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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.

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Oak Ridge Boys

Song(s):

  • Elvira (1981)

    Barry Oakley


    Oasis

    About: "Britpop" rock group from Manchester, England.

    Active: 1994-2009 Members: Brothers Liam (v) and Noel Gallagher (g) with Paul Arthurs (g), Paul McGuigan (b), and Tony McCarroll (d: 94-95), Alan White (d: 95-)

    Song(s):

  • 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

    About: Half of the pop-rock blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates with Daryl Hall.

    Born: 4/7/1949 in New York City


    Oberkirchen Children’s Choir

    Song(s):

  • The Happy Wanderer (1954)

    Brendan O’Brien

    About: Producer for Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen.


    Billy Ocean

    Born: Leslie Sebastian Charles on 1/21/1950 in Trinidad

    R&B singer (“Caribbean Queen”, “Loverboy”, “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”, “There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry”).


    Frank Ocean

    Album(s):

  • Channel Orange (2012)

    Phil Ochs

    Song(s):

  • I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore (year?)

    Album(s):

  • I Ain’t Marching Anymore (1965)

    Helen O’Connell

    Song(s):

  • Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)
  • Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (Jimmy Dorsey with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)

    Sinéad O’Connor

    Born: 12/8/1966 in Ireland Died:

    Alternative-rock singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Want Your Hands on Me (1987)
  • Nothing Compares 2 U (written by Prince, 1990)

    Album(s):

  • I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)

    Odetta


    Colby O’Donis

    Song(s):

  • Just Dance (with Lady Gaga, 2008)
  • Beautiful (with Akon & Kardinal Offishall, 2008)

    Offspring

    Song(s):

  • Come Out and Play (1994)
  • Self Esteem (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Smash (1994)
  • Americana (1998)

    The Ohio Players


    The O'Jays

    Song(s):

  • Love Train (written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, 1973)

    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

    About: English composer and musician.

    Born: 5/15/1953 Died:

    Album(s):

  • Tubular Bells (1973)

    Andrew Oldham

    Born: 1/29/1944 in London Died:

    Manager for the Rolling Stones during their formative years. Pushed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to record original material.


    Spooner Oldham

    Born: 6/14/1943 Died:

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


    King Oliver

    About: 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

    Born: 3/18/1893 Died: 3/18/1971

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Always (with Fran Frey, Bob Rice, & Edward Joyce; 1926)
  • Who? (written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, 1926)
  • The Last Round-Up (with Joe Morrison, 1933)

    Don Omar

    Song(s):

  • Danza Kuduro (Don Omar with Lucenzo, 2011)
  • Taboo (2011)

    OmPrakash


    Jim O’Neal


    One Direction

    Song(s):

  • What Makes You Beautiful (2011)
  • One Thing (2012)
  • Live While We’re Young (2012)

    One Republic

    Song(s):

  • Apologize (with Timbaland, 2007)

    112

    Song(s):

  • I'll Be Missing You (Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112, 1997)

    Operation Ivy

    Album(s):

  • Energy (1989)
    The Orb

    Album(s):

  • Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991)

    Roy Orbison

    Born: 4/23/1936 in Vernon, TX Died: heart attack on 12/6/88 in Madison, TN

    Influential early rock and roll singer/songwriter. 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)
  • Running Scared (1961)
  • Oh, Pretty Woman (1964)

    Album(s):

  • For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits (1956-1964) G

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Roy Orbison charts with “Oh, Pretty Woman”: August 29, 1964 (8/29/11)

    Orbital

    Album(s):

  • Orbital 2 (aka “The Brown Album”) (1993)

    Carl Orff

    About: German classical composer.

    Born: 7/10/1895 Died: 1982

    Album(s):

  • Carmina Burana (1936)

    Original Dixieland Jazz Band

    Song(s):

  • Dark Town Strutters' Ball (1917)
  • Tiger Rag (1918)

    The Orioles

    Song(s):

  • Crying in the Chapel (1953)

    Orion the Hunter

    see Boston

    Album(s):

  • Orion the Hunter (1984)

    Tony Orlando (& Dawn)

    Born: Michael Anthony Orlando on 4/3/1944

    American singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Eugene Ormandy

    Born: 11/18/1899 Died: 3/12/1985

    Hungarian classical conductor and violinist.


    Kid Ory

    Song(s):

  • Ory’s Creole Trombone (1922)

    Roland Orzabal

    see Tears for Fears

    Album(s):

  • Tomcats Screaming Outside (2001)

    Jeffrey Osborne

    Born: 3/9/1948 Died:

    American R&B singer/songwriter.


    Ozzy Osbourne

    Born: 12/3/1948 Died:

    Heavy metal rock singer with Black Sabbath and later a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Crazy Train (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

    Born: 12/9/1957 Died:

    American pop singer.


    Little Jimmy Osmond

    Song(s):

  • Long Haired Lover from Liverpool (1972)

    The Osmonds


    Vess Ossman

    Born: 8/21/1868 Died: 12/7/1923

    American ragtime banjoist.

    Song(s):

  • Yankee Doodle (1894)
  • Honolulu Cake Walk (1898)
  • The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1900)
  • A Coon Band Contest (1900)
  • Maple Leaf Rag (1907)

    Mo Ostin


    Clyde Otis


    Johnny Otis

    Born: John Alexander Veliotes on 12/28/1921 in Vallejo, California Died: 1/19/2012

    American R&B bandleader, musician, producer, and disc jockey. 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):

  • Aquemini (1998)
  • Stankonia (2000)
  • Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • OutKast charted with the Song of the Decade, “Hey Ya!”: October 18, 2003 (10/18/11)

    Buck Owens

    Born: 8/12/1929 Died: 3/25/2006

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Act Naturally (1963)
  • I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)

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      Last updated December 29, 2013.