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Music Makers Encyclopedia: G

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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Kenny G

Born: Kenneth Bruce Gorelick on 6/5/1956 Died:

About: Jazz saxophonist.

Album(s):

  • Breathless (1992)

    Warren G

    Song(s):

  • Regulate (with Nate Dogg, 1994)

    Milt Gabler


    Juan Gabriel


    Peter Gabriel

    Born: 2/13/50 in London

    About: Progessive-rock singer 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):

  • 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

    About: Singer/songwriter.


    Gallagher & Shean

    Song(s):

  • Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean - "Positively, Mr. Gallagher?" (1922)

    Ed Gallagher

    - see Gallagher & Shean

    Liam Gallagher

    Born: 9/21/1972 Died:

    About: British rock singer with Oasis.


    Noel Gallagher

    Born: 5/29/1967 Died:

    About: British rock guitarist and songwriter with Oasis.


    Rory Gallagher

    About: Blues-rock guitarist.

    Born: William Rory Gallagher on 3/2/1948 in Ballshannon, Country Donegal, Ireland Died: 6/14/1995


    Amelita Galli-Curci


    Simon Gallup


    Kenneth Gamble

    About: American R&B songwriter and producer 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).

    Born: 8/11/1943 in Philadelphia, PA Died:

    Songs written/produced by Gamble & Huff:

  • If You Don't Know Me By Now (performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, 1972)
  • Love Train (performed by The O’Jays, 1973)

    The Game

    Song(s):

  • Hate It Or Love It (with 50 Cent, 2005)

    Gang of Four

    Song(s):

  • To Hell with Poverty (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Entertainment! (1979)

    Pvt. Cecil Gant

    Song(s):

  • We’re Gonna Rock (year?)

    The Gap Band


    Dave Garabaldi


    Garbage

    Song(s):

  • Stupid Girl (1996)

    Album(s):

  • Garbage (1995)

    Jan Garber

    Born: 11/5/1894 Died: 10/5/1977

    About: Jazz/big band leader.

    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

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


    Carols Gardel

    Song(s):

  • El Dia Que Me Quieras (1935)

    Art Garfunkel

    Born: 11/5/1941 in Forest Hills, NY

    About: Pop/folk-rock singer who 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

    Born: 6/10/1922 Died: 6/22/1969

    About: Traditional jazz/adult contemporary singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz).

    Song(s):

  • Dear Mr. Gable, You Made Me Love You (1937)
  • Over the Rainbow (written by Yip Harburg, 1939)
  • For Me and My Gal (with Gene Kelly, 1942)
  • The Trolley Song (composed by Hugh Martin, 1944)

    Album(s):

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

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Judy Garland charts with “Over the Rainbow”: September 9, 1939 (9/9/11)
  • “For Me and My Gal” charts for the first time: May 26, 1917 (5/26/12)

    Erroll Garner

    Born: 6/15/1921 Died:

    About: American jazz pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Misty (1954)

    Album(s):

  • Concert by the Sea (1955) live

    George J. Gaskin

    Born: ? Died: 1920

    About: Irish musician.

    Song(s):

  • After the Ball (1893)
  • On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away (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)

    Larry Gatlin/The Gatlin Brothers

    Born: 5/2/1948 Died:

    About: American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Broken Lady (Larry Gatlin, 1975)

    Danny Gatton

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

    About: Guitarist who fused rockabilly, jazz, and country.


    Lucho Gatrica


    Bob Gaudio


    Connie B. Gay


    Marvin Gaye

    Born: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. on 4/2/1939 in Washington, D.C. Died: 4/1/1984

    About: One of the all-time great R&B/soul singers/songwriters. 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. Fatally shot by his father aftera quarrel on 4/1/1984.

    Song(s):

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (with Tammi Terrell; written by Ashford & Simpson, 1967)
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, 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)
  • Here, My Dear (1978)
  • Midnight Love (1982)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On”: Even Jack Black Can’t Deny Its Charms (6/15/2011)
  • Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” hit the charts: November 16, 1968 (11/16/11)

    Crystal Gayle

    Born: 1/9/1951

    About: Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977)

    Charles Gaylord

    Song(s):

  • The Birth of the Blues (1926) (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young)
  • Among My Souvenirs (1928) (Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young)

    Gloria Gaynor

    Song(s):

  • I Will Survive (1978)

    David Geffen


    J. Geils Band

    Song(s):

  • Centerfold (1981)

    Harry Geller’s Orchestra

    Song(s):

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

    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).

    About: 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):

  • 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)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Top 50 Songs of Phil Collins and Genesis (1/31/12)

    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)

    George Gershwin

    Born: Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, NY, on 9/26/1898 Died: 7/11/1937 of a brain tumor

    About: American composer and pianist who 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:

  • Swanee (Al Jolson, 1920)
  • Rhapsody in Blue (with Paul Whiteman, 1924)
  • Somebody Loves Me (Paul Whiteman, 1924)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (Gertrude Lawrence, 1927)
  • The Man I Love (recorded by Marion Harris, 1928)
  • An American in Paris (the Victor Symphony Orchestra with Nat Shilkret conducting and George Gershwin on piano, 1929)
  • Embraceable You (Red Nichols with Dick Robertson, 1930)
  • I Got Rhythm (Red Nichols, 1930)
  • I Got Rhythm (Ethel Merman, 1930)
  • They Can’t Take That Away from Me (Fred Astaire with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1937)
  • Summertime (Sidney Bechet, 1939)

    Album(s):

  • Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
  • Porgy and Bess (with Ira Gershwin & Dubose Heyward, 1935) opera
  • An American in Paris (1951) ST

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Porgy and Bess opens on Broadway: September 30, 1935 (9/30/11)

    Ira Gershwin

    Born: 12/6/1896 Died: 8/17/1983

    About: Classical/musical theater composer. Brother of George Gershwin.

    Songs by Ira Gershwin:

  • I Can't Get Started (written with Vernon Duke, performed by Bunny Berigan, 1938)
  • Long Ago and Far Away (written withJerome Kern, performed by Helen Forrest with Dick Haymes; 1944)

    Album(s):

  • with George Gershwin & Dubose Heyward – Porgy and Bess (1935) opera

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Porgy and Bess opens on Broadway: September 30, 1935 (9/30/11)

    Geto Boys

    Song(s):

  • Mind Playing Tricks on Me (1991)

    Stan Getz

    Born: 2/2/1927 Died: 6/6/1991

    About: American jazz musician.

    Song(s):

  • The Girl from Ipanema (with João Gilberto, 1964)
  • Desafinado (with Charlie Byrd, 1962)

    Album(s):

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

    Andy Gibb

    Song(s):

  • I Just Want to Be Your Everything (1977)
  • Shadow Dancing (1978)

    Barry Gibb

    Born: 9/1/1946 Died:

    About: British/Australian singer/songwriter best known for his pop/disco group the Bee Gees with brothers Robin and Maurice.


    Maurice Gibb


    Robin Gibb

    Born: 12/22/1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK Died: 5/20/2012

    About: One-third of the disco/pop group the Bee Gees with his brothers Maurice and Barry.

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Tragedy: Another Gibb Gone / The Top 40 Bee Gees Songs (5/20/12)

    Billy Gibbons

    Born: 12/16/1949

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


    Arthur Gibbs & His Gang

    Song(s):

  • Charleston (1924)

    Georgia Gibbs

    Born: 8/17/1919 Died: 12/9/2006

    About: Pop musician.


    Don Gibson

    Born: 4/3/1928 Died: 11/17/2003

    About: American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Oh Lonesome Me (1958)

    Beniamino Gigli


    Kevin Gilbert

    Born: 11/20/1966 Died: 5/17/1996

    About: Neo-prog rock singer/songwriter/musician best-known for work with Toy Matinee (“Last Plane Out”) and as one of the members of the Tuesday Night Music Club, who created Sheryl Crow’s debut album of the same name.

    Song(s):

  • Tired Old Man (1984?)
  • Song for a Dead Friend (1995)

    Album(s):

  • Thud (1995)
  • Live at the Troubadour/Welcome to Joytown (1995) live
  • The Shaming of the True (1996)
  • The Kaviar Sessions (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

    Born: 11/6/1966 in Carbondale, Illinois

    About: Rock guitarist 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 (with Stan Getz, 1964)

    Album(s):

  • Getz/Gilberto (with Stan Getz, 1963)

    Mike Giles


    Vince Gill

    Born: 4/12/1957

    About: American country singer and musician (“When I Call Your Name”).

    Song(s):

  • I Still Believe in You (1992)
  • Go Rest High on That Mountain (1995)

    Ian Gillan


    Haven Gillespie


    Dizzy Gillespie

    Born: John Birks Gillespie on 10/21/1917 Died: 1/6/1993

    About: American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Ko Ko (Charlie Parker with Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie, 1945)
  • Groovin’ High (1945)
  • Salt Peanuts (1945)
  • A Night in Tunisia (1946)
  • Manteca (1947)

    Album(s):

  • The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1937-1949) Gx2
  • The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) – Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)

    Patrick S. Gilmore


    Mickey Gilley

    Born: 3/9/1936 Died:

    About: Country singer.


    Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs

    Song(s):

  • Sugar Shack (1963)

    David Gilmour

    Born: 3/6/1946 Died:

    About: Rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Pink Floyd. Also a solo artist.


    Norman Gimbel


    Giraffe

    Album(s):

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

    Girls Aloud

    Song(s):

  • The Promise (2008)

    Will Glahe

    Song(s):

  • Beer Barrell Polka (1939)

    Tompall Glaser

    Album(s):

  • Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter – Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)

    Jackie Gleason

    Album(s):

  • Music for Lovers Only (1952)

    Glee Club

    Song(s):

  • Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition (with Kay Kyser, 1942)

    Gary Glitter

    Song(s):

  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 2 (1972)
  • I Love You Love Me Love (1973)

    Global Communication

    Album(s):

  • 76:14 (1997)

    Roger Glover


    Alma Gluck

    Song(s):

  • Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (1915)

    Gnarls Barkley

    Song(s):

  • Crazy (2006)

    Album(s):

  • St. Elsewhere (2006)

    Bob Goday

    Song(s):

  • That Old Feeling (with Shep Fields, 1937)
  • Thanks for the Memory (with Shep Fields, 1937)

    Arthur Godfrey

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

    About: American DJ.


    Godley & Creme

    Song(s):

  • Cry (1985)

    Francis Goelet


    Gerry Goffin

    Born: 2/11/1939 in Brooklyn, NY

    About: American lyricist. 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 Carole King & Gerry Goffin:

  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow (performed by the Shirelles, 1960)
  • Up on the Roof (performed by the Drifters, 1962)
  • The Loco-Motion (performed by Little Eva, 1962)
  • You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (written with Jerry Wexler, performed by Aretha Franklin, 1967)

    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


    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)

    Gareth Gates

    Song(s):

  • Unchained Melody (2002)

    Bobby Goldsboro

    Born: 1/18/1941

    About: Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Honey (1968)

    Gomez

    Album(s):

  • Bring It On (1998)

    Selena Gomez (& the Scene)

    Song(s):

  • Naturally (2010)
  • A Year Without Rain (2010)
  • Who Says (2011)
  • Love You Like a Love Song (2011)

    Gong

    Album(s):

  • You (Radio Gnome Invisible Pt. 3) (1974)

    Al Goodman


    Benny Goodman

    Born: 5/30/1909 in Chicago, IL Died: 6/13/1986

    About: Jazz clarinetist and bandleader. He was playing clarinet professionally at 16 with Art Kassel, made his reputation with Ben Pollack from 1925-29, and after several years of busy studio work, formed his own permanent band in 1934. The band’s hard-driving sound, fueled by Fletcher Henderson’s arrangements, met some early resistance but when it hit, it hit big. By the start of 1936, the Swing Era had been launched and Benny Goodman was its king. The band’s 1/16/38 Carnegie Hall concert was a historic triumph. Hollywood’s Benny Goodman Story in 1956 honored the man who provided more than 50 years of classic jazz.

    Song(s):

  • Moon Glow (1934)
  • King Porter Stomp (1935)
  • These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (with Helen Ward, 1936)
  • Stompin’ at the Savoy (1936)
  • Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) (1938)
  • And the Angels Sing (with Martha Tilton, written by Johnny Mercer with Ziggy Elfman, 1939)
  • Seven Come Eleven (1940)
  • There’ll Be Some Changes Made (with Louise Tobin, 1941)
  • Solo Flight (1941)
  • Breakfast Feud (with Charlie Christian, 1941)

    Album(s):

  • The Complete Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert (1938) live

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Benny Goodman performed at Carnegie Hall: January 16, 1938 (1/16/12)
  • Benny Goodman was born: May 30, 1909 / His Top 50 Songs (5/30/12)

    Goo Goo Dolls

    Song(s):

  • Iris (1998)

    Goombay Dance Band

    Song(s):

  • Sun of Jamaica (1982)

    Dexter Gordon


    Mack Gordon


    Mike Gordon


    Berry Gordy, Jr.

    Born: 11/28/1929 Died:

    About: American R&B producer and songwriter. 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)

    Gorillaz

    Song(s):

  • Clint Eastwood (2001)
  • Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul, 2005)

    Album(s):

  • Demon Days (2005)

    Eydie Gormé

    Born: 8/16/1931 Died:

    About: American adult contemporary singer.


    Vern Gosdin

    Born: 8/5/1934 Died:

    American country singer.


    Stone Gossard

    About: 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


    Gotye

    Song(s):

  • Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye with Kimbra, 2011)

    Barry Goudreau

    see Boston

    Album(s):

  • Barry Goudreau (1980)
  • Delp & Goudreau (2004)

    Bill Gould


    Glenn Gould


    Morton Gould

    Born: 12/10/1913 Died: 2/21/1996

    About: American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist.


    Robert Goulet


    Charlie Gracie

    Song(s):

  • Butterfly (1957)

    Graduate

    see Tears for Fears

    Album(s):

  • Acting My Age (1980)

    Bill Graham


    Larry Graham

    Born: 8/14/1946 Died:

    About: American R&B bassist 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)

    Album(s):

  • We’re an American Band (1973)

    Grandmaster Flash

    Born: Joseph Saddler on 1/1/1958 in Bridgetown, Barbados

    About: Along with his group The Furious Five, Grandmaster Five was a pioneering hip-hop musician and DJ. He and his crew were the first hip-hop artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Song(s):

  • The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (& the Furious Five, 1981)
  • The Message (& the Furious Five, 1982)
  • White Lines (Don’t Do It) (with Melle Mel, 1983)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Grandmaster Flash charted with “The Message”: July 24, 1982 (7/24/12)

    Amy Grant

    Born: 11/25/1960 Died:

    About: Christian pop singer (“Baby Baby”).

    Song(s):

  • El Shaddai (1982)

    John Grant

    Album(s):

  • Queen of Denmark (2010)

    Stéphane Grappelli

    Born: 1/26/1908 Died: 12/1/1997

    About: French jazz violinist.

    Song(s):

  • Djangology (Quintette of the Hot Club of France featuring Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, 1935)
  • Nuages (Django Reinhardt with Stéphane Grappelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France) (1946)

    The Grateful Dead

    About: 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 (1969) live
  • Aoxomoxoa (1969)
  • Workingman’s Dead (1970)
  • American Beauty (1970)

    David Gray

    Song(s):

  • Babylon (2000)

    Album(s):

  • White Ladder (1999)

    Glen Gray

    Born: 6/7/1900 Died: 8/23/1963

    About: Jazz/big band leader with the Casa Loma Orchestra.

    Song(s):

  • Blue Moon (performed with Kenny Sargent, written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1935)

    Macy Gray

    Song(s):

  • I Try (1999)

    Adolph Green


    Al Green

    Born: 4/13/46 in Forrest City, Arkansas

    About: Soul singer/songwriter. 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)

    Album(s):

  • Let’s Stay Together (1972)
  • I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
  • Call Me (1973)
  • Greatest Hits (1970-1974) G
  • The Supreme Al Green (1992)

    Bud Green


    Cee-Lo Green

    About: R&B singer. Half of Gnarls Barkley (“Crazy”).

    Song(s):

  • Fuck You (aka “Forget You”) (2010)
  • Fool for You (with Melanie Fiona, 2011)

    Noah Greenberg

    Album(s):

  • with New York Pro Musica – The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (1958)

    Green Day

    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-)

    About: Punk-rock trio formed in Berkeley, CA

    Song(s):

  • Longview (1994)
  • Basket Case/Jaded (1994)
  • When I Come Around (1994)
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Dookie (1994)
  • American Idiot (2004)
  • 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Green Day releases American Idiot: September 21, 2004 (9/21/11)

    John Green


    Johnny Green’s Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • I Get a Kick Out of You (written by Cole Porter; performed with Ethel Merman, 1934)
  • Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails (Fred Astaire, 1935)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (with Fred Astaire; written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields; 1936)
  • A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) (with Fred Astaire, 1936)
  • They Can't Take That Away from Me (written by George Gershwin; performed with Fred Astaire, 1937)
  • Nice Work if You Can Get It (1937)

    Peter Green

    Born: Peter Greenbaum on 10/29/1946 in London, England

    About: Blues-rock guitarist with Shotgun Express (1966), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (66-67), and Fleetwood Mac (67-70) who also recorded solo.


    Roger Greenaway


    Jack Greene

    Song(s):

  • There Goes My Everything (1967)

    Howard Greenfield


    Ellie Greenwich

    Born: 10/23/1940 Died: 8/26/2009

    About: American pop music singer, songwriter, and record producer. Jeff Barry, to whom she was married, served as her main writing partner. 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:

  • Be My Baby (the Ronettes, 1963)
  • Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (the Crystals, 1963)
  • Leader of the Pack (the Shangri-Las, 1964)
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Manfred Mann, 1964)
  • Chapel of Love (the Dixie Cups, 1964)
  • River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner, 1966)

    Jonny Greenwood

    Born: 11/5/1971 Died:

    About: Rock guitarist and songwriter with Radiohead.


    Lee Greenwood

    Song(s):

  • God Bless the U.S.A. (1984)

    Skylar Grey

    Song(s):

  • Coming Home (Diddy – Dirty Money with Skylar Grey, 2010)
  • I Need a Doctor (with Dr. Dre & Eminem, 2011)

    Ferde Grofe


    Dave Grohl

    Born: 1/14/1969

    About: American rock drummer with Nirvana and singer/songwriter with Foo Fighters.


    Vince Guaraldi

    Album(s):

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) ST – TV

    Juna Luis Guerra


    Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero


    The Guess Who

    Song(s):

  • American Woman (1970)

    David Guetta

    Song(s):

  • Where Them Girls At (with Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj, 2011)
  • Little Bad Girl (with Taio Cruz & Ludacris, 2011)
  • Titanium (with Sia, 2011)
  • Turn Me On (with Nicki Minaj, 2011)
  • Without You (with Usher, 2011)
  • She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) (with Sia, 2012)

    Guided by Voices

    Album(s):

  • Bee Thousand (1994)

    Guns N’ Roses

    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)

    About: 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.

    Song(s):

  • Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine (1988)
  • 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)
  • Chinese Democracy (2008)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Guns N’ Roses charted with “Sweet Child O’ Mine”: June 11, 1988 (6/11/12)
  • Guns N’ Roses release the Use Your Illusion albums: September 17, 1991 (9/17/11)

    Arlo Guthrie

    About: Folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie.

    Song(s):

  • Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (1967)

    Woody Guthrie

    Born: 7/14/1912 Died: 10/3/1967

    About: Folk singer and guitarist. Father of singer Arlo Guthrie.

    Song(s):

  • Pretty Boy Floyd (1939)
  • This Land Is Your Land (1940)
  • Pastures of Plenty (1941)

    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

    Born: George Guy on 7/30/1936 Died:

    About: American blues guitarist and singer.


    A Guy Called Gerald

    Song(s):

  • Voodoo Ray (1988)

    Gym Class Heroes

    Song(s):

  • Stereo Hearts (Gym Class Heroes with Adam Levine, 2011)

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