Music Makers Encyclopedia: N


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

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Naked Eyes

Song(s):
Always Something There to Remind Me (1983)


Napalm Death

Album(s):
Scum (1987)


Nas

Rap singer born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones on 9/14/1973 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.

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

Album(s):
Illmatic (1994)
It Was Written (1996)
Stillmatic (2001)


Graham Nash


Johnny Nash

Song(s):
I Can See Clearly Now (1972)


The Nashville “A” Team


Natti Natasha

Song(s):
Criminal (with Ozuna, 2017)


Nate Dogg

Song(s):
Regulate (with Warren G, 1994)


Syd Nathan

Record Executive (King Records) born 4/27/1904 in Cincinnati, OH. Died 3/5/1968.


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

Rap singer born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on 11/2/1974 in Austin, TX.

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)
Suit (2004)


Ken Nelson


Oliver Nelson

Album(s):
The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)


Ozzie Nelson

Jazz/big band leader and actor born Oswald George Nelson on 3/20/1906 in Jersey City, NJ. Died 6/3/1975.


Ricky Nelson

Pop singer (“Garden Party”, “I’m Walkin’”) born Eric Hilliard Nelson on 5/8/1940 in Teaneck, NJ. Died 12/31/1985. 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

Country singer/songwriter born 4/29/1933 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).

Song(s) written by Willie Nelson:
Crazy (1961) – see Patsy Cline
Hello Walls (1961) – see Faron Young

Song(s) performed by Willie Nelson:
Willie Nelson: Top 80 Songs
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1975)
Good Hearted Woman (1975) – see Waylon Jennings
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)
Pancho and Lefty (with Merle Haggard, 1982)
City of New Orleans (1984)
Highwayman (1985) – see The Highwaymen
Just Breathe (w/ Lukas Nelson, 2012)

Album(s):
Red Headed Stranger (1975)
Wanted! The Outlaws (1976) – see Waylon Jennings
Stardust (1978)
Always on My Mind (1982)

The DMDB Blog:
Willie Nelson – Top 80 Songs


The Neptunes

Production duo of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams.


Neutral Milk Hotel

Album(s):
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)


Aaron Neville

R&B singer with the Neville Brothers. Also a solo artist. Born 1/24/1941 in Louisiana.

Song(s):
Tell It Like It Is (1966)


Ethelbert Nevin


Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Jazz pianist.


New Edition


Bob Newhart

Album(s):
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (comedy, 1960)


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

Singer/songwriter and film score composer born 11/28/1943 in Los Angeles, CA.

Song(s):
Sail Away (1972)
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (with Lyle Lovett, from Toy Story, 1995)

Album(s):
Randy Newman (1968)
12 Songs (1970)
Sail Away (1972)


New Order

Techno-dance group from Manchester England. 1980-2005. 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). 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.

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: 1981-87, released 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

Country/pop singer born 9/26/1948 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. 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)
Hopelessly Devoted to You (1978)
Xanadu (with Electric Light Orchestra, 1980)
Physical (1981)
Grease Megamix (with John Travolta, 1990)

Album(s):
Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
Grease (soundtrack with John Travolta et al, 1978) – see Various Artists
Xanadu (soundtrack with Electric Light Orchestra, 1980)


The New Vaudeville Band

Song(s):
Winchester Cathederal (1966)


New York Dolls

American punk rock band from New York. Hugely influential in the look of many 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 Philharmonic


New York Pro Musica

Album(s):
The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (with Noah Greenberg, 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, 1930)
I Got Rhythm (1930)


Nickelback

Song(s):
How You Remind Me (2001)
Photograph (2005)
Far Away (2005)
If Everyone Cared (2005)
Gotta Be Somebody (2008)

Album(s):
All the Right Reasons (2005)
Dark Horse (2008)


Stevie Nicks

Singer/songwriter born Stephanie Lynn Nicks on 5/26/1948 in Phoenix, AZ. 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

Blues guitarist born 11/30/1909 in Helena, AR. Died 11/5/1967.

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)
Hurt (1995)
Every Day Is Exactly the Same (2005)

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)
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (2018)


Nirvana

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 (1991)
Lithium (1991)
In Bloom (1991)
Heart-Shaped Box (1993)
All Apologies (1993)

Album(s):
Nevermind (1991)
In Utero (1993)
MTV Unplugged in New York (live, 1993)
Nirvana (Greatest Hits) (compilation: 1988-94, released 2002)


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Country-rock band from Long Beach, California. 1966-. Members have included Jackson Browne (g/v: 66), Bob Carpenter (k: 77-), Jimmie Fadden (multiple instruments: 66-), Jeff Hanna (v/g: 66-), John McEuen (multi-instrumentalist: 66-86, 01-17).

Song(s):
Mr. Bojangles (1970)

Album(s):
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)


Marni Nixon

Song(s):
Getting to Know You (from The King and I, 1956)
Shall We Dance? (with Yul Brynner, from The King and I, 1956)
Hello Young Lovers (from The King and I, 1956)
Tonight (with Jim Bryant, from soundtrack, 1961)
Somewhere (from West Side Story, 1961)
Maria (from West Side Story soundtrack, 1961) – see Jim Bryant


Ray Noble

Jazz/big band songwriter born 12/17/1903 in Brighton, Sussex, England. Died 4/3/1978.

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 (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

Soprano opera singer born 9/15/1945 in Augusta, GA.


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

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.

Rap singer born Christopher George Latore Wallace on 5/21/1972 in New York City, NY. Died 3/9/1997. 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)
One More Chance (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)


Donald Novis

Song(s):
Sweet and Lovely (1931) – see Gus Arnheim


Krist Novoselic


Rick Nowels


NRG

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)


Ted Nugent

Rock guitarist born 12/13/1948 in Redford, Michigan. With Amboy Dukes (“Journey to the Center of the Mind,” “The Great White Buffalo”) before embarking on a solo career (“Cat Scratch Fever,” “Wango Tango”). Also worked with Damn Yankees.


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)


Nyla

Song(s):
Light It Up (2016) – see Major Lazer


Laura Nyro

Singer/songwriter and pianist born 10/18/1947. Died 4/8/1997. 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). Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers.

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, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by the DMDB.

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

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Last updated February 9, 2020.