Music Makers Encyclopedia: I


Click on a letter to choose an act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by 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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Janis Ian

Song(s):
Society’s Child (Baby, I’ve Been Thinking) (1967)
At Seventeen (1975)


icanrockyourworld

Song(s):
The Gummy Bear Song (2007)


Ice Cube

Rap singer born O’Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, CA on 6/15/1969. With group N.W.A.; also a solo act. Has also become a writer, director, actor, and producer in cinema.

Song(s):
It Was a Good Day (1993)

Album(s):
AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990)
Death Certificate (1991)


Icehouse

Album(s):
Man of Colours (1987)


Eric Idle

Album(s):
Spamalot (composed with John Du Prez, cast: 2004)


Billy Idol

Rock singer (“Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without a Face”, “Mony Mony”) born William Michael Albert Broad on 11/30/1955 in Middlesex, England.

Song(s):
Dancing wth Myself (1981)
White Wedding (1982)
Mony Mony (live) (1987)


Frank Ifield

Song(s):
I Remember You (1962)


Bruce Iglauer


Enrique Iglesias

Latin-pop singer/songwriter born Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler on 5/8/1975 in Madrid, Spain. Sings in Spanish (“Por Amarte”, “Trapecista”) and English (“Bailomos”, “Be with You”, “Hero”). Son of singer Julio Iglesias.

Song(s):
Hero (2001)
Bailando (with Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona, 2014)


Julio Iglesias

Latin singer born Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva on 9/23/1943 in Madrid, Spain. Father of singer Enrique Iglesias.


Illayaraja


Imagine Dragons

Song(s):
Radioactive (2012)
Demons (2012)
Believer (2017)
Thunder (2017)

Album(s):
Night Visions (2012)


Natalie Imbruglia

Song(s):
Torn (1997)


The Impressions

R&B group formed in Chicago in 1957; originally known as the Roosters.

Active: 1957-87 Members: Jerry Butler (Impressions: 57-58; solo: 58-), Curtis Mayfield (57-70), Sam Gooden, Arthur Brooks (57-62), Richard Brooks (57-62), Fred Cash (58-), Leroy Hutson (70-73), Reggie Torian (73-), Ralph Johnson (Impressions: 73-76; Mystique: 76-)

Song(s):
For Your Precious Love (1958)
People Get Ready (1965)


Incredible String Band

Album(s):
5000 Spirits Or the Layers of the Onion (1967)
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (1968)


Incubus


Indigo Girls

Song(s):
Closer to Fine (1989)

Album(s):
Strange Fire (1987)
Indigo Girls (1989)
Nomads Indians Saints (1990)

The DMDB Blog:
Indigo Girls Live in Kansas City at Harrahs’ Voodoo Lounge: July 19, 2012 (7/20/12)


Pedro Infante


James Ingram

Song(s):
Somewhere Out There (1986) – see Linda Ronstadt


The Ink Spots

One of the most popular vocal groups of the 1940s.

Active: 1939-48 Members: Bill Kenny (lead tenor), Orville “Hoppy” Jones (bass, died 11/44), Herb Kenny (bass, 44-), Charlie Fuqua, Ivory “Deek” Watson, and Billy Bowen (replaced Watson).

Song(s):
If I Didn't Care (1939)
The Gypsy (1946)
Bless You for Being an Angel (1947)


International Submarine Band

Country-rock band featuring Gram Parsons.

Album(s):
Safe at Home (1968)


INXS

Australian rock band with elements of new wave, ska, pop, and alternative. One of the groups at the forefront of the college-rock movement of the early 1980s.

Active: 1977-2012 Members: Michael Hutchence (v: 77-97), Tim Farriss (g: 77-12), Andrew Farriss (k/g: 77-12), Jon Farriss (d: 77-12), Garry Gary Beers (b: 77-12), Kirk Pengilly (g/sax: 77-12), Jon Stevens (v: 00-03), J.D. Fortune (v: 05-11), Ciaran Gribbin (v: 11-12).

Song(s):
Don’t Change (1982)
Need You Tonight/Mediate (1988)

Album(s):
Kick (1987)
Very Best of (compilation, 2014)


Interpol

Album(s):
Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)


Tony Iommi

Born 2/19/1948

Rock guitarist with Black Sabbath (68-99, 06-10).


Jimmy Iovine

Record executive with Interscope born 3/11/1953 in Brooklyn, NY. Worked with Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and U2.


Marketa Irglova

Album(s):
Once (cast: 2011) – see Glen Hansard


Iron & Wine

Album(s):
Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)


Iron Butterfly

Song(s):
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Album(s):
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)


Iron Maiden

Heavy metal group formed in London, England. 1975-. Clive Burr (d: 77-83), Paul Di’anno (v: 77-82), Bruce Dickinson (v: 81-93), Steve Harris (b/songwriter), Nicko McBrain (d: 83-), Dave Murray (g: 76-), Doug Sampson (d: 77-79), Adrian Smith (g: 80-), Dennis Stratton (g: 79-80).

Song(s):
Run to the Hills (1982)
The Number of the Beast (1982)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (1982)
The Trooper (1983)
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1984)
Fear of the Dark (1992)

Album(s):
Iron Maiden (1980)
Killers (1981)
The Number of the Beast (1982)
Piece of Mind (1983)
Powerslave (1984)


Chris Isaak

Song(s):
Wicked Game (1991)


The Isley Brothers

Highly influential R&B/rock/funk trio of brothers from Cincinnati, OH: Formed own T-Neck label in 1969. Ernie, Marvin, and Chris began recording as the trio Isley, Jasper, Isley in 1984. Ronald married Angela Winbush on 6/26/1993. Active: 1957- Members: O’Kelly (died of a heart attack on 3/31/1986), Rudolph (57-90) and Ronald (aka “Mr. Biggs”) Isley. Moved to New York in 1957 and first recorded for Teenage Records. Trio added their younger brothers Ernie (g/d: 69-84, 91-) and Marvin (b/percussion: 69-84, 91-) Isley and brother-in-law Chris Jasper (k: 69-84)

Song(s):
Shout (Parts 1 and 2) (1959)
Twist and Shout (1962)
This Old Heart of Mine (1966)
It’s Your Thing (1969)


Ernie Isley

Member of the Isley Brothers.


Marvin Isley

Member of the Isley Brothers.


O’Kelly Isley

Member of the Isley Brothers.


Ronald Isley

Member of the Isley Brothers.


Rudolph Isley

Member of the Isley Brothers.


Issler’s Orchestra

Song(s):
Electric Light Quadrille (1889)


It’s a Beautiful Day

Album(s):
It’s a Beautiful Day (1968)


Jose Iturbi


Burl Ives

Song(s):
Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) (1948)
Funny Way of Laughin’ (1962)
A Holly Jolly Christmas (1964)


Charles Ives

Classical composer born 10/20/1874 in Danbury, CT. Died 5/19/1954.

Album(s):
Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (1948)


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, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by 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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Last updated February 9, 2020.