Music Makers Encyclopedia: M

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Midnight City (2011)

M People

Elegant Slumming (1994)

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Ma & the Ramblers

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

Steve Mac

Record producer, songwriter, and musician born Steve McCutcheon on 1/15/1972 in Chertsey, Surrey, England. Has contributed to 30 #1 songs on the UK Singles Chart.

Kirsty MacColl

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

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

Ballard MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald

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.

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)
Every Little Movement (with Lucy Isabelle Marsh, 1910)
Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911)
Till We Meet Again (1919) – see Nicholas Orlando
They Didn't Believe Me (with Olive Kline, 1915)
Smiles (1918) – see Joseph C. Smith

Ted Macero

Producer for Miles Davis.

George MacFarlane

A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland) (1915)

Shane MacGowan

Member of The Pogues.

Mary MacGregor

Torn Between Two Lovers (1976)

Antonio Machin - see Don Azpiazu

Machine Gun Kelly

Tickets to My Downfall (2020)


Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Duo comprised of rapper Macklemore (born Benjamin Hammond Haggerty on 6/19/1983 in Seattle, WA) and producer, DJ, and musician Ryan Lewis (born 3/25/1988 in Spokane, WA).

Can't Hold Us (with Ryan Dalton, 2011)
Thrift Shop (with Wanz, 2012)

The Heist (2012)

Uncle Dave Macon

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

Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (1924)

Andy Madadian

Edward Madden

Johnny Maddox

Frances Maddux

Paradise (1932) – see Leo Reisman


Baggy Trousers (1980)
My Girl (1980)
It Must Be Love (1981)
Our House (1982)

Our House (musical: 2002)


DMDB profile page

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.

Madonna: Top 100 Songs
Holiday (1983)
Borderline (1984)
Like a Virgin (1984)
Material Girl (1985)
Into the Groove (1985)
Crazy for You (1985)
Papa Don't Preach (1986)
Live to Tell (1986)
Where's the Party? (1986)
Who's That Girl? (1987)
Like a Prayer (1989)
Express Yourself (1989)
Oh Father (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)

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)
Hard Candy (2008)
Celebration (compilation: 1982-2009, released 2009)
MDNA (2012)
Rebel Heart (2015)
Madame X (2019)
Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones (compilation: 1982-2019; released 2022)

Enric Madriguera

The Carioca (with Patricia Gillmore, 1934)

Mad Season

One-time supergroup formed in 1994 as a side project for several Seattle grunge bands. Layne Staley of Alice in Chains (v), Mike McCready of Pearl Jam (g), John Baker Saunders (b), and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees (d).

River of Deceit (1995)


Madvillainy (2004)


Rude (2013)

Magic Sam

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

All Your Love (1957)

West Side Soul (1967)
Black Magic (1968)

Magic Slim

Herb Magidson

The Magnetic Fields

69 Love Songs (1999)


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.

Taj Mahal (1968)

Mahavishnu Orchestra

The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

Gustav Mahler

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

Symphony No. 1 in D major (Titan) (1889)
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

When You Were Sweet Sixteen (1900)

Major Lazer

Lean On (with DJ Snake & MØ, 2015)
Cold Water (with Justin Bieber & MØ, 2016)
Let Me Love You (with Justin Bieber, 2016)
Light It Up (with Nyla, 2016)

Miriam Makeba

Pata Pata (1967)

Ryan Malcolm

Something More (2003)

Yngwie Malmsteen

Swedish rock guitarist born 6/30/1963.

Richard Maltby, Jr.

Miss Saigon (musical: 1989) – see Claude-Michel Schönberg


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

The Mamas & The Papas

California Dreamin' (1966)
Monday, Monday (1966)
Creeque Alley (1967)


Henry Mancini

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

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

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

Johnny Mandel

Suicide Is Painless (1970)

Barbara Mandrell

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

Sleeping Single in a Double Bed (1978)


Fencewalk (1973)

Manhansett Quartette

The Picture Turned to the Wall (1892)
Sally in Our Alley (1892)

Manhattan Harmony Four

Lift Every Voice (1923)

The Manhattans

R&B vocal group formed in 1962 in Jersey City, NJ. Had 45 chart hits on the Billboard R&B chart.

Kiss and Say Goodbye (1976)

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).

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

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.

Mandy (1974)
I Write the Songs (1975)
Copacabana (At the Copa) (1978)

Manilow Magic – The Best of (compilation, 1979)

Aimee Mann

Save Me (1999)

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.

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.


Wide Open Space (1996)


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

Cara Mia (with David Whitfield, 1954)

Film Encores (1957)

Victor Manuelle

Salsa singer born Víctor Manuel Ruiz Velázquez on 9/27/1968 in Bronx, NY but raised in Puerto Rico.

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

I'll String Along with You (1934) – see Ted Fio Rito

The Marcels

Doo-wop group.

Blue Moon (1961)

Little Peggy March

I Will Follow Him (1963)

Gugliemo Marconi

Inventor of the radio.

Marcy Playground

Sex and Candy (1997)

Arif Mardin

Record executive born 3/15/1932 in Istanbul, Turkey. Died 6/25/2006. With Atlantic and Manhattan Records. Produced Anita Baker, the Bee Gees, George Benson, David Bowie, Petula Clark, Judy Collins, Phil Collins, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Donny Hathaway, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Queen, The Rascals, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, and others.

Benny Mardones

Into the Night (1980)

Teena Marie

Square Biz (1981)


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.

Marillion/Fish: Top 100 Songs
Marillion Singles Discography
Script for a Jester's Tear (1983)
Fugazi (1984)
She Chameleon (1984)
Kayleigh (1985)
Childhood's End? (1985)
Bitter Suite (1985)
Blind Curve (1985)
Incommunicado (1987)
Going Under (1987)
Sugar Mice (1987)
Tux On (1987)
Warm Wet Circles (1987)
After Me (1989)
The Party (1991)
A Collection (1991)
Sympathy (1992)
The Hollow Man (1994)
Beautiful (1995)
Estonia (1997)
Most Toys (2007)
Half-Full Jam (2008)

Marillion/Fish: Top 20 Albums
Script for a Jester's Tear (1983)
Fugazi (1984)
Real to Reel (live, 1984)
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Brief Encounter (EP, 1986)
Clutching at Straws (1987)
Best of Both Worlds: Disc 1 (compilation: 1982-88, released 1997)
B-Sides Themselves (archives: 1982-87, released 1988)
The Thieving Magpie (live: 1982-87, released 1988)
Seasons End (1989)
Holidays in Eden (1991)
Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other (compilation: 1982-92, released 1992)
Brave (1994)
Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
Best of Both Worlds: Disc 2 (compilation: 1989-96, released 1997)
This Strange Engine (1997)
Radiation (1998) (1999)
Anoraknophobia (2001)
Best of (compilation: 1982-2001, released 2003)
Marbles (2004)
Smoke/Mirrors (live, 2006)
Somewhere Else (2007)
Family/Friends (live, 2006)
Early Stages (live box: 1982-1987, released 2008)
Happiness Is the Road (2008)
Less Is More (rerecordings, 2009)
Sounds That Can't Be Made (2012)
A Collection of Recycled Gifts (Christmas, 2014)
Singles Night (live: 2015, released 2016)
F.E.A.R. (Fuck Everyone and Run) (2016)
Crash Course (samplers: 1989-2016, nine editions released from 2001-17)
With Friends from the Orchestra (rerecordings, 2019)
An Hour Before It’s Dark (2022)


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)

DMDB profile page

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 assassination 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.

Get Up, Stand Up (1973)
I Shot the Sheriff (1973)
No Woman, No Cry (1974)
Lively Up Yourself (1975)
One Love/People Get Ready (1977)
Redemption Song (1980)

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 (Rock to the Rock/Selassie Is the Chapel/Best of the Wailers) (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)
Songs of Freedom (box: 1961-83, released 1992)

Maroon 5

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)
Memories (2019)

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).


Pump Up the Volume (1987)

Bruno Mars

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

Nothin’ on You (2010) – see B.o.B.
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)
When I Was Your Man (2012)
Uptown Funk! (2014) – see Mark Ronson
24K Magic (2016)
That's What I Like (2016)
Finesse (with Cardi B, 2018)
Leave the Door Open (with Anderson.Paak as Silk Sonic, 2021)

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

Charles Marsh

Throw Him Down, McCloskey (1892)

Lucy Isabelle Marsh

The Glow-Worm (1908)
Every Little Movement (1910) – see Harry Macdonough Jim Marshall


Silence (with Khalid, 2017)
Wolves (2017) – see Selena Gomez
Happier (with Bastille, 2018)
Friends (with Anne-Marie, 2018)

The Mars Volta

De-Loused in te Comatorium (2003)

Wynton Marsalis

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

Martha & the Muffins

Echo Beach (1980)

Martha & the Vandellas

R&B vocal group formed in 1957 in Detroit, MI. Achieved fame in the 1960s at Motown Records. Members included Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford, Gloria Williams, and Martha Reeves.

Heat Wave (1963)
Dancing in the Street (1964)
Nowhere to Run (1965)
Jimmy Mack (1967)

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.

Memories Are Made of This (1955)
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.

Symphony (with Clyde Rogers, 1945)
Managua, Nicaragua (with Stuart Wade, 1947)
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, but also worked with America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Little River Band, Paul McCartney, and Kenny Rogers,

Grady Martin

Hugh Martin

American musical theater and film composer (1944's Meet Me in St. Louis, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), arranger, vocal coach, and playwright born 8/11/1914. Died 3/11/2011.

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

Mary Martin

My Heart Belongs to Daddy (with Eddy Duchin's Orchestra, 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.

María (Un, Dos, Tres) (1996)
The Cup of Life (1998)
Livin’ La Vida Loca (1999)
La Mordidita (with Yotuel, 2015)
Vente a Ca (with Maluma, 2016)

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.

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

Narciso Martínez

La Chicharronera (with Santiago Almeida, 1936)

Ryan Martinie

Al Martino

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

Here in My Heart (1952)

The Marvelettes

R&B girl group formed in 1960 in Inkster, Michigan. Comprised of Gladys Horton, Katherine Anderson, Georgeanna Tillman, Junaita Cowart, Georgia Dobbins, and later Wanda Young. First major success for Motown Records.

Please Mr. Postman (1961)

Johnny Marvin

Breezin' Along with the Breeze (1926)

Groucho Marx

An Evening with Groucho (1972)

Jeff Marx

Avenue Q (musical: 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.

Right Here Waiting (1989)

Repeat Offender (1989)

Mary Mary

Urban contemporary gospel duo from Inglewood, California. Formed in 1998. Consists of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell.

Mura Masa

Deal Wiv It (with Slowthai, 2019)

Pietro Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (opera: 1890)


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

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

Hugh Masekela

Grazing in the Grass (1968)

Barbara Mason

Lowell Mason

Joy to the World (arranged by Mason, 1719) – see George Friedrich Händel
Mary Had a Little Lamb (music: Mason, words: Sarah Josepha Hale, 1830)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (1878) – see Thomas Edison

Nick Mason

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

Mike Massé

Africa (with Jeff Hall, 2010)

Jules Massenet

Manon (opera: 1884)

Michael Masser

Massive Attack

Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

Blue Lines (1991)
Mezzanine (1998)

Frankie Masters

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

Push (1996)
3 A.M. (1996)
Bent (2000)
If You're Gone (2000)
Unwell (2002)

Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)
Mad Season (2000)

Cerys Mathews

Member of Catatonia.

Max Mathews

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.

Chances Are (1957)
It's Not for Me to Say (1957)
Misty (1959)
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (with Deniece Williams, 1978)

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

Kathy Mattea

Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses (1988)
Where've You Been (1989)

Dave Matthews Band

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

Christmas Song (1993)
Crash into Me (1996)
Stay (Wasting Time) (1998)
Everyday (2001)
I Did It (2001)
Where Are You Going? (2002)
Oh (2003)
Funny the Way It Is (2009)
You and Me (2009)

Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)
Crash (1996)
Before These Crowded Streets (1998)
Everyday (2001)
Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (2009)

Paul Mauriat

Love Is Blue (1967)


Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) (1996)
Fortunate (1999)
Lake by the Ocean (2016)

Urban Hang Suite (1996)
Black Summer's Night (2009)

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.

Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs

Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (with Eric Clapton, 1966)

John Mayer

Pop-rock singer/songwriter born 10/16/1977 in Bridgeport, CT.

No Such Thing (2001)
Bigger Than My Body (2003)
Daughters (2004)
Waiting on the World to Change (2006)
Who Says (2009)

Room for Squares (2001)
Heavier Things (2003)
Continuum (2006)


see Tears for Fears

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.

Move on Up (1970)
Superfly (1972)

Curtis (1970)
Superfly (soundtrack: 1972)

Percy Mayfield

Please Send Me Someone to Love (1950)

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

Prince Nico Mbarga

Sweet Mother (1976)

McAlmont & Butler

Yes (1995)

Nicko McBrain

Rock drummer with Iron Maiden.

Martina McBride

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

Independence Day (1993)

C.W. McCall

Convoy (1975)

Dennis McCarthy

Television and film score composer born 7/3/1945. Best known for work with the Star Trek franchise, but has also worked on Dynasty, V, MacGyver, and Dawson's Creek.

Joseph McCarthy

Jesse McCartney

Leavin' (2008)

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).

DMDB podcast: Paul McCartney – The Best of the Beatles, 1962-1970
DMDB podcast: Paul McCartney – The Best of the Post-Beatles, 1970-2022

Paul McCartney: Top 70 Songs
Maybe I'm Amazed (1970)
Live and Let Die (with Wings, 1973)
My Love (with Wings, 1973)
Band on the Run (with Wings, 1974)
Silly Love Songs (with Wings, 1976)
Mull of Kintyre (with Wings, 1977)
With a Little Luck (1978)
Wonderful Christmas Time (1979)
Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) (1980)
Ebony and Ivory (with Stevie Wonder, 1982)
Say, Say, Say (with Michael Jackson, 1983)
Pipes of Peace (1983)
Cut Me Some Slack (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear; 2013)
Four Five Seconds (2015) – see Rihanna

Band on the Run (1973)
Wings at the Speed of Sound (with Wings, 1976)
Greatest (compilation, 1978)
Give My Regards to Broad Street (soundtrack: 1984)
All the Best! (compilation: 1970-87, released 1987)
Pure McCartney (compilation, 2016)

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.

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

Neal McCoy

Wink (1994)

Paul McCoy

Bring Me to Life (2003) – see Evanescence

Van McCoy

The Hustle (1975)

Jimmy McCracklin

George McCrae

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

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 (94-95), and The Rockfords.

Masters of War (live, 1992) – see Eddie Vedder

Arnold McCuller

Free Bird (2000)
Try a Little Tenderness (with Paul Giamatti, 2000)

Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel

see Bo Diddley

Bob McDill

Country songwriter born Robert Lee McDill on 4/4/1944 in Beaumont, Texas. Co-wrote 31 #1 country hits.

Michael McDonald

Rock singer and keyboardist born 2/12/1952. With the Doobie Brothers who later became a solo artist.

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.

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

Reba McEntire

Country singer 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.

Fancy (1991)

Reba Live (live, 1989)
For My Broken Heart (1991)
Read My Mind (1994)

McFadden & Whitehead

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (1978)

Bobby McFerrin

Don't Worry Be Happy (1988)

The MC5

Kick Out the Jams (1969)

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.

Stick McGhee

Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (1949)

Tim McGraw

Country singer born Samuel Timothy McGraw on 5/1/1967 in Delhi, LA. Married to country singer Faith Hill.

I Like It, I Love It (1995)
It's Your Love (with Faith Hill, 1997)
Just to See You Smile (1997)
Please Remember Me (with Patty Loveless, 1999)
Live Like You Were Dying (2004)
Over and Over (2004) – see Nelly
Humble and Kind (2016)

Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
Everywhere (1997)
A Place in the Sun (1999)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-99, released 2000)
Set This Circus Down (2001)
Live Like You Were Dying (2004)
Greatest Hits Vol. 2: Reflected (compilation, 2006)
Number One Hits (2010)

Roger McGuinn

Rock singer and guitarist born James Joseph McGuinn III on 7/13/1942 in Chicago, IL. With the Byrds (1964-73, 1990) and a solo artist.

DMDB profile page

Barry McGuire

Eve of Destruction (1965)

The McGuire Sisters

Sincerely (1954)
Sugartime (1957)

M.C. Hammer

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

U Can't Touch This (1990)

Let’s Get It Started (1988)
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

My Funny Valentine (with Ruth Gaylor, 1945)

Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians

Sweet Leilani (1937) – see Bing Crosby

Duff McKagen

Rock bassist born Michael Andrew McKagan on 2/5/1964 in Seattle, WA. With Guns N' Roses (1986-95) and Velvet Revolver.

Maria McKee

Show Me Heaven (1990)

Loreena McKennitt

The Mummer's Dance (1997)

Bob & Doug McKenzie

The Twelve Days of Christmas (1981)

Scott McKenzie

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

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

Rock keyboardist with the Grateful Dead.

McKinney's Cotton Pickers

If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight (with George Thomas, 1930)

Brian McKnight

Anytime (1998)

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.

Possession (1993)
Ice Cream (1993)
I Will Remember You (1995)
Building a Mystery (1997)
Angel (1997)
Sweet Surrender (1997)
Adia (1997)
When She Loved Me (from Toy Story 2, 1999)
Fallen (2003)

Touch (1989)
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
Surfacing (1997)
Afterglow (2003)

Malcolm McLaren

Music manager for the Sex Pistols born 1/22/1946 in Stoke Newington, London, England. Died 4/8/2010.

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.

American Pie (1971)
Crying (1980)

American Pie (1972)

Lillian Shedd McMurry

James McMurtry

We Can't Make It (2005)

Big Jay McNeely

R&B saxophonist born 4/29/1927 in Los Angeles, CA. Died 9/16/2018.

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

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.

Statesboro Blues (1927)

Christine McVie

Rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist born Christine Anne Perfect on 7/12/1943 in Bouth, Lancashire, England. Most noted for work with Fleetwood Mac (70-98, 2014-), but also worked as a solo artist (70, 84, 04). Also recorded an album with Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham (2017). Was married to Fleetwood Mac's John McVie from 1968 to 1976.

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (2017) – see Lindsey Buckingham

John McVie

Blues/rock bassist born John Graham McVie on 11/26/1945 in Ealing, Middlesex, England. Founding member of Fleetwood Mac (1967-) after working with John Mayall (64-67). Was married to Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie from 1968 to 1976.

Vaughn Meader

The First Family (comedy, 1962)

Meat Loaf

Rock singer born Marvin Lee Aday on 9/27/1947 in Dallas, TX. Died 1/20/2022.
DMDB podcast: The Best of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman

Paradise by the Dashboard Light (1977)
Bat Out of Hell (1977)
I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) (1993)

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

Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets II (1984)

Lauritz Mechior


Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (1977)

Dudley Mecum

42nd Street (with Don Bestor, 1933)

Bill Medley

Half of the Righteous Brothers duo.

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (1964) – see Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody (1965) – see Righteous Brothers
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

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)

Meek Mill

Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015)


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

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

Megan Thee Stallion

WAP (2020) – see Cardi B
Savage (with Beyoncé, 2020)

Good News (2020)

Brad Mehldau

Jazz pianist.

Zubin Mehta

Indian classical conductor born 4/29/1936.

John Meikle

Randy Meisner

Country-rock singer/songwriter and bassist born Randall Herman Meisner on 3/8/1946 in Scottsbluff, NE. With Poco (1968), the Stone Canyon Band (1969-70), and Eagles (1971-78).

The Mekons

Fear and Whiskey (1985)
Rock ‘N’ Roll (1989)

George Melachrino

John (Cougar) Mellencamp

DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: John Mellencamp: The 21st Century Woody Guthrie

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

John Mellencamp: Top 100 Songs
I Need a Lover (1978)
Hurts So Good (1982)
Jack and Diane (1982)
Pink Houses (1983)
Authority Song (1984)
Small Town (1985)
Jackie Brown (1989)
Wild Night (with Me'Shell Ndegeocello, 1994)
Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) (1996)
Peaceful World (with India.Arie, 2001)
To Washington (2003)
Our Country (2006)
Rodeo Clown (2007)
Rural Route (2007)
If I Die Sudden (2008)
Easter Eve (2010)
Save Some Time to Dream (2010)
Easy Target (2017)
Wasted Days (with Bruce Springsteen, 2021)

American Fool (1982)
Uh-Huh (1983)
Scarecrow (1985)
The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
The Best That I Could Do (compilation: 1978-88, released 1997)
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 (2008)
On the Rural Route 7609 (box set: 1976-2009, released 2010)
No Better Than This (2010)
Plain Spoken (2014)
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (2017)
Other People's Stuff (covers: 1993-2017, released 2018)
Strictly a One-Eyed Jack (2022)

The Mello-Kings

Tonite Tonite (1957)

The Mellomen

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)

Pop singer born 6/25/1939. Died 3/24/1997.

If You Don't Know Me By Now (1972)
The Love I Lost (1973)
Wake Up Everybody (1975)

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

Stealin' Stealin' (1928)

Memphis Minnie

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

When the Levee Breaks (with Kansas Joe McCoy, 1929)
Me and My Chauffeur Blues" (1941)

Memphis Slim

Blues pianist born John Len Chatman on 9/3/1915. Died 2/24/1988.

Messin' Around (1948)

Men at Work

Who Can It Be Now? (1981)
Down Under (1981)

Business As Usual (1981)
Cargo (1983)
Two Hearts (1985)

Felix Mendelssohn

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

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (music: Mendelssohn, words: Charles Wesley; 1855)

Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)

Sergio Mendes (& Brasil '66)

Brazilian bandleader born 2/11/1941.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (1966)

Shawn Mendes

Stitches (2015)
Treat You Better (2016)
There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back (2016)
In My Blood (2018)
Señorita (with Camila Cabello, 2019)

Rafael Méndez

Lydia Mendoza

Mal Hombre (1934)

Alan Menken

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

Little Shop of Horrors (musical: 1979)
Beauty and the Beast (composed with Howard Ashman; soundtrack: 1991, musical: 1994)
Aladdin (composed with Howard Ashman & Tim Rice; soundtrack: 1992)

Gian Carlo Menotti

Yehudi Menuhin

American-born British violinist and conductor born 4/22/1916. Died 3/12/1999

Men Without Hats

The Safety Dance (1983)

Idina Menzel

Defying Gravity (with Kristen Chenoweth, from Wicked, 2003)
Let It Go (from Frozen, 2013)
For the First Time in Forever (with Kristen Bell, from Frozen, 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

St. Louis Woman (musical: 1946) – see Johnny Mercer

Natalie Merchant

Carnival (1995)
Wonder (1995)
Kind and Generous (1998)

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.

Alice Merton

No Roots (2016)

Jim Messina

Rock singer/songwriter and musician born 12/5/1947. In Maywood, California With Buffalo Springfield (b: 68), Poco (g: 68-70,89), and Loggins & Messina (71-77) with Kenny Loggins.

Danny's Song (1971) – see Kenny Loggins
Angry Eyes (1972) – see Kenny Loggins

Mercury Rev

Deserter's Songs (1998)

Ethel Merman

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

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.

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

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

Worried Life Blues (1941)

The Merry Macs

Mairzy Doats (1944)

Olivier Messiaen


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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-)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
Fade to Black (1984)
Master of Puppets (1986)
One (1988)
Enter Sandman (1991)
Nothing Else Matters (1991)
The Unforgiven (1991)
Until It Sleeps (1996)
Turn the Page (1998)
No Leaf Clover (1999)
I Disappear (2000)
The Day That Never Comes (2008)

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 (2008)

  • Hardwired…to Self Destruct (2016)

    The Meters

    Cissy Strut (1969)
    Just Kissed My Baby (1974)

    Pat Metheny

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

    Bright Size Life (1975)

    Method Man

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

    Metropolitan Orchestra

    Creole Belles (1902)

    George W. Meyer

    John Meyer

    Bass singer. Died 5/3/1949 at age 71. With the Peerless Quartet (1910-25), the Sterling Trio (1916-22), and the American Quartet (1920-25).

    Joseph Meyer


    TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) (with the Three Degrees, 1974)


    Time to Pretend (2008)

    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.

    Careless Whisper (1984)
    Faith (1987)
    One More Try (1987)
    Freedom '90 (1990)
    Fastlove (1996)

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


    Galang (2004)
    Paper Planes (2008)
    Franchise (2020) – see Travis Scott

    Arular (2005)
    Kala (2007)

    Arturo Bendetti Michelangeli

    Classical pianist.

    Mickey & Sylvia

    Duo of Mickey Baker and Sylvia Robinson.

    Love Is Strange (1956)

    Middle of the Road

    Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)

    Fannie Midgely

    I'm Certainly Living a Ragtime Life (1900)

    Bette Midler

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

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

    Beaches (soundtrack: 1989)

    The Midnighters

    - see Hank Ballard

    Midnight Oil

    The Power and the Passion (1982)
    Beds Are Burning (1987)
    Blue Sky Mine (1990)

    Diesel and Dust (1987)


    Violinist born Midori Goto on 10/25/1971 in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan.

    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    The Impression That I Get (1997)


    Bad and Boujee (with Lil Uzi Vert, 2016)


    Adorn (2012)
    Remember Me (with Natalia Lafourcade, 2017)

    Luis Miguel

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

    Michiya Mihashi


    Grace Kelly (2007)
    Over My Shoulder (2007)
    Happy Ending (2007)

    Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

    Mike The Mechanics

    Pop-rock group formed by Genesis' Mike 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).

    Genesis et al: Top 100 Songs
    Silent Running (1985)
    The Living Years (1988)

    Mike The Mechanics (1985)
    Living Years (1988)
    Word of Mouth (1991)
    Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995)
    Hits (compilation: 1985-95, released 1996)
    M6 (1999)
    Rewired (2004)
    The Road (2011)
    The Singles 1985-2014 (compilation, 2014)
    Let Me Fly (2017)
    Out of the Blue (2019)

    Amos Milburn

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

    Let's Have a Party (year?)

    Military Band

    Stars and Stripes Forever (1897)

    Milky Chance

    Stolen Dance (2013)
    Don't Let Me Down (with Jack Johnson, 2020)

    Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers

    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.

    Glenn Miller: Top 100 Songs
    In the Mood (1939)
    Moonlight Serenade (1939)
    Over the Rainbow (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
    Stairway to the Stars (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
    The Little Brown Jug (1939)
    Wishing Will Make It So (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
    Moon Love (with Ray Eberle, 1939)
    The Woodpecker Song (with Marion Hutton, 1940)
    Tuxedo Junction (1940)
    Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (1940)
    Imagination (1940)
    When You Wish Upon a Star (1940)
    Careless (with Ray Eberle, 1940)
    The Nearness of You (1940)
    Pennyslvania 6-5000 (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)
    Skylark (1942)
    That Old Black Magic (with Skip Nelson, 1943)

    Glenn Miller (aka "Glenn Miller & His Orchestra") (compilation: 1939-42, charted 1945)
    Very Best of (compilation: 1939-44, released 2010)
    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. Best known for working with the Rolling Stones on what is considered one of the best four-album runs in history with Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main Street (1972). He also worked with Ginger Baker (1970's Air Force, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (1969's On Tour with Eric Clapton), Primal Scream, Johnny Thunders, and Traffic (1967's Mr. Fantasy, 1968's Traffic).

    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.

    The Yellow Rose of Texas (1955)

    Sing Along with Mitch (1958)
    More Sing Along with Mitch (1958)

    Ray Miller

    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 ½/1936 in Fort Worth, TX. Died 10/25/1992.

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

    Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug (1965)
    The Return of Roger Miller (1966)
    Big River (musical: 1985)

    Steve Miller (Band)

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

    In My First Mind (1968)
    The Joker (1973)
    Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
    Abracadabra (1982)
    I Want to Make the World Turn Around (1986)

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

    Walter C. Miller

    Milli Vanilli

    Girl You Know It's True (1988)

    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

    American jazz/big band leader born Lucius Millinder on 8/8/1900. Died 9/28/1966.

    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).

    Dinah (1932) – see Bing Crosby
    Paper Doll (1943)
    You Always Hurt the One You Love (1944)
    The Glow-Worm (1952)

    Mike Mills

    Rock bassist born on 12/17/1958 in Orange County, CA. With R.E.M.

    Stephanie Mills

    R&B singer/songwriter born 3/22/1957 in Brooklyn, NY.

    Never Knew Love Like This (1980)

    Ronnie Milsap

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

    Smokey Mountain Rain (1980)
    Stranger in My House (1983)
    Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night) (1985)
    A Woman in Love (1989)

    A Legend in My Time (1975)
    Live (1977)
    It Was Almost Like a Song (1978)
    Lost in the Fifties Tonight (1986)

    Nathan Milstein

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

    Roy Milton

    Garnet Mimms

    Nicki Minaj

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

    Super Bass (2011)
    Starships (2012)
    Anaconda (2014)
    Bang Bang (2014) – see Jessie J
    Hey Mama (2015) – see David Guetta
    Side to Side (2016) – see Ariana Grande
    Swalla (2017) – see Jason Derulo
    Tusa (2019) – see Karol G
    Trollz (2020) – see 6ix9ine

    Pink Friday (2010)
    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
    The Pinkprint (2014)

    Tim Minchin

    Matilda the Musical (musical: 2011)
    Groundhog Day (musical: 2016)

    The Mindbenders

    Game of Love (1964)
    A Groovy Kind of Love (1966)

    Charles Mingus

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

    Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953) – see The Quintet
    Pithecantrophus Erectus (1956)
    Mingus Ah Um (1959)
    Mingus Dynasty (1959)
    The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)

    Liza Minnelli

    Maybe This Time (from Cabaret soundtrack: 1972)
    Cabaret (1972)
    Theme from New York, New York (1977)

    Kylie Minogue

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

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

    Fever (2001)

    Minor Threat

    Straight Edge (1981)

    The Complete Discography (compilation, 1981-83)


    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-).

    Shop Around (1960)
    You've Really Got a Hold on Me (1962)
    I'll Try Something New (1962)
    The Tracks of My Tears (1965)
    Ooo Baby Baby (1965)
    Going to a Go-Go (1965)
    The Tears of a Clown (1967)
    I Second That Emotion (1967)
    The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage (1967)
    Love Machine (1975)

    Going to a Go-Go (1965)

    Carmen Miranda

    Que é Que a Bahiana Tem? (1939)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    In the Heights (musical: 2008)
    Hamilton (musical: 2015)

    The Misfits

    Where Eagles Dare (1979)

    Static Age (1978)
    Walk Among Us (1982)

    Missing Persons

    Destination Unknown (1982)

    Mission of Burma

    Vs. (1982)

    The Mississippi Sheiks

    Sittin' on Top of the World (1930)

    Miss Walton

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

    Anais Mitchell

    Hadestown (musical: 2016)

    George Mitchell Minstrels

    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.

    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.

    Both Sides Now (1969)
    Big Yellow Taxi (1970)
    A Case of You (1971)
    River (1971)
    Help Me (1974)

    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.

    Roscoe Mitchell

    Avant-garde jazz instrumentalist and composer born 8/3/1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

    Willie Mitchell

    Trumpeter, bandleader, and record executive (Hi, Waylo) born 3/1/1928 in Ashland, Mississippi. Died 1/5/2010. Worked with Al Green, Ann Peebles, and others.


    Purberty 2 (2016)

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

    Mobb Deep

    Shook Ones Part II (1995)


    American electronica musician and producer born 9/11/1965.

    Natural Blues (with Vera Hall, 1999)
    We Are All Made of Stars (2002)

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

    Moby Grape

    Omaha (1967)

    Moby Grape (1967)

    Zigaboo "Ziggy" Modeliste

    Rock drummer with the Meters.

    The Models

    Out of Mind, Out of Sight (1985)

    Mary Moder

    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

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

    Modern English

    I Melt with You (1982)

    The Modern Jazz Quartet

    Django (1954)

    The Modern Lovers

    Roadrunner (1975)

    Modern Lovers (1973)

    Modern Talking

    You're My Heart, You're My Soul (1985)

    Modest Mouse

    Rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington. Isaac Brock (vocals, guitar), Tom Peloso (bass, keyboards, backing vocals), Jeremiah Green (drums, percussion), Russell Higbee (bass, rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals: 2012-), Ben Massarella (percussion, effects: 2014-), Simon O’Connor (guitar, backing vocals: 2021-), Eric Judy (bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals: 1993-2012), John Wickhart (bass: 1994-95), Dann Gallucci (guitar, organ, backing vocals: 1994-2005), Benjamin Weikel (drums, percussion: 2003-04), Joe Plummer (drums, percussion: 2004-12), Jim Fairchild (guitar, backing vocals: 2005-06, 2009-21), Johnny Marr (guitar, backing vocals: 2006-08), Lisa Molinaro (viola, bass, backing vocals: 2011-2021), Davey Brozowski (percussion, drums: 2012-21).

    The Moon & Antartica (2000)
    Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004)

    Domenico Modugno

    Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue) (1958)

    Molly Hatchet

    Flirtin’ with Disaster (1979)

    Jimmy Monaco

    Janelle Monáe

    Tightrope (with Big Boi, 2010)
    We Are Young (2011) – see Fun.
    Make Me Feel (2018)

    The Arch Android (2010)
    Dirty Computer (2018)

    Eddie Money

    Rock singer/songwriter born Edward Joseph Mahoney on 3/21/1949 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 9/13/2019.

    Two Tickets to Paradise (1977)
    Take Me Home Tonight (with Ronnie Spector, 1986)


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

    The Boy Is Mine (1998) – see Brandy
    The First Night (1998)
    Angel of Mine (1998)

    Meredith Monk

    Composer, performer, singer, director, filmmaker, and choreographer born 11/20/1942 in New York City, NY.

    Thelonious Monk

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

    Round Midnight (1947)

    Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (recorded 1947, released 1951)
    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).

    Last Train to Clarksville (1966)
    I'm a Believer (1966)
    Daydream Believer (1967)
    Pleasant Valley Sunday (1967)

    The Monkees (1966)
    More of the Monkees (1967)
    Headquarters (1967)

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

    The Monks

    Black Monk Time (1966)

    The Monotones

    Book of Love (1958)

    Matt Monro

    My Kind of Girl (1961)

    Bill Monroe

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

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

    Marilyn Monroe

    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.

    There I Go (1940)
    My Devotion (1942)
    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

    Unforgettable (with Swae Lee, 2017)

    Joey Montana

    Picky (2015)

    Patsy Montana

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

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

    Rita Montaner

    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.

    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

    American country singer born 1/20/1965.

    I Swear (1993)
    I Love the Way You Love Me (1993)

    Wes Montgomery

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

    The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

    Percy Montrose

    Song(s) written by Montrose:
    Clementine (aka "Oh My Darling Clementine") (1863)
    Clementine (aka "Oh My Darling Clementine") (1960) – see Bobby Darin

    The Moody Blues

    Go Now (1964)
    Nights in White Satin (1967)
    The Voice (1981)
    Your Wildest Dreams (1986)

    Days of Future Passed (with the London Festival Orchestra, 1967)
    In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
    This Is the Moody Blues (compilation: 1967-72, released 1974)
    Long Distance Voyager (1981)

    James Moody

    Moody's Mood for Love (1952)

    Robert Moog

    Jacob Moon

    Kayleigh/Lavender (live, 2013)

    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.

    I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (1948)

    The Moonglows

    Sincerely (1955)

    Look! It’s the Moonglows (1956)

    Wild Bill Moore

    We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll (1947)

    Gary Moore

    Still Got the Blues (1990)

    Still Got the Blues (1990)

    Johnny Moore

    Melba Moore

    R&B/gospel singer born Beatrice Melba Hill on 10/29/1945 in New York City, NY.

    Lift Every Voice (1990)

    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

    Drummer with Galactic.

    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

    America (1961)

    Neil Moret

    Corrine Morgan

    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? (with the Haydn Quartet, 1906)
    So Long, Mary (1906)

    George Morgan

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

    Helen Morgan

    Bill (from Show Boat, 1928)
    Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (from Show Boat, 1928)

    Jane Morgan

    Lee Morgan

    Jazz trumpeter and composer born Edward Lee Morgan on 7/10/1938 in Philadelphia, PA. Died 2/19/1972.

    The Sidewinder (1963)

    Robert W. Morgan

    Radio DJ.

    Russ Morgan

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

    Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (with the Skylarks, 1946)
    Forever and Ever (with the Skylarks, 1949)

    Rod Morgenstein

    Rock drummer with Dixie Dregs and Winger.

    Alanis Morissette

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

    You Oughta Know (1995)
    Hand in My Pocket (1995)
    Ironic (1995)
    You Learn (1996)
    Head Over Feet (1996)
    You Oughta Know (live at the Grammys, 1996)
    Uninvited (1998)
    Thank U (1998)
    Unsent (1998)
    King of Pain (live, 1999)
    Crazy (2005)
    My Humps (2007)

    Jagged Little Pill (1995, musical: 2021)
    Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998)
    Under Rug Swept (2002)
    Feast on Scraps (archives: 2002)
    Jagged Little Pill – Acoustic (2005)
    Flavors of Entanglement (2008)
    Havoc and Bright Lights (2012)
    Such Pretty Forks in the Road (2020)

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    Joy to the World (1970)

    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

    The Big Country (soundtrack: 1958)

    Ennio Morricone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack: 1966)
    Once Upon a Time in the West (soundtrack: 1972)

    Doug Morris

    Eldia Morris

    I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm) (1914)

    Garry Morris

    Wind Beneath My Wings (1983)

    Maren Morris

    My Church (2016)
    The Middle (2018) – see Zedd
    Crowded Table (2019) – see The Highwomen
    The Bones (2019)

    Girl (2019)

    Russell Morris

    The Real Thing (1969)

    Stephen Morris

    Rock drummer with Joy Division and New Order.

    James Morrison

    Nothing Ever Hurt Like You (2008)

    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

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

    Mark Morrison

    Return of the Mack (1996)

    Sterling Morrison

    Rock guitarist born Holmes Sterling Morrison Jr. on 8/29/1942 in East Meadow, NY. Died 8/30/1995. With Velvet Underground (1965-70).

    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-).

    Gloria (1965) – see Them
    Baby Please Don't Go (1965) – see Them
    Here Comes the Night (1965) – see Them
    Brown-Eyed Girl (1967)
    Madame George (1968)
    Moondance (1970)
    Have I Told You Lately (1989)

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


    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.

    Top 50 Songs: The Smiths/Morrissey
    Everyday Is Like Sunday (1988)
    Tomorrow (1992)
    The More You Ignore Me, the Closer You Get (1994)

    Vauxhall and I (1994)

    Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow

    Radio DJ.

    Ella Mae Morse

    Steve Morse

    Rock guitarist born 7/28/1954 in Hamilton, Ohio. 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

    Ferdinand "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.

    Climax Rag (1914)
    King Porter Stomp (1924)
    Black Bottom Stomp (1927)
    Kansas City Stomp (1928)

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

    PJ Morton

    Say So (with JoJo, 2019)

    Jerry Moss

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

    Zero Mostel

    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


    Moten's Swing (1932)

    Mother Love Bone

    Seattle-based grunge-rock band. Active: 1988-90. Members: Andrew Wood (v), Stone Gossard (g), Jeff Ament (b), Bruce Fairweather (g), Greg Gillmore (d). 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 previously in Green River together.

    Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns (1989)

    Apple (1990)
    Mother Love Bone (compilation: 1989-90, released 1992)

    The Mothers of Invention

    - see Frank Zappa

    Mötley Crüe

    American glam-metal rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA. 1981-. 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)

    Live Wire (1981)
    Shout at the Devil (1983)
    Looks That Kills (1983)
    Too Young to Fall in Love (1983)
    Home Sweet Home (1985)
    Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)
    Wild Side (1987)
    Dr. Feelgood (1989)
    Kickstart My Heart (1989)
    Without You (1989)

    Dr. Feelgood (1989)


    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).

    Ace of Spades (1980)

    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

    All the Young Dudes (1972)

    Mott (1973)

    Gary "Mani" Mounfield


    Mississippi Queen (1970)

    Nana Mouskouri

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

    Moving Pictures

    What About Me? (1982)

    Days of Innocence (1982)

    Sylvia Moy

    R&B songwriter and producer born 9/15/1938 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 4/15/2017. She was the first woman at Motown to write and produce.

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

    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)
    Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (1786)
    Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor (1786)
    The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (opera: 1786)
    Don Giovanni (opera, 1787)
    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) (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

    Curbside Prophet (2002)
    I'm Yours (2008)
    I Won't Give Up (2012)

    Mr. Big

    To Be with You (1991)

    Mr. Mister

    Broken Wings (1985)

    Mr. Probz

    Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) (2013)

    Ms. Dynamite

    A Little Deeper (2003)


    Juicy Fruit (1983)


    Touch Me I'm Sick (1988)

    Larry Mullen, Jr.

    Rock drummer born Lawrence Joseph Mullen Jr. on 10/31/1961 in Artane, Dublin, Ireland. With U2 (1976-).

    Gerry Mulligan

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

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

    Shawn Mullins

    Lullaby (Rock-a-Bye) (1998)

    Mumford & Sons

    Little Lion Man (2009)
    I Will Wait (2012)
    Believe (2015)
    Guiding Light (2018)

    Sigh No More (2009)
    Babel (2012)

    Mungo Jerry

    In the Summertime (1970)

    The Muppets

    The Rainbow Connection (voice of Jim Henson as Kermit, 1979)

    The Murmaids

    Popsicles and Icicles (1963)

    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).

    I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair (1922)

    Matt "Guitar" Murphy

    Peter Murphy

    Cuts You Up (1990)

    Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band

    A Fifth of Beethoven (1976)

    Anne Murray

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

    Song(s): Snowbird (1970)
    You Needed Me (1978)
    Daydream Believer (1979)
    I Just Fall in Love Again (1979)
    Could I Have This Dance? (1980)
    A Little Good News (1983)

    A Little Good News (1984)

    Billy Murray

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    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).

    Billy Murray: Top 100 Songs
    Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904)
    Alexander (Don't You Love Your Baby No More?) (1904)
    Navajo (1904)
    Under the Anheuser Busch (1904)
    In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905)
    Yankee Doodle Boy (1905)
    Give My Regards to Broadway (1905)
    Come Take a Trip in My Air-Ship (1905)
    Everybody Works But Father (1905)
    You're a Grand Old Flag (aka "The Grand Old Rag") (1906)
    Harrigan (1907)
    Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk (1907) – see Ada Jones
    Take Me Out to the Ball Game (with the Haydn Quartet, 1908)
    Under Any Old Flag at All (1908)
    Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (1908) – see Ada Jones
    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 (1911) – see Ada Jones
    Oh, You Beautiful Doll (with the American Quartet, 1911)
    Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911)
    Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night) (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)

    Anthology: The Denver Nightingale (compilation: 1903-40, released 2002)

    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.

    James Ramsey Murray

    Song(s) written by Murray with Charles H. Gabriel:
    Away in a Manger (1887)

    Edward R. Murrow

    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.


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

    Uprising (2009)
    Madness (2012)

    Origin of Symmetry (2001)
    Absolution (2003)
    Black Holes & Revelations (2006)
    The Resistance (2009)
    Drones (2015)

    Kacey Musgraves

    Follow Your Arrow (2013)
    Merry Go Round (2014)
    Family Is Family (2015)
    Space Cowboy (2018)
    Kansas City Star (2018)

    Same Trailer, Different Park (2013)
    Golden Hour (2018)
    Star-Crossed (2021)

    Music Soulchild

    Love (2000)
    Don’t Change (2002)

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

    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.


    Lady Marmalade (2001) – see Christina Aguilera

    My Bloody Valentine

    You Made Me Realise (1988)

    Isn't Anything (1988)
    Loveless (1991)

    My Chemical Romance

    Billie Myers

    Kiss the Rain (1997)

    J.W. Myers

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

    Two Little Girls in Blue (1893)
    The Sidewalks of New York (1895)
    Just Tell Them That You Saw Me (1895)
    Goodbye Dolly Gray (1897)
    On a Sunday Afternoon (1902)
    Way Down in Old Indiana (1902)
    In the Good Old Summertime (1902)
    Dear Old Girl (1903)

    Alannah Myles

    Black Velvet (1989)

    My Morning Jacket

    Feel You (2020)

    The Mystics

    Hushabye (1959)

    John Myung

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