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Music Makers Encyclopedia: D

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.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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Chuck D

Born: 8/1/1960 Died:

Rap singer/songwriter with Public Enemy.


Daddy Cool

Song(s):

  • Eagle Rock (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Daddy Who?...Daddy Cool (1971)

    Daddy Yankee

    Song(s):

  • Limbo (2012)

    Ted Daffan

    Song(s):

  • Born to Lose (1943)

    Daft Punk

    Song(s):

  • Around the World (1997)
  • Stronger (2007) – see Kanye West
  • Get Lucky (with Pharrell Williams, 2013)

    Album(s):

  • Homework (1997)
  • Discovery (2001)
  • Alive (2007)
  • Random Access Memories (2013)

    Brann Dailor


    Dick Dale

    American guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Let’s Go Trippin’ (1961)

    Vernon Dalhart

    About: American country singer/songwriter.

    Born: Marion Try Slaughter on 4/6/1883 Died: 9/14/1948

    Song(s):

  • Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old ‘Tucky Home (1921)
  • The Prisoner's Song (1925)

    Dalida


    Roger Daltrey

    Born: 3/1/1944 Died:

    English rock singer 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)

    Vic Damone

    Born: Vito Rocco Farinola 6/12/1928 Died:

    Singer.

    Song(s):

  • You're Breaking My Heart (1949)

    D’Angelo

    Song(s):

  • Untitled (How Does It Feel) (2000)
  • Really Love (2015)

    Album(s):

  • Brown Sugar (1995)
  • Voodoo (2000)
  • Black Messiah (2014)

    Billy Daniels


    Charlie Daniels (Band)

    Born: 10/28/1936 Died:

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

    Hart P. Danks


    Danny & the Juniors

    Song(s):

  • At the Hop (1957)

    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Born: 2/3/1525 in Italy Died: 1594

    Classical composer.


    The Ken Darby Singers

    Song(s):

  • White Christmas (1942) – see Bing Crosby
  • Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (1948) – see Bing Crosby
  • Sunday, Monday or Always (1943) – see Bing Crosby

    Terence Trent D’Arby

    Album(s):

  • Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987)

    Bobby Darin

    About: Pop singer.

    Born: Walden Robert Cassotto on 5/14/1936 Died: 12/20/1973

    Song(s):

  • Splish Splash (1958)
  • Mack the Knife (1959)

    Joe Darion

    Album(s):

  • with Mitch Leigh (composers) – Man of La Mancha (cast: 1965)

    The Darkness

    Song(s):

  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love (2002)

    Album(s):

  • Permission to Land (2003)

    Daughtry

    Album(s):

  • Daughtry (2006)

    David + David

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

    Song(s):

  • Welcome to the Boomtown (1986)

    Album(s):

  • Boomtown (1986)

    Hal David

    Born: 5/25/1921 Died:

    Songwriter. Frequently worked with Burt Bacharach.

    Song(s) written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David:

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

    Mack David


    Dave Davies


    Ray Davies

    Born: 6/21/1944 Died:

    British rock singer and guitarist with the Kinks.


    Benny Davis

    Song(s):

  • Baby Face (with Jan Garber, 1926)

    Clive Davis

    Born: 4/4/1932

    American record producer and executive. 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.


    Jimmie Davis

    Song(s):

  • You Are My Sunshine (1940)

    Reverend Gary Davis

    Born: 4/30/1896 in Laurens, SC Died: 5/5/1972

    American blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player.


    Mac Davis

    Born: 1/21/1942

    Country singer/songwriter.


    Miles Davis

    About: Innovative jazz trumpeter who 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.

    Born: 5/26/1926 in Alton, IL Died: 9/28/1991 of a stroke and pneumonia

    Song(s):

  • Ko-Ko (1945) – see Charlie Parker
  • So What (1959)
  • Blues in Green (with Bill Evans, 1959)
  • All Blues (1959)
  • Freddie Freeloader (1959)

    Album(s):

  • Birth of the Cool (1950)
  • Miles Ahead (with Gil Evans, 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.

    Born: 12/8/1925 Died: 5/16/1990

    American pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • What Kind of Fool Am I? (1962)

    The Spencer Davis Group

    Song(s):

  • Gimme Some Lovin' (1966)

    Tyrone Davis

    Born: 5/4/1938 Died: 2/9/2005

    American R&B singer (“Are You Serious?”).


    Walter Davis


    Doris Day

    Born: 4/3/1922

    American actress and singer.

    Song(s):

  • Sentimental Journey (1945) – see Les Brown
  • It's Magic (1948)
  • Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (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)

    The Daydreamers

    Song(s):

  • How High the Moon (1947) – see Ella Fitzgerald

    John Deacon


    Dead Boys

    Song(s):

  • Sonic Reducer (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Young, Loud & Snotty (1977)

    Dead Kennedys

    About: 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)

    Kim Deal


    Jimmy Dean

    Born: 8/10/1928 Died: 6/13/2010

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Big Bad John (1961)

    Speech Debelle

    Album(s):

  • Speech Therapy (2009)

    Claude Debussey

    Born: 8/22/1862 Died: 3/25/1918

    French classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • La Mer (1905) ballet
  • Preludes (24) for Piano, Books I & II (1909-1913)

    Kiki Dee

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976) – see Elton John

    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):

  • Smoke on the Water (1973)

    Album(s):

  • In Rock (1970)
  • Machine Head (1972)
  • Made in Japan (live, 1972)

    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):

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987)

    Album(s):

  • High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
  • Pyromania (1983)
  • Hysteria (1987)

    Desmond Dekker

    Song(s):

  • The Israelites (1969)

    Reginald DeKoven


    Del Amitri

    Album(s):

  • Del Amitri (1985)
  • Waking Hours (1989)
  • Change Everything (1992)
  • Twisted (1995)
  • Some Other Sucker’s Parade (1997)
  • Can You Do Me Good? (2002)

    Eddie DeLange


    Delaney & Bonnie

    Album(s):

  • On Tour (& Friends with Eric Clapton, 1969) live

    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 Night (1956)

    Delmore Brothers

    Song(s):

  • Hillbilly Boogie (1946)
  • Blues Stay Away from Me (1949)

    Brad Delp

    Born: 6/12/1951 in Boston, MA Died: 3/9/2007; suicide

    Rock singer with Boston (76-78,86,97,02), with Barry Goudreau (80, 04), Orion the Hunter (84), and RTZ (89-91,98).

    Album(s):

  • with Barry Goudreau: Delp & Goudreau (2004)

    Delp & Goudreau

    Musicians Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau. Duo of alumni from rock group Boston.

    Lana Del Rey

    Song(s):

  • Video Games (2011)

    Album(s):

  • Born to Die (2012)

    The Del-Vikings

    Song(s):

  • Come Go with Me (1957)

    Jim Denny


    Will Denny

    Song(s):

  • Any Old Place I Hang My Hat is “Home Sweet Home” to Me (1901)

    John Densmore


    John Denver

    Born: 12/31/1943 Died: 10/12/1997

    Country/adult-contemporary singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Take Me Home, Country Roads (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72)

    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 (1984)
  • 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):

  • Layla (1971)

    Album(s):

  • 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):

  • Wiggle (with Snoop Dogg, 2014)

    Hal Derwin

    Song(s):

  • South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (Shep Fields with Hal Derwin, 1939)

    Sugar Pie Desanto


    The Descendents

    Album(s):

  • Milo Goes to College (1982)

    Jackie DeShannon

    Song(s):

  • What the World Needs Now (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1965)

    Destiny’s Child

    Song(s):

  • Bills, Bills, Bills (1999)
  • Say My Name (1999)
  • Independent Women (2000)
  • Bootylicious (2001)

    Album(s):

  • The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)
  • Survivor (2001)

    B.G. “Buddy” DeSylva

    Born: George Gard DeSylva on 1/27/1895 in New York City, NY Died: 7/11/1950

    About: Songwriter.

    Songs written by DeSylva:

  • Look for the Silver Lining (1921) – see Marion Harris
  • April Showers (1922) – 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)

    Dexy's Midnight Runners

    Song(s):

  • Come on Eileen (1982)

    Album(s):

  • Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)

    Dennis DeYoung

    Born: 2/18/1947

    Rock singer and keyboardist with Styx (71-84,90-99). Also a solo artist (84-).

    Album(s):

  • One Hundred Years from Now (2007)

    David Diamond


    Neil Diamond

    Born: 1/24/1941 in Brooklyn, NY

    Pop/soft rock singer/songwriter. 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. 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:

  • Cracklin’ Rosie (1970)

    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)
  • Serenade (1974)
  • The Jazz Singer (1980)
  • 12 Songs (produced by Rick Rubin, 2005)

    Diamond Rio


    The Diamonds

    Song(s):

  • Little Darlin’ (1957)

    Little Jimmy Dickens


    Bruce Dickinson


    Bo Diddley

    Born: 12/30/1928 Died: 6/2/2008

    Blues guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Bo Diddley (1955)
  • I’m a Man (1955)
  • Who Do You Love (1956)

    Diddy – see Puff Daddy


    Dido

    Song(s):

  • Stan (with Eminem, 2000)
  • 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

    Born: 11/4/1954

    British singer/songwriter. One of two members of the new wave band Squeeze to last through every incarnation of the group.

    Album(s):

  • Difford & Tilbrook (1984)
  • I Didn’t Get Where I Am (2002)
  • The Last Temptation of Chris (2008)

    Digable Planets

    Song(s):

  • Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (1992)

    Digital Underground

    Song(s):

  • The Humpty Dance (1990)

    The Dils

    Song(s):

  • I Hate the Rich (1978)

    Klaus Dinger


    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

    Born: Ronald Padavona on 7/10/42 in Portsmouth, NH Died: 5/16/2010

    Heavy-metal rock singer and bassist. Elf (70-75), Rainbow (75-79), Black Sabbath (79-83,92, 06-10), Dio (83-02).

    Album(s):

  • Holy Diver (1983)

    Dion (& the Belmonts)

    Born: 7/18/1939 Died:

    R&B/doo-wop singer with the Belmonts. Also recorded solo.

    Song(s):

  • I Wonder Why (with the Bemonts, 1958)
  • A Teenager in Love (with the Belmonts, 1959)
  • Runaround Sue (1961)
  • Abraham, Martin and John (1968)

    Celine Dion

    Born: 3/30/1968 in Quebec

    Pop/adult contemporary singer popular singer in France and Canada sincer her teen years. 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 (w. Diane Warren, 1996)
  • It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (w. Jim Steinman, 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)
  • A New Day Has Come (2002)

    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 (1979)
  • 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)
  • On Every Street (1991)

    Mike Dirnt


    Discharge

    Album(s):

  • Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing (1982)

    Dixie Chicks

    Song(s):

  • Wide Open Spaces (1998)
  • 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 (w. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, 1964)

    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

    Born: 7/1/1915 Died: 1/29/1992

    American blues bassist.

    Album(s):

  • I Am the Blues (year?)
  • The Chess Box (1988)

    Dizzee Rascal

    Song(s):

  • Fix Up Look Sharp (2003)

    Album(s):

  • Boy in Da Corner (2003)

    DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

    Song(s):

  • Parents Just Don’t Understand (1988)
  • Summertime (1991)

    DJ Shadow

    Album(s):

  • Endtroducing… (1996)

    Ken Dodd

    Song(s):

  • Tears (1965)

    Bill Doggett

    Song(s):

  • Honky Tonk (1956)

    Pete Doherty

    Song(s):

  • For Lovers (with Wolfman, 2004)

    Joe Dolce

    Song(s):

  • Shaddap You Face (1980)

    Eric Dolphy

    Born: 6/20/1928 Died: 6/29/1964

    Jazz musician.

    Album(s):

  • Out to Lunch! (1964)

    Placido Domingo

    Born: 1/21/1941

    Opera singer.

    Album(s):

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

    Fats Domino

    Born: Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr. on 2/26/1928 in New Orleans, LA

    R&B/early rock and roll singer/songwriter and pianist. 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)
  • Walking to New Orleans (1960)

    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)
  • Star Dust (1957)

    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


    Donovan

    Born: Donovan Phillips Leitch on 5/10/1946 Died:

    About: Scottish folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (“Mellow Yellow”, “Catch the Wind”). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says his song “Sunshine Superman” single handedly ignited the psychedelic revolution.

    Song(s):

  • Sunshine Superman (1966)

    Album(s):

  • Sunshine Superman (1966)

    The Doobie Brothers

    Song(s):

  • What a Fool Believes (1979)

    The Doors

    Active: 1965-71 Members: Jim Morrison (v: 65-71), Ray Mazarek (k), Robbie Krieger (g), John Densmore (d)

    Rock group formed in Los Angeles, CA.

    Song(s):

  • Light My Fire (1967)
  • The End (1967)
  • L.A. Woman (1971)
  • Riders on the Storm (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, 1987)

    The Dorsey Brothers

    Song(s):

  • It’s the Girl (with the Boswell Sisters, 1931)
  • Lullaby of Broadway (with Bob Crosby, 1935)
  • Chasing Shadows (with Bob Eberly, 1935)

    Jimmy Dorsey

    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)
  • 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)
  • Brazil (1942)
  • Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen, 1944)

    Thomas A. Dorsey

    Born: 7/1/1899 Died: 1/23/1993

    Gospel singer.

    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

    About: Among the greatest trombonists in jazz history. He and his brother Jimmy played with the California Ramblers, Charleston Chasers, Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, and Paul Whiteman, among others. Tommy also played with Vincent Lopez and Rudy Vallee. Started his band in 1935 with the heart of the Joe Haymes ensemble, and over the years led an extraordinary array of top musicians. The jazz arrangements of Sy Oliver were among the most acclaimed of the era, and during the early ‘40s the band got a sensational new star in Frank Sinatra.

    Born: 11/19/1905 in Shenandoah, PA Died: 11/26/1956

    Song(s):

  • The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round (with Edythe Wright, 1935)
  • Alone (Tommy Dorsey with Cliff Weston, 1936)
  • I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (1936)
  • Marie (with Jack Leonard, w. Irving Berlin, 1937)
  • Song of India (1937)
  • Once in a While (1937)
  • Music, Maestro, Please (Tommy Dorsey with Edythe Wright, 1938)
  • All the Things You Are (with Jack Leonard; w. Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II; 1939)
  • Indian Summer (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
  • I’ll Never Smile Again (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
  • There Are Such Things (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1942)
  • Opus No. 1 (1945)

    Carl Douglas

    Song(s):

  • Kung Fu Fighting (1974)

    Michael Douglas

    Song(s):

  • Ole Buttermilk Sky (1946) – see Kay Kyser
    Steve Douglas

    Tom Dowd

    Born: 10/20/1925 Died: 10/27/2002

    About: American producer who 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

    Born: 8/25/1952 in Stockport, England

    Rock keyboardist with the Buggles (77-80), Yes (80), and Asia (81-).


    K.K. Downing


    Lamont Dozier

    Born: 6/16/1941 Died:

    American songwriter with Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team.


    Drake

    Song(s):

  • All of the Lights (2010) - see Kanye West
  • Hotline Bling (2015)
  • One Dance (2016)

    Album(s):

  • Take Care (2011)
  • Views (2016)

    Ervin Drake


    Nick Drake

    Born: 6/19/1948 in Rangoon, Burma Died: 11/25/1974 from an overdose of an antidepressant

    About: English folk singer/songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • Five Leaves Left (1969)
  • Bryter Layter (1970)
  • Pink Moon (1972)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Nick Drake died: November 25, 1974 (11/25/11)

    Dream Theater

    Album(s):

  • Images and Words (1992)
  • Scenes from a Memory (Metropolis Part 2) (1999)

    Dr. Dre

    Born: Andre Romelle Young on 2/18/1965 in Compton, CA

    About: Rap singer/songwriter, producer, and record executive. 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.

    Song(s):

  • Deep Cover (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1992)
  • Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993)
  • No Diggity (with Blackstreet, 1996)
  • California Love (with Tupac Shakur and Roger Troutman, 1996)

    Album(s):

  • The Chronic (1992)

    Paul Dresser

    About: 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:

  • My Gal Sal (1907) – see Byron Harlan

    Dave Dreyer


    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)
  • There Goes My Baby (w. Ben E. King, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1959)
  • Save the Last Dance for Me (1960)
  • Up on the Roof (w. Carole King & Gerry Goffin, 1962)
  • On Broadway (w. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1963)
  • Under the Boardwalk (1964)

    Paquito D’Rivera


    Dr. John

    Born: Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. on 11/21/1940

    American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who 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

    Born: 9/26/1973

    American songwriter and record producer.

    Song(s) produced 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

    Al Dublin


    Eddy Duchin

    Born: 4/1/1909 Died: 2/9/1951

    American jazz pianist and bandleader.

    Song(s):

  • Let’s Fall in Love (with Lew Sherwood, 1934)
  • You Are My Lucky Star (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)

    Duffy

    Album(s):

  • Rockferry (2008)

    Vernon Duke

    Song(s) by Duke:

  • I Can't Get Started (1938) – see Bunny Berigan

    The Duke of Paducah


    Aynsley Dunbar

    Born: 1/10/1946 Died:

    English rock drummer with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (66-67), the Jeff Beck Group, Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, Journey (73-79), Jefferson Starship (79-82), Whitesnake (89-90), and more.


    Donald “Duck” Dunn

    Born: 11/24/1941 Died:

    American R&B bassist with Booker T & the MG’s.


    Champion Jack Dupree

    Album(s):

  • Blues from the Gutter (1958)

    Jermaine Dupri


    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)
  • Rio (1982)
  • Ordinary World (1992)

    Album(s):

  • Duran Duran (1981)
  • Rio (1982)

    Ian Dury (& the Blockheads)

    Song(s):

  • Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick (1978)

    Album(s):

  • New Boots and Panties!! (1977)

    Antonin Dvorák

    Born: 9/8/1841 Died: 1904

    Bohemian classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” (1893)
  • Cello Concerto in B Minor (1895)

    Bob Dylan

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Highly influential singer/songwriter/guitarist/harmonica player and innovator of folk-rock style. Took stage name from poet Dylan Thomas. To New York City in December 1960. Worked Greenwich Village folk clubs. Signed to Columbia Records in October 1961. Motorcycle crash on 7/29/66 led to short retirement. Newly-found Christian faith reflected in his recordings of 1979-81. Member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys 1988-91.

    Born: Robert Allen Zimmerman on 5/24/1941 in Duluth, MN

    Song(s):

  • Blowin' in the Wind (1963)
  • The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1965)
  • Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
  • Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)
  • Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
  • Positively 4th Street (1966)
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1973)
  • Tangled Up in Blue (1975)
  • Not Dark Yet (1997)

    Album(s):

  • 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)
  • The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966 – The “Royal Albert Hall Concert” (1966) live
  • The Basement Tapes (with The Band, 1967) archives
  • John Wesley Harding (1967)
  • Nashville Skyline (1969)
  • Self Portrait (1970)
  • New Morning (1970)
  • 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)
  • Infidels (1983)
  • Empire Burlesque (1985)
  • Knocked Out Loaded (1986)
  • Down in the Groove (1988)
  • Oh Mercy (1989)
  • Under the Red Sky (1990)
  • Good As I Been to You (1992)
  • World Gone Wrong (1993)
  • Time Out of Mind (1997)
  • Love and Theft (2001)
  • Modern Times (2006)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • Bob Dylan – Top 100 Songs
  • Bob Dylan Covers – Top 30 Songs
  • Bob Dylan goes electric: May 17, 1966 (5/17/12)

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