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 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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Gheorghe Zamfir


Frank Zappa

Experimental singer/songwriter, guitarist, and activist born Francis Vincent Zappa Jr. on 12/21/1940 in Baltimore, MD. Died 12/4/1993 of prostate cancer. 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)


Josef Zawinul

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

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


Zayn

Song(s):
Pillow Talk (2016)
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (with Taylor Swift, 2016)


Zedd

Song(s):
The Middle (with Maren Morris & Grey, 2018)


Hans Zimmer

Album(s):
The Lion King (soundtrack: 1994, cast: 1997) - see Elton John


David Zippel

Album(s):
City of Angels (cast: 1989) – see Cy Coleman


The Zombies

Song(s):
She’s Not There (1964)
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)


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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Last updated February 8, 2020.