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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Oak Ridge Boys

Song(s):
Elvira (1981)


Barry Oakley


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)

Some Might Say (1995)

Wonderwall (1995)

Don’t Look Back in Anger (1995)

Champagne Supernova (1995)

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)


Danny Ocean

Song(s):
Me Rehúso (2016)


Frank Ocean

Song(s):
Pyramids (2012)

Album(s):
Channel Orange (2012)


Phil Ochs

Song(s):
I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore (1965)

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


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


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)
Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)

Album(s):
I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)


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)

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


The Ohio Players


Oingo Boingo

Song(s):
Dead Man’s Party (1985)


The O’Jays

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


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

Born 6/14/1943. Died

American R&B songwriter. Notable member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.


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)
The Best Things in Life Are Free (with Bob Borger, 1927)
The Last Round-Up (with Joe Morrison, 1933)


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)


Melissa O’Neil

Song(s):
Alive (2005)


One Republic

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


112

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


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)
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):
If You Leave (1984)


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)
Livery Stable Blues (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

see Boston

Album(s):
Orion the Hunter (1984)


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

see Tears for Fears

Album(s):
Tomcats Screaming Outside (2001)


The Osborne Brothers

Song(s):
Rocky Top (1968)


Jeffrey Osborne

Born 3/9/1948. Died

American R&B singer/songwriter.


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)

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)


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):
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)
Honolulu Cake Walk (1898)
A Bunch of Rags (1899)
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1900)
A Coon Band Contest (1900)
Maple Leaf Rag (1907)


Ken Ehrlich


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)

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)
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)

Album(s):
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)
Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)


Owl City

Song(s):
Fireflies (2009)


Seiji Ozawa


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

You can also check the search engine for names, albums, songs, and other content on this site:

Last updated February 9, 2020.