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)


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

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)

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


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)


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

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
Humble (2017)

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


Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross

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


Kit Lambert

Music manager for the Who.


Miranda Lambert

Album(s):
Revolution (2009)


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 with Chicago. Born 10/13/1944 in Brooklyn, NY.


Jon Landau

Music manager for Bruce Springsteen.


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 (cast: 1947)


k.d. lang

Song(s):
Constant Craving (1992)

Album(s):
Ingenue (1992)


Thomas Lang


Mutt Lange

Rock producer born Robert John Lange on 11/11/1948 in Mufulira, Northern Ireland. Worked with AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Bryan Adams. Also married and produced country star Shania Twain.

Albums Produced by Lange:
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

Mario Lanza

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

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

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

Album(s):
Rent (cast, 1996)


The La’s

Song(s):
There She Goes (1988)

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)


Latimore


Richard 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 (cast: 2012)

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


Morten Lauridsen


Bettye LaVette


Avril Lavigne

Pop singer (“Sk8er Boi”) born 9/27/1984 in Bellville, Ontario.

Song(s):
Complicated (2002)
I’m with You (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):
Sound of Silver (2007)
American Dream (2017)


Mike Leadbitter


Vicky Leandros


Simon LeBon

Lead singer of Duran Duran.


Ernesto Lecuona


Led Zeppelin

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook

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)
Black Dog (1971)
Rock and Roll (1972)
Over the Hills and Far Away (1973)
Kashmir (1975)

Album(s):
Led Zeppelin: Top 10 Albums
Led Zeppelin I (1969)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
How the West Was Won (live, recorded 1972, released 2003)
Houses of the Holy (1973)
Physical Graffiti (1975)
Presence (1976)
In Through the Out Door (1979)
Remasters (compilation: 1969-79, released 1992)
Mothership (compilation: 1969-79, released 2007)

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)
The House of the Rising Sun (1944)

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)


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


Peggy Lee

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

Song(s):
Manana Is Soon Enough for Me (1948)
Lover (1952)
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


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

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


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, cast: 1965)


Iry LeJeune

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


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)
Working Class Hero (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) (with Yoko Ono, 1971)

Just Like Starting Over (1980)

Album(s):
Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono, 1980)
The Collection (compilation: 1969-80, released 1982)

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
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
All the Things You Are (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.


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 (cast, 1947)
My Fair Lady (cast: 1956; soundtrack: 1964)
Gigi (soundtrack: 1958, cast: 1973)
Camelot (cast: 1960, soundtrack: 1967)

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

Song(s):
When I Fall in Love (1961)


Oscar Levant


Steven Levenson

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


James Levin


Tony 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

Song(s):
The Power of Love (1985)
Once Upon a Time in New York City (solo, from Oliver & Company, 1988)

Album(s):
Sports (1983)


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):
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 born 11/24/1956 in Omaha, NE.


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

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)


Liberty X

Song(s):
Just a Little (2002)


Goddard Lieberson

Record executive (Columbia Records).


Jaki Liebezeit


Lifehouse

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


Alex Lifeson


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.


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’ Kim

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


Lil Nas X

Song(s):
Old Town Road (with Billy Ray Cyrus, 2018)


Lil Uzi Vert

Song(s):
XO Tour Llif3 (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 (with Jay Sean, 2009)
I’m the One (2017) – see DJ Khaled

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 (2000)
One Step Closer (2000)
Numb (2003)

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


Alfred Lion


Dua Lipa

Song(s):
New Rules (2017)
IDGAF (2018)
One Kiss (2018) – see Calvin Harris


Horst Lippmann


Lipps Inc.

Song(s):
Funkytown (1980)


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

American R&B/doo-wop group.

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):
Girl Crush (2015)


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):
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. 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)


Little River Band

Song(s):
Cool Change (1979)


Little Walter Jacobs

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

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


Live

Song(s):
I Alone (1994)
Lightning Crashes (1995)

Album(s):
Mental Jewelry (1991)
Throwing Copper (1994)


Alan Livingston


Jay Livingston


Jerry Livingston


Kerry Livgren

Rock keyboardist with Kansas.


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)
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)


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 (cast, 1950)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (cast: 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 (cast, 1947) – see Alan Jay Lerner
My Fair Lady (cast: 1956, soundtrack: 1964) – see Alan Jay Lerner
Gigi (soundtrack: 1958, cast: 1973) – see Alan Jay Lerner
Camelot (cast: 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. With Loggins & Messina (“Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Angry Eyes”) and then a solo act (“Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’,” “I’m Alright,” “This is It,” “Danger Zone”).

Song(s):
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

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

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)
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)
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)
Christmas Island (1946) – see the Andrews Sisters
The Third Man Theme (1950)

Album(s):
The Bland 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)


Lonestar

Song(s):
Amazed (1999)


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)
On the Floor (with Pitbull, 2011)


Robert Lopez

Album(s):
Avenue Q (composed with Jeff Marx, cast: 2003)
The Book of Mormon (composed with Trey Parker & Matt Stone, cast: 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)
Green Light (2017)

Album(s):
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)


Los Tigres Del Norte


The Louvin Brothers

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


Demi Lovato

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


Love

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)


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.


Lyle Lovett

American alt-country singer/songwriter born 11/1/1957.

Song(s):
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story, 1995) – see Randy Newman
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):
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


Baz Luhrmann

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


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)


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)


Nellie Lutcher


Frank Luther

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


Robert Lutvak

Album(s):
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (cast: 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)


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

Album(s):
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1970)
Van Lear Rose (2004)


Vera Lynn

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


Jeff Lynne

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


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. 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):
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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