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Music Makers Encyclopedia: Z

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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Gheorghe Zamfir


Frank Zappa

Born: Francis Vincent Zappa Jr. on 12/21/1940 in Baltimore, MD Died: 12/4/1993 of prostate cancer

Experimental singer/songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Rock music’s leading satirist. Born of Sicilian parentage. Raised in California. Formed The Mothers of Invention in 1965. In the movies 200 Hotels and Baby Snakes. Father of Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa.

Song(s):

  • Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (1967)

    Album(s):

  • Freak Out! (The Mothers of Invention, 1966)
  • We’re Only in It for the Money (The Mothers of Invention, 1968)
  • Hot Rats (1969)

    Joe Zawinul

    Born: 7/7/1932 Died: 11/9/2007

    Austrian jazz pianist with Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, and Weather Report.


    Hans Zimmer

    Album(s):

  • The Lion King (composed with Elton John and Tim Rice, 1994) ST

    The Zombies

    Song(s):

  • Time of the Season (1969)

    Album(s):

  • Oddessey & Oracle (1968)

    ZZ Top

    Boogie-rock trio formed in Houston, TX.

    Active: 1969-2003 Members: Billy Gibbons (v/g – Moving Sidewalks; ZZ Top), Dusty Hill (v, b), and Frank Beard (d)

    Song(s):

  • La Grange (1974)
  • Legs (1984)

    Album(s):

  • Tres Hombres (1973)
  • Eliminator (1983)

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      Last updated December 29, 2013.