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

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The Faces

About: British rock group which evolved from The Small Faces.

Active: 1969-1975 Members: Rod Stewart (v), Ron Wood (g), Ronnie Lane (b), Ian McLagan (k), Kenney Jones (d)


Donald Fagen

Album(s):

  • The Nightfly (1982)

    John Fahey

    Born: 2/28/1939 in Washington, D.C. Died: 2/22/2001

    American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument.


    Sammy Fain


    Fairfield Four

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around (1947)

    Fairground Attraction

    Song(s):

  • Perfect (1988)

    Album(s):

  • The First of a Million Kisses (1988)

    Fairport Convention

    Album(s):

  • Unhalfbricking (1969)
  • Liege and Lief (1969)

    Faith No More

    Song(s):

  • Epic (1990)

    Album(s):

  • The Real Thing (1989)
  • Angel Dust (1992)

    Percy Faith

    Born: 4/7/1908 Died: 2/9/1976

    Canadian bandleader.

    Song(s):

  • Where Is Your Heart (Song from "Moulin Rouge") (with Felicia Sanders, 1953)
  • Theme from “A Summer Place” (1960)

    Joseph Falcon

    Song(s):

  • Allons a Lafayette (1928)

    Agnetha Faltskog

    Born: 4/5/1950

    Swedish pop singer with Abba.


    The Fall

    Song(s):

  • Senior Twilight Stock Replacer (2008)

    Album(s):

  • This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)

    Georgie Fame

    Song(s):

  • The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

    Cecil Fanning

    Song(s):

  • A Perfect Day (1911)

    Geraldine Farrar

    Song(s):

  • My Old Kentucky Home (1910)

    Fatboy Slim

    Song(s):

  • Praise You (1999)
  • Weapon of Choice (2001)

    Album(s):

  • You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)

    Gabriel Faure

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Requiem (composed 1900)

    Fear

    Album(s):

  • The Record (1982)

    The Feelies

    Album(s):

    Crazy Rhythms (1980)


    Jose Feliciano

    Born: Jose Monserrate Feliciano Garcia on 9/10/1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico Died:

    Guitarist and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Feliz Navidad (1970)

    Freddy Fender

    Born: Baldemar Garza Huerta on 6/4/1937 in San Benito, TX Died: 10/14/2006

    Country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Before the Next Teardrop Falls (1975)
  • Wasted Days and Wasted Nights (1975)

    Leo Fender


    Fergie

    Song(s):

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal) (2007)

    Ajejandro Fernández


    Vicente Fernández


    Ferrante & Teicher

    Song(s):

  • Theme from “Exodus” (1960)

    Bryan Ferry

    Born: 9/26/1945

    English singer/songwriter and musician with Roxy Music and a solo artist.


    Arthur Fiedler

    Born: 12/17/1874 in Boston, MA Died: 7/10/1979

    Classical conductor.

    Song(s):

  • Jalouise (with the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1935)

    Arthur Fields

    Song(s):

  • Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (written by Irving Berlin, 1918)

    Dorothy Fields


    Shep Fields

    Born: 9/12/1910 Died: 2/23/1981

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Sleepy Time Gal (with Ben Bernie, 1926)
  • That Old Feeling (with Bob Goday, 1937)
  • Thanks for the Memory (with Bob Goday, 1937)
  • South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (with Hal Derwin, 1939)

    Anton Fier


    5th Dimension

    R&B vocal group formed in Los Angeles, CA. Townson and Davis had been with groups in St. Louis. First called the Versatiles. McCoo and Davis were married in 1969 and recorded as a duo since 1976.

    Active: 1966-1978 Members: Marilyn McCoo (Hi-Fi’s; 5th Dimension), Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Lamont McLemore (Hi-Fi’s; 5th Dimension), and Ron Townson

    Song(s):

  • Up, Up and Away (1967)
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (1969)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Fifth Dimension charted with “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”: March 8, 1969 (3/8/12)

    50 Cent

    Born: 7/6/1975

    Rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • In Da Club (2002)
  • Hate It or Love It (with the Game, 2005)
  • Down on Me (Jeremih with 50 Cent, 2010)

    Album(s):

  • Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
  • The Massacre (2005)

    Fine Young Cannibals

    Album(s):

  • The Raw and the Cooked (1989)

    Neil Finn

    Album(s):

  • with Tim Finn: Finn (aka ‘Finn Brothers’) (1995)
  • Try Whistling This (1998)
  • One Nil (2001)
  • with Tim Finn: Everyone Is Here (2004)

    Tim Finn

    Album(s):

  • Escapade (1983)
  • Big Canoe (1986)
  • Tim Finn (1989)
  • Before and After (1993)
  • with Neil Finn: Finn (aka ‘Finn Brothers’) (1995)
  • Say It Is So (2000)
  • Feeding the Gods (2001)
  • with Neil Finn: Everyone Is Here (2004)
  • Imaginary Kingdom (2006)
  • The Conversation (2008)

    Finn Brothers

    - see Neil Finn and Tim Finn

    Melanie Fiona

    Song(s):

  • Fool for You (with Cee-Lo Green, 2011)

    Ted Fiorito


    Fireside Theatre

    Album(s):

  • Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970)

    Carl Fischer’s Orchestra

    Song(s):

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

    Fish

    Born: Derek Dick on 4/25/58 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

    Neo-progressive rock singer with Marillion (81-88) and then a solo artist (89-). Got nickname from a landlady who accused him of wallowing in the bath like a fish.

    Song(s):

  • Cliché (1990)

    Album(s):

  • Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  • Internal Exile (1991)
  • Songs from the Mirror (1993)
  • Suits (1994)
  • Sunsets on Empire (1997)
  • Raingods with Zippos (1999)
  • Fellini Days (2001)
  • Field of Crows (2004)
  • 13th Star (2007)

    Eddie Fisher

    Born: Edwin Jack Fisher on 8/10/1928 in Philadelphia, PA Died: 9/22/2010

    One of the 1950s most popular singers. At age 18, he was singing with Buddy Morrow’s band, and in 1949 got his first nationwide exposure on Eddie Cantor’s radio show. A year later he was a popular sensation. Married to Debbie Reynolds, then Elizabeth Taylor. Appeared in several ‘50s movies and his own TV series.

    Song(s):

  • I'm Walking Behind You (1953)

    Album(s):

  • I’m in the Mood for Love (1952)

    Fred Fisher


    Fisk Jubilee Singers

    Song(s):

  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1910)

    Damon Che Fitzgerald


    Ella Fitzgerald

    Born: 4/25/1918 in Newport News, VA Died: 6/15/1996

    The most honored jazz singer of all time. Discovered after winning the Harlem Amateur Hour in 1934, she was hired by Chick Webb and in 1938 created a popular sensation with “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”. Following Chick’s death in 1939, Ella took over the band for three years. Winner of the Down Beat poll as top female vocalist more than 20 times, she remains among the undisputed royalty of 20th century popular music.

    Song(s):

  • Oh, Lady Be Good (1924)
  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket (with Chick Webb & His Orchestra, 1938)
  • How High the Moon (with the Daydreamers, 1947)
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside (1949)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (1958)
  • Summertime (1960)
  • Mack the Knife (1960)

    Album(s):

  • Sings the Cole Porter Songbook (1956)
  • Sings the Rogers and Hart Songbook (1956)
  • In Berlin (1960)
  • Ella and Basie! (with Count Basie, 1963)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Ella Fitzgerald hit #1 with “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”: June 25, 1938 (6/25/12)

    The Five Keys


    The Five Satins

    Song(s):

  • In the Still of the Nite (1956)

    Roberta Flack

    Born: 2/10/1937

    Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1972)
  • Killing Me Softly with His Song (1973)

    Kirsten Flagstad


    The Flaming Lips

    Song(s):

  • Do You Realize? (2002)

    Album(s):

  • The Soft Bulletin (1999)
  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

    The Flamingos

    Song(s):

  • I Only Have Eyes for You (1959)

    Tommy Flanagan

    Born: 3/16/1930 in Detroit, MI Died: 11/16/2001

    Jazz pianist.


    Lester Flatt

    Born: 6/19/1914 Died:

    Country/bluegrass singer.

    Song(s):

  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown (with Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, 1949)

    Album(s):

  • Foggy Mountain Jamboree (with Earl Scruggs, 1957)
  • Foggy Mountain Banjo (with Earl Scruggs,, 1961)

    Flatt & Scruggs

    – see Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

    Flea

    Born: Michael Balzary on 10/16/1962

    Australian/American rock bassist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


    Fleet Foxes

    Album(s):

  • Fleet Foxes (2008)
  • Helplessness Blues (2011)

    Mick Fleetwood


    Fleetwood Mac

    Links: - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Formed initially as a British blues group, but by 1975 the group had evolved into a California pop-rock group because of the additions of Buckingham and Nicks. Active: 1967- Members: Mick Fleetwood (d: 67-), John McVie (b: 67-), Peter Green (g: 67-70), and Jeremy Spencer (g: 67-71). Danny Kirwan (g: 68-72), Christine McVie (k/v: 68, 70-97), Bob Welch (g: 71-74), Bob Weston (g: 72-73), Dave Walker (g: 72-73), Lindsey Buckingham (g/v: 75-87,97,03), Stevie Nicks (v: 75-93,97,03-), Billy Burnette (g/v: 87-93), Rick Vito (g/v: 87-91), Bekka Bramlett (v – The Zoo: 92; Fleetwood Mac: 93-95), Dave Mason (v/ percussion: 93-95).

    Song(s):

  • Go Your Own Way (1977)
  • Dreams (1977)
  • Don't Stop (1977)
  • Tusk (1979)

    Album(s):

  • Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  • Rumours (1977)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • Greatest Hits (1975-1988) G

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: In Memory of Bob Welch / Top 50 Songs by Fleetwood Mac & Solo Offshoots (6/9/12)
  • Fleetwood Mac hits the charts with their new California sound: August 2, 1975 (8/2/11)

    Leon Fliesher


    Flipper

    Album(s):

  • Album Generic (1982)

    A Flock of Seagulls

    Song(s):

  • I Ran (So Far Away) (1982)

    Florence & the Machine

    Album(s):

  • Lungs (2009)
  • Ceremonials (2011)

    Flo Rida

    Song(s):

  • Low (with T-Pain, 2007)
  • Good Feeling (2011)
  • Where Them Girls At (David Guetta with Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj, 2011)
  • Whistle (2012)

    Carlisle Floyd


    Eddie Floyd


    Flying Burrito Brothers

    Song(s):

  • Sin City (1969)

    Album(s):

  • The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
  • Burrito Deuxe (1970)

    Foals

    Song(s):

  • Spanish Sahara (2010)

    Dan Fogelberg

    Born: 8/13/1951 Died: 12/16/2007

    Folk/adult contemporary singer/songwriter.


    John Fogerty

    Born: 5/28/1945 Died:

    American rock singer and guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival (“Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Fortunate Son”).


    Jim Foglesong


    Red Foley

    Born: 6/17/1910 Died: 9/19/1968

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (1950)
  • Peace in the Valley (with the Sunshine Boys, 1951)

    DJ Fontana


    Foo Fighters

    Song(s):

  • Big Me (1996)
  • Monkey Wrench (1997)
  • Everlong (1997)
  • Learn to Fly (1999)
  • Walk (2011)

    Album(s):

  • Foo Fighters (1995)
  • There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)
  • One by One (2002)
  • Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)
  • Wasting Light (2011)

    Benjamin Francis “Whitey” Ford

    see The Duke of Paducah

    Mary Ford

    Born: 7/7/1924 Died: 9/30/1977

    American singer.

    Song(s):

  • How High the Moon (with Les Paul, 1951)
  • Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (with Les Paul, 1953)

    “Tennessee” Ernie Ford

    Born: 2/13/1919 Died: 10/17/1991

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Sixteen Tons (1955)

    Album(s):

  • Hymns (1957)

    Foreigner

    About: British-American rock group formed in New York City. Became one of the prominent “arena rock” bands in the 1970s and ‘80s. Gagliardi and Greenwood later formed Spys.

    Active: 1976-1995 Members: Mick Jones (g: 76-95), Lou Gramm (v: 76-91, 92-95), Ian McDonald (g/k: 76-80), Ed Gagliardi (b: 76-79), Al Greenwood (k: 76-80), Dennis Elliott (d: 76-92), Rick Wills (b: 79-92), Johnny Edwards (v – Montrose: 87; Foreigner: 91-92)

    Song(s):

  • I Want to Know What Love Is (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Foreigner (1977)
  • 4 (1981)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Foreigner released 4: July 2, 1981 (7/2/12)

    Jimmy Forest

    Song(s):

  • Night Train (1952)

    Helen Forrest

    Song(s):

  • I’ve Heard That Song Before (with Harry James; composed by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn; 1943)
  • Long Ago and Far Away (with Dick Haymes; written by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin; 1944)

    David Foster


    Stephen Foster

    About: The pre-eminent songwriter in the United States in the 19th century for songs such as “Oh, Susanna”, “Camptown Races”, and “Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)”. Known as “The Father of American Music”.

    Born: 7/4/1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania Died: 1/13/1864


    Foster the People

    Song(s):

  • Pumped Up Kicks (2010)

    The Four Aces

    Song(s):

  • Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
  • Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

    The Four Lads

    Song(s):

  • Cry (with Johnnie Ray, 1951)
  • Round and Round (1957)

    The Four Modernaires

    Song(s):

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941) (Glenn Miller's Orchestra with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires)

    The Four Seasons

    Vocal group formed in Newark, N.J. Numerous personal changes from 1971 on. Group had been doing session work for their producer Bob Crewe and took their name from a New Jersey bowling alley.

    Active: 1961-84 Members: Frankie Valli (v: 61-), Nick DeVito (Variatones: 55-56; Four Lovers: 56-59) and brother Tommy DeVito (Variatones: 55-56; Four Lovers: 56-61; Four Seasons: 61-71) with Hank Majewski (Variatones: 55-56; Four Lovers: 56-61?), Bob Gaudio (k/songwriter – Royal Teens; Four Lovers: 59-61; Four Seasons: 61-72), Nick Massi (61?-65), Charlie Calello (65-?), Joe Long (?)

    Song(s):

  • Sherry (1962)
  • Big Girls Don't Cry (1962)
  • Walk Like a Man (1963)
  • Rag Doll (1964)
  • December 1963 (Oh What a Night) (1975)

    The Four Tops

    Active: 1953- 2001 Members: Levi Stubbs (v), Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton (died 6/20/97 at age 59), and Abdul “Duke” Fakir

    Detroit R&B vocal group formed in 1953 as the Four Aims. First recorded for Chess in 1956, then Red Top and Columbia, before signing with Motown in 1963. Group had no personnel changes since its formation.

    Song(s):

  • Baby, I Need Your Loving (1964)
  • I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965)
  • Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (1966)
  • Standing in the Shadows of Love (1966)
  • Bernadette (1967)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Four Tops chart with “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”: September 3, 1966 (9/3/11)

    Charles Fox


    Inez Fox


    Jamie Foxx

    Song(s):

  • Slow Jamz (with Twista & Kanye West, 2003)
  • Gold Digger (with Kanye West, 2005)

    Peter Frampton

    Born: 4/22/1950

    English rock singer and guitarist with Humble Pie and The Herd before going solo (“Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Show Me the Way”, “Do You Feel Like You Do”).

    Album(s):

  • Frampton Comes Alive! (recorded live, 1975)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Frampton Comes Alive! is released: January 6, 1976 (1/6/12)

    Zino Francescatti


    Connie Francis

    Born: 12/12/1938 Died:

    Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Who’s Sorry Now (1958)

    David “Panama” Francis


    J.L. Frank


    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Song(s):

  • Relax (1983)
  • Two Tribes (1984)

    Aretha Franklin

    Born: 3/25/1942 in Memphis, TN

    About: R&B singer known as “The Queen of Soul.” Her father was a Baptist preacher and Aretha got her start in the church choir, first recording as a gospel artist from 1956-60. Signed with Columbia Records in 1960 and recorded secular music. Went to Atlantic Records in 1966 and Arista Records in 1980.

    Song(s):

  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  • Respect (1967)
  • You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin with Jerry Wexler, 1967)
  • Chain of Fools (1967)
  • I Say a Little Prayer (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1968)
  • Freeway of Love (1985)

    Album(s):

  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  • Lady Soul (1968)
  • Young, Gifted and Black (1971)
  • Aretha’s Greatest Hits (1971) G
  • Amazing Grace (1972)
  • Sparkle (1976)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Aretha Franklin hit #1 with “Respect”: June 3, 1967 (6/3/12)
  • Aretha Franklin held her first Atlantic Records recording session: January 27, 1967 (1/27/12)

    Franz Ferdinand

    Song(s):

  • Take Me Out (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Franz Ferdinand (2004)

    Andy Fraser


    Stan Freberg

    Album(s):

  • Presents the United States of America (1961)

    Free

    Song(s):

  • All Right Now (1970)

    Album(s):

  • Fire and Water (1970)

    Alan Freed

    Born: Albert James Freed on 12/15/1921 Died: 1/20/1965

    American radio DJ credited with coining the term “rock and roll.” He came to Cleveland’s WXEL-TV in April 1950 and began his late-night, rock-n-roll-themed Moondog show on WJW radio in July 1951. He went to New York in 1954 and left the business in 1959 after involvement in a payola scandal.

    The DMDB Blog:

  • DJ Alan Freed hosted the first rock ‘n’ roll show: March 21, 1952 (3/21/12)

    Arthur Freed


    Matt Freeman


    Josh Freese


    Ace Frehley


    John French


    Doug E. Fresh

    Song(s):

  • La Di Da Di (with Slick Rick, 1985)
  • The Show (with the Get Fresh Crew, 1985)

    Freshlyground

    Song(s):

  • Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (Shakira with Freshlyground, 2010)

    Glenn Frey

    Born: 11/6/1948

    About: American country-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Eagles. Also a solo artist (“The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, “The Heat Is On”, “You Belong to the City”).


    Marty Friedman

    Born: Martin Adam Friedman on 12/8/1962 Died:

    About: Thrash metal guitarist with Megadeth (90-99).


    Rudolf Friml


    Robert Fripp

    Born: 5/16/1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England Died:

    About: Progressive rock guitarist and composer with King Crimson (only consistent member throughout the band’s career). Also a record producer.


    Lefty Frizzell

    Born: William Orville Frizzell on 3/31/1928 Died: 7/19/1975

    About: American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time (1950)

    Jane Froman

    Album(s):

  • With a Song in My Heart (soundtrack, 1952)

    John Frusciante

    Born: 3/5/1970 in Queens, New York Died:

    About: Alternative rock guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (89-92, 98-09); also a solo artist.


    Fucked Up

    Album(s):

  • David Comes to Life (2011)

    Fugazi

    Album(s):

  • 13 Songs (1990)
  • Repeater (1990)
    The Fugees

    Song(s):

  • Killing Me Softly (1996)
  • Ready or Not (1996)

    Album(s):

  • The Score (1996)

    Blind Boy Fuller


    The Bobby Fuller Four

    Song(s):

  • I Fought the Law (1966)

    Lowell Fulson

    Song(s):

  • Reconsider Baby (year?)

    Album(s):

  • Hung Down Head (1970)

    Jack Fulton

    Song(s):

  • The Birth of the Blues (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young, 1926)
  • Among My Souvenirs (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young, 1928)
  • Lover, Come Back to Me (with Jack Whiteman’s Orchestra, 1929)
  • Lover (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Fulton, 1933)

    Fun.

    Song(s):

  • We Are Young (Fun. with Janelle Monáe, 2011)

    Funkadelic

    See Parliament/Funkadelic.


    The Funk Brothers


    Furniture

    Song(s):

  • Brilliant Mind (1986)

    Nelly Furtado

    Song(s):

  • Promiscuous (with Timbaland, 2006)

    Album(s):

  • Loose (2006)

    George Furth

    Album(s):

  • Company (composed with Stephen Sondheim, 1970) cast

    Futureheads

    Song(s):

  • Hounds of Love (2005)

    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

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

      Last updated December 29, 2013.