Music Makers Encyclopedia: S

Click on a letter to choose an act ("S" for Bruce Springsteen, "B" for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by the DMDB.


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S Club 7

Don't Stop Movin' (2001)


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

Smooth Operator (1984)

Diamond Life (1984)
Promise (1985)
Best of (compilation: 1984-93, released 1994)
Lovers Rock (2000)

SSgt Barry Sadler

The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)

The Safaris

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
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

Roses (with Imanbek, 2016)

Camille Saint- Saëns

Classical composer.

Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) (1877)

Kyu Sakamoto

Sukiyaki (1963)

Hiromi Lorraine Sakata

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

Emily Saliers

Half of the Indigo Girls.

Murmuration Nation (2017)


Click Click Boom (2001)


Push It (1987)
Whatta Man (with En Vogue, 1993)
Shoop (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".

Hold on, I'm Comin' (1966)
Soul Man (1967)
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (1967)
I Thank You (1968)

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

Richie Sambora


Process (2017)

Joe Sample

Jazz pianist.

Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

Wooly Bully (1965)

Best of (compilation, 1967)

Carl Sandburg

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

Emeli Sandé

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

Our Version of Events (2012)

Felicia Sanders

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

Arturo Sandoval

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

Sandpiper Chorus

The Shadow of Your Smile (1965)

Tommy Sands

Mongo Santamaria

Watermelon Man (1963)

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 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.

Black Magic Woman (1970)
Evil Ways (1970)
Oye Como Va (1971)
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)

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

Kike Santander

Gustavo Santaolalla

Romeo Santos

Propuesta Indecente (with Eliza Gonzalez, 2013)

Alejandro Sanz

Kenny Sargent

Blue Moon (1935) – see Glen Gray
When I Grow Too Old to Dream (1935) – see Glen Gray

Peter Sarstedt

Where Do You Go to My Lovely? (1969)

Steve Sater

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).

Savage Garden

I Want You (1996)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1997)
I Knew I Loved You (1999)

Savage Garden (1997)

Carlo Savina

Love Theme from "The Godfather" (1972)

Bidu Sayao

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


Wheels of Steel (1980)

Leo Sayer

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976)
When I Need You (1977)

Boz Scaggs

Lowdown (1976)

Silk Degrees (1976)


The Warrior (1984)

Dick Scanlan

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


Domenico Scarlatti

Classical composer.

Michael Schenker

Lalo Schifrin

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.

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

Timothy B. Schmit

Al Schmitt

Alexander Schneider

Florian Schneider

Member of Kraftwerk.

Maria Schneider

Concert in the Garden (2004)

Arnold Schoenberg

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

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 (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

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

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

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.

Classical Work(s):
Piano Quintet in A major ("Trout") (1819)
Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished") (1822)

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.

Carnaval Op. 9 (1835)
Complete Piano Trios (with Clara Schumann, composed 1846-51)

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

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

Arthur Schwartz

Jean Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz

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

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


  • Godspell (1971)
  • Pippin (musical: 1972)
    Wicked (musical: 2003)

    Peter Schilling

    Major Tom (Coming Home) (1983)

    Al Schmitt

    Scissor Sisters

    Take Your Mama (2004)
    I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (2006)

    Scissor Sisters (2004)

    The Scorpions

    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

    Dancing on My Own (2016)

    Jack Scott

    James Scott

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

    Jill Scott

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

    Jimmy Scott

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

    Travis Scott

    Goosebumps (with Kendrick Lamar, 2016)
    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)

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

    Gil Scott-Heron

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1963)

    Screaming Trees

    Nearly Lost You (1992)

    The Script

    Breakeven (2008)
    Hall of Fame (with, 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.


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

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

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

    Dan Seals

    I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976)
    Bop (1985)

    Son Seals

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

    Jay Sean

    Down (with Lil Wayne, 2009)

    The Searchers

    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


    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

    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.

    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1962)

    The Seeds

    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").

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

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

    The Seekers

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

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

    Blossom Seeley

    Alabamy Bound (1925)


    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 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).

    Turn the Page (live, 1976)
    Night Moves (1976)
    Old Time Rock and Roll (1979)
    Against the Wind (1980)

    Night Moves (1976)
    Stranger in Town (1978)
    Against the Wind (1980)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-94, released 1994)

    Andrés Segova

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


    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.

    Ven Conmigo (1990)

    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.

    I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
    Dardanella (1920)
    Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) (1922)
    Manhattan (1925)
    Blue Skies (1927)
    Happy Days Are Here Again (1930)
    When It's Springtime in the Rockies (1930)

    Michael Sembello

    Maniac (1983)


    Closing Time (1998)


    Roots (1996)

    Rudolf Serkin

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

    Roger Sessions


    Keala Settle

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

    Seven Dwarfs

    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

    Cumbersome (1995)

    David Seville

    Recorded as The Chipmunks: 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 store, 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)

    Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)
    God Save the Queen (1977)
    Holidays in the Sun (1977)
    Pretty Vacant (1977)

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

    Shades of Blue

    Oh How Happy (1966)

    The Shadows

    Apache (1960)
    Wonderful Land (1962)

    Summer Holiday (with Cliff Richard, 1963)

    The Shadows of Knight

    Gloria (1966)


    It Wasn't Me (with Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent, 2000)
    Angel (with Rayvon, 2000)

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

    Marc Shaiman

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

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

    Shakespear's Sister

    Stay (1992)


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

    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

    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.

    Keep Ya Head Up (1993)
    I Get Around (1993)
    Dear Mama (1995)
    California Love (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, 1996)
    Changes (1998)

    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)

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

    The Shangri-La's

    Leader of the Pack (1964)
    Remember Walking in the Sand (1964)


    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.

    Runaway (1961)

    Scott Shannon

    Radio DJ.

    Dee Dee Sharp

    Artie Shaw

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

    Begin the Beguine (1938)
    Any Old Time (1938)
    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

    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)

    George Beverly Shea

    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

    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)
    I Don’t Care (with Justin Bieber, 2019)
    Beautiful People (with Khalid, 2019)
    Bad Habits (2021)

    (Plus) (2011)
    X (Multiply) (2014)
    ÷ (Divide) (2017)

    Duncan Sheik

    Barely Breathing (1996)

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

    Steve Shelley

    Rock drummer with Sonic Youth.

    Blake Shelton

    God's Country (2019)

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

    Shep & the Limelites

    Daddy's Home (1961)

    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.

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd

    Blue on Black (1998)

    Ledbetter Heights (1995)

    T.G. Sheppard

    Country singer born William Neal Browder on 7/20/1942 in Humboldt, TX.


    Howzat (1976)


    When I'm with You (1983)

    Allan Sherman

    Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh (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

    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 Are My Lucky Star (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
    Moon Over Miami (1936) – see Eddy Duchin

    The Shields

    You Cheated (1958)

    Nat Shilkret

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

    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
    Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin
    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
    Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (with Lewis James, 1930)
    Get Happy (with Phil Dewey, Frank Luther, & Leo O'Rourke, 1930)


    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-).

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

    The Shirelles

    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)

    Tonight’s the Night (1961)

    Shirley & Lee

    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.

    The Shocking Blue

    Venus (1969)

    Stephen H. Sholes

    Shooting Star

    Last Chance (1980)
    Christmas Together (1985)

    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.

    You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (1943)
    I'll Walk Alone (1944)
    The Gypsy (1946)
    The Anniversary Song (1947)
    Buttons and Bows (& Her Harper Valley Boys, 1948)
    Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949)

    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.

    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.

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

    Shovels & Rope

    I Know (2016)


    Under the Moon of Love (1976)

    Mike Shrieve

    Rock drummer with Santana.

    Dr. Richard Shukburgh

    Song(s) by Shukburgh:
    Yankee Doodle (aka "Yankee Doodle Went to Town") (1754)

    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


    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

    Jean Sibelius

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

    Carl Sigman

    Sigur Ros

    Agaetis Byrjun (2000)


    Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (2015)

    The Silhouettes

    Get a Job (1958)


    Freak Me (1993)

    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 for My Father (1964)


    Tomorrow (1994)
    Straight Lines (2007)

    Silver Convention

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

    Silversun Pickups

    Harry Simeone Chorale

    The Little Drummer Boy (1958)

    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

    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

    The Sound of Silence (1965)
    Scarborough Fair (1966)
    Homeward Bound (1966)
    I Am a Rock (1966)
    The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (1966)
    Mrs. Robinson (1968)
    The Boxer (1969)
    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

    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: 1964-70, released 1972)
    The Collection (box: 1965-70, released 2007)
    Old Friends (box: 1965-75, released 1997)
    The Concert in Central Park (live, 1981)

    Carly Simon

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

    You're So Vain (1972)
    Nobody Does It Better (1977)
    Let the River Run (1989)

    No Secrets (1973)

    Joe Simon

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

    Drowning in the Sea of Love (1971)

    Paul Simon

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    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.

    50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (1975)
    Graceland (1986)
    Wristband (2016)

    Paul Simon (1972)
    There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
    Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
    Graceland (1986)
    1964/1993 (box: 1957-91, released 1993)
    Shining Like a National Guitar (compilation: 1972-97, released 2000)
    So Beautiful or So What (2011)

    George T. Simon

    Nina Simone

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

    I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
    Mississippi Goddam (1964)
    To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969)

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

    Paul Simonon

    Bassist with The Clash from 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-).

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    Simple Minds: Top 50 Songs
    Don't You Forget about Me (1985)
    Biko (1989)
    Mandela Day (1989)
    See the Lights (1991)
    Let the Day Begin (2014)

    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

    If You Don't Know Me by Now (1989)

    Picture Book (1985)
    Stars (1991)

    Sturgill Simpson

    The Promise (2014)
    In Bloom (2016)

    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.

    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 profile page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    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.

    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
    Oh, Look at Me Now (1941) – see Tommy Dorsey
    There Are Such Things (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
    You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1945)
    The House I Live In (1946)
    Five Minutes More (1946)
    Oh What It Seemed to Be (1946)
    They Say It's Wonderful (1946)
    Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon, 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 Get a Kick Out of You (from Anything Goes, 1954)
    Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
    I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
    All the Way (1957)
    Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) (1958)
    High Hopes (1959)
    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)
    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)

    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)
    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, 1997)

    Nancy Sinatra

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

    These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (1966)
    Somethin' Stupid (1967) – see Frank Sinatra

    Talvin Singh

    OK (1999)

    The Singing Nun

    Dominique (1963)

    The Singing Nun (1963)

    Siouxsie & the Banshees

    The Scream (1978)

    Sir Douglas Quintet

    She's about a Mover (1965)

    Sir Mix-A-Lot

    Baby Got Back (1992)


    Thong Song (2000)

    Sister Hazel

    All for You (1997)

    Sisters of Mercy

    Floodland (1987)

    Sisters with Voices (SWV)

    Weak (1993)


    Trollz (with Nicki Minaj, 2020)

    Sixpence None the Richer

    Kiss Me (1998)
    There She Goes (1999)

    Ricky Skaggs

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


    Shutdown (2015)

    Konnichiwa (2016)

    Skid Row

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

    Skid Row (1989)


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

Freddie Slack

The House of Blue Lights (with Ella Mae Morse, 1946)


Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1972)
Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)

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).


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Rock guitarist born Saul Hudson on 7/23/1965 in Hampstead, London, England. With Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver.

Leonard Slatkin

Orchestra conductor.


Angel of Death (1986)
Raining Blood (1986)

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)


Dig Me Out (1997)

Percy Sledge

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

When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)

Sister Sledge

We Are Family (1979)


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

The Skyliners

Since I Don't Have You (1959)
This I Swear (1959)


Up All Night (1990)
Fly to the Angels (1990)


Slide (1977)

Slick Rick

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

The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988)


Slim Dusty

A Pub with No Beer (1958)


Spiderland (1991)


Wait and Bleed (1998)
Duality (2004)

The Slits

Cut (1979)

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).

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

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), Ronnie Lane (b), Ian McLagan (k), Kenney Jones (d). After Marriott's departure, the group enlisted Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood and continued as The Faces.

Tin Soldier (1967)
Itchycoo Park (1967)

Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968)

Ed Smalle

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 Chamberlain (d: 89-96, 00, 06-), Melissa Auf Der Maur (b: 00), Jeff Schroeder (g: 06-), Ginger Reyes (b: 06-). Corgan and Chamberlain were also in Zwan together.

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

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

Smash Mouth

All Star (1999)

Adrian Smith

Arthur Smith & His Cracker Jacks

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".

Down Hearted Blues (1923)
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (1923)
St. Louis Blues (with Louis Armstong, 1925)
Lost Your Head Blues (1926)
Empty Bed Blues (1928)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (1929)

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

Carl Smith

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

Chad Smith

Rock drummer with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Clarence "Pinetop" Smith

Pinetop'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.

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).

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

Elliott Smith

Waltz #2 (XO) (1998)

Either/Or (1997)

Harry B. Smith

Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

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

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

Smiles (with Harry MacDonough, 1918)

Kate Smith

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

When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain (1931)
God Bless America (1939)
Last Time I Saw Paris (1940)

Keely Smith

That Old Black Magic (with Louis Prima, 1958)

The Wildest (with Louis Prima, 1957)

Mamie Smith

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.

Mindy Smith

Come to Jesus (2004)

Patti Smith

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


Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (1975)

Horses (1975)

Robert Smith

Sam Smith

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

In the Lonely Hour (2014)

Sammi Smith

Help Me Make It Through the Night (1971)

Samuel Francis Smith

Songs written by Smith:
My Country 'Tis of Thee (words: Smith, music: Thomas Arne; 1831)

Steve Smith

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

Trixie Smith

My Man Rocks Me with One Steady Roll (1922)

Velma Smith

Wayne Smith

Under Me Sleng Teng (1985)

Whisperin' Jack Smith

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.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990)
Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991)
Men in Black (1997)
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It (1997)

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

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)

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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)

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)

Patty Smyth

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


Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)

Todd Snider

Alright Guy (1994)

Sniff 'N' the Tears

Driver's Seat (1979)

Snoop Doggy 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.

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

Doggystyle (1993)


Informer (1993)

Hank Snow

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

I'm Movin’ On (1950)
I Don't Hurt Anymore (1954)

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

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

Final Straw (2004)
Eyes Open (2006)

Bill Snyder

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950)

Ted Snyder

Jill Sobule

I Kissed a Girl (1995)

Social Distortion

Mommy's Little Monster (1983)

Soft Cell

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

Tainted Love (1981)

The Soft Machine

The Soft Machine (1968)

Machiko Soga

Oba-Q Ondo (1966)

The Soggy Bottom Boys

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (2001)


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.

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

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

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

Sonic Youth

Teenage Riot (1988)

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

I Got You Babe (1965)

Sons of the Desert

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

Sons of the Pioneers

Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1934)
Cool Water (1941)

So Solid Crew

21 Seconds (2001)

The S.O.S. Band

Take Your Time (Do It Right) (1980)

Soul Asylum

Runaway Train (1993)

Soulja Boy Tell'Em

Crank That (Soulja Boy) (2007)

David Soul

Don't Give Up on Us (1977)

The Soul Stirrers

Jesus Gave Me Water (1950)
By and By (1959)

Soul II Soul

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

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


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).

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)

Badmotorfinger (1991)
Superunknown (1994)

John Phillip Sousa

Songwriter born 11/6/1854 in Washington, DC. Died 3/6/1932.

The Washington Post March (1895)
El Capitan March (1895)
King Cotton March (1895)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897, new version: 1901)
American Patrol (1901)
In the Good Old Summertime (with Harry Macdonough & S.H. Dudley, 1902)

Joe South

Games People Play (1968)

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.


Female of the Species (1996)

Esperanza Spalding

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

Spandau Ballet

True (1983)

The Spaniels

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

Otis Spann

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

Otis Spann Is the Blues (1960)

Pervis Spann


This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us (1974)

Britney Spears

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

Baby One More Time (1998)
Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
Toxic (2004)
Piece of Me (2007)
Womanizer (2008)
3 (2009)
Hold It Against Me (2011)

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

The Specials

Gangsters (1979)
Ghost Town (1981)

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


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.

Oar (1969)

Elizabeth Spencer

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

Grace Spencer

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

Len Spencer

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

Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay (1892)
The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892)
Carry Me Back to Orld Virginny (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)
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)
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 .

Wannabe (1996)
2 Become 1 (1996)
Say You'll Be There (1997)

Spice (1996)
Spiceworld (1997)

Spin Doctors

Two Princes (1991)

Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

The Spinners

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-)

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


Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)

Spirit of the West

Home for a Rest (1990)


Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

Victoria Spivey

Split Enz

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DMDB podcast: The Best of Crowded House and Neil Finn

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.

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

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)


Plowed (1994)


Do You (2014)
Hot Thoughts (2017)

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.

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)

Dusty in Memphis (1969)

Rick Springfield

Jessie's Girl (1981)
Don't Talk to Strangers (1982)

Bruce Springsteen

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Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ. Known as "The Boss." Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greenwich Village in the mid-60's. Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band. Current members: Roy Bittan (k: 74-), Jake Clemons (sax: 12-), Nils Lofgren (g: 84-), Patti Scialfa (v/k/g: 84-), Gary Tallent (b: 72-), Steven Van Zandt (g: 75-83,95-), and Max Weinberg (d: 74-). Past members have included Clarence Clemons (sax: 72-11; died in 2011), Danny Federici (k: 72-08; died 2008), Vini Lopez (d: 72-74), and David Sancious (k: 72-74).

Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs
Blinded by the Light (1973)
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
Born to Run (1975)
Thunder Road (1975)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975)
Hungry Heart (1980)
The River (1980)
Dancing in the Dark (1984)
Pink Cadillac (1984)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
Glory Days (1984)
I'm on Fire (1984)
My Hometown (1984)
Trapped (live, 1984)
War (live, 1985)
Brilliant Disguise (1987)
Tunnel of Love (1987)
Spare Parts (1987)
Stand by Me (live, 1987) – see U2
Every Breath You Take (live, 1988) – see Sting
The River (live with Sting, 1988)
Human Touch (1992)
Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
Secret Garden (1995)
Thunder Road (live, 1995) – see Melissa Etheridge
Spare Parts (live, 1996)
Born in the U.S.A. (live, slow version, 1996)
We Shall Overcome (1998)
Land of Hope and Dreams (recorded live 1999, released 2001)
American Skin (41 Shots) (recorded live 2000, released 2001)
I'll Stand by You (recorded 2000, released 2017)
My City of Ruins (live, 2001)
The Rising (2002)
Empty Sky (2002)
When the Saints Go Marching In (live, 2006)
Radio Nowhere (2007)
Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)
Magic (2007)
Terry's Song (2007)
The Wrestler (2008)
Outlaw Pete (2009)
London Calling (live, 2009)
We Take Care of Our Own (2012)
Wrecking Ball (2012)
Rocky Ground (2012)
Jack of All Trades (2012)
Sexy as I Know It (2012) – see as Jimmy Fallon
Whip My Hair (2012) – see as Jimmy Fallon
Don't Change (live, 2014)
Stayin' Alive (live, 2014)
Royals (live, 2014)
Jump (live, 2014)
Rebel Rebel (live, 2016)
Take It Easy (live, 2016)
Purple Rain (live, 2016)
That's What Makes Us Great (2017) – see Joe Grushecky
Hello Sunshine (2019)
Sundown (2019)
Wasted Days (2021) – see John Mellencamp

Bruce Springsteen: Top 10 Albums
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)
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set: 1979-80, released 2015)
Nebraska (1982)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
Live 1975/1985 (live box with the E Street Band, 1985)
Tunnel of Love (1987)
Human Touch (1992)
Lucky Town (1992)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-95, released 1995)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
Tracks (archives, box: 1972-95, released 1998)
Live in New York City (live: 2000, released 2001)
The Rising (2002)
The Essential: Limited Edition (box: 1973-2002, released 2003)
Devils & Dust (2005)
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) covers
Magic (2007)
Working on a Dream (2009)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-2007, released 2009)
Wrecking Ball (2012)
Collection (compilation: 1973-2010, released 2013)
High Hopes (2014)
American Beauty (EP, 2014)
The Essential (compilation: 1973-2014, released 2015)
Chapter and Verse (compilation: 1966-2012, released 2016)
Springsteen on Broadway (live, 2018)
Western Stars (2019)
Letter to You (2020)

The DMDB Blog:
Jon Landau wrote about Bruce Springsteen: May 22, 1974 (5/22/12)


New wave group from England led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. Paul Carrack served as a guest vocalist in 1981 ("Tempted") and 1993 ("Some Fantastic Place").

DMDB profile page: Squeeze
DMDB podcast: The Best of Squeeze
DMDB review of Squeeze: In Concert

The Top 50 Songs of Squeeze, Chris Difford, and Glenn Tilbrook.
Up the Junction (1979)
Slap and Tickle (1979)
Tempted (1981)
Black Coffee in Bed (1982)
I Won't Ever Go Drinking Again (?) (1985)
Heartbreaking World (1985)
Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken (1989)
Temptation for Love (with Cathy Dennis, 1995)
To Be a Dad (1998)

Squeeze (1978)
Cool for Cats (1979)
Argybargy (1980)
East Side Story (1981)
Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
Singles: 45s and Under (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
Difford & Tilbrook (Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, 1984)
Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
Babylon and On (1987)
Frank (1989)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-89, released 2001)
Play (1991)
Some Fantastic Place (1993)
Piccadilly Collection (compilation: 1980-93, released 1996)
Ridiculous (1995)
Domino (1998)
Big Squeeze: The Very Best of (compilation: 1978-98, released 2002)
Essential (compilation: 1978-98, released 2007)
Cradle to the Grave (2015)
The Knowledge (2017)

Billy Squier

Christmas Is the Time to Say "I Love You" (1981)
Everybody Wants You (1982)

Chris Squire

John Squire

Stabbing Westward

What Do I Have to Do? (1996)

Jo Stafford

Singer 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).

Yes Indeed! (1941) – see Tommy Dorsey
It Could Happen to You (1944)
Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
No Other Love (1950)
You Belong to Me (1952)
Make Love to Me! (1954)


It's Been Awhile (2001)
So Far Away (2003)
Not Again (2011)

Chris Stamp

Music manager for the Who and Jimi Hendrix.

Joe Stampley

Country singer born 6/6/1943 in Springhill, LA.

The Standells

Dirty Water (1966)

The Stanley Brothers

Bluegrass duo comprised of brothers Carter Stanley (1925-1966) and Ralph Stanley (1927-2016). Performed as the Stanley Brothers with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, from 1946 to 1966. Ralph continued to used the name "Stanley Brothers" after his brother's death.

I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (1950)
Rank Stranger (1960)

Aileen Stanley

Everybody Loves My Baby (1925)

Frank Stanley

Singer and banjoist born William Stanley Grinsted on 12/29/1868 in Orange, NJ. Died 12/12/1910. Sang bass with the Peerless Quartet (1907-10).

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)
Good Evening, Caroline (with Elise Stevenson, 1909)

Paul Stanley

Rock guitarist born Stanley Bert Eisen in Manhattan, NY. Founding member of band Kiss (73-).

Ralph Stanley

The Staple Singers

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

Soul Folk in Action (1968)

Mavis Staples

I Give You Power (2017) – see Arcade Fire
Nina Cried Power (2018) – see Hozier

Chris Stapleton

Tennessee Whiskey (2015)
Nobody to Blame (2015)
Broken Halos (2017)
Starting Over (2020)

Traveller (2015)
From a Room: Volume I (2017)
Starting Over (2020)

Jack Stapp



Music Sounds Better with You (1998)

Alvin Stardust

My Coo-Ca-Chooo (1973)

Zak Starkey

Rock drummer with The Who and Oasis. Song of drummer Ringo Starr.

Starland Vocal Band

Afternoon Delight (1976)

Edwin Starr

R&B singer/songwriter born Charles Edwin Hatcher on 1/21/1942 in Nashville, TN. Died 4/2/2003. Famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced singles of the 1970s.

War (1970)

Kay Starr

Pop singer born Katherine Laverne Starks on 7/21/1922 in Dougherty, OK. Died 11/3/2016.

Wheel of Fortune (1952)
Rock and Roll Waltz (1955)

Maurice Starr

Pop songwriter best known for his work with New Kids on the Block.

Ringo Starr

Rock drummer and singer born Richard Starkey on 7/7/1940 in Dingle, Liverpool, England. With the Beatles ("Yellow Submarine", "With a Little Help from My Friends") and a solo artist ("It Don't Come Easy," "Photograph").


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).

We Built This City (1985)
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (1987)

Stars on 45

Medley I (1981)

Static Major

Lollipop (2008) – see Lil Wayne

Candi Staton

Young Hearts Run Free (1976)

The Statler Brothers

Country/gospel vocal group. Formed in 1955 in Stauton, VA. Active until 2002. Only two members, Don Reid (lead: 60-02) and Harold Reid (bass: 55-02) were actually brothers and no one in the group was named Statler. Other members were Joe McDorman (lead: 55-60), Phil Balsley (baritone: 55-02), Lew DeWitt (tenor: 55-82), and Jimmy Fortune (tenor: 82-02).

Flowers on the Wall (1965)

Status Quo

Pictures of Matchstick Men (1967)

Stealers Wheel

Stuck in the Middle with You (1973)


Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (1969)

Eleanor Steber

John Steel

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (1919)
The Love Nest (1920)

Don Steele

Radio show host of The Real Don Steele.

Jon Steele & Sandra

My Happiness (1948)

Steel Pulse

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)

Reeling in the Years (1972)
Rikki Don't Lose That Number (1974)

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

Ska/alternative-rock singer born 10/3/1969. With No Doubt ("Just a Girl", "Don't Speak"). Also a solo artist.

Hollaback Girl (2005)

Seymour Stein

Record executive (Sire, Warner Bros.) born 4/18/1942 in Brooklyn, NY.

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

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

Gone with the Wind (soundtrack: 1939)

Jim Steinman

Composer, lyricist, playright, and record producer born 11/1/1947 in New York City, NY. Died 4/19/2021. 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.
DMDB podcast: The Best of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman

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

Albums written by Steinman:
Bat Out of Hell (1977) – see Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – see Meat Loaf

Van Stephenson

Modern Day Delilah (1984)

Wolf Stephenson

W.H. Stepp

Bonaparte's Retreat (1937)


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


Heartbeat/Tragedy (1998)

Stereo MC's

Connected (1992)


Word Gets Around (1997)

Andrew B. Sterling

The Sterling Trio

Three-quarters of the Peerless Quartet.

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

Isaac Stern

Violinist born 7/21/1920 in Kremenets, Ukraine, Russia. Died 9/22/2001.

Cat Stevens

Pop/folk singer/songwriter born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 7/21/1948 in London, England.

Song (s):
Wild World (1970)
Faher and Son (1970)
Moon Shadow (1971)
Peace Train (1971)
Morning Has Broken (1971)

Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
Catch Bull at Four (1972)
Greatest Hits (compilation, 1975)

Corey Stevens

Blue Drops of Rain (1995)

Elise Stevens

Are You Sincere? (1908)

Ray Stevens

Country/comedy singer born Harold Ray Ragsdale on 1/24/1939 in Clarksdale, GA.

The Streak (1974)

Rise Stevens

Shakin' Stevens

Singer/songwriter born Michael Barratt on ¾/1948 in Ely, Wales.

This Ole House (1981)
Merry Christmas Everybody (1985)

Sufjan Stevens

Illinois (2005)
Carrie & Lowell (2015)

Elise Stevenson

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

Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909) – see Harry MacDonough
Good Evening, Caroline (1909) – see Frank Stanley

William "Mickey" Stevenson

R&B songwriter and record producer born 1/4/1937 in Detroit, Michigan. Worked with Motown in the early days and later with MGM.

Al Stewart

Year of the Cat (1976)

Amii Stewart

Knock on Wood (1979)

Cal Stewart

Singer born in 1856 in Charlotte County, VA. Died 12/7/1919.

Uncle Josh's Arrival in New York (1898)
I'm Old But I'm Awfully Tough (Laughing Song) (1898)
Uncle Josh in Society (1899)
Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent (1904)

Dave Stewart

Half of the Eurythmics and later a producer.

Eurythmics/Annie Lennox: Top 30 Songs

Ian Stewart

Blues-rock keyboardist born Ian Andrew Robert Stewart on 7/18/1938 in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland. Died 12/12/1985. With Blues Incorporated (62) and The Rolling Stones (63-85). Also worked with Howlin' Wolf, Ronnie Lane, Led Zeppelin, and George Thorogood.

Jim Stewart

Record executive with Stax born 7/29/1930 in Middleton, TX.

Redd Stewart

Slow Poke (1951) – see Pee Wee King

Rod Stewart

Rock singer born Roderick David Stewart on 1/10/1945 in Highgate, London, England. With the Shotgun Express (66), Jeff Beck Group (67-69), and The Faces (69-75). Has worked as a solo artist since 1969.

Maggie May (1971)
Reason to Believe (1971)
Mandolin Wind (1971)
You Wear It Well (1972)
Sailing (1975)
Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (1978)
Forever Young (1988)
Have I Told You Lately? (1991)
All for Love (1993) – see Bryan Adams

Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
A Night on the Town (1976)
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-78, charted 1979)
Storyteller (box: 1964-89, released 1989)
Best of (compilation, 1989)

Stiff Little Fingers

Alternative Ulster (1978)

Inflammable Material (1979)

Robert Stigwood

Music manager for the Bee Gees. Produced movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Richard Stilgoe

All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera, 1986) – see Sarah Brightman

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

Al Stillman

Stephen Stills

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Rock singer and guitarist born 1/3/1945 in Dallas, TX. 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).

For What It's Worth (1966) – see Buffalo Springfield
Love the One You're With (1970)

Carry On (box set: 1962-2002, released 2013)


Rock singer and bassist born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner on 10/2/51 in Wallsend, England. 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.

Sting & the Police's DMDB profile page

DMDB podcast "The Best of Sting"

Sting & The Police: Top 60 Songs
Message in a Bottle (live, 1981)
Roxanne (live, 1981)
Russians (1985)
Moon Over Bourbon Street (1985)
They Dance Alone (1987)
Englishman in New York (1987)
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Every Breath You Take (live with Bruce Springsteen, 1988)
The River (live, 1988) – see Bruce Springsteen
All This Time (1990)
The Soul Cages (1991)
It's Probably Me (with Eric Clapton, 1992)
All for Love (1993) – see Bryan Adams
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (1993)
Fields of Gold (1993)
Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me) (1993)
I Hung My Head (1996)
I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying (1996)
Desert Rose (with Cheb Mami, 1999)
Fill Her Up (1999)
Tomorrow We'll See (1999)
Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (2003)
Always on Your Side (2006) – see Sheryl Crow
Practical Arrangement (2013)
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay (2020)

The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
Bring on the Night (live: recorded 1985, released 1986)
Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
The Soul Cages (1991)
Ten Summoner's Tales (1993)
Fields of Gold – The Best of (compilation: 1985-94, released 1994)
Mercury Falling (1996)
Brand New Day (1999)
All This Time (live, 2001)
Very Best of Sting & the Police (compilation: 1978-1999, released 2002)
Sacred Love (2003)
Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)
If on a Winter's Night (Christmas, 2009)
25 Years (box: 1985-2010, released 2011)
The Last Ship (2013)
57th & 9th (2016)
44/876 (with Shaggy, 2018)
Duets (compilation: 2021)
The Bridge (2021)

Michael Stipe

Rock singer/songwriter born John Michael Stipe on 1/4/1960 in Decatur, GA. With R.E.M.

Frederick Stock

Larry Stock

Frank Stokes

Leopold Stokowski

Orchestra conductor born 4/18/1882 in London, England. Died 9/13/1977.

Fantasia (soundtrack: 1940) – see Disney

George Stoll

June in January (1934) – see Bing Crosby
Pennies from Heaven (1936) – see Bing Crosby

Mike Stoller

Songwriter and record producer born 3/13/1933 in Belle Harbor, New York City, NY. Most notable work with partner Jerry Leiber. They were one of the songwriting teams to work in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.

Songs written with Jerry Leiber:
Leiber & Stoller: Top 50 Songs
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

Smokey Joe’s Café (musical: 1995) – see Jerry Leiber

hilp Morris Stoloff

Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic" (1956)

Cliffie Stone

Jesse Stone

Matt Stone

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

Sly Stone

R&B singer/songwriter born Sylvester Stewart on 3/15/1944 in Denton, TX. Helmed Sly & the Family Stone.

Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman

The Titanic (1924)

The Stone Roses

Fools Gold (1989)
I Am the Resurrection (1989)
I Wanna Be Adored (1989)
Love Spreads (1994)

The Stone Roses (1989)

Stone Sour

Bother (2002)
Through Glass (2006)
Say You'll Haunt Me (2010)

Stone Temple Pilots

American rock group associated with the grunge movement of the 1990s. Active:1992-2003, 2008-2013 Members: Scott Weiland (v: 1992-2013), Dean DeLeo (g), Robert DeLeo (b), Eric Kretz (d), Chester Bennington (v: 2013-15).

Wicked Garden (1992)
Sex Type Thing (1992)
Plush (1992)
Creep (1992)
Plush (acoustic, 1993)
Big Empty (1994)
Interstate Love Song (1994)
12 Gracious Melodies (1994)
Sour Girl (1999)

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)

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

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

Gale Storm

Herbert Stothart

The Wizard of Oz (soundtrack: 1939) – see Harold Arlen

Chris Strachwitz

Record executive born Christian Alexander Maria Strachwitz on 7/1/1931 in Gross Reichenau, Lower Silesia, Germany.

George Strait

Country singer born 5/18/1952 in Poteet, TX.

Amarillo by Morning (1983)
All My Ex's Live in Texas (1987)
Love Without End, Amen (1990)
Check Yes Or No (1995)
Murder on Music Row (with Alan Jackson, 2000)
Give It Away (2006)
I Saw God Today (2008)

Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind? (1984)
Blue Clear Sky (1996)
Carrying Your Love with Me (1997)
50 Number Ones (compilation: 1982-2004 released 2004)
It Just Comes Natural (2006)
Troubadour (2008)

Nick Straker Band

A Walk in the Park (1980)

The Stranglers

Golden Brown (1982)

Johann Strauss II

Die Fledermaus (The Bat) (1874)

Richard Strauss

Classical composer born 6/11/1864 in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria. Died 9/8/1949.

Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
Salome (1905)
Elektra (1909)
Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) (1911)
Four Last Songs (1948)

Igor Stravinsky

Classical composer born 6/17/1882 in Oranienbaum, Russia. Died 4/6/1971.

Song(s)/Shorter Piece(s):
Symphony of Psalms (1948)

Album(s)/Longer Work(s):
The Firebird (L'Oiseau de Feu) (ballet, 1910)
Pétrouchka (aka "Petrushka") (ballet, 1911)
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) ballet

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Incense and Peppermints (1967)

The Stray Cats

Rock This Town (1982)

Billy Strayhorn

Jazz songwriter born William Thomas Strayhorn on 11/29/1915 in Dayton, OH. Died 5/31/1967.

The Streets

Dry Your Eyes (2004)

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

Barbra Streisand

Singer born Barbara Joan Streisand on 4/24/1942 in Brooklyn, NY. 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.

Barbra Streisand: Top 50 Songs
People (from Funny Girl, 1964)
Don't Rain on My Parade (from Funny Girl, 1968)
The Way We Were (1973)
Evergreen (Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born') (1976)
The Main Event/Fight (1979)
Woman in Love (1980)
Memory (from Cats, 1981) – see Barbara Streisand

The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
People (1964)
Funny Girl (musical: 1964, soundtrack: 1968) – see Jule Styne
A Star Is Born (with Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack: 1976)
Guilty (1980)
Memories/Love Songs (compilation: 1974-81, released 1981)
The Broadway Album (covers, 1985)

The Strokes

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).

Last Nite (2001)
Hard to Explain (2001)
Bad Decisions (2020)

The Modern Age (EP, 2001)
Is This It (2001)
Room on Fire (2003)
First Impressions of Earth (2006)
Angles (2011)
Comedown Machine (2013)
The New Abnormal (2020)

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

Nolan Strong & the Diablos

The Wind (1954)

Charles Strouse

Songwriter born 6/7/1928 in New York City, NY.

Put on a Happy Face (from Bye Bye Birdie, musical: with Chita Rivera, 1960; soundtrack: with Janet Leigh, 1963) see Dick Van Dyke
Tomorrow (performed by Andrea McCardle, from Annie, composed with Martin Charnin, 1977)
It's a Hard-Knock Life (from Annie, composed with Martin Charnin, 1977)

Bye Bye Birdie (composed with Lee Adams, musical: 1960, soundtrack: 1963)
Applause (composed with Lee Adams, musical: 1970)
Annie (composed with Martin Charnin, musical: 1977)

Marty Stuart

Country/bluegrass singer/songwriter and musician born John Marty Stuart on 9/30/1958 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Has recorded more than 20 studio albums and won 5 Grammys.

Joe Strummer

Punk-rock singer/songwriter born John Graham Mellor on 8/21/1952 in Ankara, Turkey. Died 12/22/2002. With The Clash ("London Calling", "Train in Vain (Stand by Me)", "Rock the Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go").

The Struts

Young & Dangerous (2018)
Strange Days (2020)

The Strypes

Little Victories (2015)

Clyde Stubblefield

R&B drummer with James Brown.

Levi Stubbs

R&B singer with the Four Tops.

St. Vincent

Strange Mercy (2011)
St. Vincent (2014)
Daddy’s Home (2021)

Harry Styles

Sign of the Times (2017)
Watermelon Sugar (2019)
As It Was (2022)

Fine Line (2019)

The Stylistics

Best of (1975)

Jule Styne

Musical theater composer born Julius Kerwin Stein on 12/31/1905 in London, England. Died 9/20/1994.

Song(s) Composed by Styne:
I've Heard That Song Before (1943) – see Harry James
The Party's Over (written with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, performed by Judy Holliday, from Bells Are Ringing, 1956)
Everything's Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy, 1959) – see Ethel Merman
People (from Funny Girl, 1964) – see Barbra Streisand

Bells Are Ringing (musical: 1957)
Gypsy (with Stephen Sondheim, musical: 1959)
Funny Girl (composed with Bob Merrill, musical: 1964, soundtrack: 1968)
Hallelujah, Baby! (composed with Betty Comden & Adolph Green, musical: 1968)


Rock band from Chicago, IL. 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-).

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.

Styx's DMDB profile.

DMDB podcast "The Best of Dennis DeYoung & Styx"

DMDB podcast "The Best of Tommy Shaw & Styx"


Styx et al: Top 100 Songs
What Has Come Between Us (1972)
Lady (1973)
Golden Lark (1974)
Suite Madame Blue (1975)
Mademoiselle (1976)
Crystal Ball (1976)
Come Sail Away (1977)
Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
Renegade (1978)
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978)
Babe (1979)
The Best of Times (1981)
Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
Mr. Roboto (1983)
Music Time (1984)
Love Is the Ritual (1990)
All in a Day's Work (1990)
Dear John (1997)
Everything Is Cool (1999)
Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (2005)

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)
Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
Classics (compilation: 1975-83)
Edge of the Century (1990)
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)
Come Sail Away: The Anthology (compilation: 1972-2003)
Big Bang Theory (covers, 2005)
Regeneration (rerecordings, EP, 2010)
The Mission (2017)
Crash of the Crown (2021)

The DMDB Blog:
The Styx Defense (6/27/10), also on Facebook.


What I Got (1996)
Wrong Way (1997)

Sublime (1996)

Morton Subotnick

Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)

Subway Sect

Ambition (1978)

Suede (aka "London Suede")

The Drowners (1992)
Animal Nitrate (1993)

Suede (1992)
Dog Man Star (1994)


Freak Like Me (2002)


Copper Blue (1992)

The Sugarcubes

Birthday (1988)
Motorcrash (1988)

The Sugarhill Gang

Rapper's Delight (1979)
Apache (Jump on It) (1982)


Stay (2007)

Sugar Ray

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

Suicidal Tendencies

Institutionalized (1983)


Suicide (1977)

Arthur Sullivan

Onward Christian Soldiers (with Sabine Baring-Gould, 1871)

The Pirates of Penzance (with W.S. Gilbert, musical: 1879)

Jazmine Sullivan

Heaux Tales (2021)

Jim "The Reverend" Sullivan

Rock drummer and guitarist with Avenged Sevenfold.

Yma Súmac

Hubert Sumlin

Donna Summer

Disco/R&B singer born Ladonna Adrian Gaines on 12/31/1948 in Boston, MA. Died 5/17/2012.

Donna Summer: Top 20 Songs
Love to Love You Baby (1975)
I Feel Love (1977)
Last Dance (1978)
MacArthur Park (1978)
Hot Stuff (1979)
Bad Girls (1979)
On the Radio (1980)
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)

The Sundays

Here's Where the Story Ends (1990)

Sunnyland Slim

Super Furry Animals

Rings Around the World (2001)


Alright (1995)


Dreamer (1974)
The Logical Song (1979)
Take the Long Way Home (1979)

Crime of the Century (1974)
Breakfast in America (1979)
Classics (compilation: 1974-85, released 1986)

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-