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
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)
Born: 6/15/1937 Died: 2/13/2002
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
Wanted! The Outlaws (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter; 1976)
Call Me Maybe (2011)
Thick As a Brick (1972)
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-).
I Love Rock and Roll (1981)
I Love Rock and Roll (1981)
Born: Jewel Kilcher on 5/23/1974 Died:
American pop singer/songwriter (“You Were Meant for Me”, “Foolish Games”).
Pieces of You (1995)
Born: James Samuel Harris III on 6/6/1959 in Minneapolis, MN Died:
Beat Again (2009)
Born: Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim on 1/25/1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Died: 12/8/1994
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.
Piano Man (1974)
Just the Way You Are (1977)
Uptown Girl (1983)
Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
Piano Man (1973)
Streetlife Serenade (1974)
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)
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Billy Joel was born: May 9, 1949/ His Top 50 Songs (5/9/12)
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
Your Song (1970)
Tiny Dancer (1972)
Crocodile Rock (1972)
Rocket Man (1972)
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)
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)
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)
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The Lion King soundtrack hit #1: July 16, 1994 (7/16/12)
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.
Motherless Children (year?)
Dark Was the Night – Cold Was the Ground (1927)
English rock singer with AC/DC since 1980.
George W. Johnson
The Laughing Song (1898)
Born: 2/1/1894 Died: 11/17/1955
American jazz songwriter and pianist.
James W. Johnson
Born: Alonzo Johnson on 2/8/1899 in New Orleans, LA Died: 6/16/1970
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.
Cross Road Blues (1936)
Sweet Home Chicago (1936)
Hellhound on My Trail (1937)
A Love in Vain (1937)
The King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 (archives, 1936-1937)
The Complete Recordings (archives, 1936-1937)
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The Final Recordings of Robert Johnson: June 20, 1937 (6/20/2011)
Born: 1896 in Terry, MI Died: 11/1/1956
American blues singer and guitarist.
Leave (Get Out) (2004)
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.
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)
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)
Songs He Made Famous (soundtrack, 1947)
Souvenir Album (1947)
Volume Three (1948)
Born: 6/1/1873 Died: 5/2/1922
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)
Yes, We Have No Bananas (1923)
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)
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
The Things That I Used to Do (1952)
Don’t Go to Strangers (1960)
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.
She Thinks I Still Care (1962)
He Stopped Loving Her Today (w. Bobby Braddock, 1980)
Pull Up to the Bumper (1981)
Born: Henry Jones on 7/31/1918 Died: 5/16/2010
American jazz pianist.
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).
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)
Adult contemporary singer.
Born: 1/3/1946 Died: 9/25/1980 of asphyxiation
English rock bassist/keyboardist with Led Zeppelin.
About: Member of punk-rock group The Clash.
Rock musician and songwriter with Foreigner. Also produced others’ albums, including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150.
Born: 3/30/1979 Died:
Adult contemporary/light jazz singer.
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)
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.
Back on the Block (1989)
Born: Lindley Armstrong Jones on 12/14/1911 in Long Beach, CA Died: 5/1/1965
Jazz/big band leader.
Der Fuehrere’s Face (1942)
Cocktails for Two (1945)
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth (1948)
Born: 1928 in Littlefield, TX Died:
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.
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?”
Green, Green Grass of Home (1966)
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
Me and Bobby McGee (w. Kris Kristofferson, 1971)
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Janis Joplin charts with Cheap Thrills and “Piece of My Heart”: August 31, 1968 (8/31/11)
Born: 11/24/1868 Died: 4/1/1917
American jazz/ragtime songwriter and pianist.
The Entertainer (1902)
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”.
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)
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Louis Jordan, the Father of R&B, Is Born: July 8, 1908 (7/8/11)
Silver Threads Among the Gold (1904)
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.
Feeling That Way/Anytime (1978)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
Open Arms (1981)
Look into the Future (1976)
Dream after Dream ST (1980)
Raised on Radio (1986)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-87)
Trial by Fire (1996)
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)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
Unknown Pleasures (1979)
I Wanna Be Loved by You (with Helen Kane, 1928)
I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (1941) – see Horace Heidt
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-)
Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Stained Class (1978)
British Steel (1980)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
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.
The Symphony (1988)
Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry
Mad World (with Michael Andrews, 2003)
Bill Justis & His Orchestra
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