Music Makers Encyclopedia: T
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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)
Producer born Sheldon Talmy on 8/11/1937 in Chicago, IL. Worked with the Who and The Kinks.
Blues musician born Hudson Woodbridge (but known as Hudson Whitaker) on 1/8/1904 in Smithville, GA. Died 3/19/1981.
Rock keyboardist with Electric Light Orchestra.
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
A Taste of Honey
Mabel Wilson Tatro
Jazz pianist born Arthur Tatum, Jr. on 10/13/1909 in Toledo, OH. Died 11/5/1956. Has been called the greatest pianist in jazz history, admired even by classical virtuosos. Blind most of his life.
Jazz pianist born William Taylor on 7/24/1921 in Greenville, NC. Died 12/28/2010.
Blues guitarist born Edward Taylor on 1/29/1923 in Benoit, MI. Died 12/25/1985.
Blues guitarist born Theodore Roosevelt Taylor on 4/12/1915 in Natchez, MI. Died 12/17/1975.
Pop/folk/adult contemporary singer/songwriter born James Vernon Taylor on 3/12/1948 in Boston, MA.
R&B singer (“Disco Lady") born Johnnie Harrison Taylor on 5/5/1937 in Crawforsville, AR. Died 5/31/2000.
Blues singer born Cora Anna Walton on 9/28/1928 in Shelby County, TN. Died 6/3/2009.
Rock drummer and songwriter with Queen. Born Roger Meddows Taylor on 7/26/1949 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England.
Russian classical composer (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake) born 5/7/1840 in Votkinsk, Russia. Died 11/6/1893.
Jazz/big band leader born 8/20/1905 in Vernon, TX. Died 1/15/1964
American punk-rock band from the early ‘70s New York underground rock scene.
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.
Producer for The Doobie Brothers and Van Halen.
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-)
Grant Marshall (bass) and Luther Perkins (guitar) – backing band for Johnny Cash.
American jazz trumpeter born 12/14/1920. Died 2/21/2015.
Blues musician born Saunders Terrell on 10/24/1911 in Greensboro, NC. Died 3/11/1986.
Pop singer/songwriter born Joseph Arrington, Jr. on 8/8/1933 in Rogers, TX. Died 8/13/1982.
Gospel and blues singer and guitarist born Rosetta Nubin on 3/20/1915 in Cotton Plant, AR. Died 10/9/1973.
– see Van Morrison
These New Puritans
Third Eye Blind
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
This Mortal Coil
Pop/country singer born Billy Joe Thomas on 8/7/1942 in Hugo, OK.
Producer for The Pretenders, The Sex Pistols, and Roxy Music. Born 1/13/1947 in Brentford, Middlesex, England.
R&B/blues singer known as “The Soul Queen of New Orleans.” Born 2/18/1941 in Ponchatoula, LA.
A conductor, pianist, and composer born 12/21/1944 in Los Angeles, California. Musical director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony.
Rock singer/songwriter born 2/14/1972 in Landstuhl, West Germany. Has fronted group Matchbox 20 and worked as a solo artist.
Country singer born Henry William Thompson on 9/3/1925 in Waco, TX. Died 11/6/2007.
Folk singer/songwriter and musician born 4/3/1949 in Notthing Hill Gate, London, England. With Fairport Convention and then a solo artist.
Composer and music critic born 11/25/1896 in Kansas City, MO. Died 9/30/1989.
William H. Thompson
Born 8/10/1909. Died 7/1/1965
American jazz/big band leader.
Blue singer born Willie Mae Thornton on 12/11/1926 in Montgomery, AL. Died 7/25/1984.
Rap singer born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on 9/25/1980 in Atlanta, GA.
New wave singer/songwriter born 8/31/1957 in Woolwich, London, England. One of two members of the new wave band Squeeze to last through every incarnation of the group.
Country singer born Lonnie Melvin Tillis on 8/8/1932 in Tampa, FL. Died 11/19/2017.
Pop singer/songwriter born 4/20/1939 in Jacksonville, FL.
Pop singer born 1/31/1981 in Memphis, TN. With boy group N*Sync and later became a solo star.
Supergroup formed by David Bowie.
2 Live Crew
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Toots & the Maytals
Jazz singer born Melvin Howard Tormé on 9/13/1925 in Chicago, IL. Died 6/5/1999.
R&B songwriter and producer born 1/14/1938 in Gert Town, LA. Died 11/10/2015.
Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend on 5/19/1945 in Chiswick, Middlesex, England. With the Who. Also a solo artist (“Let My Love Open the Door").
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.
Born Faheem Rasheed Najm on 9/30/1985 in Tallahassee, FL
American rapper and music producer known for his use of Auto-Tune.
Country singer/songwriter born 11/29/1917 in Rosewood, KY. Died 10/20/1983.
Country singer born Randy Bruce Traywick on 5/4/1959 in Marshville, NC.
see Frank Edwin Wright III
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.
Born 3/19/1919 in Chicago, IL. Died 11/18/1978
Country singer born James Travis Tritt on 2/9/1963 in Marietta, GA.
John Scott Trotter
The Andrea True Connection
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra
Country singer born Ernest Dale Tubb on 2/9/1914 in Crisp, TX. Died 9/6/1984.
Singer and actress born Sonia Kalish on 1/13/1884 in Tulchyn, Ukraine. Died 2/9/1966. 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.”
Country singer born 10/10/1958 in Seminole, TX.
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).
- see Tupac Shakur
Blues singer born Joseph Vernon Turner, Jr. on 5/18/1911 in Kansas City, MO. Died 11/24/1985.
R&B guitarist born Izear Luster Turner, Jr. on 11/5/1931 in Clarksdale, MI. Died 12/12/2007. 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.
R&B/rock singer born Anna Mae Bullock on 11/26/38 in Nutbush, TN. Found success as half of a duo with Ike Turner, to whom she was married from 1958-76. After a few overlooked solo efforts in the ‘70s, Tina returned with the album Private Dancer in 1984 and launched one of rock’s greatest comeback stories. The 12-time Grammy winner has been called “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and sold more than 200 million records worldwide.
TV on the Radio
Country singer born Eileen Regina Edwards on 8/28/1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Married at one time to producer “Mutt” Lange.
Country singer born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on 9/1/1933 in Friars Point, MI. Died 6/6/1993.
Born Steven Victor Tallarico on 3/26/1948. Rock singer/songwriter with Aerosmith (70-).
Jazz pianist born Alfred McCoy Tyner on 12/11/1938 in Philadelphia, PA.
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Last updated February 9, 2020.