Saturday, June 22, 2019

Dave's Music Database Hall of Fame: Music Maker Inductees (June 2019)

Originally posted 6/22/2019; last updated 5/21/2021.

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. This month marks the second batch of music maker inductees. The first batch were the top 10 acts of all time, according to Dave’s Music Database. These are the next ten. See the full list of music maker inductees here.

David Bowie (1947-2016)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Glam-rock singer/songwriter born David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London, England. Died 1/10/2016 in New York City. Became David Bowie 9/15/65 to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones. (v – Kon-Rads; Reds & Blues; King Bees: 11/63 to 8/64; Manish Boys: 8/64 to 4/65; Davy Jones: 65; Lower Third: 3/65 to 1/66; The Buzz: 2/66 to 12/66; solo: 66-; Tin Machine: 89-92). Produced Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”) and Lou Reed (Transformer) in 1972. Read more.

Henry Burr (1882-1941)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Traditional pop tenor singer born Harry H. McClaskey on 1/15/1882 in St. Stephen, Brunswick, Canada. Died 4/6/1941. The #1 ballad singer of recorded music’s 1890-1930 pioneer era. He was performing publicly by the age of 5. He was discovered in 1901 by the Metropolitan Opera baritone Giuseppe Campanari and moved to New York in 1902. The tenor singer used multiple pseudonyms, including Henry Burr and Irving Gillette, to record for various labels. In addition to his work as a soloist (1903-28), he recorded with the Columbia Male Quartet (1904-07), Peerless Quartet (07-28), Columbia Stellar Quartet (15-?), and the Sterling Trio (16-22). He also recorded duets with Albert Campbell. He sang on an estimated 12,000 recordings, far more than any other vocalist in history. Read more.

Ray Charles (1930-2004)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

R&B singer born Ray Charles Robinson on 9/23/1930 in Albany, GA. Died 6/10/2004. Well known for integrating multiple genres into his music. To Greenville, FL while still an infant. Partially blind at age 5, completely blind at age 7 (glaucoma). Studied classical piano and clarinet at State School for Deaf and Blind Children, St. Augustine, FL, 1937-45. With local Florida bands; moved to Seattle in 1948. First recordings were in the King Cole Trio style. Formed own band in 1954. Singer/actor Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor portraying Charles in Ray! Read more.

Arthur Collins (1864-1933)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Pioneering recording artist known as “The King of the Ragtime Singers.” He was born 2/7/1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died 8/3/1933. This baritone singer specialized in African-American dialect songs performed on vaudeville and in minstrel shows. He worked as a soloist (1898-1920), with the Big Four Quartet (01), with Byron Harlan (01-18), and with the Peerless Quartet (09-18). Read more.

Bob Dylan (1941-)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 5/24/1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Took stage name from poet Dylan Thomas. He went to New York City in 1960 and worked in folk clubs in Greenwich Village. He signed to Columbia Records in October 1961. Member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys (88-91). Gained a reputation as one of rock music’s greatest lyricists with his political and socially-conscious songs, even winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his lyrics. Read more.

Byron G. Harlan (1861-1936)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Tenor singer born Byron George Harlan on 8/29/1861 in Kansas. Died 9/11/1936. Worked as a ragtime and minstrel singer and balladeer, recording as a solo artist (1899-1919), in a duo with Arthur Collins (01-18), and with the Big Four Quartet (01) and Columbia Comedy Trio (07). He was friends and neighbors with Thomas Edison. Read more.

Guy Lombardo (1902-1977)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Jazz/big band leader and violinist Gaetano Alberto “Guy” Lombardo was born on 6/19/1902 in London, Ontario, Canada. He died 11/5/1977. He and his brothers formed the Royal Canadians in 1924, billing themselves as “the sweetest music this side of heaven.” Led the only dance band ever to sell more than 100 million records. Lombardo was called “Mr. New Year’s Eve” because of nearly a half-century of his band’s radio and television broadcasts to ring in the new year. Read more.

Prince (1958-2016)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer born Prince Roger Nelson on 6/7/1958 in Minneapolis, MN. Died 4/21/2016. Self-taught musician. Named for the Prince Roger Trio, led by his father. Own group, Grand Central, in junior high school. Self-produced first album in 1978. Founded own label, Paisley Park, in 1985. Starred in several movies including 1984’s Purple Rain. Formed back-up group The Revolution in 1984 and New Power Generation in 1990. Read more.

Bruce Springsteen (1949-)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on 9/23/1949 in Freehold, NJ. Known as “The Boss.” Worked local clubs in New Jersey and Greenwich Village in the mid-60’s. Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band off and on from 1972 forward. Read more.

Stevie Wonder (1950-)

Inducted June 2019 as a “Top 20 All-Time Act.”

R&B singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer born Stevland Hardaway Morris nĂ© Judkins on 5/13/1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a child prodigy who was blind since shortly after his birth. He signed with Motown at age 11; initially doing backup work. He started recording in 1962 as “Little Stevie Wonder” and became the youngest artist (age 13) to top the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fingertips.” When he turned 21, he reworked his Motown contract for more artistic freedom. He has won 25 Grammys, the most ever by a solo artist. Read more.
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