Music Makers Encyclopedia: E


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Eagles

Active: 1971-80; 1994-. Members: Glenn Frey (v/g: 71-80,94), Don Henley (v/d: 71-80,94), Randy Meisner (b/v: 71-77), Bernie Leadon (g/v: 71-75), Don Felder (g/v: 75-80,94), Joe Walsh (g/v: 75-80,94), Timothy B. Schmit (b/v: 77-80,94)

Rock/country group formed in Los Angeles, CA.

Song(s):
Eagles et al: Top 70 songs
Take It Easy (1972)
Desperado (1973)
Hotel California (1976)
Please Come Home for Christmas (1978)
Seven Bridges Road (live) (1980)

Album(s):
Eagles (1972)
Desperado (1973)
On the Border (1974)
One of These Nights (1975)
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
Hotel California (1976)
The Long Run (1979)
Eagles Live (live: 1976-80)
Greatest Hits, Volume II (compilation: 1975-80, released 1982)
Hell Freezes Over (live, 1994)
Very Best of (compilation: 1971-79, released 1994)
The Very Best of (compilation: 1971-2003, released 2003)
Long Road Out of Eden (2007)


Steve Earle

Album(s):
Guitar Town (1986)


Earth, Wind & Fire

Los Angeles-based R&B group founded by Maurice White. Frequent personnel shuffling with a general lineup of 8 to 10 members.

Active: 1971- Members: Maurice White, Verdine White (b – Salty Peppers; EWF). Philip Bailey (v: 71-), Wade Flemons, Ronnie Laws

Song(s):
Shining Star (1975)
September (1978)
Boogie Wonderland (with the Emotions, 1979)
After the Love Has Gone (1979)
Let’s Groove (1981)

Album(s):
That’s the Way of the World (soundtrack, 1975)
Gratitude (1975)


Nathan East


East 17

Song(s):
It’s Alright (1993)
Stay Another Day (1994)


Eastman Wind Ensemble

Album(s):
Winds in Hi-Fi (1958)


Sheena Easton

Pop singer (“Morning Train,” “For Your Eyes Only”) born Sheena Shirley Orr on 4/27/1959 in Bellshire, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Fred Ebb

Musical theater composer born 4/8/1928 in Manhattan, NY. Died 9/11/2004

Songs composed with John Kander:
Cabaret (from Cabaret, 1968) – see Louis Armstrong
Maybe This Time (from Cabaret soundtrack, 1972) – see Liza Minnelli
All That Jazz (Chicago, cast: Chita Rivera: 1975, soundtrack: Catherine Zeta-Jones & Rene Zellweger: 2002) – see John Kander

Album(s):
Cabaret (cast: 1966, soundtrack: 1972) – see John Kander
Chicago (cast: 1975, soundtrack: 2003) – see John Kander
Kiss of the Spider Woman (cast: 1992) – see John Kander


Ray Eberle

Song(s):
Wishing Will Make It So (1939) – see Glenn Miller
Stairway to the Stars (1939) – see Glenn Miller
Moon Love (1939) – see Glenn Miller
Careless (1940) – see Glenn Miller
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1940) – see Glenn Miller
Moonlight Cocktail (1942) – see Glenn Miller


Bob Eberly

Born 7/24/1916. Died 12/17/1981

Traditional pop singer.

Song(s):
Chasing Shadows (1935) – see the Dorsey Brothers
Is It True What They Say About Dixie (1936) – see Jimmy Dorsey
The Breeze and I (1940) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Maria Elena (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
I Hear a Rhapsody (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Tangerine (1942) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (1944) – see Jimmy Dorsey


Echo & the Bunnymen

Song(s):
Lips Like Sugar (1987)

Album(s):
Crocodiles (1980)
Ocean Rain (1984)


Billy Eckstine

Bandleader born 7/8/1914 in Pittsburgh, PA. Died 3/8/1993.

Song(s):
I Apologize (1949)
My Foolish Heart (1950)


Duane Eddy

Rock guitarist (“Because They’re Young”) born 4/26/1938 in Coming, NY.

Song(s):
Rebel Rouser (1958)


Nelson Eddy

Song(s):
Indian Love Call (with Jeanette MacDonald, 1936)


The Edge

Irish rock guitarist and songwriter with U2. Born David Howell Evans on 8/8/1961 in Barking, Essex, England.


Thomas Edison

Born 2/11/1847. Died 10/18/1931. Inventor of the phonogragh, among many other inventions.

Song(s):
Mary Had a Little Lamb (1878)

The DMDB Blog:
Thomas Edison invents the phonograph: August 12, 1877 (8/12/11)


Edison Lighthouse

Song(s):
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes (1970)


Dave Edmunds

Song(s):
I Hear You Knocking (1970)


Bernard Edwards

R&B bassist and producer born 10/31/1952 in Greenville, NC. Died 4/18/1996. With disco group Chic.


Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards

American singer born Clifton Avon Edwards on 6/14/1895 in Hannibal, MO. Died 7/17/1971. Perhaps best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the animated film, Pinocchio.

Song(s):
Fascinating Rhythm (1925)
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1928)
Singin’ in the Rain (1929)
When You Wish Upon a Star (with the Ken Darby Singers, from Pinocchio, 1940)
Give a Little Whistle (with the Ken Darby Singers, from Pinocchio, 1940)


David “Honeyboy” Edwards

Bues singer and guitarist born 6/28/1915 in Shaw, MI. Died 8/29/2011.


Gus Edwards


Richey Edwards

Born 12/22/1967. Died 2/1/1995

Alternative-rock songwriter and guitarist with Manic Street Preachers. Went missing and presumed dead.


Sherman Edwards

Album(s):
1776 (cast: 1969)


Tommy Edwards

Song(s):
It's All in the Game (1951)


Raymond B. Egan


Ken Ehrlich


Eiffel 65

Song(s):
Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1999)


Billie Eilish

Pop/alternative singer/songwriter born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell on 12/18/2001 in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest artist to be nominated for (and to win) the Big Four Grammy Awards (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist). She is the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Song(s):
Bad Guy (2019)


Mikky Ekko

Song(s):
Stay (2012) – see Rihanna


Elbow

Album(s):
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)


Roy Eldridge

Bandleader born 1/30/1911 in Pittsburgh, PA. Died 2/26/1989.


Electric Light Orchestra

Song(s):
Mr. Blue Sky (1978)
Xanadu (1980) – see Olivia Newton-John

Album(s):
A New World Record (1976)
Out of the Blue (1977)
Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980) – see Olivia Newton-John


The Elegants

Song(s):
Little Star (1958)


Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra

Song(s):
Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) (1913)


Edward Elgar

Classical composer born 6/2/1857 in Lower Broadheath, England. Died 2/23/1934.

Song(s) written by Elgar:
Pomp and Circumstance (1902)

Album(s):
Enigma Variations (1899)
Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
Violin Concerto (1932)


T.S. Eliot

Album(s):
Cats (cast: 1981) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber


Edward Eliscu


David Ellefson


Yvonne Elliman

Song(s):
I Don’t Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971)
If I Can’t Have You (1977)


Duke Ellington

Links: - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

Perhaps the single most important creative talent in American popular music history. Having studied piano from age 7, Duke formed his first band about 1918. He came to New York in 1923 at Fats Waller’s suggestion, and his “Washingtonians” gradually established themselves: in late 1927, they began a five-year association with the famous Cotton Club. It wasin the early ‘30s that Duke’s unparalleled genius as a jazz band composer became unmistakable, a genius that ranged from great three-minute popular songs to ambitious large-scale works like “Black, Brown, and Beige” (a 50-minute suite introduced at Carnegie Hall in 1943). From 1939 on he was aided by gifted arranger-composer Billy Strayhorn, in addition to his amazing musicians.

Born Edward Kennedy Ellington on 4/29/1899 in Washington, D.C.. Died 5/24/1974

Song(s):
Duke Ellington: Top 50 Songs
Black and Tan Fantasy (1927)
Three Little Words (w/ the Rhythm Boys, 1930)
Mood Indigo (1931)
It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing (1932)
Sophisticated Lady (1933)
Cocktails for Two (1934)
Solitude (1934)
Caravan (1937)
Ko-Ko (1940)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) (1940)
Do Nothin’ ‘Til You Hear from Me (1940)
Take the "A" Train (1941)
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good (1941)
Perdido (1942)
Black, Brown and Beige (1943)
Come Sunday (1943)
Satin Doll (1953)
Diminuendo and Crescendo (1956)
In a Sentimental Mood (with John Coltrane, 1962)

Album(s):
The Blanton-Webster Band (box: 1939-1942)
Masterpieces (1951)
At Newport (live, 1956)
Far East Suite (1966)
The Centennial Edition (1927-1973)


“Mama” Cass Elliot


Ramblin’ Jack Elliott


Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

R&B singer/rapper born Melissa Arnette Elliott on 7/1/1971 in Portsmouth, VA.

Song(s):
Get Ur Freak On (2001)
Work It (2002)

Album(s):
Supa Dupa Fly (1997)


Mischa Elman


The Emeralds

Song(s):
Chicken Dance (1982)


Keith Emerson

Born 11/2/1944 in Lancashire, England. Died 3/11/2016 in Santa Monica, CA

Progressive rock keyboardist with the Nice (69?-70); Emerson, Lake & Palmer (70-79, 92); solo; Emerson, Lake & Powell (86); and 3 (87-88).


Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Progressive rock group. (1970-79, 1992). Members: Keith Emerson (k), Greg Lake (v), and Carl Palmer (d). In the 1980s, a couple groups (3 and Emerson, Lake & Powell) formed as offshoots of ELP, each featuring 2 of the 3 members.

Album(s):
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)
Pictures at an Exhibition (live, 1971)
Brain Salad Surgery (1973)


Ralph Emery


Eminem

Links: - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

Rap singer born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on 10/17/1972 in St. Joseph, MO.

Song(s):
My Name Is… (1998)
Stan (with Dido, 2000)
The Real Slim Shady (2000)

Without Me (2002)

Lose Yourself (2002)
Not Afraid (2010)

Love the Way You Lie (with Rihanna, 2010)
The Monster (with
Rihanna, 2013)

Album(s):
The Slim Shady LP (1999)
The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
The Eminem Show (2002)
8 Mile (soundtrack with various artists, 2002) – see Various Artists
Encore (2004)
Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, released 2005)
Relapse (2009)
Recovery (2010)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)


Tommy Emmanuel


Daniel Decatur Emmett


The Emotions

Song(s):
Best of My Love (1977)
Boogie Wonderland (1979) – see Earth, Wind & Fire


The English Beat

Song(s):
Save It for Later (1982)


Enigma

Album(s):
mcmxc a.d. (1990)


Brian Eno

Rock keyboardist and producer born Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno on 5/15/1948 in Woodridge, England. With Roxy Music. Also an ambient solo artist and producer for acts including David Bowie, Coldplay, Talking Heads, and U2.

Album(s):
Top 20 Albums
Roxy Music (member, 1972) – see Roxy Music
For Your Pleasure (member, 1973) – see Roxy Music
Stranded (member, 1974) – see Roxy Music
Here Come the Warm Jets (1974)
Another Green World (1975)
Before and After Science (1977)
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (producer, 1978) – see Devo
More Songs about Buildings and Food (producer, 1978) – see Talking Heads
Fear of Music (producer, 1979) – see Talking Heads
Remain in Light (producer, 1980) – see Talking Heads
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with David Byrne, 1981)
The Unforgettable Fire (producer, 1984) – see U2
The Joshua Tree (producer, 1987) – see U2
Achtung Baby (producer, 1991) – see U2
Zooropa (producer, 1993) – see U2
Original Soundtracks 1 (Passengers: U2 with Brian Eno, 1995)
All That You Can’t Leave Behind (producer, 2000) – see U2
Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (producer, 2008) – see Coldplay
No Line on the Horizon (producer, 2009) – see U2


John Entwistle

Born 10/9/1944

British rock bassist with the Who.


En Vogue

Song(s):
My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) (1992)

Album(s):
Funky Divas (1992)


Enya

New age singer born Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin on 5/17/1961 in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland.

Album(s):
Watermark (1988)
Shepherd Moons (1991)
A Day without Rain (2000)


EPMD

Album(s):
Strictly Business (1988)


Brian Epstein

Manager born 9/19/1934 in Liverpool, England. Died 8/27/1967. Signed the the Beatles to a management contract in early 1962 and then served as their driving force until his death in 1967.


Erasure

Song(s):
Oh L’Amour (1986)


Eric B. & Rakim

– see B., Eric, & Rakim


Ahmet Ertegun

Record executive and producer born 7/31/1923 in Istanbul, Turkey. Died 12/14/2006. Worked with Atlantic Records.


Nesuhi Ertegun

Record executive and producer born 11/26/1917 in Constantinople, Turkey. Died 7/15/1989. Atlantic Records.


Trudy Erwin

Song(s):
People Will Say We’re in Love (from Oklahoma!, 1943) – see Bing Crosby
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (from Oklahoma!, 1943) – see Bing Crosby


David Essex

Song(s):
Gonna Make You a Star (1974)


Emilio Estefan, Jr.

Producer born 3/4/1943 in Santiago de Cuba. Worked in Miami Sound Machine with wife Gloria Estefan.


Gloria Estefan

Latin/pop singer born Gloria Maria Fajardo-Garcia on 9/1/1957 in Havana, Cuba. Came to Miami in 1960. Fronted Miami Sound Machine (84-88) with her husband Emilio Estefan Jr. before launching solo career in 1989.

Song(s):
Conga (Miami Sound Machine, 1985)
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (with Miami Sound Machine, 1987)


Sleepy John Estes


The E Street Band

Formed: 1973 Members: Gary Tallent (b), Danny Federici (k), David Sancious (piano: 73-74), Vini Lopez (d: 73-74), Clarence Clemons (sax), Max Weinberg (d: 74-), Roy Bittan (piano: 74-), Steve Van Zandt (g: 75-), Patti Scialfa (v), Nils Lofgren (g).

Bruce Springsteen’s backing group.


Melissa Etheridge

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 5/29/1961 in Leavenworth, KS.

Song(s):
Occasionally (1988)
Thunder Road (live with Bruce Springsteen, 1995)
I Need to Wake Up (2006)

Album(s):
Melissa Etheridge (1988)
Yes I Am (1993)


Ruth Etting

Singer and actress born 11/23/1897 in David City, NE. Died 9/24/1978. Over 60 hit recordings. Worked in stage, radio, and film.

Song(s):
Love Me or Leave Me (1929)
Ten Cents a Dance (1930)
Exactly Like You (1930)


Europe

Song(s):
The Final Countdown (1986)


Europe’s Society Orchestra

Song(s):
The Castles in Europe One-Step (Castle House Rag) (1914)
Down Home Rag (1914)


Eurythmics

New-wave duo formed in the 1980s. Consisted of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, who had previously worked together in the Tourists.

Song(s):
Eurythmics/Annie Lennox: Top 30 Songs
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)
It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back) (1985)

Album(s):
Greatest Hits (compilation, 1983-89, released 1991)


Evanescence

Song(s):
Bring Me to Life (with Paul McCoy, 2003)

Album(s):
Fallen (2003)


Bill Evans

Jazz pianist born 8/16/1929 in Plainfield, NJ. Died 9/15/1980.

Song(s):
Blue in Green (with Miles Davis, 1959)
Waltz for Debby (1961)

Album(s):
Portrait in Jazz (1959)
Waltz for Debby (live, 1961)
Sunday at the Village Vanguard/Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (live, 1961)
Conversations with Myself (1963)


Dale Evans

Song(s):
Happy Trails (with Roy Rogers, 1948)


Faith Evans

Song(s):
I'll Be Missing You (1997) – see Puff Daddy


Gil Evans

Jazz pianist and composer born Ian Ernest Gilmore Green on 5/13/1912 in Toronto, Ontario. Died 4/20/1988.

Album(s):
Miles Ahead (1957) – see Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess (1958) – see Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain (1960) – see Miles Davis


Ray Evans


Everclear


Betty Everett


The Everly Brothers

Early-rock vocal duo of brothers Don and Phil Everly. Active 1957-89. Began singing with their parents, who were folk and country singers, at ages 8 and 6 respectively through high school. Chet Atkins invited them to Nashville where they recorded for Columbia in 1955. Signed to Cadence records in 1957.

Song(s):
Bye Bye Love (1957)
Wake Up Little Susie (1957)
All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958)
Cathy's Clown (1960)


Don Everly

Born Isaac Donald Everly on 2/1/1937 in Brownie, KY. Member of the Everly Brothers.


Phil Everly

Early-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 1/19/1939 in Chicago, IL. Member of the Everly Brothers.


Everything But The Girl

Song(s):
Missing (dance remix) (1995)

Album(s):
Idlewild (1988)
The Language of Life (1990)


Exile

Country group.

Song(s):
Kiss You All Over (1978)


Exile

Japanese boy band.

Song(s):
Lovers Again (2007)


Exodus

Album(s):
Bonded by Blood (1985)


Ella Eyre

Song(s):
Waiting All Night (2013) – see Rudimental


Bob Ezrin

Producer born on 3/25/1949 in Toronto, Ontario. Worked with Pink Floyd, Kiss, and Alice Cooper.

Albums produced by Ezrin:
School’s Out (1972) – see see Alice Cooper
Berlin (1973) – see see Lou Reed
Destroyer (1976) – see Kiss
The Wall (1979) – see Pink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) – see Pink Floyd
The Division Bell (1994) – see Pink Floyd


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, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by 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

You can also check the search engine for names, albums, songs, and other content on this site:

Last updated February 9, 2020.