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 1979

Shore, Dinah
Simon, George Thomas
The best of the music makers. From Acuff to Ellington to Presley to Sinatra to Zappa and 279 more of the most popular performers of the last fifty years
By George T. Simon and friends
Foreword by Dinah Shore
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1979, 635 p.


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  Acuff, Roy (Claxton) (b. 1903 d. 1992)   composer, country music singer
  Alpert, Herb (b. 1935)   trumpet, trumpeter
  Andrews, Julie (b. 1935)   actress, bassoon
  Anka, Paul (b. 1941)   composer, lyricist
  Armstrong, Louis (b. 1900)   cast, composer
  Arnold, Eddy (b. 1918)   country music singer, guitar
  Astaire, Fred (b. 1899 d. 1987 a. 1929)   cast, choreographer
  Atkins, Chet [Chester Burton] (b. 1924)   guitar, rhthym guitar
  Austin, Gene [Eugene Lucas] (b. 1900 d. 1972)   crooner, piano
  Autry, Gene [Orvon Gene] (b. 1907)   singing cowboy, vocals
  Aznavour, Charles (b. 1924)   auteur, composer
  Baez, Joan (Chandos) (b. 1941)   folksinger, vocals
  Bailey, Mildred (b. 1907 d. 1951)   composer, singer
  Bailey, Pearl (Mae) (b. 1918 d. 1990)   cast, singer
  Baker, Josephine (b. 1906 d. 1975)   cast, singer
  Barnet, Charlie [Charles Daly] (b. 1913 d. 1991 a. 1936-1948)   saxophone, bandleader
  Basie, [William] (b. 1904 d. 1984)   bandleader, composer
  Bechet, Sidney (Joseph) (b. 1897 d. 1959)   clarinet, saxophone
  Beiderbecke, Bix [Leon Bismarck] (b. 1903 d. 1931)   cornet, musicisti
  Belafonte, Harry [Harold George] (b. 1927)   calypso singer, cast
  Bennett, Tony (b. 1926 a. 1951)   singer, vocals
  Benson, George (b. 1943)   guitar, jazz guitar
  Berigan, Bunny [Roland Bernard] (b. 1908 d. 1942)   trumpet, trumpeter
  Berry, Chuck (b. 1926)   composer, lyricist
  Blake, Eubie [James Hubert] (b. 1883 d. 1983)   cast, composer
  Boone, Pat [Charles Eugene Pat] (b. 1934)   blues singer, lyricist
  Boswell, Connee [Connie] (b. 1907 d. 1976)   singer, vocals
  Bowlly, Al [Albert Alex] (b. 1898 d. 1941)   banjo, guitar
  Brice, Fanny (b. 1891 d. 1951)   actress, cast
  Brown, James (b. 1933)   band, bass guitar
  Brown, Les [Lester Raymond] (b. 1912 d. 1981)   alto sax, bandleader
  Brubeck, Dave [David Warren] (b. 1920)   alto saxophone, composer
  Calloway, Cab [Cabell] (b. 1907 a. 1930-1945)   bandleader, cast
  Campbell, Glen (Travis) (b. 1936)   country music singer, guitar
  Cantor, Eddie (b. 1892 d. 1964)   cast, composer
  Carmichael, Hoagy [Hoagland Howard] (b. 1899 d. 1981)   composer, cornet
  Carter, Benny (b. 1907)   alto saxophone, clarinet
  Cash, Johnny (b. 1932)   guitar, country music singer
  Charles, Ray (b. 1930)   direttore d'orchestre, piano
  Checker, Chubby (b. 1941)   rock singer
  Chevalier, Maurice (b. 1889 d. 1972)   baritone, cast
  Christian, Charlie (b. 1916 d. 1942)   guitar, jazz guitar
  Clapton, Eric (b. 1945)   composer, guitar
  Clooney, Rosemary (b. 1928)   singer, vocals
  Cohan, George M. [George Michael] (b. 1878 d. 1942)   author, cast
  Cole, Nat King (b. 1917 d. 1965)   composer, lyricist
  Collins, Judy (Marjorie) (b. 1939)   piano, singer
  Columbo, Russ (b. 1908 d. 1934)   crooner, violin
  Como, Perry (b. 1912 a. 1943)   song stylist, vocals
  Condon, Eddie [Albert Edwin] (b. 1905 d. 1973)   banjo, guitar
  Cooke, Sam (b. 1931 d. 1964)   composer, gospel singer
  Croce, Jim [James Joseph] (b. 1943 d. 1973)   singer, songwriter
  Crosby, Bing (b. 1904 d. 1977)   singer
  Crosby, Bob [George Robert] (b. 1913 d. 1993)   composer, leader
  Cugat, Xavier (b. 1900 d. 1990 a. 1935-1949)   orchestra, violin
  Darin, Bobby (b. 1936 d. 1973)   arranger, singer
  Davis, Miles (Dewey) (b. 1926 d. 1991)   piano, tromba
  Davis, Sammy (b. 1925 d. 1990)   cast, music director for George Rhodes
  Day, Doris (b. 1924)   singer, vocals
  Denver, John (b. 1943)   guitar, singer
  Diamond, Neil (Leslie) (b. 1941)   composer, lyricist
  Domino, Fats (b. 1928)   composer, lyricist
  Dorsey, Jimmy [James Francis] (b. 1904 d. 1957)   cast, clarinet
  Dorsey, Tommy [Thomas] (b. 1905 d. 1956)   cast, composer
  Duchin, Eddy (b. 1910 d. 1951)   cast, piano stylist
  Durante, Jimmy [James Francis] (b. 1893 d. 1980)   cast, composer
  Dylan, Bob (b. 1941)   composer, folksinger
  Eberly, Bob (b. 1916 d. 1981)   band singer
  Eckstine, Billy (b. 1914 d. 1993)   singer, vocals
  Eddy, Nelson (b. 1901 d. 1967)   baritone, vocals
  Edwards, Cliff [Clifton A.] (b. 1895 d. 1971)   cast, composer
  Eldridge, Roy [David Roy] (b. 1911 d. 1989)   tromba, trumpet
  Ellington (b. 1899 d. 1974)   composer, direttore d'orchestra
  Etting, Ruth (b. 1896 d. 1978)   cast, torch singer
  Evans, Bill (b. 1929 d. 1980)   composer, flute
  Faith, Percy (b. 1908 d. 1976)   conductor, orchestra
  Fiedler, Arthur (b. 1894 d. 1979)   conductor, violin
  Fields, Gracie (b. 1898 d. 1979)   singer, vocals
  Finegan, Bill [William J.] (b. 1917)   arranger, composer
  Fisher, Eddie (b. 1928)   guitar, singer
  Fitzgerald, Ella (b. 1920 a. 1936)   composer, interprete
  Flack, Roberta (b. 1937)   singer, vocals
  Flatt, Lester Raymond (b. 1914 d. 1979)   blues singer, vocals
  Ford, Ernie "Tennesse" (b. 1919 d. 1991 a. 1949)   country and western singer
  Ford, Mary (b. 1924 d. 1977)   singer, vocals
  Forrest, Helen (b. 1918)   band singer, vocals
  Frampton, Peter Kenneth (b. 1950)   guitar, singer
  Franklin, Aretha (b. 1942)   soul singer, vocals
  Garland, Judy (b. 1922 d. 1969)   musicisti, singer
  Garner, Erroll (Louis) (b. 1921 d. 1977)   musicista, piano
  Getz, Stan [Stanley] (b. 1927 d. 1991)   tenor saxophone, leader
  Gillespie, Dizzy [John Birks] (b. 1917)   tromba, trumpet
  Goldkette, Jean (b. 1899 d. 1962)   piano, conductor
  Goodman, Benny [Benjamin David] (b. 1909 d. 1986)   alto saxophone, cast
  Gorme, Eydie (b. 1931)   ballad singer, cast
  Gray, Glen "Spike" (b. 1906 d. 1963)   alto sax, bandleader
  Guthrie, Woody [Woodrow Wilson] (b. 1912 d. 1967)   cast, composer
  Hackett, Bobby [Robert Leo] (b. 1915 d. 1976)   cornet, trumpet
  Haggard, Merle (b. 1937)   country music singer
  Haley, Bill (b. 1925 d. 1981)   piano, rock & roll singer
  Hampton, Lionel (b. 1913)   drums, musicista
  Hawkins, Coleman (Randolph) (b. 1904 d. 1969)   clarinet, tenor sax
  Hayes, Isaac (b. 1943)   piano, rhythm & blues singer
  Haymes, Dick (b. 1916 d. 1980)   singer, vocals
  Heath, Ted [Theodore George] (b. 1900 d. 1969)   trombone, arranger
  Henderson, Fletcher [James Fletcher] (b. 1898 d. 1952)   arranger, bandleader
  Hendrix, Jimi [James Marshall] (b. 1942 d. 1970)   guitar, rock singer
  Herman, Woody (b. 1913 d. 1987)   bandleader, clarinet
  Hines, Fatha [Earl Kenneth] (b. 1903 d. 1983)   piano, bandleader
  Holiday, Billie (b. 1915 d. 1959)   musicisti, singer
  Holly, Buddy (b. 1936 d. 1959)   rock & roll singer, vocals
  Holman, Libby (b. 1906 d. 1971)   cast, torch singer
  Horne, Lena (b. 1917 a. 1943)   cast, singer
  Ives, Burl (b. 1909)   cast, folksinger
  Jackson, Mahalia (b. 1911 d. 1972)   gospel singer, vocals
  James, Harry Haag (b. 1916 d. 1983)   composer, flute
  John, Elton (b. 1947)   composer, lyricist
  Jolson, Al (b. >1886 d. 1950)   cast, composer
  Jones, Quincy (Delight) (b. 1933)   arranger, composer
  Jones, Spike (b. 1911 d. 1965)   bandleader, drums
  Jones, Tom (b. 1940)   cast, director
  Joplin, Janis (b. 1943 d. 1970)   singer, songwriter
  Jordan, Louis Thomas (b. 1908 d. 1975)   alto saxophone, clarinet
  Kaye, Sammy (b. 1910 d. 1987)   danceband leader, orchestra
  Kenton, Stan (b. 1912 d. 1979)   arranger, composer
  King, B.B. (b. 1925)   blues singer, guitar
  King, Carole (b. 1943)   composer, lyricist
  King, Wayne Harold (b. 1901 d. 1985)   saxophone, bandleader
  Kostelanetz, Andre (b. 1901 d. 1980)   conductor, Dirigent
  Kristofferson, Kris (b. 1936)   cast, composer
  Krupa, Gene [Eugene Bertram] (b. 1909 d. 1973)   cast, composer
  Kyser, Kay (b. 1906 d. 1985)   bandleader, director
  Laine, Frankie (b. 1913)   singer, vocals
  Lang, Eddie (b. 1902 d. 1933)   jazz guitar
  Lanza, Mario (b. 1921 d. 1959)   tenor, vocals
  Lawrence, Stephen (b. 1939)   composer, conductor
  Ledbetter, Huddie (b. 1885 d. 1949)   songster, vocals
  Lee, Peggy (b. 1920)   cast, composer
  Legrand, Michel (b. 1932 a. 1953)   arranger, author
  Lewis, Jerry Lee (b. 1935)   drums, piano
  Lewis, Ted (b. 1892 d. 1971)   bandleader, cast
  Liberace (b. 1919 d. 1987)   entertainer, piano
  Little Richard (b. 1935)   composer, lyricist
  Lombardo, Guy [Gaetano Alberto] (b. 1902 d. 1977)   bandleader, director
  Lunceford, Jimmy [James Melvin] (b. 1902 d. 1947)   arranger, bandleader
  Lynn, Loretta (b. 1935)   singer, vocals
  Macdonald, Jeannette (Anna) (b. 1907 d. 1965)   cast, soprano
  Mancini, Henry (b. 1924)   arranger, composer
  Manilow, Barry (b. 1946)   arranger, cast
  Mann, Herbie (b. 1930)   flute, tenor saxophone
  Mantovani (b. 1905 d. 1980)   orchestra leader, violin
  Martin, Mary (Virginia) (b. 1913 d. 1990)   actress, cast
  Mathis, Johnny [John Royce] (b. 1935)   singer, vocals
  McPartland, Marian (b. 1920)   piano, composer
  McRae, Carmen (b. 1922)   singer, vocals
  Mercer, Johnny [John Herndon] (b. 1909 d. 1976)   lyricist, composer
  Mercer, Mabel (b. 1900 d. 1984)   cabaret singer, cast
  Merman, Ethel (b. 1908 d. 1984)   cast, singer
  Midler, Bette (b. 1945)   singer, vocals
  Miller, Glen [Alton Glen] (b. 1904 d. 1944)   accordion, bandleader
  Miller, Mitch [Mitchell William] (b. 1911)   cor anglais, oboe
  Miller, Roger (b. 1936 d. 1992)   singer, instrumentalist
  Mingus, Charles (b. 1922 d. 1979)   bass (instrument), bass
  Minnelli, Liza [Liza May] (b. 1946)   cast, singer
  Mitchell, Joni (b. 1943)   composer, lyricist
  Monk, Thelonious (Sphere) (b. 1917 d. 1982)   piano, pianoforte
  Monroe, Bill (Smith) (b. 1911)   country music singer, mandolin
  Monroe, Vaughn (Wilton) (b. 1911 d. 1973)   trombone, trumpet
  Montgomery, Wes [John Leslie] (b. 1923 d. 1968)   guitar, jazz guitar
  Morgan, Helen (b. 1900 d. 1941)   cast, torch singer
  Morton, Jelly Roll (b. 1885 d. 1941)   composer, music based on
  Muddy Waters (b. 1915 d. 1983)   blues singer, vocals
  Mulligan, Gerry [Gerald Joseph] (b. 1927)   arranger, baritone sax
  Newley, Anthony (b. 1931)   actor, cast
  Nichols, Red [Ernest Loring] (b. 1905 d. 1965)   cornet, trumpet
  Noble, Ray [Raymond Stanley] (b. 1903 d. 1978)   bandleader, celeste
  Norvo, Red (b. 1908)   cast, piano
  O'Connell, Helen (b. 1920 a. 1939)   jazz singer, vocals
  O'Day, Anita (b. 1919)   singer, vocals
  Oliver, King [Joseph] (b. 1885 d. 1938)   composer, cornet
  Oliver, Sy [Melvin James] (b. 1910 d. 1988)   arranger, trumpeter
  Owens, Buck [Alvis Edgar jr] (b. 1929)   country music singer, guitar
  Page, Patti (b. 1927)   singer, vocals
  Parker, Charlie [Charles Christopher] (b. 1920 d. 1955)   alto saxophone
  Parton, Dolly (Rebecca) (b. 1946)   country music singer, vocals
  Paul, Les (b. 1915)   guitar, jazz guitar
  Peterson, Oscar (Emmanuel) (b. 1925)   piano, pianoforte
  Piaf, Edith (b. 1915 d. 1963)   cabaret singer, composer
  Pollack, Ben (b. 1903 d. 1971)   drummer, drums
  Presley, Elvis (Aaron) (b. 1935 d. 1977)   singer, songwriter
  Pride, Charley (b. 1938)   country music singer
  Rainey, Ma (b. 1886 d. 1939)   blues singer, composer
  Ray, Johnny [John Alvin] (b. 1927 d. 1990 a. 1951)   singer, piano
  Redding, Otis (b. 1941 d. 1967)   composer, lyricist
  Reddy, Helen (b. 1942 a. 1971-1977)   singer, vocals
  Reeves, Jim [James Travis] (b. 1924 d. 1964)   country music singer, rhthym guitar
  Reinhardt, Django (b. 1910 d. 1953)   guitar, jazz guitar
  Rich, Buddy [Bernard] (b. 1917 d. 1987)   cast, director
  Rich, Charlie [Charles Allen] (b. 1932)   composer, country music singer
  Ritter, Tex [Maurice Woodward] (b. 1906 d. 1974)   singing cowboy, country music singer
  Robeson, Paul (b. 1898 d. 1976)   bass-baritone, cast
  Rodgers, Jimmie [James Charles] (b. 1897 d. 1933)   country music guitar, vocals
  Ronstadt, Linda [Maria Linda] (b. 1946)   cast, singer
  Ross, Diana (b. 1944)   soul singer
  Rushing, Jimmy [James Andrew] (b. 1903 d. 1972)   blues singer, vocals
  Russell, Pee Wee (b. 1906 d. 1969)   cl, clarinet
  Santana, Carlos [Devadip Carlos] (b. 1947)   rock guitar, songwriter
  Sauter, Eddie [Edward Ernest] (b. 1914 d. 1981)   arranger, flute
  Scruggs, Earl (b. 1924)   banjo, country and western singer
  Sedaka, Neil (b. 1939)   composer, lyricist
  Seeger, Pete [Peter R.] (b. 1919)   Dirigent, folksinger
  Selvin, Ben (b. 1898 d. 1980)   bandleader, conductor
  Shaw, Artie (b. 1910)   clarinet, conductor
  Shearing, George (Albert) (b. 1919)   piano, piano-accordeon
  Shore, Dinah [Frances Rose] (b. 1917 d. 1994)   jazz singer, vocals
  Simon, Carly (b. 1945)   singer
  Simone, Nina (b. 1933)   piano, singer
  Sinatra, Frank [Francis Albert] (b. 1915)   cast, singer
  Smith, Bessie (b. 1894 d. 1937)   blues singer
  Smith, Kate [Katheryn Elizabeth] (b. 1909 d. 1986)   cast, harp
  Smith, Willie "the Lion" (b. 1897 d. 1973)   jazz piano, piano
  Snow, Hank (b. 1914)   country music singer, guitar
  Stafford, Jo (b. 1920)   song stylist, vocals
  Starr, Kay (b. 1922)   cast, song stylist
  Streisand, Barbra (Joan) (b. 1942)   actress, cast
  Tatum, Art [Arthur, Jr.] (b. 1910 d. 1956)   piano, celeste
  Taylor, James (Vernon) (b. 1948)   composer, lyricist
  Teagarden, Jack [Weldon Leo] (b. 1905)   cast, trombone
  Tharpe, Rosetta (b. 1915 d. 1973)   cast, gospel singer
  Thornhill, Claude (b. 1909 d. 1965)   bandleader, piano
  Torme, Mel (b. 1925)   composer, lyricist
  Tucker, Sophie (b. 1884 d. 1966)   actress, cast
  Turner, Ike (b. 1931)   piano, rock singer
  Turner, Joe [Joseph H.] (b. 1907 d. 1990)   jazz piano
  Turner, Tina (b. 1938)   rock singer, vocals
  Vallee, Rudy (b. 1901 d. 1986)   bandleader, cast
  Vaughan, Sarah (Lois) [Sassy] (b. 1924 d. 1990)   interprete, singer
  Venuti, Joe [Giuseppe] (b. 1903 d. 1978)   violin, orchestra
  Waring, Fred [Frederic Malcolm] (b. 1900 d. 1984)   cast, composer
  Warwick, Dionne (b. 1941)   singer, tambourine
  Washington, Dinah (b. 1924 d. 1963)   blues singer, vocals
  Waters, Ethel (b. 1900 d. 1977)   actress, cast
  Welk, Lawrence (b. 1903 d. 1992)   composer, conductor
  Weston, Paul (b. 1912)   arranger, sousaphone/tuba
  Whiteman, Paul (b. 1890 d. 1967)   bandleader, cast
  Whiting, Margaret (b. 1924)   cast, singer
  Williams, Andy [Andrew] (b. 1932)   singer, vocals
  Williams, Hank (b. 1923 d. 1953)   country music singer, guitar
  Williams, Joe (b. 1918)   banjo, bass (instrument)
  Williams, Mary Lou (b. 1910 d. 1981)   arranger, cast
  Wills, Bob [James Robert] (b. 1905 d. 1975)   composer, violin
  Wilson, Teddy [Theodore Shore] (b. 1912 d. 1986)   cast, piano
  Wonder, Stevie (b. 1950)   composer, harmonica
  Wynette, Tammy (b. 1942)   country music singer, songwriter
  Young, Lester (Willis) (b. 1909 d. 1959)   cornet, guitar
  Zappa, Frank [Francis Vincent] (b. 1940 d. 1993)   arranger, electric guitar

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