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Music Makers Encyclopedia: W

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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Chad Wackerman


Richard Wagner

Born: Wilhelm Richard Wagner on 5/22/1813 in Germany Died: 2/13/1883

Classical composer and pianist.

Album(s):

  • Tristan Und Isolde (1865) opera
  • Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (1848-1874) opera

    Robert Wagner


    Porter Wagoner

    Born: 8/12/1927 Died: 10/28/2007

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • A Satisfied Mind (1955)
  • Green, Green Grass of Home (1965)

    Bea Wain

    Song(s):

  • My Reverie (1938) – see Larry Clinton
  • You Go to My Head (1938) – see Larry Clinton
  • Deep Purple (1939) – see Larry Clinton

    John Waite

    Born: 7/4/1952 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England

    Rock singer/songwriter. Member: the Babys (74-81) and Bad English.

    Song(s):

  • “Change” (1982)
  • “Missing You” (1984)
  • Bad English “When I See You Smile” (1989)

    Tom Waits

    Born: 12/7/1949 in Pamona, CA in the back of a taxicab

    Gravelly-voiced monolgue song stylist/actor/songwriter/experimental rocker. Appeared in movies Rumblefish, Down by Law, Ironweed, and Dracula. Married Irish playwright Kathleen Brennan on 12/13/91 with whom he co-wrote the 1988 musical Frank’s Wild Years. Composed the movie soundtracks One from the Heart and Night on Earth.

    Song(s):

  • Downtown Train (1985)

    Album(s):

  • Swordfishtrombones (1983)
  • Rain Dogs (1985)
  • Mule Variations (1999)

    Jimmy Wakely

    Born: 2/16/1914 Died: 9/23/1982

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Slipping Around (1949) – see Margaret Whiting

    Bob Walkenhorst

    Born: 6/1/1953

    American roots-rock singer/songwriter with the Rainmakers.

    Album(s):

  • The Beginner (2003)
  • No Abandon (with Jeff Porter, 2009)

    Billy Walker

    Born: 1/14/1929 Died: 5/21/2006

    American country singer.


    Cindy Walker


    George Walker

    Song(s):

  • Good Morning, Carrie (with Bert Williams, 1902)

    Joe Louis Walker


    Junior Walker (& the All-Stars)

    Born: 6/14/1931 Died: 11/23/1995

    American R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • Shotgun (1965)

    T-Bone Walker

    Born: Aaron Walker on 5/28/1910 Died: 3/6/1975

    American blues singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Call It Stormy Monday (1948)

    Album(s):

  • The Complete 1940-1954 (1954)
  • T-Bone Blues (1959)

    Jo Walker-Meador


    Jerry Wallace

    Born: 12/15/1928 Died: 5/5/2008

    American country/pop singer.


    Sippie Wallace


    Fats Waller

    Born: Thomas Wright Waller on 5/21/1904 in New York City, NY Died: 12/15/1943

    American jazz singer, composer, and musician. One of the country’s most popular entertainers in the 1930s, with his playful, high-spirited vocals, distinctive stride piano style, and jazz accompaniment. Worked as a piano and organ accompanist during the 1920s until his first big break, collaborating on Broadway musical scores Keep Shufflin’ and Hot Chocolates (including his classic “Ain’t Misbehavin’”). Bill Coleman (trumpet), Gene Sedric (clarinet/tenor sax) and Rudy Powell (clarinet) were his top sidemen. Died shortly after his hit movie appearance in Stormy Weather. The late-‘70s hit Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ celebrated his great songs and spirit.

    Song(s):

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)
  • Honeysuckle Rose (1935)
  • It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (1936)

    The Wallflowers

    Song(s):

  • One Headlight (1996)

    Van “Piano Man” Walls


    Bruno Walter


    War

    Active: 1969- Members: Lonnie Jordan (k), Howard Scott (g), Charles Miller (sax; fatally shot by a robber in 1980), Morris “B.B.” Dickerson (b: 69-79), Harold Brown (?: 69-), and Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen (percussion; died onstaqge on 8/30/88 of a brain hemorrhage), and Lee Oskar (harmonica), Alice Tweed Smyth (v: 78-82), Luther Rabb (b – Ballin’ Jack; War: 79-), Pat Rizzo (horns: 79-), Ron Hammond (percussion – Aalon; Ballin’ Jack; War: 79-), Rae Valentine (94), Charles Green (94), Kerry Campbell (94), Tesuya Nakamura (94), and Sal Rodriquez (94).

    About: Latin-style funk band formed in Long Beach, CA. Eric Burdon’s backup band until 1971.

    Song(s):

  • Slippin’ into Darkness (1971)
  • Low Rider (1975)

    Album(s):

  • The World Is a Ghetto (1972)
  • Anthology (compilation: 1970-94)

    Anita Ward

    Song(s):

  • Ring My Bell (1979)

    Bill Ward

    Rock drummer with Black Sabbath (68-80,83-86,97-99).


    Clara Ward & the Ward Singers

    Song(s):

  • How I Got Over (year?)

    Helen Ward

    Song(s):

  • Goody Goody (1936) – see Benny Goodman
  • These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (1936) – see Benny Goodman

    Samuel A. Ward


    Shayne Ward

    Song(s):

  • That’s My Goal (2005)

    Andy Warhol

    Member of ABBA.

    Steve Wariner

    Born: 12/25/1954 Died:

    American country singer.


    Fred Waring

    Born: 6/9/1900 Died: 7/29/1984

    Musician.

    Song(s):

  • Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (with Tom Waring, 1928)
  • Little White Lies (with Clare Hanlon; w. by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn; 1930)
  • I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store (with Clare Hanlon, 1931)

    Tom Waring

    Song(s):

  • Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (1928) – see Fred Waring

    Jennifer Warnes

    Born: 3/3/1947 in Seattle, WA

    About: Pop/AC singer born on 3/3/47 in Seattle and raised in Orange County, CA. Lead actress in the L.A. production of Hair. Also recorded as Jennifer Warren and simply as Jennifer.

    Song(s):

  • Up Where We Belong (with Joe Cocker, 1982)
  • I've Had the Time of My Life (with Bill Medley, 1987)

    The War on Drugs

    Album(s):

  • Lost in the Dream (2014)

    Diane Warren

    Born: 9/7/1956 in Van Nuys, CA Died:

    American pop songwriter. Oni

    Song(s) written by Warren:

  • Look Away (1988) – see Chicago
  • Because You Loved Me (1996) – see Celine Dion
  • Un-Break My Heart (1996) – see Toni Braxton
  • How Do I Live (1997) – see LeAnn Rimes
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (1998) – see Aerosmith

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: The Top 30 Songs by Diane Warren (10/30/11)

    Harry Warren


    Rusty Warren

    Album(s):

  • Knockers Up! (1960)

    Dee Dee Warwick


    Dionne Warwick

    Born: Marie Dionne Warwick on 1212/40 in East Orange, NJ

    About: R&B/pop singer. In church choir from age 6. With the Drinkard Singers gospel group. Formed the Gospelaires trio with sister Dee Dee Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houston. Attended Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. Did much backup work in NY during the late ‘50s. Added an “e” to her last name for a time in the mid-70s. Was composers Burt Bacharach’s and Hal David’s main “voice”. Co-hosted TV’s Solid Gold (80-81,85-86). Has hosted TV informercials for the Psychic Friends Network since the early ‘90s. Is a cousin of Whitney Houston.

    Song(s):

  • Don’t Make Me Over (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1962)
  • Walk on By (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1964)
  • Alfie (w. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1967)
  • That's What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick & Friends: Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder; w. Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, 1985)

    Dinah Washington

    Born: 8/29/1924 Died: 12/14/1963

    R&B/blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Am I Asking Too Much (1948)
  • Teach Me Tonight (1954)
  • What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (1959)
  • Unforgettable (1959)

    Grover Washington, Jr.

    Song(s):

  • Just the Two of Us (with Bill Withers., 1981)

    Justine “Baby” Washington


    Ned Washington


    Dick Waterman


    Ethel Waters

    Born: 10/31/1896 Died: 9/1/1977

    American blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Dinah (1926)
  • Am I Blue? (1929)
  • Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1933)

    Muddy Waters

    Born: McKinley Morganfield on 4/4/1915 * in Rolling Fork, MS Died: 4/30/1983

    Blues vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player. Pivotal figure in the development of the Chicago blues style. Self-taught harmonica in the early 1920s, guitar in the early ‘30s. First recorded for Library of Congress in 1941. Moved to Chicago in 1943.

    * Some sources list his birthdate as 4/4/1913, but MuddyWaters.com says 4/4/1915.

    Song(s):

  • I Feel Like Going Home (1948)
  • Rollin’ Stone (1950)
  • Hoochie Coochie Man (1954)
  • Mannish Boy (1955)
  • Got My Mojo Working (1957)

    Album(s):

  • Best of (1954)
  • At Newport (live, 1960)
  • Down on Stovall’s Plantation (1966)
  • McKinley Morganfield (aka “Muddy Waters”) (1971)
  • The Anthology 1947-1972 (compilation: 1947-72)
  • The Chess Box (1972)
  • Can’t Get No Grindin’ (1973)
  • The Complete Plantation Recordings (1993)

    Roger Waters

    Born: 9/6/1944 Died:

    Rock singer/songwriter and bassist with Pink Floyd. Also a solo artist.

    Album(s):

  • Amused to Death (1992)

    Doc Watson

    Born: 3/3/1923 Died:

    Bluegrass guitarist and vocalist.

    Song(s):

  • Black Mountain Rag (1964)

    Album(s):

  • Doc Watson (1964)

    Gene Watson

    Born: 10/11/1943 Died:

    American country singer.


    Johnny “Guitar” Watson

    Born: 2/3/1935 Died: 5/17/1995

    Blues guitarist.


    Mike Watt


    Andre Watts


    Charlie Watts

    Born: 6/24/1941 in London

    Rock drummer with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the Rolling Stones (63-), and Wille and the Poorboys (85).


    Jeff Wayne

    Album(s):

  • War of the Worlds (1978)

    Mabel Wayne


    The Weather Girls

    Song(s):

  • It’s Raining Men (1982)

    Weather Report

    Song(s):

  • Birdland (1977)
  • A Remark You Made (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Heavy Weather (1977)

    Jim Weatherly


    The Weavers

    Song(s):

  • Goodnight Irene (w. by Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, performed with the Gordon Jenkins’ Orchestra, 1950)
  • On Top of Old Smoky (1951)

    Album(s):

  • At Carnegie Hall (live, 1957)
  • Best of the Decca Years (compiliation, 1996)

    Chick Webb

    Born: William Henry Webb on 2/10/1905 Died: 6/16/1939

    American jazz big band leader and drummer.

    Song(s):

  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1938) – see Ella Fitzgerald

    Clifton Webb

    Song(s):

  • Easter Parade (1933) – see Leo Reisman

    Jimmy Webb

    Born: 8/15/1946 Died:

    Songwriter.


    Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Born: 3/22/1948 Died:

    Musical theater composer.

    Album(s):

  • Jesus Christ Superstar (composed with Tim Rice; studio: 1970, cast: 1971: soundtrack: 1973)
  • Evita (composed with Tim Rice; cast, 1976)
  • Cats (composed with T.S. Eliot, cast, 1981)
  • Phantom of the Opera (composed with Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe, cast, 1986)
  • Phantom of the Opera – Highlights (1988)

    Joan Weber

    Song(s):

  • Let Me Go Lover (1954)

    Ben Webster


    Paul Francis Webster


    Dave Weckl


    Ran Weeks

    Song(s):

  • With a Song in My Heart (1929) – see Leo Reisman

    Ted Weems

    Born: Wilfred Theodore Wemyes on 9/26/1901 Died: 5/6/1963

    American bandleader and musician who led Chicago-based dance band whose blockbuster 1947 hit “Heartaches” was a 14-year-old reissue. Perry Como got his first major exposure with the band in the late ‘30s.

    Song(s):

  • Somebody Stole My Gal (1924)
  • Heartaches (with Elmo Tanner, 1947)

    Weezer

    Song(s):

  • Buddy Holly (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”) (1994)

    Wei Wei

    Born: Zhang Ju Xia Wei on 8/21/1963 Died:

    Mongolian/Chinese Mandopop singer.


    Cynthia Weil

    Born: 10/18/1940 Died:

    American rock songwriter, most famously with partner Barry Mann.

    Songs written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil:

  • On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964) – see Righteous Brothers

    Kurt Weill

    Album(s):

  • The Threepenny Opera (1928)

    Max Weinberg


    Bobby Weinstein


    Frank Weir

    Song(s):

  • The Happy Wanderer (1954)

    George David Weiss


    Gillian Welch

    Album(s):

  • Time (The Revelator) (2001)

    Pete Welding


    Lawrence Welk

    Born: 3/11/1903 in South Dakota Died: 5/17/1992

    Jazz/big band leader and host of his own music TV show.

    Song(s):

  • Calcutta (1961)

    Album(s):

  • Calcutta! (1961)

    Paul Weller

    Born: John William Weller on 5/27/1958 Died:

    English alternative rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with The Jam (“A Town Called Malice”, All Mod Cons) and The Style Council (“Shout to the Top”) before becoming a solo artist (1995’s Stanley Road).

    Song(s):

  • Wild Wood (1993)

    Album(s):

  • Stanley Road (1995)

    Junior Wells

    Born: Amos Wells Blakemore, Jr. on 12/9/1934 in Memphis, TN Died: 1/15/1998

    American blues singer and harmonica player.

    Album(s):

  • Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
  • Blues Hit Big Town (1977)
  • It’s My Life, Baby! (year?)

    Kitty Wells

    Born: 8/30/1919 Died:

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952)

    Mary Wells

    Song(s):

  • My Guy (1964)

    E.W. “Bud” Wendell


    Percy Wenrich


    Pete Wentz


    Dottie West

    Born: 10/11/1932 Died: 9/4/1991

    American country singer.


    Kanye West

    Born: 6/8/1977 Died:

    Rap singer and producer.

    Song(s):

  • Slow Jamz (2003) – see Twista
  • Through the Wire (2003)
  • Jesus Walks (2004)
  • Gold Digger (with Jamie Foxx, 2005)
  • Diamonds from Serra Leone (2005)
  • Stronger (with Daft Punk, 2007)
  • Good Life (with T-Pain, 2007)
  • Run This Town (2009) - see Jay-Z
  • All of the Lights (with Drake & Rihanna, 2010)
  • E.T. (2010) – see Katy Perry
  • Runaway (with Pusha T, 2010)
  • Niggas in Paris (2011) - see Jay-Z

    Album(s):

  • The College Dropout (2004)
  • Late Registration (2005)
  • Graduation (2007)
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  • Yeezus (2013)

    Paul Westerberg


    Cliff Weston

    Song(s):

  • Alone (1936) – see Tommy Dorsey

    Kim Weston


    Paul Weston

    Born: Paul Westein on 3/12/1912 Died: 9/20/1996

    American jazz/big band leader.

    Song(s):

  • Dream (with the Pied Pipers, w. Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, 1945)

    John Wetton

    Born: 6/12/1949 in Willington, Derbyshire, England Died: 1/31/2017

    About: Rock singer and bassist in King Crimson (b/v: 73-75) and Asia (v: 81-90, 07-17).


    Wet Wet Wet

    Song(s):

  • Love Is All Around (1994)

    Jerry Wexler

    Born: Gerald Wexler on 1/10/1917 in the Bronx in New York City, NY Died: 8/15/2008

    American R&B producer who signed and/or produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Wilson Pickett, and Dusty Springfield. Credited with coining the term “rhythm and blues.” With Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, he built Atlantic Records into a major record company.


    Tina Weymouth


    Wham!

    Song(s):

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)
  • Last Christmas (1984)
  • Everything She Wants (1985)

    Album(s):

  • Make It Big (1984)

    Anna Wheaton

    Song(s):

  • Till the Clouds Roll By (with James Harrod, 1917)

    Peetie Wheatstraw


    Whigfield

    Song(s):

  • Saturday Night (1994)

    The Whispers


    Alan White


    Barry White

    Born: 9/12/1944 Died: 7/4/2003

    R&B singer.

    Song(s):

  • You’re the First, the Last, My Everything (1974)
  • Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe (1974)

    Album(s):

  • Ultimate Collection (compilation, 1988)

    Bukka White

    Born: Booker T. Washington White on 11/12/1909 in Houston, MI Died:

    American blues guitarist and singer.

    Song(s):

  • Fixin’ to Die (1940)

    Album(s):

  • Parchman Farm (year?)

    Jack White

    Born: 7/9/1975 Died:

    American rock singer and guitarist with the White Stripes, one of the prominent garage rock revival bands of the early 21st century. He also helmed the Ractoneurs and the Dead Weather.

    Song(s):

  • Portland, Oregon (with Loretta Lynn, 2004)

    Album(s):

  • Blunderbuss (2012)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Jack White on track for first #1 album (5/1/12)

    Josh White


    Maurice White

    Born: 12/19/1941 in Memphis, TN Died: 2/3/2016

    About: Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. Chicago-bred singer/songwriter/producer/percussionist/kalimba player. Session drummer for Chess records; Ramsey Lewis Trio; Salty Peppers.


    Paul Whiteman

    Born: 3/28/1890 in Denver, CO Died: 12/29/1967

    The most popular bandleader of the pre-swing era. Played violin and viola in the Denver & San Francisco Symphony Orchestras before forming his band in 1919 featuring Henry Busse (trumpet) and Frede Grofe (piano/arranger). Almost immediately after the blocbuster debut hit “Whispering,” the Whiteman band became the dominant force in American popular recording, with a staggering profusion of hits. Whiteman’s historic premiere of George Gershwin’s classic “Rhapsody in Blue,” his late-’20s addition of Bix Beiderbecke and other jazz greats, and his introduction to America of Bing Crosby, solidified his stature in popular music history.

    Song(s):

  • Whispering (1920)
  • The Japanese Sandman (1920)
  • Wang-Wang Blues (1920)
  • My Mammy (1921)
  • Say It with Music (1921)
  • Stumbling (1922)
  • Hot Lips (He's Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz) (1922)
  • Three O'Clock in the Morning (1922)
  • What'll I Do? (w. Irving Berlin, 1924)
  • Rhapsody in Blue (1924) – see George Gershwin
  • Somebody Loves Me (w. George Gershwin, 1924)
  • Linger Awhile (1924)
  • The Birth of the Blues (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1926)
  • Valencia (A Song of Spain) (with Franklyn Baur, 1926)
  • Side by Side (with the Rhythm Boys, 1927)
  • Among My Souvenirs (with Jack Fulton/Charles Gaylord/Austin Young, 1928)
  • My Heart Stood Still (with Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young, 1928)
  • Lover, Come Back to Me (with Jack Fulton, 1929)
  • Without a Song (with Bing Crosby, 1929)
  • Great Day (with Bing Crosby, 1929)
  • Grand Canyon Suite (1931)
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (with Bob Lawrence, w. Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, 1933)
  • Lover (with Jack Fulton, 1933)
  • You’re the Top (w. Cole Porter, 1934)
  • Anything Goes (w. Cole Porter, 1934)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Best-of List: Bing Crosby’s First Trip to #1 – and Paul Whiteman’s Top 100 Songs (3/31/12)

    Whitesnake

    Hard-rock group (1977-90, 97, 06-). Members: David Coverdale (v), Roger Glover (b: 77), Jon Lord (k: 78-84), and Ian Paice (d: 79-81), Mick Moody (g: 77-83), Deslie Harper (b: 77), Tim Hinkley (k: 77), Simon Phillips (d: 77), Ron Aspery (sax: 77), Bernie Marsden (g: 78-81), Neil Murray (b: 78-81), Brian Johnson (k: 78, 84-85), David Dowell (d: 78-79), Pete Solley (k: 78), Mel Galley (g: 82-85), Colin "Bomber" Hodgkinson (b: 82-84), Cozy Powell (d: 82-85), John Sykes (g: 84-88), Vivian Campbell (g: 87-88), Steve Vai (g: 89-90), Adrian Vandenberg (g: 89-90), Rudy Sarzo (b: 89-90), Aynsley Dunbar (d: 89-90), Tommy Aldridge (d: 89-90). Coverdale, Glover, Lord, & Paice were in Deep Purple.


    The White Stripes

    About: One of the most important bands in the early 21st century. Helmed a garage rock revival.

    Active: 1997-2011 Members: Jack White (v/g/k) and Meg White (d)

    Song(s):

  • Fell in Love with a Girl (2002)
  • Seven Nation Army (2003)

    Album(s):

  • The White Stripes (1999)
  • De Stijl (2000)
  • White Blood Cells (2001)
  • Elephant (2003)
  • Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
  • Icky Thump (2007)

    Verdine White


    David Whitfield

    Song(s):

  • Cara Mia (1954) – see Mantovani

    Norman Whitfield

    Born: 5/12/1940 Died: 9/16/2008

    American R&B songwriter and producer best known for his work with Motown.

    Song(s) written by Norman Whitfield with Barrett Strong:

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg (1966) – see the Temptations
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968) – see Marvin Gaye
  • War (1970) – see Edwin Starr
  • Just My Imagination Running Away with Me (1971) – see the Temptations
  • Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1972) – see the Temptations

    Margaret Whiting

    Born: 7/22/1924 Died:

    Country musician.

    Song(s):

  • Come Rain or Come Shine (1946)
  • A Tree in the Meadow (1948)
  • Slipping Around (with Jimmy Wakely, 1949)
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (1949) – see Johnny Mercer

    Richard Whiting


    Slim Whitman

    Born: 1/20/1924

    Country singer.

    Song(s):

  • Rose Marie (1955)

    Roger Whittaker

    Song(s):

  • The Last Farewell (1975)

    The Who

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    About: Rock group formed in London. Developed stage antics of destroying their instruments. 1969 rock opera album Tommy became a movie in 1975. 1973 rock opera album Quadrophenia became a movie in 1979. The Who’s biographical movie The Kids Are Alright was released in 1979. Eleven fans trampled to death at 12/3/79 Cincinnati concert. Regrouped at "Live Aid" in 1986 and reunited again in 1989 for a 25th anniversary tour. Reunion tours in 1996, 1997, and 2002 also. Daltrey, Townshend, & Entwistle were all in The Detours together and then Moon joined them and they became The Who; briefly changing their name to The High Numbers before reverting back to The Who.

    Active: 1964-82, 1989, 1996-97, 2002, 2006- Members: Roger Daltrey (v: 64-82, 89, 06-), Pete Townshend (g/v: 64-82, 89, 06-), John Entwistle (b/v: 64-82, 89), Keith Moon (d: 64-78), Kenney Jones (d: 78-82, 89), Zak Starkey (d: 06), Pino Palladino (b: 06), John “Rabbit” Bundrick (k: 06), Simon Townshend (backing v: 06)

    Song(s):

  • I Can’t Explain (1965)
  • My Generation (1965)
  • Substitute (1966)
  • Pinball Wizard (1969)
  • Go to the Mirror Boy (1969)
  • Won't Get Fooled Again (1971)
  • Baba O'Riley (1971)
  • Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
  • Who Are You? (1978)

    Album(s):

  • My Generation (1965)
  • A Quick One (1966)
  • Sell Out (1967)
  • Tommy (1969)
  • Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy (compilation: 1965-70)
  • Live at Leeds (1970) live
  • Who’s Next (1971)
  • Quadrophenia (1973)
  • By Numbers (1975)
  • Who Are You (1978)
  • Face Dances (1981)
  • It’s Hard (1982)
  • Endless Wire (2006)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • Best-of List: The Who: The Good, the Bad…and Their Top 30 Songs (6/27/12)
  • Now Presenting the Half Time Show Starring the Theme Songs of CSI (2/8/10)

    Richard Wilbur

    Album(s):

  • Candide (cast: 1956) – see Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

    Wilco

    Album(s):

  • Being There (1996)
  • Mermaid Avenue (with Billy Bragg, 1998)
  • Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

    Wild Cherry

    Song(s):

  • Play That Funky Music (1976)

    Alec Wilder


    The Wildhearts

    Album(s):

  • Earth Vs. the Wildhearts (1993)

    Geeshie Wiley

    Song(s):

  • Last Kind Word Blues

    Leon Wilkeson


    Will.i.am

    Born: 3/15/1975 Died:

    Rap singer with Black Eyed Peas.

    Song(s):

  • OMG (2010) – see Usher
  • Scream & Shout (with Britney Spears, 2012)

    Andy Williams

    Born: 12/3/1927 Died: 9/25/2012

    Adult contemporary singer.

    Album(s):

  • Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes (1962)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1963)

    Bert Williams

    Born: Egbert Austin Williams in the Bahamas on 11/12/1875 Died: 3/4/1922

    Preeminent entertainer and comedian of the Vaudeville era and the best-selling black recording artist before 1920.

    Song(s):

  • Good Morning, Carrie (with George Walker, 1902)
  • When It’s All Goin’ Out and Nothin’ Comin’ In (1902)
  • Nobody (1906)
  • He’s a Cousin of Mine (1907)
  • Play That Barber-Shop Chord (1910)

    Big Joe Williams

    Born: 10/16/1903 in Crawford, MI Died: 12/17/1982

    American blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Baby Please Don’t Go (1941)

    Album(s):

  • Piney Woods Blues (1958)

    The Williams Brothers

    Album(s):

  • Two Stories (1987)
  • The Williams Brothers (1991)
  • Harmony Hotel (1993)

    The Williams Brothers Quartet

    Song(s):

  • Swinging on a Star (1944) – see Bing Crosby

    Clarence Williams

    Song(s):

  • Wild Cat Blues (1923)

    Cliff Williams


    Don Williams

    Born: 5/27/1939 Died:

    American country singer/songwriter (“I Believe in You”).


    Hank Williams

    Born: Hiram King Williams on 9/17/23 in Mount Olive, Alabama Died: alcohol/drug abuse on 1/1/1953

    Country singer/songwriter and guitarist. Hosted own radio show on WSFA in Montgomery; billed as “The Singing Kid.” Formed his own band, The Drifting Cowboys, as a teenager. Married Audrey Sheppard in 1944; their son is country singer Hank Williams Jr. First recorded for Sterling in 1946. Regular on the Louisiana Hayride from 1948-49; with the Grand Ole Opry from 1949-52. In 1952, divorced Audrey, was fired from the Opry in August, and married Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar, who later married Johnny Horton. Also recorded as Luke the Drifter.

    Song(s):

  • Lovesick Blues (1949)
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949)
  • Cold, Cold Heart (1951)
  • Hey, Good Lookin' (1951)
  • Jambalaya on the Bayou (1952)
  • Your Cheatin' Heart (1953)

    Album(s):

  • 40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53)
  • Turn Back the Years: The Essential Collection (1947-53) box

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Hank Williams charts for the first time: August 9, 1947 (8/9/11)

    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Born: 5/26/1949 Died:

    American country singer (“All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down”, “Are You Ready for Some Football? (Theme from Monday Night Football)”). Son of singer Hank Williams.

    Song(s):

  • All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight (1984)

    J. Mayo Williams


    Jody Williams


    Joe Williams

    Song(s):

  • Everyday I Have the Blues (1955) – see Count Basie

    John Williams

    Born: 2/8/1932

    Classical/film score composer.

    Album(s):

  • Star Wars (soundtrack, 1977)

    Larry Williams

    Song(s):

  • Bony Maronie (year?)

    Lucinda Williams

    Song(s):

  • Pineola (1992)
  • Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

    Album(s):

  • Lucinda Williams (1988)
  • Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (mixing by Rick Rubin, 1998)

    Marion Williams

    Song(s):

  • Packing Up (year?)

    Mary Lou Williams

    Born: 5/8/1910 Died: 5/28/1981

    American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.

    Song(s):

  • Night Life (1930)

    Paul Williams


    Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams


    Pharrell Williams

    Song(s):

  • Drop It Like It’s Hot (2004) – see Snoop Dogg
  • Money Maker (2006) – see Ludacris
  • Blurred Lines (2013) – see Robin Thicke
  • Get Lucky (2013) – see Daft Punk
  • Happy (2013)

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    About: Classical composer.


    Robbie Williams

    Born: 2/13/1974

    British pop singer who started out with boy band Take That before becoming hugely successful international solo star.

    Song(s):

  • Angels (1997)
  • She’s the One (1999)
  • Rock DJ (2000)

    Album(s):

  • Life Thru a Lens (1997)
  • I’ve Been Expecting You (1998)
  • Greatest Hits (compilation, 2004)

    Robert “Pete” Williams

    Album(s):

  • Angola Prisoners’ Blues (Robert Pete Williams et al, 1959)

    Roger Williams

    Born: Louis Weertz on 10/1/1924 Died:

    American pop pianist.

    Song(s):

  • Autumn Leaves (1955)
  • Born Free (1966)

    Spencer Williams


    Tex Williams

    Song(s):

  • Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette (1947)

    Tony Williams

    Born: 12/12/1945 Died: 2/23/1997

    American jazz drummer.


    Vanessa Williams

    Born: 3/18/1963 Died:

    R&B singer and actress who was a former Miss America.

    Song(s):

  • Save the Best for Last (1992)

    Sonny Boy Williamson #1

    Born: John Lee Williamson on 3/30/1914 in Jackson, TN Died: 6/1/1948

    American blues singer.

    Song(s):

  • Good Morning Little School Girl (1937)

    Sonny Boy Williamson #2 (Rice Miller)

    Born: 12/5/1899 Died: 5/25/1965

    Blues musician.

    Album(s):

  • Down and Out Blues (1959)

    Chuck Willis

    Song(s):

  • C.C. Rider (1957)

    Bob Wills (& His Texas Playboys)

    Born: James Robert Wills on 3/6/1905 Died: 5/13/1975

    American country songwriter and bandleader. Called “The King of Western Swing.”

    Song(s):

  • Steel Guitar Rag (1936)
  • San Antonio Rose (1939)
  • New San Antonio Rose (1940)
  • Faded Love (1950)
  • Take Me Back to Tulsa (year?)

    Meredith Willson

    Born: Robert Meredith Reiniger on 5/18/1902 Died: 6/15/1984

    Musical theater songwriter.

    Album(s):

  • The Music Man (cast: 1957, soundtrack: 1962)

    B.J. Wilson


    Brian Wilson

    Born: 6/20/1942 in Hawthorne, CA

    About: Singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with the Beach Boys (61-85, 96). His daughters, Carnie and Wendy, were in the pop group Wilson Phillips.

    Album(s):

  • Smile (2004)
  • Reimagines Gershwin (2010)

    Charlie Wilson


    Dooley Wilson

    Song(s):

  • As Time Goes By (1942)

    Eileen Wilson

    Song(s):

  • My Foolish Heart (1950) – see Gordon Jenkins

    Jackie Wilson

    Born: 6/9/1934 Died: 1/21/1984

    R&B singer who had success with the Dominoes (53-57) before embarking on a solo career.

    Song(s):

  • Lonely Teardrops (1958)
  • Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher (1967)

    Nancy Wilson

    Born: 2/20/1937

    Jazz singer.

    Song(s):

  • How Glad I Am (1964)

    Wilson Phillips

    Song(s):

  • Hold On (1990)

    Teddy Wilson

    Born: 11/24/1912 Died: 7/31/1986

    Jazz/big band leader and pianist.


    Bebe & Cece Winans

    Song(s):

  • Addictive Love (1991)

    Amy Winehouse

    Links: - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia - All Music Guide

    About: British blue-eyed soul singer with well-publicized battles with substance abuse.

    Born: 9/14/1983 in Enfield, England Died: 7/23/2011

    Song(s):

  • Rehab (2006)

    Album(s):

  • Frank (2003)
  • Back to Black (2006)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Amy Winehouse Dead at 27 (7/23/11)

    Wings

    – see Paul McCartney

    Septimus “Sep” Winner


    The Winstons

    Song(s):

  • Color Him Father (1969)

    Johnny Winter

    Born: 2/23/1944

    Blues guitarist.


    Hugo Winterhalter

    Song(s):

  • Canadian Sunset (1956)

    Steve Winwood

    Links: DMDB page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    Born: 5/12/1948 Died:

    About: English blues-rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”). Also a solo artist (“While You See a Chance”).

    Song(s):

  • Gimme Some Lovin' (1966) – see Spencer Davis Group
  • Dear Mr. Fantasy (1967) – see Traffic
  • Valerie (1982)
  • Higher Love (1986)
  • Roll with It (1988)

    Album(s):

  • Mr. Fantasy (1967) – see Traffic
  • Heaven Is in Your Mind (1968) – see Traffic
  • Blind Faith (1969) – see Blind Faith
  • John Barleycorn Must Die (1970) – see Traffic

    Wire

    Song(s):

  • 12 X U (1977)

    Album(s):

  • Pink Flag (1977)

    Nicky Wire


    Mac Wiseman


    Bill Withers

    Born: 7/4/1938 Died:

    R&B singer/songwriter.

    Song(s):

  • Ain't No Sunshine (1971)
  • Lean on Me (1972)
  • Just the Two of Us (with Grover Washington, Jr., 1981)

    Jimmy Witherspoon

    Born: 8/8/1923 Died: 1997

    American R&B/blues singer.


    Wiz Khalifa

    Song(s):

  • See You Again (with Charlie Puth, 2015)

    Jah Wobble


    Wolfman

    Song(s):

  • For Lovers (with Pete Doherty, 2004)

    Chris Wolstenholme


    Bobby Womack

    Born: 3/4/1944 Died:

    R&B singer/songwriter (“It’s All Over Now”).

    Album(s):

  • The Poet II (1984)
  • The Bravest Man in the Universe (2012)

    Lee Ann Womack

    Song(s):

  • I Hope You Dance (with Sons of the Desert, 2000)

    Stevie Wonder

    About: R&B singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Blind since birth. Signed to Motown in 1960; did backup work. First recorded in 1962; named "Little Stevie Wonder" by Berry Gordy, Jr. Married to Syreeta Wright from 1970-72. Near-fatal auto accident on 8/16/73. Winner of 17 Grammy Awards.

    Born: Stevland Hardaway Judkinss on 5/13/1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. Later changed last name to Morris.

    Song(s):

  • Uptight (Everything's Alright) (1965)
  • Superstition (1972)
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life (1973)
  • Living for the City (1973)
  • Master Blaster (Jammin’) (1980)
  • Ebony and Ivory (with Paul McCartney, 1982)
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
  • That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
  • For Your Love (1995)

    Album(s):

  • The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie (1962)
  • A Tribute to Uncle Ray (1962)
  • With a Song in My Heart (1963)
  • Stevie at the Beach (1964)
  • Uptight, Everything’s Alright (1966)
  • Down to Earth (1966)
  • I Was Made to Love Her (1967)
  • Someday at Christmas X (1967)
  • Eivits Rednow (aka “Alfie”) (1968)
  • For Once in My Life (1968)
  • My Cherie Amour (1969)
  • Signed, Sealed, & Delivered (1970)
  • Where I’m Coming From (1971)
  • Music of My Mind (1972)
  • Talking Book (1972)
  • Innervisions (1973)
  • Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
  • Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  • Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (1979)
  • Hotter Than July (1980)
  • The Woman in Red (1984) ST
  • In Square Circle (1985)
  • Characters (1987)
  • Jungle Fever (1991) ST
  • Conversation Peace (1995)
  • A Time to Love (2005)

    The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):

  • 13-Year-Old Stevie Wonder hits #1: August 10, 1963 (8/10/11)
  • Stevie Wonder – Top 50 Songs

    Donna Wood

    Song(s):

  • I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (1941) – see Horace Heidt

    Harry M. Woods


    Eric Woolfson

    Born: 3/18/1945 Died: 12/2/2009

    Scottish singer/songwriter, musician, and co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project.

    Album(s):

  • Freudiana (1990)
  • The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was (2009)

    The DMDB Blog:

  • Farewell, Eric Woolfson (12/3/09), also on Facebook.

    Victor Wooten


    Henry C. Work


    John W. Work III


    Link Wray (& His Ray Men)

    Born: 5/2/1929 Died: 11/5/2005

    American singer/songwriter and guitarist.

    Song(s):

  • Rumble (1958)

    The Wrecking Crew


    Betty Wright

    Song(s):

  • Where Is the Love (1975)

    Edythe Wright

    Song(s):

  • The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round (1935) – see Tommy Dorsey
  • Music, Maestro, Please (1938) – see Tommy Dorsey

    Frank Edwin “Tré Cool” Wright III


    Richard Wright

    Born: 7/28/1945 in Hatch End, London Died: 9/15/2008

    British rock keyboardist and songwriter with Pink Floyd.


    Allie Wrubel


    Wu-Tang Clan

    Song(s):

  • C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) (1994)

    Album(s):

  • Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

    Robert Wyatt

    Song(s):

  • Shipbuilding (1982)

    Album(s):

  • Rock Bottom (1974)

    Zakk Wylde


    Bill Wyman

    Born: 10/24/1936 in London

    Rock bassist with the Rolling Stones (63-92), Wille and the Poorboys (85).


    Tammy Wynette

    Born: Virginia Wynette Pugh on 5/5/1942 Died: 4/6/1998

    American country singer.

    Song(s):

  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)
  • Stand by Your Man (1968)

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