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Music Makers Encyclopedia: H

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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Charlie Haden


Sammy Hagar

Born: 10/13/1947 in Salinas, CA

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist nicknamed “The Red Rocker.” Member: Montrose (73-75), HSAS (84), Van Halen (85-96), Chickenfoot (08-11).

Song(s):

  • Montrose “Bad Motor Scooter” (1973)
  • “I’ve Done Everything for You” (1978)
  • “There’s Only One Way to Rock” (1981)
  • “Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy” (1982)
  • “I Can’t Drive 55” (1984)
  • Van Halen “Why Can’t This Be Love” (1986)
  • Van Halen “Dreams” (1986)
  • Van Halen “When It’s Love” (1988)
  • Van Halen “Finish What Ya Started” (1988)
  • Van Halen “Right Now” (1992)

    Merle Haggard

    Born: 4/6/1937 Died: 4/6/2016

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Sing Me Back Home (1967)
  • Mama Tried (1968)
  • Okie from Muskogee (1969)

    Bill Haley (& the Comets)

    Born: 7/6/1925 Died: 2/9/1981

    American early rock-n-roll singer. His song, “Rock Around the Clock”, is generally considered to be the birth of the rock era because it was the first rock ‘n’ roll song to hit #1.

    Song(s):

  • We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock (1954)
  • Joey’s Song (1959)

    Daryl Hall

    Born: Daryl Franklin Hohl on 10/11/1948 in Philadelphia, PA

    Philly soul/pop singer. Half of the #1 charting duo of the rock era (Hall & Oates) with John Oates.


    Daryl Hall & John Oates

    Pop-rock blue-eyed-soul duo. Met while students at Temple University in 1967. Hall sang backup for many top soul groups before teaming up with Oates in 1972. In the late 1980s, they passed the Everly Brothers as the #1 charting duo of the rock era.

    Active: 1974- Members: Daryl Hall and John Oates

    Song(s):

  • I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) (1981)
  • Maneater (1982)

    George Hall

    Song(s):

  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1934)

    Tom T. Hall

    Born: 5/25/1936 Died:

    American country singer/songwriter (Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.”).


    Wendell Hall

    Song(s):

  • It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' (1924)

    Johnny Hallyday


    Edward Hamilton

    Song(s):

  • Hello Frisco! (1915) – see Olive Kline

    Tom Hamilton


    Marvin Hamlisch

    Born: 6/2/1944 in New York City, NY Died: 8/6/2012

    Musical theater composer (A Chorus Line) and songwriter (Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”). 12-time Academy Award nominee (Sophie’s Choice, The Spy Who Loved Me), 3-time Oscar winner (scores for The Sting, The Way We Were), 4-time Emmy winner, 4-time Grammy winner, Tony Award winner (A Chorus Line). Also won a Pulitzer and two Golden Globes.

    Album(s):

  • The Sting (soundtrack, 1974)
  • A Chorus Line (cast, 1975)

    Stuart Hamm


    Hammer

    - see MC Hammer

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Born: 7/12/1895 Died: 8/23/1960

    Musical theater composer.

    Songs(s) Composed by Hammerstein with Jerome Kern:

  • Ol’ Man River (1932) – see Paul Robeson
  • All the Things You Are (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey

    Songs(s) Composed by Hammerstein with Richard Rodgers:

  • You’ll Never Walk Alone (1945) – see Frank Sinatra
  • Some Enchanted Evening (1949) – see Perry Como
  • The Sound of Music (1965) – see Julie Andrews
  • My Favorite Things (1965) – see Julie Andrews
  • Do-Re-Mi (1965) – see Julie Andrews

    Album(s):

  • Show Boat (written with Jerome Kern, cast: 1927, soundtrack: 1951)
  • Oklahoma! (written with Richard Rodgers, cast: 1943, soundtrack 1955)
  • Carousel (written with Richard Rodgers, cast: 1945, soundtrack: 1956)
  • South Pacific (written with Richard Rodgers, cast: 1949, soundrack 1958)
  • The King and I (written with Richard Rodgers, cast: 1951, soundtrack 1956)
  • Flower Drum Song (cast, written with Richard Rodgers, 1959)
  • The Sound of Music (written with Richard Rodgers, cast: 1959, soundtrack: 1965)

    Kirk Hammett

    Born: 11/18/1962 in San Francisco, CA

    Heavy metal guitarist with Exodus (1980-83) and Metallica (83-).


    Albert Hammond


    John H. Hammond

    Born: John Henry Hammond on 12/15/1910 Died: 7/10/1987

    Legendary talent scout with Columbia Records. Father of blues singer and guitarist John P. Hammond.


    John P. Hammond

    Born: 11/13/1942 in New York City, NY

    Blues singer and guitarist. Son of famed record producer and talent scout John Henry Hammond.


    Johnny Hamp

    Song(s):

  • Black Bottom (with the Kentucky Serenaders, 1926)

    Lionel Hampton

    Born: 4/20/1908 Died: 8/31/2002

    American jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Flying Home (1942)

    Hampton Quartette

    Song(s):

  • Listen to the Lambs (1917)

    Herbie Hancock

    Born: 4/12/1940

    American jazz musician.

    Song(s):

  • Watermelon Man (1962)
  • Maiden Voyage (1965)
  • Chameleon (1973)
  • Rock-It (1983)

    Album(s):

  • Maiden Voyage (1964)
  • Head Hunters (1973)
  • River: The Joni Letters (2007)

    George Frederic Handel

    Born: 2/23/1685 Died: 4/14/1759

    German classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Water Music (1717)
  • Messiah (1741)

    Lou Handman


    W.C. Handy

    Born: 11/16/1873 Died: 3/28/1958

    American blues songwriter and musician.

    Song(s):

  • St. Louis Blues (1923)

    James F. Hanley


    Clare Hanlon

    Song(s):

  • Little White Lies (1930) – see Fred Waring
  • I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store (1931) – see Fred Waring

    Hanson

    Song(s):

  • Mmmbop (1997)

    Happy Mondays

    English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. Along with the Stone Roses, they were at the forefront of the ‘90s dance Madchester scene. After they disbanded, Shaun Ryder and Bez went on to form Black Grape. Active: 1985-1992, 1999-2000, 2004- Members: Shaun Ryder (v), Paul Ryder (b), Mark Day (g), Paul Davis (k), Gary Whelan (d), Bez (dancer/percussionist), Rowetta Satchell (99-00), Wags (g – Paris Angels, Black Grape, Happy Mondays: 99-00).

    Album(s):

  • Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)

    Otto Harbach

    Songs written by Harbach with Jerome Kern:

  • Who? (1926) – see George Olsen
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1933) – see Paul Whiteman
  • Yesterdays (1933) – see Leo Reisman
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958) – see The Platters

    E.Y. “Yip” Harburg

    About: American song lyricist.

    Born: Edgar Yipsel Harburg on 4/8/1896 in New York, New York Died: 3/5/1981

    Songs written/co-written by Harburg:

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932) – see Bing Crosby
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1932) – see Rudy Vallee
  • Over the Rainbow (1939) – see Judy Garland
  • I’ve Got the World on a String (1941) – see Cab Calloway
  • April in Paris (1956) – see Count Basie

    Album(s):

  • The Wizard of Oz (soundtrack written with Harold Arlen & Herbert Stothart, 1939)

    Paul Hardcastle

    Song(s):

  • 19 (1985)

    Bob Haring

    Song(s):

  • Pagan Love Song (1929)

    Byron Harlan

    About: Famous for his long series of hit duets with Arthur Collins (01-18) which emphasized ragtime and minstrel humor but also enjoyed great success as a solo artist (1899-1919) with mostly sentimental ballads. Also recorded with the Big Four Quartet (01) and Columbia Comedy Trio (07). Long a friend and neighbor of Thomas Edison.

    Born: 8/29/1861 in KS Died: 9/11/1936

    Song(s):

  • The Blue and the Gray (The Mother’s Gift to Her Country) (1900)
  • Hello Central, Give Me Heaven (1901)
  • Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (1902) – see Arthur Collins
  • Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (1903) – see Arthur Collins
  • Under the Anhauser Bush (1904) – see Arthur Collins
  • Blue Bell (with Frank Stanley, 1904)
  • Would You Care? (1905)
  • Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (1905)
  • Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906)
  • Daddy’s Little Girl (1906)
  • The Good Old U.S.A. (1906)
  • Camp Meetin’ Time (1906) – see Arthur Collins
  • My Gal Sal (w. Paul Dresser, 1907)
  • School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907)
  • Down in Jungle Town (1908) – see Arthur Collins
  • The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (1909) – see Arthur Collins
  • Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (1911) – see Arthur Collins
  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1911) – see Arthur Collins
  • Under the Yum Yum Tree (1911) – see Arthur Collins
  • When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (1913) – see Arthur Collins
  • The Aba Daba Honeymoon (1914) – see Arthur Collins
  • I Love the Ladies (1911) – see Arthur Collins
  • Darktown Strutters’ Ball (1918) – see Arthur Collins

    Howard Harlan


    Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

    Song(s):

  • Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (1975)

    The Harmonicats

    Song(s):

  • Peg O’ My Heart (1947)

    Sheldon Harnick

    Album(s):

  • Fiddler on the Roof (cast: 1964) – see Jerry Bock

    Roy Harper

    Album(s):

  • Stormcock (1971)

    Slim Harpo

    Born: James Moore on 1/11/1924 in Baton Rouge, LA Died: 1/31/1970

    Blues guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • I’m a King Bee (1957)
  • Rainin’ in My Heart (year?)

    Album(s):

  • Raining in My Heart (year?)

    The Harptones


    Calivin Harris

    Song(s):

  • We Found Love (2011) – see Rihanna
  • Summer (2014)

    Charles K. Harris


    Emmylou Harris

    Born: 4/2/1947

    American country singer/songwriter and musician.

    Album(s):

  • Pieces of the Sky (1975)
  • Wrecking Ball (1995)

    Marion Harris

    Born: Mary Ellen Harrison on 4/4/1896 in Indiana (?) Died: 4/23/1944

    About: American vaudeville and Broadway singer. First white woman widely known for singing jazz and blues.

    Song(s):

  • After You’ve Gone (1919)
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1919)
  • Look for the Silver Lining (w. Jerome Kern and Buddy DeSylva, 1921)
  • I Ain't Got Nobody (1921)
  • I’m Just Wild about Harry (1922)
  • Tea for Two (w. by Irving Caesar & Vincent Youmans, 1925)
  • The Man I Love (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, 1928)

    Phil Harris

    Born: Wonga Philip Harris in Linton, Indiana on 6/24/1904 Died: 8/11/1995

    Jazz/big band leader.


    Richard Harris

    Song(s):

  • MacArthur Park (1968)

    Rolf Harris

    Song(s):

  • Two Little Boys (1969)

    Roy Harris

    Album(s):

  • Symphony No. 3 (1940)

    Steve Harris


    Wee Willie Harris

    Song(s):

  • Rockin’ at the 2 I’s (1957)

    Wynonie Harris

    Born: 9/24/1915 in Omaha, NE Died: 6/14/1969 American blues shouter and R&B singer. One of rock ‘n’ roll’s forerunners.

    Song(s):

  • Good Rockin’ Tonight (1948)

    Charles Harrison

    Born: 9/11/1878 Died: 2/2/1965

    Tenor singer who recorded solo and with the Columbia Stellar Quartet (1912-22).

    Song(s):

  • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (1918)
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic (with the Columbia Stellar Quartet, 1918)
  • I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time (1920)

    George Harrison

    Born: 2/25/1943 Died: 11/29/2001

    British singer/songwriter and guitarist who started out with the Beatles and then had a solo career. Also a member of the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

    Song(s):

  • My Sweet Lord (1970)

    Album(s):

  • All Things Must Pass (1970)
  • The Concert for Bangla Desh (live with various artists, 1971)

    James F. Harrison

    Song(s):

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning (with James Reed, 1915)
  • There’s a Long, Long Trail (with James Reed, 1915)

    Wilbert Harrison

    Song(s):

  • Kansas City (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1959)

    James Harrod

    Song(s):

  • Till the Clouds Roll By (with Anna Wheaton, 1917)

    Debbie Harry

    Born: 7/1/1945 Died:

    New wave singer with Blondie.


    Charles Hart

    Song(s):

  • Let the Rest of the World Go By (with Elizabeth Spencer, 1920)

    Charles Hart

    Album(s):

  • Phantom of the Opera (1986) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber


    Freddie Hart

    Born: 12/21/1926 Died:

    American country singer/songwriter.


    Kitty Carlisle Hart


    Lorenz Hart

    Born: 5/2/1895 Died: 11/22/1943

    American musical theater lyricist (“Blue Moon”, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “My Funny Valentine”). Often worked with Richard Rodgers (Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey, On Your Toes).

    Song(s) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart:

  • Blue Moon (1935) – see Glen Gray
  • My Funny Valentine (1945) – see Hal McIntyre
  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (1950) – see Bill Snyder
  • Blue Moon (1961) – see The Marcels

    Album(s):

  • Pal Joey (with Richard Rodgers; soundtrack, 1957)

    John Hartford

    Album(s):

  • Aero Plain (1971)

    Johnny Hartman

    Song(s):

  • Lush Life (with John Coltrane, 1963)

    Album(s):

  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (with John Coltrane, 1963)

    PJ Harvey

    Born: Polly Jean Harvey on 10/9/1969

    Alternative rock singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Rid of Me (1993)
  • Down by the Water (1995)

    Album(s):

  • Dry (1992)
  • Rid of Me (1993)
  • To Bring You My Love (1995)
  • Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
  • Let England Shake (2011)

    Donny Hathaway

    Song(s):

  • Where Is the Love (1972) – see Roberta Flack

    Tony Hatch

    British songwriter, producer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. Among his songwriting credits are Petula Clark’s “Downtown” and “Sign of the Times.”


    Coleman Hawkins

    Born: 11/21/1904 Died: 5/19/1969

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Body and Soul (1940)

    Dale Hawkins

    Song(s):

  • Suzy-Q (1957)

    Edwin Hawkins Singers

    Song(s):

  • Oh Happy Day (1969)

    Erskine Hawkins

    Born: 7/26/1914 Died: 1993

    American jazz/big band leader.


    Roger Hawkins


    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

    Song(s):

  • I Put a Spell on You (1956)

    George D. Hay


    Joseph Haydn

    Born: 3/31/1732 in Rohrau, Austria Died: 5/31/1809

    Classical composer and pianist.


    Haydn Quartet/Edison Male Quartette

    About: Along with the Peerless Quartet and American Quartet, one of the three great vocal groups in the pioneer age of popular recording. The four original members (Bieling, Macdonough, Dudley, and Hooley) also sang on Edison as the Edison Male Quartette. Murray sang lead on many of the group’s biggest hits. During the later period, Werrenrath often took Dudley’s place. Bieling, Dudley, Hooley, Murray, and Porter were all also members of the American Quartet.

    Active: 1898-1914 Members: John Bieling (tenor), Harry MacDonough (tenor), S.H. Dudley (baritone), William F. Hooley (bass), Billy Murray (tenor: 1898-1914), Steve Porter (baritone: 1914), Wilfred Glenn (1914), Robert D’Armour (1914), Reinald Werrenrath (baritone – Haydn Quartet; Orpheus Quartet: 1914-19)

    Song(s):

  • In the Good Old Summertime (1903)
  • Bedelia (1904)
  • Toyland (with Corrine Morgan, 1904)
  • Sweet Adeline (You're the Flower of My Heart) (1904)
  • How’d You Like to Spoon with Me? (with Corrine Morgan, 1906)
  • Will You Love Me in December As You Do in May? (1906)
  • Waltz Me Around Again Willie (‘Round, ‘Round, ‘Round) (with Billy Murray, 1906)
  • My Wild Irish Rose (with Harry MacDonough, 1907)
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908) – see Billy Murray
  • Sunbonnet Sue (1908)
  • Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1909)
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1910) – see Billy Murray

    Bill Hayes

    Song(s):

  • The Ballad of Davy Crockett (1955)

    Isaac Hayes

    Born: 8/20/1942 Died:

    R&B singer/songwriter and keyboardist.

    Song(s):

  • Theme from “Shaft” (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Hot Buttered Soul (1969)

    Roland Hayes

    Song(s):

  • Were You There (1940)

    Richard Hayman


    Dick Haymes

    Born: 9/13/1918 Died: 3/28/1980

    Singer.

    Song(s):

  • You'll Never Know (with the Song Spinners, 1943)
  • Long Ago and Far Away (w. by Ira Gershwin & Jerome Kern; with Helen Forrest, 1944)
  • I'll Get By As Long As I Have You (with Harry James, 1944)
  • It Might As Well Be Spring (1945)

    Roy Haynes

    Jazz drummer.


    Warren Haynes

    Born: 4/6/1960

    American blues guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule.


    Eddie Hazel

    Born: 4/10/1950 in Brooklyn, NY Died: 12/23/1992

    Funk guitarist with Parliament/Funkadelic, most notably on the 1971 album Maggot Brain and his ten-minute guitar solo on the title track.


    Topper Headon


    Hear’Say

    Song(s):

  • Pure and Simple (2001)

    Heart

    Album(s):

  • Dreamboat Annie (1976)

    The Heartbreakers

    Song(s):

  • Chinese Rocks (1977)

    Ray Heatherton

    Song(s):

  • Where or When (1937)

    Heatwave

    Song(s):

  • Boogie Nights (1977)

    Bobby Hebb

    Song(s):

  • Sunny (1966)

    Heidelberg Quintet

    Song(s):

  • Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (1912)
  • By the Beautiful Sea (1914)

    Horace Heidt

    Born: 5/21/1901 Died: 12/1/1986

    American jazz pianist and big band leader. Also a radio and TV personality.

    Song(s):

  • Ti-Pi-Tin (with Lysbeth Hughes & Larry Cotton, 1938)
  • I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (Horace Heidt with Larry Cotton, Donna Wood, & Don Juans; 1941)

    Jascha Heifetz

    Born: 2/2/1901 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then the Russian Empire) Died: 12/10/1987

    Russian classical violinist.

    Album(s):

  • Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records, 1917-1924 (1924)

    Ray Heindorf

    Song(s):

  • Over the Rainbow (1939) – see Judy Garland

    Richard Hell (& the Voidoids)

    Song(s):

  • Blank Generation (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Blank Generation (1977)

    Levon Helm

    Born: 5/26/1940 Died: 4/19/2012

    About: Rock drummer and vocalist for The Band.


    Helmet

    Album(s):

  • Meantime (1992)
    Fletcher Henderson

    Born: 12/18/1897 Died: 12/28/1952

    American jazz/big band leader and pianist.


    Ray Henderson


    Jimi Hendrix

    Born: 11/27/1942 in Seattle, WA Died: drug overdose in London on 9/18/1970

    Legendary psychedelic-blues/rock guitarist. First as a sideman with Rosa Lee Brooks (64), Isley Brothers (64), Buddy & Stacey and the Upsetters (65); Little Richard, Curtis Knight, and Ronnie Youngblood. Formed Jimmy James and the Blue Flames (65), the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Discovered in 1966 by The Animals’ Chris Chandler at New York City’s Café Wha? Went to London to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience (66-69) with Noel Redding (b) and Mitch Mitchell (d). Formed Band of Gypsys (69-70) with Buddy Miles (d) and Buddy Cox (b).

    Song(s):

  • Hey Joe (1966)
  • Purple Haze (1967)
  • All Along the Watchtower (1968)
  • Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (1968)
  • The Star-Spangled Banner (1969)

    Album(s):

  • Are You Experienced (1967)
  • Jimi Plays Monterey (live, 1967)
  • Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
  • Live at Winterland (live, 1968)
  • Electric Ladyland (1968)
  • BBC Sessions (live, 1969)
  • Live at Woodstock (live, 1969)
  • Band of Gypsys/Live at Fillmore East (live, 1970)
  • Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight (live, 1970)
  • The Cry of Love/First Rays of the New Rising Sun (1971/1997)
  • Rainbow Bridge (archives, 1971)
  • War Heroes (archives, 1972)
  • Loose Ends (archives, 1974)
  • Crash Landing (archives, 1975)
  • Midnight Lightning (archives, 1975)
  • South Saturn Delta (archives, 1997)
  • Valleys of Neptune (archives, 2010)
  • People, Hell and Angels (archives, 2013)

    Don Henley

    Born: 7/22/1947 Died:

    American country-rock singer/songwriter and drummer with the Eagles. Also a solo artist (“Dirty Laundy”, “The Boys of Summer”, “The End of the Innocence”).

    Song(s):

  • The Boys of Summer (1984)
  • The Heart of the Matter (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Building the Perfect Beast (1984)

    Clarence “Frogman” Henry


    Audrey Hepburn

    Song(s):

  • Moon River (1961) – see Henry Mancini

    Victor Herbert


    Jerry Herman

    Born: 7/10/1931 Died:

    American musical theater songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • Hello, Dolly! (cast: 1964)

    Woody Herman

    Born: 5/16/1913 Died: 10/29/1987

    Jazz/big band leader, clarinetist, and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Woodchopper’s Ball (1939)
  • Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (w. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, 1941)
  • Laura (w. Johnny Mercer and David Raskin, 1945)
  • Four Brothers (1948)
  • Early Autumn (1949)

    Herman’s Hermits

    Patrick Hernandez

    Song(s):

  • Born to Be Alive (1979)

    Bernhard Herrmann


    James Hetfield

    Born: 8/3/1963 Died:

    Rock singer/songwriter with Metallica.


    Edward Heyman


    Dubose Heyward

    Album(s):

  • Porgy and Bess (1935) – see George Gershwin

    Eddie Heywood


    John Hiatt

    Album(s):

  • Bring the Family (1987)

    Al Hibbler

    Born: 8/16/1915 Died: 4/24/2001

    American R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Unchained Melody (1955)

    Mina Hickman

    Song(s):

  • Come Down, Ma Evening Star (1903)

    Missy Higgins

    Album(s):

  • The Sound of White (2004)

    The Highwaymen

    Country supergroup comprised of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson.

    Song(s):

  • Highwayman (1985)

    Utada Hikaru

    Song(s):

  • Flavor of Life (2007)

    Billy Hill


    Dan Hill

    Song(s):

  • Sometimes When We Touch (1977)

    Faith Hill

    Born: 9/21/1967 Died:

    Country singer. Married country singer Tim McGraw.

    Song(s):

  • This Kiss (1998)
  • Breathe (1999)

    Album(s):

  • Breathe (1999)

    Lauryn Hill

    Born: 5/25/1975 Died:

    American R&B/rap singer with the Fugees (The Score). Also a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Doo Wop (That Thing) (1998)
  • Ex-Factor (1999)

    Album(s):

  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

    Z.Z. Hill

    Album(s):

  • Down Home (1982)

    Bob Hilliard


    Chris Hillman


    Billy Hillpot

    Song(s):

  • Ain't She Sweet (Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot, 1927)

    The Hi-Lo’s

    Album(s):

  • The Hi-Lo’s and All That Jazz (1958)

    Ronnie Hilton

    Song(s):

  • No Other Love (1956)

    Richard Himber

    Song(s):

  • Just One of Those Things (with Stuart Allen, w. Cole Porter, 1935)

    Hinder

    Song(s):

  • Lips of an Angel (2006)

    Earl Hines

    Born: 12/28/1903 Died: 4/22/1983

    American jazz/big band leader and pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Weather Bird (with Louis Armstong, 1928)

    The Hives

    Song(s):

  • Hate to Say I Told You So (2001)

    Album(s):

  • Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)

    Al Hoffman


    Josef Hoffman

    Born: 12/15/1870 in Pirnitz, Austria Died: 5/7/1956

    Classical pianist.


    Susanna Hoffs

    Album(s):

  • When You’re a Boy (1991)
  • Susanna Hoffs (1996)
  • Under the Covers (with Matthew Sweet, 2006)
  • Under the Covers 2 (with Matthew Sweet, 2009)

    Allan Holdsworth

    Born: 8/6/1946 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England Died:

    English guitarist and composer known for work in a variety of genres, but mostly jazz fusion. Cited as an influence by other guitar notables such as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, and Frank Zappa.


    Hole

    Song(s):

  • Violet (1994)
  • Malibu (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Live Through This (1994)

    Billie Holiday

    Born: Eleanor Gough in Baltimore on 4/7/1915 Died: 7/17/1959

    About: The great “Lady Day”, rivaled only by Ella Fitzgerald among all female jazz singers. Illegitimate daughter of guitarist Clarence Holiday. Following her difficult early years she was discovered in 1933 by jazz critic John Hammond. She recorded one hit with Benny Goodman, then began her classic 1935-38 association with Teddy Wilson, accompanied by the top jazz musicians in the country. Billie also sang briefly in the late ‘30s with Count Basie and Artie Shaw. The 1972 movie Lady Sings the Blues was based on her life.

    Song(s):

  • Autumn in New York (1935)
  • Summertime (w. by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin Dubose Heyward, 1936)
  • Strange Fruit (1939)
  • Body and Soul (1940)
  • God Bless the Child (1941)
  • Embraceable You (1944)
  • Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) (1945)
  • Crazy He Calls Me (1949)
  • Solitude (1952)
  • Fine and Mellow (1957)

    Album(s):

  • Quintessential (1940-42)
  • Lady in Satin (1958)

    Brian Holland

    Born: 2/15/1941

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


    Eddie Holland

    Born: 10/30/1939

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


    Holland-Dozier-Holland

    Writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland. Over ten years, they wrote and produced many of the songs that are most closely identified with Motown. Left Motown in 1968 and formed formed Invictus/Hot Wax, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier decided to start a solo career.

    Songs Written by H-D-H:

  • Heat Wave (1963) – see Martha & the Vandellas
  • Where Did Our Love Go (1964) – see the Supremes
  • Baby, I Need Your Loving (1964) – see Four Tops
  • Baby Love (1964) – see the Supremes
  • Stop! In the Name of Love (1965) – see the Supremes
  • I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965) – see Four Tops
  • You Can't Hurry Love (1966) – see the Supremes
  • Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (1966) – see Four Tops

    The Hollies

    Song(s):

  • Bus Stop (1966)

    Brenda Holloway


    Buddy Holly (& The Crickets)

    Born: Charles Hardin Holley on 9/7/1936 in Lubbox, TX Died: 2/3/1959 in a plane crash

    One of rock and roll’s most original and innovative performers. (v/g – Buddy & Bob: 54; Three Tunes: 56; Buddy Holly & The Two-Tunes; The Crickets: 57-58), Sonny Curtis (g – Three Tunes: 56), Don Guess (b – Three Tunes: 56), Jerry Ivan Allison (d – Three Tunes: 56: Crickets: 57-58), Niki Sullivan (g – Crickets: 57-58), Joe B. Maudlin (b – Crickets: 57-58). Began recording western and pop demos with Bob Montgomery in 1954. Killed in a plane crash near Mason City, IA along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

    Song(s):

  • That'll Be the Day (1957)
  • Peggy Sue (1957)

    Album(s):

  • Holly in the Hills (archives: 1954-55)
  • That’ll Be the Day (archives: 1955-56)
  • The Chirping Crickets (1957)
  • Buddy Holly (1958)
  • The Buddy Holly Story (compilation: 1957-59)
  • The Buddy Holly Story 2 (compilation/archives: 1958-59)
  • Reminiscing (archives: 1955-59)
  • Showcase (archives: 1955-59)
  • Giant (archives: 1956-59)
  • Remember (archives: 1957-58)
  • 20 Golden Greats (compilation: 1955-59)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-59)
  • Collection: 50 Classic Recordings (compilation: 1959)

    Odetta Holmes

    Song(s):

  • Take This Hammer (1955)

    Gustav Holst

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • The Planets (composed 1986)

    Julia Holter

    Album(s):

  • Have You in My Wilderness (2015)

    Jac Holzman


    Homer & Jethro


    Louise Homer

    Song(s):

  • American the Beautiful (1910)

    The Honeydrippers

    Album(s):

  • Volume One (The Honeydrippers: 1984)

    Hoobastank

    Song(s):

  • The Reason (2003)

    Peter Hook


    Earl Hooker


    John Lee Hooker

    Links: - official site - Wikipedia

    Born: 8/22/1917 near Clarksdale, MI Died: 6/21/2001

    Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Boogie Chillen' (1949)
  • Boom Boom (1962)

    Album(s):

  • The Folklore of John Lee Hooker (1962)

    Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Five

    Song(s):

  • Fascinating Rhythm (1938)

    Hooters

    About: Philadelphia-based rock group.

    Active: 1980-95, 2001-

    Members: Eric Bazilian (v/g), Rob Hyman (v/k), David Uosikkinen (d), John Kuzma (g: 80-83), Bobby Woods (b: 80-83), Rob Miller (b: 83-84), John Lilley (g: 83-84), Andy King (b: 84-87), Fran Smith Jr. (b: 87-95, 01-), Mindy Jostyn (violin/harmonica (92-93),

    Album(s):

  • Amore (1983)
  • Nervous Night (1985)
  • One Way Home (1987)
  • Zig Zag (1989)
  • Out of Body (1993)
  • Time Stand Still (2007)

    Hootie & The Blowfish

    Album(s):

  • Cracked Rear View (1994)

    Bob Hope

    Song(s):

  • Thanks for the Memory (with Shirley Ross, 1939)

    Mary Hopkin

    Song(s):

  • Those Were the Days (1968)

    Claude Hopkins

    Born: 8/24/1903 Died:

    Americna jazz/big band leader.


    Lightnin’ Hopkins

    Born: Sam Hopkins on 3/15/1912 Died: 1/30/1982

    Blues guitarist.


    Linda Hopkins


    Trevor Horn


    Lena Horne

    Born: 6/30/1917 Died: 5/9/2010

    American jazz singer.

    Song(s):

  • Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1943)

    Marilyn Horne

    Born: 1/16/1934 in Bradford, PA

    Mezzo-soprano opera singer.


    James Horner

    Album(s):

  • Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)

    Bruce Hornsby


    Vladimir Horowitz

    Born: 10/1/1903 Died: 11/5/1989

    Russian classical pianist.


    The Horrors

    Album(s):

  • Primary Colours (2009)

    Johnny Horton

    Born: John Gale Horton on 4/30/1925 Died: 11/5/1960

    American rockabilly singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Battle of New Orleans (1959)

    Roy Horton


    Big Walter Horton


    Hot Butter

    Song(s):

  • Popcorn (1972)

    Hot Chip

    Song(s):

  • Over and Over (2006)

    Son House

    Born: Eddie James, Jr. on 3/21/1902 in Riverton, MS Died: 10/19/1988

    Blues guitarist and singer.

    Song(s):

  • My Black Mama (1930)

    Album(s):

  • Father of the Folk Blues (year?)

    House of Pain

    Song(s):

  • Jump Around (1992)

    Cissy Houston


    David Houston

    Born: 12/9/1938 Died: 11/30/1993

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Almost Persuaded (1966)

    Thelma Houston

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Leave Me This Way (1976)

    Whitney Houston

    Born: 8/9/1963 in Newark, NJ Died: 2/11/2012

    R&B/pop singer. Daughter of Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Began singing career at age 11 with the gospel gropu New Hope Baptist Junior Choir. As a teen, worked as a backing vocalist for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls. Pursued modeling career in 1981, appeaing in Glamour magazine and on the cover of Seventeen. Married singer Bobby Brown on 7/18/92. Starred in the movies The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife.

    Song(s):

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me (1987)
  • I Will Always Love You (w. Dolly Parton, 1992)
  • Exhale (Shoop Shoop) (1995)

    Album(s):

  • Whitney Houston (1985)
  • Whitney (1987)
  • The Bodyguard (et al, soundtrack; 1992) – see Various Artists
  • Waiting to Exhale (et al, soundtrack; 1995) – see Various Artists

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • Whitney Houston – Top 20 Songs
  • Whitney Houston Has the #1 Single and Album: June 27, 1987 (6/27/11)

    Dominic Howard


    Eddy Howard

    Born: 9/12/1914 Died: 5/23/1963

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • To Each His Own (1946)
  • Sin (It's No Sin) (1951)
  • Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart (1952)

    Joe Howard


    Julia Ward Howe


    Steve Howe

    Born: Stephen James Howe on 4/8/1947 in Holloway, London, England

    English progressive rock guitarist best known for his work with Yes (70-81, 91, 96-). He has also worked solo, was a member of the supergroup Asia (81-84,92,07-), the one-album GTR (86), and collaborated with his Yes’ bandmates from the 1970-72 era as Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (88-92).

    Album(s) featuring Howe:

  • The Yes Album (1971) – see Yes
  • Fragile (1971) – see Yes
  • Close to the Edge (1972) – see Yes
  • Tales from Topographic Oceans (Yes, 1973)
  • Relayer (1974) – see Yes
  • Going for the One (1977) – see Yes
  • Tormato (1978) – see Yes
  • Drama (1980) – see Yes
  • Asia (1982) – see Asia
  • Alpha (1983) – see Asia
  • Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (1989) – see ABWH
  • Union (1991) – see Yes
  • Phoenix (2008) – see Asia
  • Omega (2010) – see Asia
  • Fly from Here (2011) – see Yes

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Steve Howe Show (7/15/09)

    Liam Howlett


    Howlin' Wolf

    Born: Chester Arthur Burnett in White Station, Mississippi on 6/10/1910 Died: 1/10/1976

    Blue singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Smokestack Lightning (1956)
  • Spoonful (1960)
  • The Red Rooster (1962)

    Album(s):

  • Moanin’ in the Moonlight (compilation: 1951-58)
  • Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilation, 1958)
  • Chester Burnett, a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf (1972)

    H.P. Lovecraft

    Album(s):

  • H.P. Lovecraft (1967)

    Freddie Hubbard

    Born: 4/7/1938

    American jazz trumpeter.

    Song(s):

  • Red Clay (1970)

    Jennifer Hudson


    The Hues Corporation

    Song(s):

  • Rock the Boat (1974)

    Leon Huff

    Born: 4/8/1942 in Camden, NJ

    American R&B songwriter and producer behind 170 gold and platinum records (along with partner Kenny Gamble). 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 (performed by The O’Jays, 1973)

    Glenn Hughes

    About: Rock singer and bassist with Deep Purple (73-76) and Black Sabbath (83-86).


    Lysbeth Hughes

    Song(s):

  • Ti-Pi-Tin (1938) – see Horace Heidt

    Marjorie Hughes

    Song(s):

  • Oh! What It Seemed to Be (1946) – see Frankie Carle

    The Human League

    About: Electronic new wave band from Sheffield, England.

    Active: 1977- Members: Philip Oakley (v/songwriter: 77-), Martyn Ware (k: 77-80), Ian Craig Marsh (k: 77-80), Philip Adrian Wright (k: 78-86), Joanne Catherall (v: 80-), Susan Ann Sulley (v: 80-), Jo Callis (k/g: 81-85), Ian Burden (k: 81-87), Jim Russell (d/g/programming: 85-87), Neil Sutton (k: 86-), Russell Dennett (k: 90-94), David Beevers (on-stage engineering: 90-), Erroll Rollins (electronic percussion: 01-04), Nic Burke (multi-instrumentalist: 01-), Rob Barton (electronic percussion: 03-)

    Song(s):

  • Don't You Want Me? (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Dare! (1981)

    Pawlo Humeniuk

    Song(s):

  • Tanec Pid Werbamy (Dance Under the Willows) (1926)

    Engelbert Humperdinck

    Born: Arnold George Dorsey on 5/2/1936 Died:

    Indian-born English singer.

    Song(s):

  • Release Me (1967)
  • The Last Waltz (1967)

    Pee Wee Hunt

    Song(s):

  • Twelfth Street Rag (1948)

    Alberta Hunter

    Album(s):

  • Amtrak Blues (1978)

    Robert Hunter


    Tab Hunter

    Song(s):

  • Young Love (1956)

    George Hurley


    Mississippi John Hurt

    Born: 7/3/1893 in Teoc , Mississippi Died: 11/2/1966

    Blues singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Stack O’ Lee Blues (year?)
  • Frankie (1928)

    Album(s):

  • Today! (1966)

    Hüsker Dü

    Song(s):

  • Turn on the News (1984)
  • Celebrated Summer (1985)

    Album(s):

  • Zen Arcade (1984)
  • New Day Rising (1985)
  • Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987)

    Ferlin Husky

    Born: 12/3/1925 in Cartwell, MO Died: 3/17/2011

    American country singer with two dozen top 20 country hits on the Billboard charts including the #1 hits “A Dear John Letter” (with Jean Shepard), “Gone”, and “Wings of a Dove”.


    Walter Huston

    Song(s):

  • September Song (1939)

    Michael Hutchence


    Ralf Hutter

    Born: 8/20/1946 in Krefeld, Germany Died:

    Electronica singer/songwriter and keyboardist with Kraftwerk.


    J.B. Hutto


    Odetta Holmes

    Song(s):

  • It Had to Be You (1944)

    Marion Hutton

    Song(s):

  • The Woodpecker Song (1940) – see Glenn Miller
  • Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (1942) – see Glenn Miller
  • I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (1942) – see Glenn Miller

    Rob Hyman

    Rock singer, songwriter (Cyndi Lauper’s “Time after Time”) and keyboardist with the Hooters (80-95, 01-). Also helmed the one-time collaborative project Largo.

    Album(s):

  • with various artists: Largo (1998)

    Chrissie Hynde

    Rock singer/songwriter with The Pretenders.


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