Clearwater Revival.


    Sam Cooke

    Born: 1/22/1931 in Clarksdale, MI Died: 12/11/1964

    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. Shot by a female motel manager under mysterious circumstances.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Coolio

    Song(s):

  • Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio with L.V., 1995)

    Alice Cooper

    Born: Vicent Damon Furnier on 2/4/1948 in Michigan

    American shock-rock singer (“I’m Eighteen”, “School’s Out”).

    Song(s):

  • I’m Eighteen (1971)

    Fred J. Coots


    Johnny Copeland

    Album(s):

  • Showdown! (Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland, 1985)

    Stewart Copeland

    Born: 7/16/1952 Died:

    American rock drummer with The Police.


    Aaron Copland

    Born: 11/14/1900 Died: 12/2/1990

    American classical composer.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Chick Corea

    Born: Armando Anthony Corea on 6/12/1941 Died:

    American jazz pianist and composer.

    Song(s):

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

    Don Cornelius

    Born: 9/27/1936 in Chicago Died: 2/1/2012

    About: 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

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

    Born: 7/20/1964 in Seattle, WA


    Don Cornell

    Born: 4/21/1919 Died: 2/23/2004

    American traditional pop musician.


    Cornershop

    Song(s):

  • Brimful of Asha (1997)

    Album(s):

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

    The Corrs

    Album(s):

  • Talk on Corners (1997)

    Bill Cosby

    Album(s):

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

    Henry Cosby


    Sam Coslow


    Elvis Costello

    Born: Declan McManus on 8/25/1954 in Liverpool, England

    Leading eclectic new wave/punk rock singer. 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):

  • Radio Radio (1978)
  • Pump It Up (1978)
  • Oliver’s Army (1979)

    Album(s):

  • 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 Cotton

    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

    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)

    Album(s):

  • Electric Music for the Mind and Body (1967)

    Don Covay

    Song(s):

  • 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).


    Coverdale-Page

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


    Julie Covington

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (1976)

    Sir Noel Coward


    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.


    Ida Cox


    Frank Coxton

    Song(s):

  • On the Road to Mandalay (1913)

    Francis Craig

    Song(s):

  • Near You (with Bob Lamm, 1947)

    Floyd Cramer

    Song(s):

  • Last Date (1960)

    The Cramps

    Album(s):

  • Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980)

    The Cranberries

    Song(s):

  • Zombie (1994)

    Album(s):

  • No Need to Argue (1994)

    Crass

    Album(s):

  • Feeding of the 5000 (1978)

    Robert Cray

    Born: 8/1/1953 Died:

    Blues-rock singer and guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • Showdown! (Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland, 1985)
  • Strong Persuader (1986)

    Cream

    British rock supergroup. Clapton & Bruce were first in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Powerhouse together; Clapton & Baker would later work together in Blind Faith; Bruce & Baker would work together in later years in C.C.S. and in BBM.

    Active: 1966-69 Members: Eric Clapton (g/v), Jack Bruce (b), Ginger Baker (d)

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Creed

    Song(s):

  • With Arms Wide Open (2000)

    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):

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

    Album(s):

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

    The Crew-Cuts

    Song(s):

  • Sh-Boom (1954)

    Bob Crewe


    Jim Croce

    Song(s):

  • Time in a Bottle (1973)

    Album(s):

  • You Don’t Mess Around with Jim (1972)

    Richard Crooks


    Steve Cropper

    Born: 10/21/1941 Died:

    American blues guitarist with Booker T. & the MG’s and the Mar-Keys.


    Bing Crosby

    Born: Harry Lillis Crosby on 5/2/1903 in Tacoma, WA Died: 10/14/1977

    Baritone singer. Became the most popular entertainer of the first half of the 20th century. He and singing partner Al Rinker were hired in 1926 by Paul Whiteman; with Harry Barris they became the Rhythm Boys and gained an increasing following. The trio split from Whiteman in 1930 and helmed “I Surrender Dear” which earned Bing a CBS radio contract and launched an unsurpassed solo career. 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):

  • 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)
  • Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1932)
  • Love in Bloom (with Irving Aaronson & His Commanders, 1934)
  • Silent Night (1935)
  • Pennies from Heaven (with George Stoll’s Orchestra, 1936)
  • Sweet Leilani (with Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians, 1937)
  • I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams (1938)
  • You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (1938)
  • White Christmas (performed with the Ken Darby Singers; w. Irving Berlin; 1942)
  • Sunday, Monday or Always (with the Ken Darby Singers, 1943)
  • Jingle Bells (with the Andrews Sisters, 1943) People Will Say We’re in Love (with Trudy Erwin, 1943)
  • Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (with Trudy Erwin, 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)
  • It's Been a Long, Long Time (with the Les Brown Trio, 1945)
  • 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)
  • Around the World (1957)
  • Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with David Bowie, 1977)

    Album(s):

  • Merry Christmas (aka ‘White Christmas’) (1945) X

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

    Bob Crosby

    Born: 8/23/1913 Died: 3/9/1993

    American jazz/big band leader. Brother of singer Bing Crosby.

    Song(s):

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

    David Crosby

    About: American folk-rock singer/songwriter: Ethan & David (1959-60), Les Baxter’s Balladeers (1963), The Jet Set (1964), The Byrds (1964-67, 1973, 1990), Crosby, Stills & Nash (1968-69, 1977, 1982-83, 1990, 1994), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970, 1988, 1999), solo (1971, 1989, 1993), Crosby/Nash (1972, 1975-76, 2004), CPR (1997-2001).

    Born: 8/14/1941 Died: surprisingly, not yet


    John O. Crosby


    Crosby, Stills & Nash

    About: 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)
  • Ohio (with Neil Young, 1970)

    Album(s):

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

    Christopher Cross

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Christopher Cross (1980)

    Andrae Crouch


    Sheryl Crow

    About: American rock singer/songwriter.

    Born: 2/11/1962

    Song(s):

  • All I Wanna Do (1994)

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Dream It’s Over (1986)
  • Better Be Home Soon (1988)

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Song(s):

  • After All This Time (1989)

    The Crows

    Song(s):

  • Gee (1954)

    Frank Croxton

    Died: 9/3/1949 at age 71

    About: 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

    Born: 8/24/1905 Died: 3/28/1974

    American blues singer.


    Frank Crumit

    Born: 9/26/1889 Died: 9/7/1943

    American singer/songwriter.


    Celia Cruz


    Taio Cruz

    Song(s):

  • Dynamite (2010)

    Crystal Castles

    Album(s):

  • Crystal Castles III (2012)

    The Crystals

    Song(s):

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

    Celia Cruz

    Born: 10/21/1925 Died: 7/16/2003

    Cuban salsa singer.


    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.

    Song(s):

  • Brazil (1943)

    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)

    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)
  • Just Like Heaven (1987)
  • Love Song (1989)

    Album(s):

  • 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 with Del Amitri.

    Album(s):

  • What Is Love For? (2007)
  • The Great War (2010)
  • Lower Reaches (2013)

    Ian Curtis

    Born: 7/15/1956 Died: 5/18/1980

    British goth-rock singer/songwriter with Joy Division.


    King Curtis


    Cypress Hill

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Cypress Hill (1991)

    Billy Ray Cyrus

    Born: 8/25/1961 Died:

    American country singer. Father of pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana).

    Song(s):

  • Achy Breaky Heart (1992)

    Album(s):

  • Some Gave All (1992)

    Miley Cyrus

    Song(s):

  • Party in the U.S.A. (2009)
  • We Can’t Stop (2013)
  • Wrecking Ball (2013)

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