Music Makers Encyclopedia: J

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Jessie J

Price Tag (with B.o.B., 2011)
Bang Bang (with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, 2014)

Ja Rule

Rap singer born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins on 2/29/1976 in Queens, NY.

Foolish (2002) – see Ashanti

Terry Jacks

Seasons in the Sun (1974)

Al Jackson, Jr.

Alan Jackson

Country singer born 10/17/1958 in Newnan, GA.

Don’t Rock the Jukeox (1991)
Chattahoochee (1992)
Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning (2001)
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (2003) – see Jimmy Buffett

A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and Some Other Stuff (compilation: 1996-2003, released 2003)

Chuck Jackson

Freddie Jackson

R&B singer born 10/2/1956 in Harlem, NY.

Hal Jackson

Janet Jackson

R&B/pop singer born 5/16/1966 in Gary, IN. Sister of the Jacksons (youngest of 9 children). Debuted at age 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with her brothers. Regular on TV’s Good Times (1977-79), Diff’rent Strokes (1981-82) and Fame (1984-85). Married James DeBarge of DeBarge in August 1984; marriage annulled in March 1985. Signed a $32 million contract with Virgin Records in 1991.

What Have You Done for Me Lately (1986)
Nasty (1986)
Love Will Never Do without You (1990)
That's the Way Love Goes (1993)
Scream (with Michael Jackson, 1995)
Together Again (1997)

Control (1986)
Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
janet. (1993)
Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (compilation: 1986-95, released 1995)
The Velvet Rope (1997)

Joe Jackson

Look Sharp! (1979)

Joseph Jackson

Father and music manager for the Jackson 5.

Mahalia Jackson

Gospel singer born 10/26/1911 in New Orleans, LA. Died 1/27/1972. Known as “The Queen of Gospel Music,” she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world.

Move on Up a Little Higher (1948)
His Eye Is on the Sparrow (1958)
Take My Hand, Precious Lord (1956)

Michael Jackson

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook

R&B/pop singer/songwriter and dancer born 8/29/1958 in Gary, Indiana. Died 6/25/2009. The 7th of 9 children, he was born into one of history’s most musical families. Achieved fame at 11 years old with his brothers in the Jackson 5 (69-76); the group later became The Jacksons (76-84). Launched a solo career (72-09) while simultaneously working in The Jackson 5.

His 1979 Off the Wall album became only the second in history to score 4 top 10 hits. His 1982 Thriller album, with an estimated 60 million sales worldwide, became the best-selling album in history; it was the first album to score 7 top 10 hits, fueled in part by breaking down the racial barrier on MTV with some of the most iconic videos of all time. His 1987 Bad album was the 1st to score 5 #1 songs.

Michael Jackson: Top 50 Songs
Ben (1972)
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (1979)
Billie Jean (1982)
Beat It (1982)
Thriller (1982)
Say, Say, Say (1983) – see Paul McCartney
Smooth Criminal (1988)
Black or White (1991)
Scream (with Janet Jackson, 1995)
You Are Not Alone (1995)
Earth Song (1995)

Off the Wall (1979)
Thriller (1982)
Bad (1987)
Dangerous (1991)
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 (compilation/studio album, 1995)
Invincible (2001)
Number Ones (compilation: 1978-2003, released 2003)
The Essential (compilation, 2005)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Michael Jackson: Icon or Ick? (7/6/09)

Wanda Jackson

Rockabilly singer and guitarist born 10/20/1937 in Maud, OK. Known as “The Queen of Rockabilly.”

The Jackson 5/The Jacksons

R&B group of brothers from Gary, Indiana. Formed and managed by their father.

Active: 1966-1989 Members: Jackie (Jackson 5: 66-76; The Jacksons: 76-89; born 5/4/51), Tito (Jackson 5: 66-76; The Jacksons: 76-89; born 10/15/53), Jermaine (Jackson 5: 66-76; solo: 76-; The Jacksons: 84-89), Marlon (Jackson 5: 66-76; The Jacksons: 76-87; solo: 87-; born 3/12/57), Michael (Jackson 5: 66-76; solo: 72-; The Jacksons: 76-84), Randy (born 10/29/61; The Jacksons: 76-89). Sisters Rebbie, LaToya, and Janet backed the group; each had solo hits.

I Want You Back (1969)
ABC (1970)
I’ll Be There (1970)

ABC (1970)
Victory (1984)

The DMDB Blog:
The Jacksons Kick Off Their Victory Tour: July 6, 1984 (7/6/11)

Carrie Jacobs Bond

Juke (& His Night Cats, 1952)

His Best (1964)
Boss Blues Harmonica (year?)

Stanley Jacobsen

Don’t Blame Me (1933) – see Charles Agnew

Illinois Jacquet

Born 10/31/1922. Died 7/22/2004

American jazz/big band leader and saxophonist.

Mick Jagger

Rock singer/songwriter born Michael Philip Jagger on 7/26/1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. With the Rolling Stones (64-).

The Jam

In the City (1977)
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight (1978)
Going Underground (1980)
That’s Entertainment (1981)
A Town Called Malice (1982)

All Mod Cons (1978)
Sound Affects (1980)

Nicky Jam

Hasta El Amanecer (2016)
Te Boté (Remix) (2018) – see Nio Garcia
X (with J. Balvin, 2018)

Ahmad Jamal

Jazz pianist born Frederick Russell Jones on 7/2/1930 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Poinciana (1955)

James Jamerson

R&B bassist born 1/29/1936 in Edisto, SC. Died 8/2/1983. With the session group the Funk Brothers.


Sit Down (1991)

Elmore James

Blues guitarist and singer born Elmore Brooks on 1/27/1918 in Richland, Mississippi. Died 5/24/1963.

Dust My Broom (1952)
Shake Your Money Maker (1961)

The Original Flair & Meteor Sides (year?)
The Sky Is Crying: The History of… (compilation: 1951-63, released 1993)

Etta James

R&B/blues singer born Jamesetta Hawkins on 1/25/1938 in Los Angeles, CA. Died 1/20/2012.

The Wallflower (Roll with Me Henry) (with the Peaches, 1955)
At Last (1961)
Tell Mama (1967)

At Last (1961)
Tell Mama (1968)

The DMDB Blog:
Etta James 1938-2012 (1/20/12)

Harry James

Jazz/big band leader and trumpeter born 3/15/1916 in Albany, GA. Died 7/5/1983. Played with Ben Pollack (35-36) before achieving fame with Benny Goodman (36-38) and starting his own band (38-53?). His band, which featured Frank Sinatra in the early days, became one of the most popular bands of the 1940s. Built around his trumpet and featured singers, the band also included Juan Tizol (trombonist: 45), Buddy Rich (d: 50s), and arrangers Ray Conniff and Neal Hefti. Married to movie star Betty Grable.

All or Nothing at All (with Frank Sinatra, 1939)
I Had the Craziest Dream (with Helen Forrest, 1942)
Sleepy Lagoon (1942)
I’ve Heard That Song Before (with Helen Forrest, 1943)
I'll Get By As Long As I Have You (with Dick Haymes, 1944)
I’m Beginning to See the Light (with Kitty Kallen, 1945)
Stella by Starlight (1947)

Trumpet Blues and Cantabile (1942)
Young Man with a Horn (soundtrack with Doris Day, 1950)

Joni James

Traditional pop singer born Giovanna Carmella Babbo on 9/22/1930 in Chicago, IL.

Why Don't You Believe Me (1952)

Lewis James

Tenor singer (“Till We Meet Again”, “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”) born 7/29/1892 in Dexter, Michigan. Died 2/19/1959.

The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (as Robert Lewis, 1918)

Mark James

Rick James

R&B singer and bassist born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. on 2/1/1948 in Buffalo, NY. Died 8/6/2004.

Super Freak (1981)

Skip James

Blues singer and guitarist born Nehemiah Curtis James on 6/21/1902 in Bentonia, Mississippi. Died 10/3/1969.

Devil Got My Woman (1931)

The Complete Early Recordings (compilation: 1930, released 1994)
The Complete 1931 Session (1931)

Sonny James

Country singer/songwriter born James Hugh Loden on 5/21/1929 in Hackleburg, AL. Died 2/22/2016.

Young Love (1956)

Tommy James (& the Shondells)

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Thomas Gregory Jackson on 4/29/1947 in Dayton, OH.

Hanky Panky (1966)
Crimson and Clover (1968)


Virtual Insanity (1997)

Travelling without Moving (1996)

Jan & Dean

Surf City (1963)
Dead Man’s Curve (1964)

Jane’s Addiction

Jane Says (1988)
Been Caught Stealing (1990)

Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

El Jarocho

La Bamba (1939)

Maurice Jarre

Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack, 1966)

Al Jarreau

R&B/jazz singer born 3/12/1940 in Milwaukee, WI. Died 2/12/201

Keith Jarrett

Jazz pianist and film composer born 5/8/1945 in Allentown, PA.

The Koln Concert (live, 1975)

Chris Jasper

Member of the Isley Brothers.


Rap singer and record executive (Roc-A-Fella) born Shawn Corey Carter on 12/4/1969 in Brooklyn, NY. Married R&B/pop singer Beyoncé Knowles.

Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) (1998)
Big Pimpin’ (with UGK, 2000)
Crazy in Love (2003) – see Beyoncé
99 Problems (2004)
Umbrella (2007) – see Rihanna
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…) (2007)
Empire State of Mind (with Alicia Keys, 2009)
Run This Town (with Rihanna & Kanye West, 2009)
Niggas in Paris (with Kanye West, 2011)
Drunk in Love (2013) – see Beyoncé

Reasonable Doubt (1996)
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)
The Blueprint (2001)
The Black Album (produced by Rick Rubin, 2003)
The Blueprint 3 (2009)
Watch the Throne (with Kanye West, 2011)

Wyclef Jean

Hips Don’t Lie (2006) – see Shakira

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blues singer and guitarist born Lemon Harry Jefferson on 9/24/1893 in Couchman, TX. Died 12/19/1929. Has been called “Father of the Texas Blues.” His recordings later influenced other blues legends such as Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Son House, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, and B.B. King.

Match Box Blues (1927)
Black Snake Moan (1927)

King of the Country Blues (compilation: 1926-29, released 1990)

Jefferson Airplane

Rock group from San Francisco, CA. Jefferson Airplane evolved into Jefferson Starship with Kanter, Slick, Creach, and Freiberg. Balin and Casady were members in later versions. Hot Tuna was a spin-off formed by Kaukonen and Casady.

Active: 1965-1973, 1989 Members: Marty Balin (v: 65-71,89), Paul Kanter (v/g: 65-72,89), Jorma Kaukonen (g: 65-73, 89), Jack Casady (b: 65-73, 89), Signe Anderson (v: 65-66), Alexander “Skip” Spence (d: 65-66), Grace Slick (v: 66-72,89), Spencer Dyrden (d: 66-70), Joey Covington (d: 70-72), Papa John Creach (violin: 70?-73), David Freiberg (v/b – Quicksilver Messenger Service: 65?-71; Jefferson Airplane: 72-73), John Barbata (d;: 72-73), Kenny Aronoff (d – John Mellencamp; Jefferson Airplane: 89).

Somebody to Love (1967)
White Rabbit (1967)

Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
After Bathing at Baxter’s (1967)
Crown of Creation (1968)

Jefferson Starship

Rock band formed by Jefferson Airplane alumni Kanter, Slick, Creach, and Freiberg. Balin and Casady were also former members of Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Starship later evolved into Starship with members Chaquico, Sears, Baldwin.

Active: 1974-1984, 1991-2001 Members: Paul Kanter (v/g: 74-84; 91-01) and Grace Slick (v: 74-78, 81-84; 95; 99). Papa John Creach (violin: 74-84), David Freiberg (b: 74-84), Craig Chaquico (g – Jefferson Starship: 74-84; Starship: 85-89), Pete Sears (b – Jefferson Starship: 74-84; Starship: 85-89), John Barbata (d: 74-84), Marty Balin (v: 75-79; 95-), Mickey Thomas (v: 79-84), Aynsley Dunbar (d: 79-82), Don Baldwin (d – Jefferson Starship: 82-84; Starship: 85-89), Slick Aguilar (g – KBC Band: 86; Jefferson Starship: 91-), Prairie Prince (d – The Tubes; Jefferson Starship: 91-), Diana Mangano (v: 94-), Darby Gould (World Entertainment War; Jefferson Starship: 95), Darby Slick (The Great Society; Jefferson Starship: 95); Jack Casady (b: 99), T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs; Jazz Is Dead; Jefferson Starship: 99), Chris Smith (k: 01)

Jerry “Fingers” Jemmott

Ella Jenkins

You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (1966)

Gordon Jenkins

Born 5/12/1910. Died 5/1/1984

American arranger, composer, and pianist.

I Can Dream, Can't I? (1949) – see Andrews Sisters
My Foolish Heart (with Eileen Wilson, 1950)
Goodnight Irene (1950) – see The Weavers

Manhattan Tower (1956)

Waylon Jennings

Country singer born 6/15/1937 in Littlefield, TX. Died 2/13/2002.

Good Hearted Woman (with Willie Nelson, 1975)
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) (1977)
Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (1978) – see Willie Nelson
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen

Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
The Ramblin’ Man (1974)
Wanted! The Outlaws (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter; 1976)
Ol’ Waylon (1977)
Greatest Hits (1979)

Will Jennings

Carly Rae Jepsen

Call Me Maybe (2011)

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Just Like Honey (1985)

Psychocandy (1985)

Jethro Tull

Aqualung (1971)

Aqualung (1971)
Thick As a Brick (1972)

Joan Jett (& The Blackhearts)

Rock singer and guitarist born Joan Marie Larkin on 9/22/1960 in Wynnewood, PA. Started in the Runaways (75-79) and then fronted her own band, the Blackhearts (80-89), as well as recording solo. Blackhearts’ members included Ricky Byrd (g), Gary Ryan (b: 80-87), Lee Crystal (d: 80-87), Kasim Sulton (b – Utopia; Blackhearts: 87-), Thommy Price (d: 87-).

I Love Rock and Roll (1981)


Pop singer/songwriter born Jewel Kilcher on 5/23/1974 in Payson, UT.

You Were Meant for Me (1995)
Foolish Games (1995)

Pieces of You (1995)

Flaco Jimenez

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Jam

R&B songwriter born James Samuel Harris III on 6/6/1959 in Minneapolis, MN.


Beat Again (2009)

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Jazz songwriter born Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim on 1/25/1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Died 12/8/1994.

Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967) – see Frank Sinatra

Steve Jobs

Billy Joel

Pop/rock singer/songwriter and pianist born William Martin Joel on 5/9/1949 in Long Island, NY. Played piano on the Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack.” With the Echoes – later the Emeralds and then the Lost Souls (64-67), the Hassles (67-69), Attila (69-70). Signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist in 1973.

Billy Joel: Top 50 Songs
Piano Man (1974)
Just the Way You Are (1977)
Uptown Girl (1983)
Why Should I Worry? (from Oliver & Company, 1988)

Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
Piano Man (1973)
Streetlife Serenade (1974)
Turnstiles (1976)
The Stranger (1977)
52nd Street (1978)
Glass Houses (1980)
The Nylon Curtain (1982)
An Innocent Man (1983)
Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985)
The Bridge (1986)
Storm Front (1989)
River of Dreams (1993)

Elton John

Pop/rock singer/songwriter and pianist born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 3/25/1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. At age 7, he started formal piano lessons. At 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He joined his first group, Bluesology, in 1962. He took his name from members Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967; they’ve since collaborated on more than 30 albums. Formed Rocket Records in 1973. Played the “Pinball Wizard” in the movie version of Tommy. Elton was the #1 pop artist of the ‘70s; in 2013, Billboard ranked him the third all-time Hot 100 artist behind The Beatles and Madonna.

Elton John: Top 70 Songs
Your Song (1970)
Tiny Dancer (1972)
Crocodile Rock (1972)
Rocket Man (1972)
Daniel (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Step into Christmas (1973)
Bennie and the Jets (1974)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (1974)
Philadelphia Freedom (1975)
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee, 1976)
Sad Songs Say So Much (1984)
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
Healing Hands (1989)
Sacrifice (1989)
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King, 1994)
Circle of Life (from The Lion King, 1994)
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (from The Lion King, 1994)
Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England's Rose) (1997)
Something About the Way You Look Tonight (1997)
Written in the Stars (from Aida, 1999)

Elton John (1970)
Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
Madman Across the Water (1971)
Honky Château (1972)
Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Caribou (1974)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1970-74, released 1974)
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
Rock of the Westies (1975)
Greatest Hits Volume II (compilation, 1971-76)
Greatest Hits 1976-1986 (compilation: 1976-86)
Greatest Hits Volume III (compilation: 1979-87)
Very Best of (compilation: 1970-90)
The Lion King (composed with Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer, soundtrack: 1994, cast: 1997)
Aida (cast album composed with Tim Rice, 1999)
Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (compilation: 1970-2002)
Billy Elliot: The Musical (composed with Lee Hall, cast: 2005)
Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits (compilation: 1970-2007)

Little Willie John

Singer born William Edward John on 11/15/1937 in Cullendale, AR.

Fever (1956)

Mable John

Glyn Johns

Engineer and producer born 2/15/1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England. Worked with the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Faces, Traffic, the Steve Miller Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, The Clash, Jimmy Page, John Hiatt, and David Crosby.

Albums produced by Johns:
Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out (live, 1969) – see the Rolling Stones
Who’s Next (1971) – see The Who
Quadrophenia (1973) – see The Who
Desperado (1973) – see Eagles
Slowhand (1977) – see Eric Clapton

Blind Willie Johnson

Blues guitarist born 1/22/1897 in Pendleton, TX. Died 9/18/1945. Worked with Howlin’ Wolf.

Motherless Children (1927)
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (1927)

Praise God I’m Satisfied (compilation: 1927-30, released 1977)

Brian Johnson

Born 10/5/1948

English rock singer with AC/DC since 1980.

Budd Johnson

Eldridge Johnson

Ella Johnson

Eric Johnson

George Washington Johnson

The Laughing Song (1898)

Howard Johnson

Jack Johnson

In Between Dreams (2005)

James P. Johnson

Jazz songwriter and pianist born James Price Johnson on 2/1/1894 in New Brunswick, NJ. Died 11/17/1955.


Carolina Shout (1922)

James W. Johnson

Jimmy Johnson

Johnnie Johnson

R&B pianist born Johnnie Clyde Johnson on 7/8/1924 in Fairmont, WV. Died 4/13/2005.

Lonnie Johnson

Blues guitarist born Alonzo Johnson on 2/8/1899 in New Orleans, LA. Died 6/16/1970.

Louis Johnson

Robert Johnson

Blues singer and guitarist (“I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man”, “Dust My Broom”) born 5/8/1911 in Hazlehurst, MS. Died 8/16/1938, reportedly from strychnine poisoning. Influenced electric bluesmen Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Shines, Muddy Waters, and others.

Cross Road Blues (aka “Crossroads”) (1936)
Sweet Home Chicago (1936)
Hellhound on My Trail (1937)
A Love in Vain (1937)

The King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 (recorded 1936-37, released 1961)
The King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2 (recorded 1936-37, released 1970)
The Complete Recordings (recorded 1936-37, released 1990)

The DMDB Blog:
The Final Recordings of Robert Johnson: June 20, 1937 (6/20/2011)

Tommy Johnson

Blues musician born in 1896 in Terry, MI. Died 11/1/1956.

Willie Johnson

Arthur Johnston


Leave (Get Out) (2004)

Al Jolson

Jazz singer born Asa Yoelson on 3/26/1886 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Died 10/23/1950. One of the greatest popular entertainers in American history. Grew up in Washington D.C. First performed with a minstrel show troupe and in vaudeville. First on Broadway in 1911 with his dramatic vocal style, extraordinary stage presence, and personal rapport with audiences. For most of the next 20 years, Jolson was the king of the American musical. In 1927, The Jazz Singer ushered in the age of sound motion pictures, but by the ‘30s his career was in decline.

That Haunting Melody (1912)
Ragging the Baby to Sleep (1912)
The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (1913)
You Made Me Love You, I Didn't Want to Do It (1913)
Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land (1918)
Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (1918)
I’ll Say She Does (1919)
Swanee (1920)
Avalon (1920)
April Showers (1922)
Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye) (1922)
California, Here I Come (with Isham Jones’ Orchestra, 1924)
I Wonder What's Become of Sally? (1924)
All Alone (1925)
I'm Sitting on Top of the World (1926)
When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along (1926)
Sonny Boy (1928)
My Mammy (1928)
The Anniversary Song (1947)

Volume 1: Songs He Made Famous (soundtrack, 1947)
Souvenir Album (1947)
Volume Three (1948)
Best of (compilation: 1913-1949, released 1997)

Jonas Brothers

Sucker (2019)

Ada Jones

Singer born 6/1/1873 in Lancashire, England. Died 5/2/1922. Her family movied to Philadelphia when she was 6. She was one of the earliest female singers to be recorded. She made her first recordings in 1893 on wax cylinders for Edison Records. She frequently sang with Billy Murray.

I Just Can’t Make My Eyes Behave (1903)
Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won’t Let Me) (1906)
Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk (with Billy Murray, 1907)
Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (with Billy Murray, 1908)
The Yama Yama Man (with the Victor Light Orchestra Co., 1909)
I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers (1909)
Shine on Harvest Moon (with Billy Murray, 1909)
Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine (Billy Murray with Ada Jones & the American Quartet, 1911)
Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee (with Billy Murray, 1912)
Row! Row! Row! (1913)

Allan Jones

Billy Jones

Yes, We Have No Bananas (1923)
Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mademoiselle from Armentieres) (1924) – see Ernest Hare

Booker T. Jones

Born 11/12/1944

American keyboardist who helmed Booker T. & the MGs. The instrumental R&B group recorded on their own, but also served as the house band for Stax Records’ artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett.

Green Onions (1962)

Brian Jones

Rock guitarist born Lewis Brian Hopkins-Jones in Cheltenham, England on 2/28/42. Died 7/3/69. With Blues Incorporated (62) and the Rolling Stones (62-69).

Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones

The Things That I Used to Do (1952)

Elvin Jones

Etta Jones

Don’t Go to Strangers (1960)

George Jones

Country singer/songwriter and guitarist born 9/12/1931 in Saratoga, TX. Died 4/26/2013. Started singing on radio stations KTXJ in Jasper, TX, and KRIC in Beaumont, TX. Served in the U.S. Marines from 1950-52. Recorded rockabilly as Thumper Jones and Hank Smith. Married to Tammy Wynette from 1969-75. Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. Known as "No Show Jones" due to several missed shows in the late ‘70s and "Possum." CMA Awards: 1980 & 1981 Male Vocalist of the Year.

George Jones: Top 50 Songs
She Thinks I Still Care (1962)
He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980)

Golden Ring (with Tammy Wynette, 1976)
I Am What I Am (1980)

Grace Jones

Pull Up to the Bumper (1981)

Nightclubbing (1981)

Grandpa Jones

Hank Jones

Jazz pianist born Henry Jones, Jr. on 7/31/1918 in the Bronx, NY. Died 5/16/2010.

Isham Jones

Jazz/big band leader, tenor saxophonist, and songwriter (“It Had to Be You”, “I’ll See You in My Dreams”) born 1/31/1894 in Coalton, OH. Died 10/19/1956. Considered by some to have led the best dance band of the pre-“swing” era. Gordon Jenkins was the band’s main arranger in the ‘30s and the band featured Johnny Carlson (lead trumpet) and Milt Yaner (alto sax/clarinet).

Wabash Blues (1921)
Swingin' Down the Lane (1923)
Who’s Sorry Now? (1923)
It Had to Be You (1924)
California, Here I Come (1924) – see Al Jolson
Nobody’s Sweetheart (1924)
I'll See You in My Dreams (with Ray Miller & Frank Bessinger, 1925)

Jack Jones

Adult contemporary singer born John Allan Jones on 1/14/1938 in Hollywood, CA.

The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha, 1966) ec

John Paul Jones

Rock bassist/keyboard with Led Zeppelin born John Richard Baldwin on 1/3/1946 in Sidcup, Greater London, England.

Mick Jones

Rock guitarist and songwriter with the The Clash. Born Michael Geoffrey Jones on 6/26/1955 in Wandsworth, London, England.

Mick Jones

Rock musician and songwriter with Foreigner. Also produced others’ albums, including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150.

Norah Jones

Adult contemporary/light jazz singer and pianist born Geetali Norah Shankar on 3/30/1979 in Brooklyn, NY. Daughter of Indian musician Ravi Shankar.

Don’t Know Why (2002)
Come Away with Me (2002)
Here We Go Again (2004) – see Ray Charles

Come Away with Me (2002)
Feels Like Home (2004)

Quincy Jones

R&B/jazz musician and bandleader born 3/14/1933 in Chicago, IL. Also a producer, most notably for Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller.

Quincy Jones: Top 40 Songs

Back on the Block (1989)

Rickie Lee Jones

Spike Jones

Jazz/big band leader born Lindley Armstrong Jones on 12/14/1911 in Long Beach, CA. Died 5/1/1965

Der Fuehrere’s Face (1942)
Cocktails for Two (1945)
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (1948)

Sugar Jones

Days Like That (2001)

Tom Jones

Musical theatre lyricist born 1928 in Littlefield, TX. Best known for the 1960 musical The Fantasticks, which partnered him with composer Harvey Schmidt. “Try to Remember” became the show’s most beloved song, being recorded by hundreds of artists including Ed Ames, Harry Belafonte, Placido Domingo, and Barbra Streisand. The pair also earned Tony Award nominations for Best Composer and Lyricist for 110 in the Shade and I DO! I DO!. They’ve also been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and the Broadway Hall of Fame.

Try to Remember (from The Fantasticks, performed by Jerry Orbach, 1960)

Tom Jones

Pop singer (“Its Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycat?”) born Thomas John Woodward on 6/7/1940 in Treforest, Pontypridd, South Wales. Has sold over 100 million records.

Green, Green Grass of Home (1966)
Delilah (1968)

Janis Joplin

White blues-rock singer born 1/19/1943 in Port Arthur, TX. Died of a heroin overdose on 10/4/1970. Nicknamed “Pearl.” To San Francisco in 1966; joined Big Brother & The Holding Company. Left band to go solo in 1968. The Bette Midler movie The Rose is inspired by Joplin’s life.

Piece of My Heart (Big Brother & the Holding Company, 1968)
Me and Bobby McGee (1971)

Cheap Thrills (Big Brother & the Holding Company, 1968)
Pearl (1971)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1967-71, released 1973)

The DMDB Blog:
Janis Joplin charts with Cheap Thrills and “Piece of My Heart”: August 31, 1968 (8/31/11)

Scott Joplin

Jazz/ragtime songwriter and pianist born 11/24/1868 in Texas. Died 4/1/1917.

The Entertainer (1902)

Treemonisha (musical, 1911)

Louis Jordan

Links: official site - Wikipedia

Pioneering R&B/blues bandleader born 7/8/1908 in Brinkley, AR. Died 2/4/1975. Has been called “The Father of Rhythm & Blues” and “The King of the Jukebox”.

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t Ma Baby (1944)
Caldonia Boogie (1945)
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (1946)
Let the Good Times Roll (1946)
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (1946)
Saturday Night Fish Fry (1949)

The DMDB Blog:
Louis Jordan, the Father of R&B, Is Born: July 8, 1908 (7/8/11)

Montell Jordan

This Is How We Do It (1995)

The Jordanaires

Joey Jordison

José José

Richard Jose

Silver Threads Among the Gold (1904)

Louis Jourdan


Rock group formed in San Francisco, California (1973-86, 1996, 2001-). Members: Neal Schon (g: 73-86, 96-), Gregg Rolie (v/k: 73-81), Ross Valory (b: 73-83, 96, 08-), Aynsley Dunbar (d: 73-79), George Tickner (g: 73-75), Steve Perry (v: 78-86, 96), Steve Smith (d: 79-83, 96), Jonathan Cain (k: 81-86, 96-), Randy Jackson (b: 86), Michael Baird (d: 86), Steve Augeri (v: 98-06), Deen Castronovo (d: 98-15), Jeff Scott Soto (v: 06-07), Arnel Pineda (v: 07-).

Schon and Rolie had been in Santana together. Schon, Cain, and Castronovo later formed Bad English 87-91). Rolie, Valory, and Smith were in The Storm (91-92). Schon and Castronovo worked in Hardline (92) together.

Journey: Top 20 Songs
Feeling That Way/Anytime (1978)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
Open Arms (1981)

Journey (1975)
Look into the Future (1976)
Next (1977)
Infinity (1978)
Evolution (1979)
Departure (1980)
Dream after Dream (soundtrack, 1980)
Escape (1981)
Frontiers (1983)
Raised on Radio (1986)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-87, released 1988)
Trial by Fire (1996)
Arrival (2001)
Generations (2005)
Revelation (2008)
Eclipse (2011)

Joy Division

Pioneer group in the post-punk era. Group evolved into the influential college rock/dance/electronica group New Order after frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980.

Active: 1976-1980 Members: Ian Curtis (v), Bernard Sumner (g/k), Peter Hook (b), and Stephen Morris (d)

Transmission (1979)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Closer (1980)

Leonard Joy

I Wanna Be Loved by You (1928) – see Helen Kane

Vance Joy

Riptide (2013)

Don Juans

I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (1941) – see Horace Heidt

Judas Priest

Heavy metal band from West Bromwich, England. 1969-. Went through numerous members before settling on their best-known, mid-‘70s lineup. K.K. Downing (g: 1969-2011), Rob Halford (v: 73-92 ), Ian Hill (b: 69-), Glenn Tipton (g/k: 74-).

Victim of Changes (1976)
Beyond the Realms of Death (1978)
Breaking the Law (1980)
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
The Hellion/Electric Eye (1982)
Painkiller (1990)

Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Stained Class (1978)
British Steel (1980)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)

The Judds

Mama, He’s Crazy (1984)
Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days (1986)
Love Can Build a Bridge (1990)

Why Not Me (1985)

The Juice Crew

The Symphony (1988)

Juice Wrld

Lucid Dreams (2018)

Juicy J

Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry

Juilliard String Quartet

Gary Jules

Mad World (with Michael Andrews, 2003)

Justice Crew

Que Sera (2014)

Bill Justis & His Orchestra

Raunchy (1957)

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