Friday, March 30, 2018

Compilations: Top 100 All-Time

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“Greatest hits” packages are maligned entities in the world of music criticism, targeted by haters as cheap, record-contract-fulfilling-repackagings of works better heard in their original presentations. Naysayers argue that gathering up an act’s most commercial product hardly justifies calling such a collection a “best of.”

However, compilations serve an important role in music. They are often a casual fans entry point to an artist. In some cases, the distillation of an act’s discography into a single collection weeds out the fluff and truly does present the act at its best.

In any event, here is Dave’s Music Database’s collection of the greatest compilations of all-time. DMDB lists are determined by aggregating best-of lists alongside chart data, sales figures, awards, and album ratings. Note: this list is confined to 1 or 2-disc collections. Box sets (3 or more discs) are summed up in a separate DMDB list. When an act has released multiple compilations, only the highest-rated has been listed, unless other compilations cover completely different material. Also, the years covered by the compilation are noted in parentheses.

One last commentary: ironically, many of the collections below are not representative of an act’s entire career. Elton John, for example, has released multiple best-of collections, but the one which rates highest is his first Greatest Hits, which only covers five years.


Top 100 Compilations of All-Time

1. The Beatles…1 (1962-1970)
2. Bob Marley & the Wailers…Legend (1973-1983)
3. Madonna…The Immaculate Collection (1983-1990)
4. Elvis Presley…30 #1 Hits (1956-2002)
5. Elton John…Greatest Hits (1970-1974)
6. Eagles…Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1971-1975)
7. Abba…Gold: Greatest Hits (1973-1982)
8. Queen…Greatest Hits (aka “We Will Rock You”) (1973-1981)
9. Simon & Garfunkel…Greatest Hits (1964-1970)
10. Michael Jackson…Number Ones (1978-2003)

11. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Chronicle: Their 20 Greatest Hits (1968-1972)
12. U2…Best of 1980-1990 (1980-1989)
13. The Rolling Stones…Hot Rocks 1964-71 (1964-1971)
14. Billy Joel…Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1973-1985)
15. Hank Williams…40 Gretaest Hits (1947-1953)
16. Bruce Springsteen…Greatest Hits (1975-1995)
17. Garth Brooks…The Hits (1989-1993)
18. Robert Johnson…The Complete Recordings (1936-1937)
19. Mariah Carey…#1’s (1990-1998)
20. David Bowie…Best of Bowie (1969-2002)

21. Chuck Berry…The Great Twenty Eight (1955-1964)
22. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers…Greatest Hits (1976-1993)
23. New Order…Substance (1981-1987)
24. Bon Jovi…Cross Road (1982-1994)
25. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1977-1980)
26. Fleetwood Mac…Greatest Hits (1975-1988)
27. Patsy Cline…12 Greatest Hits (1957-1963)
28. Journey…Greatest Hits (1977-1987)
29. Queen…Greatest Hits 2 (1981-1991)
30. Eminem…Curtain Call: The Hits (1999-2005)

31. Buzzcocks…Singles Going Steady (1977-1979)
32. Guns N’ Roses…Greatest Hits (1987-1994)
33. Bob Dylan…Greatest Hits (1962-1966)
34. Lionel Richie…Back to Front (1977-1992)
35. Carpenters…The Singles 1969-1973 (1969-1973)
36. The Police…Every Breath You Take: The Singles (1978-1986)
37. Celine Dion…All the Way…A Decade of Song (1991-1999)
38. Sly & the Family Stone…Greatest Hits (1967-1970)
39. Eric Clapton…The Cream of Clapton (1966-1981)
40. Al Green…Greatest Hits (1971-1973)

41. Eurythmics…Greatest Hits (1982-1989)
42. Sam Cooke…The Man and His Music (1951-1965)
43. Bryan Adams…So Far So Good (1983-1993)
44. The Who…Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1964-1970)
45. R.E.M.…In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (1988-2003)
46. Aerosmith…Greatest Hits (1973-1979)
47. Phil Collins…Hits (1981-1998)
48. Steve Miller Band…Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (1973-1978)
49. The Byrds…Greatest Hits (1965-1967)
50. Barbra Streisand…Memories (aka “Love Songs”) (1974-1981)

51. George Michael…Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of (1984-1998)
52. The Doors…Best of the Doors (1966-1971)
53. James Taylor…Greatest Hits (1969-1976)
54. Whitney Houston…The Greatest Hits (1984-2000)
55. The Beach Boys…The Very Best of (1962-1988)
56. Pink Floyd…Echoes: The Best of (1967-1994)
57. John Denver…Greatest Hits (1969-1972)
58. Van Morrison…Best of (1965-1989)
59. Robbie Williams…Greatest Hits (1997-2004)
60. Neil Young…Decade (1969-1976)

61. Nirvana…Nirvana (1988-1994)
62. Shania Twain…Greatest Hits (1994-2004)
63. Led Zeppelin…Remasters (1969-1979)
64. Janet Jackson…Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (1986-1995)
65. Johnny Mathis…Johnny’s Greatest Hits (1956-1958)
66. Prince…Very Best of (1979-1992)
67. Pet Shop Boys…Discography: The Complete Singles Collection (1985-1991)
68. The Rolling Stones…Jump Back: 1971-1993 (1971-1989)
69. Janis Joplin…Greatest Hits (1967-1971)
70. Madonna…GHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2) (1991-2000)

71. Dire Straits…Money for Nothing (1978-1985)
72. Sting…Fields of Gold: The Best of 1984-1994 (1985-1994)
73. Sade…Best of (1984-1993)
74. Jimi Hendrix…The Ultimate Experience (1966-1970)
75. U2…Best of 1990-2000 (1991-2000)
76. Bob Seger…Greatest Hits (1972-1994)
77. Rod Stewart…Greatest Hits (1971-1978)
78. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Greatest Hits (1989-2003)
79. Bee Gees…Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits (1966-1987)
80. Stevie Wonder…The Definitive Collection (1962-1998)

81. The Doobie Brothers…Best of the Doobies (1972-1976)
82. Pink…Greatest Hits…So Far!!! (2000-2010)
83. Duran Duran…Greatest (1980-1997)
84. Howlin’ Wolf…Moanin’ in the Moonlight (1951-1959)
85. Frank Sinatra…Reprise: The Very Good Years (1960-1980)
86. The Cars…Greatest Hits (1978-1985)
87. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young…So Far (1969-1970)
88. The Cure…Standing on a Beach: The Singles (1978-1985)
89. Bessie Smith…The Essential (1923-1933) (1923-1933)
90. The Temptations…Anthology (1964-1972)

91. Britney Spears…M Prerogative: Greatest Hits (1997-2004)
92. Foreigner…Records (1976-1981)
93. Tupac (2pac) Shakur…Greatest Hits (1991-1996)
94. Tears for Fears…Tears Roll Down: 1982-1992 (1982-1992)
95. Olivia Newton-John…Magic: The Best of (1973-1990)
96. Daryl Hall & John Oates…Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (1973-1983)
97. Muddy Waters…Best of (1948-1954)
98. Roy Orbison…For the Lonely: A Roy Orbison Anthology 1956-1965 (1956-1965)
99. Chicago…Chicago IX: Greatest Hits (1969-1973)
100. Charley Patton…Founder of the Delta Blues: 1929-1934 (1929-1934)

Classical Works: Top 100

Classical: Top 100 All-Time Works (3/29/2018)

This was originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10 and then expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/2011. This list is an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB.


Composer…Name of Work (year of premiere)
1. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
2. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)
3. Antonio Vivaldi...The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George Friedrich Handel...Messiah (1741)
5. Johann Sebastian Bach...Goldberg Variations (1741)
6. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) (1824)
7. Antonin Dvorak...Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
8. Igor Stravinsky...The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre Du Printemps) (1913)
9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Piano Concertos (27) (1784-1786)
10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)

11. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor (1874)
12. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach...Brandenburg Concertos (6) (1721)
14. Johann Sebastian Bach...6 Cello Suites (6) (1717-23)
15. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) (1808)
16. Richard Wagner...The Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Nibelungen) (1874)
17. Ludwig van Beethoven...Violin Concerto in D major (1806)
18. Georges Bizet...Carmen (1875)
19. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1885)
20. Giuseppe Verdi...Requiem Mass (Messa Da Requiem) (1874)

21. Richard Wagner...Tristan Und Isolde (1859)
22. Edward Elgar…Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
23. Hector Berlioz...Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
24. Carl Orff…Carmina Burana (1936)
25. Béla Bartók...Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
26. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
27. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”) (1809)
28. Felix Mendelssohn…Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
29. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) (1791)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven…Symphony No. 3 in E-flat (“Eroica”) (1804)
32. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Don Giovani (1787)
33. Franz Liszt...Piano Sonata in B minor (1853)
34. Aaron Copland...Appalachian Spring (1944)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”) (1788)
36. Claude Debussy…La Mer (1905)
37. Johann Pachelbel…Canon in D major (1694)
38. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
39. Richard Strauss…Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
40. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1922)

41. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)
42. Johann Sebastian Bach...Mass in B Minor (1749)
43. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (1786)
44. Ludwig van Beethoven…String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
45. Johann Sebastian Bach...St. Matthew Passion (1727)
46. Gustav Holst…The Planets (1919)
47. Gabriel Fauré…Requiem in D minor (1900)
48. Antonin Dvorák…Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
49. Giacomo Puccini…Turandot (1926)
50. Modest Mussorgsky...Pictures at an Exhibition (Tableaux d'une Exposition) (1874)

51. Claudio Monteverdi...Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro Della Beata Vergine) (1610)
52. Igor Stravinsky…Petrusha (Pétrouchka) (1947)
53. Dmitri Shostakovich...Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
54. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
55. Franz Schubert...Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”) (1819)
56. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
57. Johann Sebastian Bach…Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
58. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Swan Lake (1876)
59. Giacomo Puccini...La Bohème (1896)
60. Giacomo Puccini...Tosca (1900)

61. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
62. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
63. Edvard Grieg…Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
64. Claude Debussy…Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
65. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)
66. Franz Schubert...Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”) (1822)
67. Igor Stravinsky...The Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu) (1910)
68. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
69. George Friedrich Händel...Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3 for Orchestra (1717)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…1812 Overture (1878)

71. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
72. Béla Bartók...String Quartets (1908-39)
73. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
74. Maurice Ravel…Boléro (1928)
75. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
76. Johannes Brahms…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
77. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov… Scheherazade (1960)
78. Felix Mendelssohn…A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
79. Johannes Brahms… Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
80. Franz Schubert…Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)

81. Giacchino Rossini…The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) (1816)
82. Sergei Prokofiev…Romeo and Juliet (1935)
83. Henryk Górecki… Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) (1976)
84. Franz Schubert… String Quartet in C major (1828)
85. Edward Elgar…Enigma Variations (1899)
86. Maurice Ravel… String Quartet in F major (1903)
87. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)
88. Franz Schubert… Winterreise (1827)
89. Giuseppe Verdi…Rigoletto (1851)
90. Giacomo Puccini…Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)

91. Giuseppe Verdi…Aida (1871)
92. Dmitri Shostakovich… String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960)
93. Giuseppe Verdi…La Traviata (1853)
94. Claude Debussy…Images (1907)
95. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
96. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
97. Arnold Schoenberg…Verklärte Nacht (1899)
98. Alban Berg…Violin Concerto (1935)
99. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky …Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
100. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1888)


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Top 100 Country Albums of All Time

Originally posted on the DMDB Facebook page on 3/17/10.

Here is a list of the best country albums, according to Dave’s Music Database:

1. Johnny Cash...Live at Folsom Prison (1968)
2. Garth Brooks...No Fences (1990)
3. Shania Twain...Come on Over (1997)
4. Willie Nelson...Red Headed Stranger (1975)
5. Loretta Lynn…Van Lear Rose (2004)
6. Kenny Rogers…The Gambler (1978)
7. Various artists…O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack, 2000)
8. Garth Brooks...Ropin’ the Wind (1991)
9. Dixie Chicks...Home (2002)
10. Randy Travis…Always & Forever (1987)

11. Alabama…Mountain Music (1982)
12. LeAnn Rimes…Blue (1996)
13. Randy Travis…Storms of Life (1986)
14. Dixie Chicks...Wide Open Spaces (1998)
15. Ray Charles…Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
16. Clint Black…Killin’ Time (1989)
17. Waylon Jennings…Honky Tonk Heroes (1973)
18. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
19. Gram Parsons...Grievous Angel (1974)
20. Shania Twain...The Woman in Me (1995)

21. Carrie Underwood…Some Hearts (2005)
22. Dixie Chicks...Fly (1999)
23. Taylor Swift...Fearless (2008)
24. Johnny Cash...At San Quentin (1969)
25. Buck Owens…Carnegie Hall Concert (1966)
26. Alan Jackson…A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (1992)
27. Dwight Yoakam…Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)
28. Dolly Parton…Coat of Many Colors (1971)
29. Miranda Lambert…Revolution (2009)
30. The Byrds...Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

31. Johnny Cash...American Recordings (1994)
32. Kris Kristofferson…Kristofferson (1970)
33. Willie Nelson…Always on My Mind (1982)
34. Garth Brooks…In Pieces (1993)
35. Billy Ray Cyrus…Some Gave All (1992)
36. Lady Antebellum…Need You Now (2010)
37. George Jones…I Am What I Am (1980)
38. Hank Williams...40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53)
39. Tammy Wynette…Stand by Your Man (1969)
40. Tim McGraw…Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)

41. Chris Stapleton…Traveller (2015)
42. Taylor Swift…Taylor Swift (2006)
43. Gretchen Wilson…Here for the Party (2004)
44. Faith Hill…Breathe (1999)
45. Glen Campbell…Wichita Lineman (1968)
46. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris…Trio (1987)
47. Garth Brooks…The Hits (compilation: 1989-1993)
48. Waylon Jennings…Greatest Hits (1979)
49. Garth Brooks…The Chase (1992)
50. Eric Church…Chief (2011)

51. Loretta Lynn…Coal Miner’s Daughter (1970)
52. Taylor Swift…Red (2012)
53. Randy Travis…Old 8 x 10 (1988)
54. Bob Dylan…Nashville Skyline (1969)
55. Marty Robbins…Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
56. Lucinda Williams…Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
57. Emmylou Harris…Wrecking Ball (1995)
58. The Flying Burrito Brothers...The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
59. Deana Carter…Did I Shave My Legs for This? (1996)
60. Faith Hill…Faith (1998)

61. Garth Brooks…Sevens (1997)
62. John Denver…Back Home Again (1974)
63. Alabama…Feels So Right (1981)
64. Taylor Swift…Speak Now (2010)
65. Waylon Jennings…Ol’ Waylon (1977)
66. Kenny Rogers…Greatest Hits (1980)
67. Kenny Rogers…Kenny (1979)
68. Elvis Presley…Moody Blue (1977)
69. Tim McGraw…Greatest Hits (2000)
70. Garth Brooks...Double Live (1998)

71. Charlie Rich…Behind Closed Doors (1973)
72. Alabama…The Closer You Get (1983)
73. The Judds…Why Not Me (1985)
74. Emmylou Harris…Elite Hotel (1975)
75. Glen Campbell…Rhinestone Cowboy (1975)
76. Eddy Arnold…My World (1965)
77. Rosanne Cash…Seven Year Ache (1981)
78. Brad Paisley…Time Well Wasted (2005)
79. George Jones & Tammy Wynette…Golden Ring (1976)
80. Tammy Wynette…D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968)

81. Patsy Cline…Showcase (1961)
82. Merle Haggard…Big City (1981)
83. Grateful Dead…Workingman’s Dead (1970)
84. Grateful Dead…American Beauty (1970)
85. George Strait…Blue Clear Sky (1996)
86. Buck Owens…I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965)
87. Waylon Jennings…The Ramblin’ Man (1974)
88. Emmylou Harris…Roses in the Snow (1980)
89. Johnny Cash…Unchained (1996)
90. Dolly Parton…The Grass Is Blue (1999)

91. Rascal Flatts…Me and My Gang (2006)
92. Dolly Parton…Little Sparrow (2001)
93. Whiskeytown…Stranger’s Almanac (1997)
94. Ween…12 Golden Country Classics (1996)
95. Garth Brooks…Garth Brooks (1989)
96. Gillian Welch…Revival (1996)
97. Johnny Cash…American Recordings III: Solitary Man (2000)
98. Lyle Lovett…Pontiac (1987)
99. The Highwaymen…Highwayman (1985)
100. Merle Haggard…I’m a Lonesome Fugitive (1967)


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Top 50 Soundtracks of All Time

First posted 4/17/11. Updated 3/7/2018.
This list was first posted on April 17, 2011, as a Note on the Dave’s Music Database Facebook page. It has been revised a few times since then. Note: Click on the titles of the soundtrack for more detailed pages at DavesMusicDatabase.com.

1. Purple Rain…Prince & the Revolution (1984)
2. Saturday Night Fever…Bee Gees et al (1977)
3. South Pacific…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1958) *
4. The Sound of Music…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1965) *
5. Grease…Olivia Newton-John John Travolta, et al (1978)
6. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
7. West Side Story…Leonard Bernstein (composer) (1961) *
8. The Bodyguard…Whitney Houston et al (1992)
9. Dirty Dancing (1987)
10. Titanic…James Horner (1997)

11. Help!…The Beatles (1965)
12. Superfly…Curtis Mayfield (1972)
13. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
14. The Student Prince…Mario Lanza (1954)
15. The Lion King…Elton John and Tim Rice (composers) (1994)
16. The Harder They Come…Jimmy Cliff et al (1973)
17. The King and I…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1956)
18. Blue Hawaii…Elvis Presley (1961)
19. G.I. Blues…Elvis Presley (1960)
20. Mary Poppins…Richard and Robert Sherman (composers) (1964)

21. Footloose (1984)
22. Frozen (2013)
23. Music from Peter Gunn…Henry Mancini (1959)
24. An American in Paris…George Gershwin (composer) (1951)
25. Gigi…Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (composers) (1958)
26. Oklahoma!…Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1955) *
27. Top Gun (1986)
28. Flashdance (1983)
29. The Graduate…Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
30. With a Song in My Heart…Jane Froman (1952)

31. Songs He Made Famous…Al Jolson (1947)
32. Parade…Prince (Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack, 1986)
33. That’s the Way of the World…Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)
34. Loving You…Elvis Presley (1957)
35. Pulp Fiction (1994)
36. Show Boat…Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) (1951) *
37. Star Wars…John Williams (1977)
38. Waiting to Exhale…Whitney Houston et al (1995)
39. Love Me or Leave Me…Doris Day (1955)
40. Breakfast at Tiffany’s…Henry Mancini (1961)

41. Evita…Madonna et al (1996)
42. The Great Caruso…Mario Lanza (1951)
43. Miami Vice (TV soundtrack, 1985)
44. Forrest Gump (1994)
45. American Graffiti (1973)
46. Exodus (1961)
47. Around the World in 80 Days (1957)
48. Batman…Prince (1989)
49. Hans Christian Andersen…Danny Kaye (1953)
50. 8 Mile…Eminem et al (2002)


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

March: Music Makers' Birthdays

Click on any date below to see music makers’ birthdays on that day. Click here to return to the main music makers’ birthday page. Note: Names listed in bold have had dates verified with at least two sources to (hopefully) ensure accuracy. Please email Dave’s Music Database with any corrections.

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MARCH 1

  • Justin Bieber (1994). Canadian pop singer (“Baby”, “Boyfriend”).

  • Ke$ha (1987)

  • Nik Kershaw (1958). English musician (“The Riddle”).

  • Dave Marsh (1950). American music critic.

  • Tony Ashton (1946). English rock keyboardist and singer with Paice, Ashton & Lord.

  • Roger Daltrey (1944). English rock singer with The Who.

  • Mike D’Abo (1944). English rock singer with Manfred Mann.

  • Jerry Fisher (1943). Texas rock singer with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

  • Harry Belafonte (1927). American musician (“Banana Boat (Day O)”, 1956’s Calypso), actor, and social activitist.

  • Glenn Miller (1904). American bandleader (“In the Mood”). Died 12/15/1944.

  • Frédéric Chopin (or Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) (1810). Polish classical pianist/composer in Romantic style. Died 10/17/1849.


    MARCH 2

  • Luke Pritchard (1985). Rock singer with the Kooks.

  • Chris Martin (1977). English rock singer with Coldplay (“Clocks”, “Viva la Vida”, 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head).

  • Jon Bon Jovi (1962). New Jersey rock singer with Bon Jovi (“Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”). Born John Bongiovi.

  • Mark Evans (1956). Australian rock bassist with AC/DC from 1974-77.

  • Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955)

  • Jay Osmond (1955). Utah singer with family group The Osmonds.

  • Dave Farmer (1952). English drummer with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Tom Farmer.

  • Tom Farmer (1952). English bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist with Blackfoot Sue. Twin of Dave Farmer.

  • Karen Carpenter (1950). Connecticut singer and drummer who formed the duo The Carpenters (“They Long to Be Close to You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”) with her brother. Died 2/4/1983.

  • Rory Gallagher (1948). Irish guitarist (“Tattooed Lady”). Died 6/14/1995.

  • Lou Reed (1942). New York experimental-rock singer/songwriter and musician with the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat, 1969’s The Velvet Underground) and a solo artist (“Walk on the Wild Side”, 1972’s Transformer, 1973’s Berlin).

  • Dottie Rambo (1934). Gospel singer. Died 5/11/2008.

  • Kurt Weill (1900). Composer.

  • Bedrich Smetana (1824). Czech composer.


    MARCH 3

  • Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977)

  • John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969)

  • Tone-Loc (1966)

  • Merrick (1954). English drummer with Adam & the Ants. Born Chris Hughes.

  • Robyn Hitchcock (1953). English singer/songwriter.

  • Blue Weaver (1949). English keyboardist with Amen Corner. Born Derek Weaver.

  • Dave Mount (1947). English drummer and vocalist with Mud.

  • Jennifer Warnes (1947). American singer/songwriter (“Right Time of the Night”, “Up Where We Belong”).

  • Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944)

  • Mike Pender (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Searchers. Born Michael Pendergrast.

  • Junior Parker (1927). Arkansas R&B/blues musician born Herman Parker. Died 11/8/1971.

  • Doc Watson (1923). Singer/guitarist.


    MARCH 4

  • Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971)

  • Patsy Kensit (1968). English actress and musician in Eighth Wonder.

  • Patrick Hannan (1966) Musician with The Sundays.

  • Jason Newsted (1963). Rock bassist with Metallica.

  • Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955)

  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. (1953). Cuban producer.

  • Chris Rea (1951). English rock musician (“Fool (If You Think It’s Over)”).

  • Chris Squire (1948). Rock bassist and co-founder of Yes (1971’s Fragile).

  • Shakin’ Stevens (1948). Welsh singer/songwriter “(This Ole House”). Born Michael Barratt.

  • Bobby Womack (1944). Ohio R&B singer/songwriter (“It’s All Over Now”) and musician.

  • Miriam Makeba (1932). South African singer.

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678). Austrian composer (The Four Seasons). Died 7/28/1741.


    MARCH 5

  • Kevin Connolly (1974). Singer/songwriter.

  • John Frusciante (1970). Alternative-rock guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik).

  • Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962)

  • David Tibet (1960). Musician.

  • Andy Gibb (1958). English pop singer (“I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, “Shadow Dancing”). Died 3/10/1988.

  • Mark E. Smith (1957). Rock singer/songwriter with The Fall.

  • Teena Marie (1956). American R&B singer/songwriter.

  • Alan Clark (1952). Rock keyboardist with Dire Straits (1985’s Brothers in Arms).

  • Eddy Grant (1948). Guyana reggae singer (“Electric Avenue”).

  • Murray Head (1946). English singer (“One Night in Bangkok”).

  • Ben Selvin (1898). American bandleader (“Forever Blowing Bubbles”, “Dardanella”, “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)”, “Manhattan”, “Blue Skies”, “Happy Days Are Here Again”). Died 7/15/1980.

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887). Composer.


    MARCH 6

  • Bubba Sparxxx (1977)

  • Beanie Sigel (1974). Rapper.

  • Tone Loc (1966). Rapper.

  • Kiki Dee (1947). English singer (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John). Born Pauline Matthews.

  • David Gilmour (1946). English rock singer and guitarist with Pink Floyd.

  • Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945)

  • Kiri Te Kanawa (1944). New Zealand soprano.

  • Mary Wilson (1944). R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”).

  • Lorin Maazel (1930). Music director of the New York Philharmonic.

  • Sarah Caldwell (1924). American opera conductor. Died 3/23/2006.

  • Wes Montgomery (1923). American jazz guitarist. Died 6/15/1968.

  • Bob Wills (1905). American country songwriter and bandleader (“New San Antonio Rose”). Called “The King of Western Swing.” Born James Robert Wills. Died 5/13/1975.


    MARCH 7

  • Paul Cattermole (1977). Member of the British pop group S Club 7.

  • Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967)

  • Denyce Graves (1965). American opera singer.

  • Taylor Dayne (1962)

  • Jules Shear (1952). Musician.

  • Matthew Fisher (1946). English rock keyboardist with Procol Harum.

  • Peter Wolf (1946). Rock singer with J. Geils Band (“Centerfold”). Born Peter W. Blankfield.

  • Arthur Lee (1945). American rock singer/songwriter and musician with Love (1967’s Forever Changes).

  • Chris White (The Zombies) (1943)

  • Danyel Gerard (1941). Brazilian musician (“Butterfly”). Born Gerard Daniel Kherlakian.

  • Maurice Ravel (1875). French composer (“Bolero”). Died 1937.


    MARCH 8

  • Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt (1984). Triplets in Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Kameelah Williams (702) (1978)

  • Shawn Mullins (1968)

  • Peter Gill (1964) Musician with Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

  • Gary Numan (1958). English singer with Tubeway Army. Also a solo artist (“Cars”).

  • Mel Galley (1948) Musician with Whitesnake.

  • Carole Bayer Sager (1947). American songwriter (Dionne & Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For”).

  • Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947)

  • Randy Meisner (1946). Nebraska country-rock bassist and singer with Poco and The Eagles.

  • Mickey Dolenz (1945). American singer, drummer, and actor with pop-rock group the Monkees (“I’m a Believer”).

  • Ralph Ellis (1942). English guitarist and vocalist with The Swinging Blue Jeans.

  • Christian Wolff (1934). American composer of experimental classical music.

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714). German classical composer and pianist. Died 12/14/1788.


    MARCH 9

  • Bow Wow (1987). Rapper.

  • Chingy (1980). American rapper (“Right Thurr”).

  • Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968)

  • Martin Fry (1958). English singer with ABC (“The Look of Love”, “Be Near Me”, “When Smokey Sings”).

  • Jeffrey Osborne (1948). American R&B singer/songwriter and musician.

  • Robin Trower (1945). English rock guitarist with Procol Harum.

  • John Cale (1942). Welsh experimental-rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground (1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1968’s White Light/White Heat) and later a solo artist (Paris 1919). Also a producer (The Stooges’ 1969 album The Stooges, Patti Smith’s Horses, The Modern Lovers’ (1976’s (The Modern Lovers).

  • Mark Lindsay (1942> American singer with Paul Revere & Raiders.

  • Mickey Gilley (1936). Country singer.

  • Lloyd Price (1933). Louisiana R&B singer (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, “Stagger Lee”, “Personality”).

  • Keely Smith (1932). Jazz singer known as the “Queen of Swing.” Wife of musician Louis Prima.

  • Ornette Coleman (1930). American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer.

  • Samuel Barber (1910). Classical composer (“Adagio for Strings”). Died 1981.


    MARCH 10

  • Carrie Underwood (1983). American country singer (“Before He Cheats”, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, 2005’s Some Hearts); winner of TV’s American Idol in 2005.

  • Robin Thicke (1977). Singer.

  • Timbaland (1971). Music producer born Timothy Zachery Mosley.

  • Haifa Wehbe (1970). Singer.

  • Edie Brickell (1966)

  • Neneh Cherry (1964). Female Swedish rap singer (“Buffalo Stance”). Born Neneh Mariann Karlsson.

  • Jeff Ament (1963). Rock musician with Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dog.

  • Rick Rubin (1963). American record producer (Run-D.M.C.’s 1986 Raising Hell, Beastie Boys’ 1986 Licensed to Ill, Public Enemy’s 1988 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Johnny Cash’s 1994 American Recordings).

  • Tina Charles (1955). English singer with 5000 Volts (“I’m on Fire”). Also a solo artist (“I Love to Love”). Born Tina Hoskins.

  • Tom Scholz (1947). American rock guitarist/songwriter for Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, 1976’s Boston, 1978’s Don’t Look Back).

  • Dean Torrence (1941). Singer from Jan & Dean.

  • Jethro (1923). American musician in duo Homer & Jethro. Born Kenneth C. Burns. Died 4/2/1989.

  • Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903). American jazz cornetist, pianist, and composer. Died 8/6/1931.


    MARCH 11

  • LeToya Luckett (1981). Early member of R&B/pop group Destiny’s Child.

  • Paul Wall (1981). Rapper.

  • Benji and Joel Madden (1979). Rock musicians in Good Charlotte.

  • Lisa Loeb (1968)

  • Bruce Watson (1961). Canadian rock guitarist with Big Country (“In a Big Country”).

  • Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961)

  • Cheryl Lynn (1957)

  • Nina Hagen (1955)

  • Bobby McFerrin (1950). Singer/musician (“Don’t Worry Be Happy”).

  • George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948)

  • Lawrence Welk (1903). South Dakota bandleader and host of own music TV show. Died 5/17/1992.


    MARCH 12

  • Frank Catalono (1978). Jazz saxophonist.

  • Graham Coxon (1969). German/English guitarist, saxophonist, and vocalist with Blur (1994’s Parklife).

  • Marlon Jackson (1957). Indiana musician with his brothers in The Jackson 5 (“ABC”, “The Love You Save”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”).

  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957)

  • Mike Gibbins (1949). Welsh drummer with Badfinger.

  • Les Holroyd (1948). English bassist and singer with Barclay James Harvest.

  • James Taylor (1948). Massachussetts pop/folk singer/songwriter (“You’ve Got a Friend”, “Fire and Rain”).

  • Liza Minnelli (1946). Singer and actress in Cabaret. Daughter of Judy Garland.

  • Al Jarreau (1940). Jazz/R&B singer.

  • Leonard Chess (1917). Polish record executive. Died 10/16/1969.

  • Paul Weston (1912). American jazz big band leader. Born Paul Weststein. Died 9/20/1996.


    MARCH 13

  • Common (1978)

  • Adam Clayton (1960). Irish rock bassist with U2.

  • Candi Staton (1940). Alabama musician (“Young Hearts Run Free”).

  • Neil Sedaka (1939). New York pop singer/composer (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”).

  • Mike Stoller (1933). American rock songwriter, usually with Jerry Leiber (Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock”, the Coasters’ “Searchin’”, Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City”, the Drifters’ “On Broadway”).

  • Sammy Kaye (1910). American bandleader. Died 6/2/1987.

  • Hugo Wolf (1860). Composer.


    MARCH 14

  • Colby O’Donis (1989). Singer (on Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”).

  • Taylor Hanson (1983). Pop singer/keyboardist in group Hanson (“Mmmbop”) with brothers.

  • Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970)

  • Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969)

  • Billy Sherwood (1965). Musician.

  • Jim Pons (1943). California rock bassist with The Turtles.

  • Quincy Jones (1933). American R&B/jazz musician and producer (Michael Jackson’s 1982’s Thriller).

  • Dieter Schnebel (1930). Composer.

  • Les Baxter (1922). Texas jazz/ big band leader. Died 1/15/1996.

  • Les Brown (1912). American big band leader and composer (“Sentimental Journey”). Died 1/4/2001.

  • Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804). Composer.

  • Georg Philipp Telemann (1681). Composer.


    MARCH 15

  • Sid Wilson (1978). Musician.

  • Joseph Hahn (1977). DJ with rap-rock group Linkin Park (2000’s Hybrid Theory).

  • will.i.am (1975). Hip-hop artist with Black Eyed Peas (“I Gotta Feeling”, “Boom Boom Pow”).

  • Mark Hoppus (1972). Pop-punk bassist with Blink-182.

  • Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968)

  • Rockwell (1964)

  • Bret Michaels (Poison) (1963)

  • Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962)

  • Terence Trent D’Arby (1962). New York R&B singer/songwriter (“Wishing Well”, “Sign Your Name”, Introducing the Hardline…). Born Terence Trent Howard. Later changed his name to Sananda Maitreya.

  • Dee Snider (1955). Rock singer with Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”).

  • Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (1947). California singer/songwriter and guitarist.

  • Howard Scott (War) (1946)

  • Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart (1944). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”, “Family Affair”, 1969’s Stand!, 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942)

  • Mike Love (1941). California singer and saxophonist with the Beach Boys (“Good Vibrations”, Pet Sounds).

  • Phil Lesh (1940). American rock bassist and singer with the Grateful Dead.

  • Carl Smith (1927). American country singer. Died 1/16/2010.

  • Harry James (1916). American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (“I’ve Heard That Song Before”, “All or Nothing at All”, “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You”). Died 7/5/1983.

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912). Texas blues singer/songwriter and guitarist. Born Sam Hopkins. Died 1/30/1982.


    MARCH 16

  • Swift (1976). Rapper.

  • Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963)

  • Flavor Flav (1959). Rapper with Public Enemy (1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1990’s Fear of a Black Planet).

  • Nancy Wilson (1954). Fronted rock group Heart (“Alone”, “Barracuda”) with sister Ann.

  • Michael Bruce (1948). California guitarist and vocalist (Billion Dollar Babies).

  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942). New York composer (“Mr. Bojangles”). Born Paul Crosby.

  • Tommy Flanagan (1930). Michigan jazz pianist. Died 11/16/2001.


    MARCH 17

  • Caroline Corr (1973). Irish drummer with the Corrs.

  • Melissa Auf Der Maur (1972). Canadian bassist with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Gene Ween (1970). Singer/songwriter.

  • Billy Corgan (1967). American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the Smashing Pumpkins (Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness).

  • Clare Grogan (1962). Scottish singer with Altered Images.

  • Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959)

  • Wally Stocker (1954). English guitarist with The Babys.

  • Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951)

  • Fran Byrne (1948). Irish drummer (Bees Make Honey, Ace).

  • Harold Brown (War) (1946)

  • John Sebastian (1944). New York rock singer/songwriter with the Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”).

  • Clarence Clemons (1941)

  • Paul Kantner (1941). California rock singer/songwriter/guitarist with Jefferson Airplane (“White Rabbit”, 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow).

  • Zola Taylor (1938). Singer.

  • Nat “King” Cole (1919). Alabama traditional pop/jazz singer (“The Christmas Song”, “Mona Lisa”, “Unforgettable”). Born Nathaniel Adams Cole. Died 2/15/1965.

  • Alfred Newman (1900). American musical theater composer. Died 2/17/1970.


    MARCH 18

  • Adam Levine (1979). Rock singer/guitarist with Maroon 5 (“This Love”, “She Will Be Loved”, “Makes Me Wonder”).

  • Devin Lima (1977). Member of pop group LFO (“Summer Girls”).

  • Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974)

  • Queen Latifah (1970). Rapper and actress (Chicago).

  • Jerry Cantrell (1966). Washington rock guitarist with Alice in Chains.

  • Vanessa Williams (1963). R&B singer (“Save the Best for Last”) and actress. Former Miss America.

  • Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963)

  • Irene Cara (1959). R&B/pop singer (“Flashdance…What a Feeling”, “Fame”).

  • John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950)

  • B.J. Wilson (1947). English rock drummer with Procol Harum. Born Barrie James Wilson. Died 10/8/1990.

  • Eric Woolfson (1945). Scottish singer/songwriter/musician/co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project (“Eye in the Sky”, “Games People Play”). Died 12/2/2009.

  • Wilson Pickett (1941). Alabama R&B/soul singer (“In the Midnight Hour”). Died 1/19/2006.

  • Charley Pride (1938). American country singer.

  • John Kander (1927). American songwriter.

  • George Olsen (1893). American jazz bandleader. Died 3/18/1971.


    MARCH 19

  • Derek Longmuir (1955). Scottish drummer with Bay City Rollers.

  • Billy Sheehan (1953). Bassist.

  • Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946)

  • Ruth Pointer (1946). California R&B singer with The Pointer Sisters (“Slow Hand”, “Fire”, “I’m So Excited”).

  • Jeff Neighbor (1942). Washington bassist and trombonist with Joy of Cooking.

  • Clarence “Frogman” Henry (1937)

  • Lennie Tristano (1919). Illinois jazz pianist. Died 11/18/1978.

  • Max Reger (1873). German composer. Died 5/11/1916.


    MARCH 20

  • Nick Wheeler (1982). Rock guitarist in the All-American Rejects.

  • Chester Bennington 1976. Rap-rock singer with Linkin Park (“In the End”, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, 2003’s Meteora).

  • Slim Jim Phantom (1961). Rock musician with the Stray Cats (“Rock This Town”).

  • Jimmy Vaughan (1951). American blues-rock guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Brother of blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  • Carl Palmer (1947). English rock drummer with Emerson, Lake & Palmer (“Lucky Man”) and Asia (“Heat of the Moment”, 1982’s Asia).

  • Jerry Reed (1937). American country singer/songwriter born Jerry Reed Hubbard. Died 9/1/2008.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936). Jamaican reggae and dub musician and producer. Born Rainford Hugh Perry.

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915). American gospel/blues guitarist and singer (“Down by the Riverside”, “This Train”). Born Rosetta Nubin.

  • Oswald George “Ozzie” Nelson (1906). American actor and jazz bandleader. Died 6/3/1975.


    MARCH 21

  • Deryck Whibley (1980). Musician.

  • Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968)

  • Jonas “Joker” Berggren (1967). Swedish keyboardist with Ace of Base (“All That She Wants”, “The Sign”).

  • MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967)

  • Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967)

  • Nobuo Uematsu (1959). Composer.

  • Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (1951)

  • Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951). Philadelphia singer with The Stylistics.

  • Roger Hodgson (1950). British rock singer and founder of Supertramp. Born Charles Roger Pomfret Hodgson.

  • Eddie Money (1949). Rock singer (“Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Take Me Home Tonight”).

  • Ray Dorset (1946). English singer with Mungo Jerry (“In the Summertime”).

  • Rosemary Stone (1945). R&B musician with Sly & the Family Stone (1969’s Stand!).

  • Vivian Stanshall (1943). English singer with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Died 3/5/1995.

  • Solomon Burke (1940). American R&B singer.

  • Otis Spann (1930). Mississippi blues pianist. Died 4/24/1970.

  • Son House (1902). Blues guitarist and singer.

  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839). Composer (Pictures at an Exhibition).

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685). German Baroque composer (Brandenburg Concertos, St. Matthew Passion, Goldberg Variations). Died 7/28/1750.


    MARCH 22

  • Stephanie Mills (1957). R&B singer and actress (Broadway’s The Wiz).

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948). Musical theater composer (Cats, 1986’s Phantom of the Opera).

  • Patrick Olive (1947). Grenadan guitarist and percussionist with Hot Chocolate.

  • George Benson (1943). Philadelphia R&B/jazz singer/guitarist.

  • Keith Relf (1943). English rock singer with The Yardbirds (“For Your Love”). Died 3/22/1943.

  • Stephen Sondheim (1930). Musical theater composer (1957’s West Side Story, 1959’s Gypsy).

  • Sonny Burke (1914). Pennsylvania jazz/big band leader. Died 5/31/1980.


    MARCH 23

  • Damon Albarn (1968). English Brit-pop singer/songwriter with Blur (1994’s Parklife, “Song 2”) and Gorillaz (“Feel Good Inc.”).

  • Marti Pellow (1966). Musician with Wet Wet Wet.

  • Chaka Khan (1953). Illinois R&B singer with Rufus. Also a solo artist (“I Feel for You”). Born Yvette Marie Stevens.

  • Ric Ocasek (1949). American rock singer who fronted The Cars (“Just What I Needed”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, 1978’s The Cars). Born Richard Otcasek.

  • Artie Shaw (1910). American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (“Begin the Beguine”, “Frenesi”, “Star Dust”, “Dancing in the Dark”) born Arthur Arshawsky. Died 12/30/2004.


    MARCH 24

  • Sharon Corr (1970). Violinist with siblings in the Corrs.

  • Mase (1970). Rapper.

  • Nena (1960). German pop singer (“99 Red Balloons”).

  • Nick Lowe (1949). British singer/songwriter and bassist (Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, solo), and producer.

  • Billy Stewart (1937). Washington D.C. musician (“Summertime”). Died 1/17/1970.


    MARCH 25

  • Melanie Blatt (All Saints) (1975)

  • Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) (1960)

  • Paul Miles (1952). American singer/guitarist known as “The Blues Man.”

  • Maizie Wiliams (1951). West Indian singer with Boney M.

  • Neil Jones (1949). Welsh guitarist with Amen Corner.

  • Elton John (1947). English singer/songwriter and pianist (“Your Song”, “Candle in the Wind 1997”) born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

  • Aretha Franklin (1942). Tennessee R&B singer (“Respect”, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”) known as “The Queen of Soul.”

  • Anita Bryant (1940).

  • Hoyt Axton (1938). American country singer and songwriter (Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World”). Died 10/26/1999.

  • Johnny Burnette (1934). Tennessee singer (“You’re Sixteen”). Died 8/15/1964.

  • Béla Bartók (1881). Hungarian classical composer and pianist. Died 9/26/1945.

  • Arturo Toscanini (1867). Russian violinist, conductor (NBC orchestra), and composer. Brought classical music to radio. Died 1/16/1957.


    MARCH 26

  • Jay Sean (1981)

  • Juvenile (1975)

  • James Iha (1968). American guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Kenny Chesney (1968). Country singer.

  • Billy Lyall (1953). Scottish keyboardist, flautist, and vocalist with Pilot. Died 1989.

  • Teddy Pendergrass (1950). Pennsylvania R&B singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

  • Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948)

  • Steven Tyler (1948). New York rock singer with Aerosmith (“Dream On”, “Walk This Way”). Born Steven Victor Tallarico.

  • Fran Sheehan (Boston) (1946)

  • Diana Ross (1944). Michigan R&B/pop singer with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”) and later a solo act (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Upside Down”, “Endless Love”).


    MARCH 27

  • Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson (1975). Pop singer with Black Eyed Peas (“My Humps”) and a solo act (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”).

  • Mariah Carey (1970). New York pop/R&B singer (“Vision of Love”, “One Sweet Day”, “We Belong Together”).

  • Brendan Hill (1970). Rock musician with Blues Traveler.

  • Johnny April (Staind) (1965)

  • Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964)

  • Xuxa (1963). Brazilian TV star, singer, dancer, and model.

  • Kid Congo Powers (1961). California guitarist with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Born Brian Tristan.

  • Andrew Farris (1959). Australian rock keyboardist with INXS (“Need You Tonight”, “What You Need”).

  • Billy MacKenzie (1957). Scottish singer with The Associates. Died 1/22/1997.

  • Tony Banks (1950). Prog-rock keyboardist with Genesis (1973’s Selling England by the Pound, 1974’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, 1986’s Invisible Touch).

  • Sarah Vaughan (1924). New Jersey jazz singer (“Tenderly”), Died 4/3/1990.

  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1915). Arkansas blues guitarist. Died 11/21/2006.

  • Moon Mullican (1909). Texas musician known as “The King of Hillbilly Piano”. Born Aubrey Mullican. Died 1/1/1967.

  • Leroy Carr (1905). Tennessee blues singer. Died 4/29/1935.

  • Hal Kemp (1904). American bandleader, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Died 12/21/1940.


    MARCH 28

  • Lady Gaga (1986). American dance-pop singer (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, 2008’s The Fame) born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

  • Scott Mills (1974). BBC radio disc jockey.

  • James Atkins (EMF) (1967)

  • Reba McEntire (1955). Oklahoma country singer.

  • John Evans (1948). Musician with Jethro Tull (1971’s Aqualung).

  • Milan Williams (1948). Mississippi keyboardist, trombonist, guitarist, and drummer with The Jays and The Commodores. Died 7/9/2006.

  • Sally Carr (1945). Scottish singer with Middle of the Road.

  • Chuck Portz (1945). California bassist with The Turtles.

  • Bill Gaither (1936). Gospel singer.

  • Thad Jones (1923). American trumpeter and composer born Thaddeus Joseph Jones. Died 8/20/1986.

  • Rudolf Serkin (1903). Bohemian pianist. Died 5/8/1991.

  • Paul Whiteman (1890). American bandleader. Died 12/29/1967.

    MARCH 29

  • John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967)

  • Perry Farrell (1959). American rock singer with Jane’s Addiction. Born Perry Bernstein.

  • Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947)

  • Terry Jacks (1946). Canadian singer (“Seasons in the Sun”).

  • Billy Thorpe (1946). Musician.

  • Vangelis (1943). Greek composer (“Chariots of Fire”) born Evangelos Papathanassiou.

  • Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943)

  • Pearl Bailey (1918). American big band singer. Died 8/17/1990.

  • William Walton (1902). Composer.


    MARCH 30

  • Scott Moffatt (1983). Member of Canadian pop group the Moffatts.

  • Norah Jones (1979). Adult contemporary/jazz singer (Come Away with Me).

  • Adam Goldstein (1973). DJ.

  • Celine Dion (1968). Canadian pop singer (“My Heart Will Go On”, “Because You Loved Me”).

  • Tracy Chapman (1964). Ohio contemporary folk singer/songwriter (“Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”).

  • MC Hammer (1962). Rapper (“U Can’t Touch This”) born Stanley Kirk Burrell.

  • Randy Warmer (1955). Musician.

  • Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950)

  • Re Styles (1950). Vocalist with The Tubes.

  • Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (1948). Arkansas singer with Black Oak Arkansas.

  • Eric Clapton (1945). English rock guitarist/singer with several acclaimed groups, including Cream (“Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, 1967’s Disraeli Gears), Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), and successful with a solo career (“Tears in Heaven”, “Wonderful Tonight”). Born Eric Clapp.

  • Graeme Edge (1941). English progressive-rock drummer with the Moody Blues (1967’s Days of Future Passed).

  • Astrud Gilberto (1940). Brazilian bossa nova singer (“The Girl from Ipanema”).

  • Rolf Harris (1930). Australian entertainer (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”).

  • Sonny Boy Williamson #1 (1914). Tennessee blues musician born John Lee Williamson. Died 6/1/1948.

  • Frankie Laine (1913). Singer (“Mule Train”). Died 2/6/2007.


    MARCH 31

  • Tony Yayo (1978). Rapper.

  • Robert Holmes ('til tuesday) (1959)

  • Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (1958)

  • Angus Young (1955). Scottish-born Australian rock guitarist/songwriter and co-founder of >AC/DC (1980’s Back in Black).

  • Tony Brock (1954). English rock drummer with The Babys.

  • Sean Hopper (1953). Rock musician with Huey Lewis & the News (1983’s Sports).

  • Don Hume (1950). English bassist with Arrival.

  • Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947)

  • Al Nichol (1946). North Carolina guitarist, pianist, and vocalist with The Turtles.

  • Mick Ralphs (1944). English rock guitarist with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company. Born Michael Jeffrey Ralphs.

  • Herb Alpert (1935). Producer, composer, trumpeter, and bandleader (“The Lonely Bull”, “Taste of Honey”, “This Guy’s in Love with You”, “Rise”).

  • Shirley Jones (1934). Singer and actress (TV’s The Partridge Family).

  • Lefty Frizzell (1928). Texas country singer. Born William Orville Frizzell. Died 7/19/1975.

  • Red Norvo (1908). American jazz bandleader. Died 4/6/1999.

  • Joseph Haydn (1732). Austrian classical composer and pianist. Died 5/31/1809.


    This page last updated June 7, 2013.