Music Makers Encyclopedia: D


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Chuck D

Rap singer/songwriter born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on 8/1/1960 in Queens, NY. With Public Enemy.


DaBaby

Song(s):
Rockstar (with Roddy Rich, 2020)
Levitating (2020) – see Dua Lipa


Dada

Song(s):
Dizz Knee Land (1992)


Daddy Cool

Song(s):
Eagle Rock (1971)

Album(s):
Daddy Who?...Daddy Cool (1971)


Daddy Yankee

Song(s):
Shaky Shaky (2016)
Andas en Mi Cabeza (2016) – see Chino & Nacho
Despacito (2017) – see Luis Fonsi
Dura (2018)
Con Calma (with Snow, 2019)


Daft Punk

Song(s):
Around the World (1997)
One More Time (2000)
Stronger (2007) – see Kanye West
Get Lucky (with Pharrell Williams, 2013)
Starboy (2016) – see The Weeknd
I Feel It Coming (2016) – see The Weeknd

Album(s):
Homework (1997)
Discovery (2001)
Alive (2007)
Random Access Memories (2013)


Brann Dailor

Rock drummer with Mastodon.


Dick Dale

Guitarist born Richard Anthony Mansour on 5/4/1937 in Boston, MA. Known as "The King of the Surf Guitar."

Song(s):
Let's Go Trippin' (1961)
Misirlou (1962)


Vernon Dalhart

American country singer/songwriter born Marion Try Slaughter on 4/6/1883. Died 9/14/1948.

Song(s):
The Prisoner's Song (1924)


Dalida


Roger Daltrey

Rock singer born 3/1/1944 in East Acton, London, England. With The Who. Also a solo artist.


Jerry Dammer

Member of The Specials.


The Damned

Song(s):
New Rose (1976)

Album(s):
Damned Damned Damned (1977)
Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)


Damn Yankees

Rock supergroup. 1989-1994. Jack Blades (v/b), Michael Cartellone (d), Ted Nugent (g), Tommy Shaw (v/g).

Song(s):
High Enough (1990)


Vic Damone

Singer born Vito Rocco Farinola 6/12/1928 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 2/11/2018.

Song(s):
You're Breaking My Heart (1949)
On the Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady, 1956)


Dan Shay

Song(s):
Tequila (2018)
Speechless (2018)
10,000 Hours (with Justin Bieber, 2019)


Vic Dana

Song(s):
More (1963)


D'Angelo

Song(s):
Brown Sugar (1995)
Untitled (How Does It Feel) (2000)
Really Love (2015)

Album(s):
Brown Sugar (1995)
Voodoo (2000)
Black Messiah (2014)


Trevor Daniel

Song(s):
Falling (2018)


Billy Daniels


Charlie Daniels (Band)

Country singer and fiddler player born 10/28/1936 in Wilmington, NC.

Song(s):
The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)


Rick Danko

Rock singer and bassist. Died 12/10/1999. With Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks (61-63), Canadian Squires, Bob Dylan’s backing band The Hawks (65-67, 73-74), The Band (67-78; 83, 93).


Hart P. Danks


The Danleers

Song(s):
One Summer Night (1958)


Danny & the Juniors

Song(s):
At the Hop (1957)
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay (1958)


The Ken Darby Singers

Song(s):
When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio, 1940) – see Cliff Edwards
Give a Little Whistle (from Pinocchio, with the Cliff Edwards, 1940)
White Christmas (1942) – see Bing Crosby
Sunday, Monday or Always (1943) – see Bing Crosby
Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (1948) – see Bing Crosby


Terence Trent D'Arby

R&B singer/songwriter and musician born Terence Trent Howard on 3/15/1962 in Manhattan, New York. Later changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya.

Song(s):
Wishing Well (1987)
Wonderful World (1987)
As Yet Untitled (1987)
Tension Inside the Sweetness/Frankie and Johnny (T.I.T.S./F & J) (1993)

Album(s):
Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987) Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989)
Symphony or Damn (1993)
Vibrator (1995)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1987-2002, released 2002)
Do You Love Me Like You Say You Do?: The Very Best of (compilation: 1987-95, released 2006)


Bobby Darin

Pop singer born Walden Robert Cassotto on 5/14/1936 in East Harlem, NY. Worked as a songwriter and singer in the famed Brill Building. Died 12/20/1973.

Song(s):
Splish Splash (1958)
Mack the Knife (1959)
Clementine (1960)


Joe Darion

Song(s):
The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha, 1966) – see Jack Jones

Album(s):
Man of La Mancha (musical: 1965) – see Mitch Leigh


The Darkness

Song(s):
I Believe in a Thing Called Love (2002)
Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) (2003)

Album(s):
Permission to Land (2003)


Daughtry

Song(s):
It's Not Over (2006)
Home (2007)

Album(s):
Daughtry (2006)


Dave

Album(s):
Psychodrama (2020)


David David

One-time rock collaboration between David Baerwald and David Rickett.

Song(s):
Welcome to the Boomtown (1986)

Album(s):
Boomtown (1986)


Craig David

Song(s):
7 Days (2000)


Hal David

Songwriter born Harold Lane David on 5/25/1921 in New York, NY. Died 9/1/2012. Frequently worked with Burt Bacharach. They were one of the songwriting teams who worked out of the legendary Brill Building.

Song(s) written by Hal David:
Top 40 Songs
Don't Make Me Over (1962) – see Dionne Warwick
Walk on By (1964) – see Dionne Warwick
What the World Needs Now (1965) – see Jackie DeShannon
Alfie (1967) – see Dionne Warwick
I Say a Little Prayer (1968) – see Aretha Franklin
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (1969) – see B.J. Thomas
They Long to Be Close to You (1970) – see The Carpenters

Album(s):
Promises, Promises (musical: 1969) – see Burt Bacharach


Mack David


Dave Davies

Rock guitarist born 2/3/1947 in Fortis Green, London, England. Younger brother of Ray Davies, with whom he formed the Kinks (1963-1996, 2018-).


Ray Davies

Rock singer and guitarist born on 6/21/1944 in Fortis Green, London, England. With the Kinks.

Album(s):
Sunny Afternoon (musical: 2014)


Benny Davis

Song(s):
Baby Face (with Jan Garber, 1926)


Clive Davis

Record producer and executive born 4/4/1932 in Brooklyn, NY. President of Columbia Records from 1967-72. Founder/president of Arista Records from the late 1970s to 2000. Founder of J Records. Chairman and CEO of RCA Music Group from 2003-08. Has produced albums for Air Supply, Lynn Anderson, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny G, Whitney Houston, Leona Lewis, Barry Manilow, Santana, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, and Dionne Warwick.

Albums produced by Davis:
The Bodyguard (soundtrack; 1992) – see Various Artists
Supernatural (1999) – see Santana
Breakaway (2004) – see Kelly Clarkson


Jimmie Davis

Song(s):
You Are My Sunshine (1940)


Reverend Gary Davis

Blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player born 4/30/1896 in Laurens, SC. Died 5/5/1972.


Mac Davis

Country singer/songwriter born Morris Mac Davis on 1/21/1942 in Lubbock, TX.

Song(s):
It's Hard to Be Humble (1980)


Miles Davis

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Innovative jazz trumpeter born Miles Dewey Davis III on 5/26/1926 in Alton, IL. Died 9/28/1991 of a stroke and pneumonia. Influenced the jazz fusion movement. (Billy Eckstine's Orchestra: 44; Six Brown Cats: 44; with Charlie Parker: 45-46 and Coleman Hawkins; own quintet: 55-). Band members in his quintet included Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Married to actress Cicely Tyson from 1981-88.

Song(s):
Ko-Ko (1945) – see Charlie Parker
So What (1959)
Blues in Green (1959)
All Blues (1959)

Album(s):
Birth of the Cool (recorded 1949-1950, released 1957)
Miles Ahead (with Gil Evans, 1957)
Round About Midnight (1957)
Milestones (1958)
Porgy and Bess (with Gil Evans, 1958)
Relaxin' (1958)
Kind of Blue (1959)
Sketches of Spain (with Gil Evans, 1960)
Miles Smiles (1966)
In a Silent Way (1969)
Bitches Brew (1970)


Sammy Davis, Jr.

Pop singer born 12/8/1925 in Harlem, NY. Died 5/16/1990.

Song(s):
What Kind of Fool Am I? (1962)


The Spencer Davis Group

Song(s):
Keep on Running (1965)
Gimme Some Lovin' (1966)
I'm a Man (1967)


Tyrone Davis

R&B singer ("Are You Serious?") born 5/4/1938 in Greenville, MS. Died 2/9/2005.


Walter Davis


Bobby Day

Song(s):
Rockin' Robin (1958)


Doris Day

Actress and singer born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on 4/3/1922 in Cincinnati, OH.

Song(s):
Sentimental Journey (1945) – see Les Brown
My Dreams Are Getting Bigger All the Time (1945) – see Les Brown
It's Magic (1948)
Love Somebody (with Buddy Clark & George Siravo's Orchestra, 1948)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950)
Secret Love (1954)
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Que Sera) (1956)

Album(s):
Young Man with a Horn (soundtrack with Harry James, 1950)
Love Me or Leave Me (soundtrack: 1955)


Edith Day

Song(s):
Alice Blue Gown (1920)


Daya

Song(s):
Don't Let Me Down (2016) – see the Chainsmokers


The Daydreamers

Song(s):
How High the Moon (1947) – see Ella Fitzgerald


Days of the New

Song(s):
Touch, Peel, and Stand (1997)
The Down Town (1997)


Dazz Band

Song(s):
Let It Whip (1982)


John Deacon

Rock bassist born 8/19/1951 in Leicester, England. With Queen (1972-1995).


Dead Boys

Song(s):
Sonic Reducer (1977)

Album(s):
Young, Loud & Snotty (1977)


Dead Kennedys

American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, CA. Active: 1978-86, 2001- Members: Jello Biafra (v: 78-86), East Bay Ray (g: 78-86, 01-), Klaus Flouride (b: 78-86, 01-), 6025 (rhythm g: 78-79), Ted (d: 78-79), D.H. Peligro (d: 79-86, 01-), Brandon Cruz (v: 01-03), Jeff Penalty (v: 03-08), Dave Scheff (d: 08), Ron "Skip" Greer (v: 08-), Greg Reeves (b: 10-11)

Song(s):
California Über Alles (1979)
Holiday in Cambodia (1980)
Nazi Punks Fuck Off (1981)

Album(s):
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)


Dead or Alive

Song(s):
You Spin Me Round Like a Record (1985)


Kim Deal


Jimmy Dean

Country singer born 8/10/1928 in Plainview, TX. Died 6/13/2010.

Song(s):
Big Bad John (1961)


Death Cab for Cutie

Song(s):
Soul Meets Body (2005)
I Will Follow You into the Dark (2005)
I Will Possess Your Heart (2008)
You Are a Tourist (2011)
Gold Rush (2018)

Album(s):
Plans (2005)


Speech Debelle

Album(s):
Speech Therapy (2009)


Chris DeBurgh

Song(s):
The Lady in Red (1986)


Claude Debussy

Classical composer born Achille-Claude Debussy on 8/22/1862 in Saint-Germain-enLaye, Seine-et-Oise, France. Died 3/25/1918.

Album(s):
Pelléas et Mélisande (opera: 1902)
La Mer (ballet, 1905)
Preludes (24) for Piano, Books I & II (1909-1913)


The Decemberists

Song(s):
The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid (2009)

Album(s):
The King is Dead (2011)


Joey Dee & the Starliters

Song(s):
Peppermint Twist (1962)


Kiki Dee

Song(s):
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1976) – see Elton John


Deee-Lite

Song(s):
Groove Is in the Heart (1990)


Deep Purple

British pioneer heavy-metal group (1968-1976, 1984-1998). Members: Ritchie Blackmore (g: 68-75, 84-93), Rod Evans (v: 68-69), Jon Lord (k: 68-76, 84-98), Nicky Simper (b: 68-69), Ian Paice (d: 68-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13), Ian Gillan (v: 69-73, 84-89, 92-98, 03-05, 13), Roger Glover (b: 69-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13), David Coverdale (v: 73-76), Glenn Hughes (v/b: 73-76), Tommy Bolin (g: 75-76), Joe Lynn Turner (v: 89-92), Joe Satriani (g: 93-94), Steve Morse (g: 94-98, 03-05, 13), Don Airey (k: 03-05, 13). Also check out spin-off groups Rainbow (which included Blackmore, Glover, and Turner) and Whitesnake (Coverdale, Lord, Paice, and Glover).

Song(s):
Hush (1968)
Highway Star (1972)
Smoke on the Water (1973)

Album(s):
In Rock (1970)
Machine Head (1972)
Made in Japan (live, 1972)


Deep River Boys

Songs(s):
They Look Like Men of War (1941)


Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots

Song(s):
Disco Duck (1976)


Def Leppard

Hard rock group formed in Sheffield, England. One of the premiere groups in the '80s pop-metal craze often referred to as "hair bands".

Active: 1977- Members: Joe Elliott (v), Steve Clark (g: 77-91; died on 1/8/91 of alcohol-related respiratory failure), Pete Willis (g: 77-82), Rick Savage (b), Rick Allen (d; lost left arm in an auto accident on 12/31/84), Phil Collen (g: 82-), Vivian Campbell (g: 92-)

Song(s):
Bringin' on the Heartbreak (1981)
Photograph (1983)
Rock of Ages (1983)
Foolin' (1983)
Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987)
Love Bites (1987)
Hysteria (1987)
When Love and Hate Collide (1995)

Album(s):
High 'N' Dry (1981)
Pyromania (1983)
Hysteria (1987)


Tony Defries

Music manager for David Bowie. Born 9/3/1943 in Wartford, United Kingdom.


Desmond Dekker

Song(s):
The Israelites (1969)


Reginald DeKoven


Del Amitri

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

Rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland. 1980-. Fronted by Justin Currie. The only other member to be featured on all the band's albums was guitarist/songwriter Iain Harvie.

Song(s):
Del Amitri/Justin Currie: Top 40 Songs
Kiss This Thing Goodbye (1989)
Jesus Saves (2002)

Album(s):
Del Amitri (1985)
Waking Hours (1989)
Change Everything (1992)
Twisted (1995)
Some Other Sucker's Parade (1997)
Hatful of Rain (compilation: 1989-98, released 1998)
Lousy with Love (archives: 1989-98, released 1998)
Can You Do Me Good? (2002)
The Best of: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (compilation: 1989-98, released 2003)
Fatal Mistakes (2021)


Eddie DeLange


Delaney & Bonnie

Song(s):
Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs

Album(s):
Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked On Tour with Eric Clapton (& Friends live with Eric Clapton, 1969)


Alicia Delarrocha

Classical pianist.


De La Soul

Song(s):
Me, Myself and I (1989)

Album(s):
3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
De La Soul Is Dead (1991)


Dorothy DeLay


The Delfonics


The Dells

Song(s):
Oh What a Nite (1956)


Delmore Brothers

Song(s):
Hillbilly Boogie (1946)
Blues Stay Away from Me (1949)


Brad Delp

Rock singer born 6/12/1951 in Boston, MA. Committed suicide on 3/9/2007. With Boston (76-78,86,97,02), with Barry Goudreau (80, 04), Orion the Hunter (84), and RTZ (89-98).

Album(s):
Boston (1976) – see Boston
Don't Look Back (1978) – see Boston
Barry Goudreau (1980) – see Barry Goudreau
Orion the Hunter (1984) – see Orion the Hunter
Third Stage (1986) – see Boston
Lost and Found (archives, 1989) – see RTZ
Return to Zero (1991) – see RTZ
Lost (1998) – see RTZ
Delp & Goudreau (with Barry Goudreau, 2004)


Lana Del Rey

Song(s):
Video Games (2011)
Summertime Sadness (with Cedric Gervais, 2012)

Album(s):
Born to Die (2012)
Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019)


The Del-Vikings

Song(s):
Come Go with Me (1957)
Whispering Bells (1957)


Jim Denny


Will Denny

Song(s):
Any Old Place I Hang My Hat is "Home Sweet Home" to Me (1901)


John Densmore

Rock drummer born 12/1/1944 in Los Angeles, California. With The Doors (1964-73).


John Denver

Country/adult-contemporary singer/songwriter born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. on 12/31/1943 in Roswell, NM. Died 10/12/1997.

Song(s):
Take Me Home, Country Roads (1971)
Sunshine on My Shoulder (1971)
Rocky Mountain High (1972)
Thank God I'm a Country Boy (1974)
Back Home Again (1974)
I'm Sorry (1975)

Album(s):
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
Back Home Again (1974)


Gene DePaul


Depeche Mode

All-synthesized rock group formed in Basildon, England. Name is French for fast fashion. Active: 1980- Members: Dave Gahan (v) and synthesizer players Martin L. Gore, Vince Clarke (80-82), and Andy Fletcher. Alan Wilder (82-95) replaced Clarke.

Song(s):
Just Can't Get Enough (1981)
People Are People (1985)
Behind the Wheel/Route 66 (1987)
Personal Jesus (1989)
Enjoy the Silence (1990)

Album(s):
Black Celebration (1986)
Violator (1990)


James DePreist


Derek & the Dominos

Rock supergroup (1970-71). Eric Clapton (v/g), Duane Allman (g), Bobby Whitlock (k/g), Carl Radle (b), and Jim Gordon (d).

Song(s):
Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs
Layla (1971)

Album(s):
Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked
Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)


Edouard de Reszke

Song(s):
Canzone del Porter (from Martha vo Flotow) (1903)


Peter DeRose


Jason Derulo

Song(s):
Want to Want Me (2015)
Swalla (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, 2017)
Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) (2020) – see Jawsh 385


Hal Derwin

Song(s):
South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (1939) – see Shep Fields


Sugar Pie Desanto


The Descendents

Album(s):
Milo Goes to College (1982)


Jackie DeShannon

Song(s):
What the World Needs Now (1965)
Bette Davis Eyes (1981) – see Kim Carnes


Desiigner

Song(s):
Panda (2015)


Des'ree

Song(s):
You Gotta Be (1994)


Destiny's Child

Song(s):
Bills, Bills, Bills (1999)
Jumpin' Jumpin' (1999)
Say My Name (1999)
Independent Women (2000)
Bootylicious (2001)
Survivor (2001)
Cater 2 U (2004)

Album(s):
The Writing's on the Wall (1999)
Survivor (2001)
Destiny Fulfilled (2004)


Buddy DeSylva

Songwriter, film producer, and record executive born George Gard DeSylva on 1/27/1895 in New York City, NY. Also known as B.G. DeSylva. Founded Capitol Records with Johnny Mercer. Died 7/11/1950.

Songs written by DeSylva:
Top 25 Songs
Look for the Silver Lining (1921) – see Marion Harris
April Showers (1922) – see Al Jolson
Sonny Boy (1928) – see Al Jolson


Devo

Song(s):
Whip It (1980)

Album(s):
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
Duty Now for the Future (1979)
Freedom of Choice (1980)


Frank DeVol's Orchestra

Song(s):
Nature Boy (with Nat "King" Cole, 1948)


Al Dexter

Song(s):
Pistol Packin' Mama (1943)
So Long Pal (1944)
Guitar Polka (1946)


Dexy's Midnight Runners

Song(s):
Come on Eileen (1982)

Album(s):
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)


Dennis DeYoung

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Check out the DMDB podcast "The Best of Dennis DeYoung & Styx" here.

Rock singer and keyboardist born 2/18/1947. With Styx (71-84,90-99). Also a solo artist (84-).

Song(s):

Styx et al: Top 100 Songs
What Has Come Between Us (1972) – see Styx
Lady (1973) – see Styx
Golden Lark (1974) – see Styx
Suite Madame Blue (1975) – see Styx
Mademoiselle (1976) – see Styx
Come Sail Away (1977) – see Styx
Babe (1979) – see Styx
The Best of Times (1981) – see Styx
Mr. Roboto (1983) – see Styx
Music Time (1984) – see Styx
Desert Moon (1984)
Call Me (1986)

Album(s):
Styx I (1972) – see Styx
Styx II (1973) – see Styx
The Serpent Is Rising (1974) – see Styx
Man of Miracles (1974) – see Styx
Equinox (1975) – see Styx
Crystal Ball (1976) – see Styx
The Grand Illusion (1977) – see Styx
Pieces of Eight (1978) – see Styx
Cornerstone (1979) – see Styx
Paradise Theater (1981) – see Styx
Kilroy Was Here (1983) – see Styx
Classics (compilation: 1975-83) – see Styx
Caught in the Act (live, 1984) – see Styx
Desert Moon (1984)
Back to the World (1986)
Boomchild (1989)
Edge of the Century (1990) – see Styx
10 on Broadway (covers, 1994)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-90, released 1995) – see Styx
Greatest Hits Part 2 (compilation: 1975-96, released 1996) – see Styx
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical (1996)
Return to Paradise (live, 1997) – see Styx
Brave New World (1999) – see Styx
Come Sail Away: The Anthology (compilation: 1972-2003) – see Styx
One Hundred Years from Now (2007)
26 East Vol. 1 (2020)
26 East Vol. 2 (2021)


David Diamond


Neil Diamond

Adult-contemporary/pop singer born 1/24/1941 in Brooklyn, NY. His real name is Neil Diamond, however he considered changing his name to Noah Kaminsky early in his career. Worked as songplugger/staff writer in NYC; also wrote under pseudonym Mark Lewis. Worked in the Brill Building, legendary for housing some of pop music's most successful songwriters and publishers. First record for Duel in 1961. Wrote for the Monkees TV show. Wrote score for the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Starred in and composed the music for The Jazz Singer in 1980.

Songs Written and Recorded by Diamond:
Sweet Caroline (1969)
Cracklin' Rosie (1970)
America (1980)

Diamond Songs as Recorded by Others:
I'm a Believer (the Monkees, 1966)
I'll Come Running (Cliff Richard, 1967)
The Boat That I Row (Lulu, 1967)
Kentucky Woman (Deep Purple, 1968)
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (the Hollies, 1969)
Sweet Caroline (Elvis Presley, 1970)
And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & the Raiders), 1970)
Red Red Wine (UB40, 1983)
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon (Urge Overkill, 1994)
Solitary Man (Johnny Cash, 1994)

Album(s):
Hot August Night (live, 1972)
His 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1968-72, released 1974)
Serenade (1974)
The Jazz Singer (soundtrack: 1980)

  • 12 Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation: 1973-81, released 1982)
    12 Songs (produced by Rick Rubin, 2005)

    Diamond Head

    Song(s):
    Am I Evil? (1987)


    Diamond Rio

    Country band formed in 1982 in Nashville, TN by Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, and Ty Herndon. Since 1989, band has consisted of Marty Roe (v/rhythm g), Gene Johnson (g/mandolin/fiddle/tenor v), Jimmy Olander (g/banjo), Brian Prout (d), Dan Truman (k), and Dana Williams (b/baritone v). Had five #1 singles on the Billboard country charts: "Meet Me in the Middle," "How Your Love Makes You Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," and "I Believe."

    Song(s):
    Beautiful Mess (2002)


    The Diamonds

    Song(s):
    Little Darlin' (1957)


    Justino Diaz

    Opera singer (bass/baritone) born 1/29/1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


    Little Jimmy Dickens


    Bruce Dickinson


    Bo Diddley

    Blues guitarist born Ellas Otha Bates on 12/30/1928 in McComb, MS. Died 6/2/2008.

    Song(s):
    Bo Diddley (1955)
    I'm a Man (1955)
    Who Do You Love (1956)
    Mona (1957)

    Album(s):
    Beach Party (live, 1964)


    Diddy – see Puff Daddy


    Dido

    Song(s):
    Thank You (2000)
    Stan (2000) – see Eminem
    White Flag (2003)

    Album(s):
    No Angel (1999)
    Life for Rent (2003)


    Howard Dietz


    Difford & Tilbrook

    Duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, both members of British new wave group Squeeze.

    Album(s):
    Difford & Tilbrook (1984)


    Chris Difford

    New wave singer/songwriter born 11/4/1954 in Greenwich, United Kingdom. One of two members of the new wave band Squeeze to last through every incarnation of the group.

    DMDB profile page: Squeeze

    DMDB podcast: The Best of Squeeze

    Song(s):
    The Top 50 Songs of Squeeze, Chris Difford, and Glenn Tilbrook.
    No Show Jones (2003)
    Fat As a Fiddle (2008)
    On My Own I'm Never Bored (2008)
    Goldfish (2010)
    Like I Did (2010)
    1975 (2010)

    Album(s):
    Difford & Tilbrook (with Glenn Tilbrook, 1984)
    I Didn't Get Where I Am (2002)
    The Last Temptation of Chris (2008)
    Saturday Morning Music Club (rerecordings, 2010)
    Cashmere if You Can (2010)
    Fancy Pants (musical: 2016)


    Digital Underground

    Song(s):
    The Humpty Dance (1990)


    Dean Dillon

    Country singer/songwriter born 3/26/1955 in Lake City, TN. Released six studio albums of his own material before becoming a songwriter for others, most notably George Strait.


    The Dils

    Song(s):
    I Hate the Rich (1978)


    Klaus Dinger

    Rock drummer and songwriter with Neu and LA Dusserldorf.


    Mark Dinning

    Song(s):
    Teen Angel (1959)


    Dinosaur Jr.

    Song(s):
    Freak Scene (1988)

    Album(s):
    You're Living All Over Me (1987)


    Ronnie James Dio

    Check out DMDB actpage here.

    Heavy-metal rock singer and bassist born Ronald Padavona on 7/10/42 in Portsmouth, NH. Died 5/16/2010. Member of Elf (70-75), Rainbow (75-79), Black Sabbath (79-83,92, 06-10), and Dio (83-02).

    Song(s):
    Rainbow in the Dark (1983)
    Holy Diver (1983)

    Album(s):
    Holy Diver (1983)


    Dion (& the Belmonts)

    R&B/doo-wop singer born Dion Francis DiMucci on 7/18/1939 in the Bronx, NY. With the Belmonts. Also recorded solo.

    Song(s):
    I Wonder Why (with the Bemonts, 1958)
    A Teenager in Love (with the Belmonts, 1959)
    Where or When (1959)
    Runaround Sue (1961)
    The Wanderer (1961)
    Abraham, Martin and John (1968)


    Celine Dion

    Pop/adult contemporary singer born in Charlemagne, Quebec on 3/30/1968. Youngest of 14 children.

    Song(s):
    Beauty and the Beast (with Peabo Bryson, 1991)
    The Power of Love (1993)
    Think Twice (1994)
    Because You Loved Me (1996)
    It's All Coming Back to Me Now (1996)
    My Heart Will Go On (1997)

    Album(s):
    The Colour of My Love (1993)
    Falling into You (1996)
    Let's Talk about Love (1997)
    All the Way…A Decade in Song (compilation: 1991-99, released 1999)
    A New Day Has Come (2002)


    Bob DiPiero


    Joe DiPietro

    Album(s):
    Memphis (musical: 2009) – see David Bryan


    Diplo

    Song(s):
    Where Are Ü Now (2015) – see Skrillex


    Dire Straits

    Rock group formed in London. Mark Knopfler and Fletcher were also in Notting Hillbillies together. Active: 1977-1991 Members: Mark Knopfler (v/g: 77-86,91), David Knopfler (g: 77-80), John Illsley (b: 77-), Pick Withers (d: 77-83), Hal Lindes (g: 80-85), Alan Clark (k: 82-), Terry Williams (d: 83-), Guy Fletcher (g: 84-86,91?), Chris White (saxophone: 91), Paul Franklin (pedal steel g: 91), Danny Cummings (percussion: 91), Phil Palmer (g: 91), and Chris Whitten (d)

    Song(s):
    Sultans of Swing (1978)
    Romeo and Juliet (1981)
    Money for Nothing (1985)

    Album(s):
    Dire Straits (1978)
    Making Movies (1980)
    Love Over Gold (1982)
    Alchemy (live, 1984)
    Brothers in Arms (1985)
    Money for Nothing (compilation: 1978-85, released 1988)
    On Every Street (1991)


    Mike Dirnt

    rock bassist born Michael Ryan Pritchard on 5/4/1972 in Oakland, California. With Green Day.


    Dirty Heads with Rome

    Songs(s):
    Lay Me Down (2010)


    Discharge

    Album(s):
    Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing (1982)


    Walt Disney

    Song(s):
    Top 100 Disney Songs
    Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937) – see Seven Dwarfs
    When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio, 1940) – see Cliff Edwards
    Pink Elephants on Parade (by Disney Chorus, from Dumbo, 1941)
    Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South, 1946) – see James Baksett
    Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South, 1946) – see Johnny Mercer
    The Ballad of Davy Crockett (from TV's Davy Crocket, 1955) – see Bill Hayes
    It's a Small World After All (Disneyland Chorus, 1964)
    Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious (from Mary Poppins, 1965) – see Julie Andrews
    Winnie the Pooh (by the Disney Studio Chorus, from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966)
    Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast, 1991) – see Celine Dion
    A Whole New World (from Aladdin, 1992) – see Peabo Bryson
    Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King, 1994) – see Elton John
    Circle of Life (from The Lion King, 1994) – see Elton John
    Let It Go (from Frozen, 2013) – see Idina Menzel

    Album(s):
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (soundtrack: 1938)
    Fantasia (Leopold Stokowski & Philadelphia Orchestra, soundtrack: 1940)
    Mary Poppins (soundtrack: 1964)
    The Music of Disney (box: 1926-91, released 1992)
    Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack: 1991, musical: 1994) – see Alan Menken
    Aladdin (1992) – see Alan Menken
    The Lion King (soundtrack: 1994, musical: 1997) – see Elton John
    High School Musical (TV soundtrack: 2006)
    High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack: 2007)
    Now That's What I Call Disney (box: 1937-2011, released 2011)
    Frozen (soundtrack: 2013)

  • Moana (soundtrack: 2017)

    Disturbed

    Song(s):
    Inside the Fire (2008)
    Another Way to Die (2010)
    The Sounds of Silence (2015)
    Are You Ready (2018)


    Divinyls

    Song(s):
    I Touch Myself (1991)


    William Chatterton Dix

    Song(s) written by Dix:
    What Child Is This? (1865)


    Dixie Chicks

    Country band founded by sisters Martie Erwin Maguire (90-) and Emily Erwin Strayer (90-) in Dallas, TX with Laura Lynch (b: 90-93) and Robin Lynn Macy (v/g: 90-92). Natalie Maines (v/g: 95-) replaced Macy. Later changed their name to the Chicks.

    Song(s):
    Wide Open Spaces (1998)
    Cowboy Take Me Away (1999)
    Travelin' Soldier (2002)
    Landslide (2002)
    I Hope (2005)
    Not Ready to Make Nice (2006)

    Album(s):
    Wide Open Spaces (1998)
    Fly (1999)
    Home (2002)
    Taking the Long Way (produced by Rick Rubin, 2006)


    The Dixie Cups

    Song(s):
    Chapel of Love (1964)
    Iko Iko (1965)


    The Dixie Hummingbirds

    Song(s):
    Amazing Grace (1946)
    I'll Live Again (1949)
    Let's Go Out to the Programs (1953)


    Floyd Dixon


    Mort Dixon


    Willie Dixon

    Blues bassist and songwriter (“Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Spoonful”) born 7/1/1915 in Vicksburg, MS. Died 1/29/1992.

    Song(s):
    I Ain't Superstitious (1970)
    Back Door Man (1970)

    Album(s):
    I Am the Blues (1970)
    The Chess Box (compilation with various artists: 1951-69, released 1988)


    Dizzee Rascal

    Song(s):
    Fix Up Look Sharp (2003)

    Album(s):
    Boy in Da Corner (2003)


    DJ Casper

    Also known as Mr. C the Slide Man.

    Song(s):
    Cha Cha Slide (2000)


    DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

    - see Will Smith


    DJ Khaled

    Song(s):
    I’m on One (with Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, 2011)
    I'm the One (with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne, 2017)


    DJ Shadow

    Album(s):
    Endtroducing… (1996)


    DJ Snake

    Song(s):
    Turn Down for What (with Lil Jon, 2013)
    Lean On (2015) – see Major Lazer
    Let Me Love You (with Justin Bieber, 2016)
    Taki Taki (with Selena Gomez, 2018)


    DMX

    Album(s):
    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
    And Then There Was X (1999)


    DNCE

    Song(s):
    Cake by the Ocean (2015)


    Ken Dodd

    Song(s):
    Tears (1965)


    Bill Doggett

    Song(s):
    Honky Tonk (1956)


    Pete Doherty

    Song(s):
    For Lovers (with Wolfman, 2004)


    Doja Cat

    Song(s):
    Say So (2020)

    Album(s):
    Planet Her (2021)


    Dokken

    Song(s):
    Alone Again (1984)
    In My Dreams (1985)


    Thomas Dolby

    Song(s):
    She Blinded Me with Science (1982)


    Joe Dolce

    Song(s):
    Shaddap You Face (1980)


    Eric Dolphy

    Jazz musician born 6/20/1928 in Los Angeles, CA.

    Album(s):
    Out to Lunch! (1964)


    Placido Domingo

    Opera singer born José Plácido Domingo Embil on 1/21/1941 in Madrid, Spain.

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


    Fats Domino

    R&B/early rock and roll singer/songwriter and pianist born Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr. on 2/26/1928 in New Orleans, LA. Died 10/24/2017. Has sold some 60 million records.

    Song(s):
    The Fat Man (1949)
    Ain't That a Shame (aka "Ain't It a Shame") (1955)
    Blueberry Hill (1956)
    I'm Walkin' (1957)
    Walking to New Orleans (1960)

    Album(s):
    They Call Me the Fatman: The Legendary Imperial Recordings (box: 1949-62, released 1991)


    The Dominoes

    Active: 1950-62 Members: Clyde McPhatter (50-53), Charlie White (50-52), Joe Lamont, Bill Brown (50-52), Bill Ward (piano), David McNeil (52-?), James Van Loan (52-?), Jackie Wilson (53-57), and Eugene Mumford (57-62).

    R&B vocal group from New York City. A fluctuating lineup saw a dozen top ten R&B hits in the '50s fronted by five different singers.

    Song(s):
    Sixty Minute Man (1951)
    Have Mercy Baby (1952)
    Stardust (1957)


    Mario Domm

    Singer/songwriter and producer born Mario Alberto Domínguez Zarzar on 1/22/1977 in Torreón, Mexico. Founding member of pop-rock band Camila. Has won four Latin Grammy Awards and 14 #1 singles in Mexico.


    Al Donahue


    Jeepers Creepers (Al Donahue with Paula Kelly, 1938)


    Walter Donaldson

    Song(s) written/co-written by Donaldson:
    Carolina in the Morning (1923) – see Van & Schenck
    Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1925) – see Gene Austin
    Love Me or Leave Me (1929) – see Ruth Etting
    Makin' Whoopee (1929) – see Eddie Cantor
    Little White Lies (1930) – see Fred Waring


    Lonnie Donegan

    Song(s):
    Rock Island Line (1956)


    Gaetano Donizetti

    Classical opera composer born 11/29/1797 in Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy. Died 4/8/1848.

    Album(s):
    L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) (opera: 1832)
    Lucia di Lammermoor (opera: 1835)


    Donovan

    Folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Donovan Phillips Leitch on 5/10/1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says his song "Sunshine Superman" single handedly ignited the psychedelic revolution.

    Song(s):
    Catch the Wind (1965)
    Sunshine Superman (1966)
    Mellow Yellow (1966)
    Season of the Witch (1966)
    Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968)

    Album(s):
    Sunshine Superman (1966)


    Jason Donovan

    Song(s):
    Especially for You (1988) – see Kylie Minogue


    The Doobie Brothers

    Song(s):
    Listen to the Music (1972)
    China Grove (1973)
    Black Water (1974)
    What a Fool Believes (1979)

    Album(s):
    Best of the Doobies (compilation: 1972-76, released 1976)


    The Doors

    Rock group formed in Los Angeles, CA. Active: 1965-71 Members: Jim Morrison (v: 65-71), Ray Mazarek (k), Robbie Krieger (g), John Densmore (d)

    Song(s):
    Light My Fire (1967)
    The End (1967)
    People Are Strange (1967)
    Break on Through (1967)
    Strange Days (1967)
    When the Music's Over (1967)
    The Crystal Ship (1967)
    Hello I Love You (1968)
    Roadhouse Blues (1970)
    Riders on the Storm (1971)
    L.A. Woman (1971)

    Album(s):
    The Doors (1967)
    Strange Days (1967)
    Waiting for the Sun (1968)
    The Soft Parade (1969)
    Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café (1970)
    L.A. Woman (1971)
    The Best of the Doors (compilation: 1966-71, released 1987)


    Charlie Dore

    Song(s):
    Pilot of the Airwaves (1980)


    The Dorsey Brothers

    Song(s):
    It's the Girl (with the Boswell Sisters, 1931)
    Alexander's Ragtime Band (1935) – see Boswell Sisters
    Lullaby of Broadway (with Bob Crosby, 1935)
    Chasing Shadows (with Bob Eberly, 1935)


    Jimmy Dorsey

    Bandleader born 2/29/1904 in Shenandoah, PA. Died 6/12/1957. Used his vast skills as alto-saxophonist and clarinetist with a multitude of bands during the late '20s and early '30s. He and his brother Tommy played with the California Ramblers, Charleston Chasers, Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, and Paul Whiteman, among others. Jimmy also recorded with Ted Lewis and Ben Selvin. When Tommy walked out on the Dorsey Brothers band in 1935, most of the members stayed with Jimmy. It was the vocals of Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell which swept the band onto a remarkable wave of popularity in the early '40s.

    Song(s):
    Is It True What They Say About Dixie (with Bob Eberly, 1936)
    Too Marvelous for Words (1937) – see Bing Crosby
    The Breeze and I (with Bob Eberly, 1940)
    Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)
    Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)
    Maria Elena (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
    I Hear a Rhapsody (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
    Tangerine (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1942)
    Brazil (1942)
    Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen, 1944)


    Thomas A. Dorsey

    Gospel singer born Thomas Andrew Dorsey on 7/1/1899 in Villa Rica, GA. Died 1/23/1993.

    Song(s):
    Take My Hand, Precious Lord (1932)
    If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (1934)

    Album(s):
    et al – Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs… (1973)


    Tommy Dorsey

    Links: - Bio at SwingMusic.net - Facebook - Wikipedia

    Bandleader Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr. was born on 11/19/1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. He died on 11/26/1956. Known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," he is considered among the greatest trombonists in jazz history.

    He and his older brother Jimmy worked in bands led by Jean Goldkette, Vincent Lopez, Red Nichols, Nat Shilkret, Rudy Vallee, and Paul Whiteman. They also worked with the California Ramblers (25-27), Charleston Chasers, and formed their own Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (34-35). Tommy formed his own band in 1935 out of the remains of Joe Haymes' band. Sy Oliver worked as an arranger for the band and Frank Sinatra (40-42) recorded with Dorsey as a vocalist.

    Song(s):
    The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round (with Edythe Wright, 1935)
    Alone (with Cliff Weston, 1936)
    I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (1936)
    Once in a While (1937)
    Marie (with Jack Leonard, 1937)
    The Lady Is a Tramp (with Jack Leonard, from Babes in Arms, 1937)
    Music, Maestro, Please (with Edythe Wright, 1938)
    All the Things You Are (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
    Indian Summer (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
    I'll Never Smile Again (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
    I'll Be Seeing You (with Frank Sinatra, 1940)
    Let's Get Away from It All (with the Pied Pipers, 1941)
    Yes Indeed! (with Jo Stafford & Sy Oliver, 1941)
    Oh Look at Me Now (with Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
    There Are Such Things (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1942)
    Opus One (1945)

    Album(s):
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1935-50; released 2010)


    Steve Dorff


    Double

    Song(s):
    The Captain of Her Heart (1986)


    Neal Doughty

    Rock keyboardist with REO Speedwagon.


    Carl Douglas

    Song(s):
    Kung Fu Fighting (1974)


    Michael Douglas

    Song(s):
    Ole Buttermilk Sky (1946) – see Kay Kyser


    Steve Douglas


The Dovells

Song(s):
Bristol Stomp (1961)


Tom Dowd

Producer born 10/20/1925 in Manhattan, NY. Died 10/27/2002. Initially wanted to be a nuclear physicist research specialist. As an Atlantic Records staff engineer and producer, he embraced technology like the use of stereo and eight-track recording machines. At Atlantic, he recorded, and occasionally produced, artists like Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding. Later he also helped create the sounds of the Allman Brothers Band, Cream, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, and Chicago.


Geoff Downes

Rock keyboardist born 8/25/1952 in Stockport England. With the Buggles (77-80), Yes (80), and Asia (81-).


K.K. Downing


Lamont Dozier

Singer/songwriter and producer born 6/16/1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland worked as a writing team for Motown for over ten years before leaving and forming Invictus/Hot Wax, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career.

Songs Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland:
Top 100 Songs
Heat Wave (1963) – see Martha & the Vandellas
Where Did Our Love Go (1964) – see the Supremes
Baby, I Need Your Loving (1964) – see Four Tops
Baby Love (1964) – see the Supremes
Stop! In the Name of Love (1965) – see the Supremes
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965) – see Four Tops
You Can't Hurry Love (1966) – see the Supremes
Reach Out (I'll Be There) (1966) – see Four Tops


Drake

Rapper/R&B singer born Aubrey Drake Graham on 10/24/1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Song(s):
Forever (with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem, 2009)
What's My Name? (2010) – see Rihanna
All of the Lights (2010) – see Kanye West
I’m on One (2011) – see DJ Khaled
Hold on, We're Going Home (with Majid Jordan, 2013)
Hotline Bling (2015)
One Dance (2016)
Too Good (with Rihanna, 2016)
Work (2016) – see Rihanna
God's Plan (2018)
In My Feelings (2018)
Nice for What (2018)
Sicko Mode (2018) – see Travis Scott
No Guidance (2019) – see Chris Brown
Toosie Slide (2020)
Life Is Good (2020) – see Future
What's Next (2021)

Album(s):
Take Care (2011)
Nothing Was the Same (2013)
If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015)
Views (2016)
More Life (2017)
Scorpion (2018)


Alfred Drake


Oklahoma! (from Oklahoma!, 1943)


Ervin Drake


Nick Drake

Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist born on 6/19/1948 in Rangoon, Burma. Died 11/25/1974 from an overdose of an antidepressant

Album(s):
Five Leaves Left (1969)
Bryter Layter (1970)
Pink Moon (1972)

The DMDB Blog:
Nick Drake died: November 25, 1974 (11/25/11)


D.R.A.M.

Song(s):
Broccoli (with Lil Yachty, 2016)


Dream Theater

Album(s):
Images and Words (1992)
Scenes from a Memory (Metropolis Part 2) (1999)


Dr. Dre

Rap singer/songwriter, producer, and record executive born Andre Romelle Young on 2/18/1965 in Compton, CA. Started as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and became famous with gangster rap group N.W.A. before having a successful solo career. Exec with Death Row Records.

Song(s):
Deep Cover (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1992)
Nuthin’ But a "G" Thang (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993)
No Diggity (1996) – see Blackstreet
California Love (with Tupac Shakur and Roger Troutman, 1996)

Album(s):
The Chronic (1992)
2001 (1999)


The Dream Academy

Song(s):
Life in a Northern Town (1985)


Dresden Dolls

Song(s):
Sing (2006)


Louise Dresser

Song(s):
Stay in Your Own Backyard (1899)


Paul Dresser

Popular songwriter, singer, and comedic actor who traveled in minstrel and medicine wagon shows and worked as a vaudeville performer.

Born Johann Paul Dreiser Jr. on 4/22/1858 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Died 1/30/1906

Song(s) written by Dresser:
Give Us Just Another Lincoln (1900)
My Gal Sal (1907) – see Byron Harlan


Kenny Drew

Jazz pianist.


Dave Dreyer


Dr. Hook

Song(s):
The Cover of 'Rolling Stone' (1972)


The Drifters

Vocal group formed on Atlantic. Numerous personnel changes over the years. Six different singers have sung on top 10 R&B hits for the group. Songwriters Leiber and Stoller produced their hits from 1959-63. Many personnel changes throughout career and several groups have used the name in later years.

Active: 1953- Members: Clyde McPhatter (v: 53-55), Bill Pinkney (53-58), Gerhart Thrasher (53-58), Andrew Thrasher (53-58); Johnny Moore (v: 55-58, 64-80), Ben E. King (v: 59-60), Rudy Lewis (60-64; died of a heart attack on 5/20/64 at age 27).

Song(s):
Money Honey (1953)
White Christmas (1954)
Honey Love (1954)
There Goes My Baby (1959)
Save the Last Dance for Me (1960)
Up on the Roof (1962)
On Broadway (1963)
Under the Boardwalk (1964)

Album(s):
Let the Boogie Woogie Roll (compilation: 1953-58, released 1988)
All-Time Greatest Hits and More (compilation: 1959-65, released 1988)


Drive-By Truckers

Song(s):
The Perilous Night (2017)


Paquito D'Rivera


Dr. John

Singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist born Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. on 11/21/1940 in New Orleans, LA. Works in multiple genres including blues, pop, jazz, Zydeco, boogie woogie, and rock. Worked originally as a prominent session musician but has recorded over 20 albums on his own.

Song(s):
Right Place Wrong Time (1973)


Dr. Luke

American songwriter and record producer born Lukasz Gottwald on 9/26/1973. Often worked with Max Martin writing and producing singles for Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha; the latter alleged sexual assault and abuse by Gottwald.

Song(s) produced and/or co-written by Dr. Luke:
Since U Been Gone (2004) – see Kelly Clarkson
Girlfriend (2007) – see Avril Lavigne
I Kissed a Girl (2008) – see Katy Perry
Hot n Cold (2008) – see Katy Perry
Tik Tok (2009) – see Ke$ha
California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
Teenage Dream (2010) – see Katy Perry
Roar (2013) – see Katy Perry
Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry
Sugar (2015) – see Maroon 5


Dru Hill

Song(s):
In My Bed (1997)


Drummond

Song(s):
Daddy Cool (1971)


D12

Album(s):
Black Sunday (1993)


Al Dublin

Album(s):
42nd Street (musical: 1980) – see Harry Warren


The Dubs

Song(s):
Could This Be Magic (1957)


Eddy Duchin

Jazz pianist and bandleader born Edwin Frank Duchin on 4/1/1909 in Cambridge, MA. Died 2/9/1951.

Song(s):
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (with Lew Sherwood, 1933)
Let's Fall in Love (with Lew Sherwood, 1934)
Lovely to Look At (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
I Won't Dance (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
You Are My Lucky Star (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
Moon Over Miami (with Lew Sherwood, 1936)
It's De-Lovely (with Jerry Cooper, 1936)
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1938) – see Mary Martin
Don't Wait Till the Night Before Christmas (with Stanley Worth, 1938)


S.H. Dudley

Baritone singer born Samuel Holland Rous on 1/15/1864 in Greencastle, Indiana. Died 6/6/1947. With Haydn Quartet/Edison Male Quartette (1898-1914) and the American Quartet (1900).

Song(s):
In the Good Old Summertime (1902) – see John Philip Sousa


Duffy

Song(s):
Mercy (2008)

Album(s):
Rockferry (2008)


George Duke

Jazz pianist.


Vernon Duke

Song(s) by Duke:
I Can't Get Started (1938) – see Bunny Berigan


Aynsley Dunbar

English rock drummer born 1/10/1946. With John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (66-67), the Jeff Beck Group (67), Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Journey (73-79), Jefferson Starship (79-82), Whitesnake (89-90), and more.


Donald "Duck" Dunn

American R&B bassist with Booker T & the MG's born 11/24/1941.


Champion Jack Dupree

Album(s):
Blues from the Gutter (1958)


John Du Prez

Album(s):
Spamalot (musical: 2004) – see Eric Idle


The Duprees

Song(s):
You Belong to Me (1962)


Jermaine Dupri

Record producer, executive, songwriter, and rapper born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on 9/23/1972 in Asheville, NC. Has worked with Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Monica, Nelly, TLC, Usher, and Weezer.


Duran Duran

Synth-pop-dance group formed in Birmingham, England. Group named after a villain in the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella. Groups Arcadia and The Power Station are offshoots of Duran Duran.

Active: 1978- Members: Simon LeBon (v: 78-), Andy Taylor (g: 78-84), Nick Rhodes (k: 78-), John Taylor (b: 78-), Roger Taylor (d: 78-84). Warren Cuccurullo (g – Missing Persons, Duran Duran: 90-), Sterling Campbell (d – Duran Duran: 90-93, Soul Asylum: 95-)

Song(s):
Girls on Film (1981)
Hungry Like the Wolf (1982)
The Reflex (1984)
Ordinary World (1992)

Album(s):
Duran Duran (1981)
Rio (1982)
Greatest (compilation: 1980-97; released 1998)


Jimmy Durante

Song(s):
Frosty the Snowman (1969)


Thomas D'Urley

Song(s) written by D'Urley:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (music by D'Urley, words by Frederick Thomas Nettingham, 1706)


Ian Dury (& the Blockheads)

Song(s):
Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick (1978)

Album(s):
New Boots and Panties!! (1977)


Antonin Dvorák

Classical composer born 9/8/1841 in Bohemia. Died 5/1/1904.

Album(s):
Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World" (1893)
Cello Concerto in B Minor (1895)


Dyke & the Blazers

Song(s):
Funky Broadway (1967)


Bob Dylan

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Folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 5/24/1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Took stage name from poet Dylan Thomas. Gained a reputation as one of rock music's greatest lyricists with his political and socially-conscious songs, even winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his lyrics.

He went to New York City in 1960 and worked in folk clubs in Greenwich Village. He signed to Columbia Records in October 1961. Retired briefly following a motorcycle accident on 7/29/1966. He was born into a Jewish family, but became a born-again Christian in the late '70s and released several gospel-oriented albums from 1979-81 before returning to more folk-rock oriented fare. He has steadily toured since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. Member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys (88-91).

Song(s):
Bob Dylan: Top 100 Songs
Blowin' in the Wind (1963)
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (1963)
Masters of War (1963)
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (1963)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) – also see the Byrds
Positively 4th Street (1965)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (1965)
Desolation Row (1965)
Just Like a Woman (1966)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (1966)
I Want You (1966)
All Along the Watchtower (1968) – see the Jimi Hendrix
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1973)
Forever Young (1974)
Tangled Up in Blue (1975)
Hurricane (1975)
Not Dark Yet (1997)
Things Have Changed (2000)
Mississippi (2001)

Album(s):
Bob Dylan: Top 50 Albums
Bob Dylan (1962)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Blonde on Blonde (1966)
Live 1966 – The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4) (live, 1966)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-66, released 1967)
Ten of Swords (bootleg box set: 1961-66, released 1985)
The Basement Tapes (archives with The Band, 1967)
John Wesley Harding (1967)
Nashville Skyline (1969)
Self Portrait (1970)
New Morning (1970)
Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation: 1962-71, released 1971)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Planet Waves (with The Band, 1974)
Blood on the Tracks (1975)
Desire (1976)
Street Legal (1978)
Slow Train Going (1979)
Saved (1980)
Shot of Love (1981)
Biograph (box: 1961-81, released 1985)
Infidels (1983)
Empire Burlesque (1985)
Knocked Out Loaded (1986)
Down in the Groove (1988)
Oh Mercy (1989)
Under the Red Sky (1990)
The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (box: 1961-89, released 1991)
Good As I Been to You (1992)
World Gone Wrong (1993)
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Love and Theft (2001)
Modern Times (2006)
Tempest (2012)
Fallen Angels (2016)
Triplicate (2017)
Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Bob Dylan goes electric: May 17, 1966 (5/17/12)


Dynoro

Song(s):
In My Mind (with Gigi D'Agostino, 2018)


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