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Music Makers Encyclopedia: S

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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S Club 7

Song(s):

  • Don’t Stop Movin’ (2001)

    Sade

    Born: 1/16/1959

    Smooth jazz/R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Smooth Operator (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Diamond Life (1984)
  • Promise (1985)
  • Love Deluxe (1992)
  • Best of (compilation, 1984-1994)
  • Lovers Rock (2000)

    SSgt Barry Sadler

    Song(s):

  • The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)

    Carole Bayer Sager

    Born: 3/8/1947 in Brooklyn, NY Died:

    American songwriter.

    Songs written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager:

  • 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

    Camille Saint-Saens

    Classical composer.


    Kyu Sakamoto

    Song(s):

  • Sukiyaki (1963)

    Salt-N-Pepa

    Song(s):

  • Push It (1987)
  • Whatta Man (with En Vogue, 1994)

    Sam & Dave

    Active: 1961-1981 Members: Sam Moore and Dave Prater

    American R&B duo who had greatest fame with Stax Records from 1965-1968. Nicknamed “Double Dynamite”, “The Sultans of Sweat”, and “The Dynamic Duo”.

    Song(s):

  • Soul Man (1967)

    Richie Sambora


    Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

    Song(s):

  • Wooly Bully (1965)

    Emeli Sandé

    Song(s):

  • 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)

    Pharaoh Sanders

    Song(s):

  • The Creator Has a Master Plan

    Tommy Sands


    Mongo Santamaria

    Song(s):

  • Watermelon Man (1963)

    Album(s):

  • Our Man in Havana (1959)

    Santana

    Born: 7/20/1947 in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico

    Latin-rock group formed in San Francisco, CA in 1966. Helmed by namesake singer and guitarist Carlos Santana. Members over the years have included Gregg Rolie (k/v: 66-73), Michael Shrieve (d: 69-75), and Neal Schon (g: 71-73). Schon and Rolie went on to form Journey.

    Song(s):

  • Black Magic Woman (1970)
  • Oye Como Va (1971)
  • Smooth (with Rob Thomas, 1999)
  • Maria Maria (with the Product G & B, 2000)
  • The Game of Love (with Michelle Branch, 2002)

    Album(s):

  • Santana (1969)
  • Abraxas (1970)
  • Supernatural (1999)

    Gustavo Santaolalla


    Romeo Santos

    Song(s):

  • Propuesta Indecente (with Eliza Gonzalez, 2013)

    Kenny Sargent

    Song(s):

  • Blue Moon (1935) – see Glen Gray

    Arthur E. Satherley


    Joe Satriani

    Born: 7/15/1956 Died:

    American rock guitarist with Deep Purple (93-94) and Chickenfoot (08-11).


    Savage Garden

    Song(s):

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply (1997)

    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):

  • You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976)

    Boz Scaggs

    Song(s):

  • Lowdown (1976)

    Album(s):

  • Silk Degrees (1976)

    Domenico Scarlatti

    Classical composer.


    Michael Schenker


    Lalo Schifrin


    Don Schlitz

    About: 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 (w. Kenny Rogers, 1978)
  • On the Other Hand (performed by Randy Travis, 1985)
  • Forever and Ever, Amen (performed by Randy Travis, 1987)

    Harvey Schmidt

    About: 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.


    Timothy B. Schmit


    Al Schmitt


    Alexander Schneider


    Florian Schneider

    Member of Kraftwerk.

    Arnold Schoenberg

    Born: 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria Died: 1951

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Gurre-Leider (1932)

    Tom Scholz

    Born: 3/10/1947 in Toledo, OH

    Rock guitarist and keyboardist with Boston (76-78,86,84,97,02).


    Neal Schon

    Born: 2/27/1954 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma

    Rock guitarist with Santana (71-73, 2016), Journey (73-86, 96-), with Jan Hammer (81-82), HSAS (84), Bad English (87-91), Hardline (92, 02), with Paul Rodgers (93, 97, 2011), Just If I (95), Abraxas Pool (97), and Soul SirkUS (05).


    Claude-Michel Schönberg

    Born: 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria Died: 1951

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Les Misérables (composed with Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer, cast: 1985)

    Franz Schubert

    Born: 1/31/1797 Died: 11/19/1828

    Austrian classical pianist.

    Album(s):

  • Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” (1814)
  • Trout Quintet (1819)

    William Schuman

    Born: 8/4/1910 Died: 2/15/1992

    American composer.


    Robert Schumann

    Born: 6/8/1810 Died: 7/29/1856

    Classical composer and pianist.


    Ernestine Schumann-Heink

    Song(s):

  • Danny Boy (adaption of "Londonberry Air") (1918)

    Arthur Schwartz


    Jean Schwartz


    Stephen Schwartz


    Scissor Sisters

    Song(s):

  • Take Your Mama (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Scissor Sisters (2004)

    The Scorpions

    Song(s):

  • Wind of Change (1991)

    Bon Scott

    Born: Ronald Belford Scott on 7/9/1946 Died: 2/19/1980 from alcohol abuse

    Rock singer with AC/DC (74-80). Previously worked as a drummer with Fraternity and The Valentines.


    Jill Scott

    Album(s):

  • Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Music Vol. 1 (2000)

    Jimmy Scott


    Gil Scott-Heron

    Song(s):

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1963)

    Earl Scruggs

    Born: 1/6/1924 Died: 3/29/2012

    Bluegrass banjo player. Half of Flatt & Scruggs duo with Lester Flatt.


    Seal

    Born: Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel on 2/19/1963

    English pop/soul singer.

    Song(s):

  • Kiss from a Rose (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Seal (I) (1991)
  • Seal (II) (1994)

    Dan Seals

    Song(s):

  • I’d Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976)

    Son Seals

    Born: 8/13/1942 Died: 12/20/2004

    Blues guitarist.


    Jay Sean

    Song(s):

  • Down (with Lil Wayne, 2009)

    The Searchers

    Song(s):

  • Needles and Pins (1964)

    John Sebastian


    Neil Sedaka

    Born: 3/13/1939 Died:

    Pop singer and composer.

    Song(s):

  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1962)

    The Seeds

    Song(s):

  • Pushin’ Too Hard (1966)

    Pete Seeger

    Born: 5/3/1919 Died:

    Folk singer/songwriter and activist who started with the folk quartet The Weavers (“Goodnight Irene”).

    Song(s):

  • We Shall Overcome (1963)
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1964)

    Album(s):

  • We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1963)
  • If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle (1998)

    The Seekers

    Song(s):

  • The Carnival Is Over (1965)

    Album(s):

  • Greatest Hits (compilation, 1967)
  • Best of (compilation, 1969)

    Blossom Seeley

    Song(s):

  • Alabamy Bound (1925)

    Bob Seger (& the Silver Bullet Band)

    Born: Robert Clark Seger on 5/6/1945 in Detroit, Michigan Died:

    American rock singer/songwriter (“Turn the Page”). 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 Twitt, 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):

  • Night Moves (1976)
  • Old Time Rock and Roll (1979)

    Album(s):

  • Live Bullet (live, 1976)
  • Night Moves (1976)
  • Stranger in Town (1978)
  • Against the Wind (1980)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation, 1994)

    Andrés Segova

    Album(s):

  • Music of Albeniz & Granados (1944)
  • An Evening with Andres Segova (1954)

    Ben Selvin

    Born: 3/5/1898 Died: 7/15/1980

    American bandleader. No other bandleader made more recordings than this violinist whose 2000+ recordings included many with jazz stars such as Benny Goodman and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey.

    Song(s):

  • I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
  • Dardanella (1920)
  • Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) (1922)
  • Manhattan (1925)
  • Blue Skies (w. Irving Berlin, 1927)
  • Happy Days Are Here Again (1930)

    Sepultura

    Album(s):

  • Roots (1996)

    Rudolf Serkin

    Born: 3/28/1903 in Bohemia Died: 5/8/1991

    Pianist.


    Roger Sessions

    Composer.

    Seven Dwarfs

    Song(s):

  • Whistle While You Work (1938)

    David Seville & The Chipmunks

    Song(s):

  • The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) (1958)

    Sex Pistols

    Influential and notorious British punk group assembled by Malcom McLaren at his London clothing boutiuqe, SEX.

    Active: 1975-78 Members: Johnny "Rotten" Lydon (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)

    Album(s):

  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Sex Pistols hit #1 in the U.K.: November 12, 1977 (11/12/11)

    The Shadows

    Song(s):

  • Apache (1960)
  • Wonderful Land (1962)

    Album(s):

  • Summer Holiday (with Cliff Richard, 1963)

    The Shadows of Knight

    Song(s):

  • Gloria (year?)

    Shaggy

    Song(s):

  • It Wasn’t Me (with Rikrok, 2000)
  • Angel (with Rayvon, 2000)

    Album(s):

  • Hotshot (2000)

    Shakespear’s Sister

    Song(s):

  • Stay (1992)

    Shakira

    Born: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on 2/2/1977

    Latin pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Whenever, Wherever (2001)
  • Underneath Your Clothes (2002)
  • Hips Don’t Lie (with Wycelf Jean, 2006)
  • Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (with Freshlyground, 2010)
  • La La La (Brazil 2014) (2014)
  • Can’t Remember to Forget You (with Rihanna, 2014)

    Album(s):

  • Laundry Service (2001)

    Tupac Shakur (2pac)

    About: Rap singer/songwriter.

    Born: 6/16/1971 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)
  • Changes (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Me Against the World (1995)
  • All Eyez on Me (1996)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1998)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    The Shangri-La’s

    Song(s):

  • Leader of the Pack (w. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, 1964)

    Ravi Shankar


    Del Shannon

    Born: 12/30/1934 Died: 2/8/1990

    American pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Runaway (1961)

    Dee Dee Sharp


    Artie Shaw

    Born: Arthur Arshawsky on 3/23/1910 Died: 12/30/2004

    American jazz clarinetist and bandleader.

    Song(s):

  • Begin the Beguine (w. Cole Porter, 1938)
  • Any Old Time (1938)
  • Frenesi (1940)
  • Star Dust (music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Mitchell Parish – added in 1929, 1941)
  • Dancing in the Dark (1941)

    Eddie Shaw


    Robert Shaw

    Born: 4/30/1916 Died: 1/25/1999

    American orchestra conductor and choral director.


    George Beverly Shea

    Song(s):

  • How Great Thou Art (1955)

    Al Shean

    See Gallagher & Shean.


    George Shearing

    Born: 8/13/1919 Died:

    Jazz pianist.


    Billy Sheehan


    Bobby Sheehan


    Ed Sheeran

    Song(s):

  • The A Team (2011)
  • Thinking Out Loud (2014)

    Album(s):

  • X (2014)

    Steve Shelley


    Blake Shelton

    Album(s):

  • Loaded: The Best Of (compilation: released 2010)
  • Red River Blue (2011)

    Jean Shepard

    Born: Ollie Imogene Shepard on 11/21/1933 in Paul’s Valley, OK

    Country singer. One of the few women in the 1950s to have a successful career in country music.


    T.G. Sheppard

    Born: 7/20/1942 Died:

    Country singer.


    Richard Sherman

    Composer/songwriter.

    Robert Sherman

    Composer/songwriter.

    Billy Sherrill


    Lew Sherwood

    Song(s):

  • Let’s Fall in Love (1934) – see Eddy Duchin
  • You Are My Lucky Star (1935) – see Eddy Duchin

    Nat Shilkret

    Born: 12/25/1889 Died: 2/18/1982

    American composer and conductor.

    Song(s):

  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (1926) – see Gene Austin
  • I Know That You Know (1927)
  • Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin
  • An American in Paris (1929) – see George Gershwin
  • Carolina Moon (1929) – see Gene Austin
  • Get Happy (with Phil Dewey, Frank Luther, & Leo O’Rourke, 1930)

    Johnny Shines

    Born: 4/26/1915 in Tennessee Died: 4/20/1992

    Blues singer and guitarist.


    The Shirelles

    Song(s):

  • Dedicated to the One I Love (1959)
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow (w. Carole King & Gerry Goffin, 1960)

    The Shocking Blue

    Song(s):

  • Venus (1969)

    Stephen H. Sholes


    Dinah Shore

    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):

  • I'll Walk Alone (1944)
  • Buttons and Bows (& Her Harper Valley Boys, 1948)

    Wayne Shorter

    Born: 8/25/1933 Died:

    American jazz saxophonist and bandleader with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, and Weather Report.

    Song(s):

  • Speak No Evil (1964)

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Born: 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia Died: 8/9/1975

    Classical pianist and composer, mostly of symphonies and string quartets.

    Album(s):

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

    Showaddywaddy

    Song(s):

  • Under the Moon of Love (1976)

    Mike Shrieve


    Mort Shuman

    Born: 11/12/1936 Died: 11/3/1991

    American R&B/pop songwriter (“Surrender”, “Teenager in Love”, “Save the Last Dance for Me”).


    Dick Shurman


    Sia

  • Titanium (2011) – see David Guetta
  • She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) (2012) – see David Guetta
  • Chandelier (2014)

    Jean Sibelius

    Born: Johan Julius Christian Sibelius on 12/8/1865 in Hämeenlinna, Finland Died: 9/20/1957

    Classical composer.


    Carl Sigman


    Sigur Ros

    Album(s):

  • Agaetis Byrjun (2000)

    Beverly Sills

    Born: Belle Miriam Silverman on 5/25/1929 Died: 7/2/2007

    American operatic soprano singer. Called “America’s Queen of Opera” by Time Magazine.


    Horace Silver

    Born: Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva on 9/22/1928 Died:

    American jazz pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Song for My Father (1964)

    Album(s):

  • Song for My Father (1964)

    Harry Simeone Chorale

    Song(s):

  • The Little Drummer Boy (1958)

    Album(s):

  • Sing We Now of Christmas (1959) X

    Gene Simmons

    Bassist with KISS.

    Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons


    Simon & Garfunkel

    Folk-rock duo. Met in high school; recorded as Tom and Jerry in 1957.

    Active: 1964-1970, 1981 Members: Paul Simon (v/g) and Art Garfunkel

    Song(s):

  • The Sound of Silence (1965)
  • Scarborough Fair (1966)
  • Mrs. Robinson (1968)
  • The Boxer (1969)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

    Album(s):

  • Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
  • Sounds of Silence (1966)
  • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
  • and Dave Grusin – The Graduate (soundtrack, 1968)
  • Bookends (1968)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  • Greatest Hits (G: 1964-70)
  • The Concert in Central Park (live, 1981)

    Carly Simon

    Born: 6/25/1945 Died:

    Pop singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • You're So Vain (1972)

    Album(s):

  • No Secrets (1973)

    Joe Simon

    Born: 9/2/1943 Died:

    American R&B singer/songwriter.


    Paul Simon

    Born: 10/13/1941 in Newark, NJ

    Pop/folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist 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.

    Song(s):

  • Graceland (1986)

    Album(s):

  • Paul Simon (1972)
  • There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)
  • Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
  • Graceland (1986)
  • So Beautiful or So What (2011)

    Nina Simone

    Born: 2/21/1933

    Jazz/blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
  • Feeling Good (1965)

    Album(s):

  • Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of (compilation: 1998)

    Paul Simonon

    About: Bassist with The Clash from 1976-86 and then with Havana 3am.

    Simple Minds

    Song(s):

  • Don’t You Forget about Me (1985)

    Album(s):

  • New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
  • Sparkle in the Rain (1984)
  • Once Upon a Time (1985)
  • Street Fighting Years (1989)

    Simply Red

    Song(s):

  • If You Don’t Know Me by Now (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Picture Book (1985)
  • Stars (1991)

    Valerie Simpson

    Born: 8/26/1946

    R&B singer/songwriter, most notably in the duo Ashford & Simpson, with husband Nickolas Ashford.

    Songs written by Ashford & Simpson:

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967) – see Marvin Gaye
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1970) – see Diana Ross

    Frank Sinatra

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: One of the premiere pop crooners and traditional pop artists of all time; regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th century. He and his group, the Hoboken Four, won a 1935 Major Bowes Amateur Hour contest and on his own, Sinatra did local engagements for three years until Harry James heard him on a NYC radio station in 1939 and hired him as vocalist. Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey in early 1940. Influenced by Dorsey’s breath control on trombone and his singing idols Billie Holiday and Bing Crosby, Sinatra found the distinctive style that would captivate two generations. By late 1942, he struck out on his own. Solo apearances at New York’s Paramount Theater generated such unprecedented frenzy that the legend of "The Voice" was born. Won an Academy Award for his performance in From Here to Eternity in 1953. Own TV show in 1957. Own Reprise record company in 1961, sold to Warner Brothers in 1963. Also a member of The Rat Pack.

    Born: Francis Albert Sinatra; born 12/12/1915 in Hoboken, NJ Died: 5/14/1998

    Song(s):

  • All or Nothing at All (1939) – see Harry James)
  • I’ll Never Smile Again (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
  • There Are Such Things (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone (w. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 1945)
  • The House I Live In (1946)
  • Five Minutes More (1946)
  • They Say It’s Wonderful (1946)
  • I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
  • Young at Heart (1954)
  • I Get a Kick Out of You (1954)
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
  • One for My Baby and One More for the Road (w. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, 1958)
  • It Was a Very Good Year (1965)
  • Strangers in the Night (1966)
  • My Way (1969)
  • Theme from “New York New York” (1980)

    Album(s):

  • 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)
  • My Way: The Best of (compilation, 1997)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Frank Sinatra Hits #1 for the First Time: July 27, 1940 (7/27/11)

    Nancy Sinatra

    Born: 6/8/1940

    Pop singer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, “Somethin’ Stupid”). Daughter of singer Frank Sinatra.

    Song(s):

  • These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (1966)

    Talvin Singh

    Album(s):

  • OK (1999)

    The Singing Nun

    Song(s):

  • Dominique (1963)

    Album(s):

  • The Singing Nun (1963)

    Siouxsie & the Banshees

    Album(s):

  • The Scream (1978)

    Sir Douglas Quintet

    Song(s):

  • She’s about a Mover (1965)

    Sir Mix-A-Lot

    Song(s):

  • Baby Got Back (1992)

    Sisters of Mercy

    Album(s):

  • Floodland (1987)
    Sizzla

    Album(s):

  • Black Woman & Child (1997)

    Ricky Skaggs

    Born: 7/18/1954

    Country singer.


    Skepta

    Song(s):

  • Seasons (Waiting on You) (2014)

    Album(s):

  • Konnichiwa (2016)


    Skid Row

    Album(s):

  • Skid Row (1989)
    Skyhooks

    Album(s):

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

    Slade

    Song(s):

  • Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)

    Album(s):

  • Alive! (live, 1972)

    Chris Slade

    Born: Christopher Rees on 10/30/46 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.

    Rock drummer with Tom Jones (65-69), Manfred Mann (72-78), the Firm (84-86), AC/DC (89-95, 2015-), and Asia (01-05).


    Slash

    Born: 7/23/1965

    Rock guitarist with Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver.


    Leonard Slatkin

    Orchestra conductor.

    Slayer

    Album(s):

  • Reign in Blood (produced by Rick Rubin, 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

    Born: 11/25/1940

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)

    Sister Sledge

    Song(s):

  • We Are Family (1979)

    Slick Rick

    Song(s):

  • La Di Da Di (with Doug E. Fresh, 1985)
  • Children’s Story (1989)

    Album(s):

  • The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988)

    Slint

    Album(s):

  • Spiderland (1991)

    The Slits

    Album(s):

  • Cut (1979)

    Sly & the Family Stone

    Interracial psychedelic-soul group formed by “Sly Stone”. Formed in San Francisco, CA. Played Woodstock Festival in 1969.

    Active: 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):

  • Dance to the Music (1968)
  • Everyday People (1968)
  • Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (1969)
  • Family Affair (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Stand! (1969)
  • There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
  • Fresh (1973)
  • Greatest Hits/Anthology (compilation: 1968-1973)

    The Small Faces

    Active: 1965-1969 Members: Steve Marriott (v), Ronnie Lane (b), Ian McLagan (k), Kenney Jones (d)

    About: British rock group. After Marriott’s departure, the group enlisted Rod Stewart and Ron Wood and continued as The Faces.

    Song(s):

  • Tin Soldier (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (1968)

    Ed Smalle

    Song(s):

  • That Old Gang of Mine (1923) – see Billy Murray

    Smashing Pumpkins

    About: Alternative rock group formed in Chicago. IL. Corgan and Chamberlain were also in Zwan together.

    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 Chamberlain (d: 89-96, 00, 06-), Melissa Auf Der Maur (b: 00), Jeff Schroeder (g: 06-), Ginger Reyes (b: 06-)

    Song(s):

  • Disarm (1993)
  • Today (1993)
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)
  • 1979 (1995)
  • Tonight, Tonight (1996)

    Album(s):

  • Siamese Dream (1993)
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

    Adrian Smith


    Bessie Smith

    Born: 4/15/1894 Died: 9/26/1937

    American blues singer known as “The Empress of the Blues”.

    Song(s):

  • Down Hearted Blues (1923)
  • St. Louis Blues (with Louis Armstong, 1925)
  • Lost Your Head Blues (1926)
  • Empty Bed Blues (1928)

    Album(s):

  • The World’s Greatest Blues Singer (1933)
  • The Essential (compilation: 1923-33)

    Carl Smith

    Born: 3/15/1927 Died: 1/16/2010

    American country singer.


    Chad Smith


    Clarence “Pinetop” Smith

    Song(s):

  • Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (1929)

    Connie Smith

    Born: Constance June Meador on 8/14/1941

    American country singer. 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.

    Songs

  • Once a Day (1964)

    Curt Smith

    Member of Tears for Fears.

    Album(s):

  • Soul on Board (1993)
  • Halfway Pleased (2007)

    Elliott Smith

    Song(s):

  • Waltz #2 (XO) (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Either/Or (1997)

    Harry B. Smith


    Huey “Piano” Smith

    Song(s):

  • Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu (1929)

    Jaden Smith

    Song(s):

  • Never Say Never (2010) - see Justin Bieber

    Jimmy Smith

    Born: 12/8/1928 Died: 2/8/2005

    Jazz pianist.


    Joseph B. Smith


    Joseph C. Smith

    Song(s):

  • Smiles (1918) – see Harry MacDonough

    Kate Smith

    Born: 5/1/1907 Died: 6/17/1986

    American singer.

    Song(s):

  • When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain (1931)
  • God Bless America (w. Irving Berlin, 1939)

    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)

    Patti Smith

    Born: 12/30/1946

    Punk-rock singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

    Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (1975)

    Album(s):

  • Horses (1975)

    Robert Smith


    Sam Smith

    Song(s):

  • La La La (with Naughty Boy, 2013)
  • Stay with Me (2014)

    Album(s):

  • In the Lonely Hour (2014)

    Sammi Smith

    Song(s):

  • Help Me Make It Through the Night (w. Kris Kristofferson, 1971)

    Samuel Francis Smith


    Steve Smith

    Rock drummer with Journey (1979-83, 96) and the Storm (91-92).


    Velma Smith


    Whisperin’ Jack Smith

    Song(s):

  • Me and My Shadow (1927)

    Will Smith (aka “Fresh Prince”)

    Born: 9/25/1968 in Philadelphia, PA

    Rap singer.

    Song(s):

  • Men in Black (1997)

    Album(s):

  • Big Willie Style (1997)

    Willie “The Lion” Smith

    Born: 11/25/1897 in Goshen, NY Died: 8/18/1973

    American jazz pianist.


    The Smiths

    British indie rock group.

    Active: 1982-87 Members: Morrissey (v), Johnny Marr (g), Andy Rourke (b), Mike Joyce (d), Craig Gannon (g – Aztec Camera; The Smiths: 86)

    Song(s):

  • This Charming Man (1983)
  • Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (1984)
  • How Soon Is Now? (1984)
  • There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)

    Album(s):

  • The Smiths (1984)
  • Hatful of Hollow (1984) archives
  • Meat Is Murder (1985)
  • The Queen Is Dead (1986)
  • The World Won’t Listen (1987) archives
  • Louder Than Bombs (1987) archives
  • Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)

    Snap!

    Song(s):

  • Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)

    Snoop Doggy Dogg

    Born: Cordozar Calvin Broadus on 10/20/1971 in Long Beach, CA

    American rapper who 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
  • Nuthin’ But a "G" Thang (1993) – see Dr. Dre
  • Gin & Juice (1994)
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot (with Pharrell Williams, 2004)
  • California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
  • Wiggle (2014) – see Jason Derulo

    Album(s):

  • Doggystyle (1993)

    Hank Snow

    Born: 5/9/1914 in Canada Died: 12/20/1999

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • I'm Moving On (1950)
  • It Don’t Hurt Anymore (1954)

    Snow Patrol

    Song(s):

  • Run (2004)
  • Chasing Cars (2006)

    Album(s):

  • Final Straw (2004)
  • Eyes Open (2006)

    Bill Snyder

    Song(s):

  • Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (w. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1950)

    Ted Snyder


    Social Distortion

    Album(s):

  • Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)

    Soft Cell

    Song(s):

  • Tainted Love/ Where Did Our Love Go (1981)

    The Soft Machine

    Album(s):

  • The Soft Machine (1968)

    Machiko Soga

    Song(s):

  • Oba-Q Ondo (1966)

    Georg Solti

    Born: 10/21/1912 in Hungary Died: 9/5/1997

    Conductor.


    Stephen Sondheim

    Born: 3/22/1930 Died:

    Musical theater composer.

    Album(s):

  • Candide (composed with Leonard Bernstein & Richard Wilbur, cast: 1956)
  • West Side Story (composed with Leonard Bernstein, cast: 1957, soundtrack: 1961)
  • Gypsy (composed with Jule Styne, cast: 1959)
  • Company (composed with George Furth; cast, 1970)
  • Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast, 1979)

    The Song Spinners

    Song(s):

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

    Sonic Youth

    Song(s):

  • Teenage Riot (1988)

    Album(s):

  • Sister (1987)
  • Daydream Nation (1988)

    Sonny & Cher

    About: Pop duo. 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 Members: Sonny Bono and Cher

    Song(s):

  • I Got You Babe (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)

    Son Volt

    Album(s):

  • Trace (1995)

    Soul Asylum

    Song(s):

  • Runaway Train (1993)

    Soulja Boy Tell’Em

    Song(s):

  • Crank That (Soulja Boy) (2007)

    David Soul

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Give Up on Us (1977)

    The Soul Stirrers

    Song(s):

  • By and By (year?)

    Soul II Soul

    Song(s):

  • Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (1989)

    Album(s):

  • Club Classics Vol. 1 (aka “Keep on Movin’”) (1989)

    Soundgarden

    About: 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):

  • Black Hole Sun (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Badmotorfinger (1991)
  • Superunknown (1994)

    John Phillip Sousa

    Born: 11/6/1854 Died: 3/6/1932

    Songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897)

    Joe South

    Song(s):

  • Games People Play (1968)

    J.D. Souther

    Rock singer/songwriter. 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.


    The Spaniels


    Otis Spann

    Born: 3/21/1930 in Jackson, MS Died: 4/24/1970

    Blues pianist.

    Album(s):

  • Otis Spann Is the Blues (1960)

    Pervis Spann


    Britney Spears

    Born: 12/2/1981

    Dance-pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Baby One More Time (1998)
  • Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
  • Toxic (2004)
  • Womanizer (2008)
  • Scream & Shout (2012) – see will.i.am

    Album(s):

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

    The Specials

    Song(s):

  • Gangsters (1979)
  • Ghost Town (1981)

    Album(s):

  • The Specials (1979)

    Phil Spector

    Born: 12/26/1939

    Pop/rock producer noted for developing the “Wall of Sound” approach to recording.

    Songs Produced by Spector:

  • 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, 1958-1969)
  • 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

    Speedo

    Member of Rocket from the Crypt.

    Henry C. Speir


    Alexander “Skip” Spence

    Born: 4/18/1946 in Windsor, Ontario Died: 4/16/1999

    Canadian musician. The 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 (with Harry MacDonough, 1901)

    Len Spencer

    Born: 2/12/1867 Died: 12/15/1914

    Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892)
  • Arkansaw Traveler (1902)

    Spice Girls

    Song(s):

  • Wannabe (1996)
  • 2 Become 1 (1996)

    Album(s):

  • Spice (1996)
  • Spiceworld (1997)

    The Spinners

    About: R&B vocal group from Ferndale High School near Detroit. 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.

    Active: 1961- Members: G.C. Cameron (v: 68-72). 1972 lineup included Philippe Wynne (tenor: Spinners: ?-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):

  • Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl (1979)

    Spirit

    Album(s):

  • Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)

    Spiritualized

    Album(s):

  • Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

    Victoria Spivey


    Split Enz

    Song(s):

  • I Got You (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)

    Dusty Springfield

    Born: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on 4/16/1939 Died: 3/2/1999

    British blue-eyed soul singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Look of Love (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Dusty in Memphis (1969)

    Rick Springfield


    Bruce Springsteen

    About: Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist known as "The Boss." Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greewich Village in the mid-60’s. Formed E-Street Band in 1973 with Clarence Clemons (sax: 73-85,95), David Sancious (k: 73), Danny Federici (k: 73,78-89,95), Gary Tallent (b: 73-89,95), Vincent Lopez (d: 73), Steve Van Zandt (g: 75-85), Roy Bittan (k: 75-95), Max Weinberg (d: 75-89,95; musical director for Late Night with Conan O’Brien: 93), Nils Lofgren (g: 88-89,95), Patty Scialfa (backing vox: 88-), Randy Jackson (b: 92), Jeff Porcaro (d: 92). Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

    Born: 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ

    Song(s):

  • Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
  • Born to Run (1975)
  • Thunder Road (1975)
  • Dancing in the Dark (1984)
  • Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  • I’m on Fire (1985)
  • Brilliant Disguise (1987)
  • Tunnel of Love (1987)
  • Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
  • The Rising (2002)
  • Radio Nowhere (2007)
  • Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)

    Album(s):

  • Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
  • The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
  • Born to Run (1975)
  • The Promise (archives, 1976-78)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
  • The River (1980)
  • Nebraska (1982)
  • Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  • Live 1975/1985 (with the E Street Band, 1985) live box
  • Tunnel of Love (1987)
  • Human Touch (1992)
  • Lucky Town (1992)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-95)
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
  • The Rising (2002)
  • Devils & Dust (2005)
  • We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) covers
  • Magic (2007)
  • Working on a Dream (2009)
  • Wrecking Ball (2012)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: The Top 62 Bruce Springsteen Songs (9/23/11)
  • Jon Landau wrote about Bruce Springsteen: May 22, 1974 (5/22/12)

    Squeeze

    Song(s):

  • Tempted (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Squeeze (1978)
  • Cool for Cats (1979)
  • Argybargy (1980)
  • East Side Story (1981)
  • Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
  • Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
  • Babylon and On (1987)
  • Frank (1989)
  • Play (1991)
  • Some Fantastic Place (1993)
  • Ridiculous (1995)
  • Domino (1998)
  • Cradle to the Grave (2015)

    Chris Squire


    John Squire


    Jo Stafford

    Born: 11/12/1917 in Coalinga, CA Died: 7/16/2008

    #1 ranked female vocalist of the 1940-54 pre-rock era. Sang with Tommy Dorsey (40-42) and the Pied Pipers (42-44). Had hits with Red Ingle and Johnny Mercer and ran up a string of solo and duet successes. Married to orchestra leader Paul Weston. Host of own TV musical series (54-55).

    Song(s):

  • Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
  • You Belong to Me (1952)

    Joe Stampley

    Born: 6/6/1943

    American country singer.


    The Standells

    Song(s):

  • Dirty Water (1966)

    The Stanley Brothers

    Song(s):

  • Rank Stranger (1960)

    Aileen Stanley

    Song(s):

  • Everybody Loves My Baby (1925)

    Frank Stanley

    Born: 12/29/1868 Died: 12/12/1910

    American singer and banjoist; bass with the Peerless Quartet (1907-10).

    Song(s):

  • Blue Bell (1904) – see Byron Harlan
  • Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (with Corrine Morgan, 1904)
  • Auld Lang Syne (1907)
  • Red Wing (An Indian Fable) (with Henry Burr, 1907)

    Ralph Stanley


    The Staple Singers

    Song(s):

  • Respect Yourself (1971)
  • Uncloudy Day (1971)
  • I’ll Take You There (1972)

    Album(s):

  • Soul Folk in Action (1968)

    Mavis Staples


    Jack Stapp


    Zak Starkey


    Starland Vocal Band

    Song(s):

  • Afternoon Delight (1976)

    Edwin Starr

    Song(s):

  • War (w. Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, 1970)

    Kay Starr

    Born: Katherine Laverne Starks on 7/21/1922 in Dougherty, OK Died: 11/3/2016

    Pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Wheel of Fortune (1952)

    Ringo Starr

    Born: 7/7/1940

    British rock drummer with the Beatles (“Yellow Submarine”, “With a Little Help from My Friends”).


    Starship

    Rock band formed by Jefferson Starship alumni Slick, Chaquico, Sears, Thomas, and Baldwin.

    Active: 1985-1991 Members: Grace Slick (v: 85-88), Craig Chaquico (g – Jefferson Starship: 74-84; Starship: 85-89), Pete Sears (b – Jefferson Starship: 74-84; Starship: 85-89), Mickey Thomas (v: 85-89), and Don Baldwin (d – Jefferson Starship: 82-84; Starship: 85-89).


    Static Major

    Song(s):

  • Lollipop (with Lil’ Wayne, 2008)

    The Statler Brothers

    Song(s):

  • Flowers on the Wall (1965)

    Status Quo


    Stealers Wheel

    Song(s):

  • Stuck in the Middle with You (1973)

    Eleanor Steber


    John Steel

    Song(s):

  • A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (w. Irving Berlin, 1919)
  • The Love Nest (1920)

    Steel Pulse

    Album(s):

  • Handsworth Revolution (1978)

    Steely Dan

    L.A.-based, pop/jazz-styled group formed at NY’s Bard College formed by Fagen and Becker and featuring various studio musicians. Actor/comedian Chevy Chase was the band’s drummer in its formative years.

    Active: 1972-80, 1994, 2000-2003 Members: Donald Fagen (v/k) and Walter Becker (b/v: 72-81,93)

    Song(s):

  • Reeling in the Years (1973)

    Album(s):

  • Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
  • Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)
  • Pretzel Logic (1974)
  • Katy Lied (1975)
  • The Royal Scam (1976)
  • Aja (1977)
  • Gaucho (1980)
  • Two Against Nature (2000)

    Gwen Stefani

    Born: 10/3/1969

    Ska/alternative-rock singer with No Doubt (“Just a Girl”, “Don’t Speak”). Also a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • Hollaback Girl (2005)

    Seymour Stein


    Billy Steinberg

    American songwriter who has achieved most of his success as part of a songwriting team, most notably with Tom Kelly.

    Songwriting credits on:

  • How Do I Make You (Linda Ronstadt, 1980)
  • Precious Time (Pat Benatar, 1981)
  • I’m Gonna Follow You (Pat Benatar, 1981)
  • Like a Virgin (Madonna, 1984)
  • True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
  • So Emotional (Whitney Houston)
  • Eternal Flame (Bangles)
  • Alone (Heart)
  • In Your Room (Bangles)
  • I Drove All Night (Cyndi Lauper)
  • I Touch Myself (Divinyls)
  • Sex As a Weapon (Pat Benatar)
  • Look Me in the Heart (Tina Turner)
  • I’ll Stand by You (Pretenders, 1993)
  • Too Little Too Late (JoJo)

    William Steinberg

    Born: Hans Wilhelm Steinberg in Cologne, Germany on 8/1/1899. Died: May 16, 1978

    German-American conductor. Protégé of Otto Klemperer. Became first conductor of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra. Conducted a number of concerts with the NBC Symphony (1938-40) and was the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (1945-52).


    Max Steiner


    Jim Steinman

    About: Started in musical theatre, but found his greatest fame when he teamed with Meat Loaf to write songs for the legendary Bat Out of Hell in 1977. He also returned to Broadway, teaming with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical Whistle Down the Wind. His repertoire has sold more than 190 million records.

    Songs written by Steinman:

  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light (performed by Meat Loaf, 1977)
  • Bat Out of Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1979)
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart (performed by Bonnie Tyler, 1983)
  • Making Love Out of Nothing at All (performed by Air Supply, 1983)
  • I'd Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That (performed by Meat Loaf, 1993)
  • It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (performed by Celine Dion, 1996)

    Albums written by Steinman:

  • Bat Out of Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1977)
  • Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1993)

    Wolf Stephenson


    W.H. Stepp

    Song(s):

  • Bonaparte’s Retreat (1937)

    Steppenwolf

    Song(s):

  • Born to Be Wild (1968)
  • Magic Carpet Ride (1968)

    Steps

    Song(s):

  • Heartbeat/Tragedy (1998)

    Andrew B. Sterling


    The Sterling Trio

    About: Three-quarters of the Peerless Quartet.

    Active: 1916-1922 Members: Henry Burr (tenor), Albert Campbell (tenor), John Meyer (bass)


    Isaac Stern

    Born: 7/21/1920 Died: 9/22/2001

    Violinist.


    Stereo MC’s

    Album(s):

  • Connected (1992)

    Stereophonics

    Album(s):

  • Word Gets Around (1997)

    Cat Stevens

    Born: 7/21/1948

    British pop/folk singer/songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
  • Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
  • Catch Bull at Four (1972)

    Elise Stevens

    Song(s):

  • Are You Sincere? (1908)

    Ray Stevens


    Rise Stevens


    Shakin’ Stevens

    Born: Michael Barratt in Ely, Wales on 3/4/1948 Died:

    Singer/songwriter.


    Sufjan Stevens

    Album(s):

  • Illinois (2005)

    Elise Stevenson

    Singer who is believed to have also recorded under the pseudonym “Miss Walton.”

    Song(s):

  • Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909) – see Harry MacDonough
  • Good Evening, Caroline (with Elise Stevenson, 1909)

    Amii Stewart

    Song(s):

  • Knock on Wood (1979)

    Cal Stewart

    Born: 1856 Died: 12/7/1919

    American singer.

    Song(s):

  • Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent (1904)

    Jim Stewart


    Redd Stewart

    Song(s):

  • Slow Poke (1951) – see Pee Wee King

    Rod Stewart

    About: Rock singer with the Shotgun Express (66), Jeff Beck Group (67-69), and The Faces (69-75). Has worked as a solo artist since 1969.

    Born: Roderick David Stewart on 1/10/1945 in London

    Song(s):

  • Maggie May (1971)
  • Sailing (1975)
  • Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
  • Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (1978)

    Album(s):

  • Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
  • A Night on the Town (1976)
  • Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
  • Best of (compilation, 1989)

    Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart

    Born: 3/15/1944 Died:

    R&B singer/songwriter who helmed Sly & the Family Stone.


    Stiff Little Fingers

    Song(s):

  • Alternative Ulster (1978)

    Album(s):

  • Inflammable Material (1979)

    Richard Stilgoe

    Album(s):

  • Phantom of the Opera (1986) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Al Stillman


    Stephen Stills

    Born: 1/3/1945

    Rock singer and guitarist with The Continentals (1960), The Au Go Go Singers (1964-65), The Company (1965), Buffalo Springfield (1966-68), Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969-), solo (1970-), Manassas (1971-73), Stills-Young Band (1976), Stills/Nash (1980-82).


    Sting

    Born: Gordon Sumner on 10/2/51 in Wallsend, England

    Rock singer and bassist with Last Exit, Strontium 90 (77), Nuclear Waste (77), The Police (77-86, 07-08). Solo artist since 1981. Nicknamed “Sting” because of a yellow and black jersey he used to wear. In movies Quadrophenia, Dune, The Bride, Plenty, and others. Married actress/producer Trudie Styler in 1992.

    Song(s):

  • Message in a Bottle (live) (1981)
  • They Dance Alone (1987)
  • The Soul Cages (1991)
  • Fields of Gold (1993)

    Album(s):

  • The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
  • Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
  • The Soul Cages (1991)
  • Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993)
  • Fields of Gold – The Best of Sting 1984-1994 (compilation: 1985-1994)
  • Mercury Falling (1996)
  • Brand New Day (1999)
  • Sacred Love (2003)
  • Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)

    The DMDB Blog:

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

    Michael Stipe

    Born: 1/4/1960

    Rock singer/songwriter with R.E.M.


    Frederick Stock


    Larry Stock


    Frank Stokes


    Leopold Stokowski

    Born: 4/18/1882 Died: 9/13/1977

    British-born American orchestra conductor.

    Album(s):

  • Fantasia (ST, 1956)

    George Stoll

    Song(s):

  • Pennies from Heaven (1936) – see Bing Crosby

    Mike Stoller

    Born: 3/13/1933

    American songwriter and record producer. Most notable work with partner Jerry Leiber.

    Songs written by Stoller with Jerry Leiber:

  • Hound Dog (1953) – see Big Mama Thornton
  • Hound Dog (1956) – see Elvis Presley
  • Searchin’ (1957) – see the Coasters
  • Young Blood (1957) – see the Coasters
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957) – see Elvis Presley
  • Yakety Yak (1958) – see the Coasters
  • Kansas City (1959) – see Wilbert Harrison
  • Love Potion No. 9 (1959) – see the Clovers
  • There Goes My Baby (1959) – see the Drifters
  • Spanish Harlem (1960) – see Ben E. King
  • Stand by Me (1961) – see Ben E. King
  • On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
  • Is That All There Is? (1969) – see Peggy Lee

    hilp Morris Stoloff


    Cliffie Stone


    Jesse Stone


    Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman

    Song(s):

  • The Titanic (1924)

    The Stone Roses

    Song(s):

  • Fools Gold (1989)
  • I Am the Resurrection (1989)
  • I Wanna Be Adored (1989)

    Album(s):

  • The Stone Roses (1989)

    Stone Temple Pilots

    Song(s):

  • Plush (1993)
  • Interstate Love Song (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Core (1992)
  • Purple (1994)

    The Stooges

    Proto-punk rock group formed in Ann Arbor, MI.

    Active: 1967-74, 2003-07 Members: Iggy Pop (v), Ron Asheton (b – Dirty Shames; Prime Movers Blues Band; Chosen Few; Stooges: 67-74, 03-07), Scott Asheton (d – Stooges: 67-74, 03-07), Dave Alexander (b – Stooges: 67-70; died on 2/10/75), Steve Mackay (sax: 70), Bill Cheatham (g: 70), James Williamson (g: 70-74), Mike Watt (b: 03-07)

    Song(s):

  • I Wanna Be Your Dog (1969)
  • Search and Destroy (1973)

    Album(s):

  • The Stooges (1969)
  • Fun House (1970)
  • Raw Power (1973)

    Gale Storm


    Herbert Stothart

    Album(s):

  • The Wizard of Oz (w. Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, & Herbert Stothart; 1939) ST

    Chris Strachwitz


    George Strait

    Born: 5/18/1952

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Amarillo by Morning (1983)

    Album(s):

  • Blue Clear Sky (1996)

    Nick Straker Band

    Song(s):

  • A Walk in the Park (1980)

    Strangeways

    Album(s):

  • Native Sons (1987)
    The Stranglers

    Song(s):

  • Golden Brown (1982)

    Richard Strauss

    Born: 6/11/1864 Died: 9/8/1949

    German classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
  • Der Rosenkavalier (1911)

    Igor Stravinsky

    Born: 6/17/1882 Died: 4/6/1971

    Classical composer.

    Song(s)/Shorter Piece(s):

  • Symphony of Psalms (1948)

    Album(s)/Longer Work(s):

  • L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (1910) ballet
  • Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) ballet
  • Petrouchka (?) ballet

    The Stray Cats

    Song(s):

  • Rock This Town (1982)

    Billy Strayhorn

    Born: 11/29/1915 Died: 5/31/1967

    Jazz songwriter.


    The Streets

    Song(s):

  • Dry Your Eyes (2004)

    Album(s):

  • Original Pirate Material (2002)
  • A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)

    Barbra Streisand

    About: Ranked as Billboard magazine’s all-time #2 Adult Contemporary Artist (behind Elton John) according to Joel Whitburn’s Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2006). Made Broadway debut in 1962 in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Lead role in Broadway’s Funny Girl n 1964. Movie debut in Funny Girl in 1968 (tied with Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress Oscar). Also starred in A Star Is Born, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, and others. Produced/directed/starred in the movies Yentl and Prince of Tides. Married to actor Elliott Gould from 1963-1971.

    Born: Barbara Joan Streisand on 4/24/42 in Brooklyn, NY

    Song(s):

  • People (1964)
  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • Evergreen (Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born') (1976)
  • Woman in Love (1980)

    Album(s):

  • The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
  • Funny Girl (cast, 1964)
  • A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 1976)
  • Guilty (1980)
  • Love Songs (1982)
  • The Broadway Album (covers, 1985)

    The Strokes

    About: Rock band from New York City. One of the bands at the forefront of the garage rock revival movement at the early part of the 21st century.

    Active: 1998- Members: Julian Casablancas (v), Albert Hammond, Jr. (g), Nick Valensi (g), Nikolai Fraiture (b), Fabrizio Moretti (d).

    Song(s):

  • Last Nite (2001)

    Album(s):

  • Is This It (2001)
  • Room on Fire (2003)
  • First Impressions of Earth (2006)
  • Angles (2011)

    Barrett Strong

    Songs written with Norman Whitfield:

  • Money (That’s What I Want) (1960)
  • War (1970) – see Edwin Starr
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968) – see Marvin Gaye
  • Just My Imagination Running Away with Me (1971) – see the Temptations
  • Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1972) – see the Temptations

    Charles Strouse


    Joe Strummer

    Born: 8/21/1952 in Turkey Died: 12/22/2002

    British punk-rock singer/songwriter with The Clash (“London Calling”, “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”, “Rock the Casbah”, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”).


    Clyde Stubblefield


    Levi Stubbs

    R&B singer with the Four Tops.


    St. Vincent

    Albums(s):

  • St. Vincent (2014)

    The Stylistics

    Album(s):

  • Best of (1975)

    Jule Styne

    Born: 12/31/1905 Died: 9/20/1994

    Musical theater songwriter.

    Song(s) Composed by Styne:

  • I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943) – see Harry James

    Album(s):

  • Bells Are Ringing (cast: 1958)
  • Gypsy (with Stephen Sondheim, cast: 1959)
  • Funny Girl (composed with Bob Merrill, cast: 1964)

    Styx

    About: Rock band from Chicago, IL. The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.

    Active: 1969-1984, 1990- Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).

    Song(s):

  • Golden Lark (1974)
  • Suite Madame Blue (1975)
  • Come Sail Away (1977)
  • Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
  • Renegade (1978)
  • The Best of Times (1981)

    Album(s):

  • Styx I (1972)
  • Styx II (1973)
  • The Serpent Is Rising (1974)
  • Man of Miracles (1974)
  • Equinox (1975)
  • Crystal Ball (1976)
  • The Grand Illusion (1977)
  • Pieces of Eight (1978)
  • Cornerstone (1979)
  • Paradise Theater (1981)
  • Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  • Edge of the Century (1990)
  • Brave New World (1999)
  • Cyclorama (2003)
  • Big Bang Theory (2005) covers

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Styx Defense (6/27/10), also on Facebook.

    Sublime

    Song(s):

  • What I Got (1996)
  • Wrong Way (1997)

    Album(s):

  • Sublime (1996)

    Morton Subotnick

    Song(s):

  • Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)

    Subway Sect

    Song(s):

  • Ambition (1978)

    Suede (aka “London Suede”)

    Album(s):

  • Suede (1992)
  • Dog Man Star (1994)

    Sugar

    Album(s):

  • Copper Blue (1992)

    The Sugarhill Gang

    Song(s):

  • Rapper’s Delight (1979)

    Sugarland

    Song(s):

  • Stay (2007)

    Sugar Ray

    Song(s):

  • Fly (with Super Cat, 1997)
  • Every Morning (1998)

    Suicidal Tendencies

    Song(s):

  • Institutionalized (1983)

    Suicide

    Album(s):

  • Suicide (1977)

    Jim “The Reverend” Sullivan


    Yma Súmac


    Hubert Sumlin


    Donna Summer

    Born: 12/31/1948 Died: 5/17/2012

    Disco/R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Love to Love You Baby (1975)
  • I Feel Love (1977)
  • Last Dance (1978)
  • Hot Stuff (1979)
  • Bad Girls (1979)
  • She Works Hard for the Money (1983)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Last Dance for Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco: May 17, 2012 / Top 20 Songs (5/17/12)

    Sunnyland Slim


    Super Furry Animals

    Album(s):

  • Rings Around the World (2001)

    Supertramp

    Song(s):

  • The Logical Song (1979)

    Album(s):

  • Crime of the Century (1974)
  • Breakfast in America (1979)
  • Famous Last Words (1982)

    The Supremes

    Female R&B vocal group from Detroit. Formed as The Primettes in 1959. Signed to Motown’s Tamla label in 1960. Changed name to The Supremes in 1961.

    Active: 1959-77 Members: Diana Ross (v – Supremes: 59-69), Mary Wilson (59-76; born 3/6/44), Florence Ballard (59-67; born 6/30/43; died 2/22/76), Barbara Martin (59-61), Cindy Birdsong (Patti LaBelle’s Blue Belles; Supremes: 67-72, 73-76), Jean Terrell (69-73), Lynda Lawrence (72-73), Scherrie Payne (73-76), Susaye Green (76)

    Song(s):

  • Where Did Our Love Go (1964)
  • Baby Love (1964)
  • Stop! In the Name of Love (1965)
  • You Can't Hurry Love (1966)
  • You Keep Me Hangin' On (1966)
  • Love Child (1968)
  • Someday We'll Be Together (1969)

    Album(s):

  • Anthology (compilation: 1969)

    The Surfaris

    Song(s):

  • Wipe Out (1963)

    Survivor

    Song(s):

  • Eye of the Tiger (1982)

    Swan Silvertones

    Song(s):

  • Mary Don’t You Weep (1959)

    Gladys Swarthout


    Keith Sweat


    Swedish House Mafia

    Song(s):

  • Don’t You Worry Child (with John Martin, 2012)

    Matthew Sweet

    Album(s):

  • Under the Covers (with Susanna Hoffs, 2006)
  • Under the Covers 2 (with Susanna Hoffs, 2009)

    Taylor Swift

    Born: 12/13/1989

    American country/pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Love Story (2008)
  • You Belong with Me (2008)
  • White Horse (2008)
  • Mean (2010)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)
  • I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)
  • Shake It Off (2014)
  • Blank Space (2014)
  • Bad Blood (2014)

    Album(s):

  • Taylor Swift (2006)
  • Fearless (2008)
  • Speak Now (2010)
  • Red (2012)
  • 1989 (2014)

    The Swinging Blue Jeans

    Song(s):

  • Hippy Hippy Shake (1963)

    Roosevelt Sykes


    John Sykes

    Born: 7/29/1959 in Reading, Berkshire, England

    English rock guitarist and singer with Tygers of Pan Tang (80-82), Thin Lizzy (82-83), Whitesnake (87-88) and Blue Murder (88-94).


    System of a Down

    Song(s):

  • Chop Suey (2001)

    Album(s):

  • Toxicity (2001)

    George Szell


    Joseph Szigeti


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