Music Makers Encyclopedia: G


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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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Becky G

Song(s):
Mayores (with Bad Bunny, 2017)
Sin Pijama (2018)


Kenny G

Jazz saxophonist born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick on 6/5/1956 in Seattle, WA.

Album(s):
Breathless (1992)


Warren G

Song(s):
Regulate (with Nate Dogg, 1994)


Milt Gabler

Record executive born 5/20/1911 in Harlem, NY. Died 7/20/2001. With Commodore and Decca Records.


Juan Gabriel


Peter Gabriel

Progessive-rock singer born 2/13/1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England. With Garden Wall (65-66) and Genesis (66-75) who later had commercial success and then carved out a more experimental sound in his solo career (77-).

Song(s):
Peter Gabriel and Genesis: Top 60 Songs
Solsbury Hill (1977)
Biko (1980)
Games without Frontiers (1980)
Sledgehammer (1986)
In Your Eyes (1986)

Album(s):
Peter Gabriel (3rd album) (1980)
So (1986)
Ovo: The Millenium Show (2000)
Up (2002)
Scratch My Back (2010)


Steve Gadd


Serge Gainsbourg

Born Lucien Ginsburg on 4/2/1928 in France. Died 3/2/1991

Singer/songwriter.


Gallagher & Shean

Song(s):
Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean – “Positively, Mr. Gallagher?” (1922)


Ed Gallagher

- see Gallagher & Shean


Liam Gallagher

British rock singer born William Paul Gallagher on 9/21/1972 in Burnage, Manchester, England. With Oasis.


Noel Gallagher

British rock guitarist and songwriter born 5/29/1967 in Manchester, England. With Oasis.


Rory Gallagher

Blues-rock guitarist born William Rory Gallagher on 3/2/1948 in Ballshannon, Country Donegal, Ireland. Died 6/14/1995.

Album(s):
Irish Tour ’74 (live: 1974)


Amelita Galli-Curci


Simon Gallup


Kenneth Gamble

Record executive (Philadelphia International), songwriter, and producer born 8/11/1943 in Philadelphia, PA. Behind 170 gold and platinum records (along with partner Leon Huff). They were considered pioneers of Philadelphia soul. Their songs, in addition to those below, include “Only the Strong Survive” (Jerry Butler), “Me and Mrs. Jones” (Billy Paul), “Backstabbers” (The O’Jays), “When Will I See You Again” (The Three Degrees), and “Enjoy Yourself” (The Jacksons).

Songs written/produced by Gamble & Huff:
If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972) – see Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Love Train (1973) – see The O’Jays


The Game

Song(s):
Hate It Or Love It (with 50 Cent, 2005)

Album(s):
The Documentary (2005)



Gang of Four

Song(s):
To Hell with Poverty (1981)

Album(s):
Entertainment! (1979)


Pvt. Cecil Gant

Song(s):
We’re Gonna Rock (1950)


The Gap Band


Dave Garabaldi


Garbage

Song(s):
Stupid Girl (1996)

Album(s):
Garbage (1995)


Jan Garber

Bandleader born Jacob Charles Garber on 11/5/1894 in Shreveport, LA. Died 10/5/1977.

Song(s):
Baby Face (with Benny Davis, 1926)


Jerry Garcia

Born Jerome John Garcia on 8/1/1942 in San Francisco, CA. Died 8/9/1995

Folk-rock/jam-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Grateful Dead.


Nio Garcia

Song(s):
Te Boté (Remix) (with Darrell & Casper Magico, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, & Ozuna, 2018)


Carols Gardel

Song(s):
El Dia Que Me Quieras (1935)


Art Garfunkel

Pop/folk-rock singer born 11/5/1941 in Forest Hills, NY. Paired with Paul Simon, first in the duo Tom & Jerry (57) and later as Simon & Garfunkel (64-70). Also recorded as a solo artist. Appeared in movies Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge, and Bad Timing. Has Master’s degree in mathematics from Columbia University.

Song(s):
Bright Eyes (1979)


Judy Garland

Traditional jazz/adult contemporary singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz) born Frances Ethel Gumm on 6/10/1922 in Chelsea, London, England. Died 6/22/1969.

Song(s):
You Made Me Love You (Dear Mr. Gable) (1937)
Over the Rainbow (1939)
For Me and My Gal (with Gene Kelly, 1942)
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1943)
The Trolley Song (1944)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1944)
The Music That Got Away (with Ray Heindorf, 1954)

Album(s):
Meet Me in St. Louis (soundtrack, 1944)
Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, 1961)


Red Garland

Jazz pianist.


Erroll Garner

Jazz pianist born 6/15/1923 (some sources say 1921) in Pittsburgh, PA. Died 1/2/1977.

Song(s):
Misty (1954)

Album(s):
Concert by the Sea (live, 1955)


Martin Garrix

Song(s):
Animals (2013)
In the Name of Love (with Bebe Rexha, 2016)


George J. Gaskin

Singer born George Jefferson Gaskin on 2/16/1863 in Belfast, Ireland. Died 12/14/1920.

Song(s):
After the Ball (1893)
On the Banks of the Wabash (1897)
My Old New Hampshire Home (1898)
When You Were Sweet Sixteen (1900)
When Chloe Sings a Song (1900)


The Gaslight Anthem

Album(s):
The ’59 Sound (2008)


Gareth Gates

Song(s):
Unchained Melody (2002)


Larry Gatlin/The Gatlin Brothers

Country singer born on 5/2/1948 in Seminole, TX.

Song(s):
Broken Lady (Larry Gatlin, 1975)


Danny Gatton

Born 9/4/1945 in Washington, D.C.. Died 10/4/1994

Guitarist who fused rockabilly, jazz, and country.


Lucho Gatrica


Bob Gaudio

Keyboardist and songwriter with the Four Seasons.

Album(s):
Jersey Boys (composed with Bob Crewe, cast: 2005)


Connie B. Gay


Marvin Gaye

R&B singer/songwriter born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. on 4/2/1939 in Washington, D.C.. Died when he was shot by his father on 4/1/1984 after a quarrel. Sang in his father’s Apostolic church in vocal groups the Rainbows and Marquees. Joined Harvey Fuqua in the re-formed Moonglows. Moved to Detroit in 1960. Session work as a drummer at Motown; married to Berry Gordy’s sister Anna, 1961-75. First recorded under own name for Tamla in 1961. In seclusion for several months following the death of frequent duet partner Tammi Terrell in 1970. Problems with drugs and IRS led to his moving to Europe for three years. His daughter Nona Gaye also recorded.

Song(s):
Marvin Gaye: Top 50 Songs
How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1964)
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (with Tammi Terrell, 1967)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)
What's Going On (1971)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song) (1971)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (1971)
Let's Get It On (1973)
Sexual Healing (1982)

Album(s):
What's Going On (1971)
Let’s Get It On (1973) v
Here, My Dear (1978)
Midnight Love (1982)


Crystal Gayle

Country singer born Brenda Gail Webb on 1/9/1951 in Paintsville, KY.

Song(s):
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977)


Ruth Gaylor

Song(s):
My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms, 1945) – see Hal McIntyre


Charles Gaylord

Song(s):
The Birth of the Blues (1926) – see Paul Whiteman
Among My Souvenirs (1928) – see Paul Whiteman
My Heart Stood Still (1928) – see Paul Whiteman


Gloria Gaynor

Song(s):
I Will Survive (1978)


David Geffen

Record executive born 2/21/1943 in Brookly, NY. With Asylum, Geffen, DGC, and Dreamworks SKG.


J. Geils Band

Song(s):
Centerfold (1981)

Album(s):
Freeze Frame (1981)


Harry Geller’s Orchestra

Song(s):
That Lucky Old Sun (1949) – see Frankie Laine


General Public

Song(s):
Tenderness (1984)


Genesis

Active: 1966-97 Members: Peter Gabriel (v: 66-75), Anthony Phillips (g: 66-70), Tony Banks (k: 66-97), Mike Rutherford (g/b: 66-97), Chris Stewart (d – Garden Wall: 65-66; Genesis: 66-68), John Silver (d: 68-69), John Mayhew (d: 69-70), Phil Collins (d: 70-92, v: 75-92), Steve Hackett (g: 70-77), Ray Wilson (v: 97).

Formed as a progressive-rock group originally called The New Anon, but renamed themselves Genesis in January 1967. In their original incarnation with Gabriel as the frontman, the band was very prog-oriented. After his departure, Collins took the mike and led the band to greater commercial success with a more album-oriented rock sound.

Song(s):
Phil Collins and Genesis: Top 50 Songs
Peter Gabriel and Genesis: Top 60 Songs
Land of Confusion (1986)

Album(s):
From Genesis to Revelation (1969)
Trespass (1970)
Nursery Cryme (1971)
Foxtrot (1972)
Selling England by the Pound (1973)
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
A Trick of the Tail (1976)
Wind and Wuthering (1977)
And Then There Were Three (1978)
Duke (1980)
Abacab (1981)
Genesis (1983)
Invisible Touch (1986)
We Can’t Dance (1991)
Calling All Stations (1997)


Gente De Zona

Song(s):
Bailando (2014) – see Enrique Iglesias


Gentle Giant

Album(s):
Ocotopus (1972)
In a Glass House (1973)


Bobbie Gentry

Song(s):
Ode to Billie Joe (1967)


Danyel Gérard

Song(s):
Butterfly (1971)


The Germs

Album(s):
GI (1979)


Gerry & the Pacemakers

Song(s):
How Do You Do It? (1963)
You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1963)


George Gershwin

Composer and pianist born Jacob Gershowitz on 9/26/1898 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 7/11/1937 of a brain tumor. Worked with popular and classical music. Collaborated with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, on more than a dozen Broadway shows.

Songs written/co-written by George Gershwin:
Top 50 Songs
Swanee (1920) – see Al Jolson
Rhapsody in Blue (with Paul Whiteman, 1924)
Somebody Loves Me (1924) – see Paul Whiteman
Fascinating Rhythm (1925) – see Cliff Edwards
Someone to Watch Over Me (1927) – see Gertrude Lawrence
S’ Wonderful (1927) – see Sarah Vaughan
The Man I Love (1928) – see Marion Harris
An American in Paris (the Victor Symphony Orchestra with Nat Shilkret conducting and George Gershwin on piano, 1929)
Embraceable You (1930) – see Red Nichols
I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy, 1930) – see Red Nichols
I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy, 1930) – see Ethel Merman
They Can’t Take That Away from Me (1937) – see Fred Astaire
Summertime (1939) – see Billie Holiday
Summertime (1939) – see Sidney Bechet
Summertime (1957) – see Ella Fitzgerald
Someone to Watch Over Me (from Oh, Kay!, 1958) – see Ella Fitzgerald

Album(s):
Porgy and Bess (with Ira Gershwin & Dubose Heyward; opera, 1935)
An American in Paris (soundtrack, 1951)
Crazy for You (composed with Ira Gershwin, cast: 1992)


Ira Gershwin

Classical/musical theater composer born Israel Gershowitz on 12/6/1896 in New York City, NY. Died 8/17/1983. Brother of George Gershwin.

Songs written/co-written by Ira Gershwin:
Top 50 Songs
Fascinating Rhythm (1925) – see Cliff Edwards
Someone to Watch Over Me (1927) – see Gertrude Lawrence
S’ Wonderful (1927) – see Sarah Vaughan
The Man I Love (1928) – see Marion Harris
I Got Rhythm (1930) – see Ethel Merman
I Got Rhythm (1930) – see Red Nichols
Embraceable You (1930) – see Red Nichols
They Can’t Take That Away from Me (1937) – see Fred Astaire
I Can't Get Started (1938) – see Bunny Berigan
Summertime (1939) – see Billie Holiday
Summertime (1939) – see Sidney Bechet
Summertime (1957) – see Ella Fitzgerald
Long Ago and Far Away (1944) – see Dick Haymes

Album(s):
Porgy and Bess (1935) – see George Gershwin
An American in Paris (soundtrack, 1951) – see George Gershwin
Crazy for You (cast: 1992) – see George Gershwin


Geto Boys

Song(s):
Mind Playing Tricks on Me (1991)


Stan Getz

Jazz musician born Stanley Gayetski on 2/2/1927 in Philadelphia, PA. Died 6/6/1991.

Song(s):
Desafinado (with Charlie Byrd, 1962)
The Girl from Ipanema (with João Gilberto, 1964)

Album(s):
Focus (1961)
Jazz Samba (with Charlie Byrd, 1962)
Getz/Gilberto (with João Gilberto, 1963)


Andy Gibb

Pop singer born 3/5/1958 in Manchester, UK. Died 3/10/1988. Younger brother of Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, who were in the Bee Gees.

Song(s):
Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs
I Just Want to Be Your Everything (1977)
Shadow Dancing (1978)


Barry Gibb

Pop singer/songwriter born on 9/1/1946 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK. One-third of the Bee Gees, a pop/disco group formed with brothers Robin and Maurice.

Song(s):
Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs


Maurice Gibb

Pop singer/songwriter born on 12/22/1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK. Died 1/12/2003. One-third of the Bee Gees, a pop/disco group formed with brothers Robin and Barry.

Song(s):
Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs


Robin Gibb

Pop singer/songwriter born on 12/22/1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK. Died on 5/20/2012. One-third of the Bee Gees, a pop/disco group formed with brothers Barry and Maurice.

Song(s):
Gibb Brothers: Top 100 Songs


Billy Gibbons

Born 12/16/1949

Blues-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist with ZZ Top.


Arthur Gibbs & His Gang

Song(s):
Charleston (1924)


Georgia Gibbs

Pop musician born 8/17/1919 in Worcester, MA. Died 12/9/2006.

Song(s):
Kiss of Fire (1952)


Don Gibson

Country singer born 4/3/1928 in Shelby, NC. Died 11/17/2003.

Song(s):
Oh Lonesome Me (1958)


Walter Gieseking

Pianist.


Beniamino Gigli


Kevin Gilbert

Neo-prog rock singer/songwriter/musician born 11/20/1966. Died 5/17/1996. Worked in groups NRG, Giraffe, and Toy Matinee (“Last Plane Out”). Was also a member of the Tuesday Night Music Club, who created Sheryl Crow’s debut album of the same name.

Song(s):
Song for a Dead Friend (1995)

Album(s):
No Reasons Given (1984) – see NRG
The Power of Suggestion (1988) – see Giraffe
The View from Here (1989) – see Giraffe
Tuesday Night Music Club (1993) – see Sheryl Crow
Progfest ’94: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (live, 1994) – see Giraffe
Thud (1995)
Live at the Troubadour/Welcome to Joytown (live, 1995)
The Shaming of the True (recorded 1996, released 2000)
The Kaviar Sessions (recorded 1996)
Nuts (archives: 1984-96; released 2009)
Bolts (archives: 1984-96; released 2009)

The DMDB Blog:
Kevin Gilbert was born: November 20, 1966 (11/20/11)


Paul Gilbert

Rock guitarist born 11/6/1966 in Carbondale, Illinois. With Racer X and Mr. Big. Also a solo artist.


Wolfe L. Gilbert


João Gilberto

Song(s):
Chega de Saudade (1958)
The Girl from Ipanema (1964) – see Stan Getz

Album(s):
Getz/Gilberto (1963) – see Stan Getz


Mike Giles


Vince Gill

Country singer and musician (“When I Call Your Name”) born on 4/12/1957 in Norman, OK.

Song(s):
I Still Believe in You (1992)
Go Rest High on That Mountain (1995)


Ian Gillan

Rock singer with Deep Purple (69-73, 84-89, 92-98, 03-05, 13) and Black Sabbath (83).


Haven Gillespie


Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer born John Birks Gillespie on 10/21/1917 in Cheraw, SC. Died 1/6/1993.

Song(s):
Ko Ko (1945) – see Charlie Parker
Groovin’ High (1945)
Salt Peanuts (1945)
A Night in Tunisia (1946)
Manteca (1947)

Album(s):
The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (compilation: 1937-1949)
The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) – Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)


Patrick S. Gilmore


Mickey Gilley

Country singer born on 3/9/1936 in Natchez, Mississippi.


Patricia Gillmore

Songs(s):
The Carioca (1934) – see Enric Madriguera


Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs

Song(s):
Sugar Shack (1963)


David Gilmour

Rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist born on 3/61946 in Cambridge, England. With Pink Floyd. Also a solo artist.


Norman Gimbel


Johnny Gimble


Giraffe

Neo-prog band (1988-89) helmed by Kevin Gilbert.

Album(s):
The Power of Suggestion (1988)
The View from Here (1989)
Progfest ’94: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (live, 1994)


Girls Aloud

Song(s):
The Promise (2008)


Gin Blossoms

Song(s):
‘Til I Hear It from You (1995)


Will Glahe

Song(s):
Beer Barrell Polka (1939)


Tompall Glaser

Album(s):
Wanted! The Outlaws (1976) – see Waylon Jennings


Philip Glass

Classical composer born 1/31/1937 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Album(s):
Einstein on the Beach (1976)


Jackie Gleason

Album(s):
Music for Lovers Only (1952)


Glee Club

Song(s):
Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition (1942) – see Kay Kyser


Gary Glitter

Song(s):
Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 2 (1972)
I Love You Love Me Love (1973)


Global Communication

Album(s):
76:14 (1997)


Henry Glover


Roger Glover

Rock bassist with Deep Purple (69-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13), Whitesnake (77), and Rainbow (79-83).


Alma Gluck

Song(s):
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (1915)


Christoph Willibald Gluck

Album(s):
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) (opera: 1762)
Iphigenie en Tauride (Pphigenia in Tauris) (opera: 1779)


Gnarls Barkley

Musical collaboration between Cee-Lo Green and Danger Mouse.

Song(s):
Crazy (2006)

Album(s):
St. Elsewhere (2006)


Gnash

Song(s):
I Hate U, Love U (with Olivia O’Brien, 2016)


Bob Goday

Song(s):
That Old Feeling (1937) – see Shep Fields
Thanks for the Memory (1937) – see Shep Fields


Arthur Godfrey

Born 8/31/1903 in New York City, NY. Died 3/16/1983

American DJ.


Godsmack


Francis Goelet


Gerry Goffin

Pop songwriter born 2/11/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 6/9/2014. Married singer/songwriter Carole King in 1958. Wrote a number of hit songs together as one of the famous Brill Buiding teams. Divorced in 1968.

Songs Written by Gerry Goffin:
Top 50 Songs
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960) – see the Shirelles
Up on the Roof (1962) – see the Drifters
The Loco-Motion (1962) – see Little Eva
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (1967) – see Aretha Franklin
The Loco-Motion (1974) – see Grand Funk Railroad
The Loco-Motion (1987) – see Kylie Minogue


The Go-Go’s

Song(s):
Our Lips Are Sealed (1981)
We Got the Beat (1982)

Album(s):
Beauty and the Beat (1981)


Ernest Gold


Billy Golden


Bye Bye My Honey (1898)


Golden Earring

Song(s):
Radar Love (1973)


Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Song(s):
Rock My Soul (1938)


Golden Gate Orchestra

Song(s):
Charleston (1925)


Golden Gate Quartet

Song(s):
John the Revelator (1938)


Bobby Goldsboro

Pop/country singer born 1/18/1941 in Marianna, FL.

Song(s):
Honey (1968)


Jerry Goldsmith


Gomez

Album(s):
Bring It On (1998)


Selena Gomez

Song(s):
We Don’t Talk Anymore (2016) – see Charlie Puth
It Ain’t Me (2017) – see Kygo
Taki Taki (2018) – see DJ Snake


Gong

Album(s):
You (Radio Gnome Invisible Pt. 3) (1974)


Al Goodman


Benny Goodman

Jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as “The King of Swing” for ushering in more dance-oriented jazz, fueled by Fletcher Henderson’s arrangements, which appealed to teens. Born Benjamin David Goodman on 5/30/1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Died 6/13/1986. Was in a band by age 14. Worked with Isham Jones, Ted Lewis, Red Nichols, Ben Pollack (25-29), and Ben Selvin. Formed his own band in 1934. He launched the careers of many other jazz musicians including guitarist Charlie Christian and drummer Gene Krupa and was one of the first to lead integrated jazz groups. His 1/16/1938 Carnegie Hall concert in New York is, as All Music Guide’s Bruce Eder called it, “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history.”

Song(s):
Benny Goodman: Top 50 Songs
Moon Glow (1934)
King Porter Stomp (1935)
These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (with Helen Ward, 1936)
Stompin’ at the Savoy (1936)
Goody Goody (with Helen Ward, 1936)
Goodnight My Love (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1937)
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (1938)
This Can’t Be Love (with Martha Tilton, from The Boys from Syracuse, 1938)
Don’t Be That Way (1938)
And the Angels Sing (with Martha Tilton, 1939)
Taking a Chance on Love (with Helen Forrest, 1940)
Seven Come Eleven (1940)
There’ll Be Some Changes Made (with Louise Tobin, 1941)
Solo Flight (1941)
Breakfast Feud (with Charlie Christian, 1941)
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (with Peggy Mann, 1945)

Album(s):
The Complete Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1938)
Very Best of (compilation: 1934-42; released 2000)


Delta Goodrem

Album(s):
Innocent Eyes (2003)


Goo Goo Dolls

Song(s):
Iris

(1998)
Give a Little Bit (live, 2004)


Goombay Dance Band

Song(s):
Sun of Jamaica (1982)


GoonRock

Song(s):
Party Rock Anthem (2011) – see LMFAO


Dexter Gordon

Jazz saxophonist born 2/27/1923 in Los Angeles, CA. Died 4/25/1990.

Album(s):
Go! (1962)


Mack Gordon


Mike Gordon


Berry Gordy, Jr.

Record executive, producer, and songwriter born 11/28/1929 in Detroit, Michigan. Founder of Motown Records.

The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 100 Motown Songs (1/14/12)


Lesley Gore

Song(s):
It's My Party (1963)
You Don’t Own Me (1963)


Gorillaz

Song(s):
Clint Eastwood (2001)
Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul, 2005)

Album(s):
Demon Days (2005)


Eydie Gormé

Adult contemporary singer born 8/16/1928 in Manhattan, NY. Died 8/10/2013.


Vern Gosdin

Country singer born 8/5/1934 in Woodland, AL. Died 4/28/2009.


Stone Gossard

Grunge-rock guitarist with the Ducky Boys, Green River (84-88), Lords of the Wasteland (88), Mother Love Bone (88-90), Temple of the Dog (90), Mookie Blaylock (90), and Pearl Jam (91-).


The Gossip

Song(s):
Standing in the Way of Control (2007)


Louis Gottschalk


Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald

– see Dr. Luke


Gotye

Song(s):
Somebody That I Used to Know (with Kimbra, 2011)


Barry Goudreau

Rock guitarist with Boston (76-78).

Album(s):
Barry Goudreau (1980)
Delp & Goudreau (with Brad Delp, 2004)


Bill Gould


Glenn Gould

Classical pianist born 9/25/1932 in Toronto, Ontario. Died 10/4/1982.


Morton Gould

Composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist born 12/10/1913 in Richmond, VA. Died 2/21/1996.


Ellie Goulding

Song(s):
Burn (2013)
Love Me Like You Do (2015)


Graham Gouldman


Robert Goulet

Singer born 11/26/1933 in Lawrence, MA. Died 10/30/2007.

Song(s):
If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot, 1960)


Charlie Gracie

Song(s):
Butterfly (1957)


Graduate

see Tears for Fears

Album(s):
Acting My Age (1980)


Bill Graham

Concert promoter born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca on 1/8/1931 in Berlin, Germany. Died 10/25/1991. Affiliated with the famouse Fillmore Auditorium.


Larry Graham

R&B bassist born 8/14/1946. With Sly & the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.


Lou Gramm

Rock singer/songwriter with Foreigner.


Rocco Granata

Song(s):
Marina (1959)


Grand Funk Railroad

Song(s):
We’re an American Band (1973)
The Loco-Motion (1974)

Album(s):
We’re an American Band (1973)


Ariana Grande

Song(s):
Bang Bang (2014) – see Jessie J
Side to Side (with Nicki Minaj, 2016)
Thank U, Next (2018)
7 Rings (2019)


Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Pioneering hip-hop group. First rap group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Song(s):
The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel 1981)
The Message 1982)
White Lines (Don’t Do It) (with Melle Mel, 1983)


Amy Grant

Christian/pop singer (“Baby Baby”) born 11/25/1960 in Augusta, GA.

Song(s):
El Shaddai (1982)


John Grant

Album(s):
Queen of Denmark (2010)


Peter Grant

Music manager for Led Zeppelin.


Norman Granz

Record executive (Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve, Pablo) born 8/6/1918 in Los Angeles, CA. Died 11/22/2001.


Stéphane Grappelli

Jazz violinist born 1/26/1908 in Paris, France. Died 12/1/1997.

Song(s):
Djangology (1935) – see Django Reinhardt
Nuages (1946) – see Django Reinhardt


The Grass Roots


The Grateful Dead

Legendary psychedelic-rock band formed in San Francisco, CA. Incessant touring band with loyal followers known as Deadheads. Weir and Mydland were in Bobby & the Midnites together. Weir, Lesh, & Hart also formed The Other Ones. Active: 1965-1995 Members: Jerry Garcia (v/g: 66-95), Bob Weir (rhythm g: 66-95), Ron “Pigpen” McKeman (organ, harmonica: 66-73), Phil Lesh (b), Bill Kreutzmann (d), Mickey Hart (d: 68-71,75-95), Tom Constanten (k: 68-70), Keith Godchaux (piano: 72-79), Donna Godchaux (backing v: 72-79), Brent Mydland (k: 79-90)

Song(s):
Dark Star (1968)
Uncle John’s Band (1970)

Album(s):
Anthem of the Sun (1968)
Live/Dead (live, 1969)
Aoxomoxoa (1969)
Workingman’s Dead (1970)
American Beauty (1970)
Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (live, 1977)


David Gray

Song(s):
Babylon (2000)

Album(s):
White Ladder (1999)


Glen Gray

Jazz/big band leader born Glenn Gray Knoblauch on 6/7/1906 (some sources say 1900) in Roanoka, IL. Died 8/23/1963. With the Casa Loma Orchestra.

Song(s):
Blue Moon (with Kenny Sargent, 1935)
When I Grow Too Old to Dream (with Kenny Sargent, 1935)
My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) (with Eugenie Baird, 1943)


Henry Gray


Macy Gray

Album(s):
On How Life Is (1999)


Great White

Song(s):
Once Bitten Twice Shy (1989)


Adolph Green

Songwriter born 12/2/1914 in the Bronx, NY. Died 10/23/2002.

Song(s):
New York, New York (from On the Town, 1949) – see Gene Kelly
The Party’s Over (Judy Holliday, from Bells Are Ringing, 1956) – see Jule Styne

Album(s):
Wonderful Town (cast: 1953) – see Leonard Bernstein
Hallelujah, Baby! (cast: 1968) – see Jule Styne
Will Rogers Follies (cast: 1991) – see Cy Coleman


Al Green

Soul singer/songwriter born Albert Leornes Greene on 4/13/1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas. To Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1959. First recorded for Fargo in 1960. Worked with The Creations (64-67) and the Soul Mates (67-68) before going solo (69-). Wrote most of his songs. Returned to gospel music in 1980.

Song(s):
Let’s Stay Together (1971)
Tired of Being Alone (1971)
Take Me to the River (1974)
Love and Happiness(1977)

Album(s):
Let’s Stay Together (1972)
I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
Call Me (1973)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-73, released 1975)
The Supreme Al Green (1992)


Bud Green


Cee-Lo Green

R&B singer. Half of Gnarls Barkley (“Crazy”) and rap duo Goodie Mob.

Song(s):
Crazy (2006) – see Gnarls Barkley
Fuck You (aka “Forget You”) (2010)
Fool for You (with Melanie Fiona, 2011)


Green Day

Punk-rock trio formed in Berkeley, CA. Active: 1988- Members: Billie Joe Armstrong (v, g), Mike “Dirnt” Pritchard (b), Al Sobrante (d: 89-90), John Kiftmeyer (d: 90), Frank “Tre Cool” Wright (d: 90-)

Song(s):
Longview (1994)
Basket Case/Jaded (1994)
When I Come Around (1994)
Welcome to Paradise (1994)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
American Idiot (2004)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2004)
The Saints Are Coming (2006) – see U2

Album(s):
Dookie (1994)
American Idiot (2004)
21st Century Breakdown (2009)


Joe Green’s Novelty Orchestra

Song(s):
In the Valley of the Moon (1933)


John Green


Johnny Green’s Orchestra

Song(s):
I Get a Kick Out of You (1935) – see Ethel Merman
Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails (1935) – see Fred Astaire
The Way You Look Tonight (1936) – see Fred Astaire
A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) (1936) – see Fred Astaire
They Can't Take That Away from Me (1937) – see Fred Astaire


Peter Green

Blues-rock guitarist born Peter Greenbaum on 10/29/1946 in Bethnal Green, London, England. With Shotgun Express (66), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (66-67), and Fleetwood Mac (67-70). Also recorded solo.


Roger Greenaway


Florence Greenberg


Jack Greene

Song(s):
There Goes My Everything (1967)


Howard Greenfield

Songwriter who worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most successful songwriters and publishers.


Ellie Greenwich

Pop songwriter and record producer born 10/23/1940 in Brookly, NY. Died 8/26/2009. She and husband Jeff Barry were one of the famous Brill Building songwriting teams. Discovered Neil Diamond. Click here for a detailed list of songs which Greenwich wrote or co-wrote, produced, or recorded.

Song(s) She Wrote or Co-Wrote:
Top 30 Songs
Be My Baby (1963) – see the Ronettes
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963) – see Crystals
Leader of the Pack (1964) – see the Shangri-La’s
Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964) – see Manfred Mann
Chapel of Love (1964) – see the Dixie Cups
River Deep, Mountain High (1966) – see Tina Turner


Jonny Greenwood

Rock guitarist and songwriter born 11/5/1971. With Radiohead.


Lee Greenwood

Song(s):
God Bless the U.S.A. (1984)


Edvard Grieg

Classical composer.

Album(s):
Peery Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)


Marcia Griffiths

Song(s):
Electric Slide (Electric Boogie) (1990)


Grimes

Albums(s):
Art Angels (2015)


Ferde Grofé

Classical composer born Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé on 3/27/1892 in New York City, NY. Died 4/3/1972.


Dave Grohl

Rock musician born 1/14/1969 in Springfield, VA. Played drums with Nirvana and singer with Foo Fighters.

Song(s):
Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991) – see Nirvana
Come As You Are (1992) – see Nirvana
Lithium (1992) – see Nirvana
Heart-Shaped Box (1993) – see Nirvana
All Apologies (1993) – see Nirvana
Big Me (1996) – see Foo Fighters
Monkey Wrench (1997) – see Foo Fighters
Everlong (1997) – see Foo Fighters
Learn to Fly (1999) – see Foo Fighters
Walk (2011) – see Foo Fighters
Cut Me Some Slack (2013) – see Paul McCartney

Album(s):
Nevermind (1991) – see Nirvana
In Utero (1993) – see Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York (live, 1993) – see Nirvana
Foo Fighters (1995) – see Foo Fighters
There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) – see Foo Fighters
One by One (2002) – see Foo Fighters
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) – see Foo Fighters
Wasting Light (2011) – see Foo Fighters


Albert Grossman

Music manager for Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and the Band.


Grouplove

Song(s):
Ways to Go (2013)


Vince Guaraldi

Jazz pianist.

Album(s):
A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV soundtrack, 1965)


John Guare

Album(s):
Two Gentlemen of Verona (cast: 1971) – see Galt MacDermot


Gucci Mane

Song(s):
Black Beatles (2016) – see Rae Sremmurd


Juna Luis Guerra


Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero


The Guess Who

Song(s):
American Woman (1970)


David Guetta

Song(s):
Sexy Bitch (aka “Sexy Chick”) (with Akon, 2009)
Titanium (with Sia, 2011)


Guided by Voices

Album(s):
Bee Thousand (1994)


Guns N’ Roses

Los Angeles-based hard rock group who achieved monstrous success in the 1980s with their debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Released a follow-up double-album (Use Your Illusions I & II) and a covers album, but imploded by the mid-1990s. Everyone left the group but Axl Rose, who finally released a moderately well received follow-up album 15 years later. Active: 1986- Members: W. Axl Rose (v: 86-), Saul “Slash“ Hudson (g: 86-95), Izzy Stradlin (g: 86-91), Michael “Duff” McKagan (b: 86-95), Steven Adler (d: 86-90), Matt Sorum (d: 90-95), Dizzy Reed (k: 90-94, 99-), Gilby Clarke (g: 91-94). Slash also formed Slash’s Snakepit with Sorum and Clarke. Slash, McKagan, and Sorum later formed Velvet Revolver. Robin Finck (g: 99), Tommy Stinson (b: 99-), Paul Tobias (99), Josh Freese (d: 99), Buckethead (g: ?-04), Bumblefoot (g: 04-), Frank Ferrer (d: ?), Chris Pitman (k), Bryan Mantia (d).

Song(s):
Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
Sweet Child O’ Mine (1988)
Paradise City (1987)

November Rain (1991)

Album(s):
Appetite for Destruction (1987)
GN’R Lies (1988)
Use Your Illusion I (1991)
Use Your Illusion II (1991)
The Spaghetti Incident? (1993) covers
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1987-94, released 2004)
Chinese Democracy (2008)


Peter Guralnick


Arlo Guthrie

Folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie.

Song(s):
Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (1967)
City of New Orleans (1972)


Woody Guthrie

Folk singer and guitarist born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on 7/14/1912 in Okemah, OK. Died 10/3/1967. Father of singer Arlo Guthrie.

Song(s):
Pretty Boy Floyd (1939)
Pastures of Plenty (1941)
This Land Is Your Land (1944)

Album(s):
Dust Bowl Ballads (1940)
The Asch Recordings Volumes 1-4 (archives, 1949)
Library of Congress Recordings (1964)


Guy

Album(s):
Guy (1988)


Buddy Guy

Blues guitarist and singer born George Guy on 7/30/1936 in Lettsworth, LA.


A Guy Called Gerald

Song(s):
Voodoo Ray (1988)


GZA/Genius

Album(s):
Liquid Swords (1995)


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