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Music Makers Encyclopedia: P

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.

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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P. Diddy

– see Puff Daddy

Augustus Pablo

Album(s):

  • King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976)

    Ignacy Jan Paderewski

    Born: 11/6/1860 in Kurylowka, Ukraine Died: 6/29/1941

    Russian classical pianist.


    Hugh Padgham

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


    Jimmy Page

    Born: 1/9/1944

    Rock guitarist with the Yardbirds (66-68), Led Zeppelin (69-80), Honeydrippers (84), The Firm (84-86), Coverdale-Page (91-93), with Robert Plant (94-98).

    Album(s):

  • Volume One (The Honeydrippers: 1984)
  • No Quarter (live with Robert Plant: 1994)
  • Walking into Clarksdale (with Robert Plant: 1998)

    Oran “Hot Lips” Page

    Song(s):

  • Uncle Sam Blues (1944)

    Patti Page

    Born: Clara Ann Fowler on 11/8/1927 in Oklahoma

    Pop singer who 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.

    Song(s):

  • Tennessee Waltz (1950)
  • I Went to Your Wedding (1952)
  • The Doggie in the Window (1953)

    Gabby Pahinui

    Song(s):

  • Hula Medley (1947)

    Ian Paice

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


    Brad Paisley


    Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina

    Album(s):

  • Pope Marcellus Mass (1562)

    Pino Palladino


    Palma Violets

    Song(s):

  • 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

    Born: 10/25/1924 Died:

    American R&B session drummer.


    Robert Palmer

    Author.

    Robert Palmer

    Born: 1/19/1949 Died: 9/26/2003

    UK pop singer who worked mostly as a solo artist (“Bad Case of Loving You”) but also worked with side project The Power Station (“Some Like It Hot”).

    Song(s):

  • Addicted to Love (1986)

    Eddie Palmieri

    Song(s):

  • Azucar Pa Ti (1965)

    Panjabi MC

    Song(s):

  • Mundian To Bach Ke (1998)

    Pantera

    Album(s):

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

    Papa Roach

    Song(s):

  • Last Resort (2000)

    Paper Lace

    Song(s):

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

    Paramore

    Song(s):

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

    Mitchell Parish


    Simon Park Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • Eye Level (1972)

    Charlie Parker

    Born: 8/29/1920 Died: 3/12/1955

    Jazz saxophonist.

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Born: Herman Parker, Jr. on 5/27/1932 Died: 11/18/1971

    American blues singer and musician.

    Album(s):

  • Driving Wheel (1962)

    Maceo Parker


    Ray Parker Jr.

    Song(s):

  • Ghostbusters (1984)

    Parliament/Funkadelic

    About: Highly influential and prolific funk aggregation of nearly 40 musicians spearheaded by 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-).

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

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

    Alan Parsons/Alan Parsons Project

    Song(s):

  • Old and Wise (1982)

    Album(s):

  • 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)

    Gram Parsons

    Born: Cecil Ingram Connor on 11/5/1946 Died: 9/19/1973

    American country-rock musician with the International Submarine Band, Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and a solo artist.

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Born: on 1/19/1946 in Sevier County, TN

    Leading female artist of the Country charts (charted 99 hits from 1967-1993). Worked on Knoxville radio show at age 11. First recorded for Gold Band in 1957. To Nashville in 1964. Replaced Norma Jean on the Porter Wagoner TV show, 1967-74. 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. Hosted own TV variety show in 1987.

    Song(s):

  • Coat of Many Colors (1971)
  • Jolene (1973)
  • I Will Always Love You (1974)
  • 9 to 5 (1980)
  • Islands in the Stream (with Kenny Rogers, 1983)
  • I Will Always Love You (w. Parton; 1992) – see Whitney Houston, 1992)

    Album(s):

  • Coat of Many Colors (1971)

    Harry Partch

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

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

    The Partridge Family

    Song(s):

  • I Think I Love You (1970)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Passenger

    Song(s):

  • Let Her Go (2012)

    Passengers

    About: One-time collaboration between U2 with Brian Eno.

    Album(s):

  • Original Soundtracks 1 (1995)

    Jaco Pastorius

    Born: John Francis Anthony Pastorius III on 12/1/1951 Died: 9/21/1987

    American jazz bassist.


    Charley Patton

    Born: Charlie Patton on 5/1/1891 Died: 4/28/1934

    American blues singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Pony Blues (1929)

    Album(s):

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

    Mike Patton


    Les Paul

    Born: 6/19/1915 Died: 8/13/2009

    Jazz guitarist and inventor.

    Song(s):

  • 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


    Vinnie Paul


    Luciano Pavarotti

    Born: 10/12/1935 Died: 9/6/2007

    Opera singer.

    Album(s):

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

    Pavement

    Song(s):

  • Cut Your Hair (1994)

    Album(s):

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

    Tom Paxton


    Johnny Paycheck

    Born: Donald Eugene Lytle on 5/31/1938 Died: 2/19/2003

    American country singer (“Take This Job and Shove It”).


    Freda Payne

    Song(s):

  • Band of Gold (1970)

    John Howard Payne


    Sonny Payne


    Peaches & Herb

    Song(s):

  • Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)

    Minnie Pearl

    Born: Sarah Ophelia Colley on 10/25/1912 Died: 3/4/1996

    American country singer.


    Pearl Jam

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Seattle-based grunge-rock group. Gossard and Ament were previously in Green River and Mother Love Bone; McCready and Vedder joined them for the one-time project Temple of the Dog along with future drummer Matt Cameron before forming Pearl Jam.

    Active: 1991- Members: Eddie Vedder (v: 91-), Mike McCready (g: 91-), Stone Gossard (g: 91-), Jeff Ament (b: 91-), Dave Krusen (d: 91-92), Dave Abbruzzese (d: 92-94), Jack Irons (d: 94-98), Matt Cameron (d: 98-), Boom Gaspar (organ: 02-).

    Song(s):

  • Alive (1991)
  • Even Flow (1992)
  • Jeremy (1992)
  • Black (1992)
  • Daughter (1993)

    Album(s):

  • 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)

    Neil Peart

    Born: 9/12/1952 Died:

    Canadian rock drummer and songwriter with Rush.


    Ralph Peer


    Jan Peerce


    Peerless Quartet/Columbia Male Quartet

    About: All-time great vocal group which began as the Columbia Male Quartet. Campbell, Croxton, Meyer, and Porter were also members of the American Quartet. Burr, Campbell, and Meyer also recorded as the Sterling Trio.

    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)

    Song(s):

  • Honey Boy (Columbia Male Quartet, 1907)
  • Silver Bell (1910)
  • 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)

    Teddy Pendergrass


    The Penguins

    Song(s):

  • Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (1954)

    Pere Ubu

    Album(s):

  • The Modern Dance (1978)

    Valeriya Yurievna Perfilova


    Carl Perkins

    Born: 4/9/1932 Died: 1/19/1998

    American rockabilly singer.

    Song(s):

  • Blue Suede Shoes (1956)
  • Matchbox (1957)

    Pinetop Perkins

    Born: Joseph William Perkins on 7/7/1913 in Belzoni, MS Died: 3/21/2011

    American blues musician. 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.

    Song(s):

  • Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (1929)

    Itzhak Perlman

    Born: 8/31/1945 in Israel Died:

    Violinist.


    Christina Perri

    Song(s):

  • Jar of Hearts (2010)

    Joe Perry

    Born: Anthony Joseph Pereira on 9/10/1950 in Lawrence, Massachussetts

    Rock guitarist and backing vocalist with Aerosmith (70-).


    Katy Perry

    Song(s):

  • I Kissed a Girl (2008)
  • Hot N Cold (2008)
  • California Gurls (with Snoop Dogg, 2010)
  • Firework (2010)
  • E.T. (with Kanye West, 2010)
  • Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (2010)
  • The One That Got Away (2011)
  • Wide Awake (2012)
  • Roar (2013)
  • Dark Horse (with Juicy J, 2013)

    Album(s):

  • Teenage Dream (2010)

    Lee “Scratch” Perry

    Born: Rainford Hugh Perry on 3/20/1936 Died:

    Jamaican reggae/dub musician and producer.

    Album(s):

  • Blackboard Jungle Dub (1973)

    Linda Perry


    Steve Perry

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

    Song(s):

  • Oh Sherrie (1984)

    Peter & Gordon

    Song(s):

  • A World Without Love (1964)

    Peter, Paul & Mary

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)

    Roberta Peters

    Opera singer.

    Oscar Peterson

    Born: 8/15/1925 Died: 12/23/2007

    Canadian jazz pianist.

    Album(s):

  • 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.


    Pet Shop Boys

    British dance-pop duo.

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

    Song(s):

  • West End Girls (1985)
  • Being Boring (1990)

    Album(s):

  • Discography: The Complete Singles Collection (compilation: 1985-1991)

    Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers)

    Born: 10/20/53 in Gainsville, Florida

    Rock singer and guitarist with Mudcrutch and then Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. 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.

    Group Active: 1977-87, 1991-93, 1995-. Members: Mike Campbell (g – Mudcrutch, Heartbreakers), Benmont Tench (k – Mudcrutch, Heartbreakers), Ron Blair (b: ?-82), Stan Lynch (d), Howard Epstein (b: 82-).

    Song(s):

  • American Girl (1976)
  • Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks, 1981)
  • Don’t Come Around Here No More (1985)
  • Free Fallin’ (solo, 1989)

    Album(s):

  • & the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
  • Full Moon Fever (solo, 1989)
  • & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits (compilation; produced by Rick Rubin, 1977-93)

    Liz Phair

    Song(s):

  • Fuck and Run (1993)

    Album(s):

  • Exile in Guyville (1993)

    Arthur Phelps

    - see Blind Blake

    Ricky Phillips

    Born: 10/7/1953 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

    Rock bassist. Member: The Babys (b: 78-81), Bad English (87-91), Coverdale-Page (91-93), Styx (03-).


    Sam Phillips

    Born: 1/5/1923 Died: 7/30/2003

    American producer and founder of Sun Records, which 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


    Phuture

    Song(s):

  • Acid Tracks (1987)

    Edith Piaf

    Born: Edith Giovanna Gassion on 12/19/1915 in Paris, France Died: 10/11/1963

    French singer.

    Song(s):

  • La Vie En Rose (1950)

    Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

    Song(s):

  • Monster Mash (1962)

    Wilson Pickett

    Born: 3/18/1941 Died:

    American R&B/soul singer.

    Song(s):

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

    The Pied Pipers

    Song(s):

  • 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, w. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, 1945)

    Webb Pierce

    Born: 8/8/1921 Died: 2/24/1991

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • There Stands the Glass (1953)
  • In the Jailhouse Now (1955)

    J.S. Pierpont


    Pilot

    Song(s):

  • January (1975)

    Pink

    Born: Alecia Beth Moore on 9/8/1979

    American pop singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Get the Party Started (2001)
  • So What (2008)
  • Lady Marmalade (2001) – see Christina Aguilera
  • Just Give Me a Reason (with Nate Ruess, 2012)

    Album(s):

  • M!ssundaztood (2001)
  • Funhouse (2008)
  • Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (compilation, 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)

    Song(s):

  • See Emily Play (1967)
  • Money (1973)
  • Time (1973)
  • Wish You Were Here (1975)
  • Another Brick in the Wall Part II (1979)
  • Comfortably Numb (1979)
  • Mother (1979)

    Album(s):

  • The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
  • A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) More (1969) ST
  • Ummagumma (1969) live/studio
  • Atom Heart Mother (1970)
  • Meddle (1971)
  • Obscured by Clouds (1972)
  • Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • Wish You Were Here (1975)
  • Animals (1977)
  • The Final Cut (1983)
  • A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
  • The Division Bell (1994)

    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


    Bill Pinkney


    Ezio Pinza


    Pitbull

    Song(s):

  • Give Me Everything (with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer; 2011)
  • Rain Over Me (Pitbull with Marc Anthony, 2011)
  • International Love (Pitbull with Chris Brown, 2011)
  • On the Floor (2011) – see Jennifer Lopez
  • Dance Again (2012) – see Jennifer Lopez
  • Timber (with Ke$ha, 2013)
  • We Are One (Ole Ola) (with Jennifer Lopez, 2014)

    Gene Pitney

    Born: 2/17/1940 Died: 4/5/2006

    American pop singer/songwriter.


    Pixies

    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).

    Song(s):

  • Gigantic (1987)
  • Where Is My Mind? (1988)
  • Here Comes Your Man (1989)
  • Monkey Gone to Heaven (1989)
  • Debaser (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Surfer Rosa (1988)
  • Doolittle (1989)

    PJ Harvey

    - see Harvey, PJ

    Plain White T’s

    Song(s):

  • Hey There Delilah (2007)

    Plan B

    Song(s):

  • Ill Manors (2012)

    Robert Plant

    Born: 8/20/1948

    Rock singer 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).

    Song(s):

  • Please Read the Letter (with Alison Krauss, 2007)

    Album(s):

  • 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-).

    Song(s):

  • Only You and You Alone (1955)
  • The Great Pretender (1955)
  • Twilight Time (1958)
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (w. Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, 1958)

    PM Dawn

    Song(s):

  • Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (1991)

    P-Nut


    The Pogues

    Album(s):

  • Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (1985)

    The Pointer Sisters

    Song(s):

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

    Poison

    Song(s):

  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn (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)

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Album(s):

  • 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, recorded 1978-1986)
  • Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (1978-86) box

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Ben Pollack

    Song(s):

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

    Lew Pollack


    Doc Pomus

    Born: Jerome Pomus on 6/27/1925 Died: 3/14/1991

    R&B/pop songwriter.


    Lily Pons

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

    French opera soprano singer.


    Rosa Ponselle


    Charlie Poole

    Song(s):

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

    Iggy Pop

    Born: James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on 4/21/1947

    American proto-punk singer with The Stooges and then later a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Lust for Life (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Lust for Life (1977)

    The Pop Group

    Album(s):

  • Y (1979)

    Jeff Porcaro


    Porcupine Tree

    Album(s):

  • In Absentia (2002)

    Bob Porter


    Cole Porter

    About: Musical theater composer.

    Born: 6/9/1891 Died: 10/15/1964

    Song(s) written by Cole Porter:

  • What Is This Thing Called Love? (1930) – see Leo Reisman
  • 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

    Album(s):

  • Kiss Me, Kate (1948/1954) cast/ST
  • High Society (cast album, 1956)

    David Porter

    Born: 11/21/1941 Died:

    American R&B songwriter.


    George Porter, Jr.


    Steve Porter

    About: 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).

    Born: ? Died: 1/13/1946 at age 81.

    Song(s):

  • A Bird in a Gilded Cage (1900)

    Portishead

    Song(s):

  • Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me) (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Dummy (1994)
  • Third (2008)

    Mike Portnoy


    Bud Powell

    Born: Earl Rudolph Powell on 9/27/1924 Died: 7/31/1966

    American jazz pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Un Poco Loco (1951)

    Album(s):

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

    Cozy Powell

    Born: Colin Trevor Powell on 12/29/1947 in Cirencester, England Died: 4/5/1998 in Bristol, England

    About: Rock drummer with the Jeff Beck Group (70-72), Rainbow (75-80), Mchael 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

    Song(s):

  • Lullaby of Braodway (1935)

    Daniel Powter

    Song(s):

  • Bad Day (2005)

    Pérez Prado

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

    Jazz/big band leader and pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (1955)

    Prefab Sprout

    Album(s):

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

    Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    Jazz group.

    Elvis Presley

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook

    Born: 1/8/1935 in Tupelo, MS Died: in Memphis on 8/16/77 of heart failure caused by prescription drug abuse

    The #1 star of rock music, often called "The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll." Won talent contest at age eight, singing "Old Shep." Moved to Memphis in 1948. First recorded for Sun in 1954. Signed to RCA Records on 11/22/55. Managed by Tom Parker (died 1/21/97). Starred in 31 feature films, starting with Love Me Tender in 1956. In U.S. Army from 3/24/58 to 3/5/60. Married Priscilla Beaulieu on 5/1/67; divorced on 10/11/73. Their only child, Lisa Marie (born 2/1/68), married Michael Jackson on 5/26/94; divorced in 1996.

    Song(s):

  • That's All Right, Mama (1954)
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (1954)
  • Mystery Train (1955)
  • Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
  • Don't Be Cruel (1956)
  • Hound Dog (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1956)
  • Love Me Tender (1956)
  • All Shook Up (1957)
  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (1957)
  • Jailhouse Rock (w. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 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)

    Album(s):

  • 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: 1956-58)
  • King Creole (soundtrack, 1958)
  • 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2 (compilation: 1957-59)
  • The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll: The ‘50s Masters (box: 1953-59)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Artist of the Century (box: 1954-76)
  • In Concert (live, 1977)
  • Moody Blue (1977)
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ‘70s Masters (box: 1970-77)
  • 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 Presley – Top 50 Songs
  • 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

    Song(s):

  • Get Back (with the Beatles, 1969)

    Frances Preston


    Pretenders

    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-).

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • Pretenders (1980)

    The Pretty Things

    Album(s):

  • S.F. Sorrow (1968)

    Andre Previn

    Born: Andreas Ludwig Priwin on 4/6/1929

    German film score composer and conductor. Also a jazz pianist.


    Leontyne Price

    Born: 2/10/1927

    American opera singer.


    Lloyd Price

    Born: 3/9/1933 Died:

    American R&B singer (“Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).

    Song(s):

  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy (1952)

    Ray Price

    Born: 1/12/1926

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

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

    Charley Pride

    Born: 3/18/1938 Died:

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ (1971)

    Steve Priest


    Louis Prima

    Song(s):

  • That Old Black Magic (with Keely Smith, 1958)

    Album(s):

  • The Wildest (with Keely Smith, 1957)

    Primal Scream

    Song(s):

  • Loaded (1990)
  • Higher Than the Sun (1991)

    Album(s):

  • Screamadelica (1991)

    William Primrose


    Prince

    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).

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Album(s):

  • 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 DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: Prince was born: June 7, 1958 / His Top 50 Songs (6/7/12)

    Charles Adams Prince/Prince’s Orchestra

    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.

    Song(s):

  • Ballin' the Jack (1914)
  • The Memphis Blues (1914)
  • The Star-Spangled Banner (1916)
  • Beale Street Blues (1917)

    Prince Royce

    Song(s):

  • Darte un Beso (2013)

    John Prine

    Born: 10/10/1946

    Folk singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Angel from Montgomery (1971)

    Album(s):

  • John Prine (1971)
  • Fair & Square (2005)

    Procol Harum

    Song(s):

  • A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)

    The Prodigy

    Song(s):

  • Firestarter (1996)
  • Smack My Bitch Up (1997)

    Album(s):

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

    The Product G & B

    Song(s):

  • Maria Maria (with Santana, 2000)

    Professor Longhair

    Born: Roy Byrd on 12/19/1918 Died:

    Blues musician.

    Song(s):

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

    Frank Profitt

    Song(s):

  • Tom Dooley (1940)

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Born: 4/27/1891 Died: 3/5/1953

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Piano Concerto No. 3 (1921)
  • Peter and the Wolf (1936)

    Richard Pryor

    Album(s):

  • That N****’s Crazy (1974)

    Arthur Prysock


    Psy

    Song(s):

  • Gangnam Style (2012)
  • Oppa Is Just My Style (with Hyuna, 2012)
  • Gentleman (2013)

    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)

    Song(s):

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

    Album(s):

  • 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

    Album(s):

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

    Giacomo Puccini

    Born: 12/22/1858 Died: 11/29/1924

    Italian classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • La Bohème (1896) opera
  • Tosca (1900) opera

    Tito Puente

    Born: Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr. on 4/20/1923 Died: 6/1/2000

    American Latin-jazz and salsa percussionist.

    Song(s):

  • Oye Como Va (1953)

    Album(s):

  • Dance Mania (1958)

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

    Born: Sean Combs on 11/4/1969

    American rap singer and mogul.

    Song(s):

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

    Alla Pugacheva

    Born: 4/15/1949

    Russian mezzo soprano singer. Most successful Soviet performer in terms of record sales.


    Pulp

    Song(s):

  • Common People (1995)

    Album(s):

  • Different Class (1995)

    Henry Purcell

    Born: 1659 in Westminster, London, England Died: 11/21/1695

    Classical composer.


    Bernard Purdie


    Pussycat

    Song(s):

  • Mississippi (1976)

    Pussycat Dolls

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Cha (with Busta Rhymes, 2005)

    Charlie Puth

    Song(s):

  • See You Again (2015) - see Wiz Khalifa

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