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

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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Napalm Death

Album(s):

  • Scum (1987)

    Nas

    Born: 9/14/1973 Died:

    American rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • The World Is Yours (1994)
  • NY State of Mind (1994)
  • One Mic (2002)
  • Made You Look (2002)

    Album(s):

  • Illmatic (1994)

    Graham Nash


    Johnny Nash

    Song(s):

  • I Can See Clearly Now (1972)

    The Nashville “A” Team


    Nate Dogg

    Song(s):

  • Regulate (with Warren G, 1994)

    Syd Nathan


    The National

    Albums(s):

  • High Violet (2010)

    Naughty Boy

    Song(s):

  • La La La (2013) – see Sam Smith

    Naughty by Nature

    Song(s):

  • O.P.P. (1991)

    Nayer

    Song(s):

  • Give Me Everything (2011) – see Pitbull

    Youssou N’Dour


    Theresa Needham


    Nelly

    Born: 11/2/1974 Died:

    Rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • Hot Shit (Country Grammar) (2000)
  • Hot in Herre (2002)
  • Dilemma (with Kelly Rowland, 2002)
  • Over and Over (with Tim McGraw, 2004)

    Album(s):

  • Country Grammar (2000)
  • Nellyville (2002)

    Ken Nelson


    Oliver Nelson

    Album(s):

  • The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)

    Ozzie Nelson

    Born: Oswald George Nelson on 3/20/1906 Died: 6/3/1975

    American actor and jazz/big band leader.


    Ricky Nelson

    Born: Eric Hilliard Nelson on 5/8/1940 Died: 12/31/1985

    Pop singer (“Garden Party”, “I’m Walkin’”). Son of famous parents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Sons formed pop-rock duo Nelson (“Can’t Live without Your Love and Affection”).

    Song(s):

  • Hello Mary Lou (1961)

    Skip Nelson

    Song(s):

  • That Old Black Magic (1943) – see Glenn Miller

    Willie Nelson

    About: Prolific country singer/songwriter. Raised in Abbott, TX. Wrote hits for others before becominga successful singer in his own right. Moved to Nashville in 1960. Moved back to Texas in 1970. Pioneered the “outlaw” country movement. Appeared in several movies including The Electric Horseman (1979), Honeysuckle Rose (1980), and Barbarosa (1982).

    Born: 4/30/1933 in Forth Worth, TX

    Song(s) written by Willie Nelson:

  • Crazy (1961) – see Patsy Cline
  • Hello Walls (1961) – see Faron Young

    Song(s) performed by Willie Nelson:

  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1975)
  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (with Waylon Jennings, 1978)
  • On the Road Again (1980)
  • Always on My Mind (1982)
  • City of New Orleans (1984)
  • Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen

    Album(s):

  • Red Headed Stranger (1975)
  • Wanted! The Outlaws (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Jessi Colter, 1976)
  • Stardust (1978)
  • Always on My Mind (1982)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Willie Nelson – Top 80 Songs

    The Neptunes


    Neutral Milk Hotel

    Album(s):

  • In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

    Aaron Neville

    Born: 1/24/1941 in Louisiana

    R&B singer with the Neville Brothers. Also a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Tell It Like It Is (1966)

    Ethelbert Nevin


    New Edition


    Bob Newhart

    Album(s):

  • The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (1960) comedy

    New Kids on the Block

    Album(s):

  • Hangin’ Tough (1988)

    Anthony Newley


    Alfred Newman

    Born: 3/17/1900 in New Haven, CT Died: 2/17/1970

    Musical theater composer.


    David “Fathead” Newman


    Randy Newman

    Born: 11/28/1943 Died:

    American songwriter and film score composer.

    Song(s):

  • Sail Away (1972)

    Album(s):

  • Randy Newman (1968)
  • 12 Songs (1970)
  • Sail Away (1972)

    New Order

    Techno-dance group from Manchester England. Sumner, Hook, and Morris had all been in Joy Division and, after lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself, formed New Order. Morris and Gilbert, who are married, also formed The Other Two.

    Active: 1980-2005 Members: Bernard Sumner (v/g/k), Peter Hook (b), and Stephen Morris (d), Gillian Gilbert (k – New Order: 80-01), Phil Cunningham (g/k: 01-05)

    Song(s):

  • Temptation (1982)
  • Blue Monday (1983)
  • Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
  • True Faith (1987)

    Album(s):

  • Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
  • Low-Life (1985)
  • Substance (compilation: 1981-1987)
  • Technique (1989)

    New Seekers

    Song(s):

  • I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)

    Jason Newsted


    Juice Newton

    Song(s):

  • Angel of the Morning (1981)

    Wayne Newton

    Born: 4/3/1942

    American singer and entertainer (“Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast”, “Danke Schoen”) nicknamed “Mr. Las Vegas.”


    Olivia Newton-John

    Born: 9/26/48 in Cambridge, England

    Country/pop singer with Pat & Olivia duo and group Tomorrow before going solo. Moved to Australia in 1953. At age 16, won talent contest to England. Granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning German physicist Max Born. CMA Award for 1974 Female Vocalist of the Year. In movies Grease, Xanadu, and Two of a Kind. Married actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984. Opened own chain of clothing boutiques (Koala Blue) in 1984. Battled breast cancer in 1992.

    Song(s):

  • I Honestly Love You (1974)
  • You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta, 1978)
  • Summer Nights (with John Travolta, 1978)
  • Physical (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
  • Grease (soundtrack with John Travolta et al, 1978) – see Various Artists

    The New Vaudeville Band

    Song(s):

  • Winchester Cathederal (1966)

    New York Dolls

    About: American punk rock band from New York. Hugely influential in the look of man new wave and glam metal groups.

    Active: 1971-76, 2004-. Members: David Johansen (v: 71-76, 04-), Johnny Thunders (g/v: 71-75), Sylvain Sylvain (g/b/piano: 71-76, 04-), Arthur Kane (b: 71-75, 04), Billy Murcia (d: 71-72), Rick Rivets (g: 71), Jerry Nolan (d: 72-75), Peter Jordan (b: 75-76), Blackie Lawless (g: 75), Chris Robison (k: 75), Tony Machine (d: 75-76), Bobby Blaine (k: 76), Steve Conte (g/v: 04-10), Gary Powell (d: 04), Sami Yaffa (b: 05-10), Brian Koonin (k: 05-06), Frank Infante (g: 10-11), Jason Hill (b: 10-11), Jason Sutter (d: 11), Earl Slick (g: 11-), Kenny Aaronson (b: 11-), Brian Delaney (d: 05-)

    Song(s):

  • Personality Crisis (1973)

    Album(s):

  • New York Dolls (1973)

    New York Pro Musica

    Album(s):

  • with Noah Greenberg – The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (1958)

    New York Strings Quartet

    Song(s):

  • Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (1972)

    Next

    Song(s):

  • Too Close (1998)

    Ne-Yo

    Song(s):

  • Miss Independent (2008)
  • Give Me Everything (2011) – see Pitbull

    Red Nichols

    Born: Ernest Loring Nichols on 5/8/1905 Died: 6/28/1965

    American jazz/big band leader, cornettist, and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider (1927)
  • Embraceable You (with Dick Robertson, w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, 1930)
  • I Got Rhythm (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, 1930)

    Nickelback

    Song(s):

  • How You Remind Me (2001)

    Album(s):

  • All the Right Reasons (2005)
  • Dark Horse (2008)

    Stevie Nicks

    Born: Stephanie Lynn Nicks on 5/26/1948 Died:

    American rock singer/songwriter with Fleetwood Mac (“Dreams”, “Sara”) and a solo artist (“Edge of Seventeen”, “Leather and Lace”, 1981’s Bella Donna).

    Song(s):

  • Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1981)
  • Edge of Seventeen (1981)

    Alice Nielsen

    Song(s):

  • Home, Sweet Home (1915)

    Robert Nighthawk

    Born: 11/30/1909 in Helena, AR Died: 11/5/1967

    American blues guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • Live on Maxwell Street (year?)

    Harry Nilsson

    Song(s):

  • Everybody’s Talkin’ (1968)
  • Without You (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Nilsson Schmilsson (1971)

    Nine Inch Nails

    Song(s):

  • Head Like a Hole (1990)
  • Closer (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
  • The Downward Spiral (1994)
  • The Fragile (1999)

    The 1975

    Albums(s):

  • I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (2016)

    Nirvana

    About: Grunge rock trio from Aberdeen, Washington.

    Active: 1987-94 Members: Kurt Cobain (v/g: 87-94), Jason Everman (g – Nirvana: 89; Soundgarden; Mindfunk), Chris Novoselic (b – Stiff Woodies; Skid Row; Nirvana: 87-94; Sweet 75: 97-?; The No W.T.O. Combo: 00), Chad Channing (d – Nirvana: 87-90), Dan Peters (d – Mudhoney: 88-; Nirvana: 90), Dave Grohl (d: 90-94)

    Song(s):

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
  • Come As You Are (1992)
  • Lithium (1992)
  • Heart-Shaped Box (1993)
  • All Apologies (1993)

    Album(s):

  • Nevermind (1991)
  • In Utero (1993)
  • MTV Unplugged in New York (live, 1993)

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Album(s):

  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)

    Marni Nixon

    Song(s):

  • Somewhere (1961)

    Ray Noble

    Born: 12/17/1903 Died: 4/3/1978

    Jazz/big band songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • The Old Spinning Wheel (with Al Bowlly, 1933)
  • The Very Thought of You (with Al Bowlly, 1934)
  • Isle of Capri (with Al Bowlly, 1934)
  • I've Got You Under My Skin (w. Cole Porter, 1936)
  • Linda (with Buddy Clark, 1947)

    Gene Nobles


    No Doubt

    Song(s):

  • Don't Speak (1996)

    Album(s):

  • Tragic Kingdom (1995)

    NOFX

    Album(s):

  • Punk in Drublic (1994)

    Jessye Norman

    Born: 9/15/1945 Died:

    Soprano opera singer.


    Red Norvo

    Born: 3/31/1908 Died: 4/6/1999

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Says My Heart (with Mildred Bailey, 1938)

    Jack Norworth

    About: Vaudevillian performer married to singer Nora Bayes (1908-13).

    Song(s):

  • Shine on, Harvest Moon (written with Nora Bayes, performed by Harry MacDonough with Miss Walton, 1909) – see Harry MacDonough

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    Born: Christopher George Latore Wallace on 5/21/1972 in New York City, NY Died: 3/9/1997

    American rap singer. Sometimes known as Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa, or the Black Frank White. Killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

    Song(s):

  • Juicy (1994)
  • Big Poppa (1994)
  • Mo Money, Mo Problems (with Puff Daddy & Mase) (1997)
  • Hypnotize (1997)

    Album(s):

  • Ready to Die (1994)
  • Life after Death (1997)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • 14 Years Ago Puff Daddy Memorialized Notorious B.I.G. (6/14/2011)

    Krist Novoselic


    N.R.G.

    see Kevin Gilbert

    Album(s):

  • No Reasons Given (1984)

    N’ Sync

    Song(s):

  • Bye, Bye, Bye (2000)
  • It’s Gonna Be Me (2000)

    Album(s):

  • No Strings Attached (2000)

    Gary Numan

    Song(s):

  • Cars (1979)

    N.W.A.

    Song(s):

  • Fuck tha Police (1989)
  • Straight Outta Compton (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Straight Outta Compton (1989)

    Laura Nyro

    Born: 10/18/1947 Died: 4/8/1997

    About: Singer/songwriter and pianist. Began recording as a teenager. Known mostly for her songs covered by others, including “And When I Die” (Blood, Sweat & Tears), “Wedding Bell Blues” (The 5th Dimension), and “Eli’s Coming” (Three Dog Night).

    Album(s):

  • Laura Nyro (1966)

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

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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      Last updated Feb. 13, 2017.