Music Makers Encyclopedia: M


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M83

Song(s):

Midnight City (2011)


M People

Album(s):
Elegant Slumming (1994)


Yo-Yo Ma

Album(s):
Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Concertos for Violincello and Orchestra (1996)


Ma & the Ramblers

Song(s):
Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (1952) – see Perry Como


Kirsty MacColl

Song(s):
Fairytale of New York (1987) – see the Pogues


Galt MacDermot

Song(s) by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado:
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (from Hair, 1969) – see Fifth Dimension

Album(s):
Hair (composed with Gerome Ragni and James Rado, cast: 1967, soundtrack: 1979)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (composed with John Guare, cast: 1971)


Ballard MacDonald


Jeanette MacDonald

Song(s):
Indian Love Call (with Nelson Eddy, 1936)


Harry Macdonough

Singer born John Scantlebury MacDonald in Ontario, Canada on 5/30/1871. Died 9/26/1931. Second only to Henry Burr among the great ballad singers of recordings’ pioneer pre-1920 era. (tenor – Edison Male Quartette: 1898; Haydn Quartet: 1898-1914; Orpheus Quartet: 1914-1919; Lyric Quartet; Victor Light Opera Co.). Was a top record company executive after World War I.

Song(s):
I Can’t Tell Why I Love You But I Do (1900)
Tell Me Pretty Maiden (with Grace Spencer, 1901)
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (1901)
The Tale of a Bumble Bee (1901)
The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1902)
In the Sweet Bye and Bye (with John Bieling, 1903)
Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha) (1903)
My Wild Irish Rose (1907) – see Haydn Quartet
Shine on, Harvest Moon (with Elise Stevenson as Miss Walton, 1909)
Where the River Shannon Flows (1910)
Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911)
There’s a Girl in the Heart of Maryland with a Heart That Belongs to Me (1913)
They Didn't Believe Me (with Olive Kline, 1915)
Smiles (with Joseph C. Smith, 1918)


Ted Macero

Producer for Miles Davis.


George MacFarlane

Song(s):
A Little Bit of Heaven (“Shure, They Call It Ireland”) (1915)


Shane MacGowan

Member of The Pogues.


Mary MacGregor

Song(s):
Torn Between Two Lovers (1976)


Antonio Machin - see Don Azpiazu


Machito

Song(s):
Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Song(s):
Thrift Shop (with Wanz, 2012)
Can’t Hold Us (with Ryan Dalton, 2012)


Uncle Dave Macon

Country singer born David Harrison Macon on 10/7/1870 in Smartt Station, TN. Died 3/22/1952.

Song(s):
Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (1924)


Edward Madden


Johnny Maddox


Frances Maddux

Song(s):
Paradise (1932) – see Leo Reisman


Madness

Song(s):
My Girl (1980)
It Must Be Love (1981)
Our House (1982)


Madonna

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Dance-pop singer and record executive (Maverick Records) born Madonna Louise Ciccone on 8/16/58 in Bay City, Michigan. The best-selling female recording artist of all time. Known as the “Queen of Pop.” She moved to New York in the late ‘70’s and performed with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe. Short-lived member of the Breakfast Club in the early ‘80’s. She was known for her boundary-pushing videos, costumes, and overall image. Married to actor Sean Penn (1985-89) and British director Guy Ritchie (2000-08). She was also featured in movies such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996), the latter of which won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Song(s):
Madonna: Top 50 Songs
Borderline (1984)
Like a Virgin (1984)
Material Girl (1985)
Into the Groove (1985)
Papa Don’t Preach (1986)

Who’s That Girl? (1987)

Like a Prayer (1989)
Express Yourself (1989)

Vogue (1990)

Sooner or Later (1990)

Justify My Love (1990)

Take a Bow (1994)

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (from
Evita, 1996)
You Must Love Me (1996)

Ray of Light (1998)

Beautiful Stranger (1999)

Music (2000)
Don’t Tell Me (2000)

Die Another Day (2002)

Hung Up (2005)

Sorry (2005)

4 Minutes (with
Justin Timberlake, 2008)

Album(s):
Madonna (1983)
Like a Virgin (1984)
True Blue (1986)
Like a Prayer (1989)
I’m Breathless (soundtrack for Dick Tracy, 1990)
The Immaculate Collection (compilation: 1983-1990, released 1990)
Erotica (1992)
Bedtime Stories (1994)
Something to Remember (compilation: 1984-1995)
Evita (soundtrack, 1996) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber
Ray of Light (1998)
Music (2000)
GHV2 (compilation: 1992-2000, released 2001)
American Life (2003)
Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)
Celebration (compilation: 1982-2009, released 2009)


Enric Madriguera

Songs(s):
The Carioca (with Patricia Gillmore, 1934)


Madvillain

Album(s):
Madvillainy (2004)


Magic!

Song(s):
Rude (2013)


Magic Sam

Blues guitarist and singer born Samuel Gene Maghett on 2/14/1937 in Grenada County, Mississippi. Died 12/1/1969.

Album(s):
West Side Soul (1967)
Black Magic (1968)


Magic Slim


Herb Magidson


The Magnetic Fields

Album(s):
69 Love Songs (1999)


Magnum

Album(s):
On a Storyteller’s Night (1985)


Taj Mahal

Blues singer/songwriter and guitarist born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks on 5/17/1942 in Harlem, NY.

Album(s):
Taj Mahal (1968)


Mahavishnu Orchestra

Album(s):
The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)


Gustav Mahler

Classical composer born 7/7/1860 in Bohemia, Austria. Died 5/18/1911.

Album(s):
Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan” (1888)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection” (1894)
Symphony No. 3 (1896)
Symphony No. 4 (1892-1900)
Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1904)
Symphony No. 6 (1903-04)
Symphony No. 7 (1904-05)
Symphony No. 8 in E Flat major (The Symphony of a Thousand) (1907)
Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song of the Earth) (1909)
Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
Symphony No. 10 (1910)


Jere Mahoney

Song(s):
When You Were Sweet Sixteen (1900)


Major Lazer

Song(s):
Lean On (with DJ Snake & MØ, 2015)
Cold Water (with Justin Bieber & MØ, 2016)
Light It Up (with Nyla, 2016)


Miriam Makeba

Song(s):
Pata Pata (1967)


Ryan Malcolm

Song(s):
Something More (2003)


Yngwie Malmsteen

Swedish rock guitarist born 6/30/1963.


Richard Maltby, Jr.

Album(s):
Miss Saigon (cast: 1989) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg


Maluma

Song(s):
Vente Pa Ca (2016) – see Ricky Martin
Chantaje (2016) – see Shakira
Corazón (with Nego Do Borel, 2017)
Felices los 4 (2017)


The Mamas & The Papas

Song(s):
California Dreamin’ (1966)
Monday, Monday (1966)


Henry Mancini

Composer, conductor, and arranger born Enrico Nicola Mancini on 4/16/1924 in Cleveland, OH. Died 6/14/1994.

Song(s):
Peter Gunn (1959)
Moon River (with Audrey Hepburn, 1961)
The Days of Wine and Roses (1963)

Album(s):
The Music from Peter Gunn (TV soundtrack, 1959)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (soundtrack, 1961)


Johnny Mandel


Barbara Mandrell

Country singer born 12/25/1948 in Houston, TX.


The Manhattans


Manic Street Preachers

Welsh rock group who were one of the buzz bands in the early days of Britpop. Richey James was the singer, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist through the band’s first three albums. He went missing in 1995 and is presumed dead. The other three members continued on with Bradfield at the helm, garnering the band even more commercial success than they had before.

Active: 1990- Members: James Dean Bradfield (v/g), Richey James (born Richey Edwards, v/g: 90-95), Nicky Wire (b), Sean Moore (d).

Song(s):
Motorcycle Emptiness (1992)
A Design for Life (1996)
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (1998)

Album(s):
The Holy Bible (1994)
Everything Must Go (1996)
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours (1998)


Barry Manilow

Adult contemporary singer born Barry Alan Pincus on 6/17/1946 in Brooklyn, NY.

Song(s):
Mandy (1974)
I Write the Songs (1975)

Album(s):
Manilow Magic – The Best of (compilation, 1979)


Barry Mann

Rock songwriter born Barry Imberman on 2/9/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Often worked with Cynthia Weil, who he married in 1961. 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 by Barry Mann:
Top 30 Songs
On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964) – see the Righteous Brothers


Manfred Mann

Rock keyboardist born 10/21/1940 who fronted Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

Song(s):
Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964)
Blinded by the Light (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1976)


Dick Manning

American songwriter.


Marilyn Manson

Shock-rock singer born Brian Hugh Warner on 1/5/1969 in Canton, OH.


Mantovani

Conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist born Annunzio Paolo Mantovani on 11/15/1905 in Venice, Italy. Died 3/30/1980.

Song(s):
Cara Mia (with David Whitfield, 1954)

Album(s):
Film Encores (1957)


Armando Manzaner


Ray Manzarek

Rock keyboardist with The Doors. Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. on 2/12/1939 in Chicago, IL. Died 5/20/2013.


Muzzy Marcellino

Song(s):
I’ll String Along with You (1934) – see Ted Fio Rito


The Marcels

Doo-wop group.

Song(s):
Blue Moon (1961)


Arif Mardin

Record executive (Atlantic, Manhattan Records).


Teena Marie

Song(s):
Square Biz (1981)


Marillion

Progressive rock group formed in Aylesbury, England. Name adopted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Active: 1978-. Members: Doug Irvine (b: 78-80), Mick Pointer (d: 78-83), Steve Rothery (g – Marillion: 79-; Wishing Tree: 96), Brian Jelliman (k: 79-81), Fish (v: 81-88); Diz Minnett (b: 81-82), Mark Kelly (k: 82-); Pete Trewavas (b – Marillion 82-; Iris for Crossing the Desert: 96); Ian Mosley (d – Curved Air; Marillion: 83-; Iris for Crossing the Desert: 96); Steve Hogarth (v: 89-). Also added lyricist John Helmer in 1989.

Song(s):
Marillion/Fish: Top 50 Songs
Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
Kayleigh (1985)
Estonia (1997)

Album(s):
Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
Fugazi (1984)
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Clutching at Straws (1987)
Seasons End (1989)
Holidays in Eden (1991)
Brave (1994)
Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
This Strange Engine (1997)
Radiation (1998)
marillion.com (1999)
Anoraknophobia (2001)
Marbles (2004)
Somewhere Else (2007)
Happiness Is the Road (2008)
Less Is More (2009)

The DMDB Blog:
Marillion Misplaced Childhood Hits #1 in UK: June 29, 1985 (6/29/11)


Mario

Song(s):
Let Me Love You (2004)


Johnny Marks

Best known as the writer of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” See Gene Autry.


Bob Marley (& the Wailers)

Reggae singer/songwriter and guitarist born Robert Nesta Marley on 2/6/1945 in Rhoden Hall, Jamaica. Died of brain cancer on 5/11/1981. The Wailers (known first as The Teenagers and later The Wailing Rudeboys) included Peter Tosh (63-74), Bunny “Wailer” Livingstone (63-74), Junior Braithwaite (63-64), Beverly Kelso (63-66), and Cherry Smith (63-64). Later included Aston “Family Man” Barrett (b: 69-), Carlton Barrett (d: 69-), Rita Marley (72-), Marcia Griffiths (72-), Judy Mowatt (72-), Al Anderson (g: 74-). Recorded some 70 tracks for Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One (1963-66). Recorded for Danny Sims on the JAD label (1968-70); also worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry and Upsetter Records (1970-71), independent label Tuff Gong (1971), Island Records (1972-81). Married Rita Anderson on 2/10/66. Wounded in an assasination attempt on 12/3/76. Father of David “Ziggy” Marley who formed Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with siblings Cedelia, Stephen, and Sharon. Also father of Damian, Julian, and Ky-Mani, who all pursued music careers. Son Rohan Marley played football for the University of Miami Hurricanes. In 1990, Marley’s birthday was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica.

Song(s):
Get Up, Stand Up (1973)
I Shot the Sheriff (1974)
No Woman, No Cry (1975)
Lively Up Yourself (1975)
One Love/People Get Ready (1977)

Album(s):
One Love at Studio One (also released as two albums: “Simmer Down” and “The Wailing Wailers”) (archives, 1963-66)
The Complete Wailers 1967-1972, Part 1 (archives box, 1967-70)
Soul Rebels (1970)
African Herbsman/ Soul Revolution (1971)
Chances Are (archives, 1967-72)
Catch a Fire (1973)
Burnin’ (1973)
Natty Dread (1974)
Live! At the Lyceum (live, 1975)
Rastaman Vibration (1976)
Exodus (1977)
Kaya (1978)
Survival (1979)
Uprising (1980)
Confrontation (1983)
Legend (compilation: 1973-83, released 1984)


Maroon 5

Song(s):
She Will Be Loved (2002)
This Love (2002)
Moves Like Jagger (with Christina Aguilera, 2011)
Payphone (with Wiz Khalifa, 2012)
One More Night (2012)
Sugar (2014)
Don’t Wanna Know (with Kendrick Lamar, 2016)
Girls Like You (with Cardi B, 2017)

Album(s):
Songs about Jane (2002)


Johnny Marr

Alternative rock guitarist and songwriter born 10/31/1963. With the Smiths (82-87), The Pretenders (87), The The (88-94), Electronic (89-98), and The Cribs (08-11). Has also released two solo albums (2013-14) and has done session work with Beck, Black Grape, Billy Bragg, Crowded House, Bryan Ferry, Kirsty MacColl, Pet Shop Boys, and Talking Heads. He also produced Modest Mouse (06-09).


Bruno Mars

Pop singer born Peter Gene Hernandez on 10/8/1985 in Honolulu, HA.

Song(s):
Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (2010)
Grenade (2010)
The Lazy Song (2010)
Fuck You (co-writer, 2010) – see Cee-Lo Green
Locked Out of Heaven (2012)
Uptown Funk! (2014) – see Mark Ronson
24K Magic (2016)
That’s What I Like (2016)

Album(s):
Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)
24K Magic (2016)


Jim Marshall


Marshmello

Song(s):
Happier (with Bastille, 2018)


The Mars Volta

Album(s):
De-Loused in te Comatorium (2003)


Wynton Marsalis

Jazz trumpeter and composer born 10/18/1961 in New Orleans, LA.


Martha & the Muffins

Song(s):
Echo Beach (1980)


Martha & the Vandellas

Song(s):
Heat Wave (1963)
Dancing in the Street (1964)


Chris Martin

Lead singer of Coldplay.


Dean Martin

Adult contemporary singer born Dino Paul Crocetti on 6/7/1917 in Steubenville, OH. Died 12/25/1995.

Song(s):
That's Amore (1953)
Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue) (1958)
Everybody Loves Somebody (1964)


Freddy Martin

Jazz/big band leader born 12/9/1906 in Cleveland, OH. Died 10/1/1983. Leader of one of the most popular “sweet” bands, his tenor saxophone style led to the nickname “Mr. Silvertone”. Pianist Jack Fina was a featured sideman. Merv Griffin was his late-1940s singing star.

Song(s):
Symphony (with Clyde Rogers, 1945)
Music! Music! Music! (1950)


George Martin

Pop/rock producer born 1/3/1926 in Highbury, London, England. Died 3/8/2016. Best known for working with the Beatles.


Grady Martin


Hugh Martin

Born 8/11/1914. Died 3/11/2011

American musical theater and film composer (1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”), arranger, vocal coach, and playwright.

Song(s) Composed by Martin:
The Trolley Song (1944) – see Judy Garland


Mary Martin

Song(s):
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1938)
Do-Re-Mi (from The Sound of Music, 1959)
The Sound of Music (from The Sound of Music, 1959)
Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music, 1959)


Max Martin

Songwriter who often worked with Dr. Luke.

Song(s) with Max Martin Songwriting Credits:
Max Martin: Top 40 Songs
Baby One More Time (1998) – see Britney Spears
I Want It That Way (1999) – see Backstreet Boys
Since U Been Gone (2004) – see Kelly Clarkson
I Kissed a Girl (2008) – see Katy Perry
Hot N Cold (2008) – see Katy Perry
California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
Teenage Dream (2010) – see Katy Perry
Dynamite (2010) – see Taio Cruz
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012) – see Taylor Swift
One More Night (2012) – see Maroon 5
Roar (2013) – see Katy Perry
Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry
Shake It Off (2014) – see Taylor Swift
Blank Space (2014) – see Taylor Swift


Ricky Martin

Latin-pop singer born Enrique Martin Morales on 12/24/1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Song(s):
Livin' La Vida Loca (1999)
Vente a Ca (with Maluma, 2016)

Album(s):
Ricky Martin (1999)


Roberta Martin


Tony Martin

Traditional pop singer born Alvin Morris on 12/25/1913 in San Francisco, CA. Died 7/27/2012.

Song(s):
Tonight We Love (Concerto No. 1, B Flat Minor) (1941)


Ryan Martinie


Al Martino

Adult contemporary singer born Jasper Cini on 10/7/1927 in Philadephia, PA. Died 10/13/2009.

Song(s):
Here in My Heart (1952)


The Marvelettes

Song(s):
Please Mr. Postman (1961)


Groucho Marx

Album(s):
An Evening with Groucho (1972)


Jeff Marx

Album(s):
Avenue Q (cast: 2000) – see Robert Lopez


Richard Marx

Adult contemporary/pop singer/songwriter (“Don’t Mean Nothin’”, “Right Here Waiting”) born 9/16/1963 in Chicago, IL.

Album(s):
Repeat Offender (1989)


Pietro Mascagni

Album(s):
Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (opera: 1890)


Mase

Rap singer/songwriter born Mason Durell Betha in Jacksonville, Florida on 8/27/1975.

Song(s):
Mo Money, Mo Problems (1997) – see the Notorious B.I.G.
Feel So Good (1997)


Hugh Masekela

Song(s):
Grazing in the Grass (1968)


Barbara Mason


Nick Mason

Rock drummer and songwriter born Nicholas Berkleley Mason on 1/27/1944 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. With Pink Floyd.


Jules Massenet

Album(s):
Manon (opera: 1884)


Michael Masser


Massive Attack

Song(s):
Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

Album(s):
Blue Lines (1991)
Mezzanine (1998)


Frankie Masters

Song(s):
Scatter-Brain (1939)


Cosimo Matassa

Recording engineer and studio owner (J&M Recording Studio) born Cosimo Vincent Matassa on 4/13/1926 in New Orleans, LA. Died 9/11/2014. Responsible for many R&B and early rock and roll recordings. Has worked with Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Lloyd Price, and Professor Longhair.


Matchbox 20

Song(s):
3 A.M. (1996)
Bent (2000)
If You’re Gone (2000)
Unwell (2002)

Album(s):
Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)


Cerys Mathews

Member of Catatonia.


Max Mathews

Song(s):
Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) (1961)


Mireille Mathieu


Johnny Mathis

Pop balladeer born 9/30/35 in Gilmer, TX. Studied opera from age 13. Track scholarship at the San Francisco State College. Invited to Olympic tryouts; chose singing career instead. Discovered by George Avakian of Columbia Records. To New York City in 1956. Initially recorded as a jazz-styled singer. Columbia A&R executive Mitch Miller switched him to singing pop ballads. One of the top album artists of the rock era – has charted more than 60 albums.

Song(s):
Chances Are (1957)
It’s Not for Me to Say (1957)
Misty (1959)

Album(s):
Johnny’s Greatest Hits (compilation: 1956-58, released 1958)
Heavenly (1959)


Kathy Mattea

Song(s):
Where’ve You Been (1989)


Dave Matthews Band

Alternative rock group fronted by singer/songwriter born 1/9/1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Song(s):
Crash into Me (1996)

Album(s):
Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)
Crash (1996)


Paul Mauriat

Song(s):
Love Is Blue (1967)


Maxwell

Song(s):
Lake by the Ocean (2016)

Album(s):
Urban Hang Suite (1996)


Brian May

Rock guitarist/songwriter born 7/19/1947 in Hampton, Middlesex, England. With Queen.


John Mayall

Blues guitarist born 11/29/1933 in Macclesfield, Manchester, England. Fronted the Bluesbreakers.

Album(s):
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (with Eric Clapton, 1966)


John Mayer

Pop-rock singer/songwriter (“No Such Thing”, “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, “Waiting on the World to Change”). Born 10/16/1977 in Bridgeport, CT.

Song(s):
Daughters (2004)

Album(s):
Continuum (2006)


Mayfield

see Tears for Fears

Album(s):
Mayfield (1997)


Curtis Mayfield

R&B singer and guitarist born 6/3/1942 in Chicago, IL. Died 12/26/1999. Fronted the Impressions and recorded as a solo artist.

Song(s):
Move on Up (1970)
Superfly (1972)

Album(s):
Curtis (1970)
Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)


Percy Mayfield

Song(s):
Please Send Me Someone to Love (1950)


Maze featuring Frankie Beverly


McAlmont & Butler

Song(s):
Yes (1995)


Nicko McBrain


Martina McBride

Country singer born Martina Mariea Schiff on 7/29/1966 in Sharon, KS.


Joseph McCarthy


Linda McCartney

Musician, photographer, activist, and publisher born 9/24/1941 in New York, New York. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 and worked with him in Wings. Died 4/17/1998 in Tucson, Arizona.


Paul McCartney (& Wings)

Rock singer/songwriter and bassist born James Paul McCartney on 6/18/1942 in Liverpool, England. With the Quarrymen and the Beatles (60-70) before going solo and recording with the Wings (71-79).

Song(s):
Paul McCartney: Top 70 Songs
Maybe I'm Amazed (1970)
Live and Let Die (with Wings, 1973)
Band on the Run (with Wings, 1974)
Silly Love Songs (with Wings, 1976)
Mull of Kintyre (with Wings, 1977)
Wonderful Christmas Time (1979)
Ebony and Ivory (with Stevie Wonder, 1982)
Say, Say, Say (with Michael Jackson, 1983)
Cut Me Some Slack (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear; 2013)

Album(s):
Band on the Run (1973)
Wings at the Speed of Sound (with Wings, 1976)
All the Best! (compilation: 1970-87, released 1987)

The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: Paul McCartney was born: June 18, 1942 / His Top 70 Songs (6/18/12)
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time: July 6, 1957 (7/6/12)


John McCormack

Tenor singer born 6/14/1884 in Athlone, Ireland. Died 9/16/1945.

Song(s):
Mother Machree (1911)
I’m Falling in Love with Someone (1911)
It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1915)
Somewhere a Voice Is Calling (1916)
Il Mio Tesoro (1916)
The Star-Spangled Banner (1917)
All Alone (1925)
Moonlight and Roses (1925)


Charlie McCoy


Clyde McCoy


Paul McCoy

Song(s):
Bring Me to Life (2003) – see Evanescence


Van McCoy

Song(s):
The Hustle (1975)


Jimmy McCracklin


George McCrae

Soul singer born 10/19/1944 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Song(s):
Rock Your Baby (1974)


Mike McCready

Rock guitarist born 4/5/1966 in Pensacola, Florida. With Pearl Jam (90-), Temple of the Dog (91), Mad Season, and The Rockfords.


Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel

see Bo Diddley


Michael McDonald

Born 2/12/1952

Rock singer and keyboardist with the Doobie Brothers who later became a solo artist.

Song(s):
On My Own (1986) – see Patti LaBelle


Mississippi Fred McDowell

Blues guitarist born 1/12/1906 (some sources say 1904) in Rossville, TN. Died 7/3/1972.

Album(s):
I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll (1969)
Mississippi Delta Blues (year?)


Reba McEntire

Country single born 3/28/1955 in Chockie, OK. The most successful female country performer of her generation. 20 #1 songs on the Billboard country charts from 1982-1996.

Song(s):
Fancy (1991)


McFadden & Whitehead

Song(s):
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (1978)


Bobby McFerrin

Song(s):
Don't Worry Be Happy (1988)


The MC5

Song(s):
Kick Out the Jams (1969)

Album(s):
Kick Out the Jams (live, 1968)
Back in the U.S.A. (1970)


Brownie McGhee

Blues musician born Walter Brown McGhee on 11/30/1915 in Knoxville, TN. Died 2/23/1996.


Tim McGraw

Country singer (“Indian Outlaw”, “I Like It, I Love It”) born Samuel Timothy McGraw on 5/1/1967 in Delhi, LA. Married to country singer Faith Hill.

Song(s):
Please Remember Me (1999)
Live Like You Were Dying (2004)
Over and Over (2004) – see Nelly

Album(s):
Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
Greatest Hits (2000)


Roger McGuinn


Barry McGuire

Song(s):
Eve of Destruction (1965)


The McGuire Sisters

Song(s):
Sincerely (1954)


M.C. Hammer

Rap singer born Stanley Kirk Burrell on 3/30/1962 in Oakland, CA.

Song(s):
U Can’t Touch This (1990)

Album(s):
Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)


Jimmy McHugh

Song(s) written by McHugh:
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1928) – see Cliff Edwards
On the Sunny Side of the Street (1930) – see Ted Lewis
I’m in the Mood for Love (1935) – see Little Jack Little


Hal McIntyre

Song(s):
My Funny Valentine (with Ruth Gaylor, 1945)


Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians

Song(s):
Sweet Leilani (1937) – see Bing Crosby


Duff McKagen


Scott McKenzie

Song(s):
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) (1967)


Ron “Pigpen” McKernan

Rock keyboardist with the Grateful Dead.


Brian McKnight

Born 6/5/1969. Died

American R&B singer.


Rod McKuen


Sarah McLachlan

Alternative rock singer/songwriter born 1/28/1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Started Lilith Fair, a festival devoted to spotlighting female performers.

Song(s):
Building a Mystery (1997)
Angel (1997)
When She Loved Me (from Toy Story 2, 1999)

Album(s):
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
Surfacing (1997)
Afterglow (2003)


Malcolm McLaren

Music manager for the Sex Pistols.


John McLaughlin

Jazz fusion guitarist born 1/4/1942 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Worked with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


Don McLean

Pop singer/songwriter born 10/2/1945 in New Rochelle, NY.

Song(s):
American Pie (1971)
Crying (1980)

Album(s):
American Pie (1972)


Lillian Shedd McMurry


James McMurtry

Song(s):
We Can’t Make It (2005)


Big Jay McNeely


Marian McPartland


Clyde McPhatter

R&B singer born 11/15/1932 in Durham, NC. Died 6/13/1972. Fronted two of the most influential R&B groups of all time – the Dominoes (1950-53) and the Drifters. Also had a successful solo career with #1 R&B hits “Treasure of Love” (1956), “Long Lonely Nights” (1957), and “A Lover’s Question” (1958).

The DMDB Blog:
Clyde McPhatter: An R&B Legend (6/13/2011)


Jay McShann

American jazz/big band bandleader born 1/12/1916. Died 12/7/2006.


Ralph McTell

Song(s):
Streets of London (1969)


Blind Willie McTell

Blues singer/songwriter and guitarist born William Samuel McTier on 5/5/1898 in Thomas, GA. Died 8/19/1959.

Song(s):
Statesboro Blues (1927)


John McVie


Vaughn Meader

Album(s):
The First Family (1962) comedy


Meat Loaf

Rock singer born Marvin Lee Aday on 9/27/1947 in Dallas, TX.

Song(s):
Bat Out of Hell (1979)
I’d Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That (1993)

Album(s):
Bat Out of Hell (1977)
Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)


Meat Puppets

Album(s):
Meat Puppets II (1984)


Lauritz Mechior


Dudley Mecum

Song(s):
42nd Street (with Don Bestor, 1933)


Bill Medley

Song(s):
I've Had the Time of My Life (1987) – see Jennifer Warnes


Joe Meek

Producer born Robert George Meek on 4/5/1929 in Newent, Gloucestershire, England. Died 2/3/1967. Worked with Ritchie Blackmore and Tom Jones.


Edward Meeker

Song(s):
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)


Megadeth

Song(s):
Peace Sells (1986)
Hangar 18 (1990)
Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (1990)
Symphony of Destruction (1992)

Album(s):
Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986)
Rust in Peace (1990)
Countdown to Extinction (1992)


Brad Mehldau

Jazz pianist.


Zubin Mehta

Born 4/29/1936

Indian classical conductor.


John Meikle


The Mekons

Album(s):
Fear and Whiskey (1985)


George Melachrino


John (Cougar) Mellencamp

Rock singer/songwriter born John J Mellencamp on 10/7/1951 in Seymour, IN.

Song(s):
John Mellencamp: Top 30 Songs
Jack and Diane (1982)
Authority Song (1984)
If I Die Sudden (2008)

Album(s):
American Fool (1982)
Uh-Huh (1983)
Scarecrow (1985)
The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
Big Daddy (1989)
Whenever We Wanted (1991)
Human Wheels (1993)
Dance Naked (1994)
Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)
John Mellencamp (1998)
Cuttin’ Heads (2001)
Trouble No More (2003)
Freedom’s Road (2007)
Life, Death, Love and Freedom (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2008)
No Better Than This (produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2010)


The Mellomen

Song(s):
The Ballad of Davy Crocket (from TV show Davy Crockett, 1955)
Zorro (from TV show Zorro, 1957)
The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room (1963)
Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me (1967)


Lester Melrose


James Melton


Harold Melvin (& the Bluenotes)

Born 6/25/1939. Died 3/24/1997

Pop/R&B singer.

Song(s):
If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)


The Memphis Boys

Gene Chrisman, Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Emmons, Mike Leech, Bobby Wood, and Reggie Young.


The Memphis Horns

R&B sideman Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love.


Memphis Jug Band

Song(s):
Stealin’ Stealin’ (1928)


Memphis Minnie

Blues singer born Lizzie Douglas on 6/3/1897 in Algiers, LA. Died 8/6/1973.


Memphis Slim


Men at Work

Song(s):
Down Under (1981)

Album(s):
Business As Usual (1982)


Felix Mendelssohn

Classical composer and pianist born Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendessohn on 2/3/1809 in Hamburg, Germany. Died 11/4/1847.

Album(s):
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)


Sergio Mendes (& Brasil ’66)

Brazilian bandleader born 2/11/1941.

Album(s):
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 (1966)


Shawn Mendes

Song(s):
Stitches (2015)
Treat You Better (2016)
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (2016)
Señorita (with Camila Cabello, 2019)


Rafael Méndez


Lydia Mendoza

Song(s):
Mal Hombre (1934)


Alan Menken

Musical theater composer born 7/22/1949 in New York City, NY.


Gian Carlo Menotti


Yehudi Menuhin

Born 4/22/1916. Died 3/12/1999

American-born British violinist and conductor.


Men Without Hats

Song(s):
The Safety Dance (1983)


Idina Menzel

Song(s):
Defying Gravity (with Kristen Chenoweth, from Wicked, 2003)
Let It Go (2013)


Johnny Mercer

Singer/songwriter born John Herndon Mercer on 11/18/1909 in Savannah, GA. Died 6/25/1976. Wrote lyrics to more than 1500 songs and more popular songs than any other songwriter in history. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers. Received 19 Academy Award nominations. Also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

Song(s) performed by Mercer:
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (with the Pied Pipers, 1945)
Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive (music by Harold Arlen, performed by Mercer with the Pied Pipers, 1945)
Candy (with Jo Stafford & the Pied Pipers, 1945)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1946)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with Margaret Whiting, 1949)

Song(s) written by Mercer:
And the Angels Sing (1939) – see Benny Goodman
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (1941) – see Woody Herman
That Old Black Magic (1943) – see Glenn Miller
Dream (1945) – see the Pied Pipers
Laura (1945) – see Woody Herman
One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (1949) – see Frank Sinatra
Moon River (1961) – see Henry Mancini
The Days of Wine and Roses (1963) – see Henry Mancini

Album(s):
St. Louis Woman (cast, 1946) – see Johnny Mercer


Freddie Mercury

Rock singer/songwriter born Farrokh Bulsara on 9/5/1946 in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Died 11/24/1991. With Queen.


Mercury Rev

Album(s):
Deserter’s Songs (1998)


Ethel Merman

Singer born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann on 1/16/1908 in Astoria, Queens, NY. Died 2/15/1984.

Song(s):
I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy, 1930)
You’re the Top (from Anything Goes, 1934)
I Get a Kick Out of You (from Anything Goes, with Johnny Green’s Orchestra, 1935)
There’s No Business Like Show Business (from Annie Get Your Gun, 1946)
Everything’s Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy, 1959)


Bob Merrill

Musical theater composer born Henry Robert Merrill Levan on 5/17/1921 in Atlantic City, NJ. Died 2/17/1998.

Song(s):
People (from Funny Girl, 1964) – see Barbra Streisand

Album(s):
Funny Girl (cast recording: 1964, soundtrack: 1968) – see Jule Styne


Robert Merrill

Opera singer born Moishe Miller on 6/4/1917. Died 10/23/2004.


Major “Big Maceo” Merriweather

Song(s):
Worried Life Blues (1941)


Olivier Messiaen


Metallica

Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

Heavy metal group formed in Los Angeles, CA. Active: 1981- Members: Lars Ulrich (d), James Hetfield (v), Dave Mustaine (rhythm g – Metallica: 81-83, Megadeth), Kirk Hammett (rhythm g: 83-), Cliff Burton (b: 81-84; killed in bus crash on 9/27/84), and Jason Newsted (b: 86-02), Robert Trujillo (b: 03-)

Song(s):
Seek and Destroy (1983)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
Fade to Black (1984)
Master of Puppets (1986)
One (1988)
Enter Sandman (1991)

Album(s):
Kill ‘Em All (1983)
Ride the Lightning (1984)
Master of Puppets (1986)
…And Justice for All (1988)
Metallica (aka 'The Black Album') (1991)
Load (1996)
Reload (1997)
Garage Inc. (1998) covers
St. Anger (2003)
Death Magnetic (produced by Rick Rubin, 2008)


The Meters

Song(s):
Cissy Strut (1969)


Pat Metheny

Jazz guitarist born Patrick Bruce Metheny on 8/12/1954 in Lee’s Summit, MO.


Method Man

Song(s):
I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By (with Mary J. Blige, 1995)


Metropolitan Orchestra

Song(s):
Creole Belles (1902)


George W. Meyer


John Meyer

. Died 5/3/1949 at age 71

Bass singer with the Peerless Quartet (1910-25), the Sterling Trio (1916-22), and the American Quartet (1920-25).


Joseph Meyer


MGMT

Song(s):
Time to Pretend (2008)

Album(s):
Oracular Spectacular (2008)


Miami Sound Machine

Pop group helmed by Gloria Estefan.


George Michael

Pop singer/songwriter born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on 6/25/1963 in East Finchley, London, England. Died 12/25/2016. With Wham! (“Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”) before becoming a solo artist.

Song(s):
Careless Whisper (1984)
Faith (1987)
Freedom ’90 (1990)
Fastlove (1996)

Album(s):
Faith (1987)
Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (1990)
Ladies and Gentlemen – Best of (compilation: 1984-98, released 1998)


M.I.A.

Song(s):
Galang (2004)
Paper Planes (2008)

Album(s): Kala (2007)


Arturo Bendetti Michelangeli

Classical pianist.


Mickey & Sylvia

Duo of Mickey Baker and Sylvia Robinson.

Song(s):
Love Is Strange (1956)


Middle of the Road

Song(s):
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)


Bette Midler

Adult contemporary singer born 12/1/1945 in Honolulu, HA.

Song(s):
The Rose (1979)
Wind Beneath My Wings (aka "Hero") (1989)
From a Distance (1990)

Album(s):
Beaches (soundtrack, 1989)


The Midnighters

- see Hank Ballard


Midnight Oil

Song(s):
Beds Are Burning (1988)

Album(s):
Diesel and Dust (1987)


Miguel

Song(s):
Adorn (2012)


Luis Miguel

Pop singer born Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri on 4/19/1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Michiya Mihashi


Mika

Album(s):
Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)


Mike The Mechanics

Pop-rock group formed by GenesisMike Rutherford as a side group. Active: 1985-2004 Members: Mike Rutherford (g/b), Paul Carrack (v/k), Paul Young (v – Sad Café; Mike the Mechanics: 85-00; died of a heart attack 7/15/00), Adrian Lee (k: 85-95), Peter Van Hooke (d: 85-95, 04-), Tim Renwick (g: 89-91, 95-96), Gary Wallis (d: 95-), James Moses (g: 99-), B.A. Robertson (k/songwriting).

Song(s):
The Living Years (1988)

Album(s):
Mike The Mechanics (1985)
Living Years (1988)
Word of Mouth (1991)
Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995)
M6 (1999)
Rewired (2004)
The Road (2011)


Amos Milburn

R&B keyboardist born 4/1/1927 in Houston, TX. Died 1/3/1980.

Song(s):
Let’s Have a Party (year?)


Military Band

Song(s):
Stars and Stripes Forever (1897)


Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers

Song(s):
Lovesick Blues (1928)


Glenn Miller

Jazz/big band leader born Alton Glenn Miller on 3/1/1904 in Clarinda, IA. Died 12/15/1944 in plane crash. Led of the most universally beloved of all big bands. Played trombone for Ben Pollack, Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, & the Dorsey Brothers. Became de facto leader of Ray Noble’s 1935 American band and did arrangements for Glen Gray and others before starting his own band in 1937. It failed, as did a 1938 succesor, but in 1939 Glenn developed his trademark reed sound (four saxophones and clarinet) and soared to the top. Vital ingredients in the band’s staggering success were arrangers Jerry Gray and Bill Finegan, and featured soloists Bobby Hackett, Tex Beneke, Billy May, & Hal McIntyre. At the band’s peak after four years of extraordinary popularity, Glenn left to enlist in the Army Air Force in 9/42, and formed the war’s most famous service band. Died when his plane was lost over the English Channel. Tex Beneke carried on the legacy with a new Miller orchestra, and Hollywood’s 1954 Glenn Miller Story further immortalized the music and the man.

Song(s):
Glenn Miller: Top 100 Songs
Moonlight Serenade (1939)
In the Mood (1939)
Wishing Will Make It So (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
Stairway to the Stars (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
Moon Love (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
Tuxedo Junction (1940)
Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (1940)
Imagination (1940)
The Woodpecker Song (with Marion Hutton, 1940)
Careless (with Ray Eberle, 1940)
The Nearness of You (1940)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (with Ray Eberle, 1940)
Chattanooga Choo Choo (with Tex Beneke & the Four Modernaires, 1941)
You and I (1941)
A String of Pearls (1942)
Moonlight Cocktail (with Ray Eberle/The Modernaires, 1942)
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (with Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke, & the Modernaires; 1942)
I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton, 1942)
That Old Black Magic (with Skip Nelson, 1943)

Album(s):
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (compilation: 1939-42, charted 1945)
Plays Selections from the Film ‘The Glenn Miller Story’ (1954)
The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

The DMDB Blog:
Glenn Miller was born: March 1, 1904 (3/1/12)


Jimmy Miller

Record producer born 3/23/1942 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 10/22/1994.

Albums produced by Miller:
Beggars Banquet (1968) – see the Rolling Stones
Let it Bleed (1969) – see the Rolling Stones
Blind Faith (1969) – see Blind Faith
Sticky Fingers (1971) – see the Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street (1972) – see the Rolling Stones
Screamadelica (1991) – see Primal Scream


Marcus Miller


Mitch Miller

Jazz/big band leader born Michael William Miller on 7/4/1911 in Rochester, NY. Died 7/31/2010.

Song(s):
The Yellow Rose of Texas (1955)

Album(s):
Sing Along with Mitch (1958)
More Sing Along with Mitch (1958)


Ray Miller

Song(s):
The Sheik of Araby (1922)
I’ll See You in My Dreams (1925) - see Isham Jones


Rice Miller

see Sonny Boy Williamson #2


Roger Miller

Country singer/songwriter born Roger Dean Miller, Sr. on 1/2/1936 in Fort Worth, TX. Died 10/25/1992.

Song(s):
Dang Me (1964)
King of the Road (1965)
Little Green Apples (1968)
Oo-De-Lally (from Robin Hood, 1973)

Album(s):
Big River (cast: 1985)


Steve Miller (Band)

Rock singer and guitarist born 10/5/1943 in Milwaukee, WI.

Song(s):
The Joker (1973)
Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
Abracadabra (1982)

Album(s):
Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (compilation: 1974-78, released 1978)


Walter C. Miller


Milli Vanilli

Song(s):
Girl You Know It’s True (1988)

Album(s):
Girl You Know It’s True (1989)

The DMDB Blog:
Milli Vanilli is stripped of its Best New Artist Grammy: November 19, 1990 (11/19/11)


Lucky Millinder

Born Lucius Millinder on 8/8/1900. Died 9/28/1966

American jazz/big band leader.


Mills Brothers

No other vocal group in history turned out hit records over a longer span of time than the Mills Brothers (Herbert, Harry, & Donald Mills – all born 1912-15 in Piqua, OH). Began perfecting their distinctively smooth, relaxed sound on Cincinnati radio in the late 1920s. Accompanied by older brother John with bass-note vocals and guitar, they scored with the first of many hits in late 1931. John died in late 1935, replaced by father John Sr. until his retirement in 1956. Surving two generations of changing musical styles with their same patented sound, the Mills continued to hit the charts through the end of the 1960s. Harry Mills died on 6/28/1982.

Active: 1931-1968 Members: John (1931-35), Herbert, Harry, Donald, and John Sr. (1935-56).

Song(s):
Dinah (1932) – see Bing Crosby
Paper Doll (1942)
You Always Hurt the One You Love (1944)


Stephanie Mills

Song(s):
Never Knew Love Like This (1980)


Ronnie Milsap

Country singer born 1/16/1944 in Robbinsville, NC.

Song(s):
Smokey Mountain Rain (1980)
Stranger in My House (1983)


Nathan Milstein

Born 12/31/1903 in London, England. Died 12/21/1992

Violinist.


Roy Milton


Garnet Mimms


Nicki Minaj

Rap singer born Onika Tanya Maraj on 12/8/1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.

Song(s):
Starships (2012)
Bang Bang (2014) – see Jessie J
Side to Side (2016) – see Ariana Grande
Swalla (2017) – see Jason Derulo

Album(s):
Pink Friday (2010)
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)


Charles Mingus

Jazz pianist, bassist, and composer born 4/22/1922 in Nogales, AZ. Died 1/5/1979.

Song(s):
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (1959)

Album(s):
The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) – Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)
Pithecantrophus Erectus (1956)
Mingus Ah Um (1959)
Mingus Dynasty (1959)
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)


Liza Minnelli

Song(s):
Maybe This Time (from Cabaret soundtrack, 1972)


Kylie Minogue

Pop singer born 5/28/1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Song(s):
The Loco-Motion (1987)
I Should Be So Lucky (1988)
Especially for (with Jason Donovan, 1988)
Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2001)

Album(s):
Fever (2001)


Minor Threat

Song(s):
Straight Edge (1981)

Album(s):
The Complete Discography (compilation, 1981-83)


Minutemen

Album(s):
Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)


The Miracles

R&B group formed at Northern High School in Detroit. First recorded for End in 1958.

Active: 1955- Members: William “Smokey” Robinson (lead: 55-72; solo), Emerson Rogers (tenor: 55-56), Bobby Rogers (tenor; married The Marvelettes’ Wanda Young), Ronnie White (baritone; died at age 57 of leukemia; 8/26/95), and Warren “Pete” Moore (bass), Claudette Rogers (56-64; Smokey Robinson’s wife), Billy Griffin (lead: 72-).

Song(s):
Shop Around (1960)
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (1962)
The Tracks of My Tears (1965)
Going to a Go-Go (1965)
The Tears of a Clown (1967)


Carmen Miranda

Song(s):
Que é Que a Bahiana Tem? (1939)


Lin-Manuel Miranda

Album(s):
In the Heights (cast: 2008)
Hamilton (cast: 2015)


The Misfits

Song(s):
Where Eagles Dare (1979)

Album(s):
Static Age (1978)
Walk Among Us (1982)


Missing Persons

Song(s):
Destination Unknown (1982)


Mission of Burma

Album(s):
Vs. (1982)


The Mississippi Sheiks

Song(s):
Sittin’ on Top of the World (1930)


Miss Walton

Song(s):
Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909) – see Harry MacDonough


George Mitchell Minstrels

Album(s):
Black and White Minstrel Show (1960)
Another Black and White Minstrel Show (1961)


Guy Mitchell

Pop singer born Albert George Cernik on 2/27/1927 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 7/1/1999.

Song(s):
Look at That Girl (1953)
Singing the Blues (1956)


Joni Mitchell

Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist born Roberta Joan Anderson on 11/7/43 in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada. Raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Moved to NY in 1966. Wrote the hits “Both Sides Now” and “Woodstock.” Married her producer/bassist Larry Klein in 1982.

Song(s):
Big Yellow Taxi (1970)
A Case of You (1971)
River (1971)
Help Me (1974)

Album(s):
Clouds (1969)
Blue (1971)
For the Roses (1972)
Court and Spark (1974)
Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)
Hejira (1976)
Turbulent Indigo (1994)


Mitch Mitchell

Rock drummer born 7/9/1947. Died 11/12/2008. With the Jimi Hendrix Experience.


Willie Mitchell

Record executive (Hi, Waylo).


Mitski

Album(s):
Purberty 2 (2016)


Song(s):
Lean On (2015) – see Major Lazer
Cold Water (2016) – see Major Lazer


Mobb Deep

Song(s):
Shook Ones Part II (1995)


Moby

Born 9/11/1965. Died

American electronica musican and producer.

Album(s): <li<>Everything Is Wrong (1995)
Play (1999)


Moby Grape

Song(s):
Omaha (1967)

Album(s):
Moby Grape (1967)


Zigaboo “Ziggy” Modeliste


Mary Moder

Song(s):
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (et al, from Three Little Pigs, 1933)
Little April Shower (et al, from Bambi, 1942)


The Modernaires

Song(s):
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (1942) – see Glenn Miller
Moonlight Cocktail (1942) – see Glenn Miller


Modern English

Song(s):
I Melt with You (1983)


The Modern Jazz Quartet

Song(s):
Django (1954)


The Modern Lovers

Song(s):
Roadrunner (1975)

Album(s):
Modern Lovers (1973)


Modern Talking

Song(s):
You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul (1985)


Modest Mouse

Album(s):
Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004)


Domenico Modugno

Song(s):
Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue) (1958)


Jimmy Monaco


Janelle Monáe

Song(s):
Tightrope (with Big Boi, 2010)
We Are Young (2011) – see Fun.

Album(s):
The ArchAndroid (2010)


Eddie Money

Rock singer/songwriter (“Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight”) born Edward Joseph Mahoney on 3/21/1949 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 9/13/2019.


Monica

R&B singer born Monica Denise Arnold on 10/24/1980 in College Park, GA.

Song(s):
The Boy Is Mine (1998) – see Brandy


Thelonious Monk

Jazz pianist born Thelonious Sphere Monk on 10/10/1917 in Rocky Mount, NC. Died 2/17/1982.

Song(s):
I Surrender Dear (1931)
Round Midnight (1944)
Epistrophy (1948)
Misterioso (1948)
Bemsha Swing (1952)
Straight, No Chaser (1967)

Album(s):
Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1947)
Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 (1951)
Brilliant Corners (1956)
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (1957) – see John Coltrane


The Monkees

Pop band formed in Los Angeles, CA. Members chosen from over 400 applicants for new Columbia TV series. Jones had been a racehorse jockey and appeared in London musicals Oliver and Pickwick. Nesmith had done session work for Stax/Volt. Tork had been in the Phoenix Singers. Dolenz had appeared in TV series Circus Boy, using the name Mickey Braddock, in 1956. Group starred in the 1968 movie Head and 58 episodes of The Monkees TV show from 1966-68. Reformed in 1986 and 1996.

Active: 1965-71, 1986, 1996 Members: Davy Jones (v: 65-69; 86-87; 96), Michael Nesmith (g/v: 65-69; 86-87; 96), Peter Tork (b/v: 65-68; 86-87; 96), and Micky Dolenz (d/v: 65-69; 86-87; 96).

Song(s):
Last Train to Clarksville (1966)
I'm a Believer (1966)
Daydream Believer (1967)

Album(s):
The Monkees (1966)
More of the Monkees (1967)

The DMDB Blog:
The Monkees debuts on TV: September 12, 1966 (9/12/11)


The Monks

Album(s):
Black Monk Time (1966)


The Monotones

Song(s):
Book of Love (1958)


Matt Monro

Song(s):
My Kind of Girl (1961)


Bill Monroe

Country singer born William Smith Monroe on 9/13/1911 in Rosine, KY. Died 9/6/1996.

Song(s):
Mule Skinner Blues (1940)
Blue Moon of Kentucky (& His Blue Grass Boys, 1946)


Marilyn Monroe

Song(s):
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (1953)


Vaughn Monroe

Jazz/big band leader born Vaughn Milton Monroe on 10/7/1911 in Akron, OH. Died 5/21/1973.

Song(s):
There I Go (1940)
My Devotion (1940)
When the Lights Go on Again All Over the World (1942)
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (X) (1945)
There! I've Said It Again (1945)
Ballerina (1947)
Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) (1949)


French Montana

Song(s):
Unforgettable (with Swae Lee, 2017)


Patsy Montana

Country singer born Ruby Rose Blevins on 10/30/1908 in Beaudry, AR. Died 5/3/1996.

Song(s):
I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart (with the Prairie Ramblers, 1936)


Rita Montaner

Song(s):
The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) (1927)


Pierre Monteux


Claudio Monteverdi

Classical composer born Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi on 5/15/1567 in Cremona, Italy. Died 11/29/1643.

Album(s):
L’Orfeo (Orpheus) (opera: 1607)
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro Della Beata Vergine) (1610)
L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea) (opera: 1642)


Little Brother Montgomery


John Michael Montgomery

Born 1/20/1965

American country singer.

Song(s):
I Swear (1993)


Wes Montgomery

Jazz guitarist born John Leslie Montgomery on 3/6/1923 in Indianapolis, IN. Died 6/15/1968.

Song(s):
Bumpin’ on Sunset (1965)

Album(s):
The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)


The Moody Blues

Song(s):
Nights in White Satin (1967)

Album(s):
Days of Future Passed (with the London Festival Orchestra, 1967)
In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
Long Distance Voyager (1981)


James Moody

Song(s):
Moody’s Mood for Love (1952)


Robert Moog


Keith Moon

Rock drummer born 8/23/1946 in Wembley, Middlesex, England. Died 9/7/1978. With the Who.


Art Mooney

Jazz/big band leader born 2/4/1911 in Lowell, MA. Died 1993

Song(s):
I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (1948)


The Moonglows

Song(s):
Sincerely (1955)


Gary Moore

Album(s):
Still Got the Blues (1990)


Johnny Moore


Sam Moore


Scotty Moore

Early rock ‘n’ roll guitarist born Winfield Scott Moore III on 12/27/1931 in Gadsden, TN. Died 6/28/2016. With the Blue Moon Boys, Elvis Presley’s backing group.


Stanton Moore


Patrick Moraz

Rock keyboardist with the Moody Blues and Yes.


Tom Morello

Born Thomas Baptiste Morello on 5/30/1964 in Harlem, New York. Alternative-rock/rap-metal guitarist with Rage Against the Machine (1991-2000, 07-) and Audioslave (01-06). Has also worked solo as The Nightwatchman (03-).


Rita Moreno


Neil Moret


Corrine Morgan

Song(s):
Toyland (1904) – see Haydn Quartet
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (1904) – see Frank Stanley
Dearie (with Haydn Quartet, 1905)
How’d You Like to Spoon with Me? (1906) – see Haydn Quartet
So Long, Mary (1906)


George Morgan

Contry singer born 6/28/1924 in Waverly, TN. Died 7/7/1975.


Helen Morgan

Song(s):
Bill (from Show Boat, 1928)
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (from Show Boat, 1928)


Lee Morgan

Song(s):
The Sidewinder (1963)

Album(s):
The Sidewinder (1963)


Russ Morgan

Big band leader and musical arranger born 4/29/1904 in Scranton, PA. Died 8/7/1969.

Song(s):
Forever and Ever (with the Skylarks, 1949)


Rod Morgenstein


Alanis Morissette

Alternative rock singer born 6/1/1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Song(s):
You Oughta Know (1995)
Ironic (1996) You Learn (1996)
Head Over Feet (1996)
Uninvited (1998)
Thank U (1998)

Album(s):
Jagged Little Pill (1995)


Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Song(s):
Carol of the Bells (1959)


Giorgio Moroder

Singer/songwriter, DJ, and record producer often credited with pioneering electronic dance music. Best known for his work with Donna Summer. Also worked on soundtracks for Midnight Express (1978), American Gigolo (1980), Flashdance (1983), and Top Gun (1986). Born 4/26/1940 in Urtijëi, South Tyrol, Italy. Best known for work with Donna Summer during the late 1970s.


Jerome Moross

Album(s):
The Big Country (soundtrack, 1958)


Ennio Morricone

Album(s):
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack, 1966)


Maren Morris

Song(s):
My Church (2016)


Stephen Morris


Jim Morrison

Rock singer with The Doors. Born James Douglas Morrison on 12/8/1943 in Melbourne, FL. Died 7/3/1971 in Paris, France.


Joe Morrison

Song(s):
The Last Round-Up (1933) – see George Olsen


Van Morrison

Links: - official site - Wikipedia

Blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter born George Ivan Morrison on 8/31/1945 in Belfast, Ireland. With the group Them (63-66) before becoming a solo artist (66-).

Song(s):
Gloria (Them, 1965)
Brown-Eyed Girl (1967)
Madame George (1968)
Moondance (1970)

Album(s):
Astral Weeks (1968)
Moondance (1970)
It’s Too Late to Stop Now (live, 1974)
Best of (compilation: 1965-89, released 1990)


Morrissey

Alternative rock singer/songwriter born Steven Patrick Morrissey on Davyhulme, Lancashire, England. 5/22/1959 With the Smiths (1983-87) before becoming a solo artist.

Song(s):
Top 50 Songs: The Smiths/Morrissey

Album(s):
Vauxhall and I (1994)


Ella Mae Morse


Steve Morse

Born 7/28/1954 in Hamilton, Ohio. Died

Rock guitarist with the Dixie Dregs (75-83), Steve Morse Band (84-85), Kansas (86), Deep Purple (94-98, 03-05, 13), Living Loud (03-), and Angelfire (07-).


Theodore Morse


Jelly Roll Morton

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton 10/20/1890 (some sources say 1895) near New Orleans, LA. Died 7/10/1941. Called “one of the handful of Atlases upon whose shoulders rests the entire structure of our music” by jazz historian Orrin Keepnews.

Song(s):
King Porter Stomp (1923)
Black Bottom Stomp (1927)
Kansas City Stomp (1928)

Album(s):
Library of Congress Recordings: The Saga of Mr. Jelly Lord (1950)


Mos Def

Album(s):
Black on Both Sides (1999)


Jerry Moss

Record executive (A&M Records) born Jerome S. Moss on 5/8/1935 in Los Angeles, CA.


Zero Mostel

Song(s):
If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof, 1964)
Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof, 1964)
Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1964)


Bennie Moten

Song(s):

Moten’s Swing (1932)


Mother Love Bone

Seattle-based grunge-rock band. Gossard and Ament teamed with future Pearl Jam bandmates and Soundgarden members for the one-time project Temple of the Dog, a tribute to Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Gossard, Ament, and Fairwather were all previously in Green River together.

Active: 1988-90 Members: Andrew Wood (v), Stone Gossard (g), Jeff Ament (b), Bruce Fairweather (g), Greg Gillmore (d).

Album(s):
Apple (1990)


The Mothers of Invention

- see Frank Zappa


Mötley Crüe

American glam-metal rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA.

Active: 1981- Members: Vince Neil (v: 81-92, 96-), Micki Marrs (g: 81-), Nikki Sixx (b: 81-), Tommy Lee (d: 81-99, 04-), John Corabi (v: 92-96), Randy Castillo (d: 99-02), Samantha Maloney (d: 02-04)

Song(s):
Shout at the Devil (1983)
Home Sweet Home (1985)
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)
Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Kickstart My Heart (1989)

Album(s):
Dr. Feelgood (1989)


Motörhead

Heavy metal band formed in London, England. 1975-2015. “Fast” Eddie Clarke (g: 76-82, died 2018), Lucas Fox (d: 75), Lemmy Kilmister (v/b), Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (d: 75-84 ), Larry Walls (g: 75-76).

Song(s):
Ace of Spaces (1980)

Album(s):
Overkill (1979)
Ace of Spades (1980)
No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (live, 1981)


Tommy Mottola

Record executive (Sony Music). Married to singer Mariah Carey from 1993-1998.


Mott the Hoople

Song(s):
All the Young Dudes (1972)


Gary “Mani” Mounfield


Nana Mouskouri

Singer born Ioánna Moúschouri on 10/13/1934 in Chania, Crete, Greece.


Moving Pictures

Album(s):
Days of Innocence (1982)


Sylvia Moy


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Classical composer and pianist born Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart on 1/27/1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Died 12/5/1791.

Album(s):
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) (opera: 1781)
Idomeneo (opera: 1781)
Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” (1782)
Piano Concerto No. 20 (1785)
Piano Concerto No. 21 (1785)
The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (opera: 1786)
Don Giovanni (opera, 1787)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788)
Cosí Fan Tutte (Thus Do They All) (opera: 1790)
Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)
Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) (opera: 1791)
Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)
Piano Concertos (27) (1767-1791)


Jason Mraz

Song(s):
I’m Yours (2008)


Mr. Probz

Song(s):
Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) (2013)


Ms. Dynamite

Album(s):
A Little Deeper (2003)


Larry Mullen, Jr.


Gerry Mulligan

Jazz saxophonist born 4/6/1927 in Queens Village, Long Island, NY. Died 1/20/1996.

Song(s):
My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms, 1953) – see Chet Baker


Shawn Mullins

Song(s):
Lullaby (Rock-a-Bye) (1998)


Mumford & Sons

Album(s):
Sigh No More (2009)
Babel (2012)


Mungo Jerry

Song(s):
In the Summertime (1970)


Eddie Murphy


Lambert Murphy

Tenor singer. Born Harry Lambert Murphy in Springfield, Massachusetts on 4/15/1885. Died on 7/24/1954. Sang with the Metropolitan Opera and the Orpheus Quartet (1914-19).

Song(s):
Roses of Picardy (1918)


Matt “Guitar” Murphy


Anne Murray

Country singer born Morna Anne Murray on 6/20/1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Billy Murray

Tenor singer known as “The Denver Nightingale.” Born William Thomas Murray on 5/25/1877 to Irish immigrants in Philadelphia, PA. His family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1882. Died 8/17/1954. His popularity lasted through the first quarter of the 20th century, a time when, what he called his “hammering” style of shouting into an acoustic recording horn, was the technology prior to the rise of the electric microphone, which ushered in the era of crooners.

He joined a vaudeville troupe in 1893 and performed in minstrel shows early in his career. He started recording regularly in New York in 1903. He became the definitive interpreter of George M. Cohan, recording the hit version of nearly every Cohan song from 1905 on. In addition to his solo recordings, he worked with the Haydn Quartet (1898-1914), Columbia Comedy Trio (1907), with Ada Jones (1907-22), American Quartet (1910-25?) and the Heidelberg Quintet (1911-15).

Song(s):
Billy Murray: Top 100 Songs
Navajo (1904)
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904)
Teasing (I Was Only Teasing You) (1904)
Alexander (Don’t You Love Your Baby No More?) (1904)
Come Take a Trip in My Air-Ship (1905)
In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905)
Yankee Doodle Boy (1905)
Give My Regards to Broadway (1905)
Everybody Works But Father (1905)
Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway (1906)
You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (1906)
Waltz Me Around Again Willie (‘Round, ‘Round, ‘Round) (with Haydn Quartet, 1906)
Harrigan (1907)
No Wedding Bells for Me (1907)
Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk with Ada Jones, 1907)
Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (with Ada Jones, 1908)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (with the Haydn Quartet, 1908)
Shine on Harvest Moon (1909) – see Ada Jones
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (with the Haydn Quartet, 1910)
Casey Jones (1910) – see the American Quartet
Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine (with Ada Jones & the American Quartet, 1911)
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (with the American Quartet, 1911)
Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee (with Ada Jones, 1912)
He’d Have to Get Under, Get Out and Get Under, to Fix Up His Automobile (1914)
Pretty Baby (1916)
I Love a Piano (1916)
K-K-K-Katy (The Stammering Song) (1918)
That Old Gang of Mine (with Ed Smalle, 1923)

Album(s):
Billy Murray: Anthology: The Denver Nightingale (compilation: 1903-40, released 2018)

The DMDB Blog:
Billy Murray, the biggest selling sensation of the pioneer era, dies: August 17, 1954 (8/17/11)


Dave Murray

Born 12/23/1956 in Edmonton, London, England. Died

Heavy metal guitarist with Iron Maiden.


Edward R. Murrow

Album(s):
I Can Hear It Now (radio news broadcasts, 1933-45)


Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

R&B sideman Barry Beckett, Pete Carr, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Clayton Ivey, Jimmy Johnson, Randy McCormick, Will McFarlane, and Spooner Oldham.


Muse

English rock band.

Active: 1994-. Members: Matthew Bellamy (v/g/k), Christopher Wolstenholme (b/k), Dominic Howard (d).

Album(s):
Origin of Symmetry (2001)
Absolution (2003)
Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
The Resistance (2009)


Kacey Musgraves

Song(s):
Merry Go Round (2014)

Album(s):
Same Trailer, Different Park (2013)
Golden Hour (2018)


Charlie Musselwhite

Blues musician born 1/31/1944 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.


Modest Mussorgsky

Classical composer born 3/21/1839 in Karevo, Russia. Died 3/28/1881.

Song(s):
Song of the Flea (written by Mussorgsky, performed by Feodor Chaliapin, 1926)

Album(s):
Boris Godunov (opera: 1873)
Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (1874)


Dave Mustaine

Heavy metal guitarist and songwriter born 9/13/1961 in La Mesa, California. With Metallica (81-83). Then formed Megadeth (84-) in which he also assumed lead vocals.


My Bloody Valentine

Song(s):
You Made Me Realise (1988)

Album(s):
Isn’t Anything(1988)
Loveless (1991)


My Chemical Romance


J.W. Myers

Singer born John W. Myers in 1864 in Wales. Died 1919. The foremost baritone ballad singer of his era.

Song(s):
On a Sunday Afternoon (1902)
Way Down in Old Indiana (1902)
Dear Old Girl (1903)


John Myung


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