Born: Andreas Ludwig Priwin on 4/6/1929
German film score composer and conductor. Also a jazz pianist.
American opera singer.
Born: 3/9/1933 Died:
American R&B singer (“Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).
Lawdy Miss Clawdy (1952)
Crazy Arms (1956)
For the Good Times (1970)
Born: 3/18/1938 Died:
American country singer.
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ (1971)
That Old Black Magic (with Keely Smith, 1958)
The Wildest (with Keely Smith, 1957)
Higher Than the Sun (1991)
Born: Prince Roger Nelson on 6/7/1958 in Minneapolis, MN Died: 4/21/2016
Vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer and 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).
When You Were Mine (1980)
Little Red Corvette (1983)
When Doves Cry (1984)
Purple Rain (1984)
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (1987)
Dirty Mind (1980)
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 DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: Prince was born: June 7, 1958 / His Top 50 Songs (6/7/12)
Born: 1/1/1869 in San Francisco, CA Died: 10/10/1937
Pianist and celesta player. 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)
Beale Street Blues (1917)
Darte un Beso (2013)
Angel from Montgomery (1971)
John Prine (1971)
Fair & Square (2005)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)
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)
Born: Roy Byrd on 12/19/1918 Died:
Tipitina (Roy “Professor Longhair” Byrd & His Blue Scholars, 1953)
Big Chief (1964)
Tom Dooley (1940)
Born: 4/27/1891 Died: 3/5/1953
Piano Concerto No. 3 (1921)
Peter and the Wolf (1936)
That N****’s Crazy (1974)
Gangnam Style (2012)
Oppa Is Just My Style (with Hyuna, 2012)
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)
Born: 12/22/1858 Died: 11/29/1924
Italian classical composer.
La Bohème (1896) opera
Tosca (1900) opera
Born: Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr. on 4/20/1923 Died: 6/1/2000
American Latin-jazz and salsa percussionist.
Oye Como Va (1953)
Dance Mania (1958)
Born: Sean Combs on 11/4/1969
American rap singer and mogul.
Mo Money, Mo Problems (with the Notorious B.I.G. & Mase) (1997)
I'll Be Missing You (with Faith Evans & 112, 1997)
Russian mezzo soprano singer. Most successful Soviet performer in terms of record sales.
Common People (1995)
Different Class (1995)
Born: 1659 in Westminster, London, England Died: 11/21/1695
Don’t Cha (with Busta Rhymes, 2005)
See You Again (2015) - see Wiz Khalifa
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