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Music Makers Encyclopedia: M

Click on a letter to choose a recording act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards (see more here), short bios for select acts (generally taken or adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to all albums reviewed here at the DMDB.

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M People

Album(s):

  • Elegant Slumming (1994)

    Yo-Yo Ma


    Ma & the Ramblers

    Song(s):

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

    Galt MacDermot

    Album(s):

  • Hair (composed with Gerome Ragni and James Rado, cast: 1967, soundtrack: 1979) – see Various Artists

    Ballard MacDonald


    Jeanette MacDonald

    Song(s):

  • Indian Love Call (with Nelson Eddy, 1936)

    Harry MacDonough

    About: 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.

    Born: John Scantlebury MacDonald in Ontario, Canada on 3/30/1871 Died: 9/26/1931

    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 Mansion of Aching Hearts (1902)
  • Home Sweet Home (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 (w. Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, performed with Miss Walton, 1909)
  • Where the River Shannon Flows (1910)
  • Down by the Old Mill Stream (1911)
  • They Didn't Believe Me (with Olive Kline; w. Jerome Kern and Herbert Reynolds; 1915)
  • Smiles (with Joseph C. Smith, 1918)

    Ted Macero

    About: 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

    Song(s):

  • The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) (with Don Azpiazu, 1930)

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Song(s):

  • Thrift Shop (with Wanz, 2012)
  • Can’t Hold Us (with Ryan Dalton, 2012)

    Uncle Dave Macon

    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)

    Madonna

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Dance-pop singer. To New York in the late ‘70’s; performed with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe. Short-lived member of the Breakfast Club in the early ‘80’s. Married to actor Sean Penn from 1985-89; later married British director Guy Ritchie.

    Born: Madonna Louise Ciccone on 8/16/58 in Bay City, Michigan

    Song(s):

  • Borderline (1984)
  • Like a Virgin (1984)
  • Material Girl (1985)
  • Into the Groove (1985)
  • Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
  • Like a Prayer (1989)
  • Express Yourself (1989)
  • Vogue (1990)
  • Justify My Love (1990)
  • Take a Bow (1994)
  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (1996)
  • Ray of Light (1998)
  • Music (2000)
  • Don’t Tell Me (2000)
  • Hung Up (2005)

    Album(s):

  • Madonna (1983)
  • Like a Virgin (1984)
  • True Blue (1986)
  • Like a Prayer (1989)
  • I’m Breathless (1990) ST
  • The Immaculate Collection (compilation: 1983-1990)
  • Erotica (1992)
  • Bedtime Stories (1994)
  • Something to Remember (compilation: 1984-1995)
  • Evita (soundtrack, 1996)
  • Ray of Light (1998)
  • Music (2000)
  • GHV2 (Greatest Hits, Volume 2) (compilation: 1992-2001)
  • American Life (2003)
  • Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: Madonna’s Top 50 Songs (3/28/12)

    Magic!

    Song(s):

  • Rude (2013)

    Magic Sam

    Born: Samuel Gene Maghett on 2/14/1937 Died: 12/1/1969

    Blues guitarist and singer.

    Album(s):

  • West Side Soul (1967)
  • Black Magic (1968)

    Herb Magidson


    The Magnetic Fields

    Album(s):

  • 69 Love Songs (1999)

    Magnum

    Album(s):

  • On a Storyteller’s Night (1985)

    Taj Mahal

    Born: Henry Saint Clair Fredericks on 5/17/1942 Died:

    American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist.


    Mahavishnu Orchestra

    Album(s):

  • The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

    Gustav Mahler

    Born: 7/7/1860 Died: 5/18/1911

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Symphony No. 1 “Titan” (1888)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1894)
  • Symphony No. 5 (1904)
  • Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song of the Earth) (1909)
  • Symphony No. 8 in E Flat major (The Symphony of a Thousand) (1910)

    Yngwie Malmsteen

    Born: 6/30/1963 Died:

    Swedish rock guitarist.


    The Mamas & The Papas

    Song(s):

  • California Dreamin’ (1966)
  • Monday, Monday (1966)

    Henry Mancini

    Born: 4/16/1924 Died: 6/14/1994

    American composer, conductor, and arranger.

    Song(s):

  • Peter Gunn (1959)
  • Moon River (with Audrey Hepburn, w. Johnny Mercer with Mancini, 1961)
  • The Days of Wine and Roses (w. Johnny Mercer with Mancini, 1963)

    Album(s):

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

    Barbara Mandrell

    Born: 12/25/1948 Died:

    American country singer.


    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

    Born: Barry Alan Pincus on 6/17/1946 Died:

    Adult contemporary singer.

    Song(s):

  • Mandy (1974)
  • I Write the Songs (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Manilow Magic – The Best of (compilation, 1979)

    Barry Mann

    Born: 2/9/1939

    American rock songwriter who often worked with Cynthia Weil.

    Songs written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil:

  • On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964) – see the Righteous Brothers

    Manfred Mann

    Born: 10/21/1940 Died:

    Rock keyboardist who fronted Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (“Blinded by the Light”).

    Song(s):

  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964)

    Marilyn Manson

    Born: 1/5/1969

    Shock-rock singer.


    Mantovani

    Born: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani on 11/15/1905 in Venice, Italy Died: 3/30/1980

    Conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Cara Mia (with David Whitfield, 1954)

    Album(s):

  • Film Encores (1957)

    Ray Manzarek

    Born: 2/12/1939

    Rock keyboardist with The Doors.


    The Marcels

    Doo-wop group.

    Song(s):

  • Blue Moon (w. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1961)

    Teena Marie

    Song(s):

  • Square Biz (1981)

    Marillion

    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.

    Progressive rock group formed in Aylesbury, England. Name adopted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.

    Song(s):

  • Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
  • Kayleigh (1985)

    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)

    Johnny Marks

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

    Bob Marley (& the Wailers)

    Born: 2/6/1945 in Rhoden Hall, Jamaica Died: brain cancer, 5/11/1981

    Reggae singer/songwriter and guitarist. 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 is a former football player 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”) (1963-66) archives x2
  • The Complete Wailers 1967-1972, Part 1 (1967-70) archives – box
  • 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 (1975) live
  • Rastaman Vibration (1976)
  • Exodus (1977)
  • Kaya (1978)
  • Survival (1979)
  • Uprising (1980)
  • Confrontation (1983)
  • Legend (compilation: 1973-83)

    Maroon 5

    Song(s):

  • She Will Be Loved (2002)
  • This Love (2002)
  • Moves Like Jagger (with Christina Aguilera, 2011)
  • One More Night (2012)

    Album(s):

  • Songs about Jane (2002)

    Johnny Marr

    Born: 10/31/1963 Died:

    Alternative rock guitarist and songwriter with the Smiths.


    Bruno Mars

    Song(s):

  • Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (2010)
  • Grenade (2010)
  • The Lazy Song (2010)
  • Mirror (2011) - see Lil Wayne
  • Locked Out of Heaven (2012)
  • Uptown Funk! (2014) – see Mark Ronson

    Album(s):

  • Doo Wops & Hooligans (2010)
  • Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)

    The Mars Volta

    Album(s):

  • De-Loused in te Comatorium (2003)

    Wynton Marsalis

    Born: 10/18/1961 Died:

    American jazz trumpeter and composer.


    Lucy Isabelle Marsh

    Song(s):

  • My Hero (1910)

    Martha & the Muffins

    Song(s):

  • Echo Beach (1980)

    Martha & The Vandellas

    – see Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

    Chris Martin

    Lead singer of Coldplay.

    Dean Martin

    Born: 6/7/1917 Died: 12/25/1995

    Adult contemporary singer.

    Song(s):

  • That's Amore (1953)
  • Everybody Loves Somebody (1964)

    Freddy Martin

    Born: 12/9/1906 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

    Born: 1/3/1926 in Highbury, London Died: 3/8/2016

    Pop/rock producer 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 (performed by Judy Garland, 1944)

    Mary Martin

    Song(s):

  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1938)

    Ricky Martin

    Born: 12/24/1971 Died:

    Puerto Rican Latin-pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Livin' La Vida Loca (1999)

    Album(s):

  • Ricky Martin (1999)

    Roberta Martin


    Tony Martin

    Born: 12/25/1913 Died:

    American traditional pop singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Ryan Martinie


    Al Martino

    Born: 10/7/1927 Died: 10/13/2009

    Adult contemporary singer.

    Song(s):

  • Here in My Heart (1952)

    The Marvelettes

    Song(s):

  • Please Mr. Postman (1961)

    Richard Marx

    Born: 9/16/1963 Died:

    Adult contemporary/pop singer/songwriter (“Don’t Mean Nothin’”, “Right Here Waiting”).

    Album(s):

  • Repeat Offender (1989)

    Mase

    Born: 8/27/1975 Died:

    Rap singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Mo Money, Mo Problems (with the Notorious B.I.G. & Puff Daddy) (1997)
  • Feel So Good (1997)

    Barbara Mason


    Nick Mason

    Born: 1/27/1945

    Rock drummer and songwriter with Pink Floyd.


    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

    Born: 4/13/1926 in New Orleans, LA

    About: Recording engineer and studio owner (J&M Recording Studio). 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):

  • If You’re Gone (2000)

    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

    Born: 9/30/35 in San Francisco, CA

    Pop balladeer. 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: 1958)
  • Heavenly (1959)

    Kathy Mattea

    Song(s):

  • Where’ve You Been (1989)

    Dave Matthews Band

    Born: 1/9/1967

    Alternative rock singer.

    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

    Born: 7/19/1947 Died:

    British rock guitarist with Queen.


    John Mayall

    Born: 11/29/1933 in Macclesfield, England Died:

    Blues guitarist. Fronted the Bluesbreakers.

    Album(s):

  • Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (with Eric Clapton, 1966)

    John Mayer

    Born: 10/16/1977 Died:

    Pop-rock singer/songwriter (“No Such Thing”, “Your Body Is a Wonderland”, “Waiting on the World to Change”).

    Song(s):

  • Daughters (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Continuum (2006)

    Mayfield

    see Tears for Fears

    Album(s):

  • Mayfield (1997)

    Curtis Mayfield

    Born: 6/3/1942 Died: 12/26/1999

    R&B singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Superfly (1972)

    Album(s):

  • Curtis (1970)
  • Superfly (1972) ST

    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

    Born: 7/29/1966 Died:

    Country singer.


    Joseph McCarthy


    Paul McCartney (& Wings)

    Born: 6/18/42 in Liverpool, England

    Rock singer/songwriter with the Quarrymen and the Beatles (60-70) before going solo and recording with the Wings (71-79).

    Song(s):

  • Maybe I'm Amazed (1970)
  • Band on the Run (with Wings, 1974)
  • Silly Love Songs (with Wings, 1976)
  • Mull of Kintyre (with Wings, 1977)
  • 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)
  • Tug of War (1982)

    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

    Born: 6/14/1884 Died: 9/16/1945

    Singer.

    Song(s):

  • I’m Falling in Love with Someone (1911)
  • Mother Machree (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)
  • 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

    Born: 10/19/1944 in West Palm Beach, FL

    American soul singer whose hit “Rock Your Baby” was, according to Wikipedia, “one of the landmark recordings of early disco music.”

    Song(s):

  • Rock Your Baby (1974)

    Mike McCready

    About: Rock guitarist with Pearl Jam (90-), Temple of the Dog (91), Mad Season, and The Rockfords.

    Born: 4/5/1966 in Pensacola, Florida Died:


    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

    Born: 1/12/1904 in Rossville, TN Died: 7/3/1972

    Blues guitarist.

    Album(s):

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

    Reba McEntire

    Born: 3/28/1955 in Chockie, OK

    Country singer. The most successful female country performer of her generation. 20 #1 songs on the Billboard country charts from 1982-1996.


    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.


    Tim McGraw

    Born: 5/1/1967 Died:

    American country singer (“Indian Outlaw”, “I Like It, I Love It”). Married to country singer Faith Hill.

    Song(s):

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

    Roger McGuinn


    Barry McGuire

    Song(s):

  • Eve of Destruction (1965)

    The McGuire Sisters

    Song(s):

  • Sincerely (1954)

    M.C. Hammer

    Born: Stanley Kirk Burrell on 3/30/1962 Died:

    Rap singer.

    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 (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)

    Brian McKnight

    Born: 6/5/1969 Died:

    American R&B singer.


    Rod McKuen


    Sarah McLachlan

    Born: 1/28/1968

    Alternative rock singer/songwriter. Started Lilith Fair, a festival devoted to spotlighting female performers.

    Song(s):

  • Building a Mystery (1997)

    Album(s):

  • Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
  • Surfacing (1997)
  • Afterglow (2003)

    John McLaughlin

    Born: 1/4/1942 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

    Jazz fusion guitarist with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


    Don McLean

    Born: 10/2/1945 Died:

    American pop singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • American Pie (1971)

    Album(s):

  • American Pie (1972)

    Lillian Shedd McMurry


    Big Jay McNeely


    Clyde McPhatter

    Born: 11/15/1932 Died: 6/13/1972

    American R&B singer who 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

    Born: 1/12/1916 Died: 12/7/2006

    American jazz/big band bandleader.


    Blind Willie McTell

    Born: 5/5/1898 Died: 8/19/1959

    American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Statesboro Blues (1927)

    John McVie


    Vaughn Meader

    Album(s):

  • The First Family (1962) comedy

    Meat Loaf

    Born: 9/27/1947 Died:

    Rock singer.

    Song(s):

  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light (w. Jim Steinman, 1977)
  • Bat Out of Hell (w. Jim Steinman, 1979)
  • I’d Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That (w. Jim Steinman, 1993)

    Album(s):

  • Bat Out of Hell (w. Jim Steinman, 1977)
  • Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (w. Jim Steinman, 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 (with Jennifer Warnes, 1987)

    Joe Meek

    About: Producer for Ritchie Blackmore and Tom Jones.


    Edward Meeker

    Song(s):

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1908)

    Megadeth

    Album(s):

  • Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986)
  • Rust in Peace (1990)
  • Countdown to Extinction (1992)
    Zubin Mehta

    Born: 4/29/1936

    Indian classical conductor.


    John Meikle


    The Mekons

    Album(s):

  • Fear and Whiskey (1985)

    George Melachrino


    John (Cougar) Mellencamp

    Born: 10/7/1951 in Indiana Died:

    Rock singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Jack and Diane (1982)
  • Authority Song (1984)

    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)

    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 (w. Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, 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

    Born: Lizzie Douglas on 6/3/1897 Died: 8/6/1973

    Blues singer.


    Memphis Slim


    Men at Work

    Song(s):

  • Down Under (1982)

    Album(s):

  • Business As Usual (1982)

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Born: Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendessohn on 2/3/1809 in Hamburg, Germany Died: 11/4/1847

    Classical composer and pianist.

    Album(s):

  • Concerto for Violin in E minor (1926)

    Sergio Mendes (& Brasil ’66)

    Born: 2/11/1941

    Brazilian bandleader.

    Album(s):

  • Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 (1966)

    Rafael Méndez


    Lydia Mendoza

    Song(s):

  • Mal Hombre (1934)

    Alan Menken


    Gian Carlo Menotti


    Yehudi Menuhin

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

    American-born British violinist and conductor.


    Idina Menzel

    Song(s):

  • Let It Go (2013)

    Johnny Mercer

    About: American lyricist, songwriter, and singer. Wrote lyrics to more than 1500 songs and more popular songs than any other songwriter in history. Received 19 Academy Award nominations. Also a co-founder of Capitol Records.

    Born: John Herndon Mercer on 11/18/1909 Died: 6/25/1976

    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) (1958) – see Frank Sinatra
  • Moon River (1961) – see Henry Mancini
  • The Days of Wine and Roses (1963) – see Henry Mancini

    Freddie Mercury

    Born: 9/5/1946 Died: 11/24/1991

    Rock singer/songwriter with Queen.


    Mercury Rev

    Album(s):

  • Deserter’s Songs (1998)

    Ethel Merman

    Born: 1/16/1908 Died: 2/15/1984

    Singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Got Rhythm (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, 1930)
  • You’re the Top (w. Cole Porter; 1934)
  • I Get a Kick Out of You (w. Cole Porter; performed with Johnny Green’s Orchestra, 1935)

    Bob Merrill

    Songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • Funny Girl (cast: 1964) – see Jule Styne

    Robert Merrill

    Born: Moishe Miller on 6/4/1917 Died: 10/23/2004

    American opera singer.


    Major “Big Maceo” Merriweather

    Song(s):

  • Worried Life Blues (1941)

    Olivier Messiaen


    Metallica

    Links: official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: 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):

  • 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


    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

    About: 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)

    George Michael

    Born: 6/25/1963 Died: 12/25/2016

    Pop singer/songwriter with Wham! (“Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”) before becoming a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Careless Whisper (1984)
  • Faith (1987)
  • Freedom ’90 (1990)

    Album(s):

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

    M.I.A.

    Song(s):

  • Galang (2004)
  • Paper Planes (2008)

    Album(s):

    Kala (2007)

    Mickey & Sylvia

    Song(s):

  • Love Is Strange (1956)

    Middle of the Road

    Song(s):

  • Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep (1971)

    Bette Midler

    Born: 12/1/1945 Died:

    American adult contemporary singer.

    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

    Born: Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri on 4/19/1970

    Puerto Rican/Mexican pop singer.


    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

    Born: 4/1/1927 in Texas Died: 1/3/1980

    R&B keyboardist.

    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

    Born: 3/1/1904 in Clarinda, IA Died: 12/15/1944 in plane crash

    Leader 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):

  • 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)
  • 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, w. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, 1943)

    Album(s):

  • Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (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

    About: Producer for the Rolling Stones.


    Marcus Miller


    Mitch Miller

    Born: 7/4/1911 Died: 7/31/2010

    American jazz/big band leader.

    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):

  • Sheik of Araby (1922)
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams (1925) - see Isham Jones

    Rice Miller

    see Sonny Boy Williamson #2

    Roger Miller

    Born: 1/2/1936 Died: 10/25/1992

    Country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Dang Me (1964)
  • King of the Road (1965)
  • Little Green Apples (1968)

    Steve Miller (Band)

    Born: 10/5/1943 Died:

    Rock singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • The Joker (1973)
  • Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
  • Abracadabra (1982)

    Album(s):

  • Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
  • Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (compilation: 1974-1978)

    Milli Vanilli

    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

    About: 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

    Born: 1/16/1944

    Country singer.

    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

    Song(s):

  • Super Bass (2011)
  • Starships (2012)
  • Beauty and a Beat (2012) – see Justin Bieber
  • Anaconda (2014)

    Charles Mingus

    Born: 4/22/1922 Died: 1/5/1979

    American jazz pianist, bassist, and composer.

    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)

    Kylie Minogue

    Born: 5/28/1968 Died:

    Australian pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • 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

    About: 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-).


    Carmen Miranda

    Song(s):

  • Que é Que a Bahiana Tem? (1939)

    The Misfits

    Song(s):

  • Where Eagles Dare (1979)

    Album(s):

  • Static Age (1978)
  • Walk Among Us (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

    Born: 2/27/1927 Died: 7/1/1999

    American pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Look at That Girl (1953)
  • Singing the Blues (1956)

    Joni Mitchell

    Born: Roberta Joan Anderson on 11/7/43 in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada

    Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. 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)
  • Help Me (1974)

    Album(s):

  • Blue (1971)
  • For the Roses (1972)
  • Court and Spark (1974)
  • Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)
  • Hejira (1976)
  • Turbulent Indigo (1994)

    Mitch Mitchell

    Born: 7/9/1947 Died: 11/12/2008

    Rock drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.


    Mobb Deep

    Song(s):

  • Shook Ones Part II (1995)

    Moby

    Born: 9/11/1965 Died:

    American electronica musican and producer.

    Album(s):

    Everything Is Wrong (1995)
  • Play (1999)

    Moby Grape

    Song(s):

  • Omaha (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Moby Grape (1967)

    Zigaboo “Ziggy” Modeliste


    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 (Janelle Monáe with Big Boi, 2010)
  • We Are Young (Fun. with Janelle Monáe, 2011)

    Album(s):

  • The ArchAndroid (2010)

    Monica

    Born: 10/24/1980 Died:

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Boy Is Mine (with Brandy, 1998)

    Thelonious Monk

    Born: 10/10/1917 Died: 2/17/1982

    Jazz pianist.

    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 (with John Coltrane, 1957)

    The Monkees

    About: 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 (w. Neil Diamond, 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 Monkees’ “I’m a Believer”: In Memory of Davy Jones (3/1/12)

    The Monks

    Album(s):

  • Black Monk Time (1966)

    The Monotones

    Song(s):

  • Book of Love (1958)

    Bill Monroe

    Born: 9/13/1911 Died: 9/6/1996

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Vaughn Monroe

    Born: 10/7/1911 Died: 5/21/1973

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • There I Go (1940)
  • My Devotion (1940)
  • 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)

    Patsy Montana

    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

    Born: 5/15/1567 Died: 11/29/1643

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)

    Little Brother Montgomery


    John Michael Montgomery

    Born: 1/20/1965

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Swear (1993)

    Wes Montgomery

    Born: 3/6/1923 Died: 6/15/1968

    American jazz guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Bumpin’ on Sunset (1965)

    Album(s):

  • The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

    Montrose

    Album(s):

  • Montrose (1973)

    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)

    Keith Moon

    Born: 8/23/1946 Died: 9/7/1978

    Rock drummer with the Who.


    Art Mooney

    Born: 2/4/1911 in Lowell, MA Died: 1993

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

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

    The Moonglows

    Song(s):

  • Sincerely (1955)

    Gary Moore


    Johnny Moore


    Sam Moore


    Scotty Moore

    Born: 12/27/1931 Died:

    American early rock ‘n’ roll guitarist with the Blue Moon Boys, Elvis Presley’s backing group.


    Stanton Moore


    Tom Morello

    Born: Thomas Baptiste Morello on 5/30/1964 in Harlem, New York Died:

    Alternative-rock/rap-metal guitarist with Rage Against the Machine (1991-2000, 07-) and Audioslave (01-07). 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
  • How’d You Like to Spoon with Me? (1906) – see Haydn Quartet
  • So Long, Mary (1906)

    George Morgan

    Born: 6/28/1924 Died:

    American country singer.


    Helen Morgan

    Song(s):

  • Bill (w. Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse, 1928)

    Lee Morgan

    Song(s):

  • The Sidewinder (1963)

    Album(s):

  • The Sidewinder (1963)

    Russ Morgan

    Born: 4/29/1904 Died: 8/7/1969

    American big band leader and musical arranger.

    Song(s):

  • Forever and Ever (with the Skylarks, 1949)

    Rod Morgenstein


    Alanis Morissette

    Born: 6/1/1974 Died:

    Canadian alternative rock singer.

    Song(s):

  • You Oughta Know (1995)
  • Ironic (1996) You Learn (1996)
  • Uninvited (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Jagged Little Pill (1995)

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir


    Jerome Moross

    Album(s):

  • The Big Country (soundtrack, 1958)

    Ennio Morricone

    Album(s):

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) ST

    Maren Morris

    Song(s):

  • My Church (2016)

    Stephen Morris


    Jim Morrison

    Born: 12/8/1943 in Melbourne, Florida Died: 7/3/1971 in Paris, France

    Rock singer with the Doors.


    Joe Morrison

    Song(s):

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

    Van Morrison

    Links: - official site - Wikipedia

    About: Blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter with the group Them (63-66) before becoming a solo artist (66-).

    Born: George Ivan Morrison on 8/31/1945 in Belfast, Ireland

    Song(s):

  • 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, 1990)

    Morrissey

    Born: 5/22/1959 Died:

    English alternative rock singer/songwriter with the Smiths (1983-87) before becoming a solo artist.

    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

    Born: Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton 9/20/1885 near New Orleans, LA Died: 7/10/1941

    Pioneering jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. 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)

    Jerry Moss


    Mother Love Bone

    About: 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

    About: 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):

  • Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

    Album(s):

  • Dr. Feelgood (1989)

    Motörhead

    Song(s):

  • Ace of Spaces (1980)

    Album(s):

  • Overkill (1979)
  • Ace of Spades (1980)
  • No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981) live

    Mott the Hoople

    Song(s):

  • All the Young Dudes (1972)

    Gary “Mani” Mounfield


    Nana Mouskouri

    Born: 10/13/1934 Died:

    Greek pop singer.


    Moving Pictures

    Album(s):

  • Days of Innocence (1982)

    Sylvia Moy


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Born: 1/27/1756 Died: 12/5/1791

    Classical composer and pianist.

    Album(s):

  • Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” (1782)
  • Piano Concerto No. 20 (1785)
  • Piano Concerto No. 21 (1785)
  • Don Giovanni (1787) opera
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) (1787)
  • Symphony No. 40 (1788)
  • Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788)
  • Requiem (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

    Born: 4/6/1927 in New York Died: 1/20/1996

    Jazz saxophonist.

    Song(s):

  • My Funny Valentine (with Chet Baker, 1953)

    Mumford & Sons

    Album(s):

  • Sigh No More (2009)
  • Babel (2012)

    Mungo Jerry

    Song(s):

  • In the Summertime (1970)

    Eddie Murphy


    Lambert Murphy

    Song(s):

  • Roses of Picardy (1918)

    Matt “Guitar” Murphy


    Anne Murray

    Born: 6/20/1945 Died:

    Country singer.


    Billy Murray

    Born: 5/25/1877 in Philadelphia, PA Died: 8/17/1954

    The most sensational record seller of the entire pre-1920 pioneer era. Born to Irish parents. Raised in Denver (early nickname: The Denver Nightingale). Sang in vaudeville and honkytonks before making his first commercial recordings in 1903. Almost immediately, his clear tenor, rapid-fire style, and amiable humor sent him skyrocketing to the top of the music world. His many hit duets with Ada Jones made them the king and queen of the era’s popular recordings. Billy also established himself as the official interpreter of George M. Cohan, since he recorded the definitive hit version of nearly every Cohan song from 1905 on. No other performer sang lead on so many group hits: (tenor – Haydn Quartet: 1898-1914; solo: 1903-, Columbia Comedy Trio: 1907; with Ada Jones: 1907-22; American Quartet: 1910-25?, Heidelberg Quintet: 1911-15).

    Song(s):

  • 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 (w. George M. Cohan, 1905)
  • Give My Regards to Broadway (w. George M. Cohan, 1905)
  • Everybody Works But Father (1905)
  • Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway (1906)
  • You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”) (w. George M. Cohan, 1906)
  • Waltz Me Around Again Willie (‘Round, ‘Round, ‘Round) (with Haydn Quartet, 1906)
  • Harrigan (w. George M. Cohan, 1907)
  • Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (with Ada Jones, 1908)
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (with the Haydn Quartet, 1908)
  • 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)
  • Play a Simple Melody (with Edna Brown, 1916)
  • K-K-K-Katy (The Stammering Song) (1918)
  • That Old Gang of Mine (with Ed Smalle, 1923)

    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, EnglandDied:

    Heavy metal guitarist with Iron Maiden.


    Edward R. Murrow

    Album(s):

  • I Can Hear It Now, Vols. 1-3 (1950)

    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)

    Charlie Musselwhite


    Modest Mussorgsky

    Classical composer.

    Born: 3/21/1839 in Karevo, Russia Died: 3/28/1881

    Song(s):

  • Song of the Flea (w. Mussorgsky, performed by Feodor Chaliapin, 1926)

    Album(s):

  • Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

    Dave Mustaine

    Born: 9/13/1961 in La Mesa, California. Died:

    Heavy metal guitarist and songwriter 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)

    J.W. Myers

    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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