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Click on a letter to choose a recording act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards (see more here), short bios for select acts (generally taken or adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to all albums reviewed here at the DMDB.

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Tag Team

Song(s):

  • Whoomp! There It Is (1993)

    Take That

    Song(s):

  • Could It Be Magic (1992)
  • Pray (1993)
  • Back for Good (1995)
  • Patience (2006)
  • Shine (2007)

    Album(s):

  • Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection (compilation, 2005)
  • Beautiful World (2006)

    Talking Heads

    Alternative/experimental rock band based out of New York City, NY. Each member did a lot of production work for other artists. Weymouth and Frantz also worked in Tom Tom Club and Gorillaz together.

    Active: 1974-91 Members: David Byrne (v/g: 74-91), Jerry Harrison (k/g: 77-91), husband-wife team Tina Weymouth (b: 74-91) and Chris Frantz (d: 74-91)

    Song(s):

  • Psycho Killer (1978)
  • Life During Wartime (1979)
  • Cross-Eyed and Painless (1980)
  • Once in a Lifetime (1981)
  • Burning Down the House (1983)

    Album(s):

  • 77 (1977)
  • More Songs about Buildings and Food (1978)
  • Fear of Music (1979)
  • Remain in Light (1980)
  • Speaking in Tongues (1983)
  • Stop Making Sense (live soundtrack, 1983)
  • Little Creatures (1985)

    Talk Talk

    Album(s):

  • Spirit of Eden (1988)

    Talk Talk

    Album(s):

  • Spem in Alium, Motel for 40 Voices (1570)

    Shel Talmy

    About: Producer for the Who and The Kinks.


    Tampa Red

    Born: Hudson Woodbridge (but known as Hudson Whitaker) on 1/8/1904 Died: 3/19/1981

    Blues musician.


    Tangerine Dream

    Album(s):

  • Phaedra (1974)

    Elmo Tanner

    Song(s):

  • Heartaches (with Ted Weems, 1947)

    Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers

    Song(s):

  • Down Yonder (1934)

    Mabel Wilson Tatro

    Song(s):

  • The Suncook Town Tragedy (1930)

    Art Tatum

    Born: 10/13/1909 Died: 11/5/1956

    The greatest pianist in jazz history, admired even by classical virtuosos. Blind most of his life.

    Song(s):

  • Tea for Two (1939)
  • Sweet Lorraine (1940)

    Album(s):

  • The Genius of Art Tatum, Vols. 1-13 (1955)

    Bernie Taupin

    Born: Bernard John Taupin on 5/22/1950 Died:

    Pop songwriter most noted as Elton John’s regular writing partner (“Your Song”, “Candle in the Wind”).


    Billy Taylor

    Born: 7/24/1921 Died:

    Jazz pianist.


    Eddie Taylor

    Born: 1/29/1923 in Benoit, MI Died: 12/25/1985

    Blues guitarist.


    Hound Dog Taylor

    Born: Theodore Roosevelt Taylor on 4/12/1915 Died: 12/17/1975

    Blues guitarist.

    Album(s):

  • Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers (1971)

    James Taylor

    Born: 3/12/1948 Died:

    American pop/folk/adult contemporary singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Fire and Rain (1970)
  • You’ve Got a Friend (written by Carole King, 1971)

    Album(s):

  • Sweet Baby James (1970)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation, 1970-1976)
  • Hourglass (1997)

    Johnnie Taylor

    Born: 5/5/1937 Died: 5/31/2000

    American R&B singer (“Disco Lady").


    Koko Taylor

    Born: Cora Walton on 9/28/1928 in Shelby County, TN Died: 6/3/2009

    American blues singer.


    Mick Taylor


    Roger Taylor

    Born: 7/26/1949 Died:

    British rock drummer and songwriter with Queen.


    Austen Tayshun

    Song(s):

  • Australiana (1983)

    Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

    Born: 5/7/1840 Died: 11/6/1893

    Russian classical composer (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake).

    Song(s):

  • 1812 Overture (1880)

    Album(s):

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 (1874)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B Minor (1893)
  • Captricco Italien (?)

    Jack Teagarden

    Born: 8/20/1905 in Vernon, TX Died: 1/15/1964

    Jazz/big band leader.


    Tears for Fears

    Song(s):

  • Everybody Wants to Rule the World (1985)
  • Head Over Heels (1985)

    Album(s):

  • The Hurting (1983)
  • Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  • The Seeds of Love (1989)
  • Elemental (1993)
  • Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995)
  • Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)

    Renata Tebaldi


    Teenage Fanclub

    Album(s):

  • Bandwagonesque (1991)

    Tee Set

    Song(s):

  • Ma Belle Amie (1969)

    Tinie Tempah

    Song(s):

  • Pass Out (2010)

    Teletubbies

    Song(s):

  • Teletubbies Say ‘Eh-Oh’

    Television

    About: American punk-rock band from the early ‘70s New York underground rock scene.

    Active: 1973-78, 1992-93, 2001- Members: Tom Verlaine (v/g/k: 73-), Richard Hell (v/b: 73-75), Richard Lloyd (g/v: 73-07), Billy Ficca (d: 73-), Fred Smith (b/v: 75-), Jimmy Rip (g: 07-)

    Song(s):

  • Little Johnny Jewel (year?)

    Album(s):

  • Marquee Moon (1977)

    Temple of the Dog

    About: One-time Seattle-based tribute project. Members of Soundgarden (Cornell, Cameron) assembled with future members of Pearl Jam (Gossard, Ament, Vedder, McCready) as a tribute to Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose. Cornell had been friends with him and Gossard and Ament were bandmates with him in Mother Love Bone. Album became popular after Pearl Jam’s phenomenal success with 1991’s Ten and Soundgarden’s breakthrough with their album Badmotorfinger from the same year.

    Active: 1990-91 Members: Chris Cornell (v), Stone Gossard (g), Jeff Ament (b), Eddie Vedder (v), Mike McCready (g), Matt Cameron (d).

    Album(s):

  • Temple of the Dog (1990)

    Shirley Temple

    Song(s):

  • On the Good Ship Lollipop (1935)

    Ted Templeman

    About: Producer for The Doobie Brothers and Van Halen.


    The Temptations

    Detroit R&B group. Originally called The Primes and Elgins. First recorded for Miracle in 1961.

    Active: 1960- Members: Eddie Kendricks (60-71), Paul Williams (60-71; died 8/17/73), Melvin Franklin (died 2/23/95), Otis Williams, Elbridge Bryant (60-64), David Ruffin (64-68), Dennis Edwards (Contours, Temptations: 68-77, 79-84, 87-), Ricky Owens (Vibrations, Temptations: 71-?), Richard Street (71-), Damon Harris (71-75), Glenn Leonard (75-), Louis Price (77-79), Ali Ollie Woodson (84-87), Ron Tyson (88-)

    Song(s):

  • My Girl (1964)
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (written by Norman Whitfield and Edward Holland Jr., 1966)
  • Just My Imagination Running Away with Me (written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, 1971)
  • Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, 1972)

    10cc

    Song(s):

  • I’m Not in Love (1975)

    Teresa Teng


    Tammi Terrell

    Song(s):

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (with Marvin Gaye, 1967)

    Terrorvision

    Album(s):

  • How to Make Friends and Influence People (1994)
    Clark Terry

    Born: 12/14/1920 Died:

    American jazz trumpeter.


    Sonny Terry

    Born: Saunders Terrell on 10/24/1911 Died: 3/11/1986

    Blues musician.


    Joe Tex


    Thalia


    Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Born: Rosetta Nubin on 3/20/1915 Died: 10/9/1973

    American gospel and blues singer and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Down by the Riverside (1944)
  • Strange Things Happening Every Day (1945)
  • This Train (year?)

    Blanche Theborn


    Them

    Song(s):

  • Gloria (1965)

    Jon Theodore


    Therapy?

    Album(s):

  • Trouble Gum (1994)

    These New Puritans

    Album(s):

  • Hidden (2010)

    Thin Lizzy

    Album(s):

  • Live and Dangerous (1977) live

    Third Eye Blind

    Song(s):

  • Semi-Charmed Life (1997)

    3rd Matinee

    Album(s):

  • Meanwhile (1994)

    The Thirteenth Floor Elevators

    Album(s):

  • The Psychedelic Sounds of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators (1966)
  • Easter Everywhere (1967)

    This Mortal Coil

    Song(s):

  • Song to the Siren (1983)

    Sandi Thom

    Song(s):

  • I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker with Flowers in My Hair (2005)

    B.J. Thomas

    Born: 8/7/1942 Died:

    American pop singer.

    Song(s):

  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1969)
  • Hey, Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (1975)

    Bruce Thomas


    Carla Thomas


    Charlie Thomas


    Chris Thomas

    Born: 1/13/1947

    British producer for The Pretenders, The Sex Pistols, and Roxy Music.


    Dylan Thomas

    Album(s):

  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1952)

    Irma Thomas

    Born: 2/18/1941

    R&B/blues singer.


    John Carlos Thomas


    Michael Tilson Thomas


    Rob Thomas

    Song(s):

  • Smooth (with Santana, 1999)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Santana’s "Smooth" hit #1: October 23, 1999 (10/23/11)

    Rufus Thomas

    Song(s):

  • Walking the Dog (1963)

    Hank Thompson

    Born: 9/3/1925 Died: 11/6/2007

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • The Wild Side of Life (1952)

    Richard Thompson

    Born: 4/3/1949

    British folk singer/songwriter and musician with Fairport Convention and then a solo artist.

    Song(s):

  • 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (1991)

    Album(s):

  • I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (with Linda Thompson, 1974)
  • Shoot Out the Lights (with Linda Thompson, 1982)

    Virgil Thomson

    Born: 11/25/1896 in Kansas City, MO Died: 9/30/1989

    Composer and music critic.

    Album(s):

  • Four Saints in Three Acts (1947) opera

    Claude Thornhill

    Born: 8/10/1909 Died: 7/1/1965

    American jazz/big band leader.


    “Big Mama" Thornton

    Born: Willie Mae Thornton on 12/11/1926 Died: 7/25/1984

    Blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Hound Dog (written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, 1953)
  • Ball ‘N’ Chain (1968)

    George Thorogood (& the Destroyers)

    Born: 12/31/1952 Died:

    Blues-rock guitarist and singer ("Bad to the Bone”, "I Drink Alone”).

    Song(s):

  • Bad to the Bone (1982)

    Three Dog Night

    Song(s):

  • Joy to the World (1971)

    3 Doors Down

    Song(s):

  • Here without You (2003)

    T.I.

    Song(s):

  • What You Know (2006)

    Lawrence Tibbett


    Harry A. Tierney


    Tight Fit

    Song(s):

  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1982)

    Glenn Tilbrook

    British singer/songwriter. One of two members of the new wave band Squeeze to last through every incarnation of the group.

    Album(s):

  • The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook (2001)
  • Transatlantic Ping Pong (2004)

    Mel Tillis

    Born: 8/8/1932 Died:

    Country singer.


    Floyd Tillman


    Martha Tilton

    Song(s):

  • And the Angels Sing (with Benny Goodman, written by Johnny Mercer with Ziggy Elfman; 1939)

    Timbaland

    Born: Timothy Zachery Mosley on 3/10/1971 Died:

    Rap singer and producer for Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake.

    Song(s):

  • Promiscuous (Nelly Furtado with Timbaland, 2006)
  • Apologize (One Republic with Timbaland, 2007)
  • The Way I Am (Timbaland with Doe & Keri Hilson, 2007)

    Justin Timberlake

    Born: 1/31/1981

    Pop singer with boy group N*Sync who later became a solo star.

    Song(s):

  • Where Is the Love? (with Black Eyed Peas, 2003)
  • Cry Me a River (2003)
  • SexyBack (2006)

    Album(s):

  • Justified (2002)
  • FutureSex/LoveSounds (produced by Rick Rubin, 2006)
  • The 20/20 Experience (2013)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Justin Timberlake released "SexyBack": July 15, 2006 (7/15/12)

    Tin Machine

    About: Supergroup formed by David Bowie.

    Album(s):

  • Tin Machine (1989)
  • Tin Machine II (1991)

    Tindersticks

    Song(s):

  • City Sickness (1993)

    Glenn Tipton


    TLC

    Song(s):

  • Waterfalls (1994)
  • No Scrubs (1999)

    Album(s):

  • CrazySexyCool (1994)
  • Fanmail (1999)

    Charles Tobias


    Harry Tobias


    Louise Tobin

    Song(s):

  • There’ll Be Some Changes Made (with Benny Goodman, 1941)

    The Tokens

    Song(s):

  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1961)

    Tone Loc

    Song(s):

  • Wild Thing (1988)

    Tool

    Album(s):

  • Ænima (1996)
  • Lateralus (2001)

    2 Live Crew

    The DMDB Blog:

  • 2 Live Crew were arrested for obscenity: June 10, 1990 (6/10/12)

    Toots & the Maytals

    Song(s):

  • Pressure Drop (1970)

    Mel Tormé

    Born: 9/13/1925 Died: 6/5/1999

    Jazz singer.


    The Tornadoes

    Song(s):

  • Telstar (1962)

    Tico Torres


    Arturo Toscanini


    Peter Tosh

    Song(s):

  • Legalize It (1976)
  • Equal Rights (1977)

    Toto

    Song(s):

  • Rosanna (1982)

    Album(s):

  • Toto IV (1982)

    Allen Toussaint

    Born: 1/14/1938

    American R&B songwriter and producer.


    Pete Townshend

    Born: 5/19/1945 Died:

    British rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer with the Who. Also a solo artist (“Let My Love Open the Door").

    Song(s):

  • Rough Boys (1980)

    Toy Matinee

    Active: 1989-1992 Members: Patrick Leonard (k: 89-90), Kevin Gilbert (v: 89-92), Brian MacLeod (d), Tim Pierce (g), and Guy Pratt (b), Marc Bonilla (g: 91-92), Sheryl Crow (k: 91), Spencer Campbell (b: 91), Toss Panos (d: 91).

    Adult alternative rock group assembled by Leonard. When he expressed disinterest in touring, Gilbert assembled the 1991 version of the band that toured but never recorded. Gilbert and Bonilla also supported the album with radio promos that included a lot of casual, acoustic cover songs. All but Gilbert from the original lineup formed 3rd Matinee in 1994. Leonard, MacLeod, and Pierce all worked together on Toby Lightman’s 2006 album Bird on a Wire.

    Song(s):

  • There Was a Little Boy (1990)

    Album(s):

  • Toy Matinee (1990)
  • Toy Matinee Live (1991) live

    T-Pain

    Born: Faheem Rasheed Najm on 9/30/1985 in Tallahassee, FL

    American rapper and music producer known for his use of Auto-Tune.

    Song(s):

  • Low (with Flo Rida, 2007)
  • Good Life (with Kanye West, 2007)
  • Kiss Kiss (with Chris Brown, 2007)
  • Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) (Pitbull with T-Pain, 2010)

    Traffic

    Song(s):

  • Dear Mr. Fantasy (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Mr. Fantasy (1967)
  • Heaven Is in Your Mind (1968)
  • John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)

    Train

    Song(s):

  • Drops of Jupiter (2001)
  • Hey, Soul Sister (2009)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Train charts with “Hey, Soul Sister”: September 5, 2009 (9/5/11)

    The Trammps

    Song(s):

  • Disco Inferno (1977)

    Helen Traubel


    Travis

    Album(s):

  • The Man Who (1999)
  • The Invisible Band (2001)

    Merle Travis

    Born: 11/29/1917 Died: 10/20/1983

    American country singer and guitarist.


    Randy Travis

    Born: Randy Bruce Traywick 5/4/1959 Died:

    American country singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • On the Other Hand (written by Don Schlitz, 1985)
  • Forever and Ever, Amen (written by Don Schlitz, 1987)

    Album(s):

  • Storms of Life (1986)

    Scott Travis


    John Travolta

    Song(s):

  • You're the One That I Want (with Olivia Newton-John, 1978)
  • Summer Nights (with Olivia Newton-John, 1978)

    Album(s):

  • Grease (with Olivia Newton-John et al, 1978)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Grease Soundtrack Goes to #1: July 29, 1978 (7/29/11)

    “Tré Cool”

    see Frank Edwin Wright III

    T-Rex

    British glam-rock band.

    Active: 1968-1977 Members: Marc Bolan (v/g: 68-77), Steve Peregrine Took (bongos/v: 68-69), Micky Finn (born 1/3/47; died 11/80; bongos/v: Tyrannosaurus Rex: 69-70; T-Rex: 70-75; Pink Fairies), Steve Curry/Currie (b: 70-77), Bill Legend (d: 70-73), Jack Green (g – T-Rex: 73-75; Pretty Things), Gloria Jones (backing v/k: 73-77), Davy Lutton (d – Heavy Jelly; T-Rex: 73-77; Wreckless Eric), Dino Dines (k: 74-77), Miller Anderson (g – Savoy Brown; T-Rex: 77; Southside Johnny), Herbie Flowers (b – T-Rex: 77; Sky), Tony Brennan (d: 77).

    British glam rock group.

    Song(s):

  • Get It On (Bang a Gong) (1971)

    Album(s):

  • Electric Warrior (1971)

    A Tribe Called Quest

    Song(s):

  • Scenario (with Busta Rhymes, 1992)

    Album(s):

  • People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythms (1990)
  • The Low-End Theory (1991)

    Tricky

    Album(s):

  • Maxinquaye (1995)

    Trinity Choir

    Song(s):

  • Joy to the World (1911)

    Lennie Tristano

    Born: 3/19/1919 in Chicago, IL Died: 11/18/1978

    Jazz pianist.

    Album(s):

  • Crosscurrents (1949)

    Travis Tritt

    Born: 2/9/1963

    Country singer.


    Helen Trix

    Song(s):

  • The Bird on Nellie’s Hat (1907)

    The Troggs

    Song(s):

  • Wild Thing (1966)

    John Scott Trotter

    Song(s):

  • I'll Be Seeing You (with Bing Crosby, 1944)
  • Swinging on a Star (Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra & the Williams Brothers Quartet, 1944)

    Roger Troutman

    Song(s):

  • California Love (with Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, 1996)

    Robin Trower


    Doris Troy


    Derek Trucks


    Robert Trujillo


    Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • Singin’ the Blues (with Bix Beiderbecke, 1927)

    Ernest Tubb

    Born: 2/9/1914 Died: 9/6/1984

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Walking the Floor Over You (1941)

    Maureen “Moe” Tucker


    Richards Tucker


    Sophie Tucker

    About: Russian-born American singer and actress known for comical and risqué songs. One of the most popular entertainers in America during the first half of the 20th century. Nicknamed “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”.

    Born: Sonia Kalish on 1/13/1884 in Tulchyn, Ukraine Died: 2/9/1966

    Song(s):

  • Some of These Days (1911)
  • Some of These Days (with Ted Lewis, 1927)

    Tanya Tucker

    Born: 10/10/1958 Died:

    Country singer.


    Tuesday Night Music Club

    About: Along with Bottrell, Gilbert initiated the “Tuesday Night Music Club,” an informal weekly jam session that also included Gilbert’s then-girlfriend Sheryl Crow. They all contributed to her debut album Tuesday Night Music Club and went on to work together on other projects as well.

    Active: 1992-1994 Members: Bill Bottrell (producer), Kevin Gilbert, Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Dan Schwartz (b), and Brian MacLeod (d).


    2pac

    - see Tupac Shakur

    Roy Turk


    Alan Turner

    Song(s):

  • As Long As the World Rolls On (1908)

    Big Joe Turner

    Born: 5/18/1911 Died: 11/24/1985

    American blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll (1954)

    Album(s):

  • The Boss of the Blues (1956)

    Grant Turner


    Ike Turner

    Born: 11/5/1931 Died: 12/12/2007

    American R&B guitarist. Paired with one-time wife Tina Turner during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Also the force behind “Rocket 88”, which some call the first rock song.

    Song(s):

  • River Deep, Mountain High (with Tina Turner, 1966)
  • Proud Mary (with Tina Turner, 1970)

    Tina Turner

    Born: Anna Mae Bullock on 11/26/38 in Brownsville, TN

    R&B/rock singer. Half of duo with husband Ike Turner, to whom she was married from 1958-76. After a few overlooked solo efforts in the ‘70s, Tina returned as a solo star in 1984 in one of rock’s greatest comeback stories.

    Song(s):

  • River Deep, Mountain High (with Ike Turner, 1966)
  • Proud Mary (with Ike Turner, 1970)
  • What's Love Got to Do with It? (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Private Dancer (1984)
  • Simply the Best (compilation, 1991)

    The Turtles

    Song(s):

  • It Ain’t Me, Babe (1965)
  • Happy Together (1967)

    TV on the Radio

    Album(s):

  • Return to Cookie Mountain (2006)
  • Dear Science (2008)

    Shania Twain

    Born: 8/28/1965 Died:

    Country singer. Married at one time to producer “Mutt” Lange.

    Song(s):

  • You're Still the One (1997)
  • Come on Over (1997)

    Album(s):

  • The Woman in Me (1995)
  • Come on Over (1997)
  • Up! (2002)

    Twista

    Song(s):

  • Slow Jamz (with Kanye West & Jamie Foxx, 2003)

    Twisted Sister

    Song(s):

  • We’re Not Gonna Take It (1984)

    Conway Twitty

    Born: 9/1/1933 Died: 6/6/1993

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Hello Darlin’ (1970)

    Bonnie Tyler

    Song(s):

  • Total Eclipse of the Heart (written by Jim Steinman, 1983)

    Steven Tyler

    Born: Steven Victor Tallarico on 3/26/1948

    Rock singer/songwriter with Aerosmith (70-).


    The Tymes

    Song(s):

  • So Much in Love (1963)

    Mccoy Tyner

    Born: 12/11/1938 Died:

    American jazz pianist.


    Click on a letter to choose a recording act (“S” for Bruce Springsteen, “B” for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards (see more here), short bios for select acts (generally taken or adapted from Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to all albums reviewed here at the DMDB.

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z VARIOUS ARTISTS

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      Last updated December 29, 2013.