Music Makers Encyclopedia: S


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S Club 7

Song(s):
Don't Stop Movin' (2001)


Sade

Smooth jazz/R&B singer born Helen Folasade Adu on 1/16/1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Song(s):
Smooth Operator (1984)
Your Love Is King (1984)
Paradise (1988)

Album(s):
Diamond Life (1984)
Promise (1985)
Best of (compilation: 1984-93, released 1994)
Lovers Rock (2000)
Soldier of Love (2010)


SSgt Barry Sadler

Song(s):
The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)

Album(s):
Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)


The Safaris

Song(s):
Image of a Girl (1960)


Carole Bayer Sager

Songwriter born Carole Bayer in 3/8/1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married to record-producer Andrew Sager from 1970 to 1978 and has also been romantically linked to songwriters Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach (married 1985 to 1991). She won an Academy Award ("Arthur's Theme" by Christopher Cross) and Grammy Award ("That's What Friends Are For," Dionne & Friends).

Songs written by Sager:
Top 40 Songs
You’re Moving Out Today (1977)
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (1981) – see Christopher Cross
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
On My Own (1986) – see Patti LaBelle


Saint JHN

Song(s):
Roses (with Imanbek, 2016)


Buffy Sainte-Marie

Song(s):
The Universal Soldier (1964)
Soldier Blue (1971)


The Saints

Song(s):
I’m Stranded (1976)


Camille Saint- Saëns

Classical composer.


Kyu Sakamoto

Song(s):
Sukiyaki (1963)


Hiromi Lorraine Sakata

Album(s):
Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (performed by various artists, compiled by Sakata, 1966-73)


Emily Saliers

Folk-rock singer/songwriter born 7/22/1963 in New Haven, CT. With Indigo Girls (1985-).

Album(s):
Murmuration Nation (2017)


Saliva

Song(s):
Click Click Boom (2001)


Salt-N-Pepa

Song(s):
Push It (1987)
Expression (1990)
Let’s Talk About Sex (1991)
Whatta Man (with En Vogue, 1993)
Shoop (1993)
None of Your Business (1993)


Sam & Dave

American R&B duo of Sam Moore and Dave Prater. 1961-1981. Had their greatest fame with Stax Records from 1965-1968. Nicknamed "Double Dynamite", "The Sultans of Sweat", and "The Dynamic Duo".

Song(s):
Hold on, I’m Comin’ (1966) You Don’t Know Like I Know (1966)
Soul Man (1967)
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (1967)
Soothe Me (1967)
I Thank You (1968)
Wrap It Up (1968)

Album(s):
The Best of (compilation: 1965-69, released 1987)


Richie Sambora

Rock guitarist born 7/11/1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. With Bon Jovi (1983-2013).


Sampha

Album(s):
Process (2017)


Joe Sample

Jazz pianist.


Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

Song(s):
Wooly Bully (1965)
Lil’ Red Riding Hood (1966)

Album(s):
Best of (compilation, 1967)


Paul Samwell-Smith

Rock bassist born Paul G. Smith on 5/8/1943 in Brentford, West London, England. With Yardbirds (1963-68) and Box of Frogs (1984-86).


David Sancious

Rock keyboardist born 11/30/1953 in Asbury Park, NJ. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.


Carl Sandburg

Song(s) written by Carl Sandburg:
Skip to My Lou (1832)


Emeli Sandé

Song(s):
Next to Me (2012)
Beneath Your Beautiful (2012) – see Labrinth

Album(s):
Our Version of Events (2012)


Felicia Sanders

Song(s):
Where Is Your Heart (Song from "Moulin Rouge") (Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders, 1953)


James Sanderson

Song(s):
Hail to the Chief (m: James Sanderson, w: Albert Gamse, 1810)


Arturo Sandoval

Jazz trumpeter born 11/6/1949 in Artemisa, Cuba.


Sandpiper Chorus

Song(s):
The Shadow of Your Smile (1965)


Tommy Sands

Song(s):
Teen-Age Crush (1957)


The Sanford/Townsend Band

Song(s):
Smoke from a Distant Fire (1977)


Samantha Sang

Song(s):
Emotion (1977)


Mongo Santamaria

Song(s):
Watermelon Man (1963)

Album(s):
Our Man in Havana (1959)


Carlos Santana

Latin-rock group formed in San Francisco, CA in 1966. Helmed by namesake singer and guitarist Carlos Santana (born 7/20/1947 in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico). Members over the years have included José Chepito Áreas (percussion: 69-77, 88-89), David Brown (b: 67-71, 74-76), Mike Carabello (percussion: 66-71, 14-16), Gregg Rolie (k/v: 66-73), Neal Schon (g: 71-73), Michael Shrieve (d: 69-74, 14-16). Schon and Rolie went on to form Journey.

Song(s):
Soul Sacrifice (1969)
Black Magic Woman (1970)
Evil Ways (1970)
Oye Como Va (1971)
Samba Pa Ti (1974)
Smooth (with Rob Thomas, 1999)
Maria Maria (with the Product G & B, 1999)
The Game of Love (with Michelle Branch, 2002)
Why Don't You and I? (with Chad Kroeger or Alex Band, 2002)

Album(s):
Santana (1969)
Abraxas (1970)
Santana III (1971)
Supernatural (1999)
Shaman (2002)


Kike Santander


Gustavo Santaolalla


Herman Santiago

Doo-wop singer/songwriter born 2/18/1941 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.


Santo & Johnny

Song(s):
Sleep Walk (1959)


Romeo Santos

Song(s):
Propuesta Indecente (with Eliza Gonzalez, 2013)


Alejandro Sanz


Kenny Sargent

Song(s):
Under a Blanket of Blue (1933) – see Glen Gray
It’s the Talk of the Town (1933) – see Glen Gray
Blue Moon (1935) – see Glen Gray
When I Grow Too Old to Dream (1935) – see Glen Gray


Peter Sarstedt

Song(s):
Where Do You Go to My Lovely? (1969)


Steve Sater

Album(s):
Spring Awakening (musical: 2006) – see Duncan Sheik


Arthur E. Satherley


Joe Satriani

American rock guitarist born 7/15/1956. With Deep Purple (93-94) and Chickenfoot (08-11).

Song(s):
Big Bad Moon (1989)


Rick Savage

Rock bassist born 12/2/1960 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. With Def Leppard (1977-).


Savage Garden

Song(s):
I Want You (1996)
To the Moon and Back (1996)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1997)
I Knew I Loved You (1999)

Album(s):
Savage Garden (1997)


Carlo Savina

Song(s):
Love Theme from "The Godfather" (1972)


Bidu Sayao

Song(s):
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – Aria (with Heitor Villa, 1945)


Saxon

Album(s):
Wheels of Steel (1980)


Leo Sayer

Song(s):
Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) (1974)
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976)
When I Need You (1977)
More Than I Can Say (1980)
Have You Ever Been in Love (1982)


Scaffold

Song(s):
Lily the Pink (1968)


Boz Scaggs

Song(s):
Loan Me a Dime (1969)
Lowdown (1976)
Lido Shuffle (1976)
JoJo (1980)

Album(s):
Silk Degrees (1976)


Scandal

Song(s):
The Warrior (1984)


Scandal’us

Song(s):
Me, Myself & I (2001)


Dick Scanlan

Album(s):
Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical: 2002) – see Jeanine Tesori


Joey Scarbury

Song(s):
Believe It Or Not (Theme from Greatest American Hero) (1981)


Scarface

Album(s):
The Untouchable (1997)


Domenico Scarlatti

Classical composer.


Scatman John

Song(s):
Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) (1955)


Michael Schenker


Patti Scialfa

Rock singer/songwriter born Vivienne Patricia Scialfa on 7/29/1953 in Deal, NJ. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.


Lalo Schifrin

Song(s):
Mission Impossible (1968)


Don Schlitz

Country songwriter. With songs sung by Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Judds, Alison Krauss, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, and Keith Whitley, Schlitz can boast a catalog of 24 #1 hits. He has been named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year four times, won the CMA Song of the Year Award three times, and took home the ACM Song of the Year trophy twice.

Songs written by Schlitz:
The Gambler (1978) – see Kenny Rogers
On the Other Hand (1985) – see Randy Travis
Forever and Ever, Amen (1987) – see Randy Travis, 1987)


Harvey Schmidt

Musical theater composer best-known for the 1960 musical The Fantasticks, which partnered him with lyricist Tom Jones. "Try to Remember" became the show's most beloved song, being recorded by hundreds of artists including Ed Ames, Harry Belafonte, Placido Domingo, and Barbra Streisand. The pair also earned Tony Award nominations for Best Composer and Lyricist for 110 in the Shade and I DO! I DO!. They've also been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and the Broadway Hall of Fame.

Song(s):
Try to Remember (from The Fantasticks, performed by Jerry Orbach, 1960)


Timothy B. Schmit

Singer/songwriter and bassist born 10/30/1947 in Oakland, California. He was a member of Poco (1969-77, 2015) and the Eagles (1977-80, 1994-) and worked as a solo artist.


Al Schmitt


Alexander Schneider


Florian Schneider

Electronica keyboardist born Florian Schneider-Esleben on 4/7/1947 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Died 4/21/2020. With Kraftwerk (1970-2008).


Maria Schneider

Album(s):
Concert in the Garden (2004)


Arnold Schoenberg

Classical composer born 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria. Died 1951.

Album(s):
String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7 (1905)
String Quartet No. 2 in F%u266F minor (1908)
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30 (1927)
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37 (1936)
Gurre-Leider (1932)


Tom Scholz

Rock guitarist and keyboardist born 3/10/1947 in Toledo, OH. With Boston (76-78,86,84,97,02,13).


Neal Schon

Rock guitarist born 2/27/1954 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. With Santana (1971-73, 2016), Journey (1973-86, 1996-), with Jan Hammer (1981-82), HSAS (1983-84), Bad English (1987-91), Hardline (1992, 2002), with Paul Rodgers (1993, 1997, 2011), Just If I (1995), Abraxas Pool (1997), and Soul SirkUS (2005).


Claude-Michel Schönberg

Musical theater composer born 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria. Died 1951.

Song(s):
I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009) – see Susan Boyle

Album(s):
Les Misérables (composed with Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer, musical: 1980, soundtrack: 2012)
Martin Guerre (composed with Alain Boubil, Edward Hardy & Stephen Clark; musical: 1998)


Franz Schubert

Classical composer and pianist born 1/31/1797 in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Austria. Died 11/19/1828.

Song(s):
Ave Maria (1825)

Classical Work(s):
Piano Quintet in A major (Trout) (1819)
Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) (1822)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (1824)
Symphony No. 9 in C major (The Great) (1828)
String Quintet in C major (1828)


Robin Schulz

Song(s):
Waves (2013) – see Mr. Probz
Prayer in C (2014) – see Lillywood & the Prick
Sugar (with Francesco Yates, 2016)


William Schuman

Composer born 8/4/1910 in Manhattan, NY. Died 2/15/1992.


Robert Schumann

Classical composer and pianist born 6/8/1810 in Zwickau, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany. Died 7/29/1856.

Album(s):
Carnaval Op. 9 (1835)
Piano Quintet in E flat major (1842)
Complete Piano Trios (with Clara Schumann, composed 1846-51)


Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Song(s):
Danny Boy (1918)


Arthur Schwartz


Jean Schwartz


Stephen Schwartz

Musical theater composer born 3/6/1948 in New York City, NY.

Song(s):
Defying Gravity (from Wicked, 2003) – see Idina Menzel
For Good (from Wicked, 2003)

Album(s):
Godspell (1971)
Pippin (musical: 1972)
Pocahontas (soundrack, 1995) – see Alan Menken
Wicked (musical: 2003)


Peter Schilling

Song(s):
Major Tom (Coming Home) (1983)


Al Schmitt


Gina Schock

New-wave drummer born Regina Ann Schock on 8/31/1957 in Baltimore, MD. With The Go-Go’s (1979-).


The Schoolboys

Song(s):
Please Say You Want Me (1957)


Richard Schukburgh

Song by Schukburgh (words), traditional (music):
Yankee Doodle (aka "Yankee Doodle Went to Town") (1754)
Yankee Doodle (aka "Yankee Doodle Went to Town") (1894) – see Vess Ossman


Scissor Sisters

Song(s):
Take Your Mama (2004)
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin' (2006)

Album(s):
Scissor Sisters (2004)


Scooter

Song(s):
The Logical Song (2002)


Scorpio aka Mr. Ness

Rap singer born Eddie Morris on 11/12/1960 in the Bronx, NY. With Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.


The Scorpions

Song(s):
No One Like You (1982)
Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
Still Loving You (1984)
Wind of Change (1991)


Bon Scott

Rock singer born Ronald Belford Scott on 7/9/1946. With AC/DC (74-80). Previously worked as a drummer with Fraternity and The Valentines. Died 2/19/1980 from alcohol abuse.


Calum Scott

Song(s):
Dancing on My Own (2016)


Jack Scott

Song(s):
Goodbye Baby (1958)


James Scott

Song(s) written and/or performed by Scott:
Frog Legs Rag (1906)
Climax Rag (1914) – see Jelly Roll Morton


Jill Scott

Song(s):
Love Rain (Suite) (2001)

Album(s):
Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Music Vol. 1 (2000)
The Light of the Sun (2011)
Woman (2015)


Jimmy Scott

Jazz singer born James Victor Scott on 7/17/1925 in Cleveland, OH. Died 6/12/2014.


Travis Scott

Song(s):
Goosebumps (with Kendrick Lamar, 2016)
Butterfly Effect (2017)
Love Galore (2017) – see SZA
Sicko Mode (with Drake, 2018)
Zeze (2018) – see Kodak Black
Highest in the Room (2019)
The Scotts (with Kid Cudi, 2020)
Franchise (with Young Thug & M.I.A., 2020)
Meltdown (with Drake, 2023)

Album (s):
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016)
Astroworld (2018)
Utopia (2023)


Gil Scott-Heron

Song(s):
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1963)


Screaming Trees

Song(s):
Nearly Lost You (1992)


The Script

Song(s):
Breakeven (2008)
Hall of Fame (with will.i.am, 2012)


Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass banjo player born 1/6/1924 in Cleveland County, NC. Died 3/29/2012. Half of Flatt & Scruggs duo with Lester Flatt.


Ryan Seacrest

TV and radio personality born 12/24/1974 in Atlanta, GA. Has hosted American Top 40, American Idol, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.


Seal

Pop/soul singer born Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel on 2/19/1963 in Paddington, London, England.

Song(s):
Crazy (1990)
Kiss from a Rose (1994)
Fly Like an Eagle (1996)

Album(s):
Seal (I) (1991)
Seal (II) (1994)
Seal IV (2003)
Best (compilation: 1991-2004, released 2004)
Hits (compilation: 1991-2009, released 2009)


Seals & Croft

Song(s):
Summer Breeze (1972)
Diamond Girl (1973)


Dan Seals

Song(s):
I’d Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976)
Bop (1985)
Meet Me in Montana (1985) – see Marie Osmond
Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold (1986)
You Still Move Me (1986)
I Will Be There (1987)
Three Time Loser (1987)
One Friend (1987)
Addicted (1988)
Big Wheels in the Moonlight (1988)
Love on Arrival (1990)
Good Times (1990)


Son Seals

Blues guitarist born Frank Seals on 8/13/1942 in Osceola, AR. Died 12/20/2004.


Jay Sean

Song(s):
Down (with Lil Wayne, 2009)


The Searchers

Song(s):
Sweets for My Sweet (1963)
Needles and Pins (1964)
Love Potion No. 9 (1964)


Reverend Edmund Hamilton Sears

Song(s) written by Sears & Richard Storrs Willis:
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (1850)


Guy Sebastian

Song(s):
Angels Brought Me Here (2003)
All I Need Is You (2004)
Out with My Baby (2004)
Like It Like That (2009)
Who’s That Girl (with Eve, 2010)


Joan Sebastian

Latin pop singer/songwriter born José Manuel Figueroa Figueroa on 4/8/1951 in Juliantla, Guerrero, Mexico. Composed more than 1000 songs. Died 7/13/2015.


John Sebastian

Rock singer/songwriter born on 3/17/1944 in Greenwich Village, NY. With Lovin’ Spoonful.

Song(s):
Welcome Back (1976)


Neil Sedaka

Pop singer and composer born 3/13/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.

Song(s):
Oh Carol (1959)
Calendar Girl 91960)
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (fast version) (1962)
Laughter in the Rain (1974)
Bad Blood (1975)
The Immigrant (1975)
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (slow version) (1975)


The Seeds

Song(s):
Can’t Seem to Make You Mine (1965)
Pushin’ Too Hard (1965)


Pete Seeger

Folk singer/songwriter and activist born 5/3/1919 in Manhattan, NY. Died 1/27/2014. Started with the folk quartet The Weavers ("Goodnight Irene").

Song(s):
We Shall Overcome (1963)
If I Had a Hammer (1963)
Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1964)
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (1967)

Album(s):
We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1963)


The Seekers

Song(s):
I'll Never Find Another You (1965)
The Carnival Is Over (1965)
Georgy Girl (1966)

Album(s):
Greatest Hits (compilation, 1967)


Blossom Seeley

Song(s):
Alabamy Bound (1925)
Yes Sir! That’s My Baby (1925)


Seether

Song(s):
Fine Again (2002)
Broken (with Amy Lee, 2004)
Fake It (2007)
Country Song (2011)


Bob Seger (& the Silver Bullet Band)

Rock singer/songwriter born Robert Clark Seger on 5/6/1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Has sold more than 51 million records worldwide. Songs have been covered by Brooks & Dunn, Cher, Waylon Jennings, Keb' Mo'', Kid Rock, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Metallica, Bette Midler, The Pointer Sisters, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Conway Twitty, and Dottie West. His 1994 Greatest Hits album has been a continuous presence on either the Billboard Top 200 Albums or Catalog Albums charts since its release and was named the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade (2000-2010).

Song(s):
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (1968)
2 2=? (Bob Seger System, 1968)
Turn the Page (live, 1976)
Night Moves (1976)
Mainstreet (1976)
Old Time Rock and Roll (1978)
Still the Same (1978)
Against the Wind (1980)
Shame on the Moon (1982)
Roll Me Away (1982)
Shakedown (1987)
The Real Love (1991)

Album(s):
Night Moves (1976)
Stranger in Town (1978)
Against the Wind (1980)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1976-94, released 1994)
Greatest Hits 2 (compilation: 1975-2003, released 2003)
Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets (compilation: 1968-2011, released 2011)


Andrés Segova

Album(s):
Music of Albeniz & Granados (1944)
An Evening with Andres Segova (1954)


Selena

Mexican-American singer/songwriter born Selena Quintanilla-Pérez on 4/16/1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Died 3/31/1995 after being shot by a fan. Called the Queen of Tejano music.

Album(s):
Ven Conmigo (1990)
Dreaming of You (1995)


Ben Selvin

Jazz/big band leader born Benjamin Bernard Selvin on 3/5/1898 in New York City, NY. Died 7/15/1980. No other bandleader made more recordings than this violinist whose 2000 recordings included many with jazz stars such as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey.

Song(s):
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
Dardanella (1920)
All by Myself (with Ernest Hare, 1921)
Say It with Music (1921)
Angel Child (1922)
Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1922)
Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923)
Oh How I Miss You Tonight (1925)
Manhattan (1925)
All Alone (1925)
Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926)
Baby Face (1926)
In a Little Spanish Town (1927)
Blue Skies (1927)
Miss Annabelle Lee (Who’s Wonderful, Who’s Marvelous) (1927)
Among My Souvenirs (1927)
Thou Swell (1928)
You’re the Cream in My Coffee (with Jack Palmer, 1928)
Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928)
Am I Blue? (1929)
Happy Days Are Here Again (1930)
When It’s Springtime in the Rockies (1930)
I Only Have Eyes for You (with Howard Phillips, 1934)


Phil Selway

Experimental-rock drummer born 5/23/1967 in Abingdon, UK. With Radiohead (1985-).


Michael Sembello

Song(s):
Maniac (1983)


Semisonic

Song(s):
Closing Time (1998)


Sepultura

Album(s):
Roots (1996)


Danny Seraphine

Jazz-rock drummer born in Chicago, IL. With Chicago (1967-1990).


Rudolf Serkin

Pianist born 3/28/1903 in Egar, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Died 5/8/1991.


Roger Sessions

Composer.


Keala Settle

Song(s):
This Is Me (with the Greatest Show Ensemble, 2017)


Seven Dwarfs

Song(s):
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)
Heigh Ho (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)


Seven Mary Three

Song(s):
Cumbersome (1995)


David Seville

Song(s):
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (The Chipmunks, 1958)
Witch Doctor (1958)
Alvin’s Harmonica (The Chipmunks, 1959)


Conrad Sewell

Song(s):
Start Again (2015)


Sex Pistols

Influential and notorious British punk group assembled by Malcom McLaren at his London clothing store, SEX. Active: 1975-78 Members: John Lydon (aka "Johnny Rotten") (v: 75-78, 96), Steve Jones (g: 75-78, 96), Glen Matlock (b: 75-77, 96), Paul Cook (d: 75-78, 96), Sid Vicious (b: 77-78)

Song(s):
Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)
God Save the Queen (1977)
Holidays in the Sun (1977)
Pretty Vacant (1977)
Submission (1977)
My Way (Sid Vicious, 1978)
No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer by Ronald Biggs) (1978)

Album(s):
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)


Shades of Blue

Song(s):
Oh How Happy (1966)


The Shadows

Song(s):
Apache (1960)
Wonderful Land (1962)

Album(s):
Summer Holiday (with Cliff Richard, 1963)


The Shadows of Knight

Song(s):
Gloria (1966)


Shaggy

Song(s):
Oh Carolina (1993)
Boombastic (1995)
It Wasn’t Me (with Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent, 2000)
Angel (with Rayvon, 2000)

Album(s):
Hot Shot (2000)
44/876 (with Sting, 2018)


Shai

Song(s):
If I Ever Fall in Love (1992)


Marc Shaiman

Song(s):
You Can't Stop the Beat (performed by Hairspray Cast, from Hairspray musical: 2002, soundtrack: 2007)

Album(s):
Hairspray (composed with Scott Wittman, musical: 2003, soundtrack: 2007)


Shakespear's Sister

Song(s):
Stay (1992)


Shakira

Latin pop singer born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on 2/2/1977 in Barcelona, Spain.

Song(s):
Whenever, Wherever (2001)
Underneath Your Clothes (2002)
Hips Don't Lie (with Wycelf Jean, 2006)
Beautiful Liar (2007) – see Beyoncé
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (with Freshlyground, 2010)
Chantaje (with Maluma, 2016)
La Bicicleta (2016) – see Carlos Vives

Album(s):
Laundry Service (2001)


Tupac Shakur (2pac)

Rap singer/songwriter born Lesane Parish Crooks on 6/16/1971 in East Harlem, NY. Died 9/13/1996.

Song(s):
Keep Ya Head Up (1993)
I Get Around (1993)
Dear Mama (1995)
California Love (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, 1996)
How Do U Want It (with K-Ci & JoJo, 1996)
I Ain’t Mad at Cha (1996)
Changes (1998)
Ghetto Gospel (with Elton John, 2004)

Album(s):
Me Against the World (1995)
All Eyez on Me (1996)
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (recorded as Makaveli, 1996)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1991-98, released 1998)
Until the End of Time (2001)
Loyal to the Game (2004)

The DMDB Blog:
The Death of Tupac Shakur: September 13, 1996 (9/13/11)


The Shangri-La's

Song(s):
Leader of the Pack (1964)
Remember Walking in the Sand (1964)
Give Him a Great Big Kiss (1964)
I Can Never Go Home Anymore (1965)
Past Present Future (1966)


Shanice

Song(s):
I Love Your Smile (1991)


Ravi Shankar


Del Shannon

Pop singer born Charles Weedon Westover on 12/30/1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Died 2/8/1990.

Song(s):
Runaway (1961)
Hats Off to Larry (1961)
The Swiss Maid (1962)
Little Town Flirt (1962)
Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun) (1964)
Stranger in Town (1965)


Scott Shannon

Radio DJ.


Tommy Shannon

Blues-rock bassist born Thomas Lafitte Smedley on 4/18/1946 in Tucson, AZ. With Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.


Helen Shapiro

Song(s):
No Trespassing (1963)


Feargal Sharkey

Song(s):
A Good Heart (1985)


Alexander Sharp

R&B tenor singer born 12/6/1919 in Baltimore, MD. Died 1/3/1970. With The Orioles.


Dee Dee Sharp

Song(s):
Mashed Potato Time (1962)


Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Song(s):
Home (2009)


Billy Joe Shaver

Outlaw country singer/songwriter born 8/16/1939 in Corsicana, Texas. Died 10/28/2020.

Song(s):
Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me (1973)
Live Forever (1993)


Artie Shaw

Jazz clarinetist and bandleader born Jacob Arthur Arshawsky on 5/23/1910 in New York City, NY. Died 12/30/2004.

Song(s):
Begin the Beguine (1938)
Any Old Time (1938)
They Say (with Helen Forrest, 1938)
Thanks for Everything (with Helen Forrest, 1939)
Frenesi (1940)
Stardust (1941)
Dancing in the Dark (1941)


Eddie Shaw


Robert Shaw

Orchestra conductor and choral director born 4/30/1916 in Red Bluff, CA. Died 1/25/1999.


Sandie Shaw

Song(s):
Always Something There to Remind Me (1964)
Girl Don’t Come (1964)
Puppet on a String (1967)


Tommy Shaw

Rock singer/guitarist born 9/11/1953 in Montgomery, Alabama. With Styx (75-84, 95-), Damn Yankees (89-94). Also recorded as a solo artist and in a duo with Jack Blades (95,07).

Check out the DMDB podcast "The Best of Tommy Shaw & Styx" here.

Songs Featuring Tommy Shaw on Lead Vocals:

Styx et al: Top 100 Songs
Mademoiselle (1976) – see Styx
Crystal Ball (1976) – see Styx
Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977) – see Styx
Renegade (1978) – see Styx
Too Much Time on My Hands (1981) – see Styx
High Enough (1990) – see Damn Yankees
Dear John (1997) – see Styx
Everything Is Cool (1999) – see Styx
Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (2005) – see Styx

Styx Albums Featuring Tommy Shaw: – see Styx
Crystal Ball (1976)
The Grand Illusion (1977)
Pieces of Eight (1978)
Cornerstone (1979)
Paradise Theater (1981)
Kilroy Was Here (1983)
Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-90, released 1995)
Greatest Hits Part 2 (compilation: 1975-96, released 1996)
Return to Paradise (live, 1997)
Brave New World (1999)
Cyclorama (2003)
Big Bang Theory (covers, 2005)
Influence (covers with Jack Blades, 2007)
The Mission (2017)
Crash of the Crown (2021)


Dorothy Shay

Song(s):
Feudin’ and Fightin’ (1947)

Album(s):
Dorothy Shay Sings (1947)
Dorothy Shay Goes to Town (1948)


George Beverly Shea

Song(s):
How Great Thou Art (1955)


Al Shean

See Gallagher & Shean.


George Shearing

Jazz pianist born 8/13/1919 in Battersea, London, England. Died 2/14/2011.


Billy Sheehan


Bobby Sheehan


Ed Sheeran

Song(s):
Ed Sheeran: Top 50 Songs
The A Team (2011)
Lego House (2011)
Sing (2014)
Thinking Out Loud (2014)
Photograph (2014)
Don’t (2014)
Love Yourself (co-writer, 2015) – see Justin Bieber
Shape of You (2017)
Castle on the Hill (2017)
Perfect (with Beyoncé, 2017)
Galway Girl (2017)
Happier (2017)
River (2017) – see Eminem
I Don’t Care (with Justin Bieber, 2019)
Beautiful People (with Khalid, 2019)
Bad Habits (2021)
Shivers (2021)
Merry Christmas (with Elton John, 2021)

Album(s):
Plus ( ) (2011)
Multiply (X) (2014)
Divide (÷) (2017)
No. 6 Collaborations Project (2019)
Equals (=) (2021)


Duncan Sheik

Album(s):
Barely Breathing (1996)

Album(s):
Spring Awakening (composed with Steve Sater, musical: 2006)


Steve Shelley

Rock drummer with Sonic Youth.


Blake Shelton

Song(s):
Austin (2001)
The Baby (2002)
Some Beach (2004)
Home (with Miranda Lambert, 2007)
She Wouldn’t Be Gone (2008)
Hillbilly Bone (with Trace Adkins, 2009)
All About Tonight (2010)
Who Are You When I’m Not Looking (2010)
Honey Bee (2011)
God Gave Me You (2011)
Drink on It (2011)
Over (2011)
Sure Be Cool if You Did (2013)
Boys Round Here (with Pistol Annies, 2013)
Mine Would Be You (2013)
Doin’ What She Likes (2014)
My Eyes (with Gwen Sebastian, 2014)
Neon Lights (2014)
Lonely Tonight (with Ashley Monroe, 2014)
Sangria (2015)
Gonna (2015)
Came Here to Forget (2016)
A Guy with a Girl (2016)
Every Time I Hear That Song (2017)
I’ll Name the Dogs (2017)
God’s Country (2019)
Nobody But You (with Gwen Stefani, 2019)
Happy Anywhere (with Gwen Stefani, 2020)

Album(s):
Loaded: The Best Of (compilation, 2010)
Red River Blue (2011)
Based on a True Story… (2013)
Bringing Back the Sunshine (2014)
Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (compilation, 2015)
God’s Country: Fully Loaded (2019)


Shep & the Limelites

Song(s):
Daddy’s Home (1961)
I’m All Alone (1962)


Jean Shepard

Country singer born Ollie Imogene Shepard on 11/21/1933 in Paul's Valley, OK. Died 9/25/2016. One of the few women in the 1950s to have a successful career in country music.

Song(s):
A Dear John Letter (with Ferlin Husky, 1953)


Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Song(s):
Blue on Black (1998)

Album(s):
Ledbetter Heights (1995)


Sheppard

Song(s):
Geronimo (2014)


The Sheppards

Song(s):
Tragic (1961)
Pretend You’re Still Mine (1963)


Sherbet

Song(s):
Summer Love (1975)
Howzat (1976)


Sheriff

Song(s):
When I’m with You (1983)


Allan Sherman

Song(s):
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh (1963)

Album(s):
My Son, the Folk Singer (1962)
My Son, the Celebrity (1963)
My Son, the Nut (1963)


Richard Sherman

Disney film composer born 6/12/1928 in New York City, NY. Worked with his brother Robert Sherman.


Robert Sherman

Disney film composer born 12/19/1925 in New York City, NY. Died 3/6/2012. Worked with his brother Richard Sherman.


Billy Sherrill

Country producer born 11/5/1936 in Phil Campbell, AL. Died 8/4/2015.


Lew Sherwood

Song(s):
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (1933) – see Eddy Duchin
Let's Fall in Love (1934) – see Eddy Duchin
Lovely to Look At (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
I Won't Dance (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
You’re All I Need (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
You Are My Lucky Star (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
Moon Over Miami (1936) – see Eddy Duchin
Lights Out (Close Your Eyes and Dream of Me) (1936) – see Eddy Duchin


Arkie Shibley

Song(s):
Hot Rod Race (1950)


Garry Shider

Funk guitarist born 7/24/1953 in Plainfield, NJ. With Parliament/Funkadelic.


The Shields

Song(s):
You Cheated (1958)


Chris Shiflett

Rock guitarist born 5/6/1971 in Santa Barbara, CA. With Foo Fighters (1999-).


Nat Shilkret

Composer and conductor born Naftule Schüldkraut on 12/25/1889 in New York City, NY. Died 2/18/1982.

Song(s):
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (1926) – see Gene Austin
I Know That You Know (1927)
Tonight You Belong to Me (1927) – see Gene Austin
Me and My Shadow (1927)
Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin
Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928)
Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928) – see Gene Austin
An American in Paris (1929) – see George Gershwin
Carolina Moon (1929) – see Gene Austin
She's Funny That Way (1929) – see Gene Austin
Pagan Love Song (1929)
Am I Blue? (with Don Howard, 1929)
Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (with Lewis James, 1930)
Get Happy (with Phil Dewey, Frank Luther, & Leo O'Rourke, 1930)


Shinedown

Song(s):
Save Me (2005)
Second Chance (2008)
Bully (2012)
Cut the Cord (2015)
State of My Head (2015)


Johnny Shines

Blues singer and guitarist born John Ned Shines on 4/26/1915 in Frayser, Memphis, TN. Died 4/20/1992.


The Shins

Post-punk revival indie rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. James Mercer (v/g/k/b), Martin Crandall (k/b: 98-09), Jessica Dobson (g/b/k: 11-13), Casey Foubert (g: 16-), Dave Hernandez (b/g: 98-00, 03-09), Eric Johnson (g/k, etc.: 07-11), Patt King (k: 16-), Neal Langford (b: 00-03), Ron Lewis (b: 09-11), Yuuki Matthews (b/k: 2011-), Joe Plummer (d: 09-16), Jessee Sandoval (d: 96-09), Jon Sortland (d: 16-), Richard Swift (k/b/g, etc.: 11-16), Mark Watrous (g/k: 14-).

Song(s):
New Slang (2001)
Caring Is Creepy (2001)
Phantom Limb (2007)

Album(s):
Oh, Inverted World (2001)
Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
Wincing the Night Away


The Shirelles

Song(s):
Dedicated to the One I Love (1959)
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
Tonight's the Night (1960)
Baby It's You (1961)
Mama Said (1961)
Soldier Boy (1962)

Album(s):
Tonight’s the Night (1961)


Shirley & Company

Song(s):
Shame Shame Shame (1975)


Shirley & Lee

Song(s):
Let the Good Times Roll (1956)


George Shirley

Opera singer born 4/18/1934 in Indianapolis, IN. First African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.


Michelle Shocked

Song(s):
Anchorage (1988)


The Shocking Blue

Song(s):
Venus (1969)
Love Buzz (1969)


Stephen H. Sholes


Da Shop Boyz

Song(s):
Party Like a Rock Star (2007)


Dinah Shore

Singer born Frances Rose Shore on 3/1/1917 in Winchester, TN. Died 2/24/1994. One of the most popular singers of the 1940-55 era. Became a solo star almost immediately after her brief stay with the Xavier Cugat band, but her greatest fame came with her TV variety series (1951-62), followed by a popular talk show in the 1970s.

Song(s):
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (1943)
As Long As You’re Not in Love with Anyone Else Why Don’t You Fall in Love with Me (1943)
I'll Walk Alone (1944)
Happy in Love (1944)
It Could Happen to You (1945)
Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside (1946)
The Gypsy (1946)
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song (1946)
The Anniversary Song (1947)
You Do (1947)
Buttons and Bows (& Her Harper Valley Boys, 1948)
Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949)
Sweet Violets (1951)
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (1953)


Wayne Shorter

American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born 8/25/1933 in Newark, NJ. With Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, and Weather Report.

Album(s):
Speak No Evil (1964)


Dmitri Shostakovich

Classical pianist and composer, mostly of symphonies and string quartets. Born 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Died 8/9/1975.

Album(s):
Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor (1948)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1959)


Shovels & Rope

Song(s):
I Know (2016)


Showaddywaddy

Song(s):
Under the Moon of Love (1976)


The Showmen

Song(s):
It Will Stand (1961)


Michael Shrieve

Rock drummer born 7/6/1949 in San Francisco, CA. With Santana (1969-74, 2014-16) and HSAS (1983-84).


Mort Shuman

American R&B/pop songwriter ("Surrender", "Teenager in Love", "Save the Last Dance for Me") born 11/12/1938 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 11/3/1991. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.


Dick Shurman


Sia

Song(s):
Titanium (2011) – see David Guetta
Wild Ones (2011) – see Flo Rida
Diamonds (co-writer, 2012) – see Rihanna
Elastic Heart (2013)
Chandelier (2014)
Cheap Thrills (with Sean Paul, 2016)
Dusk Till Dawn (2017) – see Zayn

Album(s):
1000 Forms of Fear (2014)


Jean Sibelius

Classical composer born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius on 12/8/1865 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Died 9/20/1957.


Carl Sigman


Sigur Rós

Song(s):
Hoppipolla (2005)

Album(s):
Agaetis Byrjun (2000)


Silentó

Rapper Richard Lamar Hawk. Born in 1998 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Indicted in 2021 for the shooting death of his cousin.

Song(s):
Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (2015)


The Silhouettes

Song(s):
Get a Job (1958)


Silk

Song(s):
Freak Me (1993)


Silk Sonic

Duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak.

Song(s):
Leave the Door Open (2021)


Beverly Sills

Operatic soprano singer born Belle Miriam Silverman on 5/25/1929 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. Died 7/2/2007. Called "America's Queen of Opera" by Time Magazine.


Horace Silver

Jazz pianist born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva on 9/22/1928 in Norwalk, CT. Died 6/18/2014.

Song(s):
Song for My Father (1964)

Album(s):
Song for My Father (1964)


Silver Apples

Song(s):
Oscillations (1968)


Silverchair

Song(s):
Tomorrow (1994)
Freak (1997)
Straight Lines (2007)


Silver Convention

Song(s):
Fly, Robin, Fly (1975)
Get Up and Boogie (That's Right) (1976)


Silversun Pickups


Harry Simeone Chorale

Song(s):
The Little Drummer Boy (1958)

Album(s):
Sing We Now of Christmas (aka "The Little Drummer Boy") (Christmas, 1958)


Gene Simmons

Rock bassist and singer born Chaim Witz on 8/25/1949 in Haifa, Israel. Founding member of band Kiss (73-).


Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons

Rap singer born 11/14/1964 in Hollis, NY. With Run-D.M.C..


Patrick Simmons

Rock guitarist and singer born 10/19/1948 in Aberdeen, WA. With Doobie Brothers (1970-82, 1987-).


Simon & Garfunkel

Folk-rock duo of Paul Simon (v/g) and Art Garfunkel. Met in high school; recorded as Tom and Jerry in 1957. Active: 1964-1970, 1981.

Paul Simon’s DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: The Best of Simon & Garfunkel

Song(s):
Top 100 Songs (Simon & Garfunkel/Paul Simon)
Hey Schoolgirl (Tom & Jerry, 1957)
The Sound of Silence (1965)
Homeward Bound (1966)
I Am a Rock (1966)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) (1966)
Scarborough Fair/Canticle (1966)
Mrs. Robinson (1968)
America (1968)
The Boxer (1969)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Cecilia (1970)
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (1970)
The Only Living Boy in New York (1970)
My Little Town (1975)
Wake Up Little Susie (live, 1982)

Album(s):
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
Sounds of Silence (1966)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
The Graduate (soundtrack with Dave Grusin, 1968)
Bookends (1968)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-70, released 1972)
The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel (compilation: 1964-70, released 1991)
The Best of (compilation: 1964-70, released 1999)
Old Friends (box: 1965-75, released 1997)
Tales from New York: The Very Best of (compilation: 1965-75, released 2000)
The Essential (compilation: 1965-75, released 2003)
The Collection (box: 1965-70, released 2007)
The Concert in Central Park (live, 1981)


Calvin "Thang" Simon

Funk singer born 5/22/1942 in Beckley, WV. Died 1/6/2022. With Parliament/Funkadelic.


Carly Simon

Pop singer/songwriter born 6/25/1945 in the Bronx, NY.

Song(s):
You’re So Vain (1972)
Nobody Does It Better (1977)
You Belong to Me (1978)
Let the River Run (1989)

Album(s):
No Secrets (1973)


Joe Simon

R&B singer/songwriter born 9/2/1943 in Simmesport, LA.

Song(s):
The Chokin’ Kind (1969)
Drowning in the Sea of Love (1971)
Power of Love (1972)
Get Down Get Down (Get on the Floor) (1975)


Paul Simon

Pop/folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 10/13/1941 in Newark, NJ. Raised in Queens, NY. With Jerry Landis, Tico and the Triumphs, Paul Kane, Harrison Gregory, and True Taylor. Worked briefly as a solo artist (63-64) before pairing with Art Garfunkel, with whom he'd recorded as Tom and Jerry (57). Recorded as duo Simon & Garfunkel (64-70) and then Simon resumed his solo career again.

DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: The Best of Paul Simon (1972-2016)

Song(s):
Top 100 Songs (Simon & Garfunkel/Paul Simon)
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (1972)
Mother and Child Reunion (1972)
Duncan (1972)
American Tune (1973)
Kodachrome (1973)
Loves Me Like a Rock (with the Dixie Hummingbirds, 1973)
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (1975)
Late in the Evening (1980)
Graceland (1986)
You Can Call Me Al (1986)
The Boy in the Bubble (1986)
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (1986)
The Obvious Child (1990)
Wristband (2016)

Album(s):
The Paul Simon Songbook (1965)
Paul Simon (1972)
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)
Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
Greatest Hits, Etc. (compilation: 1971-77, released 1977)
One Trick Pony (1980)
Hearts and Bones (1983)
Graceland (1986)
Negotiations and Love Songs (compilation: 1971-86, released 1988)
Rhythm of the Saints (1990)
1964/1993 (box: 1957-90, released 1993)
Anthology (compilation: 1964-90, released 1993)
Songs from the Capeman (1997)
You’re the One (2000)
Shining Like a National Guitar (compilation: 1972-97, released 2000)
The Ultimate Collection (compilation: 1965-2002, released 2015)
Surprise (2006)
The Essential Paul Simon (compilation: 1971-2006, released 2007)
So Beautiful or So What (2011)
Songwriter (compilation: 1965-2011, released 2011)
Stranger to Stranger (2016)
Seven Psalms (2023)


George T. Simon


Nina Simone

Jazz/blues singer born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on 2/21/1933 in Tryon, NC. Died 4/21/2003.

Song(s):
I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (1960)
Mississippi Goddam (1964)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1964)
Feeling Good (1965)
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969)

Album(s):
I Put a Spell on You (1965)
Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of (compilation: 1998)


Paul Simonon

Rock bassist born 12/15/1955 in Thornton Heath, Croydon, England. With The Clash (1976-86) and then with Havana 3am.


Simple Minds

Rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977. Jim Kerr (v: 77-) and Charlie Burchill (g/k: 77-) have been the only constant since the band’s formation. Other members include Catherine AD (k: 14-18), Duncan Barnwell (rhythm g: 78), Sarah Brown (backing v: 09), Tony Donald (b: 77-78), Eddie Duffy (b: 99-10), Derek Forbes (b: 78-85, 96-98), Mel Gaynor (d: 82-91, 97-98, 02-16), John Giblin (b: 85-89), Andy Gillespie (k: 02-05, 07-16), Gordy Goudie (g/k: 01-), Ged Grimes (b: 10-), Kenny Hyslop (d: 81-82), Mick MacNeil (k: 78-90), Brian McGee (d: 77-81, 96), Allan McNeill (rhythm g: 77), John Milarky (g: 77), Mike Ogletree (d: 82), Cherisse Osei (d: 17-), Berenice Scott (k: 20-).

DMDB profile page

Song(s):
Simple Minds: Top 50 Songs
Promised You a Miracle (1982)
Don't You Forget about Me (1985)
Alive and Kicking (1985)
Biko (1989)
Mandela Day (1989)
Belfast Child (1989)
See the Lights (1991)
Let the Day Begin (2009)

Album(s):
Life in a Day (1979)
Real to Real Cacophony (1979)
Empires and Dance (1980)
Celebration (compilation: 1979-80, released 1982)
Sons & Fascination (1981)
Sister Feelings Call (1981)
New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
Early Gold (compilation: 1979-82, released 2003)
Sparkle in the Rain (1984)
Once Upon a Time (1985)
Street Fighting Years (1989)
Real Life (1991)
Glittering Prize (compilation: 1981-91, released 1992)
Good News from the Next World (1995)
Neapolis (1998)
Our Secrets Are the Same (recorded 1999, released 2004)
Neon Lights (covers, 2001)
Best of (compilation: 1979-2001, released 2001)
Cry (2002)
Black and White 050505 (2005)
Graffiti Soul (2009)
Searching for the Lost Boys (cover, 2009)
Celebrate: The Greatest Hits (compilation: 1979-2013, released 2013)
Big Music (2014)
Walk Between Worlds (2018)
40: The Best of 1979-2019 (compilation: 1979-2019, released 2019)
Direction of the Heart (2022)


Simply Red

Song(s):
Holding Back the Years (1985)
If You Don't Know Me by Now (1989)

Album(s):
Stars (1991)


Graham Simpson

Art-rock bassist born 10/13/1943 in Manchester, England. With Roxy Music (1970-72). Died 4/17/2012.


Sturgill Simpson

Country music singer/songwriter born John Sturgill Simpson on 6/8/1978 in Jackson, KY.

Song(s):
The Promise (2014)
Turtles All the Way Down (2014)
In Bloom (2016)
Mercury in Retrograde (2019)

Album(s):
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
Sound & Fury (2019)


Valerie Simpson

R&B singer/songwriter born 8/26/1946 in the Bronx, NY. Most notably in the duo Ashford & Simpson, with husband Nickolas Ashford.


The Simpsons

Song(s):
Do the Bartman (1990)


Frank Sinatra

Singer born Francis Albert Sinatra on 12/12/1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died 5/14/1998. "Ol' Blue Eyes" is one of the premiere pop crooners and traditional pop artists of all time. He began professionally singing as a teenager. Worked with the Hoboken Four (35-39), the Harry James' Orchestra (39), and Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra (39-42) before going solo on 9/3/42. On 6/1/43, he signed with Columbia Records and on 3/13/53 to Capitol Records, where he recorded a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful themed albums. He was a residency performer with the Rat Pack in Las Vegas in the early 1950s and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Formed his own record label, Reprise Records, in 1960 and sold it to Warner Brothers in 1963. His personal life was tabloid fodder thanks to several high-profile marriages and divorces and his alleged association with the Mafia.

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Song(s):
Frank Sinatra: Top 100 Songs
All or Nothing at All (1939) – see Harry James
I’ll Never Smile Again (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
I'll Be Seeing You (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
Oh, Look at Me Now (1941) – see Tommy Dorsey
There Are Such Things (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
How About You? (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
Night and Day (1942)
In the Blue of the Evening (1943) – see Tommy Dorsey
Sunday, Monday or Always (1943)
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1945)
A Friend of Yours (1945)
The House I Live In (1946)
Oh What It Seemed to Be (1946)
They Say It’s Wonderful (1946)
Five Minutes More (1946)
Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon, 1947)
Mam’selle (1947)
One for My Baby and One More for the Road (1949)
New York, New York (1949) – see Gene Kelly
Luck Be a Lady (from Guys and Dolls, 1950)
I've Got the World on a String (1953)
I’m Walking Behind You (1953)
I Get a Kick Out of You (from Anything Goes, 1953)
Young at Heart (1954)
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
My Funny Valentine (1954)
Love and Marriage (1955)
Learning the Blues (1955)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
All the Way (1957)
I Cover the Waterfront (1957)
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) (1958)
High Hopes (1959)
Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
My Funny Valentine (1962)
Call Me Irresponsible (1963)
The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) (1964)
It Was a Very Good Year (1965)
Luck Be a Lady (1965)
Strangers in the Night (1966)
Summer Wind (1966)
That's Life (1966)
Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra, 1967)
My Way (1969)
Theme from New York, New York (1980)
It Had to Be You (1980)

Album(s):
Voice of… (1946)
Songs for Young Lovers (1953)
In the Wee Small Hours (1955)
Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956)
A Swingin' Affair (1957)
Come Fly with Me (1957)
Only the Lonely (1958)
Come Dance with Me (1959)
Nice 'N Easy (1960)
September of My Years (1965)
A Man and His Music (compilation, 1960-1965)
Stranger in the Night (1966)
Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (with Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1967)
Best of the Best (compilation: 1953-80; released 2001)
My Way: The Best of (compilation: 1954-86, 1997)


Nancy Sinatra

Pop singer born 6/8/1940 in Jersey City, NJ. Daughter of singer Frank Sinatra.

Song(s):
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (1966)
Somethin’ Stupid (1967) – see Frank Sinatra
Jackson (with Lee Hazlewood, 1967)
Some Velvet Morning (with Lee Hazlewood, 1968)


Bob Sinclair

Song(s):
Love Generation (with Gary "Nesta" Pine, 2005)


Talvin Singh

Album(s):
OK (1999)


The Singing Nun

Song(s):
Dominique (1963)

Album(s):
The Singing Nun (1963)


Siouxsie & the Banshees

Song(s):
Metal Postcard (1978)
Christine (1980)
Cities in Dust (1985)
Peek-a-Boo (1988)

Album(s):
The Scream (1978)


Sir Douglas Quintet

Song(s):
She’s about a Mover (1965)


Sir Mix-A-Lot

Song(s):
My Hooptie (1989)
Baby Got Back (1992)


Sisqó

Song(s):
Thong Song (2000)
Incomplete (2000)


Sister Hazel

Song(s):
All for You (1997)


Sister Sledge

Song(s):
He’s the Greatest Dancer (1979)
We Are Family (1979)


Sisters of Mercy

Song(s):
This Corrosion (1987)

Album(s):
Floodland (1987)


Sisters with Voices (SWV)

Song(s):
Weak (1993)
Right Here/Human Nature (1993)
You’re the One (1996)


6ix9ine

Song(s):
Fefe (with Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz, 2018)
Trollz (with Nicki Minaj, 2020)


Sixpence None the Richer

Song(s):
Kiss Me (1998)
There She Goes (1999)


Ricky Skaggs

Country singer born 7/18/1954 in Cordell, KY.

Song(s):
Crying My Heart Out Over You (1982)
I Don’t Care (1982)
Heartbroke (1982)
I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could (1982)
Highway 40 Blues (1983)
Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown (1983)
Honey Open That Door (1984)
Uncle Pen (1984)
Country Boy (1985)
Cajun Moon (1986)
Lovin’ Only Me (1989)


The Skatalites

Song(s):
Guns of Navarone (1967)


Skee-Lo

Song(s):
I Wish (1995)


Skepta

Song(s):
Shutdown (2015)

Album(s):
Konnichiwa (2016)


Skid Row

Song(s):
18 and Life (1989)
I Remember You (1989)
Youth Gone Wild (1989)

Album(s):
Skid Row (1989)
Slave to the Grind (1991)


Skipworth & Turner

Song(s):
Can’t Give Her Up (1986)


Skrillex

Song(s):
Where Are Ü Now (with Diplo & Justin Bieber, 2015)


Skyhooks

Song (s):
Horror Movie (1975)
Jukebox in Siberia (1990)

Album(s):
Living in the ‘70s (1975)
Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (1975)


The Skylarks

Song(s):
Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (1946) – see Russ Morgan
Forever and Ever (1949) – see Russ Morgan


The Skyliners

Song(s):
Since I Don’t Have You (1959)
This I Swear (1959)


Freddie Slack

Song(s):
Mister Five by Five (1942)
The House of Blue Lights (with Ella Mae Morse, 1946)

Album(s):
Boogie Woogie (1945)


Slade

Song(s):
Coz I Luv You (1971)
Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1972)
Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
Far Far Away (1974)

Album(s):
Alive! (live, 1972)


Chris Slade

Rock drummer born Christopher Rees on 10/30/46 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. With Tom Jones (65-69), Manfred Mann (72-78), the Firm (84-86), AC/DC (89-95, 2015-), and Asia (01-05).


Slash

Rock guitarist born Saul Hudson on 7/23/1965 in Hampstead, London, England. With Guns N’ Roses (1985-96, 2016-), Slash’s Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver (2003-08).

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Leonard Slatkin

Orchestra conductor.


Slaughter

Song(s):
Up All Night (1990)
Fly to the Angels (1990)


Slave

Song(s):
Slide (1977)


Slayer

Song(s):
Angel of Death (1986)
Raining Blood (1986)

Album(s):
Reign in Blood (1986)
South of Heaven (produced by Rick Rubin, 1988)
Seasons in the Abyss (produced by Rick Rubin, 1990)


Sleater-Kinney

Album(s):
Dig Me Out (1997)


Percy Sledge

R&B singer born 11/25/1940 in Leighton, AL. Died 4/14/2015.

Song(s):
When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)
Take Time to Know Her (1968)


Grace Slick

Rock singer born Grace Barnett Wing on 10/30/1939 in Highland Park, IL. With Jefferson Airplane.


Slick Rick

Song(s):
La Di Da Di (1985) – see Doug E. Fresh
Children’s Story (1989)

Album(s):
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988)


Slim


Slim Dusty

Song(s):
A Pub with No Beer (1958)
Duncan (1981)


Slint

Album(s):
Spiderland (1991)


Slipknot

Song(s):
Wait and Bleed (1998)
Duality (2004)

Album(s):
All Hope Is Gone (2008)
V: The Gray Chapter (2014)
We Are Not Your Kind (2019)


The Slits

Album(s):
Cut (1979)


Hillel Slovak

Rock guitarist born 4/13/1962 in Haifa, Israel. Died 6/25/1988. With Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Sly & the Family Stone

Interracial psychedelic-soul group formed by "Sly Stone". Formed in San Francisco, CA. Played Woodstock Festival in 1969. Members: Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (v/k), Freddie Stone (g), Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Jerry Martini (sax), Rosie Stone (k/v), Larry Graham (b), Gregg Errico (d). Danny Spanos (d).

Song(s):
Everyday People (1968)
Dance to the Music (1968)
Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (1969)
Hot Fun in the Summertime (1969)
Stand! (1969)
Sing a Simple Song (1969)
Family Affair (1971)

Album(s):
Stand! (1969)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1967-70) – see Anthology
There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
Fresh (1973)
Anthology (compilation: 1968-73)


The Small Faces

British rock group. 1965-1969. Steve Marriott (v: 65-68, 75-78), Ronnie Lane (b: 65-69, 75), Ian McLagan (k: 65-69, 75-78), Kenney Jones (d: 65-69, 75-78). After Marriott's departure, the group enlisted Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood and continued as The Faces.

Song(s):
Tin Soldier (1967)
Itchycoo Park (1967)
Lazy Sunday (1968)

Album(s):
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968)


Millie Small

Song(s):
My Boy Lollipop (1964)


Ed Smalle

Song(s):
That Old Gang of Mine (1923) – see Billy Murray


Charlie Smalls

Album(s): The Wiz (musical: 1975)


Smashing Pumpkins

Alternative rock group formed in Chicago. IL. Active: 1988-2000, 2006- Members: Billy Corgan (v/g: 88-00, 06-), James Iha (g: 89-00), D'Arcy Wretzky (b: 88-99), and Jimmy Chamberlin (d: 89-00, 06-), Melissa Auf Der Maur (b: 99-00), Jeff Schroeder (g: 06-), Ginger Pooley (b: 06-10), Mike Byrne (d/k: 09-14), Nicole Florentino (b/k: 10-14). Corgan and Chamberlain were also in Zwan together.

DMDB podcast: Smashing Pumpkins: The Best of, 1991-2023

Song(s):
Smashing Pumpkins: The Top 50 Songs
Disarm (1993)
Today (1993)
Cherub Rock (1993)
Mayonaise (1993)
Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)
1979 (1995)
Tonight, Tonight (1996)

Album(s):
Siamese Dream (1993)
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)


Smash Mouth


All Star (1999)


Pat Smear

Rock guitarist born George Albert Ruthenberg on 8/5/1959 in Los Angeles, CA. With the Germs (1976-80), Nirvana (rhythm g: 93), and Foo Fighters (1995-97, 2010-).


Adrian Smith


Arthur Smith & His Cracker Jacks

Song(s):
Guitar Boogie (1948)


Bessie Smith

Blues singer born 4/15/1894 in Chattanooga, TN. Died 9/26/1937. Known as "The Empress of the Blues".

Song(s):
Down Hearted Blues (1923)
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (1923)
Aggravatin’ Papa (1923)
St. Louis Blues (with Louis Armstong, 1925)
Careless Love Blues (1925)
Lost Your Head Blues (1926)
Back Water Blues (1927)
Empty Bed Blues (1928)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (with Jimmie Cox, 1929)

Album(s):
The World's Greatest Blues Singer (1933)
The Essential (compilation: 1923-33, released 1997)


Bobbie Smith

R&B co-lead tenor with The Spinners (1954-2013). Born Robert Steel Smith on 4/10/1936 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 3/16/2013.


Carl Smith

Country singer born 3/15/1927 in Maynardsville, TN. Died 1/16/2010.

Song(s):
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way (1951)
When You Feel Like You’re in Love, Don’t Just Stand There (1952)
Are You Teasing Me (1952)
Hey Joe (1953)
Loose Talk (1954)


Chad Smith

Rock drummer born 10/25/1961 in Saint Paul, MN. With Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Clarence "Pine Top" Smith

Song(s):
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie (1928)


Connie Smith

Country singer born Constance June Meador on 8/14/1941 in Elkhart, IN. Discovered at age 22 after winning a talent contest which gave her a chance to sing on an Opry-troupe concert. In 1964, Bill Anderson, the headliner of that concert, invited her to sing on Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree. That same year she signed to RCA Victor Records. Her first single, "Once a Day," went to #1. She went on to rack up 30 top 20 hits on the country charts and recorded gospel as well.

Song(s):
Once a Day (1964)


Curt Smith

Singer/songwriter and musician born 6/24/1961 in Bath, Somerset, England. With Graduate (1978-81) and Tears for Fears (1981-90, 2004, 2017-2022).

Album(s):
Soul on Board (1993)
Halfway Pleased (2007)
Deceptively Heavy (2013)


Elliott Smith

Song(s):
Miss Misery (1997)
Waltz #2 (XO) (1998)

Album(s):
Either/Or (1997)


Harry B. Smith


Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

Song(s):
Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu (1929)

Album(s):
Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival (1975)


Jimmy Smith

Jazz pianist born James Oscar Smith on 12/8/1928 in Norristown, PA. Died 2/8/2005.


Joseph B. Smith


Joseph C. Smith

Song(s):
Smiles (with Harry MacDonough, 1918)
The Love Nest (1920)
Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922)


Kate Smith

Singer born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith on 5/1/1907 in Greenville, VA. Died 6/17/1986.

Song(s):
When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain (1931)
River Stay ‘Way from My Door (with Guy Lombardo, 1932)
God Bless America (1939)
Last Time I Saw Paris (1940)
The Woodpecker Song (1940)
I Don’t Want to Walk Without You (1943)
Sioux City Sue (1946)


Keely Smith

Song(s):
That Old Black Magic (with Louis Prima, 1958)

Album(s):
The Wildest (with Louis Prima, 1957)


Mamie Smith

Song(s):
Crazy Blues (& Her Jazz Hounds, 1920)


Michael W. Smith

Contemporary Christian singer born Michael Whitaker Smith on 10/7/1957 in Kenova, WV. Has sold 18 million albums and had 31 #1 Christian songs.


Mike Smith

Rock singer and keyboardist born 12/6/1943 in London, England. With Dave Clark Five.


Mindy Smith

Song(s):
Come to Jesus (2004)


Neal Smith

Rock drummer born 9/23/1947 in Akron, OH. With Alice Cooper.


Patti Smith

Punk-rock singer/songwriter born 12/30/1946 in Chicago, IL.

Song(s):
Piss Factory (1974)
Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (1975)
Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (1975)
Because the Night (1978)
Privilege (1978)
Dancing Barefoot (1979)
The Jackson Song (1988)

Album(s):
Horses (1975)


Robert Smith

Goth-rock singer/songwriter born 4/21/1959 in Blackpool, England. With The Cure (1978-).


Sam Smith

Song(s):
La La La (with Naughty Boy, 2013)
Stay with Me (2014)
I’m Not the Only One (2014)
Writing’s on the Wall (2015)
Too Good at Goodbyes (2017)
Promises (2018) – see Calvin Harris
Dancing with a Stranger (with Normani, 2019)
Unholy (with Kim Petras, 2022)

Album(s):
In the Lonely Hour (2014)


Sammi Smith

Song(s):
Help Me Make It Through the Night (1971)


Samuel Francis Smith

Songs written by Smith:
My Country ‘Tis of Thee (words: Smith, music: Henry Carey; 1831)


Steve Smith

Rock drummer born 8/21/1954 in Whitman, MA. With Journey (1979-83, 1995-98, 2015-20) and The Storm (1990-91).


Trixie Smith & the Jazz Masters

Song(s):
My Man Rocks Me with One Steady Roll (1922)


TV Smith

Song(s):
Tomahawk Cruise (1980)
New Ways Are Best (1981)


Velma Smith


Warren Smith

Song(s):
Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache (1957)


Wayne Smith

Song(s):
Under Me Sleng Teng (1985)


Whispering Jack Smith

Song(s):
Gimme a Little Kiss (Will Ya? Huh?) (1926)
Me and My Shadow (1927)


Will Smith

Rap singer and actor born 9/25/1968 in Philadelphia, PA. Recorded as Fresh Prince with DJ Jazzy Jeff before going solo and using his own name.

Song(s):
Parents Just Don’t Understand (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988)
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990)
Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991)
Boom! Shake the Room (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1993)
Men in Black (1997)
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It (1997)
Switch (2005)

Album(s):
He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988)
Homebase (1991)
Big Willie Style (1997)


Willie "The Lion" Smith

Jazz pianist born 11/25/1897 in Goshen, NY. Died 8/18/1973


Willow Smith


Whip My Hair (2010)


The Smithereens

Song(s):
Behind the Wall of Sleep (1986)


The Smiths

College rock group formed in Manchester, England in 1982. Active until 1987. Morrissey (v), Johnny Marr (g), Andy Rourke (b), Mike Joyce (d).

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DMDB podcast: The Best of the Smiths, 1983-1987 (In Memory of Andy Rourke)

Song(s):
Top 50 Songs: The Smiths/Morrissey
This Charming Man (1983)
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (1984)
How Soon Is Now? (1984)
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (1984)
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)
The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Panic (1986)
Girlfriend in a Coma (1987)

Album(s):
The Smiths (1984)
Hatful of Hollow (archives, 1984)
Meat Is Murder (1985)
The Queen Is Dead (1986)
The World Won't Listen (archives, 1987)
Louder Than Bombs (archives, 1983-87, released 1987)
Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
The Very Best of (compilation: 1983-87, released 2001)
Complete (box: 1983-87, released 2011)


Smokey

Song(s):
Living Next Door to Alice (1976)


Smudge

Song(s):
The Outdoor Type (1997)


Patty Smyth

Song(s):
Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough (with Don Henley, 1992)


Snail Mail

Song(s):
Heat Wave (2018)


Snap!

Song(s):
The Power (1990)
Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)


Todd Snider

Song(s):
Alright Guy (1994)


Sniff 'N' the Tears

Song(s):
Driver's Seat (1979)


Snoop Dogg

Rapper born Cordozar Calvin Broadus on 10/20/1971 in Long Beach, CA. Emerged from the West Coast hip hop scene in the early '90s as a protégé of Dr. Dre, notably rapping on Dre's solo debut The Chronic before recording solo himself.

Song(s):
Deep Cover (1992) – see Dr. Dre
Dre Day (1992) – see <Dr. Dre
Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang (1992) – see Dr. Dre
Doggy Dogg World (1993)
Gin & Juice (1994)
Murder Was the Case (1994)
Still D.R.E. (1999) – see Dr. Dre
Drop It Like It’s Hot (with Pharrell Williams, 2004)
Signs (with Justin Timberlake, 2005)
Buttons (2006) – see Pussycat Dolls
California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
All I Do Is Win (2010) – see DJ Khaled
Sweat (with David Guetta, 2011)
Young, Wild & Free (with Wiz Khalifa, 2011)

Album(s):
Doggystyle (1993)


Snow

Song(s):
Informer (1993)


Hank Snow

Country singer born Clarence Eugene Snow on 5/9/1914 in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada. Died 12/20/1999.

Song(s):
I’m Movin’ On (1950)
The Golden Rocket (1950)
The Rhumba Boogie (1951)
I Don't Hurt Anymore (1954)
Let Me Go, Lover! (1954)
I’ve Been Everywhere (1962)
Hello Love (1974)


Mark Snow

Film and television composer born Martin Fulterman on 8/26/1946 in New York, NY. Best known for composing the theme music for The X-Files.


Snow Patrol

Song(s):
Run (2004)
Chasing Cars (2006)
Shut Your Eyes (2006)
Crack the Shutters (2008)
Just Say Yes (2009)

Album(s):
Eyes Open (2006)


Bill Snyder

Song(s):
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950)


Ted Snyder


Social Distortion

Album(s):
Mommy's Little Monster (1983)
Ring of Fire (1990)
I Was Wrong (1996)


Soft Cell

British new wave duo comprised of Dave Ball and Marc Almond.

Song(s):
Tainted Love (1981)
Say Hello Wave Goodbye (1982)


The Soft Machine

Song(s):
Why Are We Sleeping? (1968)

Album(s):
The Soft Machine (1968)


Machiko Soga

Song(s):
Oba-Q Ondo (1966)


The Soggy Bottom Boys

Song(s):
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (2001)


Solange

Album(s):
A Seat at the Table (2016)


Marco Antonio Solis


Georg Solti

Conductor born 10/21/1912 in Hungary. Died 9/5/1997.


Stephen Sondheim

Musical theater composer born 3/22/1930 in New York City, NY. Died 11/26/2021.

Songs(s):
Everything's Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy, 1959) – see Ethel Merman
Tonight (from West Side Storysoundtrack: 1961) – see Marni Nixon
Somewhere (from West Side Story, 1961) – see Marni Nixon
Maria (from West Side Story soundtrack: 1961) – see Jim Bryant
Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1964) – see Zero Mostel
Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music, 1973) – see Judy Collins

Album(s):
Candide (musical: 1956) – see Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story (musical: 1957, soundtrack: 1961) – see Leonard Bernstein
Gypsy (musical: 1959) – see Jule Styne, musical: 1959)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (musical: 1962)
Company (musical: 1970)
Follies (musical: 1971)
A Little Night Music (musical: 1973)
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (musical: 1979, soundtrack: 2008)
Merrily We Roll Along (musical: 1981)
Sunday in the Park with George (musical: 1984)
Follies in Concert (1986)
Into the Woods (musical: 1988)
Assassins (musical: 1990)
Passion (musical: 1994)


The Song Spinners

Song(s):
You'll Never Know (1943) – see Dick Haymes
Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer (1943)


Sonia Dada

Song(s):
You Don’t Treat Me No Good (1993)


The Sonics

Song(s):
The Witch (1964)
Strychnine (1965)


Sonic Youth

Song(s):
Teenage Riot (1988)
Kool Thing (1990)

Album(s):
Sister (1987)
Daydream Nation (1988)


Sonny & Cher

Pop duo comprised of Sonny Bono and Cher. Began careers as session singers for Phil Spector. First recorded as Caesar & Cleo in 1963. Married in 1963; divorced in 1974. Had TV series from 71-74. Active: 1963-74

Song(s):
I Got You Babe (1965)
Baby Don’t Go (1965)


Sons of the Desert

Song(s):
I Hope You Dance (2000) – see Lee Ann Womack


Sons of the Pioneers

Song(s):
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1934)
Cool Water (1941)


Matt Sorum

Rock drummer born 11/19/1960 in Mission Viejo, CA. With Guns N’ Roses (1990-97) and Velvet Revolver (2003-08).


So Solid Crew

Song(s):
21 Seconds (2001)


The S.O.S. Band

Song(s):
Take Your Time (Do It Right) (1980)
Just Be Good to Me (1983)


Soul Asylum

Song(s):
Runaway Train (1993)
Somebody to Shove (1993)
Promises Broken (1995)


Soul Coughing

Song(s):
Super Bon Bon (1996)


Soulja Boy Tell'Em

Song(s):
Crank That (Soulja Boy) (2007)


David Soul

Song(s):
Don’t Give Up on Us (1977)


Jimmy Soul

Song(s):
If You Wanna Be Happy (1963)


The Soul Brothers Six

Song(s):
Some Kind of Wonderful (1967)


The Soul Stirrers

Song(s):
Jesus Gave Me Water (1950)
Touch the Hem of His Garment (1956)
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (1957)
By and By (1959)


The Soul Survivors

Song(s):
Expressway to Your Heart (1967)


Soul II Soul

Song(s):
Keep on Movin’ (1989)
Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (1989)

Album(s):
Club Classics Vol. 1 (aka "Keep on Movin'") (1989)


Soundgarden

Seattle-based rock group considered one of the biggest acts in shaping the grunge movement and bringing it to prominence in the 1990s. Cornell and Cameron were also in the one-time project Temple of the Dog. Active: 1987-1996 Members: Chris Cornell (v: 87-96), Kim Thayil (g), Hiro Yamamoto (b: 87-91), Matt Cameron (d: 87-96), and Hunter "Ben" Shepherd (b: 91-96).

Song(s):
Jesus Christ Pose (1991)
Outshined (1991)
Rusty Cage (1991)
Spoonman (1994)
Black Hole Sun (1994)
Burden in My Hand (1996)
Been Away Too Long (2012)
Live to Rise (2012)

Album(s):
Badmotorfinger (1991)
Superunknown (1994)


John Philip Sousa

Songwriter born 11/6/1854 in Washington, DC. Known as "The March King." Died 3/6/1932.

Song(s):
The Washington Post March (1895)
El Capitan March (1895)
King Cotton March (1895)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897, new version: 1901)
At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1900)
In the Good Old Summertime (with Harry Macdonough & S.H. Dudley, 1902)
Creole Belles (1902)


Joe South

Song(s):
Games People Play (1968)
Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home (1969)


J.D. Souther

Rock singer/songwriter born John David Souther on 11/2/1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Had hits on his own with "You're Only Lonely" and "Her Town Too" (duet with James Taylor). Also wrote/co-wrote for and with others, including Burt Bacharach; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles ("Heartach Tonight", "Best of My Love", "New Kid in Town"); Don Henley ("The Heart of the Matter"); Roy Orbison; Bonnie Raitt; Linda Ronstadt; George Strait; Brian Wilson; Trisha Yearwood; and Warren Zevon.


Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Song(s):
I Don’t Want to Go Home (1976)


Space

Song(s):
Female of the Species (1996)


Esperanza Spalding

Jazz singer, songwriter, bassist, and composer born 10/18/1984 in Portland, Oregon.


Spandau Ballet

Song(s):
True (1983)


The Spaniels

Song(s):
Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight (1954)
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1958)


Spanky & Our Gang

Song(s):
Sunday Will Never Be the Same (1967)
Lazy Day (1967)


Otis Spann

Blues pianist born 3/21/1924 (or 1930) in Belzoni or Jackson, Mississippi. Died 4/24/1970.

Album(s):
Otis Spann Is the Blues (1960)


Pervis Spann


Sparks

Song(s):
This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us (1974)
Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (1974)
Change (1985)
When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’? (1994)


Britney Spears

Dance-pop singer born 12/2/1981 in McComb, Mississippi.

Song(s):
Baby One More Time (1998)
Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
I’m a Slave 4 U (2001)
Me Against the Music (with Madonna, 2003)
Toxic (2003)
Everytime (2003)
Piece of Me (2007)
Gimme More (2007)
Womanizer (2008)
Circus (2008)
3 (2009)
S & M (2010) – see Rihanna
Hold It Against Me (2011)
I Wanna Go (2011)
Scream & Shout (2012) – see will.i.am
Hold Me Closer (2022) – see Elton John

Album(s):
…Baby One More Time (1999)
Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)


Paul Specht

Song(s):
When Hearts Are Young (1923)
Chant of the Jungle (1929)


The Specials

Song(s):
A Message to You Rudy (with Rico Rodriguez, 1979)
Gangsters (1979)
Nite Klub (1979)
Ghost Town (1981)
The Boiler (with Rhoda Dakar, 1982)
Nelson Mandela (1984)

Album(s):
The Specials (1979)


Phil Spector

Pop/rock producer born 12/26/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Noted for developing the "Wall of Sound" approach to recording. During the '60s, he worked with the Crystals, the Dixie Cups, Ben E. King, the Ramones, the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, and Ike & Tina Turner. He also produced the Beatles' last album (1970's Let It Be) and solo albums for John Lennon (1970's Plastic Ono Band, 1971's Imagine), and George Harrison (1970's All Things Must Pass).

Songs Produced and/or Written by Spector:
Phil Spector: Top 50 Songs
Spanish Harlem (1960) – see Ben E. King
He's a Rebel (1962) – see the Crystals
Be My Baby (1963) – see the Ronettes
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963) – see the Crystals
Chapel of Love (1964) – see the Dixie Cups
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964) – see Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody (1965) – see Righteous Brothers
River Deep, Mountain High (1966) – see Tina Turner
Let It Be (1970) – see the Beatles
My Sweet Lord (1970) – see George Harrison
Imagine (1971) – see John Lennon

Albums Produced by Spector:
A Christmas Gift for You (various artists, 1963)
Back to Mono (box, 1958-69, released 1991)
Let It Be (1970) – see the Beatles
All Things Must Pass (1970) – see George Harrison
Plastic Ono Band (1970) – see John Lennon
Imagine (1971) – see John Lennon


Ronnie Spector

R&B singer born Veronica Yvette Greenfield on 8/10/1943 in East Harlem, NY. Died 1/12/2022. With The Ronettes.


Speedo

Member of Rocket from the Crypt.


Henry C. Speir


Alexander "Skip" Spence

Born 4/18/1946 in Windsor, Ontario. Died 4/16/1999. Drummer on Jefferson Airplane's debut album (1966's Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) before co-founding Moby Grape (1966-69) as a psychedelic-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. Career plagued by drug addictions and mental health problems.

Album(s):
Oar (1969)


Elizabeth Spencer

Song(s):
Let the Rest of the World Go By (with Charles Hart, 1920)


Grace Spencer

Song(s):
Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (1901) – see Harry MacDonough, 1901)


Jeremy Spencer

Blues-rock guitarist born 7/4/1948 in Hartlepool, County Durham, UK. With Fleetwood Mac (1967-71).


Len Spencer

Pop singer born Leonard Garfield Spencer on 2/12/1867 in Washington, DC. Died 12/15/1914.

Song(s):
Little ‘Liza Loves You (1891)
Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay (1892)
The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892)
Near It (1892)
Carry Me Back to Orld Virginny (1893)
Mamie Come and Kiss Your Honey Boy (1893)
Little Alabama Coon (1895)
The Bully (aka 'Dat New Bully') (1895)
You've Been a Good Old Wagon But You've Done Broken Down (1896)
Hot Time on the Levee (with Vess Ossman, 1896)
A Hot Time in the Old Town (1897)
Oh Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1897)
My Gal Is a High-Born Lady (1897)
I Don't Like No Cheap Man (1898)
Hello Ma Baby (1899)
Smoky Mokes (1899)
Ma Tiger Lily (1900)
The Arkansaw Traveler (1902)
Peaches and Cream (with Ada Jones, 1906)


Spice Girls

British pop quintet comprised of Victoria Adams (later Beckham, aka "Posh Spice"), Melanie Brown (aka Mel B or "Scary Spice"), Emma Bunton (aka "Baby Spice"), Melanie Chisholm (aka Mel C or "Sporty Spice"), and Gerri Halliwell (aka "Ginger Spice"). Active: 1994-2000 .

Song(s):
Wannabe (1996)
2 Become 1 (1996)
Say You’ll Be There (1997)

Album(s):
Spice (1996)
Spiceworld (1997)


Spiderbait

Song(s):
Black Betty (2004)


Spiller

Song(s):
Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) (with Sopie Ellis-Bextor, 2000)


Spin Doctors

Song(s):
Two Princes (1991)


Spinal Tap

Album(s):
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)


The Spinners

R&B vocal group from Ferndale High School near Detroit in 1954. Originally known as the Domingoes. Discovered by producer Harvey Fuqua (v – Moonglows; Spinners: 61). Became The Spinners in 1961. First recorded on Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label. Many personnel changes. Came to define the sound of Philadelphia soul.

Members: G.C. Cameron (v: 68-72). 1972 lineup included Philippe Wynne (tenor: Spinners: 72-77; Parliament/Funkadelic; died 7/14/84), Bobbie Smith (tenor), Billy Henderson (tenor), Henry Fambrough (baritone), Pervis Jackson (bass), John Edwards (tenor: 77-)

Song(s):
I’ll Be Around (1972)
Could It Be I’m Falling I Love (1972)
One of a Kind Love Affair (1973)
Mighty Love (1974)
Then Came You (1974) – see Dionne Warwick
They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play) (1975)
The Rubberband Man (1976)
Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl (1979)


Spirit

Song(s):
1984 (1970)
Nature’s Way (1970)

Album(s):
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)


Spirit of the West

Song(s):
Home for a Rest (1990)


Spiritualized

Album(s):
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)


Victoria Spivey


Split Enz

New wave band formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1972 by Tim Finn (v/k: 72-84) and Phil Judd (v/g: 72-77). Also included Geoff Chunn (d: 73-74), Mike Chunn (b: 72-77), Noel Crombie (percussion/art director: 74-84), Emlyn Crowther (d: 74-76), Neil Finn (v/g: 77-84), Robert Gillies (sax/trumpet: 73-78), Miles Golding (violin: 72-73), Malcolm Green (d: 76-81), Nigel Griggs (b: 77-84), Paul Hester (d: 83-84), Mike Howard (flute: 72-73), Eddie Rayner (k: 74-84), Div Vercoe (d: 73), Wally Wilkinson (g: 73-75). Neil Finn and Hester went on to form Crowded House.

DMDB profile page
DMDB podcast: The Best of Crowded House and Neil Finn

Song(s):
Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs
I Got You (1980)
I Hope I Never (1980)

Album(s):
Beginning of the Enz (1973)
Mental Notes (1975)
Dizrhythmia (1977)
Frenzy (1979)
True Colours (1980)
Corroboree (1981)
Time and Tide (1982)
Conflicting Emotions (1983)
See Ya Round (1984)
History Never Repeats (compilation: 1976-84, released 1987)


Sponge

Song(s):
Plowed (1994)


Spoon

Song(s):
The Way We Get By (2002)
Do You (2014)
Hot Thoughts (2017)

Album(s):
Kill the Moonlight (2002)
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)


Dusty Springfield

Blue-eyed soul singer born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on 4/16/1939 in West Hampstead, London, England. Died 3/2/1999.

Song(s):
I Only Want to Be with You (1963)
Wishin’ and Hopin’ (1964)
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (1966)
The Look of Love (1967)
Son of a Preacher Man (1968)
Just a Little Lovin’ (1969)
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1987) – see Pet Shop Boys

Album(s):
Dusty in Memphis (1969)


Rick Springfield

Song(s):
Jessie’s Girl (1981)
Don’t Talk to Strangers (1982)
Affair of the Heart (1983)


Bruce Springsteen