Music Makers Encyclopedia: P

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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P. Diddy

– see Puff Daddy

Augustus Pablo

King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976)

Johann Pachelbel

Classical composer.

Classical Work(s):
Canon in D major (1694). Note: not long enough to qualify as an album.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Classical pianist born 11/6/1860 in Kurylowka, Ukraine. Died 6/29/1941.

Hugh Padgham

Producer for Genesis, The Police, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Jimmy Page

Rock guitarist born 1/9/1944 in Heston, Middlesex, England. With the Yardbirds (66-68), Led Zeppelin (69-80), Honeydrippers (84), The Firm (84-86), Coverdale-Page (91-93), with Robert Plant (94-98).

Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, & Robert Plant: Top 100 Songs

Volume One (The Honeydrippers: 1984)
No Quarter (live, 1994) – see Robert Plant
Walking into Clarksdale (1998) – see Robert Plant

Oran “Hot Lips” Page

Uncle Sam Blues (1944)

Patti Page

Pop singer born Clara Ann Fowler on 11/8/1927 in Claremore, OK. Died 1/1/2013. Sold more records than any other female singer in the ‘50s. After singing briefly with Benny Goodman in early 1948, her first major hits created a great stir since they were among the first widely-heard multi-track vocal recordings, in which she seemed to be singing duets with herself. Patti also hosted a late-‘50s TV series.

So in Love (from Kiss Me, Kate, 1949)
Tennessee Waltz (1950)
I Went to Your Wedding (1952)
The Doggie in the Window (1953)

Gabby Pahinui

Hula Medley (1947)

Ian Paice

Rock drummer with Deep Purple (68-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13) and Whitesnake (79-81).

Brad Paisley

Country singer born 10/28/1972 in Glen Dale, WV.

Time Well Wasted (2005)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Classical composer born 2/3/1525 in Palestrina, Italy. Died 2/2/1594.

Classical Work(s): Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (1562)

Pino Palladino

Palma Violets

Best of Friends (2012)

Carl Palmer

Born 3/20/1951 in Birmingham, England

Progressive rock drummer with The King Bees, aka “Craig”; Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds; with Albert Lee; Crazy World of Arthur Brown (68); Atomic Rooster (68-69); Emerson, Lake & Palmer (69-79, 92) PM (80); Asia (81-85,90-92, 07-10); 3 (87-88); Qango (00).

Earl Palmer

R&B session drummer born 10/25/1924 in New Orleans, LA. Died 9/19/2008.

Robert Palmer


Robert Palmer

Pop singer born 1/19/1949 in Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Died 9/26/2003. Worked mostly as a solo artist (“Bad Case of Loving You”) but also worked with side project The Power Station (“Some Like It Hot”).

Addicted to Love (1986)

Eddie Palmieri

Azucar Pa Ti (1965)

Panic! At the Disco

I Write Sins Not Tragedies (2006)
High Hopes (2018)

Panjabi MC

Mundian To Bach Ke (1998)

James Pankow


Cowboys from Hell (1990)
Cemetery Gates (1990)
Walk (1992)

Cowboys from Hell (1990)
Vulgar Display of Power (1992)

Papa Roach

Last Resort (2000)

Paper Lace

Billy, Don’t Be a Hero (1974)
The Night Chicago Died (1974)


Crushcrushcrush (2007)
Ain’t It Fun (2014)

Mitchell Parish

Simon Park Orchestra

Eye Level (1972)

Charlie Parker

Jazz saxophonist born 8/29/1920 in Kansas City, KS. Died 3/12/1955.

Ko-Ko (Charlie Parker with Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie, 1945)
Billie’s Bounce (1945)
Ornithology (1946)
Yardbird Suite (1946)
Parker’s Mood (1948)

Ornithology (1946)
Bird with Strings (1950)
The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) – Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)
Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (1988)

Junior Parker

Blues singer born Herman Parker, Jr. on 3/27/1932 in West Memphis, AR. Died 11/18/1971.

Driving Wheel (1962)

Maceo Parker

Ray Parker Jr.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Colonel Tom Parker

Oversaw deal for Elvis Presley to sign with RCA Records in 1955. Served as his manager for more than two decades. Died 1/21/1997.

Trey Parker

The Book of Mormon (cast: 2011) – see Robert Lopez


Highly influential and prolific funk aggregation of nearly 40 musicians spearheaded by George Clinton. He founded doo-wop group The Parliaments in 1955 in Newark, NJ. By 1967, evolved into a Detroit-based soul group with lineup of vocalists. In 1968, Clinton formed Funkadelic with rhythm section of the Parliaments and changed the Parliaments name to Parliament. Although on different labels, Parliament and Funkadelic shared the same personnel which included several members of The JBs. Known as “A Parliafunkadelicament Thang,” this funk corporation hosted various offshoots, including The Brides of Funkenstein, among others. Concert tours featured elaborate staging and characters. Simon, Haskins, and Thomas split from Clinton in 1977 and recorded as Funkadelic in 1981. The corporation disassembled in the early ‘80s. Clinton signed his first solo recording contract in 1982. Clinton regrouped with the P-Funk Allstars in 1996.

Active: 1955-1981 Members: George Clinton (producer/songwriter/lead singer), Eddie Hazel (67-74), Raymond Davis (67), Calvin Simon (67-77,81), Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins (67-77,81), and Grady Thomas (67-77,81), Phelps “Catfish” (g: 68-) and William “Bootsy” Collins (b: 68-), Frank “Kash” Waddy (d: 68-), and horn players Maceo Parker (68-) and Fred Wesley (68-).

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) (Parliament, 1976)
Flash Light (1977)
One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic, 1978)

Maggot Brain (Funkadelic, 1971)
Mothership Connection (Parliament, 1976)
One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic, 1978)

John Parr

St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) (1985)

Alan Parsons/Alan Parsons Project

Producer and keyboardist born on 12/20/1948 in London, England. Worked on an engineer on classic albums such as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon before helming the Alan Parsons Project (76-87).

Old and Wise (1982)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)
I Robot (1977)
Pyramid (1978)
Eve (1979)
Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)
Eye in the Sky (1982)
Ammonia Avenue (1984)
Vulture Culture (1985)
Stereotomy (1986)
Gaudi (1987)
Try Anything Once (1993)
On Air (1996)
The Time Machine (1999)
A Valid Path (2004)
The Secret (2019)

Gram Parsons

Country-rokc singer and guitarist born Cecil Ingram Connor on 11/5/1946 in Winter Haven, FL. Died 9/19/1973. With the International Submarine Band, Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and a solo artist.

Safe at Home (International Submarine Band, 1968)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (The Byrds, 1968)
The Gilded Palace of Sin (Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969)
Burrito Deuxe (Flying Burrito Brothers, 1970)
G.P. (1973)
Grievous Angel (1974)

The DMDB Blog:
Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons died: September 19, 1973 (9/19/11)

Dolly Parton

Country singer/songwriter born on 1/19/1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. She has charted more than 100 times on the country chart, making her the top female country artist of all time. One of the few people to receive Oscar, Grammy Tony, and Emmy nominations. By age 10, she was performing on local radio and television programs. She recorded her first single at age 13. Moved to Nashville the day after her high school graduation in 1964. Started out co-writing songs with her uncle, Bill Owens. Signed with Monument Records in 1965. Replaced Norma Jean on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1967; she and Wagoner regularly worked as a duo from 1967-76 while also working solo. Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. Starred in the movies 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias, Rhinestone, and Straight Talk.

Dolly Parton: Top 100 Songs
Coat of Many Colors (1971)
Jolene (1973)
I Will Always Love You (1974)
9 to 5 (1980)
Islands in the Stream (1983) – see Kenny Rogers
I Will Always Love You (written by Parton, 1992) – see Whitney Houston

Coat of Many Colors (1971)
Trio (with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, 1987)
The Grass Is Blue (1999)
Little Sparrow (2001)

Harry Partch

Classical composer.

U.S. Highball (A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip) (1946)

The Partridge Family

I Think I Love You (1970)

The DMDB Blog:
The Partridge Family debuted on TV: September 25, 1970 (9/25/11)

Benj Pasek

Dear Evan Hansen (cast: 2015) – see Steven Levenson


Let Her Go (2012)


One-time collaboration between U2 with Brian Eno.

Original Soundtracks 1 (1995)

Jaco Pastorius

Jazz bassist born John Francis Anthony Pastorius III on 12/1/1951 in Norristown, PA. Died 9/21/1987.

Jaco Pastorius (1976)

Charlie Patton

Blues singer and guitarist born in April 1891 in Edwards, MI. Died 4/28/1934.

Pony Blues (1929)

Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34)
Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of... (Charlie Patton et al, 1934)

Mike Patton

Billy Paul

Me and Mrs. Jones (1972)

Justin Paul

Dear Evan Hansen (cast: 2015) – see Steven Levenson

Les Paul

Jazz guitarist and inventor born Lester William Polsfuss on 6/19/1915 in Waukesha, WI. Died 8/13/2009.

How High the Moon (with Mary Ford, 1951)
Mockin’ Bird Hill (with Mary Ford, 1951)
Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (with Mary Ford, 1953)

The DMDB Blog:
Les Is More (8/14/09)

Sean Paul

Cheap Thrills (2016) – see Sia
Rockabye (2016) – see Clean Bandit

Vinnie Paul

Luciano Pavarotti

Opera singer born 10/12/1935 in Modena, Italy. Died 9/6/2007.

The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, & Jose Carreras; 1990)


Cut Your Hair (1994)

Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)

Tom Paxton

Johnny Paycheck

Country singer (“Take This Job and Shove It”) born Donald Eugene Lytle on 5/31/1938 in Greenfield, OH. Died 2/19/2003.

Take This Job and Shove It (1977)

Freda Payne

Band of Gold (1970)

John Howard Payne

Sonny Payne

Peaches & Herb

Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)

Minnie Pearl

Country singer born Sarah Ophelia Colley on 10/25/1912 in Centerville, TN. Died 3/4/1996.

Pearl Jam

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia Seattle-based grunge-rock group which formed in 1991. Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were previously in Green River (1984-1987) and Mother Love Bone (1987-90). When Andrew Wood, the latter’s lead singer, died in 1990, Gossard and Ament united with Soundgarden’s singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron (later of Pearl Jam, 1998-) for the one-time Temple of the Dog tribute project.

That project also included singer Eddie Vedder, who would go on to front Pearl Jam. Other members in the band have included Mike McCready (guitarist: 1991-), Dave Krusen (drums: 91-92), Dave Abbruzzese (drums: 92-94), Jack Irons (drums: 94-98), and Boom Gaspar (keyboards: 02-).

Top 50 Songs
Jeremy (1991)
Alive (1991)
Black (1991)
Even Flow (1991)
Yellow Ledbetter (1992)
Daughter (1993)
Better Man (1994)
Last Kiss (1998)

Ten (1991)
Vs. (1993)
Vitalogy (1994)
No Code (1996)
Yield (1998)
Binaural (2000)
Riot Act (2002)
Pearl Jam (2006)
Backspacer (2009)

The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 30 Songs of Pearl Jam (9/20/11)

Lou Pearlman

Record executive (Trans Continental) and music manager for Backstreet Boys and N’ Sync. Born 6/19/1954 in Flushing, NY. Died 8/19/2016.

Neil Peart

Rock drummer and songwriter born 9/12/1952 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Died 1/7/2020. With Rush.

Ralph Peer

Jan Peerce

Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet

All-time great vocal group which began as the Columbia Male Quartet.

Active: 1907-1928 Members: Henry Burr (tenor – lead vocal on most of the records after 1910), Albert Campbell (tenor), Steve Porter (baritone: 07-09), Frank Stanley (bass: 07-10), Arthur Collins (baritone: 09-18), John Meyer (bass: 10-25), Frank Croxton (baritone: 18-25). Campbell, Croxton, Meyer, and Porter were also members of the American Quartet. Burr, Campbell, and Meyer also recorded as the Sterling Trio.

Honey Boy (Columbia Male Quartet, 1907)
I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad (1911)
Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)
I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier (1915)
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1922)

Donald Peers

Music! Music! Music! (1950)

Krzysztof Penderecki

Teddy Pendergrass

R&B singer born 3/26/1950 in Philadelphia, PA. Died 1/13/2009.

The Penguins

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (1954)

Pere Ubu

The Modern Dance (1978)

Valeriya Yurievna Perfilova

Carl Perkins

Rockabilly singer born 4/9/1932 in Tiptonville, TN. Died 1/19/1998.

Blue Suede Shoes (1956)
Matchbox (1957)

Pinetop Perkins

Blues musician born Joseph William Perkins on 7/7/1913 in Belzoni, MS. Died 3/21/2011. Started on guitar, but switched to piano after an injury. Worked with blues notables like Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Muddy Waters. Nicknamed “Pinetop” because of his recording of his recording of Pinetop Smith’s “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie.” Didn’t release an album of his own until 1988. At age 97, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album (Joined at the Hip), making him the oldest person to ever receive a Grammy.

Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (1929)

Itzhak Perlman

Violinist born 8/31/1945 in Tel Aviv, Mandate of Palestine, Israel.

Christina Perri

Jar of Hearts (2010)
A Thousand Years (2011)

Joe Perry

Rock guitarist and backing vocalist with Aerosmith (70-) born Anthony Joseph Perieira on 9/19/1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Katy Perry

Pop singer born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on 10/25/1984 in Santa Barbara, CA. Collaborated with Dr. Luke and Max Martin as co-writers for many of her hit singles.

I Kissed a Girl (2008)
Hot N Cold (2008)
California Gurls (with Snoop Dogg, 2010)
Teenage Dream (2010)
Firework (2010)
E.T. (with Kanye West, 2010)
Part of Me (2012)
Roar (2013)
Dark Horse (with Juicy J, 2013)

Teenage Dream (2010)

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Reggae/dub producer born Rainford Hugh Perry on 3/20/1936 in Kendal, Jamaica. Worked with Bob Marley.

Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973)

Linda Perry

Richard Perry

Steve Perry

Rock singer with Journey (78-86, 96).

Oh Sherrie (1984)

Peter & Gordon

A World Without Love (1964)

Peter, Paul & Mary

If I Had a Hammer (1962)
Blowin’ in the Wind (1963)

Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)

Roberta Peters

Opera singer.

Oscar Peterson

Jazz pianist born 8/15/1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Died 12/23/2007.

The Astaire Story (Fred Astaire with the Oscar Peterson Quintet, 1952)

John Petrucci

Born 7/12/1967 in Kings Park, Long Island, NY

Progressive metal guitarist and backing vocalist with Dream Theater (1989-) and Liquid Tension Experiment.

Michael Petrucciani

Jazz pianist.

Pet Shop Boys

British dance-pop duo.

Active: 1981- Members: Neil Tennant (v), Chris Lowe (k)

West End Girls (1985)
Being Boring (1990)

Discography: The Complete Singles Collection (compilation: 1985-91, released 1991)

Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers)

Rock singer and guitarist born 10/20/53 in Gainsville, FL. Died 10/2/2017. With Mudcrutch and then Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (77-87, 91-93, 95-17). Also part of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (88,90) and recorded solo (89,94,06). The group backed Stevie Nicks on her Bella Donna album. Toured with Bob Dylan in 1986. Heartbreakers included Mike Campbell (g – Mudcrutch, Heartbreakers), Benmont Tench (k – Mudcrutch, Heartbreakers), Ron Blair (b: ?-82), Stan Lynch (d), and Howard Epstein (b: 82-).

Tom Petty: Top 30 Songs
American Girl (1976)
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (1981) – see Stevie Nicks
Don’t Come Around Here No More (1985)
Free Fallin’ (solo, 1989)

& the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
Full Moon Fever (solo, 1989)
& the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-93, released 1993)

Liz Phair

Fuck and Run (1993)

Exile in Guyville (1993)

Pharoahe Monch

Simon Says (1999)

Arthur Phelps

- see Blind Blake

Ricky Phillips

Rock bassist born 10/7/1953 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Member: The Babys (b: 78-81), Bad English (87-91), Coverdale-Page (91-93), Styx (03-).

Sam Phillips

Producer born 1/5/1923 in Florence, AL. Died 7/30/2003. His Sun Records launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Howlin’ Wolf, and Carl Perkins.

The DMDB Blog:
Sun Records opened: January 3, 1950 (1/3/12)

Simon Phillips


Acid Tracks (1987)

Edith Piaf

Singer born Edith Giovanna Gassion on 12/19/1915 in Paris, France. Died 10/11/1963

La Vie En Rose (1950)

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

Monster Mash (1962)

Wilson Pickett

R&B singer born 3/18/1941 in Prattville, AL. Died 1/19/2006.

In the Midnight Hour (1965)
Mustang Sally (1966)

The Pied Pipers

I’ll Never Smile Again (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra
There Are Such Things (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra
Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
Dream (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra, 1945)

Webb Pierce

Country singer born Michael Webb Pierce on 8/8/1921 in West Monroe, LA. Died 2/24/1991.

J.S. Pierpont


January (1975)

Mike Pinder

Rock keyboardist with the Moody Blues.


Pop singer/songwriter born Alecia Beth Moore on 9/8/1979 in Doylestown, PA.

Get the Party Started (2001)
So What (2008)
Lady Marmalade (2001) – see Christina Aguilera
Raise Your Glass (2010)
Fuckin’ Perfect (2010)
Just Give Me a Reason (with Nate Ruess, 2012)
Blow Me One Last Kiss (2012)

M!ssundaztood (2001)
Funhouse (2008)
Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (compilation: 2000-10, released 2010)
The Truth About Love (2012)

Pink Floyd

English progressive-rock group. Group name taken from Georgia bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Their album Dark Side of the Moon holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart (700 and counting).

Active: 1965-87, 1994 Members: Syd Barrett (g/v: 65-68), Roger Waters (b/v: 65-83), Nick Mason (d: 65-87,94), Richard Wright (k: 65-87,94), David Gilmour (g/v: 68-87,94)

Pink Floyd: Top 50 Songs
See Emily Play (1967)
Money (1973)
Time (1973)
Brain Damage/Eclipse (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Another Brick in the Wall Part II (1979)
Comfortably Numb (1979)
Mother (1979)

Pink Floyd: Top 10 Albums
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
More (soundtrack, 1969)
Ummagumma (live/studio, 1969)
Atom Heart Mother (1970)
Meddle (1971)
Obscured by Clouds (1972)
Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Animals (1977)
The Wall (1979)
The Final Cut (1983)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
The Division Bell (1994)
Echoes: The Best of (compilation: 1967-94, released 2001)

The DMDB Blog:
Syd Barrett showed up while Pink Floyd recorded a tribute to him: June 5, 1975 (6/5/12)
Best-of List: The Top 50 Pink Floyd Songs (9/15/11)

Maceo Pinkard

Pinkfong! Kids Songs

Baby Shark Dance (2016)

Bill Pinkney

Ezio Pinza

Piso 21

Déjala Que Vuelva (with Manuel Turizo, 2017)


DJ Got Us Falling in Love (2010) – see Usher
Give Me Everything (with Ne-Yo , Afrojack, & Nayer; 2011)
On the Floor (2011) – see Jennifer Lopez
Timber (with Ke$ha, 2013)

Gene Pitney

Pop singer/songwriter born 2/17/1940 in Hartford, CT. Died 4/5/2006.


Alternative rock group formed in Boston, MA. One of the most influential bands on the alternative rock of the ‘90s, most notably cited by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain as a major influence.

Active: 1986-93, 2004 Members: Black Francis (v/g; recorded solo as Frank Black), Joey Santiago (g; Martinis: 95-), Kim “Mrs. John Murphy” Deal (b/v; v/g – Breeders: 89-94; The Amps: 95), David Loverling (d; Martinis: 95).

Gigantic (1988)
Where Is My Mind? (1988)
Monkey Gone to Heaven (1989)
Here Comes Your Man (1989)
Debaser (1989)

Surfer Rosa (1988)
Doolittle (1989)

PJ Harvey

- see Harvey, PJ

Plain White T’s

Hey There Delilah (2007)

Plan B

Stay Too Long (2010)
Ill Manors (2012)

Robert Plant

Rock singer born 8/20/1948 in West Bromwich, England. With Band of Joy and, most famously, Led Zeppelin (68-80) before going solo (82-93, 99-). He also did a one-off collaboration with others as the Honeydrippers (84) and reteamed with his Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page (94-98).

Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, & Robert Plant: Top 100 Songs
Please Read the Letter (with Alison Krauss, 2007)

Pictures at Eleven (1982)
The Principle of Moments (1983)
Volume One (The Honeydrippers: 1984)
Shaken ‘N’ Stirred (1985)
Now and Zen (1988)
Manic Nirvana (1990)
Fate of Nations (1993)
No Quarter (live with Jimmy Page: 1994)
Walking into Clarksdale (with Jimmy Page: 1998)
Dreamland (2002)
Sixty Six to Timbuktu (compilation: 2003)
Mighty Rearranger (2005)
Raising Sand (with Alison Krauss, produced by T-Bone Burnett, 2007)
Band of Joy (2010)

The Platters

R&B group formed in Los Angeles, CA. First recorded for Federal in 1954. “Only You” was written by manager Buck Ram (died on 1/1/91 at age 83) and first recorded for Federal. To Mercury in 1955; re-recorded “Only You.” Although trademarked group continued to tour through the decades, several unrelated groups use The Platters’ famous name today.

Active: 1953- Members: Tony Williams (lead: 54-61; died of diabetes and emphysema on 8/14/92), David Lynch (tenor: 54-89; died of cancer at age 61 on 1/2/81), Paul Robi (baritone: 54-66; died of cancer on 2/1/89), Alex Hodge (bass: 54), Herb Reed (bass: 55-), Zola Taylor (55-66), Sonny Turner (lead: 61-76), Sandra Dawn (66-). Nate Nelson (baritone – Flamingos; Platters: 66-84; died of heart disease at age 52 on 6/1/84). Monroe Powell (lead: 76-).

Only You and You Alone (1955)
The Great Pretender (1955)
My Prayer (Avant de Mourir) (1956)
Twilight Time (1958)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (1958)

PM Dawn

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (1991)


The Pogues

Fairytale of New York (with Kirsty MacColl, 1987)

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (1985)

The Pointer Sisters

Slow Hand (1981)
I’m So Excited (1984)


Talk Dirty to Me (1986)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1988)
Nothin’ But a Good Time (1988)
Fallen Angel (1988)

The Police

New wave rock group from Newcastle, England.

Active: 1977-86 Members: Sting (v/b), Stewart Copeland (d – Police: 77-86; Animal Logic), Henri Padovani (g: 77), Andy Summers (g: 77-86)

Police/Sting: Top 60 Songs
Roxanne (1978)
Message in a Bottle (1979)
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (1981)
I Burn for You (1982)
Every Breath You Take (1983)

Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
Reggatta De Blanc (1979)
Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
Ghost in the Machine (1981)
Synchronicity (1983)
Every Breath You Take – The Singles (aka ‘The Classics’) (compilation: 1978-86, released 1986)
Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (box set: 1978-86)

The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 60 Songs of Sting & The Police (10/4/11)

Ben Pollack

Sweet Sue, Just You (with Franklyn Baur, 1928)

Lew Pollack

Doc Pomus

R&B/pop songwriter born Jerome Solon Felder on 6/27/1925 in Brooklyn, NY. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history’s most famous songwriters and publishers. Died 3/14/1991.

The Poni Tails

Born Too Late (1958)

Lily Pons

Born 4/12/1898. Died 2/13/1976

French opera soprano singer.

Rosa Ponselle

Charlie Poole

Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (1925)

Iggy Pop

Proto-punk singer born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on 4/21/1947 in Muskegon, Michigan. With The Stooges and then later a solo artist.

Lust for Life (1977)

Lust for Life (1977)

The Pop Group

Y (1979)

Jeff Porcaro

Porcupine Tree

In Absentia (2002)

Bob Porter

Cole Porter

Musical theater composer born 6/9/1891 in Peru, IN. Died 10/15/1964.

Song(s) written by Cole Porter:
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1930) – see Leo Reisman
Love for Sale (1931) – see Libby Holman
Night and Day (1932) – see Fred Astaire
You’re the Top (1934) – see Paul Whiteman
You’re the Top (1934) – see Ethel Merman
Anything Goes (1934) – see Paul Whiteman
I Get a Kick Out of You (1935) – see Ethel Merman
Just One of Those Things (1935) – see Richard Himber
I've Got You Under My Skin (1936) – see Ray Noble
Begin the Beguine (1938) – see Artie Shaw
Don’t Fence Me In (1944) – see Bing Crosby
So in Love (from Kiss Me, Kate, 1949) – see Patti Page
I Get a Kick Out of You (1953) – see Frank Sinatra
I Love Paris (from Can-Can, 1954) – see Les Baxter

Anything Goes (cast: 1934)
Kiss Me, Kate (cast: 1948, soundtrack: 1954)
High Society (cast album, 1956)

David Porter

R&B songwriter born 11/21/1941 in Memphis, TN.

George Porter, Jr.

Kalan Porter

Awake in a Dream (2004)

Steve Porter

Began as a vaudeville comedian in 1890s. (baritone – solo: 98-10; Columbia Male Quartet: 04-07; Columbia Comedy Trio (1907), Peerless Quartet: 07-09; American Quartet: 1910-14, Haydn Quartet: 1914; Heidelberg Quintet: 1911-15). Died 1/13/1946 at age 81.

A Bird in a Gilded Cage (1900)


Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me) (1994)

Dummy (1994)
Third (2008)

Mike Portnoy

Mike Posner

I Took a Pill in Ibiza (2015)

Post Malone

Congratulations (with Quavo, 2016)
Rockstar (with 21 Savage, 2017)
I Fall Apart (2017)
Psycho (with Ty Dolla $ign, 2018)
Better Now (2018)
Sunflower (with Swae Lee, 2018)

Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018)

Billy Powell

Rock keyboardist with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Bud Powell

Jazz pianist born Earl Rudolph Powell on 9/27/1924 in Harlem, NY. Died 7/31/1966.

Un Poco Loco (1951)

The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, & Max Roach) – Jazz at Massey Hall (live, 1953)

Cozy Powell

Rock drummer born Colin Trevor Powell on 12/29/1947 in Cirencester, England. Died 4/5/1998 in Bristol, England. With the Jeff Beck Group (70-72), Rainbow (75-80), Michael Schenker Group (81-82), Whitesnake (82-85), Emerson, Lake & Powell (85-86) and Black Sabbath (88-91,94-95), Brian May (91-94, 98), Yngwie Malsteen (97).

Dick Powell

The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money) (1933)
Lullaby of Broadway (1935)

Maud Powell

Daniel Powter

Bad Day (2005)

Pérez Prado

Born 12/11/1916 in Matanzas, Cuba. Died 9/14/1989

Jazz/big band leader and pianist.

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (1955)

Prefab Sprout

Steve McQueen (aka "Two Wheels Good") (1985)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Jazz group.

Elvis Presley

Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook

Singer Elvis Aron Presley was born 1/8/1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died in Memphis on 8/16/77 of heart failure caused by prescription drug abuse. Often called “The King of Rock and Roll,” his role as the pioneering artist of the genre made him the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13. He began his recording career there in 1954 at Sun Records. On 11/22/55, he signed to RCA Victor in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis for more than two decades. In 1956, he starred in Love Me Tender, his first of 31 feature films. He served in the U.S. Army from 3/24/58 to 3/5/60. He married Priscilla Beaulieu on 5/1/67; divorced on 10/11/73. Their only child, Lisa Marie (born 2/1/68), married Michael JacksonMichael Jackson

on 5/26/94; divorced in 1996.

Elvis Presley: Top 100 Songs
That's All Right, Mama (1954)
Blue Moon of Kentucky (1954)

Mystery Train (1955)

Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)

All Shook Up (1957)
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (1957)

Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Blue Christmas (1957)

It’s Now or Never (1960)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)

Can't Help Falling in Love (1961)

Surrender (1961)

Lonely Man (1961)

Wooden Heart (1961)

In the Ghetto (1969)

Suspicious Minds (1969)
The Wonder of You (1970)

A Little Less Conversation (JXL remix, 2002)

The Sun Sessions (aka ‘Sunrise,’ ‘The Sun Years,’ or ‘The Sun Collection’) (archives: 1954-56)
Elvis Presley (1956)
Elvis (1956)
Loving You (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album (Christmas, 1957)
Golden Records (compilation: 1954-57)
King Creole (soundtrack, 1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2 (compilation: 1956-59)
The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll: The ‘50s Masters (box: 1953-59, released 1992)
Elvis Is Back! (1960)
G.I. Blues (soundtrack, 1960)
His Hand in Mine (gospel, 1960)
Something for Everybody (1961)
Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, 1961)
Flaming Star/Wild in the Country/Follow That Dream (3 soundtrack EPs: 4/61-5/62)
Pot Luck (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls! (soundtrack, 1962)
Golden Records Vol. 3 (compilation: 1960-62)
It Happened at the World’s Fair (soundtrack, 1963)
Fun in Acapulco (soundtrack, 1963)
Kissin’ Cousins (soundtrack, 1964)
Roustabout (soundtrack, 1964)
Girl Happy (soundtrack, 1965)
Harum Scarum (soundtrack, 1965)
Frankie and Johnny (soundtrack, 1966)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (soundtrack, 1966)
Spinout (soundtrack, 1966)
How Great Thou Art (gospel, 1967)
Double Trouble (soundtrack, 1967)
Clambake (soundtrack, 1967)
Golden Records Vol. 4 (compilation: 1958-67)
Speedway (soundtrack, 1968)
Elvis – NBC TV Special (live, 1968)
Tiger Man (live, 1968)
From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (live, 1969)
Back in Memphis (1969)
From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential ‘60s Masters (box: 1960-69)
Live a Little, Love a Little/Charro!/The Trouble with Girls/Change of Habit (4 soundtrack EPs: 1968-69)
On Stage February 1970 (live, 1970)
That’s the Way It Is (live, 1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old (1971)
The Wonderful World of Christmas (Christmas, 1971)
If Every Day Was Like Christmas (Christmas compilation: 1957-71)
Elvis Now (1972)
He Touched Me (gospel, 1972)
Amazing Grace (gospel compilation: 1960-72)
Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden (live, 1972)
Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite (live, 1973)
Elvis (1973)
Raised on Rock/For Ol’ Times Sake (1973)
Live on Stage in Memphis (live, 1974)
Good Times (1974)
Promised Land (1975)
Elvis Today (1975)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (1976)
In Concert (live, 1977)
Moody Blue (1977)
Golden Records Vol. 5 (compilation: 1968-77)
The Top Ten Hits (compilation: 1956-72)
Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ‘70s Masters (box: 1970-77)
Artist of the Century (box: 1954-76)
30 #1 Hits (compilation: 1956-77 a 2002 remix)
2nd to None (compilation: 1954-77 a 2003 remix)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Elvis made legendary recordings at Sun Studios: July 5-6, 1954 (7/5/12)
Elvis Presley’s comeback special aired on NBC: December 3, 1968 (12/3/11)

The Presser Foundation

Music patron.

Rocco Prestia

Billy Preston

R&B singer (“Will It Go Round in Circles”) and keyboardist born William Everett Preston on 9/2/1946 in Houston, TX. Died 6/6/2006. Only artist to be credited on a song with The Beatles. With The Rolling Stones (k: 71-81).

Get Back (1969) – see The Beatles

Ken Ehrlich

Frances Preston


Influential new wave rock group. Numerous personnel changes over the years with only Hynde being a constant.

Active: 1978- Members: Chrissie Hynde (v/g), James Honeyman-Scott (g: 78-82), Pete Farndon (b: 78-83), Martin Chambers (d), Robbie Mac Intosh (g: 82-), Malcolm Foster (b: 83-).

Brass in Pocket (I'm Special) (1979)
Middle of the Road (1983)
2000 Miles (1983)

Pretenders (1980)

The Pretty Things

S.F. Sorrow (1968)

Andre Previn

Film score composer, conductor, and jazz pianist born Andreas Ludwig Priwin on 4/6/1929 in Berlin, Germany.

Leontyne Price

Opera soprano singer born Mary Violet Leontyne Price on 2/10/1927 in Laurel, Mississippi.

A Program of Song (1959)

Lloyd Price

R&B singer (“Stagger Lee”, “Personality”) born 3/9/1933 in Kenner, LA.

Lawdy Miss Clawdy (1952)

Ray Price

Country singer born Noble Ray Price on 1/12/1926 in Perryville, TX. Died 12/16/2013.

Crazy Arms (1956)
For the Good Times (1970)

Charley Pride

Country singer born 3/18/1934 (or 1938, depending on source) in Sledge, Mississippi.

Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ (1971)

Steve Priest

Louis Prima

That Old Black Magic (with Keely Smith, 1958)
I Wanna Be Like You (from The Jungle Book, 1967) – see Phil Harris

The Wildest (with Keely Smith, 1957)

Primal Scream

Loaded (1990)
Higher Than the Sun (1991)

Screamadelica (1991)

William Primrose


Singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer born Prince Roger Nelson on 6/7/1958 in Minneapolis, MN. Died 4/21/2016. Self-taught musician. Named for the Prince Roger Trio, led by his father. Changed his name on 6/7/93 to the unpronouncable symbol that was the title of his Androgyny album. Own group, Grand Central, in junior high school. Self-produced first album in 1978. Founded own label, Paisley Park, in 1985. Starred in the movies Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Sign ‘O’ the Times, and Graffiti Bridge. Married Mayte on 2/14/96. Formed back-up group The Revolution in 1984: Lisa Coleman (k: 78-86; Wendy & Lisa: 87-), Wendy Mevoin (g – 78-86; Wendy and Lisa; 87-), Bobby Z (percussion), Matt "Dr." Fink (k), Eric Leeds (saxophone), Andre Cymone (b: 78-81), Brownmark (b: 81-), Sheila E (d: 86-89). Formed New Power Generation in 1990: Levin Seacer, Jr. (g: 90-), Sonny T. (b: 90-), Tommy Barbarella (keyboard: 90-), Kirk Johnson (dancer/ percussionist: 90-), Damon Dickson (dancer/percussionist: 90-), Michael Bland (d: 90-), Tony M. (rapper: 90-), Rosie Gaines (k, v: 90-92), Mayte (k, v: 92).

Prince: Top 50 Songs
When You Were Mine (1980)
1999 (1982)
Little Red Corvette (1983)
When Doves Cry (1984)
Purple Rain (1984)
Kiss (1986)
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (1987)

Dirty Mind (1980)
Controversy (1981)
1999 (1982)
Purple Rain (soundtrack with the Revolution, 1984)
Around the World in a Day (with the Revolution, 1985)
Parade/ Under the Cherry Moon (soundtrack with the Revolution, 1986)
Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
Batman (soundtrack, 1989)
Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
The Originals (archives: 1981-91, released 2019)
Very Best of (compilation: 1979-92, released 2001)
The Hits/The B-Sides (box set: 1978-93, released 1993)
Ultimate (compilation: 1978-93, released 2006)
4Ever (compilation: 1978-93, released 2016)

Charles Adams Prince/Prince’s Orchestra

Band leader, pianist and celesta player born 1/1/1869 in San Francisco, CA. Died 10/10/1937. Said to be a distant relative of President John Adams. Musical director of Columbia Records from the turn of the century to the early 1920s. During that period, his band accompanied virtually every singer recording for Columbia.

Ballin' the Jack (1914)
The Memphis Blues (1914)
The Star-Spangled Banner (1916)
Hello, Hawaii, How Are You? (1916)

John Prine

Folk singer/songwriter born 10/10/1946.

Angel from Montgomery (1971)

John Prine (1971)

Procol Harum

A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)

The Prodigy

Firestarter (1996)
Smack My Bitch Up (1997)

Music for the Jilted Generation (1994)
Fat of the Land (1997)

The Product G & B

Maria Maria (with Santana, 2000)

Professor Longhair

Blues musician born Henry Roeland Byrd on 12/19/1918 in Bogalusa, LA. Died 1/30/1980.

Tipitina (Roy “Professor Longhair” Byrd & His Blue Scholars, 1953)
Big Chief (1964)

Frank Profitt

Tom Dooley (1940)

Sergei Prokofiev

Classical composer born Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev on 4/27/1891 in Sontsovka, Russia. Died 3/5/1953.

Piano Concerto No. 3 (1921)
Romeo and Juliet (1935)
Peter and the Wolf (1936)

Arthur Pryor

1812 Overture (1909)

Richard Pryor

That N****’s Crazy (1974)
Wanted: Live in Concert (comedy, 1978)

Arthur Prysock

Pseudo Echo

Funky Town (1986)


Gangnam Style (2012)
Gentleman (2013)

Psychedelic Furs

Pretty in Pink (1981)
Love My Way (1982)

Public Enemy

About: Hugely influential rap group.

Active: 1987-2005 Members: Carlton Ridenhour (aka Chuck D), William Drayton (aka Flavor Flav), Norman Lee Rogers (aka Terminator X), Richard Griffin (aka Professor Griff)

Rebel without a Pause (1987)
Bring the Noise (1988)
Don’t Believe the Hype (1988)
Fight the Power (1989)

Yo! Bum Rush the Show (produced by Rick Rubin, 1987)
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (produced by Rick Rubin, 1988)
Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

Public Image Limited

Metal Box (aka "Second Edition") (1979)

Giacomo Puccini

Classical composer born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini on 12/22/1858 in Lucca, Italy. Died 11/29/1924.

La Bohème (The Bohemian Life) (opera, 1896)
Tosca (opera, 1900)
Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (opera, 1904)
Turandot (opera, 1926)

Puddle of Mudd

Tito Puente

Latin jazz/salsa percussionist born Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr. on 4/20/1923 in Manhattan, NY. Died 6/1/2000.

Oye Como Va (1953)

Dance Mania (1958)

Puff Daddy (aka “P. Diddy” and “Diddy”)

American rap singer and record executive (Bad Boy Entertainment). Born Sean John Combs on 11/4/1969 in Harlem, NY.

Mo Money, Mo Problems (1997) – see the Notorious B.I.G.
I'll Be Missing You (with Faith Evans & 112, 1997)

No Way Out (with the Family, 1997)

Alla Pugacheva

Mezzo soprano singer born on 4/15/1949 in Moscow, Russia. Most successful Soviet performer in terms of record sales.


Common People (1995)

Different Class (1995)

Henry Purcell

Classical composer born 1659 in Westminster, London, England. Died 11/21/1695.

Dido and Aeneas (opera: 1689)

Bernard Purdie


Mississippi (1976)

Pussycat Dolls

Don’t Cha (with Busta Rhymes, 2005)


The Way You Do It (1977)

Charlie Puth

See You Again (2015) - see Wiz Khalifa
We Don’t Talk Anymore (with Selena Gomez, 2016)
Attention (2017)

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