Music Makers Encyclopedia: L


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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Patti LaBelle

R&B singer born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards on 5/24/1944 in Philadelphia, PA.

Song(s):
Lady Marmalade (LaBelle, 1974)
On My Own (with Michael McDonald, 1986)


Art Laboe

Radio DJ.


Labrinth

Song(s):
Earthquake (with Tinie Tempah, 2011)
Beneath Your Beautiful (with Emeli Sande, 2012)


Lady Antebellum

Song(s):
Need You Now (2009)
I Run to You (2009)

Album(s):
Need You Now (2010)
Own the Night (2011)


Lady Gaga

Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

Dance-pop singer/songwriter born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on 3/28/1986 in New York City, NY.

Song(s):
Just Dance (with Colby O'Donis, 2008)
Poker Face (2008)
Bad Romance (2009)
Telephone (with Beyoncé, 2009)
Born This Way (2011)
Shallow (with Bradley Cooper, 2018)
Rain on Me (with Ariana Grande, 2020)

Album(s):
The Fame (2008)
The Fame Monster (2009)
Born This Way (2011)
A Star Is Born (soundtrack with Bradley Cooper, 2018)


Natalia Lafourcade

Pop-rock/folk singer/songwriter born María Natalia Lafourcade Silva on 2/26/1984 in Mexico City, Mexico. Has won two Grammys and fourteen Latin Grammys.


L.A. Guns

Song(s):
The Ballad of Jayne (1990)


Frankie Laine

Pop singer born Frank Paul Lovecchio on 3/30/1913 in Chicago, IL. Died 2/6/2007. Found favor with black and white audiences and whose popularity lasted well into the rock era. His swirling musical melodramas made him one of the top singing stars of the decade after World War II. To L.A. in the early 1940s. First recorded for Exclusive in 1945. With Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. Signed to the Mercury Label in 1947.

Song(s):
That's My Desire (1947)
That Lucky Old Sun (with Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires/Harry Geller's Orchestra/Carl Fischer Orchestra, 1949)
Mule Train (& the Muleskinners, 1949)
I Believe (1953)
Answer Me, Lord Above (1953)


Shona Laing

Song(s):
Glad I'm Not a Kennedy (1988)
South (1988)

Album(s):
South (1989)


Greg Lake

British guitarist/bassist/vocalist born 11/10/1948 in Bournemouth, England. Died 12/8/2016. With King Crimson (69-70); Emerson, Lake & Palmer (70-79, 92); solo: 81; Emerson, Lake & Powell (86).

Song(s):
I Believe in Father X-Mas (1975)


Lakeside

Song(s):
Fantastic Voyage (1980)


Kendrick Lamar

Rap singer born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth on 6/17/1987 in Compton, CA.

Songs):
I (2014)
Alright (2015)
Don't Wanna Know (2016) – see Maroon 5
Goosebumps (2016) – see Travis Scott
Humble (2017)

Album(s):
Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City (2012)
To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
Damn. (2017)


Joseph Lamb

Song(s):
Top Liner Rag (1916)


Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross

Album(s):
Sing a Song of Basie (1957)


Kit Lambert

Record producer, label owner, and manager born Christopher Sebastian Lambert on 5/11/1935 in Knightsbridge, London, England. Died 4/7/1981. Manager for the Who.


Louis Lambert

Song(s) written by Lambert (as Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore):
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again (1863)


Miranda Lambert

Country singer born 11/10/1983 in Longview, TX. Married to country singer Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015. Has recorded as a solo artist and with the group Pistol Annies. Has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist in history.

Song(s):
The House That Built Me (2010)
Over You (2011)
Mama’s Broken Heart (2011)
Automatic (2014)
Tin Man (2017)

Album(s):
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007)
Revolution (2009) Four the Record (2011)
Platinum (2014)
The Weight of These Wings (2016)
Wildcard (2019)


Scrappy Lambert

Song(s):
Ain’t She Sweet (Ben Bernie with Scrappy Lambert & Billy Hillpot, 1927)


Bob Lamm

Song(s):
Near You (1947) – see Francis Craig


Robert Lamm

Rock keyboardist born 10/13/1944 in Brooklyn, NY. With Chicago.


Ray LaMontagne

Song(s):
Beg, Steal or Borrow (& the Pariah Dogs, 2010)
Strong Enough (2020)


Jon Landau

Music critic, manager, and record critic born 5/14/1947 in New York City, NY. Manager for Bruce Springsteen and head of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


John Records Landecker


Art Landry

Song(s):
Dreamy Melody (1923)


Burton Lane

Songwriter born Morris Hyman Kushner on 2/12/1912 in New York City, NY. Died 1/5/1997.

Song(s):
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, performed by John Cullum, 1965) – see Alan Jay Lerner

Album(s):
Finian’s Rainbow (musical: 1947)
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (composed with Alan Jay Lerner, musical: 1965)


Nathan Lane

Song(s):
Hakuna Matata (with Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, & Joseph Williams; 1994)


Jonny Lang

Album(s):
Lie to Me (1997)


k.d. lang

Song(s):
Constant Craving (1992)
Atomic Number (with Neko Case & Laura Viers, 2016)

Album(s):
Ingenue (1992)
Case/Lang/Viers (with Neko Case & Laura Viers 2016)


Thomas Lang

Session drummer and multi-instrumentalist born 8/5/1967 in Vienna, Austria. Worked with Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams, and others.


Mutt Lange

Rock and pop producer born Robert John Lange on 11/11/1948 in Mufulira, Northern Ireland. Has worked with AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, Boomtown Rats, the Cars, Def Leppard, Celine Dion, Foreigner, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Muse, Nickelback, Billy Ocean, and Britney Spears. Also married and produced country star Shania Twain.
Top 30 Albums
Highway to Hell (1979) – see AC/DC
Back in Black (1980) – see AC/DC
Foreigner 4 (1981) – see Foreigner
Pyromania (1983) – see Def Leppard
Hysteria (1987) – see Def Leppard
The Woman in Me (1995) – see Shania Twain
Come on Over (1997) – see Shania Twain
Up! (2002) – see Shania Twain


Frances Langford

Song(s):
Falling in Love with Love (from The Boys from Syracuse, 1939)


Daniel Lanois

Producer born 9/19/1951 in Hull, Quebec, Canada. Worked with Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, and U2.


Angela Lansbury

Song(s):
Beauty and the Beast (1991)


Mario Lanza

Opera singer born 1/31/1921. Died 10/7/1959.

Album(s):
The Great Caruso (soundtrack: 1951)
The Student Prince (soundtrack: 1954)


Mario Quintero Lara


Largo

This was a one-time project produced by Rick Chertoff and Rob Hyman. Eric Bazilian and David Forman were co-writers on the project. The album included appearances from Levon Helm, Hooters, Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, and Joan Osborne. Hyman and Bazilian were in the Hooters together.

Album(s):
Largo (1998)


La Roux

Song(s):
In for the Kill (2009)


Milt and Bill Larsen


Jonathan Larson

Musical theater composer born 2/4/1960 in White Plains, NY. Died 1/25/1996.

Songs(s):
Seasons of Love (Rent Cast, musical: 1996, soundtrack: 2005)

Album(s):
Rent (musical: 1996; soundtrack: 2005)


Zara Larsson

Song(s):
Never Forget You (with MINEK, 2015)
Lush Life (2016)
Symphony (with Clean Bandit, 2017)


The La’s

Song(s):
There She Goes (1988)

Album(s):
The La’s (1990)


Denise LaSalle

R&B singer/songwriter and record producer born Ora Denise Allen on 7/16/1939 in Leflore County, Mississippi. Died 1/8/2018.


Las Ketchup

Song(s):
Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) (2002)


The Last Poets

Album(s):
This Is Madness (1971)


Latimore


Harry Lauder

Song(s):
I Love a Lassie (My Scotch Bluebell) (1907)


Cyndi Lauper

Pop singer ("True Colors") born 6/22/1953 in Queens, NY.

Song(s):
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983)
Time After Time (1983)

Album(s):
She’s So Unusual (1983)
Kinky Boots (musical: 2012)

The DMDB Blog:
Cyndi Lauper landed Grammy nominations in the Big Four categories: January 10, 1985


Morten Lauridsen


Lauv

Song(s):
I Like Me Better (2018)


Bettye LaVette

R&B singer/songwriter born Betty Jo Haskins on 1/29/1946 in Muskegon, Michigan.


Avril Lavigne

Pop singer born 9/27/1984 in Bellville, Ontario.

Song(s):
Complicated (2002)
I’m with You (2002)
Sk8r Boi (2002)
Girlfriend (2007)

Album(s):
Let Go (2002)
Under My Skin (2004)


Don Law


Bob Lawrence

Song(s):
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (from Roberta, 1958) – see Paul Whiteman


Gertrude Lawrence

Song(s):
Someone to Watch Over Me (1927)
Getting to Know You (1951)
Shall We Dance? (with Yul Brynner, 1951)


Jack Lawrence


Steve Lawrence

Adult contemporary singer born Sidney Liebowitz on 7/8/1935 in Brooklyn, NY.


LCD Soundsystem

Song(s):
Losing My Edge (2002)
All My Friends (2007)

Album(s):
LCD Soundsystem (2005)
Sound of Silver (2007)
This Is Happening (2010)
American Dream (2017)


Silas Leachman

Song(s):
Dem Golden Slippers (1894)


Mike Leadbitter


Bernie Leadon

Country-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born 7/19/1947 in Minneapolis, MN. With Hearts & Flowers (1967-68), Dillard & Clark (1968-69), the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-71) and the Eagles (1972-75).


Vicky Leandros


Simon LeBon

New wave singer born 10/27/1958 near Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. With Duran Duran.


Ernesto Lecuona


Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s DMDB profile page

DMDB podcast: The 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin IV

British heavy-metal rock supergroup first known as the New Yardbirds. Their U.S. tour in 1973 broke many box office records. Formed own Swan Song label in 1974. In concert movie The Song Remains the Same in 1976. Led Zeppelin’s most famous song, "Stairway to Heaven," was never released as a single, but is considered one of the most popular album tracks of all time. Active: 1968-80 Members: Robert Plant (v: 68-80), Jimmy Page (g: 68-80), John Paul Jones (b/k: 68-80), John "Bonzo" Bonham (d – Band of Joy, Led Zeppelin: 68-80; died on 9/25/80, at age 33, of asphyxiation).

Song(s):
Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, & Robert Plant: Top 100 Songs
Dazed and Confused (1969)
Whole Lotta Love (1969)
Ramble On (1969)
Immigrant Song (1970)
Stairway to Heaven (1971)
Rock and Roll (1971)
Black Dog (1971)
Over the Hills and Far Away (1973)
Kashmir (1975)

Album(s):
Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, & Robert Plant: Studio Albums Ranked
Led Zeppelin I (1969)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Early Days (compilation: 1969-71, released 1999)
How the West Was Won (live box, recorded 1972, released 2003)
Houses of the Holy (1973)
Physical Graffiti (1975)
Presence (1976)
In Through the Out Door (1979)
Led Zeppelin (box: 1969-79, released 1990)
Remasters (compilation: 1969-79, released 1992)
Latter Days (compilation: 1972-79, released 2000)
The Complete Studio Recordings (box: 1969-79, released 1993)
Mothership (compilation: 1969-79, released 2007)
Celebration Day (live – recorded 2007, released 2012)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
The Beginning and End of Led Zeppelin: July 7 (7/7/11)


Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter

Blues/folk singer/songwriter born Huddie William Ledbetter on 1/20/1888 (according to US Census in 1910 and 1930) near Mooringsport, LA. Died 12/6/1949. On his World War II draft registration, Leadbelly listed his birth date as 1/23/1889 and other sources cite even different dates. Nickname, which he spelled as Lead Belly, has stories of several possible origins, but is most likely a pronunciation of his last name with a Southern accent. Was first recorded by archivist John Lomax and his son Alan, who were touring the south to collect field recordings for the Library of Congress. They discovered Leadbelly in prison and made a recording of his petititon for release to the Governor of Texas on the flip side of Leadbelly’s recording of "Goodnight Irene."

Song(s):
Goodnight Irene (1933; also see The Weavers)
The Midnight Special (1934)
Rock Island Line (1942)

Album(s):
Negro Sinful Songs (1939)
Last Sessions (box: 1948)


Brenda Lee

Country singer born Brenda Mae Tarpley on 12/11/1944 in Atlanta, GA.

Song(s):
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (1958)
I’m Sorry (1960)


Curtis Lee & the Halos

Song(s):
Pretty Little Angel Eyes (1961)


Geddy Lee

Rock singer, bassist, and keyboardist with Rush. Born Gary Lee Weinrib on 7/29/1953 in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada.

Song(s):
The Top 59 Rush Songs


Johnny Lee

Song(s):
Lookin’ for Love (1980)


Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends

Song(s):
King Size Papa (1948)


Peggy Lee

Traditional pop singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom on 5/26/1920 in Jamestown, ND. Died 1/21/2002.

Song(s):
Jersey Bounce (1942) – see Benny Goodman
Why Don’t You Do Right? (1943) – see Benny Goodman
Manana Is Soon Enough for Me (1948)
He’s a Tramp (from Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
Siamese Cat Song (from Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
Fever (1957)
Is That All There Is? (1969)

Album(s):
Black Coffee (1953)


Swae Lee

Song(s):
Unforgettable (2017) – see French Montana


Tommy Lee

Rock drummer with Motley Crue.


Will Lee


The Left Banke

Song(s):
Walk Away Renee (1966)


Leftfield

Album(s):
Leftism (1995)


John Legend

Singer/songwriter born John Roger Stephens on 12/28/1978 in Springfield, OH.

Song(s):
Ordinary People (with will.i.am, 2004)
Save Room (2006)
Shine (with the Roots, 2010)
All of Me (2013)
Glory (2014) – see Common

Album(s):
Get Lifted (2004)
Wake Up! (with the Roots, 2010)
Bigger Love (2020)


Michel Legrand


Lotte Lehmann


Tom Lehrer

Album(s):
Song by Tom Lehrer (1953)


Jerry Leiber

Songwriter and record producer born Jerome Leiber on 4/25/1933 in Baltimore, MD. Died 8/22/2011. Most notable work with partner Mike Stoller. They were one of the songwriting teams to work in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers.

Songs written with Mike Stoller:
Leiber & Stoller: Top 50 Songs
Hound Dog (1953) – see Big Mama Thornton
Hound Dog (1956) – see Elvis Presley
Searchin’ (1957) – see the Coasters
Young Blood (1957) – see the Coasters
Jailhouse Rock (1957) – see Elvis Presley
Yakety Yak (1958) – see the Coasters
Kansas City (1959) – see Wilbert Harrison
Love Potion No. 9 (1959) – see the Clovers
There Goes My Baby (1959) – see the Drifters
Spanish Harlem (1960) – see Ben E. King
Stand by Me (1961) – see Ben E. King
On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
Is That All There Is? (1969) – see Peggy Lee

Album(s):
Smokey Joe’s Café (composed with Mike Stoller, musical: 1995)


Carolyn Leigh


Mitch Leigh

Song(s):
The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha, 1966) – see Jack Jones

Album(s):
Man of La Mancha (composed with Joe Darion, musical: 1965)


Iry LeJeune

Song(s):
Evangeline Special (1948)
Love Bridge Waltz (1948)


The Lemonheads

Song(s):
Into Your Arms (1993)


The Lemon Pipers

Song(s):
Green Tambourine (1967)


John Lennon

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born John Winston Lennon on 10/9/1940 in Liverpool, England. Shot to death by an obsessed fan on 12/8/80 in NYC. Founding member of the Beatles. Married Cynthia Powell on 8/23/62; had son Julian Lennon. Divorced on 11/8/68. Met Yoko Ono in 1966; married her on 3/20/69. Had son Sean Lennon. Formed Plastic Ono Band in 1969. To NYC in 1971. Fought deportation from USA from 1972-76 , until he was granted a permanent visa.

Song(s):
John Lennon: Top 40 Songs
Give Peace a Chance (1969)
Instant Karma (We All Shine On) (1970)
God (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono, 1971)
Just Like Starting Over (1980)
Woman (1980)
Nobody Told Me (1984)

Album(s):
Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Shaved Fish (compilation: 1969-74, released 1975)
Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono, 1980)
The Collection (compilation: 1969-80, released 1982)
Lennon Legend: The Very Best of (compilation: 1969-80, released 1997)

The DMDB Blog:
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time: July 6, 1957 (7/6/12)


Annie Lennox

New-wave singer/songwriter born 12/25/1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland. With Eurythmics and later a solo artist.

Song(s):
Eurythmics/Annie Lennox: Top 30 Songs
Put a Little Love in Your Heart (1988) – see Al Green
Why (1992)
Into the West (2003)

Album(s):
Diva (1992)


J.B. Lenoir

Blues guitarist and singer born 5/5/1929 in Monticello, Mississippi. Died 4/29/1967.


Jack Leonard

Born 2/10/1913 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 6/17/1988. Primary vocalist for Tommy Dorsey in the later part of the 1930s.

Song(s):
Marie (1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
The Lady Is a Tramp (1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
All the Things You Are (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey
Indian Summer (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey


Patrick Leonard

Songwriter/keyboardist/film composer/music producer born 3/14/1956 in Crystal Falls, Michigan. Best known for work with Madonna. Has also worked with Bryan Adams, Jeff Beck, Peter Cetera, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Jewel, Elton John, Julian Lennon, Pink Floyd, Robbie Robertson, Rod Stewart, and Roger Waters. Half of duo Toy Matinee with Kevin Gilbert.


Rugerro Leoncavallo

Song(s):
Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play) (1907) – see Enrico Caruso

Album(s):
Pagliacci (The Clowns) (1892)


Alan Jay Lerner

Musical theater composer born 8/31/1918 in New York City, NY. Died 6/14/1986. Worked with Frederick Loewe.

Song(s) written with Frederick Loewe:
Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon, 1947) – see Frank Sinatra
On the Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Vic Damone
I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Julie Andrews
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Julie Andrews
If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot, 1960) – see Robert Goulet
Camelot (from Camelot soundtrack: 1967) – see Richard Harris

Song(s) written with Burton Lane:
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, performed by John Cullum, 1965)

Album(s) written with Frederick Loewe:
Brigadoon (musical: 1947)
My Fair Lady (musical: 1956)
My Fair Lady (soundtrack: 1964)
Gigi (soundtrack: 1958, musical: 1973)
Camelot (musical: 1960, soundtrack: 1967)
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (musical: 1965) – see Burton Lane

The DMDB Blog:
My Fair Lady opened on Broadway: March 15, 1956 (3/15/12)


Phil Lesh


Edgar Leslie


Ketty Lester

Song(s):
Love Letters (1962)


Lazy Lester


The Lettermen


Oscar Levant


Steven Levenson

Album(s):
Dear Evan Hansen (composed with Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, musical: 2015)


Levert

Song(s):
Casanova (1988)


James Levin


Tony Levin


Adam Levine

Pop-rock singer/songwriter born 3/18/1979 in Los Angeles, CA. With Kara’s Flowers (1994), which later became Maroon 5 (2001-). Was one of the original judges on the TV music talent show The Voice.


James Levine


Jules Levy

Song(s):
My Country ‘Tis of Thee (1893)


Barbara Lewis


Bobby Lewis

Song(s):
Tossin’ and Turnin’ (1961)


Dean Lewis

Song(s):
Be Alright (2018)


Donna Lewis

Song(s):
I Love You Always Forever (1996)


Furry Lewis

Song(s):
Kassie Jones (1928)


Huey Lewis & the News

Rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979. The original members consisted of Huey Lewis (v/harmonica), Sean Hopper (k), Bill Gibson (d), and Johnny Colla (g/sax), Mario Cipollina (b: 79-95), and Chris Hayes (g: 79-01).

Song(s):
The Power of Love (1985)
Naturally (1986)

Album(s):
Sports (1983)
Fore! (1986)
Weather (2020)


Jerry Lee Lewis

Early rock and roll singer and pianist born 9/29/1935 in Ferriday, LA. Played piano since age 9, professionally since age 15. Nicknamed "The Killer." First recorded for Sun in 1956. Appeared in the movie Jamboree! in 1957. Career waned in 1958 after marriage to 13-year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, daughter of his bass player. Made comeback in country music in 1968. Charted 65 country hits, 1957-89. Cousin to country singer Mickey Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

Song(s):
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (1957)
Great Balls of Fire (1957)

Album(s):
The Complete Million Dollar Session (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Elvis Presley; recorded 1956, released 1987) – see Johnny Cash
Live at the Star Club, Hamburg (live, 1964)


Leona Lewis

Song(s):
Bleeding Love (2007)

Album(s):
Spirit (2007)


Ramsey Lewis Trio

Song(s):
The In Crowd (1965)


Sam Lewis


Ted Lewis

Bandleader, clarinetist, and singer born Theodore Friedman on 6/6/1890 in Circleville, OH. Died 8/25/1971. Sometime songwriter (his theme "When My Baby Smiles at Me") whose showmanship was honed during early years in vaudeville. His famous slogan was "Is everybody happy?"

Song(s):
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1920)
All by Myself (1921)
Some of These Days (1927) – see Sophie Tucker
On the Sunny Side of the Street (1930)
Just a Gigolo (1931)
In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (1932)
Lazy Bones (1933)


Terry Lewis

R&B songwriter and producer born 11/24/1956 in Omaha, NE.

Song(s) written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis:
Top 50 Songs


George Leybourne

Song(s) written by Leybourne with Alfred Lee:
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1868)


Liberace

Pianist born Wladziu Valentino Liberace on 5/16/1919 in West Allis, WI. Died 2/4/1987. Known for his flamboyant dress and style.


The Libertines

Garage-rock revival band formed in London in 1997. Carl Barât (vocals, guitar), Pete Doherty (vocals, guitar), John Hassall (bass: 1999-), Gary Powell (drums: 2001-), Johnny Borrell (bass: 1998-99), Paul Dufour (drums: 2000).

Song(s):
Time for Heroes (2002)
Up the Bracket (2002)
What a Waster (2002)
Can’t Stand Me Now (2004)

Album(s):
Up the Bracket (2002)
The Libertines (2004)


Liberty X

Song(s):
Just a Little (2002)


Goddard Lieberson

Record executive born 4/5/1911 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. Died 5/29/1977. President of Columbia Records (1956-71, 1973-75) and the Recording Industry Association of America (1964-). Produced the very first cast album, 1938’s The Cradle Will Rock.


Jaki Liebezeit

Rock drummer with Can.


Lifehouse

Song(s):
Hanging by a Moment (2000)
You and Me (2005)


Alex Lifeson

Progressive-rock guitarist born Aleksandar %u017Divojinovi%u0107 on 8/27/1953 in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. With Rush (1968-2018).


Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers

Song(s):
Pink Champagne (1950)
The Honeydripper (1945)


Enoch Light with Terry Snyder & the All-Stars

Album(s):
Persuasive Percussion (1960)


Gordon Lightfoot

Singer/songwriter. "Among his best known work are songs "Sundown," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." He has also had songs recorded by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Anne Murray, Nana Mouskouri and George Hamilton IV. SH Five Grammy nominations. 17 seventeen Juno Awards in his native Canada. Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Song(s):

  • If You Could Read My Mind (1970)
  • Sundown (1974)
    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)

    Lighthouse Family

    Album(s):
    Ocean Drive (1995)


    The Lightning Seeds

    Song(s):
    The Life of Riley (1992)
    Three Lions (Baddiel & Skinner with the Lightning Seeds, 1996)


    Lil Jon (& the East Side Boyz)

    American rap singer born Jonathan Mortimer Smith on 1/27/1971

    Song(s):
    Get Low (with the East Side Boyz & Ying Yang Twins, 2003)
    Yeah! (2004) – see Usher
    Turn Down for What (2013) – see DJ Snake


    Lil’ Kim

    Rap singer/songwriter born Kimberly Denise Jones on 7/11/1975 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY.


    Lillywood & the Prick

    Song(s):
    Prayer in C (with Robin Schulz, 2014)


    Lil Nas X

    Rapper born Montero Lamar Hill on 4/9/1999 in Lithia Springs, GA.

    Song(s):
    Old Town Road (with Billy Ray Cyrus, 2018)
    Montero (Call Me by Your Name) (2021)

    Album(s):
    Montero (2021)


    Lil Tecca

    Song(s):
    Ran$om (2019)


    Lil Uzi Vert

    Song(s):
    Bad and Boujee (2016) – see Migos
    XO Tour Lif3 (2017)

    Album(s):
    Luv Is Rage 2 (2017)


    Lil Wayne

    Rapper born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. on 9/27/1979 in New Orleans, LA.

    Song(s):
    Georgia Bush (2006)
    Lollipop (with Static Major, 2008)
    Down (2009) – see Jay Sean
    Forever (2009) – see Drake
    Look at Me Now (2011) – see Chris Brown
    Motivation (2011) – see Kelly Rowland
    I’m on One (2011) – see DJ Khaled
    I’m the One (2017) – see DJ Khaled

    Album(s):
    Tha Carter III (2008)
    Tha Carter IV (2011)


    Limp Bizkit

    Song(s):
    Wish You Were Here (live with Johnny Rzeznik, 2001)

    Album(s):
    Significant Other (1999)
    Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000)


    Solomon Linda & the Evening Birds

    Song(s):
    Mbube (1939)


    Linkin Park

    Song(s):
    In the End (2000)
    One Step Closer (2000)
    Numb (2003)
    Breaking the Habit (2003)
    Somewhere I Belong (2003)
    Faint (2003)
    What I've Done (2007)
    New Divide (2009)

    Album(s):
    Hybrid Theory (2000)
    Meteora (2003)


    Alfred Lion


    Dua Lipa

    Pop singer/songwriter born 8/22/1995 in London, England.

    Song(s):
    New Rules (2017)
    IDGAF (2018)
    One Kiss (2018) – see Calvin Harris
    Don’t Start Now (2019)
    Levitating (with DaBaby, 2020)


    Horst Lippmann


    Lipps Inc.

    Song(s):
    Funkytown (1979)


    Franz Liszt

    Classical composer, pianist, and teacher born 10/22/1811 in Doborjan, Hungary. Died 7/31/1886. Known for his rhapsodies.

    Album(s):
    Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)


    Lit

    Song(s):
    My Own Worst Enemy (1999)


    Little Anthony & the Imperials

    R&B/doo-wop group formed in 1958 in Brooklyn, NY. Led by Anthony Gourdine.

    Song(s):
    Tears on My Pillow (1958)
    Goin' Out of My Head (1964)


    Little Baby Bum

    Song(s):
    Wheels on the Bus (2014)


    Little Big Town

    Song(s):
    Pontoon (2012)
    Girl Crush (2015)
    Better Man (2016)


    Little Caesar & the Romans

    Song(s):
    Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You (1961)


    Little Eva

    Song(s):
    The Loco-Motion (1962)


    Little Feat

    Song(s):
    Dixie Chicken (1978)

    Album(s):
    Waiting for Columbus (live, 1978)


    Little Jack Little

    Song(s):
    I'm in the Mood for Love (1935)


    Little Milton

    Blues guitarist and singer born James Milton Campbell, Jr. on 9/7/1934 in Inverness, Mississippi. Died 8/4/2005.


    Little Mix

    Song(s):
    Black Magic (2015)
    Shout Out to My Ex (2016)


    Little Richard

    R&B/early rock singer and pianist born Richard Wayne Penniman on 12/5/1932 in Macon, GA. Died 5/9/2020. One of the key figures in the transition from R&B to rock and roll. Talent contest win led to first recordings for RCA Victor in 1951. Worked with the Tempo Toppers from 1953-55. Appeared in three early rock and roll movies: Don't Knock the Rock, The Girl Can't Help It, and Mister Rock 'n Roll; also in the 1986 comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Earned theology degree in 1961 and was ordained a minister. Left R&B for gospel music, 1959-62, and again in the mid-'70s.

    Song(s):
    Tutti Frutti (1955)
    Long Tall Sally (1956)
    Lucille (1957)
    Good Golly Miss Molly (1958)

    Album(s):
    Here's Little Richard! (1957)
    Grooviest 17 Original Hits! (compilation: 1955-59)
    The Georgia Peach (compilation: 1955-59)
    18 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1985)
    The Specialty Sessions (box set: 1955-64, released 1989)


    Little River Band

    Song(s):
    Help Is on Its Way (1977)
    Reminscing (1978)
    Cool Change (1979)
    Lonesome Loser (1979)

    Album(s):
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-82, released 1982)
    Monsoon (1988)


    Little Walter Jacobs

    Blues singer and harmonica player born Marion Walter Jacobs on 5/1/1930 in Marksville, LA. Died 2/15/1968.

    Song(s):
    Juke (1952)
    My Babe (1955)

    Album(s):
    His Best: Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (compilation: 1952-60, released 1997)


    Live

    Song(s):
    Selling the Drama (1994)
    I Alone (1994)
    Lightning Crashes (1994)
    Freaks (1997)
    Heaven (2003)

    Album(s):
    Mental Jewelry (1991)
    Throwing Copper (1994)
    Secret Samadhi (1997)
    Awake: The Best of (compilation, released 2004)


    The Living End

    Song(s):
    Prisoner of Society (1998)


    Alan Livingston


    Jay Livingston


    Jerry Livingston


    Kerry Livgren

    Rock keyboardist with Kansas.


    Lizzo

    Song(s):
    Truth Hurts (2017)

    Album(s):
    Cuz I Love You (2019)


    LL Cool J

    Rap singer born James Todd Smith on 1/14/1968 in Bay Shore, NY.

    Song(s):
    I Can't Live without My Radio (1985)
    I Need Love (1987)
    Goin' Back to Cali (1988)
    Around the Way Girl (1990)
    Mama Said Knock You Out (1991)

    Album(s):
    Radio (produced by Rick Rubin, 1985)
    Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)


    LMFAO

    Song(s):
    Party Rock Anthem (with Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, 2011)
    Sexy and I Know It (2011)


    Local H

    Song(s):
    Bound for the Floor (1996)


    Hank Locklin

    Song(s):
    Please Help Me, I'm Falling (1960)


    Robert Lockwood Jr.

    Blues guitarist born 3/27/1915 in Turkey Scratch, AR. Died 11/21/2006.


    Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

    Song(s):
    Stay (I Missed You) (1994)


    Frank Loesser

    Musical theater composer born 6/29/1910 in New York City, NY. Died 7/28/1969.

    Song(s):
    Top 30 Songs
    Once in Love with Amy (from Where's Charley?, 1949) – see Ray Bolger
    Luck Be a Lady (from Guys and Dolls, 1950) – see Frank Sinatra

    Album(s):
    Guys and Dolls (musical: 1950)
    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (musical: 1961)


    Frederick Loewe

    Musical theater composer born Freidrich Löwe on 6/10/1901 in Berlin, Germany. Died 2/14/1988. Worked with Alan Jay Lerner.

    Song(s) written with Alan Jay Lerner:
    Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon, 1947) – see Frank Sinatra
    On the Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Vic Damone
    I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Julie Andrews
    Wouldn't It Be Loverly (from My Fair Lady, 1956) – see Julie Andrews
    If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot, 1960) – see Robert Goulet
    Camelot (from Camelot soundtrack: 1967) – see Richard Harris

    Album(s) with Alan Jay Lerner:
    Brigadoon (musical: 1947) – see Alan Jay Lerner
    My Fair Lady (musical: 1956, soundtrack: 1964) – see Alan Jay Lerner
    Gigi (soundtrack: 1958, musical: 1973) – see Alan Jay Lerner
    Camelot (musical: 1960, soundtrack: 1967) – see Alan Jay Lerner

    The DMDB Blog:
    My Fair Lady opened on Broadway: March 15, 1956 (3/15/12)


    Logic

    Song(s):
    1-800-273-8255 (with Alessia Cara & Khalid, 2017)


    Kenny Loggins

    Pop-rock singer/songwriter born on 1/7/1948 in Everett, WA. Formed Loggins & Messina duo (71-77) with Jim Messina and then a solo act ("Whenever I Call You 'Friend'," "I'm Alright," "This is It," "Danger Zone").

    Song(s):
    Danny's Song (with Jim Messina, 1971)
    Angry Eyes (with Jim Messina, 1972)
    Footloose (1984)


    Alan Lomax

    American folklorist and ethnomusicologist born 1/31/1915. Died 7/19/2002. Known for collecting field recordings of folk music. He and his father, John Lomax, recorded Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, and Woody Guthrie and exposed them to a greater audience.

    Album(s):
    Alan Lomax Collection Sampler (1997)

    The DMDB Blog:
    Alan Lomax Sets Out on His First Field Recordings: July 5, 1933


    John Lomax

    Teacher, pioneering musicologist, and folklorist born 9/23/1867 in Goodman, Mississippi. Died 1/26/1948. Embarked on a expedition with his son, Alan Lomax, in 1933 to make field recordings for the Library of Congress.


    Carmen Lombardo

    Song(s):
    You're Driving Me Crazy (1930) – see Guy Lombardo
    How Deep Is the Ocean? (1932) – see Guy Lombardo
    Stars Fell on Alabama (1934) – see Guy Lombardo
    Red Sails in the Sunset (1935) – see Guy Lombardo
    Lost (1936) – see Guy Lombardo
    September in the Rain (1937) – see Guy Lombardo


    Dave Lombardo

    Rock drummer with Slayer.


    Guy Lombardo

    Jazz/big band leader and violinist Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo was born on 6/19/1902 in London, Ontario, Canada. He died 11/5/1977. He and his brothers formed the Royal Canadians in 1924, billing themselves as "the sweetest music this side of heaven." Led the only dance band ever to sell more than 100 million records. Lombardo was called "Mr. New Year's Eve" because of nearly a half-century of his band's radio and television broadcasts to ring in the new year.

    Song(s):
    Guy Lombardo: Top 100 Songs
    Charmaine! (with Weston Vaughan, 1927)
    You're Driving Me Crazy (with Carmen Lombardo, 1930)
    How Deep Is the Ocean? (with Carmen Lombardo, 1932)
    You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me (1933) – see Bing Crosby
    Stars Fell on Alabama (with Carmen Lombardo, 1934)
    Winter Wonderland (1934)
    Red Sails in the Sunset (with Carmen Lombardo, 1935)
    When My Dream Boat Comes Home (1936)
    Lost (with Carmen Lombardo, 1936)
    September in the Rain (with Carmen Lombardo, 1937)
    It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane (with Lebert Lombardo, 1937)
    Boo Hoo (1937)
    Christmas Island (1946) – see the Andrews Sisters
    The Third Man Theme (1950)

    Album(s):
    The Band Played On: 25 Number One Hits! (compilation: 1927-50, released 2002)


    Lebert Lombardo

    Song(s):
    It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane (1937) – see Guy Lombardo


    Julie London

    Song(s):
    Cry Me a River (1955)


    Laurie London

    Song(s):
    He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (1957)


    Londonbeat

    Song(s):
    I've Been Thinking About You (1990)


    Lonestar

    Song(s):
    Amazed (1999)
    I'm Already There (2001)
    My Front Porch Looking In (2003)


    Hubert Long


    LooLoo Kids

    Song(s):
    Johny Johny Yes Papa (2016)


    Charles H. Loomis

    Song(s):
    Yale Boola! (March and Two Step) (written with Allan M. Hirsch & G.L. Atwater Jr., 1901)


    Israel "Cachao" López

    Bassist and composer born 9/14/1918 in Habana ieja, La Habana, Cuba. Died 3/22/2008.

    Album(s):
    Descargas – Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature (with Su Ritmo Caliente, 1957)


    Jennifer Lopez

    Latin-pop singer and actress born on 7/24/1969 in the Bronx, NY. Later a judge on TV talent show American Idol.

    Song(s):
    If You Had My Love (1999)
    I'm Real (with Ja Rule, 2001)
    On the Floor (with Pitbull, 2011)


    Robert Lopez

    Album(s):
    Avenue Q (composed with Jeff Marx, musical: 2003)
    The Book of Mormon (composed with Trey Parker & Matt Stone, musical: 2011)


    Trini Lopez

    Song(s):
    If I Had a Hammer (1963)


    Vincent Lopez

    Jazz/big band leader born 12/30/1895 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 9/20/1975.

    Song(s):
    I Want to Be Happy (1924)
    Show Me the Way to Go Home (1926)


    Jon Lord

    Rock keyboardist with Deep Purple (68-76, 84-98) and Whitesnake (78-84).


    Lorde

    Song(s):
    Royals (2013)
    Team (2013)
    Everybody Wants to Rule the World (2013)
    Green Light (2017)

    Album(s):
    Pure Heroine (2013)
    Melodrama (2017)


    Los Del Rio

    Song(s):
    Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (1995)


    Los Lobos

    Song(s):
    La Bamba (1987)


    Los Panchos

    Album(s):
    Mexicantos (1945)


    Lost Frequencies

    Song(s):
    Are You with Me? (2014)


    Los Tigres Del Norte


    Loud Luxury

    Song(s):
    Body (with Brando, 2017)


    The Louvin Brothers

    Country duo formed in Henagar, Alabama. Active 1940-1963. Comprised of Ira Louvin (born 4/21/1924 as Lonnie Loudermark; died 6/20/1965) and Charlie Louvin (born 7/7/1927 as Charlie Elzer Loudermilk; died 1/26/2011).

    Song(s):
    When I Stop Dreaming (1955)


    Demi Lovato

    Song(s):
    Échame La Culpa (2016) – see Luis Fonsi


    Love

    Song(s):
    Alone Again Or (1967)
    The Red Telephone (1967)

    Album(s):
    Da Capo (1967)
    Forever Changes (1967)


    Courtney Love

    Lead singer of Hole. Married Kurt Cobain.


    Darlene Love

    Pop/R&B singer born Darlene Wright on 7/26/1938 in Los Angeles, CA. Fronted the Crystals (actually the Blossoms) on "He's a Rebel" and Bob B. Soxx & the Blues Jeans on "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

    Song(s):
    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963)
    A Fine Fine Boy (1963)


    Mike Love

    Rock singer/songwriter born 3/15/1941 in Los Angeles, CA. Co-founded the Beach Boys in 1961 with his cousins Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson.


    Monie Love

    Song(s):
    Ladies First (with Queen Latifah, 1990)


    Love & Rockets

    Song(s):
    So Alive (1989)


    Patty Loveless

    Country singer born Patricia Lee Ramey on 1/4/1957 in Pikeville, KY.

    Song(s):
    Please Remember Me (1999) – see Tim McGraw

    Album(s):
    When Fallen Angels Fly (1994)


    lovelytheband

    Song(s):
    Broken (2017)


    Loverboy

    Song(s):
    Turn Me Loose (1980)
    Working for the Weekend (1981)
    Heaven in Your Eyes (1986)


    Lyle Lovett

    Alt-country singer/songwriter born 11/1/1957 in Houston, Texas.

    DMDB profile page
    DMDB podcast: The Best of Lyle Lovett, 1986-2022

    Song(s):
    Lyle Lovett: Top 50 Songs
    She's No Lady (1988)
    Pontiac (1988)
    Nobody Knows Me (1989)
    Friend of the Devil (1991)
    Church (1992)
    You've Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story, 1995) – see Randy Newman
    Step Inside This House (1998)
    Till It Shines (with Keb' Mo', 1999)

    Album(s):
    Lyle Lovett (1986)
    Pontiac (1987)
    Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989)
    Here I Am: The Lyle Lovett Collection (compilation: 1986-91, released 1991)
    Joshua Judges Ruth (1992)
    I Love Everybody (1994)
    Live in Texas (recorded 1995, released 1999)
    The Road to Ensenada (1996)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1986-96, released 2017)
    Step Inside This House (1998)
    Anthology Vol 1: Cowboy Man (compilation: 1986-2001, released 2001)
    Smile: Songs from the Movies (compilation: 1992-2001, released 2003)
    My Baby Don’t Tolerate (2003)
    It’s Not Big, It's Large (2007)
    Natural Forces (2009)
    Release Me (2012)
    12th of June (2022)


    Love Unlimited Orchestra

    Song(s):
    Love's Theme (1973) – see Barry White


    Lovin' Spoonful

    Song(s):
    Do You Believe in Magic? (1965)
    You Didn't Have to Be So Nice (1965)
    Summer in the City (1966)
    Daydream (1966)


    Jim Lowe

    Song(s):
    The Green Door (1956)


    Nick Lowe

    New-wave singer/songwriter, musician and producer born 3/24/1949 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Produced for Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. Wrote Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” and Dave Edmunds’ “I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll.”

    Song(s):
    Cruel to Be Kind (1979)

    Album(s):
    Jesus of Cool (1978)


    Mark Lowry

    Singer/songwriter and comedian born 6/24/1958 in Houston, Texas. Best known for recording the song "Mary, Did You Know?" Was a member of the Gaither Vocal Band (1988-01, 09-13).


    LP

    Song(s):
    Lost on You (2016)


    L7

    Song(s):
    Pretend We're Dead (1992)


    L.T.D.

    Song(s):
    Back in Love Again (1977)


    Norman Luboff


    Nick Lucas

    Song(s):
    I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (1927)
    Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with Me (1929)


    Ludacris

    Rap singer born Christopher Brian Bridges on 9/11/1977 in Champaign, IL.

    Song(s):
    Yeah! (2004) – see Usher
    Money Maker (with Pharrell Williams, 2006)
    Baby (2010) – see Justin Bieber

    Album(s):
    Release Therapy (2006)


    Baz Luhrmann

    Album(s):
    Romeo Juliet (soundtrack: 1996)
    Moulin Rouge (soundtrack: 2001)


    Larry Lujack


    Lukas Graham

    Song(s):
    7 Years (2015)


    Lulu

    Scottish singer born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 11/3/1948

    Song(s):
    To Sir with Love (1967)


    The Lumineers

    Song(s):
    Ho Hey (2012)
    Stubborn Love (2012)
    Ophelia (2016)
    Gloria (2019)
    Life in the City (2019)

    Album(s):
    The Lumineers (2012)


    Jimmie Lunceford

    Jazz/big band leader born 6/6/1902. Died 7/12/1947.

    Song(s):
    For Dancers Only (1937)


    Art Lund


    The Luniz

    Song(s):
    I Got 5 on It (1995)


    Lush

    Song(s):
    Ladykillers (1996)


    Nellie Lutcher


    Frank Luther

    Song(s):
    Yesterdays (1933) – see Leo Reisman


    Robert Lutvak

    Album(s):
    A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (musical: 2013) – see Robert Freedman


    L.V.

    Song(s):
    Gangsta's Paradise (1995) – see Coolio


    John Lydon (aka "Johnny Rotten")

    Punk rock singer/songwriter born John Joseph Lydon on 1/31/1956 in Holloway, London, England. With the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.


    Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers

    Doo-wop group from the Bronx, NY. Appeared in the movies Rock, Rock, Rock and Mister Rock 'n' Roll. Members: Frankie Lymon (born 9/30/1942; died 2/27/1968 of a drug overdose), Herman Santiago and Jimmy Merchant (tenors), Joe Negroni (baritone; died 9/5/1978 at age 37) and Sherman Garnes (bass; died 2/26/1977 at age 36).

    Song(s):
    Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1956)
    I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent (1956)


    Frida Lyngstad

    Song(s):
    I Know There's Something Going On (1982)


    Barbara Lynn


    Cheryl Lynn

    Song(s):
    Got to Be Real (1978)


    Gloria Lynn


    Loretta Lynn

    Country singer/songwriter born Loretta Webb on 4/14/1935 in Butcher Hollow, KY.

    Song(s):
    Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' with Lovin' on Your Mind (1967)
    Coal Miner's Daughter (1970)
    Portland, Oregon (with Jack White, 2004)

    Album(s):
    Feelins' (1975) – see Conway Twitty
    Coal Miner's Daughter (soundtrack: 1980)
    Van Lear Rose (2004)


    Vera Lynn

    Song(s):
    Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart (1952)
    The Homing Waltz (1952)


    Jeff Lynne

    Rock singer/songwriter and producer born 12/30/1947 in Shard End, Birmingham, England. With Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys.


    Shelby Lynne

    Country singer and guitarist born 10/22/1968 in Quantico, VA.


    Phil Lynott

    Irish rock singer and bassist born 8/20/1949. Died 1/4/1986. With Thin Lizzy.


    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Southern-rock group formed in Jacksonville, FL. Named after founding members' junior high school gym teacher, Leonard Skinner. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash on 10/20/77. Active: 1965-77, 1991- Members: Ronnie Van Zant (v: 65-77), Gary Rossington (g: 65-77,91-), Allen Collins (g: 65-77), Larry Junstrom (b: 65-71, .38 Special), Bob Burns (d: 65-71, 72-75), Billy Powell (k: 71-78,91; Rossington Collins Band: 79-82), Greg Walker (b: 71-72, Blackfoot), Rick Medlocke (d: 71, v – Blackfoot), Leon Wilkeson (b: 72-73,91-01; Rossington Collins Band: 79-82), Ed King (b – Strawberry Alarm Clock; b/g: 73-76; 91-), Artimus Pyle (d: 75-77; 91-93), Steve Gaines (g: 76-77), Cassie Gaines (backing vox), Johnny Van Zant (v: 87-), Randall Hall (g: 91-), Custer (d: 91-94), Mike Estes (d: 93-), Owen Hale (d: 94-). Rossington, Collins, Powell, and Wikeson formed the Rossington Collins Band in 1979. Band reformed in 1991 with Ronnie's younger brother Johnny stepping into the lead role.

    Song(s):
    Free Bird (1973)
    Sweet Home Alabama (1974)

    Album(s):
    Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973)
    Second Helping (1974)
    Street Survivors (1977)
    Skynyrd's Innyrds (compilation, 1989)
    Lynyrd Skynyrd (box: 1970-77, released 1991)
    All Time Greatest Hits (compilation, 2002)

    The DMDB Blog:
    Lynyrd Skynyrd members died in a plane crash: October 20, 1977


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