Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
I Got You (1980)
Beginning of the Enz (1973)
Mental Notes (1975)
True Colours (1980)
Time and Tide (1982)
Conflicting Emotions (1983)
See Ya Round (1984)
Born: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on 4/16/1939 Died: 3/2/1999
British blue-eyed soul singer.
The Look of Love (1967)
Dusty in Memphis (1969)
Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist known as "The Boss." Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greewich Village in the mid-60’s. Formed E-Street Band in 1973 with Clarence Clemons (sax: 73-85,95), David Sancious (k: 73), Danny Federici (k: 73,78-89,95), Gary Tallent (b: 73-89,95), Vincent Lopez (d: 73), Steve Van Zandt (g: 75-85), Roy Bittan (k: 75-95), Max Weinberg (d: 75-89,95; musical director for Late Night with Conan O’Brien: 93), Nils Lofgren (g: 88-89,95), Patty Scialfa (backing vox: 88-), Randy Jackson (b: 92), Jeff Porcaro (d: 92). Married to model/ actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.
Born: 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
Born to Run (1975)
Thunder Road (1975)
Dancing in the Dark (1984)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
I’m on Fire (1985)
Brilliant Disguise (1987)
Tunnel of Love (1987)
Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
The Rising (2002)
Radio Nowhere (2007)
Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)
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)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
Live 1975/1985 (with the E Street Band, 1985) live box
Tunnel of Love (1987)
Human Touch (1992)
Lucky Town (1992)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-95)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
The Rising (2002)
Devils & Dust (2005)
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) covers
Working on a Dream (2009)
Wrecking Ball (2012)
The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 62 Bruce Springsteen Songs (9/23/11)
Jon Landau wrote about Bruce Springsteen: May 22, 1974 (5/22/12)
Cool for Cats (1979)
East Side Story (1981)
Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
Babylon and On (1987)
Some Fantastic Place (1993)
Cradle to the Grave (2015)
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).
Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
You Belong to Me (1952)
Music manager for the Who and Jimi Hendrix.
American country singer.
Dirty Water (1966)
The Stanley Brothers
Rank Stranger (1960)
Everybody Loves My Baby (1925)
Born: 12/29/1868 Died: 12/12/1910
American singer and banjoist; 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)
The Staple Singers
Respect Yourself (1971)
Uncloudy Day (1971)
I’ll Take You There (1972)
Soul Folk in Action (1968)
Afternoon Delight (1976)
War (w. Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, 1970)
Born: Katherine Laverne Starks on 7/21/1922 in Dougherty, OK Died: 11/3/2016
Wheel of Fortune (1952)
Pop songwriter best known for his work with New Kids on the Block.
British rock drummer with the Beatles (“Yellow Submarine”, “With a Little Help from My Friends”).
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).
Lollipop (with Lil’ Wayne, 2008)
The Statler Brothers
Flowers on the Wall (1965)
Stuck in the Middle with You (1973)
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (w. Irving Berlin, 1919)
The Love Nest (1920)
Handsworth Revolution (1978)
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 (1973)
Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)
Pretzel Logic (1974)
Katy Lied (1975)
The Royal Scam (1976)
Two Against Nature (2000)
Ska/alternative-rock singer with No Doubt (“Just a Girl”, “Don’t Speak”). Also a solo artist.
Hollaback Girl (2005)
Record executive (Sire, Warner Bros.).
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)
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)
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).
Started in musical theatre, but found his greatest fame when he teamed with Meat Loaf to write songs for the legendary Bat Out of Hell in 1977. He also returned to Broadway, teaming with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical Whistle Down the Wind. His repertoire has sold more than 190 million records.
Songs written by Steinman:
Paradise by the Dashboard Light (performed by Meat Loaf, 1977)
Bat Out of Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1979)
Total Eclipse of the Heart (performed by Bonnie Tyler, 1983)
Making Love Out of Nothing at All (performed by Air Supply, 1983)
I'd Do Anything for Love, But I Won't Do That (performed by Meat Loaf, 1993)
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (performed by Celine Dion, 1996)
Albums written by Steinman:
Bat Out of Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1977)
Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (performed by Meat Loaf, 1993)
Bonaparte’s Retreat (1937)
Born to Be Wild (1968)
Magic Carpet Ride (1968)
Andrew B. Sterling
Three-quarters of the Peerless Quartet.
Active: 1916-1922 Members: Henry Burr (tenor), Albert Campbell (tenor), John Meyer (bass)
Born: 7/21/1920 Died: 9/22/2001
Word Gets Around (1997)
British pop/folk singer/songwriter.
Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
Catch Bull at Four (1972)
Are You Sincere? (1908)
Born: Michael Barratt in Ely, Wales on 3/4/1948 Died:
Singer who is believed to have also recorded under the pseudonym “Miss Walton.”
Shine on, Harvest Moon (1909) – see Harry MacDonough
Good Evening, Caroline (with Elise Stevenson, 1909)
Knock on Wood (1979)
Born: 1856 Died: 12/7/1919
Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent (1904)
Record executive with Stax.
Slow Poke (1951) – see Pee Wee King
Rock singer with the Shotgun Express (66), Jeff Beck Group (67-69), and The Faces (69-75). Has worked as a solo artist since 1969.
Born: Roderick David Stewart on 1/10/1945 in London
Maggie May (1971)
Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (1978)
Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
A Night on the Town (1976)
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
Best of (compilation, 1989)
Born: 3/15/1944 Died:
R&B singer/songwriter who helmed Sly & the Family Stone.
Stiff Little Fingers
Alternative Ulster (1978)
Inflammable Material (1979)
Music manager for the Bee Gees. Produced movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
Phantom of the Opera (1986) – see Andrew Lloyd Webber
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).
Born: Gordon Sumner on 10/2/51 in Wallsend, England
Rock singer and bassist with Last Exit, Strontium 90 (77), Nuclear Waste (77), The Police (77-86, 07-08). Solo artist since 1981. Nicknamed “Sting” because of a yellow and black jersey he used to wear. In movies Quadrophenia, Dune, The Bride, Plenty, and others. Married actress/producer Trudie Styler in 1992.
Message in a Bottle (live) (1981)
They Dance Alone (1987)
The Soul Cages (1991)
The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
The Soul Cages (1991)
Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993)
Fields of Gold – The Best of Sting 1984-1994 (compilation: 1985-1994)
Mercury Falling (1996)
Brand New Day (1999)
Sacred Love (2003)
Songs from the Labyrinth (2006)
The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 60 Songs of Sting & The Police (10/4/11)
Rock singer/songwriter with R.E.M.
Born: 4/18/1882 Died: 9/13/1977
British-born American orchestra conductor.
Fantasia (ST, 1956)
June in January (1934) – see Bing Crosby
Pennies from Heaven (1936) – see Bing Crosby
American songwriter and record producer. Most notable work with partner Jerry Leiber.
Songs written by Stoller with Jerry Leiber:
Hound Dog (1953) – see Big Mama Thornton
Hound Dog (1956) – see Elvis Presley
Searchin’ (1957) – see the Coasters
Young Blood (1957) – see the Coasters
Jailhouse Rock (1957) – see Elvis Presley
Yakety Yak (1958) – see the Coasters
Kansas City (1959) – see Wilbert Harrison
Love Potion No. 9 (1959) – see the Clovers
There Goes My Baby (1959) – see the Drifters
Spanish Harlem (1960) – see Ben E. King
Stand by Me (1961) – see Ben E. King
On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
Is That All There Is? (1969) – see Peggy Lee
Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman
The Titanic (1924)
Fools Gold (1989)
I Am the Resurrection (1989)
I Wanna Be Adored (1989)
The Stone Roses (1989)
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).
Interstate Love Song (1994)
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)
The Wizard of Oz (w. Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, & Herbert Stothart; 1939) ST
American country singer.
Amarillo by Morning (1983)
Blue Clear Sky (1996)
Nick Straker Band
A Walk in the Park (1980)
Native Sons (1987)
Golden Brown (1982)
Born: 6/11/1864 Died: 9/8/1949
German classical composer.
Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
Der Rosenkavalier (1911)
Born: 6/17/1882 Died: 4/6/1971
Symphony of Psalms (1948)
L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (1910) ballet
Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913) ballet
Petrouchka (?) ballet
The Stray Cats
Rock This Town (1982)
Born: 11/29/1915 Died: 5/31/1967
Dry Your Eyes (2004)
Original Pirate Material (2002)
A Grand Don’t Come for Free (2004)
Ranked as Billboard magazine’s all-time #2 Adult Contemporary Artist (behind Elton John) according to Joel Whitburn’s Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2006). Made Broadway debut in 1962 in I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Lead role in Broadway’s Funny Girl n 1964. Movie debut in Funny Girl in 1968 (tied with Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress Oscar). Also starred in A Star Is Born, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, and others. Produced/directed/starred in the movies Yentl and Prince of Tides. Married to actor Elliott Gould from 1963-1971.
Born: Barbara Joan Streisand on 4/24/42 in Brooklyn, NY
The Way We Were (1973)
Evergreen (Love Theme from 'A Star Is Born') (1976)
Woman in Love (1980)
The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
Funny Girl (cast, 1964)
A Star Is Born (soundtrack, 1976)
Love Songs (1982)
The Broadway Album (covers, 1985)
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)
Is This It (2001)
Room on Fire (2003)
First Impressions of Earth (2006)
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
Born: 8/21/1952 in Turkey Died: 12/22/2002
British punk-rock singer/songwriter with The Clash (“London Calling”, “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”, “Rock the Casbah”, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”).
R&B singer with the Four Tops.
St. Vincent (2014)
Best of (1975)
Born: 12/31/1905 Died: 9/20/1994
Musical theater songwriter.
Song(s) Composed by Styne:
I’ve Heard That Song Before (1943) – see Harry James
Bells Are Ringing (cast: 1958)
Gypsy (with Stephen Sondheim, cast: 1959)
Funny Girl (composed with Bob Merrill, cast: 1964)
Rock band from Chicago, IL. The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.
Active: 1969-1984, 1990- Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).
Golden Lark (1974)
Suite Madame Blue (1975)
Come Sail Away (1977)
Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
The Best of Times (1981)
Styx I (1972)
Styx II (1973)
The Serpent Is Rising (1974)
Man of Miracles (1974)
Crystal Ball (1976)
The Grand Illusion (1977)
Pieces of Eight (1978)
Paradise Theater (1981)
Kilroy Was Here (1983)
Edge of the Century (1990)
Brave New World (1999)
Big Bang Theory (2005) covers
The DMDB Blog:
The Styx Defense (6/27/10), also on Facebook.
What I Got (1996)
Wrong Way (1997)
Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)
Suede (aka “London Suede”)
Dog Man Star (1994)
Copper Blue (1992)
Rapper’s Delight (1979)
Fly (with Super Cat, 1997)
Every Morning (1998)
Jim “The Reverend” Sullivan
Born: 12/31/1948 Died: 5/17/2012
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)
Super Furry Animals
Rings Around the World (2001)
The Logical Song (1979)
Crime of the Century (1974)
Breakfast in America (1979)
Famous Last Words (1982)
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)
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)
Anthology (compilation: 1969)
Wipe Out (1963)
Eye of the Tiger (1982)
Mary Don’t You Weep (1959)
Swedish House Mafia
Don’t You Worry Child (with John Martin, 2012)
Under the Covers (with Susanna Hoffs, 2006)
Under the Covers 2 (with Susanna Hoffs, 2009)
American country/pop singer.
Love Story (2008)
You Belong with Me (2008)
White Horse (2008)
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2012)
I Knew You Were Trouble (2012)
Shake It Off (2014)
Blank Space (2014)
Bad Blood (2014)
Taylor Swift (2006)
Speak Now (2010)
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Hippy Hippy Shake (1963)
Record executive (Full Surface). Married to singer Alicia Keys.
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).
Chop Suey (2001)
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