Music Makers Encyclopedia: H


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Haddaway

Song(s):
What Is Love? (1993)


Charlie Haden


Sammy Hagar

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 10/13/1947 in Salinas, CA. 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

Country singer born 4/6/1937 in Oildale, CA. Died 4/6/2016.

Song(s):
Sing Me Back Home (1967)
Mama Tried (1968)
Okie from Muskogee (1969)
Pancho and Lefty (1982) – see Willie Nelson

Album(s):
I’m a Lonesome Fugitive (1967)
Okie from Muskogee <1970)
Big City (1981)


Albert Hague

Album(s):
Redhead (cast: 1959) – see Dorothy Fields


Bill Haley & His Comets

Early rock-n-roll singer born William John Clifton Haley on 7/6/1925 in Highland Park, Michigan. Died 2/9/1981. His recording of “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

Philly soul/pop singer born Daryl Franklin Hohl on 10/11/1948 in Philadelphia, PA. 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-.

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)


Lee Hall

Album(s):
Billy Elliot: The Musical (cast: 2005) – see Elton John


Rick Hall

Record executive (FAME Studios).


Tom T. Hall

Country singer/songwriter (Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.”) born 5/25/1936 in Olive Hill, KY.


Wendell Hall

Song(s):
It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' (1924)


Johnny Hallyday


Halsey

Song(s):
Closer (2016) – see the Chainsmokers
Without Me (2018)
Eastside (2018) – see Benny Blanco


Marc-Andre Hamelin

Classical pianist.


Edward Hamilton

Song(s):
Hello Frisco! (1915) – see Olive Kline


Tom Hamilton


Marvin Hamlisch

Musical theater composer and songwriter (Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”). Born 6/2/1944 in New York City, NY. Died 8/6/2012. 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.

Song(s):
What I Did for Love (from A Chorus Line , performed by Kelly Johnton, 1975)
One (Singular Sensation) (from A Chorus Line , performed by the Chorus Line Company, 1975)

Album(s):
The Sting (soundtrack, 1974)
A Chorus Line (composed with Edward Kleban, cast: 1975)


Stuart Hamm


Hammer

- see MC Hammer


Jan Hammer

Rock keyboardist.


Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical theater composer born Oscar Greeley Clendenning Ritter von Hammerstein II on 7/12/1895 in New York City, NY. He co-wrote 850 songs, composing musicals first with Jerome Kern and later with Richard Rodgers. He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Died 8/23/1960.

Songs(s): Top 50 Songs

With Jerome Kern:
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (from Show Boat, 1928)
Ol’ Man River (from Show Boat, 1932) – see Paul Robeson
All the Things You Are (from Very Warm for May, 1939) – see Tommy Dorsey

With Richard Rodgers:
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (from Oklahoma!, 1943) – see Bing Crosby
People Will Say We’re in Love (from Oklahoma!, 1943) – see Bing Crosby
Oklahoma! (from Oklahoma!, 1943) – see Alfred Drake
You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1945) – see Frank Sinatra
If I Loved You (from Carousel, 1945) – see Perry Como
June Is Bustin’ Out All Over (from Carousel, 1945) – see Hildegrade
Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific, 1949) – see Perry Como
Younger Than Springtime (from South Pacific, 1949) – see Billy Tabbert
Getting to Know You (from The King and I, 1951) – see Gertrude Lawrence
Shall We Dance? (from The King and I, 1951) – see Gertrude Lawrence
Hello Young Lovers (from The King and I, 1951) – see Perry Como
Getting to Know You (from The King and I, 1956) – see Marni Nixon
Shall We Dance? (from The King and I, 1956) – see Marni Nixon
Hello Young Lovers (from The King and I, 1956) – see Marni Nixon
I Enjoy Being a Girl (from Flower Drum Song, 1958)
The Sound of Music (from The Sound of Music, 1959) – see Mary Martin
Climb Ev’ry Mountain (from The Sound of Music, 1959) – see Tony Bennett
Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music, 1959) – see Mary Martin
My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music, 1960) – see see John Coltrane
You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1963) – see Gerry & the Pacemakers
The Sound of Music (from The Sound of Music, 1965) – see Julie Andrews
My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music, 1965) – see Julie Andrews
Do-Re-Mi (from The Sound of Music, 1965) – see Julie Andrews
Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music, 1965) – see Julie Andrews

Album(s)/Work(s):
Show Boat (cast: 1927, soundtrack: 1951) – see Jerome Kern
Oklahoma! (cast: 1943, soundtrack: 1955) – see Richard Rodgers
Carousel (cast: 1945, soundtrack: 1956) – see Richard Rodgers
South Pacific (cast: 1949, soundtrack: 1958) – see Richard Rodgers
The King and I (cast: 1951, soundtrack 1956) – see Richard Rodgers
Flower Drum Song (cast: 1959) – see Richard Rodgers
The Sound of Music – see Richard Rodgers


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

Legendary talent scout with Columbia Records born John Henry Hammond II on 12/15/1910 in New York City, NY. Died 7/10/1987. 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)


Christopher Hampton

Album(s):
Sunset Boulevard (cast: 1993) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber


Lionel Hampton

Jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, and composer born 4/20/1908 in Louisville, KY. Died 8/31/2002.

Song(s):
Flying Home (1942)


Hampton Quartette

Song(s):
Listen to the Lambs (1917)


Herbie Hancock

Jazz pianist born 4/12/1940 in Chicago, IL.

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 Friedrich Händel

Classical composer born Georg Friedrich Händel on 2/23/1685 in Halle, Duchy of Madgeburg, Germany. Died 4/14/1759.

Album(s):
Water Music (1717)
Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt) (opera: 1724)
Messiah (1741)


Lou Handman


W.C. Handy

Blues songwriter and musician born William Christopher Handy on 11/16/1873 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Died 3/28/1958.

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


Glen Hansard

Album(s):
Once (composed with Marketa Irglova, cast: 2011)


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 (from Roberta, 1933) – see Paul Whiteman
Yesterdays (1933) – see Leo Reisman
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (from Roberta, 1958) – see The Platters


E.Y. “Yip” Harburg

Songwriter born Edgar Yipsel Harburg on 4/8/1896 in New York City, NY. 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: 1939) – see Harold Arlen


Paul Hardcastle

Song(s):
19 (1985)


Ernest Hare

Song(s):
Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres) (with Billy Jones, 1924)


Byron Harlan

Tenor singer born Byron George Harlan on 8/29/1861 in Kansas. Died 9/11/1936. Worked as a ragtime and minstrel singer and balladeer, recording as a solo artist (1899-1919), in a duo with Arthur Collins (01-18), and with the Big Four Quartet (01) and Columbia Comedy Trio (07). He was friends and neighbors with Thomas Edison.

Song(s):
Byron Harlan: Top 100 Songs
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
Always in the Way (1903)
Under the Anhauser Bush (1904) – see Arthur Collins
Blue Bell (with Frank Stanley, 1904)
Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (1905)
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906)
The Good Old U.S.A. (1906)
Camp Meetin’ Time (1906) – see Arthur Collins
My Gal Sal (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
Everybody’s Doing It Now (1912) – see Arthur Collins
I’m Going Back to Dixie (aka “I Want to Be in Dixie”) (1912) – 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

Musical theater songwriter born 4/30/1924 in Chicago, IL.

Song(s):
If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof, 1964) – see Zero Mostel

Album(s):
Fiorello! (cast: 1959) – see Jerry Bock
Fiddler on the Roof (cast: 1964, soundtrack: 1971) – see Jerry Bock


Roy Harper

Album(s):
Stormcock (1971)


Slim Harpo

Blues guitarist born James Moore on 1/11/1924 in Baton Rouge, LA. Died 1/31/1970.

Song(s):
I’m a King Bee (1957)
Rainin’ in My Heart (1961)

Album(s):
Raining in My Heart (year?)


The Harptones

Song(s):
A Sunday Kind of Love (1953)


Calvin Harris

Song(s):
We Found Love (2011) – see Rihanna
Summer (2014)
How Deep Is Your Love (with Disciples, 2015)
This Is What You Came For (with Rihanna, 2016)
One Kiss (with Dua Lipa, 2018)


Charles K. Harris


Emmylou Harris

Country singer/songwriter and musician born 4/2/1947 in Birmingham, AL.

Album(s):
Elite Hotel (1975)
Pieces of the Sky (1975)
Roses in the Snow (1980)
Trio (1987) – see Dolly Parton
Wrecking Ball (1995)


Gene Harris

Jazz pianist.


Marion Harris

American vaudeville and Broadway singer born Mary Ellen Harrison on 4/4/1896 in Indiana (?). Died 4/23/1944. 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 (1921)
I Ain't Got Nobody (1921)
I’m Just Wild about Harry (1922)
Tea for Two (1925)
The Man I Love (1928)


Phil Harris

Jazz/big band leader born Wonga Philip Harris in Linton, Indiana on 6/24/1904. Died 8/11/1995

Song(s):
The Bare Necessities (with Bruce Reitherman, from The Jungle Book, 1967)
I Wanna Be Like You (with Louis Prima, from The Jungle Book, 1967)
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (from The Aristocats, 1970)


Richard Harris

Song(s):
Camelot (from Camelot soundtrack, 1967)
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

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

Song(s):
Good Rockin’ Tonight (1948)


Charles Harrison

Tenor singer born 9/11/1878 in Jersey City, NJ. Died 2/2/1965. Recorded solo and with the Columbia Stellar Quartet (1912-22).

Song(s):
Ireland Must Be Heaven for My Mother Came from There (1916)
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

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 2/25/1943 in Liverpool, England. Died 11/29/2001. 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 (as Frederick J. Wheeler, 1915)
There’s a Long, Long Trail (with James Reed, 1915)


Wilbert Harrison

Song(s):
Kansas City (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

Song(s):
All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera, 1986) – see Sarah Brightman

Album(s):
Phantom of the Opera (1986) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber


Freddie Hart

Country singer/songwriter born Frederick Segrest on 12/21/1926 in Loachapoka, AL.


Kitty Carlisle Hart


Lorenz Hart

American musical theater lyricist (“Blue Moon”, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “My Funny Valentine”). Born 5/2/1895 in New York City, NY. Died 11/22/1943. 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
There’s a Small Hotel (with Maxine Grey, from On Your Toes, 1936) – see Hal Kemp
The Lady Is a Tramp (from Babes in Arms, 1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
Where or When (from Babes in Arms, 1937) – see Hal Kemp
Where or When (from Babes in Arms, 1937) – see Ray Heatherton
Falling in Love with Love (from The Boys from Syracuse, 1939) – see Frances Langford
This Can’t Be Love (with Martha Tilton, from The Boys from Syracuse, 1938) – see Benny Goodman
My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms, 1945) – see Hal McIntyre
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950) – see Bill Snyder
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950) – see Doris Day
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950) – see Mel Tormé
My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms, 1953) – see Chet Baker
Blue Moon (1961) – see The Marcels

Album(s):
Pal Joey (cast: 1940, soundtrack: 1957) – see Richard Rodgers


Johnny Hartman

Song(s):
Lush Life (1963) – see John Coltrane

Album(s):
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963) – see John Coltrane


PJ Harvey

Alternative rock singer/songwriter born Polly Jean Harvey on 10/9/1969 in Bridport, Dorset, England.

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.”


Hampton Hawes

Jazz pianist.


Coleman Hawkins

Jazz/big band leader born 11/21/1904 in St. Joseph, MO. Died 5/19/1969.

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)


Sophie B. Hawkins

Song(s):
As I Lay Me Down (1995)


George D. Hay


Joseph Haydn

Classical composer and pianist born 3/31/1732 in Rohrau, Austria. Died 5/31/1809.


Haydn Quartet/Edison Male Quartette

Along with the Peerless Quartet and American Quartet, one of the three great vocal groups in the pioneer age of popular recording. p>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: 1914-19). 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.

Song(s):
My Old Kentucky Home (as Edison Male Quartette, 1898)
In the Good Old Summertime (1903)
Bedelia (1904)
Toyland (with Corrine Morgan, 1904)
Sweet Adeline (You're the Flower of My Heart) (1904)
Dearie (1905) – see Corrine Morgan
Grandfather’s Clock (1905)
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

R&B singer/songwriter and keyboardist born 8/20/1942 in Covington, TN. Died 8/10/2008.

Song(s):
Theme from “Shaft” (1971)

Album(s):
Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
Shaft (soundtrack, 1971)


Roland Hayes

Song(s):
Were You There (1940)


Joe Hayman

Song(s):
Cohen on the Telephone (1914)


Richard Hayman


Dick Haymes

Singer born Richard Benjamin Hayns on 9/13/1918 in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Died 3/28/1980.

Song(s):
You'll Never Know (with the Song Spinners, 1943)
Long Ago and Far Away (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


Peggy Healy

Song(s):
You’re the Top (1934) – see Paul Whiteman


Hear’Say

Song(s):
Pure and Simple (2001)


Heart

Song(s):
Crazy on You (1976)
Barracuda (1977)

Album(s):
Dreamboat Annie (1976)


The Heartbreakers

Song(s):
Chinese Rocks (1977)


Ray Heatherton

Song(s):
Where or When (from Babes in Arms, 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

Jazz/big band leader born 5/21/1901 in Alamda, CA. Died 12/1/1986. 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

Classical violinist born 2/2/1901 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then the Russian Empire). Died 12/10/1987.

Album(s):
Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records (1917-1924)


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

Rock drummer and vocalist for The Band.


Helmet

Album(s):
Meantime (1992)


Bobby Helms

Song(s):
Jingle Bell Rock (1957)


Fletcher Henderson

Jazz/big band leader and pianist born James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson on 12/18/1897 in Cuthbert, GA. Died 12/28/1952.


Joe Henderson

Jazz executive and saxophonist born 4/24/1937 in Lima, OH. Died 6/30/2001.


Ray Henderson


Jimi Hendrix

Legendary psychedelic-blues/rock guitarist born Johnny Allen Hendrix on 11/27/1942 in Seattle, WA. Died drug overdose in London on 9/18/1970. 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). Discovered in 1966 by The Animals’ Chas 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):
Jimi Hendrix: Top 25 Songs
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 Ultimate Experience (compilation: 1966-70, released 1992)
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

Country-rock singer/songwriter and drummer born 7/22/1947 in Gilmer, TX. 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)
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (1992) – see Patty Smyth

Album(s):
Building the Perfect Beast (1984)


Clarence “Frogman” Henry


Audrey Hepburn

Song(s):
Moon River (1961) – see Henry Mancini


Victor Herbert

Song(s):
Naughty Marietta Selection (1911)
March of the Toys (1911)
You Belong to Me (1916)


Hercules & Love Affair

Song(s):

Blind (2008)


Jerry Herman

Musical theater songwriter born Gerald Sheldon Herman on 7/10/1931 in New York City, NY.

Album(s):
Hello, Dolly! (cast: 1964)
La Cage Aux Folles (cast: 1984)


Woody Herman

Jazz/big band leader, clarinetist, and composer born Woodrow Charles Herman on 5/16/1913 in Milwaukee, WI. Died 10/29/1987.

Song(s):
At the Woodchopper’s Ball (1939)
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1941)
I’ll Remember April (1942)
Laura (1945)
Early Autumn (1947)
Four Brothers (1948)


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

R&B singer born Albert George Hibbler on 8/16/1915 in Tyro, Mississippi. Died 4/24/2001.

Song(s):
Unchained Melody (1955)


Mina Hickman

Song(s):
Come Down, Ma Evening Star (1903)


Taylor Hicks

Song(s):
Do I Make You Proud? (2006)


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)

Album(s):
Highwayman (1985)


Utada Hikaru

Song(s):
Flavor of Life (2007)


Hildegarde


June Is Bustin’ Out All Over (from Carousel, 1945)


Billy Hill


Dan Hill

Song(s):
Sometimes When We Touch (1977)


Faith Hill

Country singer born Audrey Faith Hill on 9/21/1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Married country singer Tim McGraw.

Song(s):
This Kiss (1998)
Breathe (1999)

Album(s):
Faith (1998)
Breathe (1999)


Lauryn Hill

American R&B/rap singer born 5/25/1975 in East Orange, NJ. 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)


Larry Hiller


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, 1935)


Hinder

Song(s):
Lips of an Angel (2006)


Earl Hines

Jazz/big band leader and pianist born 12/28/1903 in Duquesne, PA. Died 4/22/1983.

Song(s):
Weather Bird (1928) – see Louis Armstong
Basin Street Blues (1938) – see Louis Armstong


The Hives

Song(s):
Hate to Say I Told You So (2001)

Album(s):
Veni Vidi Vicious (2000)


Eddie Hodges

Song(s):
I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door (1961)


Al Hoffman


Josef Hoffman

Classical pianist born 12/15/1870 in Pirnitz, Austria. Died 5/7/1956.


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

Blues singer born Eleanora Fagan Gough on 4/7/1915 in Philadelphia, PA. Died 7/17/1959. 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 (1936)
My Man (Mon Homme) (1938)
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 Sings the Blues (1956)
Lady in Satin (1958)


Brian Holland

R&B songwriter and producer born 2/15/1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland worked as a writing team for Motown for over ten years before leaving and forming Invictus/Hot Wax, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career.

Songs Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland:
Top 100 Songs
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


Eddie Holland

R&B songwriter and producer born 10/30/1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland worked as a writing team for Motown for over ten years before leaving and forming Invictus/Hot Wax, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career.

Songs Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland:
Top 100 Songs
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


Holland-Dozier-Holland

See Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland.


The Hollies

Song(s):
Bus Stop (1966)


Brenda Holloway


Buddy Holly (& The Crickets)

Early rock singer/songwriter and pioneer born Charles Hardin Holley on 9/7/1936 in Lubbox, TX. Died 2/3/1959 in a plane crash near Mason City, IA along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. One of rock and roll’s most original and innovative performers. First recorded western and pop demos with Bob Montgomery (54). Worked with the Three Tunes (56), Buddy Holly & The Two-Tunes, and The Crickets (57-58).

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, released 1978)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-59)
Collection: 50 Classic Recordings (compilation: 1959)


Libby Holman

Song(s):
Love for Sale (with Dick Robertson, 1931)


Odetta Holmes

Song(s):
Take This Hammer (1955)


Rupert Holmes

Album(s):
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (cast: 1985)


Gustav Holst

Classical composer.

Album(s):
The Planets (1986)


Julia Holter

Album(s):
Have You in My Wilderness (2015)


Jac Holzman

Record executive with Elektra and Nonesuch. Born 9/15/1931 in New York City, NY.


Homer & Jethro


Louise Homer

Song(s):
America 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

Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist born 8/22/1917 near Clarksdale, MI. Died 6/21/2001.

Song(s):
Boogie Chillen' (1949)
Boom Boom (1962)

Album(s):
The Folklore of John Lee Hooker (1962)
The Ultimate Collection (compilation: 1948-90, released 1991)


William F. Hooley

Bass singer in Whitechapel, London, England on 4/16/1861. Died on 10/12/1918. Member of the Haydn Quartet (1898-1914), the American Quartet (1909-18), and the Orpheus Quartet (1914-18).


Sol Hoopii & His Novelty Five

Song(s):
Fascinating Rhythm (1938)


Hooters

Philadelphia-based rock group. Active: 1980-95, 2007

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

Blues guitarist born Samuel John Hopkins on 3/15/1912 in Centerville, TX. Died 1/30/1982.


Linda Hopkins


Nicky Hopkins

Rock keyboardist born Nicholas Christian Hopkins on 2/24/1944 in Perivale, Middlesex, England. Died 9/6/1994. With The Who (65, 71, 75), The Kinks (65-68), Jeff Beck Group (67-70), Rolling Stones (67-81), Quicksilver Messenger Service (69-71), Steve Miller Band (69-70). Also worked with Badfinger, The Beatles, Brewer & Shipley, Gene Clark, Joe Cocker, Donovan, The Easybeats, Peter Frampton, Jerry Garcia, Art Garfunkel, George Harrison, Jefferson Airplane, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Steve Miller Band, The Move, Graham Parker, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, and Joe Walsh.


Trevor Horn

Producer and musician born 7/15/1949 in Durham, England. Worked with the Buggles (“Video Killed the Radio Star”) and Yes.


Lena Horne

Jazz singer born 6/30/1917 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. Died 5/9/2010.

Song(s):
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1943)


Marilyn Horne

Mezzo-soprano opera singer born 1/16/1934 in Bradford, PA.


James Horner

Album(s):
Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)


Bruce Hornsby

Pop singer and keyboardist born 11/23/1954 in Williamsburg, VA. Solo artist (“The Way It Is”) who has also worked with the Grateful Dead.

Song(s):
Gonna Be Some Changes Made (2004)


Vladimir Horowitz

Classical pianist born on 10/1/1903 in Kiev, Russia. Died 11/5/1989.


The Horrors

Album(s):
Primary Colours (2009)


Johnny Horton

Rockabilly singer born John Gale Horton on 4/30/1925. Died 11/5/1960

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

Blues guitarist and singer born Eddie James House, Jr. on 3/21/1902 in Riverton, MS. Died 10/19/1988.

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

Country singer born Charles David Houston on 12/9/1935 (some sources say 1938) in Bossier City, Louisiana. Died 11/30/1993.

Song(s):
Almost Persuaded (1966)


Thelma Houston

Song(s):
Don’t Leave Me This Way (1976)


Whitney Houston

R&B/pop singer born 8/9/1963 in Newark, NJ. Died 2/11/2012. Daughter of Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Began singing career at age 11 with the gospel group 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):
Whitney Houston: Top 50 Songs
I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me (1987)
I Will Always Love You (1992)
Exhale (Shoop Shoop) (1995)
When You Believe (1998) – see Mariah Carey

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 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-2000, released 2000)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Whitney Houston Has the #1 Single and Album: June 27, 1987 (6/27/11)


Dominic Howard


Eddy Howard

Jazz/big band leader born Edward Evan Duncan Howard on 9/12/1914 in Woodland, CA. Died 5/23/1963.

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

Blues singer and guitarist born Chester Arthur Burnett on 6/10/1910 in White Station, Mississippi. Died 1/10/1976.

Song(s):
Smokestack Lightning (1956)
Spoonful (1960)
The Red Rooster (1962)

Album(s):
Moanin’ in the Moonlight (compilation: 1951-59, released 1959)
Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilation: 1960-62, released 1962)
Chester Burnett, a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf (1972)
The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-73, released 1991)


Hozier

Song(s):
Take Me to Church (2013)


H.P. Lovecraft

Album(s):
H.P. Lovecraft (1967)


Freddie Hubbard

Jazz trumpeter born 4/7/1938 in Indianapolis, IN. Died 12/29/2008.

Song(s):
Red Clay (1970)


Jennifer Hudson


The Hues Corporation

Song(s):
Rock the Boat (1974)


Leon Huff

Record executive (Philadelphia International), songwriter, and producer born 4/8/1942 in Camden, NJ. 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 (1973) – see The O’Jays


Glenn Hughes

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


Chad Hugo

Half of The Neptunes production team.


The Human League

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

Singer born Arnold George Dorsey on 5/2/1936 in Madras, British India.

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

Blues singer and guitarist born John Smith Hurt on 7/3/1893 in Teoc, Mississippi. Died 11/2/1966.

Song(s):
Stack O’ Lee Blues (1928)
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

Country singer born on 12/3/1925 in Cantwell, MO. Died 3/17/2011. 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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