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.

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

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

Song(s):
Smooth Operator (1984)

Album(s):
Diamond Life (1984)
Promise (1985)
Love Deluxe (1992)
Best of (compilation: 1984-93, released 1994)
Lovers Rock (2000)


SSgt Barry Sadler

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


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


Camille Saint-Saens

Classical composer.


Kyu Sakamoto

Song(s):
Sukiyaki (1963)


Salt-N-Pepa

Song(s):
Push It (1987)


Sam & Dave

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

Song(s):
Soul Man (1967)


Richie Sambora


Joe Sample

Jazz pianist.


Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

Song(s):
Wooly Bully (1965)


Emeli Sandé

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

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


Felicia Sanders

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


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

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.

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)
Why Don’t You and I? (with Chad Kroeger or Alex Band, 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
When I Grow Too Old to Dream (1935) – see Glen Gray


Peter Sarstedt

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


Steve Sater

Album(s):
Spring Awakening (cast: 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

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)


Dick Scanlan

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


Scarface


Domenico Scarlatti

Classical composer.


Michael Schenker


Lalo Schifrin

Song(s):
Mission Impossible (1968)


Don Schlitz

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

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


Harvey Schmidt

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

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


Timothy B. Schmit


Al Schmitt


Alexander Schneider


Florian Schneider

Member of Kraftwerk.


Arnold Schoenberg

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

Album(s):
Verklärte Nacht (1899)
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

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.

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

Album(s):
Les Misérables (composed with Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer, stage debut: 1980, cast: 1985, soundtrack: 2012)
Miss Saigon (composed with Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., cast: 1989)


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)
Winterreise (1827)
Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)
String Quintet in C major (1828)


William Schuman

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


Robert Schumann

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

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


Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Song(s):
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.

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

Album(s):
Wicked (cast: 2003)


Peter Schilling

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


Al Schmitt


Scissor Sisters

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

Album(s):
Scissor Sisters (2004)


The Scorpions

Song(s):
No One Like You (1982)
Rock You Like a Hurricane (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.


Jill Scott

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


Jimmy Scott


Travis Scott

Song(s):
Sicko Mode (with Drake, 2018)


Gil Scott-Heron

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


The Script

Song(s):
Breakeven (2008)


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.


Seal

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

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

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


Jay Sean

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


The Searchers

Song(s):
Needles and Pins (1964)


John Sebastian


Neil Sedaka

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

Song(s):
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1962)


The Seeds

Song(s):
Pushin’ Too Hard (1966)


Pete Seeger

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

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

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


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)


Seether


Bob Seger (& the Silver Bullet Band)

Rock singer/songwriter (“Turn the Page”) 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).

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: 1972-94, released 1994)


Andrés Segova

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


Ben Selvin

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

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


Sepultura

Album(s):
Roots (1996)


Rudolf Serkin

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


Roger Sessions

Composer.


Keala Settle

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


Seven Dwarfs

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


David Seville

Song(s):
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 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 Shadows

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

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


The Shadows of Knight

Song(s):
Gloria (1966)


Shaggy

Song(s):
It Wasn’t Me (with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent, 2000)
Angel (with Rayvon, 2000)

Album(s):
Hotshot (2000)


Marc Shaiman

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

Album(s):
Hairspray (composed with Scott Wittman, cast: 2003)


Shakespear’s Sister

Song(s):
Stay (1992)


Shakira

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

Song(s):
Whenever, Wherever (2001)
Underneath Your Clothes (2002)

Hips Don’t Lie (with Wycelf Jean, 2006)
Beautiful Liar (2007) – see Beyoncé
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (with Freshlyground, 2010)
Chantaje (with Maluma, 2016)
La Bicicleta (2016) – see Carlos Vives

Album(s):
Laundry Service (2001)


Tupac Shakur (2pac)

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

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

Album(s):
Me Against the World (1995)
All Eyez on Me (1996)
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (recorded as Makaveli, 1996)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1991-98, released 1998)

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


The Shangri-La’s

Song(s):
Leader of the Pack (1964)


Ravi Shankar


Del Shannon

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

Song(s):
Runaway (1961)


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.

Song(s):
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

Song(s):
Puppet on a String (1967)


George Beverly Shea

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


Al Shean

See Gallagher & Shean.


George Shearing

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


Billy Sheehan


Bobby Sheehan


Ed Sheeran

Song(s):
The A Team (2011)
Thinking Out Loud (2014)
Photograph (2014)
Love Yourself (co-writer, 2015) – see Justin Bieber
Shape of You (2017)
Perfect (with Beyoncé, 2017)

Album(s):
(Plus) (2011)
X (Multiply) (2014)
÷ (Divide) (2017)


Duncan Sheik

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


Steve Shelley


Blake Shelton

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


Shep & the Limelites

Song(s):
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.


T.G. Sheppard

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


Richard Sherman

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


Robert Sherman

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


Billy Sherrill

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


Lew Sherwood

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


Nat Shilkret

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

Song(s):
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (1926) – see Gene Austin
I Know That You Know (1927)
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)


Shinedown

Song(s):
Second Chance (2008)


Johnny Shines

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


The Shirelles

Song(s):
Dedicated to the One I Love (1959)
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
Soldier Boy (1962)


The Shocking Blue

Song(s):
Venus (1969)


Stephen H. Sholes


Dinah Shore

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

Song(s):
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (1943)
I’ll Walk Alone (1944)
Buttons and Bows (& Her Harper Valley Boys, 1948)


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.

Song(s):
Speak No Evil (1964)


Dmitri Shostakovich

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

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


Showaddywaddy

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


Mike Shrieve


Mort Shuman

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


Dick Shurman


Sia


Titanium (2011) – see David Guetta
Wild Ones (2011) – see Flo Rida
Diamonds (co-writer, 2012) – see Rihanna
Chandelier (2014)
Cheap Thrills (with Sean Paul, 2016)


Jean Sibelius

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

Album(s):
Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)


Carl Sigman


Sigur Ros

Album(s):
Agaetis Byrjun (2000)


Silentó


Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (2015)


The Silhouettes

Song(s):
Get a Job (1958)


Beverly Sills

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


Horace Silver

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

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

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


Silversun Pickups


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

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 (compilation: 1964-70, released 1972)
The Concert in Central Park (live, 1981)


Carly Simon

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

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

Album(s):
No Secrets (1973)


Joe Simon

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


Paul Simon

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

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)


George T. Simon


Nina Simone

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

Song(s):
I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
Mississippi Goddam (1964)
Feeling Good (1965)
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969)

Album(s):
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

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)


Sturgill Simpson

Song(s):
In Bloom (2016)


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

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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.

Song(s):
Frank Sinatra: Top 100 Songs
All or Nothing at All (1939) – see Harry James)
I’ll Never Smile Again (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
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)
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)
Luck Be a Lady (from Guys and Dolls, 1950)
I’ve Got the World on a String (1953)
Young at Heart (1954)
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)
It Was a Very Good Year (1965)
Strangers in the Night (1966)
Summer Wind (1966)
Somethin’ Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra, 1967)
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)
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.

Song(s):
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ (1966)
Somethin’ Stupid (1967) – see Frank Sinatra


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)


Sister Hazel

Song(s):
All for You (1997)


Sisters of Mercy

Album(s):
Floodland (1987)


Sixpence None the Richer

Song(s):
Kiss Me (1998)


Sizzla

Album(s):
Black Woman & Child (1997)


Ricky Skaggs

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


Skepta

Song(s):
Shutdown (2015)

Album(s):
Konnichiwa (2016)


Skid Row

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

Album(s):
Skid Row (1989)


Skyhooks

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


Slade

Song(s):
Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)

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


Chris Slade

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


Slash

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


Leonard Slatkin

Orchestra conductor.


Slayer

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

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

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

Song(s):
When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)


Sister Sledge

Song(s):
We Are Family (1979)


The Skyliners

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


Slaughter

Song(s):
Up All Night (1990)


Slick Rick

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

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


Slim


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. 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)
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.

Song(s):
Tin Soldier (1967)
Itchycoo Park (1967)

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


Ed Smalle

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


Charlie Smalls

Album(s): The Wiz (cast: 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.

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)


Smash Mouth


All Star (1999)


Adrian Smith


Bessie Smith

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

Song(s):
Down Hearted Blues (1923)
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, released 1997)


Carl Smith

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


Chad Smith


Clarence “Pinetop” Smith

Song(s):
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie (1929)


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.


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)


Jimmy Smith

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


Joseph B. Smith


Joseph C. Smith

Song(s):
Smiles (1918) – see Harry MacDonough


Kate Smith

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

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


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

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

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)
Writing’s on the Wall (2015)
Too Good at Goodbyes (2017)

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


Sammi Smith

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

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

Song(s):
Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991)
Men in Black (1997)

Album(s):
He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988)
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)

Song(s):
Top 50 Songs: The Smiths/Morrissey
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 (archives, 1984)
Meat Is Murder (1985)
The Queen Is Dead (1986)
The World Won’t Listen (archives, 1987)
Louder Than Bombs (archives, 1987)
Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)


Patty Smyth

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


Snap!

Song(s):
Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)


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.

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

Album(s):
Doggystyle (1993)


Hank Snow

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

Song(s):
I'm Moving On (1950)


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 (from Pal Joey, 1950)


Ted Snyder


Social Distortion

Album(s):
Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)


Soft Cell

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

Song(s):
Tainted Love (1981)


The Soft Machine

Album(s):
The Soft Machine (1968)


Machiko Soga

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


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.

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

Album(s):
Candide (cast: 1956) – see Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story (cast: 1957, soundtrack: 1961) – see Leonard Bernstein
Gypsy (cast: 1959) – see Jule Styne, cast: 1959)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (cast: 1962)
Company (cast, 1970)
A Little Night Music (cast: 1973)
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast: 1979)
Sunday in the Park with George (cast: 1984)
Passion (cast: 1994)


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

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 Members:

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)


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 (1959)


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

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

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

Song(s):
The Washington Post March (1895)
The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897, new version: 1901)
American Patrol (1901)


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.


Spandau Ballet

Song(s):
True (1983)


The Spaniels

Song(s):
Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight (1954)


Otis Spann

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

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


Pervis Spann


Britney Spears

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

Song(s):
Baby One More Time (1998)
Oops! I Did It Again (2000)

Toxic (2004)

Womanizer (2008)

3 (2009)

Hold It Against Me (2011)

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

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Pop/rock producer born 12/26/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Noted for developing the “Wall of Sound” approach to recording. Worked with the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, and the Shirelles.

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, 1958-1969)
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. Drummer on Jefferson Airplane’s debut album (1966’s Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) before co-founding Moby Grape (1966-69) as a psychedelic-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. Career plagued by drug addictions and mental health problems.

Album(s):
Oar (1969)


Elizabeth Spencer

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


Grace Spencer

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


Len Spencer

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

Song(s):
Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay (1892)
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892)
Ma Tiger Lily (1900)
Arkansaw Traveler (1902)


Spice Girls

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

Song(s):
Wannabe (1996)
2 Become 1 (1996)

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


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-)

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

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.

Song(s):
Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs
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

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

Song(s):
The Look of Love (1967)

Album(s):
Dusty in Memphis (1969)


Rick Springfield

Song(s):
Jessie’s Girl (1981)


Bruce Springsteen

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).

Song(s):
Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs
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)
Thunder Road (live, 1995) – see Melissa Etheridge
American Skin (41 Shots) (recorded 1999, released 2001)
The Rising (2002)
Radio Nowhere (2007)
Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)

Album(s):
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)
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)
The Rising (2002)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-2002, released 2003; reissued in 2015, covered 1973-2014)
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)
Chapter and Verse (compilation: 1966-2012, released 2016)
Western Stars (2019)

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


Squeeze

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”).

Song(s):
Up the Junction (1979)
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

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).

Song(s):
Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
You Belong to Me (1952)


Staind


Chris Stamp

Music manager for the Who and Jimi Hendrix.


Joe Stampley

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


The Standells

Song(s):
Dirty Water (1966)


The Stanley Brothers

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


Aileen Stanley

Song(s):
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).

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


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


Chris Stapleton

Album(s):
Traveller (2015)


Jack Stapp


Stardust

Song(s):

Music Sounds Better with You (1998)


Alvin Stardust

Song(s):
My Coo-Ca-Chooo (1973)


Zak Starkey


Starland Vocal Band

Song(s):
Afternoon Delight (1976)


Edwin Starr

Song(s):
War (1970)


Kay Starr

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

Song(s):
Wheel of Fortune (1952)


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”).


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).

Song(s):
We Built This City (1985)


Stars on 45

Song(s):
Medley I (1981)


Static Major

Song(s):
Lollipop (2008) – see Lil Wayne


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 (1919)
The Love Nest (1920)


Jon Steele & Sandra

Song(s):
My Happiness (1948)


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

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

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

Albums:
Gone with the Wind (soundtrack, 1939)


Jim Steinman

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 (1977) – see Meat Loaf
Bat Out of Hell (1979) – 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


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

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.


Stereo MC’s

Album(s):
Connected (1992)


Stereophonics

Album(s):
Word Gets Around (1997)


Cat Stevens

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

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

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


Rise Stevens


Shakin’ Stevens

Singer/songwriter born Michael Barratt on 3/4/1948 in Ely, Wales.

Song(s):
This Ole House (1981)


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 (1909) – see Frank Stanley


William “Mickey” Stevenson


Amii Stewart

Song(s):
Knock on Wood (1979)


Cal Stewart

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

Song(s):
Uncle Josh in Society (1899)
Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent (1904)


Dave Stewart

Half of the Eurythmics and later a producer.

Song(s):
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

Song(s):
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.

Song(s):
Maggie May (1971)
Sailing (1975)
Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (1978)
All for Love (1993) – see Bryan Adams

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


Stiff Little Fingers

Song(s):
Alternative Ulster (1978)

Album(s):
Inflammable Material (1979)


Robert Stigwood

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


Richard Stilgoe

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

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

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.

Song(s):
Sting & The Police: Top 60 Songs
Message in a Bottle (live) (1981)
They Dance Alone (1987)
The Soul Cages (1991)
All for Love (1993) – see Bryan Adams

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 (compilation: 1985-94, released 1994)
Mercury Falling (1996)
Brand New Day (1999)
Sacred Love (2003)
Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)


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.

Album(s):
Fantasia (soundtrack, 1940) – see Disney


George Stoll

Song(s):
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


hilp Morris Stoloff


Cliffie Stone


Jesse Stone


Matt Stone

Album(s):
The Book of Mormon (cast: 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

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

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).

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 (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.

Song(s):
Amarillo by Morning (1983)

Album(s):
Blue Clear Sky (1996)


Nick Straker Band

Song(s):
A Walk in the Park (1980)


The Stranglers

Song(s):
Golden Brown (1982)


Richard Strauss

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

Album(s):
Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) (1911)


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


The Stray Cats

Song(s):
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

Song(s):
Dry Your Eyes (2004)

Album(s):
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.

Song(s):
Barbra Streisand: Top 50 Songs
People (from Funny Girl, 1964)
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

Album(s):
The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
People (1964)
Funny Girl (cast: 1964, soundtrack: 1968) – see Jule Styne
A Star Is Born (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).

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

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

Song(s):
Put on a Happy Face (from Bye Bye Birdie, cast: 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)

Albums(s):
Bye Bye Birdie (composed with Lee Adams, cast: 1960)
Applause (composed with Lee Adams, cast: 1970)
Annie (cast album composed with Martin Charnin, 1977)


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”).


Clyde Stubblefield


Levi Stubbs

R&B singer with the Four Tops.


St. Vincent

Albums(s):
St. Vincent (2014)


Harry Styles

Song(s):
Sign of the Times (2017)


The Stylistics

Album(s):
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

Album(s):
Bells Are Ringing (cast: 1957)
Gypsy (with Stephen Sondheim, cast: 1959)
Funny Girl (composed with Bob Merrill, performed by Barbra Streisand, cast: 1964, soundtrack: 1968)
Hallelujah, Baby! (composed with Betty Comden & Adolph Green, cast: 1968)


Styx

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.

Song(s):
Suite Madame Blue (1975)
Come Sail Away (1977)
Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
Renegade (1978)
Babe (1979)
The Best of Times (1981)
Mr. Roboto (1983)

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 (covers, 2005)

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

Album(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 Sugarcubes

Song(s):
Birthday (1988)


The Sugarhill Gang

Song(s):
Rapper’s Delight (1979)
Apache (Jump on It) (1982)


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

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

Song(s):
Donna Summer: Top 20 Songs
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)


The Sundays

Song(s):
Here’s Where the Story Ends (1990)


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)


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):
Diana Ross/The Supremes: Top 50 Songs
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: 1962-76, released 1986)


The Surfaris

Song(s):
Wipe Out (1963)


Survivor

Song(s):
Eye of the Tiger (1982)


Billy Swan

Song(s):
I Can Help (1974)


Swan Silvertones

Song(s):
Mary Don’t You Weep (1959)


Gladys Swarthout


Keith Sweat

R&B singer/songwriter born 7/22/1961 in Harlem, NY.


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

Singer born Taylor Alison Swift on 12/13/1989 in Reading, PA. Started out as a country singer and switched to pop.

Song(s):
Taylor Swift: Top 50 Songs
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)
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (2016) – see Zayn

Album(s):
Taylor Swift (2006)
Fearless (2008)
Speak Now (2010)
Red (2012)
1989 (2014)
Reputation (2017)


The Swinging Blue Jeans

Song(s):
Hippy Hippy Shake (1963)


Swizz Beatz

Record executive (Full Surface). Married to singer Alicia Keys.


Roosevelt Sykes

Blues musican born 1/31/1906 in Elmar, AR. Died 7/17/1983.


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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