Thursday, March 28, 2019

Paul Whiteman’s Top 100 Songs

First posted 3/31/2012; updated 5/25/2019.

Big-band leader Paul Whiteman was born on 3/28/1890 in Denver, Colorado, to musical parents. His mother was a former opera singer and his father supervised music for the Denver Public Schools for 50 years. He died 12/29/1967. The media called him “The King of Jazz” although critics said his music lacked the improvisational techniques associated with the genre. In Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, he’s called “the most popular bandleader of the pre-swing era.”

Whiteman joined the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a viola player in 1907 and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1914. In 1918, he conducted a 12-piece U.S. Navy band. He moved to New York City in 1920 and directed groups up to 35 at a time when most dance bands consisted of 6-10 men. He worked with RCA Victor (20-28, 31-37), Columbia (28-30), and Capitol. He produced more than 600 recordings and provided music for six Broadway shows. He launched the career of Bing Crosby, who sang with the orchestra from 1925 to 1930.

Whiteman has three songs (“Whispering,” “Ol’ Man River,” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”) featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

HB = Harry Barris, BC = Bing Crosby, JF = Jack Fulton, CG = Charles Gaylord, AR = Al Rinker, AY = Austin Young. Songs which hit the top of the U.S. pop charts are noted (#1).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Whispering (1920) #1
2. Ol’ Man River (w/ Paul Robeson, 1928)
3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (w/ Bob Lawrence, 1933) #1
4. Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922) #1
5. Rhapsody in Blue (w/ George Gershwin, 1924)
6. My Mammy (1921) #1
7. Valencia (A Song of Spain) (w/ Franklyn Baur, 1926) #1
8. What’ll I Do? (1924) #1
9. Lover (w/ JF, 1933)
10. The Japanese Sandman (1920) #1

11. Somebody Loves Me (1924) #1
12. The Birth of the Blues (w/ JF, CG, & AY, 1926) #1
13. Wang Wang Blues (1920) #1
14. Stumbling (1922) #1
15. Say It with Music (1921) #1
16. Among My Souvenirs (w/ JF, CG, & AY, 1928) #1
17. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1923) #1
18. Side by Side (w/ BC, AR, & HB, 1927)
19. Lover, Come Back to Me (w/ JF, 1929)
20. Willow, Weep for Me (w/ Irene Taylor, 1932)

DMDB Top 5%:

21. Oh, Lady Be Good (1925)
22. Linger Awhile (1924) #1
23. Hot Lips (He’s Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz) (1922) #1
24. Great Day (w/ BC, 1929) #1
25. In a Little Spanish Town (‘Twas on a Night Like This) (w/ JF, 1927) #1
26. You’re the Top (w/ Peggy Healy & John Hauser, 1934)
27. My Angel (Angela Mia) (w/ JF, CG, & AR, 1928) #1
28. Do It Again (1922) #1
29. I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (1922) #1
30. Bambalina (1923) #1

31. Without a Song (w/ BC, 1929)
32. Ol’ Man River (w/ BC, 1928) #1
33. My Heart Stood Still (w/ AR, JF, CG, & AY, 1928)
34. Body and Soul (w/ JF, 1930) #1
35. Together (w/ JF, 1928) #1
36. Song of India (1921) #1
37. Anything Goes (w/ Ramona Davies, 1934)
38. My Blue Heaven (1927) #1
39. Crinoline Days (1923)
40. My Romance (1936)

41. Cherie (1921) #1
42. Last Night on the Back Porch (w/ the American Quartet, 1923)
43. Limehouse Blues (1924)
44. You Took Advantage of Me (w/ BC, JF, CG, & AY, 1928)
45. I Love You (1924)
46. All Alone (1925) #1
47. Bright Eyes (1921)
48. Indian Love Call (1925)
49. Wagon Wheels (w/ Bob Lawrence, 1934) #1
50. April Showers (1922)

51. It All Depends on You (1927)
52. Trav’lin Light (w/ Billie Holiday, 1942)
53. Rose Marie (1925)
54. Just a Memory (1927)
55. Ramona (w/ AY, 1928) #1
56. All of Me (w/ Mildred Bailey, 1932) #1
57. Rise ‘N Shine (w/ Ramona Davies, 1933)
58. Moonlight on the Ganges (w/ AY, 1926)
59. Carolina in the Morning (1923)
60. I’m Coming, Virginia (w/ BC, AR, & HB, 1927)

61. St. Louis Blues (1926)
62. Wonderful One (1923)
63. There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes (1924)
64. Manhattan (1925)
65. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (w/ Mildred Bailey, 1931)
66. Learn to Smile (1921)
67. Charleston (1925)

DMDB Top 10%:

68. When Buddha Smiles (1922)
69. Three on a Match (w/ Red McKenzie, 1932)
70. It Had to Be You (1924)

71. When Day Is Done (1927)
72. All Through the Night (w/ Bob Lawrence, 1934)
73. Broken Hearted (Here Am I) (w/ JF, CG, & AY, 1927)
74. The Man I Love (w/ Vaughn DeLeath, 1928)
75. How Deep Is the Ocean? How High Is the Sky? (1932)
76. I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody Like I’m Loving You (1921)
77. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind (1925)
78. My Man (Mon Homme) (1921)
79. It Happened in Monterey (w/ JF, 1930)
80. I Get a Kick Out of You (w/ Ramona Davies, 1934)

81. Journey’s End (1923)
82. Let’s Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep (w/ Red McKenzie, 1932)
83. Make Believe (w/ BC, 1928)
84. Get Out and Get Under the Moon (1928)
85. I’ll Never Be the Same (w/ Mildred Bailey, 1932)
86. Chiquita (w/ JF, 1928)
87. Dearest, You’re the Nearest to My Heart (1923)
88. Changes (w/ BC, AR, HB, JF, CG, & AY, 1928)
89. Do You Ever Think of Me? (1921)
90. That Certain Feeling (1926)

91. My Moonlight Madonna (w/ JF, 1933)
92. C-O-N-S-T-A-N-I-N-O-P-L-E (w/ AR, HB, JF, CG, & AY, 1928)
93. Farewell to Arms (w/ JF, 1933)
94. Canadian Capers (1921)
95. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (1923)
96. I’m Just Wild About Harry (1922)
97. Whispering (new version, 1954)
98. After You’ve Gone (w/ BC, 1930)
99. Chansonette (1923)
100. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (w/ BC, 1930)


Awards:


Sunday, March 24, 2019

National Recording Registry: Songs

Originally posted 3/24/2019.

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The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.” This particular page lists songs which have inducted into the Registry.


Year of Induction: Performer “Song” (Year released/recorded)

A
  • 2005: Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)
  • 2003: Marian Anderson “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (1936)
  • 2008: The Andrews Sisters “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You’re Grand)” (1938)
  • 2015: Louis Armstrong “Mack the Knife” (1956)
  • 2003: Associated Glee Clubs of America “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” (1925)
  • 2004: Fred and Adele Astaire with George Gershwin (piano) “Fascinating Rhythm” (1926)
  • 2005: Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra “The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)” (1930)

B
  • 2005: Count Basie “One O’Clock Jump” (1937)
  • 2005: Nora Bayes “Over There” (1917)
  • 2017: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)
  • 2003: Emile Berliner “The Lord’s Prayer” (1890)
  • 2003: Emile Berliner “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (1890)
  • 2003: Lucie Bernardo and Otto Rathke “The Okeh Laughing Record” (1922)
  • 2003: Chuck Berry “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
  • 2012: Blackwood Brothres “Crossing Chilly Jordan” (1960)
  • 2005: Pat Bonner “Schooner Bradley” (1960)
  • 2011: Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
  • 2010: The Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra “It’s the Girl” (1931)
  • 2005: Fanny Brice “Second Hand Rose” (1921)
  • 2005: Fanny Brice “My Man (Mon Homme)” (1922)
  • 2013: Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (1994)

C
  • 2018: Cab Calloway “Minnie the Moocher” (1931)
  • 2004: Hoagy Carmichael “Stardust” (1927)
  • 2006: The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” (1928)
  • 2002: Enrico Caruso “Pagliacci, Act I: Vesti La Giubba (On with the Play)” (1907)
  • 2002: Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
  • 2012: Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
  • 2017: Chic “Le Freak” (1978)
  • 2005: Harry Choates “Jole Blon (Jolie Blonde)” (1946)
  • 2016: The Chuck Wagon Gang “I’ll Fly Awa” (1948)
  • 2003: Patsy Cline “Crazy” (1961)
  • 2005: Nat “King” Cole “Straighten Up and Fly Right” (1943)
  • 2014: Michael Coleman “The Boys of the Lough/The Humours of Ennistymon” (1922)
  • 2016: Judy Collins “Amazing Grace” (1970)
  • 2006: Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come” (1964)
  • 2004: Gregorio Cortez “Trovadores Regionales” (1929)
  • 2004: Eugene Cowles “Gypsy Love Song” (1898)
  • 2013: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son” (1969)
  • 2013: Bing Crosby “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
  • 2002: Bing Crosby “White Christmas” (1942)

D
  • 2015: Bobby Darlin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
  • 2012: Jimmie Davis “You Are My Sunshine” (1940)
  • 2005: Edouard de Reszke “Canzone del Porter from Martha (von Flotow)” (1903)
  • 2018: Deep River Boys “They Look Like Men of War” (1941)
  • 2018: Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” (1969)
  • 2011: Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley” (1955)
  • 2011: Bo Diddley “I’m a Man” (1955)
  • 2011: The Dixie Hummingbirds “Let’s Go Out to the Programs” (1953)
  • 2005: Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
  • 2007: Thomas A. Dorsey “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again” (1934)

E
  • 2018: Earth, Wind & Fire “September” (1978)
  • 2009: Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940)
  • 2009: Abe Elenkrig's Yidishe Orchestra “Fon der Choope (From the Wedding)” (1913)
  • 2017: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” (1987)
  • 2011: Ruth Etting “Ten Cents a Dance” (1930)
  • 2004: Europe's Society Orchestra “The Castles in Europe One-Step (Castle House Rag)” (1914)
  • 2013: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown” (1960)

F
  • 2007: Joe Falcon “Allons a Lafayette” (1928)
  • 2002: Fisk Jubilee Singers “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (1909)
  • 2004: Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (1949)
  • 2006: Red Foley & the Sunshine Boys “Peace in the Valley” (1951)
  • 2014: Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons” (1955)
  • 2002: Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
  • 2018: Lefty Frizzell “Long Black Veil” (1959)

G
  • 2016: Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939)
  • 2015: Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978)
  • 2002: Paul Whiteman with George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924)
  • 2004: Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964)
  • 2004: Dizzy Gillespie with Chano Pozo “Manteca” (1947)
  • 2004: Golden Gate Orchestra “Charleston” (1925)
  • 2005: Golden Gate Quartet “John the Revelator” (1938)
  • 2002: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
  • 2010: Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
  • 2017: Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” (1967)
  • 2002: Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (1944)

H
  • 2017: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
  • 2005: Hampton Quartette “Listen to the Lambs” (1917)
  • 2012: Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
  • 2004: Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
  • 2005: Edwin Hawkins Singers “Oh Happy Day” (1969)
  • 2013: Roland Hayes “Were You There” (1940)
  • 2017: Victor Herbert and his Orchestra “Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta” (1911)
  • 2002: Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” (1939)
  • 2005: Buddy Holly & the Crickets “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
  • 2008: John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillen” (1948)
  • 2011: Sol Hoʻopiʻi “Fascinating Rhythm” (1938)
  • 2009: Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin’” (1956)
  • 2005: Pawlo Humeniuk “Tanec Pid Werbamy (Dance Under the Willows)” (1926)

I
  • 2015: The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
  • 2017: The Ink Spots “If I Didn’t Care” (1939)

J
  • 2005: Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher” (1948)
  • 2013: Elmore James “Dust My Broom” (1951)
  • 2008: Etta James “At Last” (1961)
  • 2014: Blind Lemon Jefferson “Black Snake Moan” (1928)
  • 2014: Blind Lemon Jefferson “Match Box Blues” (1928)
  • 2015: Billy Joel “Piano Man” (1973)
  • 2010: Blind Willie Johnson “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” (1927)
  • 2013: George W. Johnson “The Laughing Song” (1896)
  • 2008: George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
  • 2013: Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five “Caldonia” (1945)
  • 2004: Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)

K
  • 2011: Stan Kenton “Artistry in Rhythm” (1943)
  • 2005: Kid Ory “Ory’s Creole Trombone” (1922)
  • 2014: Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)
  • 2008: The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)

L
  • 2003: Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter “Goodnight Irene” (1933)
  • 2009: Iry LeJeune “Evangeline Special” (1948)
  • 2009: Iry LeJeune “Love Bridge Waltz” (1948)
  • 2005: Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (1957)
  • 2009: Little Richard “Tutti Frutti” (1955)
  • 2017: Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
  • 2015: Julie London “Cry Me a River” (1955)
  • 2010: Professor Longhair “Tipitina” (1953)
  • 2013: The Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming” (1955)
  • 2009: Loretta Lynn “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1970)

M
  • 2013: Harry MacDonough with Olive Kline “They Didn't Believe Me” (1915)
  • 2016: Manhattan Harmony “Lift Every Voice” (1923)
  • 2005: Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street (1964)
  • 2017: Canario y Su Grupo with Davilita on lead vocals, written by Rafael Hernández Marín “Lamento Borincano” (1930)
  • 2009: Max Mathews/John L. Kelly Jr./Carol Lockbaum “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” (1961)
  • 2006: John McCormack “Il Mio Tesoro” (1916)
  • 2016: Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
  • 2015: Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues” (1928)
  • 2010: Edward Meeker “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
  • 2010: Lydia Mendoza “Mal Hombre” (1934)
  • 2014: Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” (1945)
  • 2002: Military Band “Stars and Stripes Forever” (1897)
  • 2004: Glenn Miller “In the Mood” (1939)
  • 2007: The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
  • 2008: Carmen Miranda “O Que É Que A Bahiana Tem?” (1939)
  • 2017: The Mississippi Sheiks “Sitting on Top of the World” (1930)
  • 2011: Patsy Montana “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (1935)
  • 2005: Rita Montaner “El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)” (1927)
  • 2016: Melba Moore & Friends “Lift Every Voice” (1990)
  • 2006: Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers “Black Bottom Stomp” (1926)
  • 2014: Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine” (1953)
  • 2003: Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)” (1906)

N-O
  • 2005: NBC Symphony conducted by Arturo Toscanini “Adagio for Strings” (1938)
  • 2009: King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band “Canal Street Blues” (1923)
  • 2007: Roy Orbison “(Oh) Pretty Woman” (1964)
  • 2002: Original Dixieland Jazz Band “Tiger Rag” (1918)
  • 2003: Vess Ossman “Honolulu Cake Walk” (1898)

P
  • 2008: Oran “Hot Lips” Page with Eddie Condon’s Jazz Band “Uncle Sam’s Blues” (1944)
  • 2011: Gabby Pahinui “Hula Medley” (1947)
  • 2002: Charlie Parker, Miles Davs, Dizzy Gillespie, et al “Ko-Ko” (1945)
  • 2011: Dolly Parton “Coat of Many Colors” (1971)
  • 2006: Charley Patton “Pony Blues” (1929)
  • 2002: Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
  • 2015: Peerless Quartet…Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1911)
  • 2004: The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
  • 2006: Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  • 2016: Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
  • 2007: Rosa Ponselle and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giulio Setti “Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma” (1929)
  • 2006: Cole Porter “You’re the Top” (1934)
  • 2008: Frank Proffitt “Tom Dooley” (1940)

Q-R
  • 2004: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey “See See Rider” (1923)
  • 2003: Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long to Stop Now” (1965)
  • 2009: R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1981)
  • 2016: Harry Richman “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1929)
  • 2014: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (1964)
  • 2002: Eck Robertson “Arkansas Traveler” (1922)
  • 2002: Eck Robertson “Sallie Gooden” (1922)
  • 2004: Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)” (1928)
  • 2017: Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” (1978)
  • 2006: The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (1965)
  • 2006: The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (1963)
  • 2011: Lillian Russell “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star” (1912)

S
  • 2018: Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
  • 2005: Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970)
  • 2009: Tupac Shakur “Dear Mama” (1995)
  • 2012: Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
  • 2018: Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam” (1964)
  • 2016: Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
  • 2002: Bessie Smith “Down Hearted Blues” (1923)
  • 2002: Kate Smith “God Bless America” (1938)
  • 2005: Mamie Smith “Crazy Blues” (1920)
  • 2010: The Sons of the Pioneer “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” (1934)
  • 2008: The Stanley Brothers “Rank Stranger” (1960)
  • 2015: W.H. Stepp “Bonaparte’s Retreat” (1937)
  • 2006: Cal Stewart “Uncle Josh and the Insurance Agent” (1904)
  • 2011: Sugarhill Gang “Rapper’s Delight” (1979)
  • 2011: Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977)
  • 2015: The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
  • 2014: The Swan Silvertones “Mary Don’t You Weep” (1959)
  • 2018: Sylvester “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (1978)

T
  • 2004: Mable Wilson Tatro “The Suncook Town Tragedy” (1930)
  • 2007: Art Tatum “Sweet Lorraine” (1940)
  • 2017: The Temptations “My Girl” (1965)
  • 2004: Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Down by the Riverside” (1944)
  • 2016: Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog” (1952)
  • 2005: Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke “Singin’ the Blues” (1927)
  • 2004: Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)

U-V
  • 2018: Ritchie Valens “La Bamba” (1958)
  • 2013: Rudy Vallee “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
  • 2018: Victor Military Band “The Memphis Blues” (1914)

W-X-Y-Z
  • 2007: T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” (1947)
  • 2004: Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
  • 2017: Clara Ward & the Ward Singers “How I Got Over” (1950)
  • 2004: Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
  • 2004: Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
  • 2007: Kitty Wells “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952)
  • 2015: Clarence Williams’ Blue Five “Wild Cat Blues” (2015)
  • 2004: Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues” (1949)
  • 2008: Mary Lou Williams “Night Life” (1930)
  • 2003: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “New San Antonio Rose” (1940)
  • 2008: Link Wray “Rumble” (1958)
  • 2010: Tammy Wynette “Stand by Your Man” (1968)
  • 2012: Frank Yankovic & His Yanks “Just Because” (1947)

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

National Recording Registry: Albums

Originally posted 3/23/2019.

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The National Recording Registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. The Librarian of Congress appoints members to the National Recording Preservation Board which, since 2002, has selected 25 recordings annually for preservation in the Library of Congress. As the website says, the recordings showcase “the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness.”

This particular page lists albums which have inducted into the Registry. Dave’s Music Database uses a broad definition of album which includes studio albums, live albums, box sets, compilations, album-length classical works, soundtracks, and cast albums.


Year of Induction: Performer/Composer/Recorder Album (Year released/years recorded)

A

B
  • 2002: Milton Babbitt (composer)/Bethany Beardslee (performer) Philomel: For Soprano (1971)
  • 2018: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Pablo Casals (performer) Cello Suites (classical, composed 1717-23, recorded 1939)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Glenn Gould (performer) Goldberg Variations (classical, composed 1741, performed 1955)
  • 2003: Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)/Robert Shaw Chorale (performer) Mass in B Minor (classical, composed 1733-1749, recorded 1947)
  • 2014: Joan Baez Joan Baez (1960)
  • 2009: The Band The Band (1969)
  • 2014: Sweet Emma Barrett/Preservation Hall Jazz Band New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)
  • 2004: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
  • 2003: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • 2007: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Artur Schnabel (performer) Piano Sonatas (32) (classical, composed 1795-1822, recorded 1932-35)
  • 2005: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Modesto High School Band (performer) Egmont Overture (classical, composed 1809-10, recorded 1930)
  • 2003: Ludwig van Beethoven (composer)/Budapest Quartet (performer): String Quartets (16) (classical, composed 1798-1826, performed 1940-50)
  • 2017: Harry Belafonte: Calypso (1956)
  • 2014: Stephen Vincent Benét (composer)/Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey (performers)/Charles Laughton (director): John Brown’s Body (poetry reading, composed 1928, performed 1953)
  • 2008: Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (composers): West Side Story (cast album: 1957)
  • 2012: Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (1968)
  • 2011: William Billings (composer)/The Gregg Smith Singers (performer): The Continental Harmony: The Gregg Smith Singers Perform Music of William Billings (1969)
  • 2006: Eubie Blake: The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake (1969)
  • 2013: Art Blakey: A Night at Birdland (Volumes 1 & 2 (1954)
  • 2005: Hector Berlioz (composer)/ Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society (performer): La Damanation of Faust (The Damnation of Faust) (classical, composed 1846, performed 1954)
  • 2002: Marc Blitzstein (composer): The Cradle Will Rock (cast: 1938)
  • 2016: David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
  • 2018: Lord Benjamin Britten (composer): War Requiem (classical, composed 1962, performed 1963)
  • 2004: James Brown: Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
  • 2005: Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out (1959)

C
  • 2012: Cachao y Su Ritmo Caliente: Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature (1957)
  • 2010: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (1969)
  • 2015: George Carlin: Class Clown (comedy, 1972)
  • 2005: Wendy Carlos: Switched-On Bach (1968)
  • 2012: Betty Carter: The Audience with Betty Carter (1980)
  • 2005: Elliott Carter (composer)/Louisville Orchestra (performer): Variations for Orchestra (composed 1955, performed 1956)
  • 2003: Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (live, 1968)
  • 2015: Clifton Chenier: Bogalusa Boogie (1976)
  • 2004: Reverend James Cleveland: Peace Be Still (1962)
  • 2012: Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
  • 2004: John Coltrane: Giant Steps (1959)
  • 2015: John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1965)
  • 2013: Aaron Copland (composer): Appalachian Spring (ballet, composed 1944, performed 1974)
  • 2009: Bill Cosby: I Started Out as a Child (comedy, 1964)
  • 2007: Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (1959)
  • 2010: George Crumb (composer)/New York Strings Quartet (performer): Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (1972)
  • 2013: Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco: Celia & Johnny (1974)

D

E
  • 2016: Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  • 2003: Eastman Wind Ensemble with Frederick Fennell: Winds in Hi-Fi (opera, 1958)
  • 2002: Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band (box set, recorded 1939-42, released 1990)
  • 2009: Bill Evans Trio: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (live, recorded 1961)

F
  • 2010: John Fahey: Blind Joe Death (1959)
  • 2003: Fania All-Stars: Live at Yankee Stadium (live, 1975)
  • 2005: Firesign Theatre: Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (1970)
  • 2003: Ella Fitzgerald: Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (covers, 1956)
  • 2017: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
  • 2016: Renée Fleming: Signatures (1997)
  • 2018: Stan Freberg: Presents the United States of America Volume One: The Early Years (comedy, 1961)

G
  • 2003: Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, 1961)
  • 2003: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)
  • 2003: George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (composers): Porgy and Bess (opera, composed 1935, cast: 1942)
  • 2012: Philip Glass (composer): Einstein on the Beach (1979)
  • 2003: Benny Goodman: The Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert (live, recorded 1938)
  • 2018: Dexter Gordon: Go! (1962)
  • 2003: Billy Graham: Problems of the American Home (spoken, 1954)
  • 2011: Grateful Dead: Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (live, 1977)
  • 2011: Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

H
  • 2007: Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters (1973)
  • 2004: George Friedrich Handel (composer)/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard Condie (choir director): Messiah (classical, composed 1741, performed 1958)
  • 2013: Isaac Hayes: Shaft (soundtrack, 1971)
  • 2008: Jascha Heifetz: Acoustic Recordings for Victor Records (1917-24)
  • 2005: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
  • 2014: Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • 2009: Mississippi John Hurt: Today! (1966)

I
  • 2014: Indian Bottom Association: Old Regular Baptists: Lined-Out Hymnody from Southeastern Kentucky (1997)
  • 2011: International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-46)
  • 2003: Charles Ives (composer)/John Kirkpatrick (performer): Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (classical, composed and performed 1948)

J
  • 2007: Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
  • 2018: Jay-Z: The Blueprint (2001)
  • 2007: Ella Jenkins: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (1966)
  • 2003: Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 1990)
  • 2016: Scott Joplin (composer)/Gunther Schuller (arranger): Treemonisha (musical, composed 1911, performed 1976)
  • 2005: Victor Jory (narrator): Tubby the Tuba (children, 1946)

K
  • 2005: Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Show Boat (stage debut: 12/27/27, cast recorded 1933)
  • 2005: B.B. King: Live at the Regal (live, recorded 1964, released 1965)
  • 2003: Carole King: Tapestry (1971)
  • 2008: King’s College Choir (performer)/Boris Ord (director): A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in King's College Chapel, Cambridge (1954)
  • 2005: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (composer): The Adventures of Robin Hood (film score, 1938)

L
  • 2018: Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (1983)
  • 2004: Tom Lehrer: Songs by Tom Lehrer (1953)
  • 2007: Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers): My Fair Lady (cast recording, 1956)
  • 2013: Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster (1960)
  • 2004: Frank Loesser (composer): Guys and Dolls (cast recording: 1950)
  • 2011: Love: Forever Changes (1967)
  • 2002: Lovey’s Trinidad String Band: Recordings for Columbia Records (New York City session) (1912)

M
  • 2017: Yo-Yo Ma/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)Christopher Rouse/Leon Kirchner/Richard Danielpour (composers): Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra (classical, 1996)
  • 2018: Galt MacDermot/Gerome Ragni/James Rado (composers): Hair (cast recording, 1968)
  • 2015: Gustav Mahler (composer)/Vienna Philharmonic (performers)/Bruno Walter (conductor): Symphony No. 9 in D major (classical, composed 1909, performed 1938)
  • 2010: Henry Mancini: The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, charted 1959)
  • 2006: Bob Marley/The Wailers: Burnin’ (1973)
  • 2014: Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (comedy, 1978)
  • 2017: Groucho Marx: An Evening with Groucho (comedy, 1972)
  • 2018: Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (soundtrack, 1972)
  • 2014: Lincoln Mayorga: Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues (1968)
  • 2013: Vaughn Meader: The First Family (comedy, 1962)
  • 2015: Metallica: Master of Puppets (1986)
  • 2003: Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (1959)
  • 2007: Joni Mitchell: For the Roses (1972)
  • 2003: Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1947)
  • 2016: Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)
  • 2011: Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly: I Can Hear It Now (radio news broadcasts, 1933-45)
  • 2003: Modest Mussorgsky (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Rafael Kubelik (conductor): Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (classical, composed for piano in 1874, reworked for orchestra in 1922, performed 1951)

N
  • 2009: Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger (1975)
  • 2008: New York Pro Musica under the direction of Noah Greenberg (performers)/students from the school of Beauvais Cathedral (composers): The Play of Daniel: A Twelfth-Century Drama (composed 1227-34, performed 1958)
  • 2006: Bob Newhart: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (comedy, 1960)
  • 2004: Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
  • 2005: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972)
  • 2013: Larry Norman: Only Visiting This Planet (1972)
  • 2015: Alex North (composer): A Streetcar Named Desire (soundtrack, 1951)
  • 2016: N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (1989)

O
  • 2004: Michael Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion (1960)
  • 2013: Buck Owens & His Buckaroos: Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1966)

P-Q
  • 2010: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (composer)/Roger Wagner Chorale (performer): Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (classical, composed 1562, performed 1951)
  • 2009: Eddie Palmieri: Azucar Pa' Ti (1965)
  • 2011: Parliament: Mothership Connection (1975)
  • 2004: Harry Partch (composer)/Gate 5 Ensemble (performer): U.S. Highball (A Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip) (1946)
  • 2010: Roger Payne (producer): Songs of the Humpback Whale (nature recordings, 1970)
  • 2012: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • 2014: Cole Porter (composer): Kiss Me, Kate (cast recording 1949)
  • 2002: Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (archives, 1954-55)
  • 2012: Leontyne Price: A Program of Song (1959)
  • 2011: Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)
  • 2004: Sergey Prokofiev (composer)/Richard Hale (narrator)/Serge Koussevitzky (conductor)/Boston Symphony Orchestra (performer): Peter and the Wolf (1939)
  • 2016: Richard Pryor: Wanted: Live in Concert (comedy, 2016)
  • 2004: Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  • 2002: Tito Puente: Dance Mania (1958)

R
  • 2004: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer/pianist)/Philadelphia Orchestra (performer)/Leopold Stowoski (conductor): Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (classical, composed 1901, performed 1929)
  • 2016: Sergei Rachmaninov (composer)/The Robert Shaw Festival Singers (performers): Vespers (All-Night Vigil) (classical, composed 1915, performed 1990)
  • 2014: Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)
  • 2012: Ramones: Ramones (1976)
  • 2018: Ola Belle Reed Ola Belle Reed (1973)
  • 2017: Steve Reich/Richard Maxfield/Pauline Oliveros (composers): New Sounds in Electronic Music (1967)
  • 2008: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks: 2000 Years with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks (comedy, 1961)
  • 2016: Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
  • 2003: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Oklahoma! (cast recording, 1943)
  • 2012: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): South Pacific (cast recording, 1949)
  • 2017: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)
  • 2016: Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (1956)
  • 2013: Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel (1974)
  • 2017: Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (1986)

S
  • 2010: Mort Sahl: At Sunset (1955)
  • 2015: Buffy Sainte-Marie: It’s My Way! (1964)
  • 2015: Santana: Abraxas (1970)
  • 2015: Robert and Clara Schumann (composers)/Beaux Arts Trio (performer): Complete Piano Trios (classical, composed 1846-51, performed 1972)
  • 2003: Tony Schwartz: New York Taxi Driver (spoken, 1959)
  • 2016: Pete Seeger: We Shall Overcome (live, 1963)
  • 2014: Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites (children, 1995)
  • 2012: Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence (1966)
  • 2006: Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
  • 2002: Frank Sinatra: Songs for Young Lovers (1954)
  • 2014: Sly & the Family Stone: Stand! (1969)
  • 2016: Charlie Smalls (composer): The Wiz (cast recording, 1975)
  • 2009: Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
  • 2013: Stephen Sondheim (composer): Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast recording, 1979)
  • 2005: Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (10/88)
  • 2003: Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
  • 2009: The Staple Singers: Soul Folk in Action (1968)
  • 2010: Steely Dan: Aja (10/8/77)
  • 2011: Richard Strauss (composer)/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Fritz Reiner (conductor): Also Sprach Zarathustra (classical, composed 1896, performed 1954)
  • 2002: Igor Stravinsky (composer)/New York Philharmonic (performers): Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, composed 1913, performed 1940)
  • 2016: Barbra Streisand: People (1964)
  • 2009: Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim (composers): Gypsy (cast recording, 1959)
  • 2009: Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon (2009)

T
  • 2016: Talking Heads…Remain in Light (1980)
  • 2004: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Vladimir Horowitz/NBC Symphony Orchestra (performers)/Arturo Toscanini (conductor): Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1943)
  • 2012: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer)/Van Cliburn (performer): Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 1958)
  • 2004: Virgil Thomson (composer): Four Saints in Three Acts (1947)
  • 2014: Joan Tower (composer)/Colorado Symphony Orchestra (performer)/Martin Alsop (conductor): Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (classical, composed 1986, performed 1999)
  • 2017: Merle Travis: Folk Songs of the Hills (1946)
  • 2004: Tuskegee Institute Choir/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Philadelphia Orchestra (performers)/Eugene Ormandy (conductor)/Richard P. Condie (choir director)/William L. Dawson (director): Tuskegee Institute Choir Sings Spirituals (1955)

U
  • 2013: U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
  • 2007: United States Marine Band: Recordings for the National Cultural Center (1963)

V
  • 2005: Edgard Varèse (composer): Poeme Electronique (composed 1958)
  • 2006: Sarah Vaughan: Live in Japan (live, 1973)
  • 2006: Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
  • 2003: Antonio Vivaldi (composer)/Louis Kaufman/Concert Hall String Orchestra (performers): The Four Seasons (classical, composed 1725, performed 1947)

W
  • 2003: Richard Wagner (composer)/George Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (performers): Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, composed 1848-1874, performed 1958-65)
  • 2009: Richard Wagner (composer)/Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior (performers): Tristan Und Isolde (opera, composed 1857-59, performed 1935)
  • 2012: Junior Wells with Buddy Guy: Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
  • 2008: The Who: The Who Sings My Generation (1965)
  • 2012: The Wild Tchoupitoulas: The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
  • 2004: John Williams (composer): Star Wars (soundtrack, 1977)
  • 2005: Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

X-Y-Z

Various Artists
  • 2005: various artists (performers)/ Harry Smith (compiler): Anthology of American Folk Music (box set, recorded 1923-32, released 1952)
  • 2010: various artists (Nat “King” Cole, Les Paul, Buddy Rich, et al): Jazz at the Philharmonic (live, 1944)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/Norman Granz (producer): The Jazz Scene (1949)
  • 2007: various artists (performers)/David Lewiston (recorder): Music from the Morning of the World (1966)
  • 2006: various artists (Pixinguinha, Donga, Cartola, Jararaca, Ratinho and José Espinguela)/Leopold Stowowski (supervisor): Native Brazilian Music (1942)
  • 2012: various artists (Bee Gees et al): Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
  • 2018: various artists: Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set (children, box set: 1996)

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Dave’s Music Database Hall of Fame: Acts

Originally posted 3/22/2019.

January 22, 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the DMDB blog! To honor that, Dave’s Music Database announces its own Hall of Fame. Each month, new inductees will be added. In January, the first dozen inductees were songs. In February, 9 albums were inducted. This month, the top 10 acts of all-time (according to Dave’s Music Database) are being inducted. They are:


The Beatles (active 1960-1970)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

“They were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Moreover, they were among the few artists of any discipline that were simultaneously the best at what they did, and the most popular at what they did. Relentlessly imaginative and experimental, the Beatles grabbed a hold of the international mass consciousness in 1964 and never let go for the next six years, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity, but never losing their ability to communicate their increasingly sophisticated ideas to a mass audience. Their supremacy as rock icons remains unchallenged to this day.” RU1

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

Bing Crosby was the undisputed best-selling artist until well into the rock era (with over half a billion records in circulation). His everyman persona gave America a symbol of what their country was about during the Depression and World War II. With a far less formal style than the European-influenced classical and popular music of the 1910s and '20s, Crosby put his own stamp on showtunes, film music, country & western songs, patriotic standards, religious hymns, holiday favorites, and ethnic ballads (most notably Irish and Hawaiian).

Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

“Among the greatest trombonists in jazz history. He and his brother Jimmy played with the California Ramblers, Charleston Chasers, Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, and Paul Whiteman, among others. Tommy also played with Vincent Lopez and Rudy Vallee. Started his band in 1935 with the heart of the Joe Haymes ensemble, and over the years led an extraordinary array of top musicians. The jazz arrangements of Sy Oliver were among the most acclaimed of the era, and during the early ‘40s the band got a sensational new star in Frank Sinatra.” PM

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

“Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the ‘80s, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time.” SH He started as a child star in the ‘60s performing with his brothers and became a solo star in the ‘70s. He achieved his greatest success with Thriller, the biggest-selling album of all time and a DMDB Hall of Fame inductee in the first class.

Elton John (1947-)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

Elton John has been “one of the most successful purveyors of hit songs and records in the history of the music industry.” SHOF “A multifaceted talent, John excels as both a ballad-oriented singer/songwriter and a flamboyant rock and roll star.” RH “He and lyric writer, Bernie Taupin, comprise one of the longest-running and most successful songwriting teams of all time.” SHOF “In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early ‘70s.” STE His “output was as critical to this decade as the Beatles were to the Sixties and Presley to the Fifties.” RH “Moreover, his longevity as an active recording artist surpasses both of them.” RH

Billy Murray (1877-1954)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

At a time before radio ruled the waves and recording technology remained primitive, Billy Murray’s success gave the fledgling recording industry the credibility to develop into a popular form of entertainment. He became the most sensational record seller of the entire pre-1920 pioneer era, recording as a solo artist, in duets with Ada Jones, and on group hits with the Haydn Quartet, American Quartet, and the Heidelberg Quintet. In all, he sang on 30 #1 songs. The recording careers of Bing Crosby or Elvis Presley pale in comparison.

Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

As the “musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level” RU2 it could be argued that Elvis Presley is “the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music.” RU2 While he wasn’t the first white man to sing R&B, he was “the first…to assertively fuse country and blues music into the style known as rockabilly.” RU2 However, he didn’t stop there, also touching on “pop, gospel, and even some bits of bluegrass and operatic schmaltz” RU2 during his 20+ year career.

The Rolling Stones (active 1963-)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

This London based-band has often been referred to as the greatest rock and roll band of all time. They formed in the early 1960s as a contemporary to the Beatles, but were shaped as a rougher, tougher, and grittier band. True to the band’s guitarist Keith Richards’ reputation as one of the few living beings who would still be kicking after a worldwide holocaust, the band has remained active for six decades, releasing albums and touring.

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

Frank Sinatra was one of the most important acts of the 20th century, rivaled only by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. Through his ability to make classics from his interpretations of others songs, Sinatra survived ‘50s’ rock and ‘70s’ punk, winning over new fans while retaining a loyal, if aging, group of aficionados. Besides recording nearly 1,500 songs, Sinatra starred in nearly 60 motion pictures (many with his Rat Pack buddies). His turbulent personal life and tough-guy posturing also made him a well-known media figure.

Paul Whiteman (1890-1967)

Inducted March 2019 as a “Top Ten All-Time Act.”

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

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Top 100 Doo-Wop Songs of All Time

First posted 2/26/2010; updated 3/20/2019.

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This list was originally a top 20 list posted on the DMDB Facebook page in 2010 after I stumbled across a Doo Wop Hall of Fame (which, frankly, looks like someone’s personal site). The list has since been revised, aggregating more than 25 best-of lists of doo-wops songs. Those songs appearing on three or more lists are then listed based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database. Here are the results:

1. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954)
2. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (1956)
3. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
4. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite” (1956)
5. The Platters “Only You (And You Alone)” (1955)
6. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
7. Danny & The Juniors “At the Hop” (1957)
8. The Chords “Sh-Boom” (1954)
9. The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel” (1953)
10. The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” (1961)

11. The Four Tops “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962)
12. The Platters “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958)
13. The Platters “My Prayer (Avant de Mourir)” (1956)
14. The Four Seasons “Sherry” (1962)
15. Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” (1962)
16. The Platters “Twilight Time” (1958)
17. The Dell-Vikings “Come Go with Me” (1957)
18. The Drifters “Up on the Roof” (1962)
19. The Marcels “Blue Moon” (1961)
20. The Diamonds “Little Darlin’” (1957)

21. The Drifters “There Goes My Baby” (1959)
22. The Crests “Sixteen Candles” (1958)
23. The Monotones “Book of Love” (1958)
24. The Coasters “Yakety Yak” (1958)
25. The Elegants “Little Star” (1958)
26. The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man” (1951)
27. The Silhouettes “Get a Job” (1958)
28. The Skyliners “Since I Don’t Have You” (1959)
29. The Drifters “Money Honey” (1953)
30. The Coasters “Searchin’” (1957)

31. The Fleetwoods “Come Softly to Me” (1959)
32. Dion & the Belmonts “A Teenager in Love” (1959)
33. The Rays “Silhouettes” (1957)
34. The Shirelles “Soldier Boy” (1962)
35. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs “Stay” (1960)
36. The Dominoes with Billy Ward “Stardust” (1957)
37. The Impressions featuring Jerry Butler “For Your Precious Love” (1958)
38. The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” (1954)
39. Dion & the Belmonts “I Wonder Why” (1958)
40. The Cadillacs “Speedoo” (1955)

41. The Moonglows “Sincerely” (1955)
42. The Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1959)
43. The Capris “There’s a Moon Out Tonight” (1960)
44. The Chantels “Maybe” (1958)
45. The Dells “Oh What a Nite” (1956)
46. The Bobbettes “Mr. Lee” (1957)
47. The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9” (1959)
48. The Harptones “A Sunday Kind of Love” (1953)
49. The Coasters “Young Blood” (1957)
50. Little Anthony & the Imperials “Tears on My Pillow” (1958)

51. The Coasters “Charlie Brown” (1959)
52. Shep & the Limelites “Daddy’s Home” (1961)
53. The Orioles “It’s Too Soon to Know” (1948)
54. The Duprees “You Belong to Me” (1962)
55. Curtis Lee & the Halos “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (1961)
56. The Coasters “Poison Ivy” (1959)
57. The Jive Five “My True Story” (1961)
58. The Clovers “Devil or Angel” (1955)
59. The Jaguars “The Way You Look Tonight” (1956)
60. The Heartbeats “A Thousand Miles Away” (1956)

61. The Danleers “One Summer Night” (1958)
62. The Crows “Gee” (1954)
63. The Dell-Vikings “Whispering Bells” (1957)
64. The Chordettes “Lollipop” (1958)
65. Dion & the Belmonts “Where or When” (1959)
66. Randy & the Rainbows “Denise” (1963)
67. The Cleftones “Little Girl of Mine” (1956)
68. The Impalas “Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” (1959)
69. The El Dorados “At My Front Door” (1955)
70. The Cleftones “Heart and Soul” (1961)

71. The Skyliners “This I Swear” (1959)
72. The Chimes “Once in Awhile” (1960)
73. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Teardrops” (1957)
74. The Clovers “Blue Velvet” (1955)
75. The Coasters (as The Robins) “Smokey Joe’s Café” (1955)
76. The Cadillacs “Gloria” (1954)
77. The Earls “Remember Then” (1962)
78. The Velvetones “The Glory of Love” (1936)
79. The Five Satins “To the Aisle” (1957)
80. The Blue Jays “Lover’s Island” (1961)

81. The Channels “That’s My Desire” (1957)
82. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Long Lonely Nights” (1957)
83. The Falcons “You’re So Fine” (1959)
84. The Classics “Till Then” (1963)
85. The Regents “Barbara-Ann” (1961)
86. The Mello-Kings “Tonite Tonite” (1957)
87. The Safaris “Image of a Girl” (1960)
88. The Nutmegs “Story Untold” (1955)
89. Danny & the Juniors “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay” (1958)
90. The Diablos “The Wind” (1954)

91. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent” (1956)
92. The Crests “The Angels Listened In” (1959)
93. The Channels “The Closer You Are” (1956)
94. The Olympics “Western Movies” (1958)
95. Little Caesar & the Romans “Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You” (1961)
96. The Crests “Step by Step” (1960)
97. Lee Andrews & the Hearts “Try the Impossible” (1958)
98. The Willows “Church Bells May Ring” (1956)
99. The Flamingos “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” (1958)
100. The 5 Royales “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1958)


Monday, March 18, 2019

Country Music Hall of Fame

Last updated March 18, 2019.

As stated on the website, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission “is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences.” The Hall of Fame was established in 1961 by the Country Music Association. In 1967, a museum was opened on Music Row in Nashville and remained open until 2000. In May 2001, a brand new, $37 million building opened. Here is the full list of inductees from 1961-2019:


A


B


C


D

  • Vernon Dalhart (1981)
  • Charlie Daniels (2016)
  • Jimmie Davis (1972)
  • Jimmy Dean (2010)
  • The Delmore Brothers (2001)
  • Jim Denny (1966)
  • Little Jimmy Dickens (1983)

E


F


G


H


I-J


K


L


M


N


O


P


Q-R


S

  • Arthur Edward Satherly (1971)
  • Don Schlitz (2017)
  • Earl Scruggs (1985)
  • Jean Shepard (2011)
  • Billy Sherrill (2010)
  • Stephen H. Sholes (1967)
  • Ricky Skaggs (2018)
  • Carl Smith (2003)
  • Connie Smith (2012)
  • Hank Snow (1979)
  • Sons of the Pioneers (1980)
  • Jack Stapp (1989)
  • The Statler Brothers (2008)
  • Ray Stevens (2019)
  • Cliffie Stone (1989)
  • Ernest Stoneman (2008)
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Movie Songs: Top 100

Originally posted 3/10/2019.

This list of songs featured in movies comes from an aggregate of more than 30 best-of lists focused on best songs from movies. The top 100 songs from those lists have then been ranked based on overall points in Dave’s Music Database.

1. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers…White Christmas (1942): Holiday Inn
2. Bill Haley & the Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954): Blackboard Jungle
3. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992): The Bodyguard
4. Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow” (1939): The Wizard of Oz
5. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975): Wayne’s World
6. Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (1977): Saturday Night Fever
7. Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra “Cheek to Cheek” (1935): Top Hat
8. Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991): Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
9. Derek & the Dominos “Layla” (1971): GoodFellas
10. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” (1997): Titanic

11. Fred Astaire “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936): Swing Time
12. Eminem “Lose Yourself” (2002): 8 Mile
13. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1942): Casablanca
14. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965): Ghost
15. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957): Jailhouse Rock
16. Paul Robeson “Ol’ Man River” (1928): Show Boat
17. Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star” (1940): Pinocchio
18. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984): Purple Rain
19. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981): Endless Love
20. Dinah Shore and Her Harper Valley Boys “Buttons and Bows” (1948): The Paleface

21. Pharrell Williams “Happy” (2013): Despicables 2
22. Nat “King” Cole “Mona Lisa” (1950): Captain Carey, U.S.A.
23. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982): Rocky III
24. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992): Boomerang
25. Bee Gees “Night Fever” (1977): Saturday Night Fever
26. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968): The Graduate
27. Simon & Garfunkel “The Sound of Silence” (1965): The Graduate
28. Coolio with L.V. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (1995): Dangerous Minds
29. Barbra Streisand “The Way We Were” (1973): The Way We Were
30. Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love” (1977): Saturday Night Fever

31. Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild” (1968): Easy Rider
32. Irene Cara” Flashdance…What a Feeling” (1983): Flashdance
33. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris” (1998): City of Angels
34. Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “You’re the One That I Want” (1978): Grease
35. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984): The Woman in Red
36. Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (2016): Trolls
37. Seal “Kiss from a Rose” (1994): Batman Forever
38. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961): Breakfast at Tiffany’s
39. Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998): Armageddon
40. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (1989): Beaches

41. Isaac Hayes “Theme from Shaft” (1971): Shaft
42. The Champs “Tequila” (1958): Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
43. The Dorsey Brothers with Bob Crosby “Lullaby of Broadway” (1935): 42nd Street
44. B.J. Thomas “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (1969): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
45. Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (1980): 9 to 5
46. Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1978): Risky Business
47. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” (2000): Charlie’s Angels
48. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984): Purple Rain
49. Joe Cocker with Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” (1982): An Officer and a Gentleman
50. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (1985): The Breakfast Club

51. Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be” (1956): The Man Who Knew Too Much
52. Lionel Richie “Say You Say Me” (1985): White Nights
53. Bill Medley with Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987): Dirty Dancing
54. The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964): A Hard Day’s Night
55. Bruce Springsteen “Streets of Philadelphia” (1994): Philadelphia
56. Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle “A Whole New World” (1992): Aladdin (1992)
57. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984): Footloose
58. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996): Space Jam
59. Barbra Streisand “Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)” (1976): A Star Is Born
60. Christopher Cross “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (1981): Arthur

61. Roxette “It Must Have Been Love” (1990): Pretty Woman
62. James Baskett “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (1946): Song of the South
63. Elton John “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (1994): The Lion King
64. Harry Nilsson “Everybody’s Talkin’” (1968): Midnight Cowboy
65. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (1984): Against All Odds
66. Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989): Do the Right Thing
67. Ray Parker Jr. “Ghostbusters” (1984): Ghostbusters
68. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1986): Top Gun
69. Idina Menzel “Let It Go” (2013): Frozen
70. Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love” (1985): Back to the Future

71. Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson “Beauty and the Beast” (1991): Beauty and the Beast
72. Lulu “To Sir with Love” (1967): To Sir with Love
73. Los Lobos “La Bamba” (1987): La Bamba
74. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994): Reality Bites
75. Elton John “Tiny Dancer” (1971): Almost Famous
76. Carly Simon “Nobody Does It Better” (1977): The Spy Who Loved Me
77. Judy Garland “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944): Meet Me in St. Louis
78. Bryan Adams with Sting & Rod Stewart “All for Love” (1993): The Three Musketeers
79. Paul McCartney & Wings “Live and Let Die” (1973): Live and Let Die
80. Shirley Temple “On the Good Ship Lollipop” (1934): Bright Eyes

81. Tex Ritter “High Moon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)” (1952): High Noon
82. Olivia Newton John & John Travolta “Summer Nights” (1978): Grease
83. Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You” (1973): Reservoir Dogs
84. Jon Bon Jovi “Blaze of Glory” (1990): Young Guns II
85. Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (1986): Say Anything
86. Sixpence None the Richer “Kiss Me” (1998): She’s All That
87. Henry Mancini “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1963): The Days of Wine and Roses
88. Olivia Newton-John “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (1978): Grease
89. Adele “Skyfall” (2012): Skyfall
90. Irene Cara “Fame” (1980): Fame

91. Will Smith “Men in Black” (1997): Men in Black
92. Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper “Shallow” (2018): A Star Is Born
93. Vangelis “Chariots of Fire – Titles” (1981): Chariots of Fire
94. The Doors “The End” (1967): Apocalypse Now
95. Marilyn Monroe “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (1953): Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
96. John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (1985): St. Elmo’s Fire
97. Underworld “Born Slippy” (1995): Trainspotting
98. Bill Conti “Gonna Fly Now” (1977): Rocky
99. Gene Kelly “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952): Singin’ in the Rain
100. Bob Hope with Shirley Ross “Thanks for the Memory” (1939): The Big Broadcast of 1938


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