Abbe Lane Abbe Lane is an American singer and actress.
Ada Jones Ada Jane Jones was a popular singer who made her first recordings in 1893 on Edison cylinders. She is among the earliest female singers to be recorded.
Adelaide Hall Adelaide Louise Hall was an American-born UK-based jazz singer and entertainer. Her long career spanned more than 70 years from 1921 until her death and she was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Alain Barrière Alain Barrière is a French singer, who has been active since the 1950s and is known for participating in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest.
Al Caiola Alexander Emil Caiola was a guitarist, composer and arranger who spanned a variety of music genres including jazz, country, rock, and pop.
Alex North Alex North was an American composer best known for his many film scores, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata!, Spartacus, Cleopatra, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Al Goodman Al Goodman was a conductor, songwriter, stage composer, musical director, arranger, and pianist.
Al Hirt Alois Maxwell "Al" Hirt was an American trumpeter and bandleader. He is best remembered for his million-selling recordings of "Java" and the accompanying album Honey in the Horn, and for the theme song to The Green Hornet. His nicknames included "Jumbo" and "The Round Mound of Sound".
Alice Babs Alice Babs was a Swedish singer and actress. She worked in a wide number of genres – Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera. While she was best known internationally as a jazz singer, Babs also competed as Sweden's first annual competition entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.
Alice Ghostley Alice Margaret Ghostley was an American actress and singer.
Allan Sherman Allan Sherman was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer, became the fastest-selling record album up to that time.
Alma Cogan Alma Angela Cohen, known professionally as Alma Cogan, was an English singer of traditional pop music in the 1950s and early 1960s. Dubbed the "Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice", she was the highest paid British female entertainer of her era.
Al Sears Albert Omega Sears was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader, sometimes credited as Big Al Sears.
Alys Robi Alice Robitaille, from Quebec City, "petite Alys", was a French Canadian singer mainly remembered for her later French interpretations of Latin American songs, who performed under the stage name Alys Robi.
Ames Brothers The Ames Brothers were a singing quartet from Malden, Massachusetts, who were particularly famous in the 1950s for their traditional pop music hits.
André Previn André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings.
Andy Russell (singer) Andy Russell was an American popular vocalist, actor, and entertainer of Mexican descent, specializing in traditional pop and Latin music. He sold 8 million records in the 1940s singing in a romantic, baritone voice and in his trademark bilingual English and Spanish style.
Anita Carter Ina Anita Carter, the youngest daughter of Ezra and Mother Maybelle Carter, was a versatile American singer who experimented with several different types of music and played upright bass with her sisters Helen Carter and June Carter Cash as The Carter Sisters.
Anita Kerr Anita Jean Grilli, known professionally as Anita Kerr, is an American singer, arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and music producer. She recorded and performed successfully with her vocal harmony groups in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Europe.
Anna Moffo Anna Moffo was an American opera singer, television personality, and award-winning dramatic actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility.
Annie Ross Annabelle Allan Short, known professionally as Annie Ros, is a British-American singer and actress, best known as a member of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
Ann-Margret Ann-Margret is a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, Tommy, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men.
Anthony A. Mitchell Lieutenant Commander Anthony A. Mitchell, born Antonio Alberto Miceli, was an American clarinetist, composer and conductor who led the United States Navy Band from 1962 until his retirement from the Navy in 1968.
Anthony Newley Anthony Newley was an English actor, singer and songwriter. Newley achieved success as a performer in such diverse fields as rock and roll and stage and screen acting.
Arbee Stidham Arbee Perkins Stidham was an American blues singer and multi-instrumentalist, active mostly in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Archie Campbell Archie Campbell was an American comedian, writer, and star of Hee Haw, a country-flavored network television variety show. He was also a recording artist with several hits on the RCA label in the 1960s.
Art and Dotty Todd Art and Dotty Todd were an American husband and wife singing duo who reached the Top Ten in the UK and the US with the hits "Broken Wings" and "Chanson D'Amour".
Arthur Collins (singer) Arthur Francis Collins was an American baritone who was one of the most prolific and beloved of pioneer recording artists, regarded in his day as "King of the Ragtime Singers".
Arthur Crudup Arthur William "Big Boy" Crudup was an American Delta blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known outside blues circles for his songs "That's All Right", "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad You're Mine", later recorded by Elvis Presley and other artists.
Arthur Fiedler Arthur Fiedler was a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a symphony orchestra that specializes in popular and light classical music. With a combination of musicianship and showmanship, he made the Boston Pops one of the best-known orchestras in the United States.
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Arthur Smith was an American musician, songwriter, and producer of records, as well as a radio and TV host. Smith produced radio and TV shows; The Arthur Smith Show was the first nationally syndicated country music show on television.
Artie Shaw Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction.
Arturo Toscanini Arturo Toscanini was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and of the 20th century, renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his eidetic memory.
Audrey Meadows Audrey Meadows was an American actress best known for her role as the deadpan housewife Alice Kramden on the 1950s American television comedy The Honeymooners.
Autry Inman Robert Autry Inman, was an American country and rockabilly musician.
Baker Knight Thomas Baker Knight Jr. was an American songwriter and musician. His best known compositions were "Lonesome Town", "The Wonder of You", and "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time".
Barbara Feldon Barbara Feldon is an American character actress who works mostly in the theatre, but is primarily known for her roles on television. Her most prominent role was that of Agent 99 on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart. She also worked as a model.
Barney Rapp Barney Rapp was an American orchestra leader and jazz musician from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Barry De Vorzon Barry De Vorzon is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and composer.
Barry Sadler Barry Allen Sadler was an American military veteran, singer/songwriter and author. Sadler served as a Green Beret medic, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in the Vietnam War from late December 1964 to late May 1965.
Beatrice Kay Beatrice Kay was an American singer, vaudevillian, music hall performer, stage and film actress. She died in North Hollywood, California, aged 79.
Bennie Moten Benjamin "Bennie" Moten was an American jazz pianist and band leader born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.
Benny Carter Bennett Lester Carter was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King.
Benny Goodman Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".
Benny Gordon (singer) Benny Gordon was a soul and r&b singer who recorded from the early 1960s up to the 1970s. Some of his early efforts were as a member of Christian Harmonizers. Their recordings were credited to The Christian Harmonizers. Later recordings were as Bennie Gordon And The Soul Brothers.
Benny Martin Benny Edward Martin, was an American bluegrass fiddler who invented the 8-string fiddle.
Bernardo de Muro Bernardo De Muro was an international operatic tenor from Sardinia.
Betty Hutton Betty Hutton was an American stage, film, and television actress, comedian, dancer, and singer.
Bill Carlisle William Toliver Carlisle, known as Bill Carlisle or Jumpin' Bill" Carlisle, was an American country music singer, songwriter, comedian, and guitarist popular in the late 1940s and 1950s but who influenced the genre for more than 50 years. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Billy Butterfield Charles William Butterfield was an American jazz bandleader, trumpeter, flugelhornist, and cornetist.
Billy Eckstine William Clarence Eckstine was an American jazz and pop singer, and a bandleader of the swing era. He was noted for his rich, resonant, almost operatic bass-baritone voice. Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
Bing Crosby Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.
Bobby Day Robert James Byrd, known by the stage name Bobby Day, was an American rock and roll and R&B singer, multi instrumentalist, music producer and songwriter he remains best known for his hit record Rockin' Robin, written by Jimmie Thomas Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Day moved to Los Angeles, California...
Bobby Driscoll Robert Cletus "Bobby" Driscoll was an American child actor and artist known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960.
Bobby Pickett Robert George Pickett, known by the pen name Bobby "Boris" Pickett, was an American singer who was known for co-writing and performing the 1962 hit novelty song "Monster Mash".
Bob Hope Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS was an American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, including a series of "Road" movies.
Bob Nolan Bob Nolan was a Canadian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor. He was a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and composer of numerous Country music and Western music songs, including the standards "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."
Bob Thompson (musician) Robert Lamar "Bob" Thompson was a composer, arranger, and orchestra leader from the 1950s through the 1980s. Active in Los Angeles, Thompson was a recording artist for RCA Victor and Dot Records, scored film and television soundtracks, and wrote commercial jingles.
Bonnie Guitar Bonnie Guitar is an American singer, musician, producer and businesswoman. She is best remembered for her 1957 country-pop crossover hit "Dark Moon". She became one of the first female country music singers to have hit songs cross over from the country charts to the pop charts.
Boots Randolph Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit "Yakety Sax". Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville sound" for most of his professional career.
Boyce and Hart Sidney Thomas "Tommy" Boyce and Bobby Hart were a prolific songwriting duo, best known for the songs they wrote for The Monkees.
Brook Benton Brook Benton, born Benjamin Franklin Peay, was an American singer and songwriter who was popular with rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and pop music audiences during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he scored hits such as "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly", many of which he co-wrote.
Brother Dave Gardner David Gardner, known as Brother Dave Gardner, was a U.S. comedian, professional drummer and singer.
Buchanan Brothers The Buchanan Brothers were two brothers, Chester and Lester Buchanan, who recorded country music during the 1940s on the RCA Victor label. They had a top ten hit, "Atomic Power", released in August 1946; this song was also featured in the 1982 movie The Atomic Café.
Buddy Bregman Louis Isidore "Buddy" Bregman was an American arranger, producer, and composer.
Buddy Morrow Buddy Morrow was an American trombonist and bandleader. He is known for his mastery of the upper range which is evident on records such as "The Golden Trombone," as well as his ballad playing.
Bud Powell Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell was an American jazz pianist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Though Thelonious Monk was a close friend and influence, his greatest piano influence was Art Tatum.
Bunny Berigan Roland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader who rose to fame during the swing era, but whose career and influence were shortened by a losing battle with alcoholism that ended with his early death at age 33 from cirrhosis.
Buzz Clifford Buzz Clifford is an American pop singer and songwriter.
Carol Channing Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian. Notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals, her characters typically radiate a fervent expressiveness and an easily identifiable voice, whether singing or for comedic effect.
Carson Robison Carson Jay Robison was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances.
Caterina Valente Caterina Valente is an Italian singer, guitarist, dancer, and actress. She was born into an Italian artist family. Her father, Giuseppe, was a well-known accordion player; her mother, Maria, a musical clown. She had three siblings, one of whom, Silvio, was also active in show business.
Charles Laughton Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926.
Charlie Monroe Charlie Monroe was an American country and bluegrass music guitarist.
Charlie Rich Charles Allan Rich was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, soul, and gospel genres.
Charlie Ventura Charlie Ventura was a tenor saxophonist and bandleader from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Christopher Cloud In 1973, Christopher Cloud was an alias for Tommy Boyce of Boyce and Hart fame. He released an album called Blown Away on Chelsea Records that same year. The band featured members of the group AIM. He also used a second alias on the record simply called "Tomme".
Claire Barry Minnie Bagelman and Clara Bagelman, best known under the stage names Merna and Claire Barry, were popular American Klezmer and jazz entertainers from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
Claude Thornhill Claude Thornhill was an American pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He composed the jazz and pop standards "Snowfall" and "I Wish I Had You".
Claus Ogerman Claus Ogerman was a German arranger, conductor, and composer best known for his work with Billie Holiday, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, and Diana Krall.
Cliff Edwards Clifton Avon Edwards — known as "Ukulele Ike" — was an American singer, actor and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes. He had a number-one hit with "Singin' In The Rain" in 1929.
Clydie King Clydie King is an American singer, best known for her session work as a backing vocalist.
Connee Boswell Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters.
Conrad Thibault Conrad Thibault was an American baritone vocalist who frequently appeared on radio, recordings, and concert tours.
Cootie Williams Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams was an American jazz, jump blues, and rhythm and blues trumpeter.
Count Basie William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens.
Dale Evans Dale Evans was an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.
Damita Jo DeBlanc Damita Jo DeBlanc, known professionally as Damita Jo, was an American actress, comedian, and lounge music performer.
Daniel Joseph Schafer Daniel Joseph Schafer, known professionally as Dan Schafer, is an American pop, country music and Christian singer, lead guitarist, songwriter, and actor, who has toured with Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, T. Graham Brown, and played bass with Jack Greene on the...
Danny Davis (country musician) Danny Davis was a country music band leader, trumpet player, vocalist and producer, best known as the founder and leader of the Nashville Brass.
Danny Thomas Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz, known professionally by his stage name Danny Thomas, was an American nightclub comedian, singer, actor, and producer, whose career spanned five decades.
Darleen Carr Darleen Carr is an American actress, singer, and voice-over artist. She has also been credited as Darlene Carr or Darleen Drake. She has two sisters, both actresses.
Darrell Glenn Darrell Glenn made his mark in the music business with his 1953 recording of "Crying In the Chapel", written by his dad, Artie Glenn.
Dave "Baby" Cortez David Cortez Clowney, known by the stage name Dave "Baby" Cortez, is an American pop and R&B organist and pianist, best known for his 1959 hit, "The Happy Organ".
Dave Pell David Pell was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader. He was best known for leading a cool jazz octet in the 1950s.
David Houston (singer) Charles David Houston was an American country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s.
David Lindley (musician) David Perry Lindley is an American musician who founded the band El Rayo-X, and who has worked with many other performers including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton.
David Rose (songwriter) David Rose was an American songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader. His most famous compositions were "The Stripper", "Holiday for Strings", and "Calypso Melody".
Della Reese Della Reese is an American nightclub, jazz, gospel and pop singer, film and television actress, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister, whose career has spanned six decades. She has also appeared as a guest on several talk shows and as a panelist on numerous game shows.
Del Wood Polly Adelaide Hendricks Hazelwood, known professionally as Del Wood, was an American pianist.
Dennis Day Dennis Day was an American singer, radio, television and film personality and comedian of Irish descent.
Desi Arnaz Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, better known as Desi Arnaz or Desi Arnaz, Sr., was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer. He is best remembered for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom I Love Lucy.
Diahann Carroll Diahann Carroll is an American television and stage actress and singer known for her performances in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts, including Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess as well as on Broadway.
Dick Contino Dick Contino was an American accordionist and singer.
Dick Damron Dick Damron is a Canadian country music singer, songwriter. Damron experimented with many musical styles in the country genre including: ‘Outlaw', Rockabilly, Honkey Tonk, and Gospel.
Dick Glasser Richard Eugene Glasser was a singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Dick Hyman Richard "Dick" Hyman is an American jazz pianist and composer. Over a 60-year career, he has functioned as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, electronic musician, and, increasingly, as a composer. He will be a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters fellow in 2017.
Dinah Shore Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s.
Dircinha Batista Dirce Grandino de Oliveira, known as Dircinha Batista, was an actress and Brazilian singer.
Dizzy Gillespie John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.
Doctor Clayton Doctor Clayton was an American blues singer and songwriter.
Domenico Modugno Domenico Modugno was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament. He is known for his 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu". He is considered the first Italian cantautore.
Don Azpiazú Justo Ángel Azpiazú, better known as Don Azpiazú, was a leading Cuban orchestral director in the 1920s and 1930s.
Don Bowman (singer) Don Bowman was an American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970, charting in the Top 40 with the novelty hit single "Chit Akins, Make Me a Star". Bowman worked at several radio stations, including KRZK in Branson, Missouri.
Don Cornell Don Cornell was an American singer prominent mainly in the 1940s and 1950s noted for his smooth but robust baritone voice.
Don Durant Don Durant was an American actor and singer, best known for his role as the gunslinger-turned-sheriff in the CBS Western series Johnny Ringo, which ran on Thursdays from October 1, 1959 to June 30, 1960.
Don Gibson Donald Eugene Gibson was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson wrote such country standards as "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", and enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the mid-1970s.
Don Lang (musician) Don Lang was an English trombone player and singer, who led his own band, Don Lang & his Frantic Five.
Don McNeill (radio presenter) Donald T. "Don" McNeill was an American radio personality, best known as the creator and host of The Breakfast Club, which ran for more than 35 years.
Don Robertson (songwriter) Donald Irwin Robertson was an American songwriter and pianist, mostly in the country and popular music genres. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. As a performer, he hit the US Top 10 with "The Happy Whistler" in 1956.
Dora Luz Dora Luz is the stage name of a Mexican singer and recording artist. She is known for her performance in Walt Disney's The Three Caballeros, in which she sings Agustín Lara's "You Belong to My Heart" to Donald Duck.
Dorothy Loudon Dorothy Loudon was an American actress and singer. She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1977 for her performance as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
Duane Eddy Duane Eddy is an American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records produced by Lee Hazlewood which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He had sold 12 million records by 1963.
Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.
Eartha Kitt Eartha Mae Kitt was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby", which were both US Top 10 hits.
Ed Ames Ed Ames is an American popular singer and actor. He is known for his pop hits of the 1960s including "My Cup Runneth Over", "Who Will Answer?" and "When the Snow is on the Roses". He was also part of the popular 1950s singing group with his siblings, The Ames Brothers.
Ed Bruce William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, Jr. is an American country music songwriter and singer. He is known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and recording the 1982 country number one hit "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had".
Eddie Cantor Eddie Cantor, born Edward Israel Itzkowitz, was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter.
Eddie Fisher (singer) Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful pop singles artist during the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show.
Eddie Heywood Edward "Eddie" Heywood, Jr. was an American jazz pianist popular in the 1940s.
Eddy Arnold Richard Edward "Eddy" Arnold was an American country music singer who performed for six decades. He was a Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, and scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones. He sold more than 85 million records.
Ed Wynn Isaiah Edwin Leopold, better known as Ed Wynn, was an American actor and comedian noted for his Perfect Fool comedy character, his pioneering radio show of the 1930s, and his later career as a dramatic actor.
Ellis Larkins Ellis Larkins was an American jazz pianist born in Baltimore, Maryland, perhaps best known for his two recordings with Ella Fitzgerald: the albums Ella Sings Gershwin and Songs in a Mellow Mood. He was also the leader in the first solo sides by singer Chris Connor on her album Chris.
Elton Britt Elton Britt was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician.
Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Erroll Garner Erroll Louis Garner was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His best-known composition, the ballad "Misty", has become a jazz standard. Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso".
Erskine Hawkins Erskine Ramsay Hawkins was an American trumpet player and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel". He is most remembered for composing the jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction" with saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson.
Ethel Ennis Ethel Llewellyn Ennis is an American jazz musician.
Ethel Waters Ethel Waters was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.
Etta James Etta James was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind".
Everything Everything Everything Everything are an English indie rock band from Manchester that formed in late 2007. The band have released four albums to date – 2010's Man Alive, 2013's Arc, 2015's Get To Heaven and 2017's A Fever Dream – and have been widely critically acclaimed.
Ezio Pinza Ezio Pinza was an Italian opera singer. A bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. At the San Francisco Opera, Pinza sang 26 roles during 20 seasons from 1927 to 1948.
Fats Waller Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano.
Fess Parker Fess Elisha Parker Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–1956 TV miniseries and as Daniel Boone in a television series from 1964 to 1970. He was also known as a winemaker and resort owner-operator.
Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her "the world's worst opera singer".
Flor Silvestre Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla, known by her stage name Flor Silvestre, is a Mexican singer, actress, and equestrienne. She is one of the most prominent and successful performers of Mexican and Latin American music, and is a star of classic Mexican films.
Floyd Cramer Floyd Cramer was an American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville sound. He was known for his "slip note" piano style, in which an out-of-key note slides into the correct note.
Floyd Tillman Floyd Tillman was an American country musician who, in the 1930s and 1940s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984.
Four Lovers The Four Lovers was a band formed in 1956 that was the result of vocalist Frankie Valli joining The Variatones in 1954. The Four Lovers' achieved minor success before a name change to The Four Seasons in 1960.
Fran Allison Frances Helen "Fran" Allison was an American television and radio comedian, personality and singer. She is best known for her starring role on the weekday NBC-TV puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie, which ran from 1947 to 1957, occasionally returning to the air until the mid-1980s.
Francisco Fellove Francisco Fellove Valdés, also known as El Gran Fellove, was a Cuban songwriter and singer. A prolific composer of the feeling generation, he is well known for his particular style of scat singing known as chua chua.
Francisco Fellové Francisco Fellové Valdés, also known as El Gran Fellové, was a Cuban songwriter and singer. A prolific composer of the feeling generation, he is well known for his particular style of scat singing known as chua chua.
Frank De Vol Frank Denny De Vol, also known simply as De Vol, was an American arranger, composer and actor.
Frankie Carle Frankie Carle, born Francis Nunzio Carlone, was an American pianist and bandleader. As a very popular bandleader in the 1940s and 1950s, Carle was nicknamed "The Wizard of the Keyboard".
Frankie Randall (singer) Frankie Randall was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, vocalist, actor, and comedian. His acting credits include The Dean Martin Summer Show and Day of the Wolves.
Fran Warren Frances Wolfe, known by her stage name, Fran Warren, was an American popular singer.
Fred Astaire Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter.
Freddy Martin Frederick Alfred Martin was an American bandleader and tenor saxophonist.
Gail Davis Gail Davis was an American actress, best known for her starring role as Annie Oakley in the 1950s television Western series Annie Oakley.
Gale Garnett Gale Zoë Garnett is a New Zealand–born Canadian singer best known in the United States for her Grammy-winning folk hit "We'll Sing in the Sunshine". Garnett has since carved out a career as a writer and actress.
Gaynel Hodge Gaynel Hodge is the co-author of the Platinum hit 1950s song, "Earth Angel", is a recording artist, songwriter and a pianist.
Gene Austin Gene Austin was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first "crooners". His 1920s compositions "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "The Lonesome Road" became pop and jazz standards.
Gene Krupa Eugene Bertram Krupa was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer. Known for his highly energetic, flamboyant style and for his showmanship, Krupa was important for his musical contribution to jazz music and his influence extends to this day.
George Beverly Shea George Beverly Shea was a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer.
George Duning George Duning was an American musician and film composer. He was born in Richmond, Indiana and educated in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where his mentor was Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
George "Gabby" Hayes George Francis "Gabby" Hayes was an American radio, film, and television actor. He was best known for his numerous appearances in Western films as the colorful sidekick of the leading man.
George Gobel George Leslie Gobel was an American comedian and actor. He was best known as the star of his own weekly NBC television show, The George Gobel Show, which ran from 1954 to 1960. He was also well known as a panelist on the popular NBC game show Hollywood Squares.
George Wright (organist) George Wright was an American musician, possibly the most famous virtuoso of the theatre organ of the modern era.
Ginny Gibson Ginny Gibson was the professional name of a prolific New York recording vocalist, Virginia Nelson. Gibson recorded jingles and popular songs for vinyl records. Her married surname, beginning around 1946, was Nelson. In 1958, she married Richard Dennis Criger. She divorced Criger in 1976.
Gisele MacKenzie Gisèle MacKenzie was a Canadian singer, best known for her performances on the US television program Your Hit Parade.
Glenn Miller Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands.
Glenn Yarbrough Glenn Robertson Yarbrough was an American folk singer. He was the lead singer with the Limeliters from 1959 to 1963. He also had a prolific solo career, recording on various labels.
Gogi Grant Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, known professionally as Gogi Grant, was an American pop singer. She is best known for her No. 1 hit in 1956, "The Wayward Wind".
Gordon Terry Gordon Terry was an adept American bluegrass and country music fiddler and guitarist. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
Grandpa Jones Louis Marshall Jones, known professionally as Grandpa Jones, was an American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Guylaine Guy Guylaine Guy is a Canadian singer and painter from Montreal, Quebec.
Hal Blaine Hal Blaine is an American drummer and session musician.
Hal Kemp James Hal Kemp was a jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. He was born in Marion, Alabama, and died in Madera, California, following an auto accident.
Hank Cochran Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran was an American country music singer and songwriter. Starting during the 1960s, Cochran was a prolific songwriter in the genre, including major hits by Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and others.
Hank Locklin Lawrence Hankins 'Hank' Locklin was an American country music singer-songwriter.
Hank Penny Herbert Clayton Penny was an accomplished banjo player and practitioner of Western swing. He worked as a comedian best known for his backwoods character "That Plain Ol' Country Boy" on TV with Spade Cooley. He was married to country singer Sue Thompson from 1953-63.
Harpo Marx Arthur Marx, known professionally as Harpo Marx, was an American comedian, actor, mime artist, and musician, and the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers.
Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. One of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.
Hawkshaw Hawkins Harold Franklin Hawkins, better known as Hawkshaw Hawkins, was an American country music singer popular from the 1950s into the early 1960s known for his rich, smooth vocals and music drawn from blues, boogie and honky tonk.
H. B. Barnum Hidle Brown "H. B." Barnum is an American pianist, arranger, record producer, songwriter, and former child actor.
Henri René Henri René, was an American musician who had an international career in the recording industry as a producer, composer, conductor and arranger.
Henry (Hank) Sylvern Henry "Hank" Sylvern was born in Brooklyn, NY. Hank was a U.S. organist and composer, who worked on radio and TV shows some of which are listed below...
Henry Mancini Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores.
Herbie Fields Herbie Fields was an American jazz musician. He attended New York's famed Juilliard School of Music and served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1943.
Herb Jeffries Herb Jeffries was an African-American actor of film and television and popular music and jazz singer-songwriter, known of his baritone voice. He was of African descent and Hollywood's first singing black cowboy.
Hilton Jefferson Hilton Jefferson was an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Danbury, Connecticut, perhaps best known for leading the saxophone section from 1940–1949 in the Cab Calloway band. Jefferson is said to have been "a soft, delicate saxophone player, with an exquisite sensibility."
Homer and Jethro Homer and Jethro were the stage names of American country music duo Henry D. "Homer" Haynes and Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns, popular from the 1940s through the 1960s on radio and television for their satirical versions of popular songs.
Hugo & Luigi Hugo & Luigi were an American record producing team, made up of songwriters and producers Luigi Creatore and Hugo Peretti, who shared an office in New York's Brill Building. Besides their working relationship, the two were cousins.
Hugo Montenegro Hugo Mario Montenegro was an American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his cover version of Ennio Morricone's main theme from the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Hugo Winterhalter Hugo Winterhalter was an American easy listening arranger and composer.
Ilene Woods Jacqueline Ruth "Ilene" Woods was an American actress and singer. Woods was the original voice of the title character of the Walt Disney animated feature Cinderella, for which she was named a Disney Legend in 2003.
Isao Tomita Isao Tomita, often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music, and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.
Ishmon Bracey Ishmon Bracey, sometimes credited as Ishman Bracey, was an American Delta blues singer-guitarist. Alongside his contemporary Tommy Johnson, Bracey was a highly influential bluesman in Jackson, Mississippi, and was one of the area's earliest figures to record blues material.
Jack Berch Jack Berch was an American baritone singer best known for his radio variety/talk programs.
Jack Clement Jack Henderson Clement was an American singer, songwriter, and record and film producer.
Jack Jones (singer) John Allan Jones known professionally as Jack Jones, is an American actor and jazz and pop singer, popular during the 1960s. He is the son of actor/singer Allan Jones and actress Irene Hervey.
Jack Paar Jack Harold Paar was an American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host, best known for his stint as host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962.
Jack Scott (singer) Jack Scott is a Canadian American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time."
Jack Teagarden Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden, was a jazz trombonist and singer.
James Stewart James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history.
Jane Pickens Langley Jane Pickens Hoving was a popular American singer on Broadway, radio and television for 20 years and later an organizer in numerous philanthropic and society events.
Janet Baker Dame Janet Abbott Baker is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer.
Janis Martin Janis Darlene Martin was an American rockabilly and country music singer. She was one of the few women working in the male-dominated rock and roll music field during the 1950s and one of country music's early female innovators.
Jan Peerce Jan Peerce was an American operatic tenor. Peerce was an accomplished performer on the operatic and Broadway concert stages, in solo recitals, and as a recording artist. He is the father of film director Larry Peerce.
Jaye P. Morgan Jaye P. Morgan is a retired popular music American singer, actress and game show panelist.
Jayne Meadows Jayne Meadows, also known as Jayne Meadows-Allen, was an American stage, film and television actress, as well as an author and lecturer. She was nominated for three Emmy Awards during her career and was the elder sister of actress and memoirist Audrey Meadows.
Jean Chapel Opal Jean Amburgey, known professionally as Jean Chapel, was an American country singer and songwriter. She recorded for several record labels and wrote over 400 songs, more than 170 of which were published in her lifetime.
Jeanne Pruett Jeanne Pruett is an American country singer and Grand Ole Opry star, best known for her 1973 country hit, "Satin Sheets", that spent three weeks at No. 1.
Jeff Barry Jeff Barry is an American pop music songwriter, singer, and record producer.
Jenny Lou Carson Jenny Lou Carson, born Virginia Lucille Overstake, was an American country music singer-songwriter and the first woman to write a No. 1 country music hit. From 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music.
Jerry Colonna (entertainer) Gerardo Luigi "Jerry" Colonna was an American musician, actor, comedian, singer, songwriter and trombonist best remembered as the zaniest of Bob Hope's sidekicks in Hope's popular radio shows and films of the 1940s and 1950s.
Jesse Belvin Jesse Lorenzo Belvin was an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter popular in the 1950s, whose success was cut short by his death in a car crash aged 27.
Jim Jackson (musician) Jim Jackson was an African-American blues and hokum singer, songster, and guitarist, whose recordings in the late 1920s were popular and influential on later musicians.
Jimmie Rodgers (country singer) James Charles Rodgers, professionally Jimmie Rodgers, was an American country, blues and folk singer, songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling.
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Ray Dean was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman, best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. He became a national television personality starting on CBS in 1957.
Jimmy Driftwood James Corbitt Morris, known professionally as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood, was an American folk music songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs "The Battle of New Orleans" and "Tennessee Stud".
J. J. Johnson James Louis "J. J." Johnson was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. He was sometimes credited as Jay Jay Johnson.
Joe Williams (jazz singer) Joe Williams was an American jazz singer. He sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and also with his own combos. He sang in two films with the Basie orchestra, and sometimes worked as an actor.
Johana Harris Johana Harris was a Canadian pianist, composer, and music educator. She had highly successful career as a concert pianist, making numerous recordings and appearing as a soloist with almost every major American symphony orchestra.
John D. Loudermilk John D. Loudermilk Jr. was an American singer and songwriter. Although he had his own recording career during the 1950s and 1960s, he was primarily known as a songwriter.
John Gary John Gary was an American singer, recording artist, television host, and performer on the musical stage.
John Hartford John Cowan Hartford was an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore.
John Kongos John Theodore Kongos is a South African singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1971 top 10 hit single, "He's Gonna Step on You Again", on which 90's band Happy Mondays based their hit "Step On".
Johnnie & Jack Johnnie & Jack were an American country music duo composed of Johnnie Wright and Jack Anglin. The duo became members of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s.
Johnny Hartman John Maurice Hartman was an American jazz singer who specialized in ballads and earned critical acclaim, though he was never widely known.
Johnny Russell (singer) John Bright Russell was an American country singer, songwriter, and comedian best known for his song "Act Naturally", which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965.
Johnny Tyler Lehman Monroe "Johnny" Tyler was an American country musician.
Jonathan and Darlene Edwards Jonathan and Darlene Edwards were a musical comedy double act developed by American conductor and arranger Paul Weston, and his wife, singer Jo Stafford.
José Feliciano José Montserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican guitarist, singer, and songwriter, best known for many international hits, including his rendition of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and the best-selling Christmas single, "Feliz Navidad".
José Ferrer José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón, known as José Ferrer, was an American actor and theatre and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican-born actor, as well as the first Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award.
Josef Krips Josef Alois Krips was an Austrian conductor and violinist.
Josephine Baker Josephine Baker was an entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France.
Juan Gabriel Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known by his stage name Juan Gabriel, was a Mexican singer and songwriter. Colloquially nicknamed as Juanga and El Divo de Juárez, Gabriel was known for his flamboyant style, which broke barriers within the Latin music market.
Juanita Hall Juanita Hall was an American musical theatre and film actress. She is remembered for her roles in the original stage and screen versions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals South Pacific as Bloody Mary - a role that garnered her the Tony Award - and Flower Drum Song as Auntie Liang.
Judas Priest Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band have sold close to 50 million albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time.
Julius Daniels Julius Daniels was an American Piedmont blues musician. His song "99 Year Blues" appeared on the box set Anthology of American Folk Music and has been covered by Jim Kweskin, Chris Smither, Johnny Winter, Charlie Parr and Hot Tuna on their album Burgers.
Julius La Rosa Julius La Rosa was an Italian-American traditional popular music singer, who worked in both radio and television beginning in the 1950s.
Kate Smith Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
Kathryn Beaumont Kathryn Beaumont is an English actress, singer and school teacher. She is best known for providing Disney animated films with the voices of both Alice in Alice in Wonderland; and Wendy Darling in Peter Pan for which she was named a Disney Legend in 1998.
Kay Starr Katherine Laverne Starks, known as Kay Starr, was an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz".
Kenny Price James Kenneth Price was a singer, songwriter, and actor. Nicknamed the "Round Mound of Sound," Price recorded for the Boone and RCA Victor, MRC and Dimension record labels, charting thirty-four singles on the Hot Country Songs charts between 1966 and 1980.
Kokomo Arnold James "Kokomo" Arnold was an American blues musician. A left-handed slide guitarist, his intense style of playing and rapid-fire vocal delivery set him apart from his contemporaries.
Labelle Labelle is an American all-female singing group who were a popular vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s.
Larry Dale Larry Dale was an American blues singer, guitarist and session musician.
Larry Elgart Lawrence Joseph Elgart was an American jazz bandleader. With his brother Les, he recorded "Bandstand Boogie", the theme to the long-running dance show American Bandstand.
Las Hermanas Montoya The Montoya Sisters, AKA Las Hermanas Montoya, were a Latin music singing group consisting of four sisters; Mercedes, Ofelia, Emilia and Esther.
Lauritz Melchior Lauritz Melchior was a Danish-American opera singer. He was the pre-eminent Wagnerian tenor of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s and has since come to be considered the quintessence of his voice type. Late in his career, Melchior appeared in movie musicals and on radio and television.
Lee Andrews & the Hearts Lee Andrews & the Hearts was an American doo-wop quintet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, formed in 1953. They recorded on the Gotham, Rainbow, Mainline, Chess, United Artists, Grand and Gowen labels.
Lena Horne Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater.
Leontyne Price Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.
Leroy Carr Leroy Carr was an American blues singer, songwriter and pianist who developed a laid-back, crooning technique and whose popularity and style influenced such artists as Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. He first became famous for "How Long, How Long Blues", released by Vocalion Records in 1928.
Les Baxter Leslie Thompson "Les" Baxter was an American musician and composer. After becoming well known as an arranger and composer for swing bands in the 1940s, he developed his own style of world music-influenced easy listening music, known as exotica, during the 1950s and 1960s.
Les Paul Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar.
Linda Scott Linda Scott born Linda Joy Sampson, June 1, 1945 is an American pop singer who was active from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Her biggest hit was the 1961 million-selling single, "I've Told Every Little Star".
Lindsay Crosby Lindsay Harry Crosby was an American actor and singer. He was one of four sons of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee; the others were his older brothers Gary and the twins Phillip and Dennis. Lindsay began his career singing alongside his three brothers and his father, Bing Crosby.
Lisa Kirk Lisa Kirk was an American actress and singer noted for her comic talents and rich contralto.
Liz Anderson Elizabeth Jane Anderson was an American country music singer-songwriter who was one in a wave of new-generation female vocalists in the genre during the 1960s to write and record her own songs on a regular basis.
Lonzo and Oscar Lonzo and Oscar were an American country music duo founded in 1945 originally consisting of Lloyd George as "Lonzo" and Rollin "Oscar" Sullivan, best known for being the first to perform the 1948 song "I'm My Own Grandpa".
Lorene Mann Lorene Mann was an American country music singer and songwriter. She is known for her duets with Justin Tubb and Archie Campbell.
Lorin Hollander Lorin Hollander is an American classical concert pianist. He has performed with virtually all of the major symphony orchestras in the United States and many around the world. A New York Times critic has called him, "the leading pianist of his generation."
Lorne Greene Lorne Hyman Greene, was a Canadian actor, radio personality, and singer.
Los Indios Tabajaras Los Indios Tabajaras was a guitar duo of two brothers from Ceará, in the Northeast of Brazil.
Louis Armstrong Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, Satch or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz.
Louis Prima Louis Prima was an Italian-American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter.
Lou Monte Lou Monte was an Italian American singer best known for a number of best-selling, Italian-themed novelty records which he recorded for both RCA Records and Reprise Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Luciano Berio Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work and also for his pioneering work in electronic music.
Lucky Millinder Lucius Venable "Lucky" Millinder was an African American rhythm-and-blues and swing bandleader. Although he could not read or write music, did not play an instrument and rarely sang, his showmanship and musical taste made his bands successful.
Marie McDonald Marie McDonald was an American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" and later nicknamed "The Body".
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality.
Mario Lanza Mario Lanza was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s.
Martha Carson Martha Carson, born Irene Amburgey, was an American gospel-country music singer most popular during the 1950s.
Marty Gold Martin Gold was a composer, pianist, and bandleader born in New York City, New York.
Mary Martin Mary Virginia Martin was an American actress, singer, and Broadway star. A muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, she originated many leading roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1989.
Mary Speer Mary Tom Reid was an American southern gospel singer who sang with the well-known Speer Family Gospel Choir from the 1920s until her official retirement in 1954 and again from the 1980s until the group's official retirement in 1997.
Matt Dennis Matt Dennis was an American singer, pianist, band leader, arranger, and writer of music for popular music songs.
Max Steiner Maximilian Raoul Steiner was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films. His father was Hungarian-Jewish Gábor Steiner born in Temesvár, Kingdom of Hungary.
Meredith Willson Robert Meredith Willson, credited as Meredith Willson, was an American composer and playwright, best known for writing the book, music, and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man.
Merna Barry Minnie Bagelman and Clara Bagelman, best known under the stage names Merna and Claire Barry, were popular American Klezmer and jazz entertainers from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
Merv Griffin Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin Jr. was an American television host and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986, Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show.
Michel Legrand Michel Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting, jazz-tinged film music.
Mickey Katz Mickey Katz was an American comedian and musician who specialized in Jewish humor. He was the father of actor Joel Grey and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey.
Mickey & Sylvia Mickey & Sylvia was an American R&B duo, composed of Mickey Baker and Sylvia Vanderpool, who later became Sylvia Robinson. They were the first big seller for Groove Records.
Mick Ronson Michael Ronson was an English guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer. He achieved critical and commercial success working with David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
Miguelito Valdés Miguelito Valdés, also known as Mr. Babalú, was a renowned Cuban singer. His performances were characterized by a strong voice and a particular sense of cubanismo.
Mike Pedicin Mike Pedicin was an American saxophonist and jazz bandleader.
Mike Settle Michael Ward Settle is an American songwriter, journalist, broadcaster and singer.
Mildred Bailey Mildred Bailey was a popular and influential American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as "The Queen of Swing", "The Rockin' Chair Lady" and "Mrs. Swing". Some of her best-known hits are "It's So Peaceful in the Country", "Trust in Me", "Where Are You?.
Milford Graves Milford Graves is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, most noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the early 1960s with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet alongside John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, and Reggie Workman.
Milt Herth Milton "Milt" Herth was an American jazz organist, known for his work on the Hammond organ soon after it was introduced in 1935. Herth's work is available from his recordings of the 1930s and 1940s.
Milton Berle Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" during TV's golden age.
Milton Brown Milton Brown was an American band leader and vocalist who co-founded the genre of Western swing. His band was the first to fuse hillbilly hokum, jazz, and pop together into a unique, distinctly American hybrid, thus giving him the nickname, "Father of Western Swing".
Milton Cross Milton John Cross was an American radio announcer famous for his work on the NBC and ABC radio networks.
Mindy Carson Mindy Carson is an American former traditional pop vocalist. She was heard often on radio during the 1940s and 1950s.
Minnie Pearl Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991.
Mitchell Torok Mitchell Torok is an American country music singer, songwriter, artist, author and guitarist, best known for his 1953 hit "Caribbean". He also wrote "Mexican Joe", which catapulted Jim Reeves to stardom. They began to write together and charted many top 20 hits.
MØ Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known professionally as MØ is a Danish singer and songwriter, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Born in Ubberud, MØ has been compared to electropop artists such as Grimes and Twin Shadow.
Muggsy Spanier Francis Joseph "Muggsy" Spanier was a prominent jazz cornet player based in Chicago.
Myrna Lorrie Myrna Lorrie is a Canadian country singer/songwriter/musician. She is known as the First Lady of Canadian Country Music.
Nan Wynn Nan Wynn, born Marsha Vatz was an American big-band singer, and Broadway and film actress. She sang and recorded throughout the 1930s and 1940s with the Emery Deutsch, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Duchin, Richard Himber, Hal Kemp, Hudson-DeLange, Raymond Scott, Teddy Wilson and Freddie Rich orchestras.
Neal Hefti Neal Paul Hefti was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger. He wrote music for The Odd Couple movie and TV series and for the Batman TV series.
Neil Sedaka Neil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, composer and record producer. Since his music career began in 1957, he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs for himself and others, collaborating mostly with lyricists Howard Greenfield and Phil Cody.
Nick Adams (actor) Nick Adams was an American film and television actor and screenwriter. He was noted for his roles in several Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel.
Nick Adams (actor, born 1931) Nick Adams was an American film and television actor and screenwriter. He was noted for his roles in several Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel.
Nino Tempo Nino Tempo is an American musician, singer, and actor.
Norma Jean (singer) Norma Jean Beasler, better known as Norma Jean, is an American country music singer who was a member of The Porter Wagoner Show from 1961–1967.
Norman Luboff Norman Luboff was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director.
Noro Morales Norosbaldo Morales was a Puerto Rican pianist and bandleader.
Odetta Odetta Holmes, known as Odetta, was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.
Organisation (band) Organisation zur Verwirklichung gemeinsamer Musikkonzepte, Kraftwerk Robots better known simply as Kraftwerk, was an progressive pop krautrock band that was the immediate predecessor of the band Kraftwerk.
Orquesta Casino de la Playa Orquesta Casino de la Playa, founded in 1937 in Havana, Cuba, was a band that took its name from the name of the casino where they worked. This orchestra made a bridge between Cuban popular music and the sound of American Jazz Big Bands.
Osborne Brothers The Osborne Brothers, Sonny Osborne and Bobby Osborne, were an influential and popular bluegrass act during the 1960s and 1970s. They are probably best known for their No. 33 1967 country hit song, "Rocky Top", written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and named after a fictional Tennessee location.
Otis Blackwell Otis Blackwell was an African-American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll.
Page Cavanaugh Page Cavanaugh was an American jazz and pop pianist, vocalist, and arranger.
Patrice Munsel Patrice Munsel was an American coloratura soprano. Nicknamed "Princess Pat", she was the youngest singer to ever star at the Metropolitan Opera.
Pat Suzuki Pat Suzuki born Chiyoko Suzuki is an American popular singer and actress, who is best known for her role in the original Broadway production of the musical Flower Drum Song, and her performance of the song "I Enjoy Being a Girl" in the show.
Patsy Montana Ruby Rose Blevins, known professionally as Patsy Montana, was an American country music singer, songwriter and actress.
Patti Austin Patti Austin is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer.
Paul Anka Paul Albert Anka is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "Having My Baby".
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's biggest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.
Paul Evans (musician) Paul Evans is an American rock and roll singer and songwriter, who was most prominent in the 1950s and 1960s. As a performer, he had hits with the songs "Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat", "Midnight Special" and "Happy-Go-Lucky Me". Minor hits of him were a.o.
Paul Lavalle Paul Lavalle was a conductor, composer, arranger and performer on clarinet and saxophone.
Paul Winchell Paul Winchell was an American ventriloquist, comedian, actor, humanitarian, and inventor whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1950 to 1954, he hosted The Paul Winchell Show, which also used two other titles during its prime time run on NBC, The Speidel Show, and What's My Name?.
Pee Wee King Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "Tennessee Waltz".
Peggy March Peggy March is an American pop singer. She is primarily known for her 1963 million-selling song "I Will Follow Him". Although she is sometimes remembered as a one-hit wonder, she continued to have success in Europe well into the 1970s.
Pérez Prado Dámaso Pérez Prado was a Cuban bandleader, singer, organist, pianist and composer, who also made brief appearances in films. He is often referred to as the "King of the Mambo". He became known and professionally billed as Pérez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively.
Perry Como Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943.
Pete King (saxophonist) Peter "Pete" Stephen George King was a British jazz tenor saxophonist. He was the manager of London's Ronnie Scott's jazz club for almost 50 years.
Peter Nero Peter Nero is an American pianist and pops conductor.
Phil Harris Wonga Philip Harris was an American comedian, actor, singer, and jazz musician. He was an orchestra leader and a pioneer in radio situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, then in a series in which he co-starred with his wife, singer-actress Alice Faye, for eight years.
Phil Regan (actor) Philip Joseph Christopher Aloysius "Phil" Regan was an American actor, who later served time for bribery in a real estate scandal.
Phil Spitalny Phil Spitalny was a musician, music critic, composer and bandleader heard often on radio during the 1930s/40s. He rose to fame after he brought together an orchestra with only female musicians, a novelty at the time.
Phineas Newborn Jr. Phineas Newborn Jr. was an American jazz pianist, whose principal influences were Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Bud Powell.
Piano Red Willie Lee Perryman, usually known professionally as Piano Red and later in life as Dr. Feelgood, was an American blues musician, the first to hit the pop music charts. He was a self-taught pianist who played in the barrelhouse blues style.
Polly Bergen Polly Bergen was an American actress, singer, television host, writer and entrepreneur.
Ralph Flanagan Ralph Elias Flenniken, known professionally as Ralph Flanagan, was a big band leader, pianist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey.
Ray Charles (musician, born 1918) Ray Charles was an American musician, singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and conductor who was best known as organizer and leader of the Ray Charles Singers who were featured on Perry Como's records and television shows for 35 years and were also known for a series of 30 choral record albums...
Ray Ellis Ray Ellis was an American record producer, arranger and conductor. The orchestration for Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin is probably his best known work in the jazz vein.
Ray Heindorf Ray Heindorf was an American songwriter, composer, conductor, and arranger.
Ray Kinney Ray Kinney was a singer, musician, composer, orchestra leader, and performer on radio, stage and screen.
Ray Martin (orchestra leader) Ray Martin was a British-Austrian orchestra leader. He was noted for his light music compositions. Allmusic journalist, Bradley Torreano stated "Ray Martin created a legacy for himself in British popular music through his work with his orchestra during the 1950s.
Ray McKinley Ray McKinley was an American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader.
Ray Noble Raymond Stanley Noble was an English bandleader, composer, arranger, radio comedian, and actor.
Ray Peterson Ray Peterson was an American pop singer who was best remembered for singing "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Corrina, Corrina".
Red Callender George Sylvester "Red" Callender was an American string bass and tuba player. He is perhaps best known as a jazz musician, but worked with an array of pop, rock and vocal acts as a member of The Wrecking Crew, a group of first-call session musicians in Los Angeles.
Redd Stewart Henry Ellis Stewart, better known as Redd Stewart, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist who co-wrote "Tennessee Waltz" with Pee Wee King in 1948.
Red Sovine Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine was an American country music singer and songwriter associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives, but set to music. The most noted examples are his 1965 number one hit "Giddyup Go" and his 1976 number one hit "Teddy Bear".
René Hall René Joseph Hall was an American musician, performer, and music arranger whose guitar and arrangements can be heard on hundreds of enduring rock and roll and R&B recordings released by many of America's most notable labels including Aladdin, Decca, Motown, and RCA Records.
Reparata and the Delrons Reparata and the Delrons was an American girl group. They are best known for their 1965 recordings "Whenever A Teenager Cries" and "Tommy", for the 1968 European hit "Captain of Your Ship" and for Reparata's 1975 solo hit "Shoes".
Rex Humbard Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard was a well-known American television evangelist whose Cathedral of Tomorrow show was aired on over 600 stations at the peak of its popularity.
Rex Stewart Rex William Stewart was an American jazz cornetist best remembered for his work with the Duke Ellington orchestra.
Rita Pavone Rita Pavone is an Italian ballad and rock singer who enjoyed success through the 1960s. Pavone is also an actress.
Robert Merrill Robert Merrill was an American operatic baritone and actor, who was also active in the musical theatre circuit. He received the National Medal of Arts in 1993.
Robert Nighthawk Robert Lee McCollum was an American blues musician who played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and Robert Nighthawk. He was the father of the blues musician Sam Carr.
Robert Russell Bennett Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer and arranger, best known for his orchestration of many well-known Broadway and Hollywood musicals by other composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers.
Robert Shaw (conductor) Robert Shaw was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Rod Lauren Rod Lawrence Strunk, popularly known as Rod Lauren, was an American actor and singer.
Rod McKuen Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuen was an American poet, singer-songwriter, and actor. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s.
Roger Miller Roger Dean Miller, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs.
Ronnie Cord Ronnie Cord, born Ronald Cordovil, was a Brazilian singer. Son of conductor and composer Hervé Cordovil, he already played guitar at age six. In 1959 he auditioned for Copacabana Records, in Rio de Janeiro.
Ronnie Hilton Ronnie Hilton was an English singer and radio presenter. According to his obituary in The Guardian newspaper, "For a time Hilton was a star – strictly for home consumption – with nine Top 20 hits between 1954 and 1957, that transitional era between 78 and 45rpm records.
Ronny & the Daytonas Ronny & The Daytonas were an American surf rock group of the early 1960s, whose members included Paul Jensen, Thomas Ramey, Lynn Williams, Lee Kraft and John "Bucky" Wilkin, with contributions from others such as Larry Butler, Ronny Clark and Buzz Cason.
Rosario García Orellana Rosario García Orellana was a Cuban coloratura soprano. Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona composed Escucha al Ruiseñor for her which she recorded, among other Cuban music, in New York City for RCA Victor. She was thereafter known as Cuba's nightingale.
Rosemary Clooney Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the song "Come On-a My House", which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me", "Mambo Italiano", "Tenderly", "Half as Much", "Hey There" and "This Ole House".
Rose Murphy Rose Murphy was an American singer famous for the song "Busy Line".
Roy Hamilton Roy Hamilton was an American singer. By combining semi-classical technique with traditional black gospel feeling, he brought soul to Great American Songbook singing. Hamilton's greatest commercial and artistic success occurred in the 1950s.
Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison was an American singer-songwriter known for his distinctive, impassioned voice, complex song structures, and dark emotional ballads.
Roy Rogers Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show.
Roy Smeck Leroy Smeck, 6 February 1900 – 5 April 1994 was an American musician. His skill on the banjo, guitar, and ukulele earned him the nickname "The Wizard of the Strings".
Rudy Vallée Hubert Prior "Rudy" Vallée was an American singer, actor, and bandleader.
Sam Butera Sam Butera was a tenor saxophonist best noted for his collaborations with Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Butera is frequently regarded as a crossover artist who performed with equal ease in both R & B and the post-big band pop style of jazz that permeated the early Vegas nightclub scene.
Sam Cooke Samuel Dale "Sam" Cook, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
Sammy Kaye Sammy Kaye, born Samuel Zarnocay, Jr., was an American bandleader and songwriter, whose tag line, "Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye", became one of the most famous of the Big Band Era. His signature tune was "Harbor Lights".
Sergio Franchi Sergio Franchi, born Sergio Franci Galli, was an Italian-American tenor and actor who enjoyed success in the United States and internationally after gaining notice in Britain in the early 1960s.
Shorty Rogers Milton "Shorty" Rogers was one of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. He played trumpet and flugelhorn and was in demand for his skills as an arranger.
Shug Fisher Shug Fisher, born George Clinton Fisher, Jr., was an American character actor, singer, songwriter, musician and comedian. During a 50-year career, he appeared in many Western films, often as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in Roy Rogers serials.
Six Fat Dutchmen The Six Fat Dutchmen was a polka band formed around 1932 by Harold Loeffelmacher in New Ulm, Minnesota. The band was known mostly for playing the "Oom-pah" style of polka music that originated from Germany and the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia.
Si Zentner Simon Hugh "Si" Zentner was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader.
Skeeter Bonn Skeeter Bonn was a singer and guitar player on several national country music radio programs and had several singles on RCA Victor in the 1950s. He was known as the "pickin' and singing' boy".
Skip Bifferty Skip Bifferty was an English psychedelic rock band formed in early 1966. The band featured future members of Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
Skip Martin Lloyd Vernon "Skip" Martin was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and music arranger.
Slim Whitman Slim Whitman, born as Otis Dewey Whitman Jr, was an American country music and western music singer-songwriter and instrumentalist known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth, high, three-octave-range falsetto in a style christened as "countrypolitan".
Small Faces Small Faces were an English rock band from East London. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist.
Sonny James James Hugh Loden, known professionally as Sonny James, was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the "Southern Gentleman" for his congenial manner, his greatest success came from ballads about the trials of love.
Sonny Rollins Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins is an American jazz tenor saxophonist, widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.
Sonny Terry Saunders Teddell, or Saunders Terrell, known as Sonny Terry, was an American Piedmont blues and folk musician, who was known for his energetic blues harmonica style, which frequently included vocal whoops and hollers and occasionally imitations of trains and fox hunts.
Sonora Matancera La Sonora Matancera is a Cuban/Afro-Cuban band that played Latin American urban popular dance music. Founded in 1924 and led for more than five decades by guitarist, vocalist, composer, and producer Rogelio Martínez, musicologists consider it an icon of this type of music.
Sons of the Pioneers The Sons of the Pioneers are one of the United States' earliest Western singing groups. Known for their vocal performances, their musicianship, and their songwriting, they produced innovative recordings that have inspired many Western music performers and remained popular through the years.
Sophia Loren Sofia Costanza Brigida Villani Scicolone, known as Sophia Loren, Dama di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian film actress and singer. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15.
Spade Cooley Donnell Clyde Cooley, better known as Spade Cooley, was an American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, and television personality. His career ended in 1961 when he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae Evans.
Speer Family The Speer Family was a Southern gospel family musical group. It was founded in 1921 by George Thomas Speer, his wife, Lena Darling Speer, and his sister and brother-in-law, Pearl Claborn and Logan Claborn.
Spike Jones Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones was an American musician and bandleader specializing in satirical arrangements of popular songs and classical music. Ballads receiving the Jones treatment were punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and outlandish and comedic vocals.
Sterling Holloway Sterling Price Holloway Jr. was an American actor and voice actor who appeared in over 100 films and 40 television shows.
Steve and Eydie Steve and Eydie is the name of an American pop vocal duet, consisting of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. They were a husband and wife team from their wedding in 1957 until Eydie's death in 2013. Both have also had separate careers as solo singers.
Stuart Hamblen Stuart Hamblen became one of American radio's first singing cowboys in 1926, going on to become a singer, actor, radio show host, and songwriter, later undergoing a Christian conversion and becoming a Temperance movement supporter and recurring candidate for political office.
Stu Phillips (country singer) Stu Phillips is a Canadian-American country singer from Montreal, Quebec. Stu and his wife Aldona operate Long Hollow Winery in Goodlettsville, near Nashville. He is also an ordained Minister in the Episcopal Church. He is an active member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Sylvie Vartan Sylvie Vartan is a French singer and actress. She is known as one of the most productive and tough-sounding yé-yé artists.
Tal Henry Tal Henry was an American orchestra director in the swing and big band eras.
Tampa Red Tampa Red, born Hudson Woodbridge but known from childhood as Hudson Whittaker, was an American Chicago blues musician.
Tex Beneke Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke was an American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader. His career is a history of associations with bandleader Glenn Miller and former musicians and singers who worked with Miller. His band is also associated with the careers of Eydie Gorme, Henry Mancini and Ronnie Deauville.
Tex Williams Sollie Paul "Tex" Williams was an American Western swing musician from Ramsey, Illinois. He is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty song, "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!", which held the number one position on the Billboard charts for sixteen weeks in 1947.
The Astronauts (band) The Astronauts were an American rock and roll band, who had a minor hit in 1963 with "Baja" and remained successful for several years, especially in Japan. They have been described as being, "along with... Trashmen, the premier landlocked Midwestern surf group of the '60s."
The Barry Sisters Minnie Bagelman and Clara Bagelman, best known under the stage names Merna and Claire Barry, were popular American Klezmer and jazz entertainers from the 1940s to the early 1970s.
The Bell Sisters The Bell Sisters were an American singing duo, popular in the 1950s, consisting of the sisters Cynthia and Kay Strother, who adopted their mother's maiden name of Bell.
The Blackwood Brothers The Blackwood Brothers are an American southern gospel quartet. They are nine-time Grammy Award-winning pioneers of the Christian music industry.
The Bobbettes The Bobbettes were an American R&B girl group who had a 1957 top 10 hit song called "Mr. Lee." The group included Jannie Pought, Emma Pought, Reather Dixon, Laura Webb, and Helen Gathers.
The Browns The Browns were an American country and folk music vocal trio best known for their 1959 Grammy-nominated hit, "The Three Bells".
The Cascades (band) The Cascades were an American vocal group best known for the single "Rhythm of the Rain", recorded in 1962, an international hit the following year.
The Crew-Cuts The Crew-Cuts were a Canadian vocal quartet, that made a number of popular records that charted in the United States and worldwide. They named themselves after the then popular crew cut haircut, one of the first connections made between pop music and hairstyle.
The DeCastro Sisters The DeCastro Sisters was a female trio singing group: originally they consisted of Peggy DeCastro, Cherie DeCastro and Babette DeCastro. When Babette retired in 1958, a cousin, Olgita DeCastro Marino replaced her and when Peggy later left the group to go solo, Babette re-joined Cherie and Olgita.
The Delta Rhythm Boys The Delta Rhythm Boys were an American vocal group active for over 50 years from 1934 to 1987.
The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Isaac Donald "Don" Everly and Phillip "Phil" Everly were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Four Aristocrats The Four Aristocrats were a popular United States musical act in the 1920s and 1930s. They were vaudeville stars and made numerous phonograph records for the Victor, and Banner record companies. The group consisted of Bert Bennet, Eddie Lewis, Tom Miller, and Fred Weber.
The Four Tunes The Four Tunes were a leading black pop vocal quartet during the 1950s. The members at the peak of their fame were William "Pat" Best, Jimmy Gordon, Jimmie Nabbie, and Danny Owens.
The Go-Go's (British band) The Go-Go's were a British group from Newcastle. The group is known for their 1964 novelty Christmas single, "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek".
The Honey Dreamers The Honey Dreamers was a singing group composed of 3 males and two females that appeared on radio and early television programs like CBS's Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town and The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Isley Brothers The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley.
The Jordanaires The Jordanaires were an American vocal quartet that formed as a gospel group in 1948. They are known for providing background vocals for Elvis Presley, in live appearances and recordings from 1956 to 1972.
The King Sisters The King Sisters were an American big band-era vocal group consisting of six sisters: Alyce, Donna, Luise, Marilyn, Maxine, and Yvonne King.
The Nutty Squirrels The Nutty Squirrels were a scat singing virtual band. The Chipmunks were formed in imitation of them. They had a Top 40 hit in late 1959 with the song "Uh-Oh". The Squirrels actually preceded the Chipmunks on television in an animated cartoon, but with much less success.
The Pied Pipers The Pied Pipers is an American popular singing group originally formed in the late 1930s. They had several chart hits through the 1940s, both under their own name and in association with Tommy Dorsey and with Frank Sinatra.
The Searchers (band) The Searchers are an English beat group, which emerged as part of the 1960s Merseybeat scene along with the Beatles, the Hollies, the Fourmost, the Merseybeats, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The Shelton Brothers The Shelton Brothers, Bob, Joe and Merle, were pioneer country musicians and renowned recording artists based out of Texas from the mid-1930s through the 1960s.
The Statesmen Quartet The Statesmen Quartet were an American southern gospel music group founded in 1948 by Baptist Minister Hovie Lister.
The Teen Queens The Teen Queens were an American musical group from the 1950s, most remembered for their hit single "Eddie My Love", which reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the R&B Best Sellers charts in March 1956.
The Three Suns The Three Suns was an American pop group, most popular during the 1940s and 1950s.
The Tokens The Tokens are an American male doo-wop-style vocal group and record production company group from Brooklyn, New York. They are known best for their chart-topping 1961 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
The Treniers The Treniers were an American R&B and jump blues musical group led by identical twins Cliff and Claude Trenier.
Thomas Beecham Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras.
Tiger Haynes George "Tiger" Haynes, sometimes billed as Colonel Tiger Haynes, was an American actor of musical theatre, television and film and jazz musician.
Tim Spencer (singer) Vernon Harold Timothy Spencer was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Spencer is best known for founding the popular American Cowboy singing group the Sons of the Pioneers in 1933 along with Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers.
Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. The son of Ernest and Ercilia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" and "The King of Latin Music".
Tito Rodríguez Tito Rodríguez was a popular 1950s and 1960s Puerto Rican singer and bandleader. He is known by many fans as "El Inolvidable", a moniker based on his most popular song, a bolero written by Cuban composer Julio Gutiérrez.
Tommy Dorsey Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. His technical skill on the trombone gave him renown among other musicians.
Tommy Leonetti Tommy Leonetti was an American pop singer-songwriter and actor of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In Australia his most famous song was "My City of Sydney" and was used by the Australian TV channel ATN7 in Sydney for station identification into the 1980s.
Tommy Sands (American singer) Thomas Adrian "Tommy" Sands is an American pop music singer and actor. Working in show business as early as 1949, Sands became an overnight sensation and instant teen idol when he appeared on Kraft Television Theater in January 1957 as "The Singin' Idol".
Tommy Steele Thomas Steele OBE and better known as Tommy Steele is an English entertainer, regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star. He reached number one with "Singing the Blues" in 1957, and The Tommy Steele Story was the first album by a UK act to reach number one.
Tommy Tucker (singer) Tommy Tucker was an American blues singer-songwriter and pianist. He is best known for the 1964 hit song, "Hi-Heel Sneakers", that went to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart.
Toni Arden Toni Arden was an American traditional pop music singer.
Tony Martin (American singer) Tony Martin was an American actor, best known for his film roles and popular singer. His career spanned over seven decades, and he scored dozens of hits between the late-1930s and mid-1950s with songs such as "Walk Hand in Hand" and "Stranger in Paradise".
Trade Martin Trade Martin is an American musician, songwriter and producer.
T. Texas Tyler David Luke Myrick, known professionally as T. Texas Tyler, was an American country music singer and songwriter primarily known for his 1948 hit, "The Deck of Cards".
Val Anthony Val Anthony is an American singer and musician. He was a pianist and cabaret singer at Jilly's, a popular New York City night club in the 1960s owned by Jilly Rizzo.
Van Cliburn Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958, at the age of 23, when he won the inaugural quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the Cold War.
Vaughn Monroe Vaughn Wilton Monroe was an American baritone singer, trumpeter, big band leader, actor, and businessman, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; for recording and radio.
Vernon Dalhart Marion Try Slaughter, better known by his stage name Vernon Dalhart, was a country music singer and songwriter. He recorded the first country song to sell one million copies.
Vernon Oxford Vernon Oxford is an American country music singer and guitarist.
Vic Damone Vic Damone is an American traditional pop and big band singer, songwriter, actor, radio and television presenter, and entertainer who is best known for songs such as "You're Breaking My Heart", the number four hit "On the Street Where You Live", and "My Heart Cries for You".
Vic Mizzy Victor "Vic" Mizzy was an American composer for television and movies whose best-known works are the themes to the 1960s television sitcoms Green Acres and The Addams Family. Mizzy also wrote top-20 songs from the 1930s to 1940s.
Virgil Fox Virgil Keel Fox was an American organist, known especially for his flamboyant "Heavy Organ" concerts of the music of Bach. These events appealed to audiences in the 1970s who were more familiar with rock 'n' roll music and were staged complete with light shows.
Wally Cox Wallace Maynard "Wally" Cox was an American actor and comedian, particularly associated with the early years of television in the United States. He appeared in the U.S. television series Mister Peepers from 1952 to 1955, plus several other popular shows, and as a character actor in over 20 films.
Walter Davis (blues) Walter Davis was an African-American blues singer, pianist, and songwriter who was one of the most prolific blues recording artists from the early 1930s to the early 1950s.
Walter Hampden Walter Hampden Dougherty, known professionally as Walter Hampden, was an American actor and theatre manager. He was a major stage star on Broadway in New York who also made numerous television and film appearances.
Walter Slezak Walter Slezak was an Austrian-born character actor and singer who appeared in German films before migrating to the US in 1930 and featuring in numerous Hollywood productions.
Walt Solek Walter Solek or Walt Solek was a Polish-American lyricist, musician, performer, and radio show host who introduced English-language lyrics into polka music in the United States. Solek was known as the "Clown Prince of Polka" and died on 1 April 2005 at the age of 94.
Waylon Jennings Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight and began performing at 14 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas Longhorns.
Wayne King Wayne King was an American musician, songwriter, singer and orchestra leader with a long association with both NBC And CBS. He was sometimes referred to as the Waltz King because much of his most popular music involved waltzes; "The Waltz You Saved For Me" was his standard set closing song in...
Wild Bill Davis Wild Bill Davis was the stage name of American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger William Strethen Davis.
Wilf Carter (musician) Wilfred Arthur Charles Carter, professionally known as Wilf Carter in his native Canada and also as Montana Slim in the USA, was a Canadian Country and Western singer, songwriter, guitarist, and yodeller.
Will Glahé Will Glahé, was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader.
William F. Denny William F. Denny was an American vaudeville performer and pioneer recording artist.
Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.
Xavier Cugat Xavier Cugat was a Spanish-American bandleader and native of Spain who spent his formative years in Havana, Cuba. A trained violinist and arranger, he was a leading figure in the spread of Latin music in United States popular music.
Zeke Manners Leo "Zeke" Manners was an American country musician.
Zé Rodrix Zé Rodrix was a Brazilian composer, instrumentalist, and singer. He was well known in his native country for performing with musical ensembles Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra, Som Imaginário and Momento Quatro.