Music Makers Encyclopedia: O


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.

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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Will Oakland

Song(s):
Mother Machree (1911)


Oak Ridge Boys

Country/gospel vocal quartet founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. Changed name to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. Were a gospel group until the mid-‘70s and they changed focus to country music. Their most popular lineup consisted of Duane Allen (lead: 66-), Joe Bonsall (tenor: 73-), William Lee Golden (baritone: 65-87, 95-), and Richard Sterban (bass: 72-).

Song(s):
Elvira (1981)

Album(s):
Y’All Come Back Saloon (1978)


Barry Oakley


O.A.R.

Song(s):
Shattered (Turn the Car Around) (2008)


Oasis

Alternative rock group from Manchester, England at the helm of the Britpop movement. Active: 1991-2009 Members: Brothers Liam (v) and Noel Gallagher (g/lyrics) with Gem Archer (k/g: 99-09), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (g: 91-99), Andy Bell (b/k/g: 99-09), Tony McCarroll (d: 91-95), Paul McGuigan (b: 91-99), Alan White (d: 95-04).

Song(s):
Oasis: Top 20 Songs
Supersonic (1994)
Live Forever (1994)
Cigarettes and Alcohol (1994)
Whatever (1994)
Shaermaker (1994)
Wonderwall (1995)
Don’t Look Back in Anger (1995)
Champagne Supernova (1995)
Some Might Say (1995)
Roll with It (1995)
D’You Know What I Mean? (1997)

Album(s):
Definitely Maybe (1994)
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
Be Here Now (1997)

The DMDB Blog:
Blur beats Oasis in the battle of Britpop: August 26, 1995 (8/26/11)


John Oates

Born 4/7/1949 in New York City. Half of the pop-rock blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates with Daryl Hall.


Oberkirchen Children’s Choir

Song(s):
The Happy Wanderer (1954)


Brendan O’Brien

Producer born 6/23/1963 in Atlanta, GA. Worked with Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen.


Billy Ocean

R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen," "Loverboy," "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going") born Leslie Sebastian Charles on 1/21/1950 in Trinidad.

Song(s):
There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry (1986)
Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car (1988)


Danny Ocean

Song(s):
Me Rehúso (2016)


Frank Ocean

Song(s):
Thinkin’ ‘Bout You (2012)
Pyramids (2012)

Album(s):
Channel Orange (2012)
Blond (2016)


Phil Ochs

Song(s):

Album(s):
I Ain’t Marching Anymore (1965)


Ocean Colour Scene

Song(s):
The Riverboat Song (1996)
The Day We Caught the Train (1996)


Helen O’Connell

Song(s):
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (1941) – see Jimmy Dorsey
Tangerine (1942) – see Jimmy Dorsey


Donald O’Connor

Song(s):
Make ‘Em Laugh (1952)


Sinéad O’Connor

Alternative-rock singer born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor on 12/8/1966 in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland.

Song(s):
I Want Your Hands on Me (1987)
Troy (1987)
Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)
Black Boys on Mopeds (1990)
Mother (live, 1990) – see Roger Waters
Sacrifice (1991)
The House of the Rising Sun (1994)
All Apologies (1994)

Album(s):
The Lion and the Cobra (1987)
I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)
Universal Mother (1994)
So Far…The Best of (compilation, released 1997)
Collaborations (archives, 2003)


Alan O’Day

Song(s):
Undercover Angel (1977)


Anita O’Day

Song(s):
Tennessee Waltz (1951)


Corki Casey O’Dell


Odetta


Colby O’Donis

Song(s):
Just Dance (2008) – see Lady Gaga


The Offspring

Song(s):
Come Out and Play (1994)
Self Esteem (1994)
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid (2008)

Album(s):
Smash (1994)
Americana (1998)


Of Monsters and Men

Song(s):
Little Talks (2011)
Mountain Sound (2011)

Album(s):
My Head Is an Animal (2011)


The Ohio Players

Song(s):
Fire (1974)
Love Rollercoaster (1975)


Oingo Boingo

Song(s):
Dead Man’s Party (1985)


The O’Jays

Song(s):
Love Train (1973)
For the Love of Money (1974)

Album(s):
Ship Ahoy (1973)


Walter O’Keefe

Song(s):
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1934)


OK Go

Song(s):
Here It Goes Again (2006)


Babtunde Olatunji

Album(s):
Drums of Passion (1960)


Chauncey Olcott

Song(s):
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1913)
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby) (1913)


Mike Oldfield

Composer and musician born 5/15/1953 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

Album(s):
Tubular Bells (1973)


Andrew Loog Oldham

Producer/manager born 1/29/1944 in London, England. Managed the Rolling Stones (63-67). Pushed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to record original material and billed the Rolling Stones as bad boys in contrast with the Beatles.


Spooner Oldham

American R&B songwriter born 6/14/1943. Notable member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.


Thomas Oliphant

Song(s) written by Oliphant:
Deck the Halls (1862)


Olive

Song(s):
You’re Not Alone (1996)


King Oliver

Jazz cornet player, band leader, and composer born Joseph Nathan Oliver on 5/11/1885 in Aben, Louisiana. Died 4/10/1938.

Song(s):
Chime Blues (1923)
Dipper Mouth Blues (1923)
Canal Street Blues (1923)


Paul Oliver


George Olsen

Jazz/big band leader born George Edward Olsen, Sr. on 3/18/1893 in Portland, OR. Died 3/18/1971.

Song(s):
Always (with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce, 1926)
Who? (1926)
At Sundown When Love Is Calling Me Home (with Bob Borger, 1927)
The Best Things in Life Are Free (with Bob Borger, 1927)
Say It Isn’t So (with Paul Small, 1932)
The Last Round-Up (with Joe Morrison, 1933)


The Olympics

Song(s):
Western Movies (1958)


OMI

Song(s):
Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) (2014)


OmPrakash


Jim O’Neal


One Direction

Song(s):
What Makes You Beautiful (2011)

Album(s):
Take Me Home (2012)
Midnight Memories (2013)


One Eskimo

Song(s):
Kandi (2009)


Melissa O’Neil

Song(s):
Alive (2005)


One Republic

Song(s):
Apologize (with Timbaland, 2007)
Counting Stars (2013)

Album(s):
Native (2013)


112

Song(s):
I’ll Be Missing You (1997) – see Puff Daddy


The Only Ones

Song(s):
Another Girl, Another Planet (1978)


Yoko Ono

Song(s):
Walking on Thin Ice (1981)


Operation Ivy

Album(s):
Energy (1989)


The Orb

Album(s):
Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991)


Roy Orbison

Influential early rock and roll singer/songwriter born 4/23/1936 in Vernon, TX. Died heart attack on 12/6/88 in Madison, TN. Had own band, the Wink Westerners, in 1952. Attended North Texas State University with Pat Boone. First recorded in early 1956 as leader of the Teen Kings. Toured with Sun Records shows in 1958. Toured with the Beatles in 1963. Member of the supergroup Traveling Wilburys in 1988.

Song(s):
Only the Lonely (1960)
Crying (1961)
In Dreams (1963)
Blue Bayou (1963)
Pretty Paper (1963)
Oh, Pretty Woman (1964)

Album(s):
For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1956-64, released 1989)


Orbital

Album(s):
Orbital 2 (aka "The Brown Album") (1993)


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Song(s):
Enola Gay (1980)


Carl Orff

German classical composer.

Born: 7/10/1895. Died 1982

Album(s):
Carmina Burana (1936)


Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Song(s):
Darktown Strutters’ Ball (1917)
Tiger Rag (1918)
Royal Garden Blues (with Al Bernard, 1921)


The Orioles

Song(s):
It’s Too Soon to Know (1948)
Crying in the Chapel (1953)


Orion the Hunter

Band formed by Boston members Brad Delp (v) and Barry Goudreau (g).

Album(s):
Orion the Hunter (1984)


Nicholas Orlando

Song(s):
Till We Meet Again (with Harry Macdonough and Charles Hart, 1919)


Tony Orlando (& Dawn)

Singer born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis on 4/3/1944 in New York City, NY.

Song(s):
Knock Three Times (1970)
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree (1973)


Eugene Ormandy

Classical conductor and violinist born Jen%u0151 Blau on 11/8/1899 in Budapest, Hungary. Died 3/12/1985.


Orpheus Quartet

Active: 1914-1919. Members: William F. Hooley (bass: 1914-18), Harry MacDonough (tenor), Lambert Murphy (tenor), Reinald Werrenrath (baritone).

Song(s):
Bring Back My Bonnie to Me (1919)


Kid Ory

Song(s):
Ory’s Creole Trombone (1922)


Roland Orzabal

Member of Tears for Fears.

Album(s):
Tomcats Screaming Outside (2001)


The Osborne Brothers

Song(s):
Rocky Top (1968)


Joan Osborne

Song(s):
One of Us (1995)

Album(s):
Relish (1995)


Ozzy Osbourne

Heavy metal rock singer born John Michael Osbourne on 12/3/1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England. With Black Sabbath ("Iron Man," "War Pigs") and later a solo artist.

Song(s):
Crazy Train (1980)
Mr. Crowley (1980)
Shot in the Dark (1986)
Close My Eyes Forever (1988) – see Lita Ford
Under the Graveyard (2019)

Album(s):
Blizzard of Ozz (1980)

The DMDB Blog:
Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne’s "Suicide Solution": December 19, 1986 (12/19/11)


K.T. Oslin

Song(s):
Hold Me (1988)

Album(s):
This Woman (1988)


Donny Osmond

Pop singer born 12/9/1957 in Ogden, UT. Recorded with siblings in The Osmond Brothers and with sister Marie as a duo.

Song(s):
Puppy Love (1972)
I’ll Make a Man Out of You (with Chorus, from Mulan, 1998)


Little Jimmy Osmond

Song(s):
Long Haired Lover from Liverpool (1972)


The Osmonds


Vess Ossman

Ragtime banjoist born Sylvester Louis Ossman on 8/21/1868 in Hudson, NY. Died 12/7/1923.

Song(s):
Yankee Doodle (1894)
Yankee Doodle (new version, 1897)
Honolulu Cake Walk (1898)
At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1898)
A Bunch of Rags (1899)
Whistling Rufus (1899)
The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1900)
A Coon Band Contest (1900)
The St. Louis Rag (1905)
The Buffalo Rag (1906)
The St. Louis Tickle (1906)
Maple Leaf Rag (1907)


Mo Ostin

Record executive born 3/27/1927 in New York City, NY. With Verve, Reprise, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks SKG.


Clyde Otis


Johnny Otis

R&B bandleader, musician, producer, and disc jockey born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes on 12/28/1921 in Vallejo, California. Died 1/19/2012. Often called "The Godfather of Rhythm & Blues". Produced artists like Etta James, Jackie Wilson, Little Esther Phillips, and Big Mama Thornton.

Song(s):
Willie and the Hand Jive (1958)


Gilbert O’Sullivan

Song(s):
Alone Again Naturally (1972)


Outkast

Atlanta-based male rap duo. Part of one-time collaboration The Dungeon Family. Active: 1992- Members: Andre "Dre, aka Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antoine "Big Boi" Patton

Song(s):
Rosa Parks (1998)
Ms. Jackson (2000)
B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) (2000)
Hey Ya! (2003)
The Way You Move (2003)

Album(s):
ATLiens (1996)
Aquemini (1998)
Stankonia (2000)
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)


Buck Owens

Country singer born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. on 8/12/1929 in Sherman, TX. Died 3/25/2006.

Song(s):
Act Naturally (1963)
Love’s Gonna Live Here (1963)
Together Again (1964)
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)
Before You Go (1965)

Album(s):
Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)


Owl City

Song(s):
Fireflies (2009)


Seiji Ozawa


O-Zone

Song(s):
Dragostea Din Tei (2004)


Ozuna

Song(s):
Criminal (2017) – see Natti Natasha
Te Boté (Remix) (2018) – see Nio Garcia


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 November 11, 2021.