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Music Makers Encyclopedia: L

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.

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

Born: Patricia Louise Holte on 5/24/1944 Died:

R&B singer.

Song(s):

  • Lady Marmalade (LaBelle, 1974)
  • On My Own (with Michael McDonald, w. Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager, 1986)

    Labrinth

    Song(s):

  • Earthquake (with Tinie Tempah, 2011)
  • Beneath Your Beautiful (with Emeli Sande, 2012)

    Lady Antebellum

    Song(s):

  • Need You Now (2009)

    Album(s):

  • Need You Now (2010)

    Lady Gaga

    Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: American 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)

    Album(s):

  • The Fame (2008)
  • The Fame Monster (2009)
  • Born This Way (2011)

    Frankie Laine

    About: Dynamic singer (“Mule Train”) who 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.

    Born: Frank Paul Lovecchio on 3/30/1913 in Chicago, IL Died: 2/6/2007

    Song(s):

  • That's My Desire (1947)
  • That Lucky Old Sun (with Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires/Harry Geller's Orchestra/Carl Fischer Orchestra, 1949)
  • I Believe (1953)
  • Answer Me, Lord Above (1953)

    Greg Lake

    Born: 11/10/1948 in Bournemouth, England Died: 12/8/2016

    British guitarist/bassist/vocalist with King Crimson (69-70); Emerson, Lake & Palmer (70-79, 92); solo: 81; Emerson, Lake & Powell (86).


    Kendrick Lamar

    Songs):

  • i (2014)
  • Alright (2015)

    Album(s):

  • Good Kid, m.A.A.D. City (2012)
  • To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

    Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross

    Album(s):

  • Sing a Song of Basie (1957)

    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

    Burton Lane

    Album(s):

  • Finian’s Rainbow (cast: 1947)

    k.d. lang

    Song(s):

  • Constant Craving (1992)

    Album(s):

  • Ingenue (1992)

    Thomas Lang


    Robert “Mutt” Lange

    Born: 11/11/1948 Died:

    Rock producer for AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams. Also married and produced country star Shania Twain.


    Daniel Lanois


    Mario Lanza

    Born: 1/31/1921 Died: 10/7/1959

    Opera singer.

    Album(s):

  • The Great Caruso (soundtrack, 1951)
  • The Student Prince (soundtrack, 1954)

    La Roux

    Song(s):

  • In for the Kill (2009)

    Milt and Bill Larsen


    Jonathan Larson

    Musical theater composer.

    Album(s):

  • Rent (cast, 1996)

    The La’s

    Song(s):

  • There She Goes (1989)

    Album(s):

  • The La’s (1990)

    Denise LaSalle


    Las Ketchup

    Song(s):

  • Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) (2002)

    The Last Poets

    Album(s):

  • This Is Madness (1971)

    Richard Lauder

    Song(s):

  • I Love a Lassie (My Scotch Bluebell) (1907)

    Cyndi Lauper

    Born: 6/22/1953 Died:

    American pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983)
  • Time after Time (1983)

    Album(s):

  • She’s So Unusual (1983)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Cyndi Lauper landed Grammy nominations in the Big Four categories: January 10, 1985

    Morten Lauridsen


    Bettye LaVette


    Avril Lavigne

    Born: 9/27/1984

    Canadian pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Complicated (2002)
  • Girlfriend (2007)

    Album(s):

  • Let Go (2002)
  • Under My Skin (2004)

    Don Law


    Bob Lawrence

    Song(s):

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958) – see Paul Whiteman

    Gertrude Lawrence

    Song(s):

  • Someone to Watch Over Me (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, 1927)

    Jack Lawrence


    Steve Lawrence

    Born: 7/8/1935 Died:

    American adult contemporary singer.


    Tracy Lawrence

    Born: 1/27/1968

    American country singer.


    LCD Soundsystem

    Song(s):

  • Losing My Edge (2002)
  • All My Friends (2007)

    Album(s):

  • Sound of Silver (2007)
  • This Is Happening (2010)

    Mike Leadbitter


    Vicky Leandros


    Simon LeBon

    Lead singer of Duran Duran.

    Ernesto Lecuona


    Led Zeppelin

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook

    About: 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):

  • Dazed and Confused (1969)
  • Whole Lotta Love (1969)
  • Ramble On (1969)
  • Immigrant Song (1970)
  • Stairway to Heaven (1971)
  • Black Dog (1971)
  • Rock and Roll (1972)
  • Over the Hills and Far Away (1973)
  • Kashmir (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Led Zeppelin I (1969)
  • Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  • Led Zeppelin III (1970)
  • Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  • How the West Was Won (live, 1972)
  • Houses of the Holy (1973)
  • Physical Graffiti (1975)
  • Presence (1976)
  • In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • Mothership (compilation: rec. 1969-1979, released 2007)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • Led Zeppelin – Top 50 Songs
  • The Beginning and End of Led Zeppelin: July 7 (7/7/11)

    Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter

    Born: Huddie William Ledbetter on 1/20/1888 * near Mooringsport, Louisiana Died: 12/6/1949

    * Birth date according to 1910 and 1930 United States Census. On his World War II draft registration, Leadbelly listed his birth date as 1/23/1889 and other sources cite even different dates.

    About: American blues and folk singer/songwriter and musician. 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)
  • The House of the Rising Sun (1944)

    Album(s):

  • Negro Sinful Songs (1939) Last Sessions (1948) box

    Brenda Lee

    Born: 12/11/1944 Died:

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • I'm Sorry (1960)

    Geddy Lee

    Born: 7/29/1953 Died:

    Canadian rock singer, bassist, and keyboardist with Rush.

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: Geddy Lee was born: July 29, 1953 / The Top 59 Rush Songs (7/29/12)

    Peggy Lee

    Born: Norma Deloris Egstrom on 5/26/1920 Died: 1/21/2002

    American traditional pop singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Manana Is Soon Enough for Me (1948)
  • Lover (1952)
  • Fever (1957)
  • Is That All There Is? (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1969)

    Album(s):

  • Black Coffee (1953)

    Tommy Lee


    Will Lee


    The Left Banke

    Song(s):

  • Walk Away Renee (1966)

    Leftfield

    Album(s):

  • Leftism (1995)

    John Legend

    Song(s):

  • Shine (with the Roots, 2010)
  • All of Me (2013)

    Album(s):

  • Get Lifted (2004)

    Michel Legrand


    Lotte Lehmann


    Tom Lehrer

    Album(s):

  • Song by Tom Lehrer (1953)

    Jerry Leiber

    Born: 4/25/1933 Died: 8/22/2011

    American songwriter and record producer. Most notable work with partner Mike Stoller.

    Songs written by Leiber with Mike Stoller:

  • 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

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Jerry Leiber, 1933-2011 (8/23/11)

    Carolyn Leigh


    Mitch Leigh

    Album(s):

  • with Joe Darion (composers) – Man of La Mancha (cast, 1965)

    Iry LeJeune

    Song(s):

  • Evangeline Special (1948)
  • Love Bridge Waltz (1948)

    J.B. Lenoir


    John Lennon

    Born: 10/9/1940 in Woolton, Liverool, England Died: 12/8/1980

    Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. 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. Shot to death on 12/8/80 in NYC.

    Song(s):

  • Give Peace a Chance (1969)
  • Instant Karma (We All Shine On) (1970)
  • Working Class Hero (1970)
  • Imagine (1971)
  • Just Like Starting Over (1980)

    Album(s):

  • Plastic Ono Band (1970)
  • Imagine (1971)
  • Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono, 1980)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Annie Lennox

    Born: 12/25/1954 Died:

    Scottish rock singer/songwriter with Eurythmics. Later a solo artist.

    Album(s):

  • Diva (1992)

    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
  • All the Things You Are (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey
  • Indian Summer (1939) – see Tommy Dorsey

    Alan Jay Lerner

    Born: 8/31/1918 Died: 6/14/1986

    Musical theater composer.

    Song(s) written with Frederick Loewe:

  • I Could Have Danced All Night (1956) – see Julie Andrews

    Album(s) written with Frederick Loewe:

  • Brigadoon (cast, 1947)
  • My Fair Lady (cast: 1956; soundtrack: 1964)
  • Gigi (soundtrack, 1958)
  • Camelot (cast, 1960)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • My Fair Lady opened on Broadway: March 15, 1956 (3/15/12)
  • My Fair Lady Goes to #1: July 14, 1956 (7/14/11)

    Phil Lesh


    Edgar Leslie


    Ketty Lester

    Song(s):

  • Love Letters (1962)

    Lazy Lester


    The Lettermen

    Song(s):

  • When I Fall in Love (1961)

    Oscar Levant


    Tony Levin


    James Levin


    Adam Levine


    James Levine


    Barbara Lewis


    Bobby Lewis

    Song(s):

  • Tossin' and Turnin' (1961)

    Donna Lewis

    Song(s):

  • I Love You Always Forever (1996)

    Furry Lewis

    Song(s):

  • Kassie Jones (1928)

    Huey Lewis (& The News)

    Born: 7/5/1950 Died:

    Pop-rock singer (“Do You Believe in Love?”, “The Heart of Rock and Roll”, “The Power of Love”, “Stuck with You”).

    Album(s):

  • Sports (1983)

    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Born: 9/29/1935 in Ferriday, LA

    Early rock and roll singer and pianist. 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' Going On (1957)
  • Great Balls of Fire (1957)

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Born: Theodore Friedman on 6/6/1892 Died: 8/25/1971

    Colorful, long-popular bandleader, clarinetist, singer, and sometimes 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)
  • Some of These Days (with Sophie Tucker, 1927)
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street (w. by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh, 1930)
  • In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town (1932)

    Terry Lewis

    Born: 11/24/1956 in Omaha, NE Died:

    R&B songwriter.


    Liberace

    Born: Wladziu Valentino Liberace on 5/16/1919 in West Allis, WI Died: 2/4/1987

    Hungarian-American pianist known for his flamboyancy.


    The Libertines

    Song(s):

  • Time for Heroes (2002)
  • Up the Bracket (2002)
  • Can’t Stand Me Now (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Up the Bracket (2002)

    Liberty X

    Song(s):

  • Just a Little (2002)

    Jaki Liebezeit


    Lifehouse

    Song(s):

  • Hanging by a Moment (2000)

    Alex Lifeson


    Enoch Light with Terry Snyder & the All-Stars

    Album(s):

  • Persuasive Percussion (1960)

    Gordon Lightfoot

    About: 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.


    Lighthouse Family

    Album(s):

  • Ocean Drive (1995)

    The Lightning Seeds

    Song(s):

  • Three Lions (Baddiel & Skinner with the Lightning Seeds, 1996)

    Lil’ Jon (& the East Side Boyz)

    Born: Jonathan Mortimer Smith on 1/27/1971

    American rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • Get Low (with the East Side Boyz & Ying Yang Twins, 2003)
  • Yeah! (2004) – see Usher

    Lil Wayne

    Born: 9/27/1979 in New Orleans

    Rapper.

    Song(s):

  • Georgia Bush (2006)
  • Lollipop (with Static Major, 2008)
  • Down (Jay Sean with Lil Wayne, 2009)
  • Look at Me Now (2011) – see Chris Brown
  • Mirror (with Bruno Mars, 2011)

    Album(s):

  • Tha Carter III (2008)

    Limp Bizkit

    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 (2001)

    Album(s):

  • Hybrid Theory (2000)
  • Meteora (2003)

    Horst Lippmann


    Lipps Inc.

    Song(s):

  • Funkytown (1980)

    Franz Liszt

    Born: 10/22/1811 in Hungary Died: 7/31/1886

    Classical composer, pianist, and teacher known for his rhapsodies.

    Album(s):

  • Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)

    Little Anthony (& The Imperials)

    Born: 1/8/1940

    American R&B/doo-wop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Goin’ Out of My Head (1964)

    Little Big Town

    Song(s):

  • Girl Crush (2015)

    Little Eva

    Song(s):

  • The Loco-Motion (w. Carole King & Gerry Goffin, 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 (w. by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh, 1935)

    Little Milton

    Born: James Milton Campbell, Jr. on 9/7/1934 in Inverness, Mississippi Died: 8/4/2005

    Blues singer and guitarist.


    Little Richard

    Born: Richard Wayne Penniman on 12/5/1932 in Macon, GA

    R&B/early rock singer and pianist. 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)

    Live

    Song(s):

  • I Alone (1994)
  • Lightning Crashes (1995)

    Album(s):

  • Mental Jewelry (1991)
  • Throwing Copper (1994)

    Jay Livingston


    Jerry Livingston


    LL Cool J

    Born: James Todd Smith on 1/14/1968

    Rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Can’t Live without My Radio (1985)
  • I Need Love (1987)
  • Goin’ Back to Cali (1988)
  • 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)

    Hank Locklin

    Song(s):

  • Please Help Me, I’m Falling (1960)

    Robert Lockwood Jr.

    Born: 3/27/1915 in Turkey Scratch, AR Died: 11/21/2006

    Blues guitarist.


    Frank Loesser

    Born: 6/29/1910 in New York City, NY Died: 7/28/1969

    Musical theater composer.

    Album(s):

  • Guys and Dolls (cast, 1950)

    Frederick Loewe

    Born: 6/10/1904 Died: 2/14/1988

    Musical theater composer.

    Song(s) written with Alan Jay Lerner:

  • I Could Have Danced All Night (1956) – see Julie Andrews

    Album(s) with Alan Jay Lerner:

  • Brigadoon (cast, 1947) – see Alan Jay Lerner
  • My Fair Lady (cast: 1956, soundtrack: 1964) – see Alan Jay Lerner
  • Gigi (soundtrack, 1958) – see Alan Jay Lerner
  • Camelot (cast, 1960) – see Alan Jay Lerner

    The DMDB Blog:

  • My Fair Lady opened on Broadway: March 15, 1956 (3/15/12)
  • My Fair Lady Goes to #1: July 14, 1956 (7/14/11)

    Kenny Loggins

    Born: 1/7/1948

    Pop-rock singer/songwriter with Loggins & Messina and then a solo act.

    Song(s):

  • Footloose (1984)

    Alan Lomax

    About: American folklorist and ethnomusicologist 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.

    Born: 1/31/1915 Died: 7/19/2002

    Album(s):

  • Alan Lomax Collection Sampler (1997)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Alan Lomax Sets Out on His First Field Recordings: July 5, 1933

    John Lomax

    Born: 9/23/1867 in Goodman, Mississippi Died: 1/26/1948

    American teacher, pioneering musicologist, and folklorist. Embarked on a expedition with his son, Alan Lomax, in 1933 to make field recordings for the Library of Congress.


    Carmen Lombardo

    Song(s):

  • 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


    Guy Lombardo

    About: The man who became leader of the only dance band ever to sell more than 100 million records. The Lombardo brothers formed their band in 1925 with Guy as leader and Carmen as lead saxophonist and singer. By decade’s end, “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven” had settled in for a long stay as one of America’s favorites. It was Guy’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcasts, always climaxed by his theme “Auld Lang Syne” that made him most familiar to modern audiences. Nearly all 1927-40 vocals by Carmen Lombardo.

    Born: 6/19/1902 in London, Ontario, Canada Died: 11/5/1977

    Song(s):

  • Charmaine! (with Weston Vaughan, 1927)
  • How Deep Is the Ocean? (w. Irving Berlin; performed with Carmen Lombardo, 1932)
  • Stars Fell on Alabama (with Carmen Lombardo, 1934)
  • Winter Wonderland (1934)
  • Red Sails in the Sunset (with Carmen Lombardo, 1935)
  • Lost (with Carmen Lombardo, 1936)
  • It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane (with Lebert Lombardo, 1937)
  • Boo Hoo (1937)
  • September in the Rain (with Carmen Lombardo, 1937)
  • The Folks Who Live on the Hill (1937)
  • The Third Man Theme (1950)

    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)

    Lonestar

    Song(s):

  • Amazed (1999)

    Hubert Long


    Israel “Cachao” López


    Jennifer Lopez

    Born: 7/24/1969 Died:

    American Latin-pop singer and actress. Later a judge on TV talent show American Idol.

    Song(s):

  • On the Floor (Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull, 2011)
  • Dance Again (Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull, 2012)
  • We Are One (Ole Ola) (2014) – see Pitbull

    Vincent Lopez

    Born: 12/30/1895 Died: 9/20/1975

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Los Del Rio

    Song(s):

  • Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) (1995)

    Los Lobos

    Song(s):

  • La Bamba (1987)

    Los Panchos

    Album(s):

  • Mexicantos (1945)

    Los Tigres Del Norte


    The Louvin Brothers

    Song(s):

  • When I Stop Dreaming (1955)

    Love

    Album(s):

  • Da Capo (1967) Forever Changes (1967)

    Courtney Love

    Lead singer of Hole. Married Kurt Cobain.

    Darlene Love

    Born: Darlene Wright on 7/26/1938

    American pop/R&B singer who sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and also fronted the Crystals (actually the Blossoms) on “He’s a Rebel” and Bob B. Soxx & the Blues Jeans on “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”


    Monie Love

    Song(s):

  • Ladies First (with Queen Latifah, 1990)

    Patty Loveless

    Born: 1/4/1957

    Country singer.


    Lyle Lovett

    Born: 11/1/1957

    American alt-country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Step Inside This House (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Pontiac (1987)
  • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989)
  • Joshua Judges Ruth (1992)
  • I Love Everybody (1994)

    Lovin' Spoonful

    Song(s):

  • Do You Believe in Magic? (1965)
  • Summer in the City (1966)

    Jim Lowe


    Nick Lowe

    Album(s):

  • Jesus of Cool (1978)

    Norman Luboff


    Nick Lucas

    Song(s):

  • Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips with Me (1929)

    Lucenzo

    Song(s):

  • Danza Kuduro (2011) – see Don Omar

    Ludacris

    Born: 9/11/1977 Died:

    American rap singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Baz Luhrmann

    Album(s):

  • Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Moulin Rouge (soundtrack, 2001)

    Lulu

    Born: Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 11/3/1948

    Scottish singer.

    Song(s):

  • To Sir with Love (1967)

    The Lumineers

    Song(s):

  • Ho Hey (2012)

    Jimmie Lunceford

    Born: 6/6/1902 Died: 7/12/1947

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • For Dancers Only (1937)

    Art Lund


    Luniz

    Song(s):

  • I Got 5 on It (1995)

    Nellie Lutcher


    Frank Luther


    L.V.

    Song(s):

  • Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio with L.V., 1995)

    John Lydon (aka “Johnny Rotten”)

    Born: 1/31/1956

    Punk rock singer/songwriter with the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.


    Frankie Lymon (& The Teenagers)

    Born: 9/30/1942 Died: 2/27/1968 of a drug overdose

    Other Members: 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).

    Doo-wop group from the Bronx, NY. Appeared in the movies Rock, Rock, Rock and Mister Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Song(s):

  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1956)
  • I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent (1956)

    Barbara Lynn


    Cheryl Lynn

    Song(s):

  • Got to Be Real (1978)

    Gloria Lynn


    Loretta Lynn

    Born: 4/14/1935

    American country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Coal Miner's Daughter (1970)
  • Portland, Oregon (with Jack White, 2004)

    Album(s):

  • Van Lear Rose (2004)

    Vera Lynn

    Song(s):

  • Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart (1952)
  • The Homing Waltz (1952)
  • We’ll Meet Again (1954)

    Jeff Lynne

    About: Rock singer/songwriter with Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys. Also a producer.


    Phil Lynott

    Born: 8/20/1949 Died: 1/4/1986

    Irish rock singer and bassist 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. 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.

    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-).

    Song(s):

  • Sweet Home Alabama (1974)
  • Free Bird (1974)

    Album(s):

  • Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973)
  • Second Helping (1974)
  • Street Survivors (1977)
  • Skynyrd’s Innyrds (compilation, 1989)
  • All Time Greatest Hits (compilation, 2002)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd members died in a plane crash: October 20, 1977

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