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Music Makers Encyclopedia: V

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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Steve Vai

Born: 6/6/1960 Died:

American rock guitarist with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake.


Ritchie Valens

Born: Richard Steven Valenzeula on 5/13/1941 Died: 2/3/1959

American rock singer/songwriter. Killed in a plane crash near Mason City, IA along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Song(s):

  • La Bamba (1958)
  • Donna (1958)

    Rudy Vallee

    Born: 7/28/1901 Died: 7/3/1986

    Jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Stein Song (University of Maine) (& His Connecticut Yankees, 1930)
  • As Time Goes By (1931)
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Yip Harburg, 1932)
  • Honey (& His Connecticut Yankees, 1937)

    Frankie Valli

    Born: Francis Stephen Castelluccio 5/3/1934 Died:

    Pop singer with the 4 Seasons (“Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”). Also a solo artist (“My Eyes Adored You”, “Grease”).

    Song(s):

  • Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (1967)

    Van & Schenck

    Song(s):

  • For Me and My Gal (1917)
  • Ain’t We Got Fun? (1921)
  • Carolina in the Morning (1923)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • “For Me and My Gal” charts for the first time: May 26, 1917 (5/26/12)

    Egbert Van Alstyne


    Walter Van Brunt

    Born: 1891 Died:

    American tenor singer.

    Song(s):

  • I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1916)

    The Vandellas

    - see Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

    Van Der Graaf Generator

    Album(s):

  • Pawn Hearts (1971)

    Luther Vandross

    Born: 4/20/1951 Died: 7/1/2005

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Never Too Much (1981)
  • Power of Love/Love Power (1991)
  • Dance with My Father (2003)

    Album(s):

  • Never Too Much (1981)

    Dick Van Dyke

    Song(s):

  • Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious (with Julie Andrews, 1965)

    Leroy Van Dyke

    Song(s):

  • Walk on By (1961)

    Van Halen

    Hard rock group formed in Pasadena, CA. The Van Halen brothers were born in Nijimegen, The Netherlands; moved to Pasadena in 1968.

    Active: 1974-98, 2004 Members: David Lee Roth (v: 74-85,96,07-), Eddie Van Halen (g), Michael Anthony (b – Van Halen: 74-04, Chickenfoot), and Alex Van Halen (d), Sammy Hagar (v: 85-96, 04), Gary Cherone (v – Extreme: 85-95; Van Halen: 96-98), Wolfgang Van Halen (b: 07-)

    Song(s):

  • Runnin’ with the Devil (1978)
  • Jump (1984)
  • Hot for Teacher (1984)
  • Right Now (1992)

    Album(s):

  • Van Halen (1978)
  • Van Halen II (1979)
  • 1984 (1984)
  • A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Van Halen released 1984: January 9, 1984 (1/9/12)

    Alex Van Halen

    Rock drummer with Van Halen.


    Eddie Van Halen

    Born: 1/26/1957

    Rock guitarist with Van Halen.


    Jimmy Van Heusen


    Townes Van Zandt

    Album(s):

  • Townes Van Zandt (1969)

    Vanilla Ice

    Song(s):

  • Ice Ice Baby (1990)

    Album(s):

  • To the Extreme (1990)

    Edgard Varese

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Poeme Electronique (1958)

    Sarah Vaughan

    Born: 3/27/1924 in Newark, NJ Died: 4/3/1990

    Considered one of the greatest jazz singers of the post-war era. Nicknamed “The Divine One.” Worked with other greats including Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine before going solo in 1945.

    Song(s):

  • If You Could See Me Now (1946)
  • Tenderly (1947)

    Album(s):

  • Sarah Vaughan (1954)
  • The Complete Sarah Vaughan (1954-67)
  • Live in Japan (1973) live

    Stevie Ray Vaughan (& Double Trouble)

    Born: 10/3/1954 Died: 8/27/1990

    Blues-rock guitarist and singer.

    Song(s):

  • Pride and Joy (1983)

    Album(s):

  • Texas Flood (1983)

    Weston Vaughan

    Song(s):

  • Charmaine! (with Guy Lombardo, 1927)

    Billy Vaughn


    Eddie Vedder

    About: Grunge-rock singer with Pearl Jam (1991-). Also in one-time project Temple of the Dog (1990-91).

    Born: Edward Louis Severson III on 12/23/1964 in Evanston, IL

    Album(s):

  • Into the Wild (2007) ST
  • Ukulele Songs (2011)

    Bobby Vee

    Born: Robert Thomas Velline on 4/30/1943

    American pop singer.


    Velvet Underground

    About: One of the most influential rock groups of all-time. Considered the predecessor to alternative rock and punk.

    Active: 1965-70 Members: Lou Reed (v/g: 65-70; left in August 1970 to pursue a solo career), John Cale (v/b/viola: 65-68; solo), Sterling Morrison (g/, backing vox: 65-70), Maureen Tucker (percussion: 67-69), Nico (v: 67); Doug Yule (b/backing vox – Velvet Underground: 69-70; American Flyer), Billy Yule (d: 70)

    Song(s):

  • Heroin (1967)
  • White Light/White Heat (1968)
  • Sister Ray (1968)
  • Rock and Roll (1970)

    Album(s):

  • Velvet Underground & Nico (with Nico, 1967)
  • White Light/White Heat (1967)
  • The Velvet Underground (1969)
  • Loaded (1970)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • The Velvet Underground released their debut album: March 12, 1967 (3/12/12)

    Venom

    Album(s):

  • Black Metal (1982)

    The Ventures

    Song(s):

  • Walk Don’t Run (1960)

    Billy Vera


    Giuseppe Verdi

    Born: 10/10/1813 in Le Roncole, Italy Died: 6/27/1901

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • Aida (1872)
  • Requiem Mass (1874)
  • Otello (1887)

    Tom Verlaine


    The Verve

    Song(s):

  • Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
  • The Drugs Don’t Work (1997)

    Album(s):

  • A Northern Soul (1995)
  • Urban Hymns (1997)

    Sid Vicious

    Bassist with the Sex Pistols.

    Victor Light Opera Co.

    Song(s):

  • Italian Street Song (Zing, Zing) (with Lucy Isabelle Marsh., 1911)

    Victor Light Orchestra Co.

    Song(s):

  • The Yama Yama Man (with Ada Jones, 1909)

    Victor Military Band

    Song(s):

  • Poor Butterfly (1917)

    Victor Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • I Love You So (Merry Widow Waltz) (1907)
  • The Glow-Worm (1908)
  • Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (Nat Shilkret with the Victor Orchestra & Frank Munn, 1930)

    Victor Symphony Orchestra

    Song(s):

  • An American in Paris (the Victor Symphony Orchestra with Nat Shilkret conducting and George Gershwin on piano, 1929)

    Butch Vig

    About: Producer for Garbage and Nirvana.


    Heitor Villa

    Song(s):

  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – Aria (with Bidu Sayao, 1945)

    Village People

    Song(s):

  • Y.M.C.A. (1978)

    Gene Vincent

    Born: 2/11/1935 Died: 10/12/1971

    American early rock and roll singer.

    Song(s):

  • Be-Bop-A-Lula (& His Blue Caps, 1956)

    The Vines

    Album(s):

  • Highly Evolved (2002)

    Bobby Vinton

    Born: Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr. on 4/16/1935

    American pop singer (“Blue Velvet”).


    Violent Femmes

    Song(s):

  • Blister in the Sun (1983)
  • Add It Up (1983)

    Album(s):

  • Violent Femmes (1983)

    Tony Visconti

    About: Producer for David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and Talking Heads.


    Antonio Vivaldi

    Born: 3/4/1678 in Austria Died: 7/28/1741

    Classical composer.

    Album(s):

  • The Four Seasons (1725)

    Herbert Von Karajan


    Albert Von Tilzer


    Harry Von Tilzer


    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

    You can also check the search engine for names, albums, songs, and other content on this site:

      Last updated December 29, 2013.