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Music Makers Encyclopedia: J

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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Jessie J

Song(s):

  • Price Tag (with B.o.B., 2011)

    Ja Rule

    Born: Jeffrey Atkins on 2/29/1976 in Queens, New York

    Rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • Foolish (with Ashanti, 2002)

    Terry Jacks

    Song(s):

  • Seasons in the Sun (1974)

    Al Jackson, Jr.


    Alan Jackson

    Born: 10/17/1958 Died:

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Rock the Jukeox (1991)
  • Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning (2001)
  • It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (with Jimmy Buffett, 2003)

    Album(s):

  • A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)

    Chuck Jackson


    Freddie Jackson


    Hal Jackson


    Janet Jackson

    Born: 5/16/1966 in Gary, IN

    R&B/pop singer. 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.

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Album(s):

  • Control (1986)
  • Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
  • janet. (1993)
  • Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (compilation, 1996)
  • The Velvet Rope (1997)

    Joe Jackson

    Album(s):

  • Look Sharp! (1979)

    Mahalia Jackson

    Born: 10/26/1911 Died: 1/27/1972

    As “The Queen of Gospel Music”, she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world.

    Song(s):

  • 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

    About: One of the most famous entertainers of all time. R&B/pop singer/songwriter and dancer. The 7th of 9 children. (Jackson 5: 66-76; solo: 72-; The Jacksons: 76-84). Michael’s 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, is the best-selling album in history; it was the first album to score 7 top 10 hits. His 1987 Bad album was the 1st to score 5 #1 songs.

    Born: 8/29/1958 Died: 6/25/2009

    Song(s):

  • Ben (1972)
  • Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (1979)
  • Billie Jean (1982)
  • Beat It (1982)
  • Say, Say, Say (1983) – see Paul McCartney
  • Thriller (1984)
  • Smooth Criminal (1988)
  • Black or White (1991)
  • Scream (with Janet Jackson, 1995)
  • Earth Song (1995)

    Album(s):

  • 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: 2003)
  • The Essential (compilation, 2005)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • Michael Jackson – Top 50 Songs
  • Michael Jackson: Icon or Ick? (7/6/09)

    Wanda Jackson

    Born: 10/20/1937 Died:

    American rockabilly singer and guitarist.


    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.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • ABC (1970)
  • Victory (1984)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Carrie Jacobs Bond


    Little Walter Jacobs

    Born: 5/1/1930 Died: 2/15/1968

    American blues singer and harmonica player.

    Song(s):

  • Juke (& His Night Cats, 1952)

    Album(s):

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

    Illinois Jacquet

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

    American jazz/big band leader and saxophonist.


    Mick Jagger

    Born: 7/26/1943 Died:

    Rock singer/songwriter with the Rolling Stones.


    The Jam

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • All Mod Cons (1978)
  • Sound Affects (1980)

    Ahmad Jamal

    Born: 7/2/1930 Died:

    Jazz pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Poinciana (1955)

    James Jamerson

    Born: 1/29/1936

    R&B bassist with the session group the Funk Brothers.


    James

    Song(s):

  • Sit Down (1991)

    Elmore James

    Born: Elmore Brooks on 1/27/1918 Died: 5/24/1963

    American blues guitarist and singer.

    Song(s):

  • Dust My Broom (1952)
  • Shake Your Money Maker (year?)

    Album(s):

  • The Original Flair & Meteor Sides (year?)

    Etta James

    Born: Jamesetta Hawkins on 1/25/1938 in Los Angeles, California Died: 1/20/2011

    R&B/blues singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • At Last (1961)
  • Tell Mama (1968)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Etta James 1938-2012 (1/20/12)

    Harry James

    Born: 3/15/1916 in Albany, GA Died: 7/5/1983

    Trumpeter who 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.

    Song(s):

  • All or Nothing at All (with Frank Sinatra, 1939)
  • I Had the Craziest Dream (with Helen Forrest, 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)

    Album(s):

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

    Joni James

    Born: Giovanna Carmella Babbo on 9/22/1930 Died:

    Traditional pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Why Don't You Believe Me (1952)

    Lewis James

    Born: 7/29/1892 in Dexter, Michigan Died: 2/19/1959

    Tenor singer (“Till We Meet Again”, “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”).

    Song(s):

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

    Mark James


    Rick James

    Born: 2/1/1948 Died: 8/6/2004

    R&B singer and bassist.

    Song(s):

  • Super Freak (1981)

    Skip James

    Born: 6/21/1902 Died: 10/3/1969

    Blues singer and guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • The Complete 1931 Session (1931)

    Sonny James

    Born: 5/1/1929 Died: 2/22/2016

    American country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Young Love (1956)

    Tommy James (& the Shondells)

    Born: Thomas Gregory Jackson on 4/29/1947

    American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Hanky Panky (1966)
  • Crimson and Clover (1968)

    Jamiroquai

    Song(s):

  • Virtual Insanity (1997)

    Album(s):

  • Travelling without Moving (1996)

    Jan & Dean

    Song(s):

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

    Jane’s Addiction

    Song(s):

  • Jane Says (1988)
  • Been Caught Stealing (1990)

    Album(s):

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

    Maurice Jarre

    Album(s):

  • Doctor Zhivago (soundtrack, 1966)

    Al Jarreau

    Born: 3/12/1940 in Milwaukee, WI Died: 2/12/201

    R&B/jazz singer.


    Keith Jarrett

    Born: 5/8/1945 Died:

    American jazz pianist and film composer.

    Album(s):

  • The Koln Concert (live, 1975)

    Jay-Z

    Born: 12/4/1969 Died:

    Rap singer and record executive. Married R&B/pop singer Beyoncé Knowles.

    Song(s):

  • 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

    Album(s):

  • In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
  • The Blueprint (2001)
  • The Black Album (produced by Rick Rubin, 2003)

    Wyclef Jean

    Song(s):

  • Hips Don’t Lie (2006) – see Shakira

    Blind Lemon Jefferson

    Born: 9/24/1893 in Coutchman, TX Died: 12/1929

    American blues singer and guitarist. 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.

    Song(s):

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

    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).

    Song(s):

  • Somebody to Love (1967)
  • White Rabbit (1967)

    Album(s):

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

    Jefferson Starship

    About: 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


    Gordon Jenkins

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

    American arranger, composer, and pianist.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Manhattan Tower (1956)

    Waylon Jennings

    Born: 6/15/1937 Died: 2/13/2002

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Will Jennings


    Carly Rae Jepsen

    Song(s):

  • Call Me Maybe (2011)

    The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Album(s):

  • Psychocandy (1985)

    Jethro Tull

    Song(s):

  • Aqualung (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Aqualung (1971)
  • Thick As a Brick (1972)

    Joan Jett (& The Blackhearts)

    Born: Joan Larkin on 9/22/60 in Philadelphia

    Rock singer and guitarist who got 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-).

    Song(s):

  • I Love Rock and Roll (1981)

    Album(s):

  • I Love Rock and Roll (1981)

    Jewel

    Born: Jewel Kilcher on 5/23/1974 Died:

    American pop singer/songwriter (“You Were Meant for Me”, “Foolish Games”).

    Album(s):

  • Pieces of You (1995)

    Jimmy Jam

    Born: James Samuel Harris III on 6/6/1959 in Minneapolis, MN Died:

    R&B songwriter.


    JLS

    Song(s):

  • Beat Again (2009)

    Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Born: Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim on 1/25/1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Died: 12/8/1994

    Jazz songwriter.


    Billy Joel

    Born: William Martin Joel on 5/9/1949 in Long Island, NY

    Pop/rock singer/songwriter and pianist. (The Echoes: 64-67; changed name to The Emeralds and then The Lost Souls; piano on the Shangri-Las’ “Leader of the Pack,” The Hassles: 67-69; Attila: 69-70). Signed to Columbia Records in 1973.

    Song(s):

  • Piano Man (1974)
  • Just the Way You Are (1977)
  • Uptown Girl (1983)

    Album(s):

  • 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: 1973-1985)
  • The Bridge (1986)
  • Storm Front (1989)
  • River of Dreams (1993)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Billy Joel was born: May 9, 1949/ His Top 50 Songs (5/9/12)

    Elton John

    About: Pop/rock singer/songwriter and pianist. Formed his first group, Bluesology. Took the name of Elton John from the first names of Bluesology members’ Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1969. Formed Rocket Records in 1973. Played the "Pinball Wizard" in the movie version of Tommy. Elton was the #1 pop artist of the ‘70s; he is #3 all-time as of 2009’s 12 edition of Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles.

    Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 3/25/1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

    Song(s):

  • Your Song (1970)
  • Tiny Dancer (1972)
  • Crocodile Rock (1972)
  • Rocket Man (1972)
  • Daniel (1973)
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (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
  • Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England's Rose) (1997)
  • Something About the Way You Look Tonight (1997)

    Album(s):

  • 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)
  • 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: 1977-1987)
  • Very Best of (compilation: 1970-90)
  • The Lion King (soundtrack composed with Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer, 1994)
  • Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (compilation: 1970-2002)
  • Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits (compilation: 1970-2007)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Lion King soundtrack hit #1: July 16, 1994 (7/16/12)

    Little Willie John

    Song(s):

  • Fever (1956)

    Mable John


    Glyn Johns

    Born: 2/15/1942 in Epsom, Surrey, England

    About: English engineer and producer who worked with the Rolling Stones (Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers), The Who (Who’s Next), The Faces, Traffic, the Steve Miller Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, The Clash, Jimmy Page, John Hiatt, and David Crosby.


    Blind Willie Johnson

    Song(s):

  • Motherless Children (year?)
  • Dark Was the Night – Cold Was the Ground (1927)

    Brian Johnson

    Born: 10/5/1948

    English rock singer with AC/DC since 1980.


    Budd Johnson


    Ella Johnson


    Eric Johnson


    George W. Johnson

    Song(s):

  • The Laughing Song (1898)

    Howard Johnson


    James P. Johnson

    Born: 2/1/1894 Died: 11/17/1955

    American jazz songwriter and pianist.


    James W. Johnson


    Jimmy Johnson


    Johnnie Johnson


    Lonnie Johnson

    Born: Alonzo Johnson on 2/8/1899 in New Orleans, LA Died: 6/16/1970

    Blues guitarist.


    Louis Johnson


    Robert Johnson

    Born: 5/8/1911 in Hazlehurst, MS Died: 8/16/1938, reportedly from strychnine poisoning

    Influential blues singer and guitarist (“I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man”, “Dust My Broom”). Influenced electric bluesmen Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Shines, Muddy Waters, and others.

    Song(s):

  • Cross Road Blues (1936)
  • Sweet Home Chicago (1936)
  • Hellhound on My Trail (1937)
  • A Love in Vain (1937)

    Album(s):

  • The King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 (archives, 1936-1937)
  • The Complete Recordings (archives, 1936-1937)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Tommy Johnson

    Born: 1896 in Terry, MI Died: 11/1/1956

    American blues singer and guitarist.


    Arthur Johnston


    JoJo

    Song(s):

  • Leave (Get Out) (2004)

    Al Jolson

    Born: Asa Yoelson in St. Petersburg, Russia on 3/26/1886 Died: 10/23/1950

    Russian-American jazz singer. 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.

    Song(s):

  • That Haunting Melody (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 He Does (1919)
  • Swanee (w. George Gershwin, 1920)
  • Avalon (1920)
  • April Showers (w. Buddy DeSylva with Louis Silvers, 1922)
  • Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo’bye) (w. by Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, & Danny Russo, 1922)
  • California, Here I Come (with Isham Jones’ Orchestra, 1924)
  • I Wonder What's Become of Sally? (1924)
  • All Alone (w. Irving Berlin, 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)

    Album(s):

  • Songs He Made Famous (soundtrack, 1947)
  • Souvenir Album (1947)
  • Volume Three (1948)

    Ada Jones

    Born: 6/1/1873 Died: 5/2/1922

    Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won’t Let Me) (1906)
  • Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (with Billy Murray, 1908)
  • The Yama Yama Man (with the Victor Light Orchestra Co., 1909)
  • My Pony Boy (1909)
  • I’ve Got Rings on My Fingers (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

    Song(s):

  • Yes, We Have No Bananas (1923)

    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.

    Song(s):

  • Green Onions (1962)

    Brian Jones

    Born: Lewis Brian Hopkins-Jones in Cheltenham, England on 2/28/42 Died: 7/3/69

    Guitarist with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and the Rolling Stones (63-69).


    Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones

    Song(s):

  • The Things That I Used to Do (1952)

    Elvin Jones


    Etta Jones

    Album(s):

  • Don’t Go to Strangers (1960)

    George Jones

    Born: 9/12/1931 in Saratoga, TX Died: 4/26/2013

    Country singer/songwriter and guitarist. 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.

    Song(s):

  • She Thinks I Still Care (1962)
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today (w. Bobby Braddock, 1980)

    Grace Jones

    Song(s):

  • Pull Up to the Bumper (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Nightclubbing (1981)

    Grandpa Jones


    Hank Jones

    Born: Henry Jones on 7/31/1918 Died: 5/16/2010

    American jazz pianist.


    Isham Jones

    Born: 1/31/1894 Died: 10/19/1956

    Jazz/big band leader and tenor saxophonist. Also one of the finest songwriters of his era (“It Had to Be You”, “I’ll See You in My Dreams”). 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).

    Song(s):

  • Wabash Blues (1921)
  • Swingin' Down the Lane (1923)
  • It Had to Be You (w. by Jones & Gus Kahn, 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, w. by Jones & Gus Kahn, 1925)

    Jack Jones

    Born: 1/14/1938

    Adult contemporary singer. ec


    John Paul Jones

    Born: 1/3/1946 Died: 9/25/1980 of asphyxiation

    English rock bassist/keyboardist with Led Zeppelin.


    Mick Jones

    About: Member of punk-rock group The Clash.


    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

    Born: 3/30/1979 Died:

    Adult contemporary/light jazz singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Quincy Jones

    Born: 3/14/1933 Died:

    American R&B and jazz musician and bandleader. Also a producer, most notably for Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller.

    Album(s):

  • Back on the Block (1989)

    Rickie Lee Jones


    Spike Jones

    Born: Lindley Armstrong Jones on 12/14/1911 in Long Beach, CA Died: 5/1/1965

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

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

    Tom Jones

    Born: 1928 in Littlefield, TX Died:

    About:

    Musical theatre lyricist 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.


    Tom Jones

    Born: Thomas John Woodward on 6/7/1940 in Treforest, Pontypridd, Wales. Died:

    About: Pop singer who has sold over 100 million records with songs like “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New Pussycat?”

    Song(s):

  • Green, Green Grass of Home (1966)

    Janis Joplin

    About: White blues-rock singer 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.

    Born: 1/19/1943 in Port Arthur, TX Died: heroin overdose on 10/4/1970

    Song(s):

  • Me and Bobby McGee (w. Kris Kristofferson, 1971)

    Album(s):

  • Pearl (1971)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Scott Joplin

    Born: 11/24/1868 Died: 4/1/1917

    American jazz/ragtime songwriter and pianist.

    Song(s):

  • The Entertainer (1902)

    Louis Jordan

    Links: official site - Wikipedia

    Born: 7/8/1908 Died: 2/4/1975

    About: Pioneering R&B/blues bandleader. Has been called “The Father of Rhythm & Blues” and “The King of the Jukebox”.

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    The Jordanaires


    Joey Jordison


    José José


    Richard Jose

    Song(s):

  • Silver Threads Among the Gold (1904)

    Louis Jourdan


    Journey

    Rock group formed in San Francisco, CA (1973-86, 96, 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.

    Song(s):

  • Feeling That Way/Anytime (1978)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
  • Open Arms (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Journey (1975)
  • Look into the Future (1976)
  • Next (1977)
  • Infinity (1978)
  • Evolution (1979)
  • Departure (1980)
  • Dream after Dream ST (1980)
  • Escape (1981)
  • Frontiers (1983)
  • Raised on Radio (1986)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-87)
  • 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)

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Unknown Pleasures (1979)
  • Closer (1980)

    Leonard Joy

    Song(s):

  • I Wanna Be Loved by You (with Helen Kane, 1928)

    Don Juans

    Song(s):

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

    Judas Priest

    About: British heavy metal band.

    Active: 1969- Members: Al Atkins (v: 69-73), Ernie Chataway (g: 69-70), K.K. Downing (g: 70-11), Bruno Stapenhill (b: 69-70), John Partridge (d: 69-70), John Ellis (d: 70-71), Ian Hill (b: 70-), Alan Moore (d: 71-72, 75-76), Chris Campbell (d: 72-73), Rob Halford (v: 73-92, 03-), John Hinch (d: 73-75), Glenn Tipton (g/k: 74-), Les Binks (d: 77-79), Dave Holland (d: 79-89), Scott Travis (d: 89-), Tim Ownes (v: 96-03), Richie Faulker (g: 11-)

    Album(s):

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

    The Judds

    Song(s):

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

    The Juice Crew

    Rap collective assembled by Marley Marl. Includes Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G. Rap, & Big Daddy Kane.

    Song(s):

  • The Symphony (1988)

    Juicy J

    Song(s):

  • Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry

    Juilliard String Quartet


    Gary Jules

    Song(s):

  • Mad World (with Michael Andrews, 2003)

    Bill Justis & His Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • Raunchy (1957)

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