Music Makers Encyclopedia: D

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Chuck D

Rap singer/songwriter born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on 8/1/1960 in Queens, NY. With Public Enemy.

Mike D

Rap singer and drummer born Michael Louis Diamon on 11/20/1965 in New York, NY. With Beastie Boys.


Rockstar (with Roddy Ricch, 2020)
Levitating (2020) – see Dua Lipa
What’s Poppin (2020) – see Jack Harlow


Dizz Knee Land (1992)

Daddy Cool

Eagle Rock (1971)

Daddy Who?...Daddy Cool (1971)

Daddy Yankee

Gasolina (with Glory, 2004)
Shaky Shaky (2016)
Andas en Mi Cabeza (2016) – see Chino & Nacho
Despacito (2017) – see Luis Fonsi
Dura (2018)
Con Calma (with Snow, 2019)
China (2019) – see Anuel AA

Daft Punk

Around the World (1997)
Da Funk (1997)
One More Time (2000)
Something About Us (2001)
Stronger (2007) – see Kanye West
Get Lucky (with Pharrell Williams, 2013)
Beyond (2013)
Giorgio by Moroder (2013)
Starboy (2016) – see The Weeknd
I Feel It Coming (2016) – see The Weeknd

Homework (1997)
Discovery (2001)
Alive (2007)
Random Access Memories (2013)

Brann Dailor

Rock drummer with Mastodon.

Dick Dale

Guitarist born Richard Anthony Mansour on 5/4/1937 in Boston, MA. Known as "The King of the Surf Guitar."

Let's Go Trippin' (1961)
Misirlou (1962)

Vernon Dalhart

American country singer/songwriter born Marion Try Slaughter on 4/6/1883. Died 9/14/1948.

The Prisoner's Song (1924)
The Wreck of the Old 97 (1924)


Roger Daltrey

Rock singer born 3/1/1944 in East Acton, London, England. With The Who. Also a solo artist.

Jerry Dammer

Member of The Specials.

The Damned

New Rose (1976)
Neat Neat Neat (1977)

Damned Damned Damned (1977)
Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

Damn Yankees

Rock supergroup. 1989-1994. Jack Blades (v/b), Michael Cartellone (d), Ted Nugent (g), Tommy Shaw (v/g).

High Enough (1990)

Vic Damone

Singer born Vito Rocco Farinola 6/12/1928 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 2/11/2018.

You're Breaking My Heart (1949)
On the Street Where You Live (from My Fair Lady, 1956)

Dan Shay

Nothin’ Like You (2015)
From the Ground Up (2016)
How Not To (2017)
Tequila (2018)
Speechless (2018)
All to Myself (2018)
10,000 Hours (with Justin Bieber, 2019)
Glad You Exist (2021)

Vic Dana

More (1963)

Dino Danelli

Rock drummer born 7/23/1944 in Jersey City, NJ. Died 12/15/2022. With The Rascals.


Brown Sugar (1995)
Untitled (How Does It Feel) (2000)
Really Love (2015)

Brown Sugar (1995)
Voodoo (2000)
Black Messiah (2014)

Trevor Daniel

Falling (2018)

Billy Daniels

Charlie Daniels (Band)

Country singer and fiddler player born 10/28/1936 in Wilmington, NC.

Uneasy Rider (1973)
The South’s Gonna Do It Again (1974)
Long Haired Country Boy (1974)
The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

Jerry Daniels

R&B tenor singer born 12/14/1915. Died 11/7/1995. With The Ink Spots.

Rick Danko

Rock singer and bassist. Died 12/10/1999. With Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks (1961-63), Canadian Squires, Bob Dylan’s backing band The Hawks (1965-67, 1973-74), The Band (1967-78, 1983, 1993).

Hart P. Danks

The Danleers

One Summer Night (1958)

Danny & the Juniors

At the Hop (1957)
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay (1958)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Classical composer born 2/3/1525 in Palestrina, Italy. Died 2/2/1594.

Classical Work(s): Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (1562)

The Ken Darby Singers

When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio, 1940) – see Cliff Edwards
Give a Little Whistle (from Pinocchio, with the Cliff Edwards, 1940)
White Christmas (1942) – see Bing Crosby
Sunday, Monday or Always (1943) – see Bing Crosby
Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (1948) – see Bing Crosby

Terence Trent D’Arby

R&B singer/songwriter and musician born Terence Trent Howard on 3/15/1962 in Manhattan, New York. Later changed his name to Sananda Francesco Maitreya.

Wishing Well (1987)
Wonderful World (1987)
As Yet Untitled (1987)
Sign Your Name (1987)
Tension Inside the Sweetness/Frankie and Johnny (T.I.T.S./F & J) (1993)

Introducing the Hardline According to… (1987) Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989)
Symphony or Damn (1993)
Vibrator (1995)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1987-2002, released 2002)
Do You Love Me Like You Say You Do?: The Very Best of (compilation: 1987-95, released 2006)

Bobby Darin

Pop singer born Walden Robert Cassotto on 5/14/1936 in East Harlem, NY. Worked as a songwriter and singer in the famed Brill Building. Died 12/20/1973.

Splish Splash (1958)
Mack the Knife (1959)
Dream Lover (1959)
Beyond the Sea (La Mer) (1960)
Multiplication (1961)
If I Were a Carpenter (1966)

Joe Darion

The Impossible Dream (from Man of La Mancha, 1966) – see Jack Jones

Man of La Mancha (musical: 1965) – see Mitch Leigh

The Darkness

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (2002)
Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) (2003)

Permission to Land (2003)

James Darren

Goodbye Cruel World (1961)


Sandstorm (2000)


It's Not Over (2006)
Home (2007)

Daughtry (2006)


Question Time (2017)
Black (2020)
Sprinter (with Central Cee, 2023)

Psychodrama (2020)

Billy Davenport

Blues-rock drummer born 4/23/1931 in Chicago, IL. Died 12/24/1999. With Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf.

David David

One-time rock collaboration between David Baerwald and David Rickett.

Welcome to the Boomtown (1986)

Boomtown (1986)

Craig David

7 Days (2000)
Fill Me In (2001)

Hal David

Songwriter born Harold Lane David on 5/25/1921 in New York, NY. Died 9/1/2012. Frequently worked with Burt Bacharach. They were one of the songwriting teams who worked out of the legendary Brill Building.

Song(s) written by Hal David:
Top 40 Songs
Don't Make Me Over (1962) – see Dionne Warwick
Walk on By (1964) – see Dionne Warwick
What the World Needs Now (1965) – see Jackie DeShannon
Alfie (1967) – see Dionne Warwick
This Guy’s in Love with You (1968) – see Herb Alpert
I Say a Little Prayer (1968) – see Aretha Franklin
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (1969) – see B.J. Thomas
They Long to Be Close to You (1970) – see The Carpenters

Promises, Promises (musical: 1969) – see Burt Bacharach

Mack David

Lenny Davidson

Rock guitarist born 5/30/1944 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. With Dave Clark Five.

Dave Davies

Rock guitarist born 2/3/1947 in Fortis Green, London, England. Younger brother of Ray Davies, with whom he formed The Kinks (1963-1996, 2018-).

Ray Davies

Rock singer and guitarist born on 6/21/1944 in Fortis Green, London, England. With The Kinks.

Sunny Afternoon (musical: 2014)

Alana Davis

32 Flavors (1997)

Benny Davis

Baby Face (1926) – see Jan Garber

Clive Davis

Record producer and executive born 4/4/1932 in Brooklyn, NY. President of Columbia Records from 1967-72. Founder/president of Arista Records from the late 1970s to 2000. Founder of J Records. Chairman and CEO of RCA Music Group from 2003-08. Has produced albums for Air Supply, Lynn Anderson, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny G, Whitney Houston, Leona Lewis, Barry Manilow, Santana, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, and Dionne Warwick.

Albums produced by Davis:
The Bodyguard (soundtrack; 1992) – see Various Artists
Supernatural (1999) – see Santana
Breakaway (2004) – see Kelly Clarkson

Jimmie Davis

You Are My Sunshine (1940)

Reverend Gary Davis

Blues guitarist, singer, and harmonica player born 4/30/1896 in Laurens, SC. Died 5/5/1972.

Death Don’t Have No Mercy (1961)

Larry Davis

Texas Flood (1958)

Mac Davis

Country singer/songwriter born Morris Mac Davis on 1/21/1942 in Lubbock, TX.

It's Hard to Be Humble (1980)

Meyer Davis

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (1933)

Miles Davis

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Innovative jazz trumpeter born Miles Dewey Davis III on 5/26/1926 in Alton, IL. Died 9/28/1991 of a stroke and pneumonia. Influenced the jazz fusion movement. (Billy Eckstine's Orchestra: 44; Six Brown Cats: 44; with Charlie Parker: 45-46 and Coleman Hawkins; own quintet: 55-). Band members in his quintet included Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Married to actress Cicely Tyson from 1981-88.

Ko-Ko (1945) – see Charlie Parker
Round Midnight (1956)
So What (1959)
Blues in Green (1959)
All Blues (1959)
Flamenco Sketches (1959)
Concierto de Aranjuez (1959)
In a Silent Way (1969)

Birth of the Cool (recorded 1949-1950, released 1957)
Miles Ahead (with Gil Evans, 1957)
Round About Midnight (1957)
Milestones (1958)
Porgy and Bess (with Gil Evans, 1958)
Relaxin' (1958)
Kind of Blue (1959)
Sketches of Spain (with Gil Evans, 1960)
Miles Smiles (1966)
In a Silent Way (1969)
Bitches Brew (1970)

Paul Davis

I Go Crazy (1977)
Cool Night (1981)

Raymond Davis

Funk bass singer born 3/29/1940 in Sumter, SC. Died 7/5/2005. With Parliament/Funkadelic.

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Pop singer born 12/8/1925 in Harlem, NY. Died 5/16/1990.

What Kind of Fool Am I? (1962)

Skeeter Davis

The End of the World (1963)

The Spencer Davis Group

Keep on Running (1965)
Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966)
Somebody Help Me (1966)
I’m a Man (1967)

Tyrone Davis

R&B singer ("Are You Serious?") born 5/4/1938 in Greenville, MS. Died 2/9/2005.

Walter Davis

Dolly Dawn & Her Dawn Patrol

You’re a Sweetheart (1938)

Bobby Day

Rockin’ Robin (1958)

Dennis Day

Mona Lisa (with Henri Rene’s Orchestra & the Ray Charles Choir, 1950)

Doris Day

Actress and singer born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on 4/3/1922 in Cincinnati, OH.

Sentimental Journey (1945) – see Les Brown
My Dreams Are Getting Bigger All the Time (1945) – see Les Brown
It’s Magic (1948)
Love Somebody (with Buddy Clark & George Siravo’s Orchestra, 1948)
Again (with the Mellomen, 1949)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950)
A Guy Is a Guy (1952)
Secret Love (1953)
If I Give My Heart to You (with the Mellomen, 1954)
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Que Sera) (1956)

Young Man with a Horn (soundtrack with Harry James, 1950)
Love Me or Leave Me (soundtrack: 1955)

Edith Day

Alice Blue Gown (1920)


Don’t Let Me Down (2016) – see the Chainsmokers

The Daydreamers

How High the Moon (1947) – see Ella Fitzgerald

Days of the New

Touch, Peel, and Stand (1997)
The Down Town (1997)

Dazz Band

Let It Whip (1982)

The DB’s

Black and White (1981)

John Deacon

Rock bassist born 8/19/1951 in Leicester, England. With Queen (1972-1995).

Dead Boys

Sonic Reducer (1977)

Young, Loud & Snotty (1977)

Dead Kennedys

American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, CA. Active: 1978-86, 2001- Members: Jello Biafra (v: 78-86), East Bay Ray (g: 78-86, 01-), Klaus Flouride (b: 78-86, 01-), 6025 (rhythm g: 78-79), Ted (d: 78-79), D.H. Peligro (d: 79-86, 01-), Brandon Cruz (v: 01-03), Jeff Penalty (v: 03-08), Dave Scheff (d: 08), Ron "Skip" Greer (v: 08-), Greg Reeves (b: 10-11)

California Über Alles (1979)
Holiday in Cambodia (1980)
Nazi Punks Fuck Off (1981)

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)

The Dead Milkmen

Bitchin’ Camaro (1985)
Punk Rock Girl (1988)

Dead or Alive

You Spin Me Round Like a Record (1985)

The Dead Weather

Alternative-rock group formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. Fronted by Jack White. Also included Alison Mosshart (The Hills, Discount), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), and Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes, City and Colour).

Jack White: Top 50 Songs

Horehound (2009)
Sea of Cowards (2010)
Dodge and Burn (2015)

Kim Deal

Jimmy Dean

Country singer born 8/10/1928 in Plainview, TX. Died 6/13/2010.

Big Bad John (1961)
The First Thing Ev’ry Morning and the Last Thing Ev’ry Night (1965)

Kate Dearugo

Maybe Tonight (2005)

Death Cab for Cutie

Soul Meets Body (2005)
I Will Follow You into the Dark (2005)
I Will Possess Your Heart (2008)
You Are a Tourist (2011)
Gold Rush (2018)

Plans (2005)

Speech Debelle

Speech Therapy (2009)

Chris DeBurgh

Don’t Pay the Ferryman (1982)
The Lady in Red (1986)

Claude Debussy

Classical composer born Achille-Claude Debussy on 8/22/1862 in Saint-Germain-enLaye, Seine-et-Oise, France. Died 3/25/1918.

Pelléas et Mélisande (opera: 1902)
La Mer (ballet, 1905)
Preludes (24) for Piano, Books I & II (1909-1913)

The Decemberists

The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid (2009)
This Is Why We Fight (2011)

The King is Dead (2011)

Joey Dee & the Starliters

Peppermint Twist (1962)
Shout – Part 1 (1962)

Kiki Dee

Amoruese (1973)
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976) – see Elton John


Groove Is in the Heart (1990)

Deep Purple

British pioneer heavy-metal group (1968-1976, 1984-1998). Don Airey (k: 03-05, 13), Ritchie Blackmore (g: 68-75, 84-93), Tommy Bolin (g: 75-76), David Coverdale (v: 73-76), Rod Evans (v: 68-69), Ian Gillan (v: 69-73, 84-89, 92-98, 03-05, 13), Roger Glover (b: 69-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13), Glenn Hughes (v/b: 73-76), Jon Lord (k: 68-76, 84-98), Steve Morse (g: 94-98, 03-05, 13), Ian Paice (d: 68-76, 84-98, 03-05, 13), Joe Satriani (g: 93-94), Nicky Simper (b: 68-69), Joe Lynn Turner (v: 89-92).

Rainbow included Blackmore, Glover, and Turner and Whitesnake included Coverdale, Lord, Paice, and Glover.

Hush (1968)
Child in Time (1970)
Fireball (1971)
Strange Kind of Woman (1971)
Highway Star (1972)
Space Truckin’ (1972)
Smoke on the Water (1973)

In Rock (1970)
Machine Head (1972)
Made in Japan (live, 1972)

Deep River Boys

They Look Like Men of War (1941)

Rick Dees

Disco Duck (& His Cast of Idiots, 1976)

Def Leppard

Hard rock group formed in Sheffield, England in 1977. One of the premiere groups in the ‘80s pop-metal craze often referred to as "hair bands". Members: Rick Allen (d: 78-), Vivian Campbell (g: 92-), Steve Clark (g: 77-91), Phil Collen (g: 82-), Joe Elliott (v: 77-), Rick Savage (b: 77-), Pete Willis (g: 77-82).

DMDB podcast: The Best of Def Leppard, 1979-2022

Def Leppard: Top 50 Songs
Bringin’ on the Heartbreak (1981)
Photograph (1983)
Rock of Ages (1983)
Foolin’ (1983)
Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987)
Love Bites (1987)
Hysteria (1987)
When Love and Hate Collide (1995)

High ‘N’ Dry (1981)
Pyromania (1983)
Hysteria (1987)
Vault: Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-95, released 1995)

Tony Defries

Music manager for David Bowie. Born 9/3/1943 in Wartford, United Kingdom.


My Own Summer (Shove It) (1997)

Desmond Dekker

The Israelites (1969)

Reginald DeKoven

Del Amitri

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DMDB podcast: The Best of Justin Currie and Del Amitri

Rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland. 1980-. Fronted by Justin Currie. The only other member to be featured on all the band’s albums was guitarist/songwriter Iain Harvie.

Del Amitri/Justin Currie: Top 40 Songs
Kiss This Thing Goodbye (1989)
The Return of Maggie Brown (1989)
Jesus Saves (2002)

Del Amitri (1985)
Waking Hours (1989)
Change Everything (1992)
Twisted (1995)
Some Other Sucker’s Parade (1997)
Hatful of Rain (compilation: 1989-98, released 1998)
Lousy with Love (archives: 1989-98, released 1998)
Can You Do Me Good? (2002)
The Best of: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection (compilation: 1989-98, released 2003)
Fatal Mistakes (2021)

Eddie DeLange

Delaney & Bonnie

Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs

Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked On Tour with Eric Clapton (& Friends live with Eric Clapton, 1969)

Zack de la Rocha

Alternative-rock/rap-metal singer/songwriter born 1/12/1970 in Long Beach, CA. With Rage Against the Machine (1991-2000, 07-).

Alicia Delarrocha

Classical pianist.

De La Soul

Me, Myself and I (1989)

3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
De La Soul Is Dead (1991)

Dorothy DeLay

The Delfonics

R&B vocal group formed in 1965 in Philadelphia, PA.

La La Means I Love You (1968)
Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time (1970)


The Dells

Oh What a Nite (1956)
Stay in My Corner (1965)
There Is (1968)
Always Together (1968)

Robert DeLong

Long Way Down (2014) Delmore Brothers

Hillbilly Boogie (1946)
Blues Stay Away from Me (1949)

Brad Delp

Rock singer born 6/12/1951 in Boston, MA. Committed suicide on 3/9/2007. With Boston (76-78,86,97,02), with Barry Goudreau (80, 04), Orion the Hunter (84), and RTZ (89-98).

Boston (1976) – see Boston
Don’t Look Back (1978) – see Boston
Barry Goudreau (1980) – see Barry Goudreau
Orion the Hunter (1984) – see Orion the Hunter
Third Stage (1986) – see Boston
Lost and Found (archives, 1989) – see RTZ
Return to Zero (1991) – see RTZ
Lost (1998) – see RTZ
Delp & Goudreau (with Barry Goudreau, 2004)

Lana Del Rey

Video Games (2011)
Summertime Sadness (with Cedric Gervais, 2012)

Born to Die (2012)
Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019)

The Del-Vikings

Come Go with Me (1957)
Whispering Bells (1957)

Édouard-Léon Scott De Martinville

Au Clair De La Lune (1860)

Michael Dempsey

Rock bassist born in Salsibury, Southern Rhodesia. With The Cure (1978-79).

Jack Denny

Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (with Rob May, 1931)
I’ve Told Every Little Star (with Paul Small, 1932)
The Song Is You (with Paul Small, 1932)

Jim Denny

Martin Denny (The Exotic Sounds of)

Quiet Village (1959)

Will Denny

The Pretty Red Rose (1892)
Any Old Place I Hang My Hat is "Home Sweet Home" to Me (1901)

John Densmore

Rock drummer born 12/1/1944 in Los Angeles, California. With The Doors (1964-73).

John Denver

Country/adult-contemporary singer/songwriter born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. on 12/31/1943 in Roswell, NM. Died 10/12/1997.

Take Me Home, Country Roads (1971)
Sunshine on My Shoulder (1971)
Rocky Mountain High (1972)
Annie’s Song (1974)
Thank God I’m a Country Boy (1974)
Back Home Again (1974)
I’m Sorry (1975)

Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
Back Home Again (1974)

Gene DePaul

Depeche Mode

All-synthesized rock group formed in Basildon, England in 1980. Name is French for fast fashion. Members: Dave Gahan (v) and synthesizer players Martin L. Gore, Vince Clarke (80-82), and Andy Fletcher (80-22). Alan Wilder (82-95) replaced Clarke.

Just Can't Get Enough (1981)
Everything Counts (1983)
People Are People (1984)
Master and Servant (1984)
Somebody (1984)
Behind the Wheel/Route 66 (1987)
Never Let Me Down Again (1987)
Personal Jesus (1989)
Enjoy the Silence (1990)

Black Celebration (1986)
Violator (1990)

James DePreist

Derek & the Dominos

Rock supergroup (1970-71). Eric Clapton (v/g), Duane Allman (g), Bobby Whitlock (k/g), Carl Radle (b), and Jim Gordon (d).

Eric Clapton et al: Top 100 Songs
Layla (1971)

Eric Clapton et al: Studio Albums Ranked
Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

Edouard de Reszke

Canzone del Porter (from Martha vo Flotow) (1903)

Peter DeRose

Michael Derosier

Rock drummer born 8/24/1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With Heart.

Jason Derulo

In My Head (2009)
Talk Dirty (with 2 Chainz, 2013)
Trumpets (2013)
Want to Want Me (2015)
Swalla (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, 2017)
Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) (2020) – see Jawsh 385

Hal Derwin

South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (1939) – see Shep Fields

Sugar Pie Desanto

The Descendents

Milo Goes to College (1982)

Jackie DeShannon

Needles and Pins (1963)
When You Walk in the Room (1964)
What the World Needs Now (1965)
Bette Davis Eyes (1981) – see Kim Carnes


Panda (2015)


You Gotta Be (1994)

Destiny's Child

Bills, Bills, Bills (1999)
Jumpin' Jumpin' (1999)
Say My Name (1999)
Independent Women (2000)
Bootylicious (2001)
Survivor (2001)
Cater 2 U (2004)

The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)
Survivor (2001)
Destiny Fulfilled (2004)

Jimmy Destri

New wave keyboardist born James Mollica on 4/13/1954 in Brooklyn, NY. With Blondie.

Buddy DeSylva

Songwriter, film producer, and record executive born George Gard DeSylva on 1/27/1895 in New York City, NY. Also known as B.G. DeSylva. Founded Capitol Records with Johnny Mercer. Died 7/11/1950.

Songs written by DeSylva:
Top 25 Songs
Look for the Silver Lining (1921) – see Marion Harris
April Showers (1922) – see Al Jolson
California Here I Come (1924 – see Al Jolson
Sonny Boy (1928) – see Al Jolson

Tommy DeVito

Rock guitarist and singer born Gateano DeVito on 6/29/1928 in Belleville, NJ. Died 9/21/2020. With The Four Seasons.


Mongoloid (1977)
Whip It (1980)
Dev-O Live (EP, 1981)

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
Duty Now for the Future (1979)
Freedom of Choice (1980)

Frank DeVol's Orchestra

Nature Boy (with Nat "King" Cole, 1948)

The Devotions

Rip Van Winkle (1964)

Al Dexter

Pistol Packin' Mama (1943)
Rosalita (1944)
So Long Pal (1944)
Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry (1944)
I’m Losing My Mind Over You (1945)
Guitar Polka (1946)
Wine, Women and Song (1946)

Dexy's Midnight Runners

Geno (1980)
Come on Eileen (1982)

Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)

Dennis DeYoung

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DMDB podcast: The Best of Dennis DeYoung & Styx

Rock singer and keyboardist born 2/18/1947. With Styx (71-84,90-99). Also a solo artist (84-).


Styx et al: Top 100 Songs
What Has Come Between Us (1972) – see Styx
Lady (1973) – see Styx
Golden Lark (1974) – see Styx
Suite Madame Blue (1975) – see Styx
Mademoiselle (1976) – see Styx
Come Sail Away (1977) – see Styx
Babe (1979) – see Styx
The Best of Times (1981) – see Styx
Mr. Roboto (1983) – see Styx
Music Time (1984) – see Styx
Desert Moon (1984)
Call Me (1986)
Harry’s Hands (1989)

Styx I (1972) – see Styx
Styx II (1973) – see Styx
The Serpent Is Rising (1974) – see Styx
Man of Miracles (1974) – see Styx
Equinox (1975) – see Styx
Crystal Ball (1976) – see Styx
The Grand Illusion (1977) – see Styx
Pieces of Eight (1978) – see Styx
Cornerstone (1979) – see Styx
Paradise Theater (1981) – see Styx
Kilroy Was Here (1983) – see Styx
Classics (compilation: 1975-83) – see Styx
Caught in the Act (live, 1984) – see Styx
Desert Moon (1984)
Back to the World (1986)
Boomchild (1989)
Edge of the Century (1990) – see Styx
10 on Broadway (covers, 1994)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-90, released 1995) – see Styx
Greatest Hits Part 2 (compilation: 1975-96, released 1996) – see Styx
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical (1996)
Return to Paradise (live, 1997) – see Styx
Brave New World (1999) – see Styx
Come Sail Away: The Anthology (compilation: 1972-2003) – see Styx
One Hundred Years from Now (2007)
26 East Vol. 1 (2020)
26 East Vol. 2 (2021)

David Diamond

Jim Diamond

I Should Have Known Better (1984)

Michael Diamond

see Mike D.

Neil Diamond

Adult-contemporary/pop singer born 1/24/1941 in Brooklyn, NY. His real name is Neil Diamond, however he considered changing his name to Noah Kaminsky early in his career. Worked as songplugger/staff writer in NYC; also wrote under pseudonym Mark Lewis. Worked in the Brill Building, legendary for housing some of pop music's most successful songwriters and publishers. First record for Duel in 1961. Wrote for the Monkees TV show. Wrote score for the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Starred in and composed the music for The Jazz Singer in 1980.

Songs Written and Recorded by Diamond:
Sweet Caroline (1969)
Holly Holy (1969)
Cracklin’ Rosie (1970)
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (with Barbra Streisand, 1978)
America (1980)

Diamond Songs as Recorded by Others:
I'm a Believer (the Monkees, 1966)
I'll Come Running (Cliff Richard, 1967)
The Boat That I Row (Lulu, 1967)
Kentucky Woman (Deep Purple, 1968)
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (the Hollies, 1969)
Sweet Caroline (Elvis Presley, 1970)
And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & the Raiders), 1970)
Red Red Wine (UB40, 1983)
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon (Urge Overkill, 1994)
Solitary Man (Johnny Cash, 1994)

Hot August Night (live, 1972)
His 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1968-72, released 1974)
Serenade (1974)
The Jazz Singer (soundtrack: 1980)
12 Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation: 1973-81, released 1982)
12 Songs (produced by Rick Rubin, 2005)

Diamond Head

Am I Evil? (1987)

Diamond Rio

Country band formed in 1982 in Nashville, TN by Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, and Ty Herndon. Since 1989, band has consisted of Marty Roe (v/rhythm g), Gene Johnson (g/mandolin/fiddle/tenor v), Jimmy Olander (g/banjo), Brian Prout (d), Dan Truman (k), and Dana Williams (b/baritone v). Had five #1 singles on the Billboard country charts: "Meet Me in the Middle," "How Your Love Makes You Feel," "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess," and "I Believe."

Meet in the Middle (1991)
How Your Love Makes Me Feel (1997)
One More Day (2000)
Beautiful Mess (2002)
I Believe (2002)

The Diamonds

Little Darlin’ (1957)
The Stroll (1957)

Justino Diaz

Opera singer (bass/baritone) born 1/29/1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Manu Dibango

Soul Makossa (1973)

Dick & DeeDee

The Mountain’s High (1961)

Little Jimmy Dickens

May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose (1965)

Bruce Dickinson

John Dickinson

Song(s) written by Dickinson (words) and William Boyce (music):
The Liberty Song (In Freedom We’re Born) (1768)

Bo Diddley

Blues guitarist born Ellas Otha Bates on 12/30/1928 in McComb, MS. Died 6/2/2008.

Bo Diddley (1955)
I’m a Man (1955)
Who Do You Love? (1956)
Mona (1957)
Say Boss Man (1957)
Hey! Bo Diddley (1957)
Dearest Darling (1958)
Say Man (1959)
Roadrunner (1960)
You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover (1962)

Beach Party (live, 1964)

Diddy – see Puff Daddy


Thank You (1999)
Here with Me (1999)
My Life (1999)
Stan (2000) – see Eminem
White Flag (2003)

No Angel (1999)
Life for Rent (2003)

Howard Dietz

Difford & Tilbrook

Duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, both members of British new wave group Squeeze.

Difford & Tilbrook (1984)

Chris Difford

New wave singer/songwriter born 11/4/1954 in Greenwich, United Kingdom. One of two members of the new wave band Squeeze to last through every incarnation of the group.

DMDB profile page: Squeeze

DMDB podcast: The Best of Squeeze

The Top 50 Songs of Squeeze, Chris Difford, and Glenn Tilbrook.
No Show Jones (2003)
Fat As a Fiddle (2008)
On My Own I'm Never Bored (2008)
Goldfish (2010)
Like I Did (2010)
1975 (2010)

Difford & Tilbrook (with Glenn Tilbrook, 1984)
I Didn't Get Where I Am (2002)
The Last Temptation of Chris (2008)
Saturday Morning Music Club (rerecordings, 2010)
Cashmere if You Can (2010)
Fancy Pants (musical: 2016)

Digable Planets

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (1992)

Digital Underground

The Humpty Dance (1990)

J. Dilla

Donuts (2006)

Dean Dillon

Country singer/songwriter born 3/26/1955 in Lake City, TN. Released six studio albums of his own material before becoming a songwriter for others, most notably George Strait.

The Dils

I Hate the Rich (1978)

Dimples D

Sucker DJ (A Witch for Love) (1990)

Klaus Dinger

Rock drummer and songwriter with Neu and LA Dusserldorf.

Mark Dinning

Teen Angel (1959)

Dinosaur Jr.

Freak Scene (1988)

You're Living All Over Me (1987)

Ronnie James Dio

DMDB profile page

Heavy-metal rock singer and bassist born Ronald Padavona on 7/10/42 in Portsmouth, NH. Died 5/16/2010. Member of Elf (70-75), Rainbow (75-79), Black Sabbath (79-83,92, 06-10), and Dio (83-02).

Rainbow in the Dark (1983)
Holy Diver (1983)

Holy Diver (1983)

Dion (& the Belmonts)

R&B/doo-wop singer born Dion Francis DiMucci on 7/18/1939 in the Bronx, NY. With the Belmonts. Also recorded solo.

I Wonder Why (with the Bemonts, 1958)
A Teenager in Love (with the Belmonts, 1959)
Where or When (1959)
Runaround Sue (1961)
The Wanderer (1961)
Donna the Prima Donna (1963)
Abraham, Martin and John (1968)
Daddy Rollin’ (1968)

Celine Dion

Pop/adult contemporary singer born in Charlemagne, Quebec on 3/30/1968. Youngest of 14 children.

Beauty and the Beast (with Peabo Bryson, 1991)
If You Asked Me To (1992)
The Power of Love (1993)
Think Twice (1994)
Because You Loved Me (1996)
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (1996)
My Heart Will Go On (1997)
I Drove All Night (2003)

The Colour of My Love (1993)
Falling into You (1996)
Let's Talk about Love (1997)
All the Way…A Decade in Song (compilation: 1991-99, released 1999)
A New Day Has Come (2002)

Bob DiPiero

Joe DiPietro

Memphis (musical: 2009) – see David Bryan


Where Are Ü Now (2015) – see Skrillex

Dire Straits

Rock group formed in London, England in 1977. Members: Alan Clark (k: 80-95), Guy Fletcher (k: 84-95), John Illsley (b: 77-95), David Knopfler (g: 77-80), Mark Knopfler (v/g: 77-95), Hal Lindes (g: 80-84), Jack Sonni (rhythm g: 84-88), Terry Williams (d: 82-88), Pick Withers (d: 77-82). Knopfler and Fletcher were also in Notting Hillbillies together.

Sultans of Swing (1978)
Skateaway (1980)
Romeo and Juliet (1981)
Money for Nothing (1985)
Brothers in Arms (1985)

Dire Straits (1978)
Making Movies (1980)
Love Over Gold (1982)
Alchemy (live, 1984)
Brothers in Arms (1985)
Money for Nothing (compilation: 1978-85, released 1988)
On Every Street (1991)

Mike Dirnt

Punk-rock bassist born Michael Ryan Pritchard on 5/4/1972 in Oakland, California. With Green Day.

Dirty Heads with Rome

Lay Me Down (2010)


Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing (1982)

Walt Disney

Top 100 Disney Songs
Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937) – see Seven Dwarfs
When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio, 1940) – see Cliff Edwards
Pink Elephants on Parade (by Disney Chorus, from Dumbo, 1941)
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South, 1946) – see James Baksett
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (from Song of the South, 1946) – see Johnny Mercer
The Ballad of Davy Crockett (from TV's Davy Crocket, 1955) – see Bill Hayes
It’s a Small World After All (Disneyland Boys Choir, 1964)
Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious (from Mary Poppins, 1965) – see Julie Andrews
Winnie the Pooh (by the Disney Studio Chorus, from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966)
Beauty and the Beast (from Beauty and the Beast, 1991) – see Celine Dion
A Whole New World (from Aladdin, 1992) – see Peabo Bryson
Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King, 1994) – see Elton John
Circle of Life (from The Lion King, 1994) – see Elton John
Let It Go (from Frozen, 2013) – see Idina Menzel

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (soundtrack: 1938)
Fantasia (Leopold Stokowski & Philadelphia Orchestra, soundtrack: 1940)
Mary Poppins (soundtrack: 1964)
The Music of Disney (box: 1926-91, released 1992)
Beauty and the Beast (soundtrack: 1991, musical: 1994) – see Alan Menken
Aladdin (1992) – see Alan Menken
The Lion King (soundtrack: 1994, musical: 1997) – see Elton John
High School Musical (TV soundtrack: 2006)
High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack: 2007)
Now That's What I Call Disney (box: 1937-2011, released 2011)
Frozen (soundtrack: 2013)
Moana (soundtrack: 2017)


Down with the Sickness (2000)
Inside the Fire (2008)
Another Way to Die (2010)
The Sound of Silence (2015)
Are You Ready (2018)


I Touch Myself (1991)

William Chatterton Dix

Song(s) written by Dix:
What Child Is This? (1865)

Dixie Chicks

Country band founded by sisters Martie Erwin Maguire (90-) and Emily Erwin Strayer (90-) in Dallas, TX with Laura Lynch (b: 90-93) and Robin Lynn Macy (v/g: 90-92). Natalie Maines (v/g: 95-) replaced Macy. Later changed their name to the Chicks.

There’s Your Trouble (1998)
Wide Open Spaces (1998)
You Were Mine (1998)
Cowboy Take Me Away (1999)
Without You (1999)
Travelin’ Soldier (2002)
Landslide (2002)
I Hope (2005)
Not Ready to Make Nice (2006)

Wide Open Spaces (1998)
Fly (1999)
Home (2002)
Taking the Long Way (produced by Rick Rubin, 2006)

The Dixie Cups

Chapel of Love (1964)
Iko Iko (1965)

The Dixie Hummingbirds

Amazing Grace (1946)
I'll Live Again (1949)
Let's Go Out to the Programs (1953)
Christian’s Automobile (1957)

Floyd Dixon

Mort Dixon

Willie Dixon

Blues bassist and songwriter ("Hoochie Coochie Man," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Little Red Rooster," "Spoonful") born 7/1/1915 in Vicksburg, MS. Died 1/29/1992.

I Ain't Superstitious (1970)
Back Door Man (1970)

I Am the Blues (1970)
The Chess Box (compilation with various artists: 1951-69, released 1988)

Dizzee Rascal

Fix Up Look Sharp (2003)
I Luv U (2003)

Boy in Da Corner (2003)

DJ Casper

Also known as Mr. C the Slide Man.

Cha Cha Slide (2000)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

- see Will Smith

DJ Khaled

All I Do Is Win (with T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, & Rick Ross, 2010)
I’m on One (with Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, 2011)
I’m the One (with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne, 2017)
Wild Thoughts (with Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, 2017)
Popstar (with Drake, 2020)

DJ Kool Herc

DJ born Clive Campbell on 4/16/1955 in Kingston, Jamaica. Credited with contributing to the development of hip-hop in the Bronx, NY.

DJ Otzi

Hey Baby (Uuh Ahh) (2001)

DJ Shadow

Building Steam with a Grain of Salt (1996)

Endtroducing… (1996)

DJ Snake

Turn Down for What (with Lil Jon, 2013)
Lean On (2015) – see Major Lazer
Let Me Love You (with Justin Bieber, 2016)
Taki Taki (with Selena Gomez, 2018)

DJ Yella

Rapper born Antoine Carraby on 12/11/1961 in Los Angeles, CA. With N.W.A. (1987-91, 1999-2002, 2015-16).


It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)


Cake by the Ocean (2015)

Dave Dobbyn with Herbs

Slice of Heaven (1987)

Carl Dobkins, Jr.

My Heart Is an Open Book (1959)

Doctors of Madness

Marie and Joe (1976)

Ken Dodd

Tears (1965)

Bill Doggett

Honky Tonk (1956)

Denny Doherty

Rock singer born Dennis Gerrad Stephen Doherty on 11/29/1940 in Halifax, Canada. Died 1/19/2007. With The Mamas & the Papas.

Pete Doherty

For Lovers (with Wolfman, 2004)

Doja Cat

Say So (2020)
Kiss Me More (with SZA, 2021)
Woman (2021)
Need to Know (2021)
Paint the Town Red (2023)

Planet Her (2021)


Alone Again (1984)
In My Dreams (1985)

Thomas Dolby

She Blinded Me with Science (1982)

Joe Dolce

Shaddap You Face (1980)

Eric Dolphy

Jazz musician born 6/20/1928 in Los Angeles, CA.

Out to Lunch! (1964)

Placido Domingo

Opera singer born José Plácido Domingo Embil on 1/21/1941 in Madrid, Spain.

The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (live, opera: 1990) – see Luciano Pavarotti

Fats Domino

R&B/early rock and roll singer/songwriter and pianist born Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr. on 2/26/1928 in New Orleans, LA. Died 10/24/2017. Has sold some 60 million records.

The Fat Man (1949)
Ain't That a Shame (aka "Ain't It a Shame") (1955)
My Blue Heaven (1956)
Blueberry Hill (1956)
Blue Monday (1956)
I’m in Love Again (1956)
I’m Walkin’ (1957)
Whole Lotta Loving (1958)
I Want to Walk You Home (1959)
I’m Ready (1959)
Be My Guest (1959)
Walking to New Orleans (1960)
Let the Four Winds Blow (1961)

They Call Me the Fatman: The Legendary Imperial Recordings (box: 1949-62, released 1991)

The Dominoes

Active: 1950-62 Members: Clyde McPhatter (50-53), Charlie White (50-52), Joe Lamont, Bill Brown (50-52), Bill Ward (piano), David McNeil (52-?), James Van Loan (52-?), Jackie Wilson (53-57), and Eugene Mumford (57-62).

R&B vocal group from New York City. A fluctuating lineup saw a dozen top ten R&B hits in the '50s fronted by five different singers.

Sixty Minute Man (1951)
Have Mercy Baby (1952)
The Bells (1953)
Stardust (1957)

Mario Domm

Singer/songwriter and producer born Mario Alberto Domínguez Zarzar on 1/22/1977 in Torreón, Mexico. Founding member of pop-rock band Camila. Has won four Latin Grammy Awards and 14 #1 singles in Mexico.

Don & Juan

What’s Your Name (1962)

Al Donahue

Jeepers Creepers (with Paula Kelly, 1938)
A Wise Old Owl (with Dee Keating, 1941)

Eric Donaldson

Cherry Oh Baby (1971)

Walter Donaldson

Song(s) written/co-written by Donaldson:
How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree? (1919) – see Nora Bayes
My Buddy (1922) – see Henry Burr
Carolina in the Morning (1923) – see Van & Schenck
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby (1925) – see Gene Austin
Love Me or Leave Me (1929) – see Ruth Etting
Makin' Whoopee (1929) – see Eddie Cantor
Little White Lies (1930) – see Fred Waring

Lonnie Donegan

Rock Island Line (1956)
My Old Man’s a Dustman (& His Group, 1960)

Gaetano Donizetti

Classical opera composer born 11/29/1797 in Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy. Died 4/8/1848.

L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) (opera: 1832)
Lucia di Lammermoor (opera: 1835)

The Donnas

Take It Off (2002)

Ral Donner

Girl of My Best Friend (1961)


Folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born Donovan Phillips Leitch on 5/10/1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says his song "Sunshine Superman" single handedly ignited the psychedelic revolution.

Catch the Wind (1965)
Universal Soldier (1965)
Sunshine Superman (1966)
Mellow Yellow (1966)
Season of the Witch (1966)
Wear You’re your Love Like Heaven (1967)
Hurdy Gurdy Man (1968)
Atlantis (1968)
Jennifer Juniper (1968)
Lalena (1969)

Sunshine Superman (1966)

Casey Donovan

Listen with Your Heart (2004)

Jason Donovan

Especially for You (1988) – see Kylie Minogue
Too Many Broken Hearts (1989)

The Doobie Brothers

Rock group formed in San Jose, CA in 1970. Disbanded in 1982 and reunited in 1987. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (g: 74-79, 87, 92), Cornelius Bumpus (sax/k: 79-82, 89, 92-96), John Cowan (b: 93-95, 10-), John Hartman (d: 70-79, 87-92), Michael Hossack (d: 71-73, 87-12), Tom Johnston (v/g: 70-77, 87-), Keith Knudsen (d: 73-82, 87, 93-05), Bobby LaKind (percussion: 80-82, 87-89, 92), Chet McCracken (d: 79-82, 87), Michael McDonald (v/k: 75-82, 87, 92, 95-96, 19-), John McFee (g/violin: 79-82, 93-), Tiran Porter (b/v: 72-80, 87-92), Marc Quiñones (percussion/backing v: 18-), Marc Russo (sax: 98-), Dave Shogren (b/k: 70-71), Patrick Simmons (g/v: 70-82, 87-), Ed Toth (d: 05-), Willie Weeks (b: 80-82, 93).

Listen to the Music (1972)
Jesus Is Just Alright (1972)
China Grove (1973)
Black Water (1974)
It Keeps You Runnin’ (1976)
What a Fool Believes (1978)
Minute by Minute (1978)
Real Love (1980)

Best of the Doobies (compilation: 1972-76, released 1976)

The Doors

Rock group formed in Los Angeles, CA. Active: 1965-71 Members: Jim Morrison (v: 65-71), Ray Mazarek (k), Robbie Krieger (g), John Densmore (d)

Break on Through (1967)
Light My Fire (1967)
The End (1967)
People Are Strange (1967)
Strange Days (1967)
When the Music's Over (1967)
The Crystal Ship (1967)
Hello I Love You (1968)
Touch Me (1968)
Roadhouse Blues (1970)
Waiting for the Sun (1970)
Indian Summer (1970)
Riders on the Storm (1971)
L.A. Woman (1971)
Love Her Madly (1971)

The Doors (1967)
Strange Days (1967)
Waiting for the Sun (1968)
The Soft Parade (1969)
Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café (1970)
L.A. Woman (1971)
The Best of the Doors (compilation: 1966-71, released 1987)

Charlie Dore

Pilot of the Airwaves (1980)

Do Re Mi

Man Overboard (1982)

Harold Dorman

Mountain of Love (1960)

The Dorsey Brothers

It's the Girl (with the Boswell Sisters, 1931)
Was That the Human Thing to Do? (1932) – see Boswell Sisters
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (with Bob Crosby, 1934)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1935) – see Boswell Sisters
Lullaby of Broadway (with Bob Crosby, 1935)
Chasing Shadows (with Bob Eberly, 1935)

Jimmy Dorsey

Bandleader born 2/29/1904 in Shenandoah, PA. Died 6/12/1957. Used his vast skills as alto-saxophonist and clarinetist with a multitude of bands during the late '20s and early '30s. He and his brother Tommy played with the California Ramblers, Charleston Chasers, Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, and Paul Whiteman, among others. Jimmy also recorded with Ted Lewis and Ben Selvin. When Tommy walked out on the Dorsey Brothers band in 1935, most of the members stayed with Jimmy. It was the vocals of Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell which swept the band onto a remarkable wave of popularity in the early '40s.

Is It True What They Say About Dixie (with Bob Eberly, 1936)
I’m an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande (1936) – see Bing Crosby
Too Marvelous for Words (1937) – see Bing Crosby
Change Partners (with Bob Eberly, 1938)
The Breeze and I (with Bob Eberly, 1940)
Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)
My Sister and I (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
Maria Elena (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1941)
Blue Champagne (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
I Hear a Rhapsody (with Bob Eberly, 1941)
Tangerine (with Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell, 1942)
Brazil (1942)
Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much) (with Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen, 1944)
So Rare (1957)

Lee Dorsey

Ya Ya (1961)
Ride Your Pony (1965)

Thomas A. Dorsey

Gospel singer born Thomas Andrew Dorsey on 7/1/1899 in Villa Rica, GA. Died 1/23/1993.

Take My Hand, Precious Lord (1932)
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (1934)

et al – Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Gospel Songs… (1973)

Tommy Dorsey

Links: - Bio at - Facebook - Wikipedia

Bandleader Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr. was born on 11/19/1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. He died on 11/26/1956. Known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," he is considered among the greatest trombonists in jazz history.

He and his older brother Jimmy worked in bands led by Jean Goldkette, Vincent Lopez, Red Nichols, Nat Shilkret, Rudy Vallee, and Paul Whiteman. They also worked with the California Ramblers (25-27), Charleston Chasers, and formed their own Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (34-35). Tommy formed his own band in 1935 out of the remains of Joe Haymes' band. Sy Oliver worked as an arranger for the band and Frank Sinatra (40-42) recorded with Dorsey as a vocalist.

On Treasure Island (with Edythe Wright, 1935)
The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round (with Edythe Wright, 1935)
Alone (with Cliff Weston, 1936)
You (with Edythe Wright, 1936)
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (1936)
Marie (with Jack Leonard, 1937)
Satan Takes a Holiday (1937)
The Big Apple (with Edythe Wright, 1937)
Once in a While (1937)
The Lady Is a Tramp (with Jack Leonard, from Babes in Arms, 1937)
The Dipsy Doodle (with Edythe Wright, 1937)
Boogie Woogie (first recorded as "Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie") (1938)
Music, Maestro, Please! (with Edythe Wright, 1938)
Our Love (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
All the Things You Are (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
Indian Summer (with Jack Leonard, 1939)
I'll Never Smile Again (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1940)
I'll Be Seeing You (with Frank Sinatra, 1940)
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) (with Frank Sinatra, 1940)
Let's Get Away from It All (with the Pied Pipers, 1941)
Yes Indeed! (with Jo Stafford & Sy Oliver, 1941)
Oh Look at Me Now (with Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, & the Pied Pipers, 1941)
There Are Such Things (with Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers, 1942)
How About You? (with Frank Sinatra, 1942)
In the Blue of the Evening (with Frank Sinatra, 1943)
Opus One (1945)

Greatest Hits (compilation: 1935-50; released 2010)

Steve Dorff


Swiss duo comprised of singer and guitarist Kurt Maloo with keyboardist and drummer Felix Haug. Formed in 1983. Group name is pronounced doo-BLAY.

The Captain of Her Heart (1986)

Double Dee & Steinski

The Payoff Mix (1985)

Mike Doughty

Busting Up a Starbucks (2002)

Neal Doughty

Rock keyboardist with REO Speedwagon.

Carl Douglas

Kung Fu Fighting (1974)

Michael Douglas

Ole Buttermilk Sky (1946) – see Kay Kyser

Steve Douglas

The Dovells

Bristol Stomp (1961)

Tom Dowd

Producer born 10/20/1925 in Manhattan, NY. Died 10/27/2002. Initially wanted to be a nuclear physicist research specialist. As an Atlantic Records staff engineer and producer, he embraced technology like the use of stereo and eight-track recording machines. At Atlantic, he recorded, and occasionally produced, artists like Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding. Later he also helped create the sounds of the Allman Brothers Band, Cream, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, and Chicago.

Joe Dowell

Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) (1961)

Geoff Downes

Rock keyboardist born 8/25/1952 in Stockport England. With the Buggles (77-80), Yes (80), and Asia (81-).

Morton Downey

Auf Wiederseh’n, My Dear (1932)

K.K. Downing

Heavy metal guitarist born Kenneth Keith Downing Jr. on 10/27/1951 in West Bromwich, England. With Judas Priest (1969-2011).

Lamont Dozier

Singer/songwriter and producer born 6/16/1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland worked as a writing team for Motown for over ten years before leaving and forming Invictus/Hot Wax, where they continued their hitmaking ways until 1973, when Dozier started a solo career.

Songs Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland:
Top 100 Songs
Heat Wave (1963) – see Martha & the Vandellas
Where Did Our Love Go (1964) – see the Supremes
Baby, I Need Your Loving (1964) – see Four Tops
Baby Love (1964) – see the Supremes
Stop! In the Name of Love (1965) – see the Supremes
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (1965) – see Four Tops
You Can’t Hurry Love (1966) – see the Supremes
Reach Out (I'll Be There) (1966) – see Four Tops


April Sun in Cuba (1977)
Are You Old Enough? (1978)


Rapper/R&B singer born Aubrey Drake Graham on 10/24/1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Forever (with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem, 2009)
Best I Ever Had (2009)
What's My Name? (2010) – see Rihanna
All of the Lights (2010) – see Kanye West
I’m on One (2011) – see DJ Khaled
The Motto (with Lil Wayne, 2011)
Moment 4 Life (2011) – see Nicki Minaj
Fuckin’ Problems (2012) – see A$AP Rocky
Hold on, We're Going Home (with Majid Jordan, 2013)
Started from the Bottom (2013)
Love Me (2013) – see Lil Wayne
Hotline Bling (2015)
One Dance (2016)
Too Good (with Rihanna, 2016)
Work (2016) – see Rihanna
Passionfruit (2017)
God's Plan (2018)
In My Feelings (2018)
Nice for What (2018)
Nonstop (2018)
Sicko Mode (2018) – see Travis Scott
Yes Indeed (2018) – see Lil Baby
Walk It Talk It (2018) – see Migos
Going Bad (2018) – see Meek Mill
MIA (2018) – see Bad Bunny
No Guidance (2019) – see Chris Brown
Toosie Slide (2020)
Life Is Good (2020) – see Future
Popstar (2020) – see DJ Khaled
Laugh Now Cry Later (with Lil Durk, 2020)
What's Next (2021)
Way 2 Sexy (with Future & Young Thug, 2021)
Wait for U (2022) – see Future
Jimmy Cooks (with 21 Savage, 2022)
Rich Flex (with 21 Savage, 2022)
Meltdown (2023) – see Travis Scott
Slime You Out (with SZA, 2023)
First Person Shooter (with J. Cole, 2023)

Take Care (2011)
Nothing Was the Same (2013)
If You’re Reading This It's Too Late (2015)
Views (2016)
More Life (2017)
Scorpion (2018)
Certified Lover Boy (2021)

Alfred Drake

Oklahoma! (from Oklahoma!, 1943)
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (1943)

Charlie Drake

My Boomerang Won’t Come Back (1961)

Ervin Drake

Nick Drake

Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist born on 6/19/1948 in Rangoon, Burma. Died 11/25/1974 from an overdose of an antidepressant

Way to Blue (1969)
Hazey Jane II (1971)
Pink Moon (1972)

Five Leaves Left (1969)
Bryter Layter (1970)
Pink Moon (1972)

The DMDB Blog:
Nick Drake died: November 25, 1974 (11/25/11)

Pete Drake

Nashville-based record producer and pedal steel guitar player born 10/8/1932 in Augusta, GA. Died 7/29/1988. Played on Lynn Anderson’s "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden," Charlie Rich’s "Behind Closed Doors," Bob Dylan’s "Lay Lady Lay," and Tammy Wynette’s "Stand by Your Man."


Broccoli (with Lil Yachty, 2016)

Dr. Dre

Rap singer/songwriter, producer, and record executive born Andre Romelle Young on 2/18/1965 in Compton, CA. Started as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and became famous with gangster rap group N.W.A. (1987-91, 1999-2002, 2016) before having a successful solo career. Exec with Death Row Records.

Deep Cover (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1992)
Dre Day (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1992)
Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang (with Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993)
Let Me Ride (1993)
No Diggity (1996) – see Blackstreet
California Love (1996) – see Tupac Shakur
Still D.R.E. (with Snoop Dogg, 1999)
Forgot About Dre (with Eminem, 1999)
Crack a Bottle (2009) – see Eminem

The Chronic (1992)
2001 (1999)

The Dream Academy

Life in a Northern Town (1985)

Dream Syndicate

Tell Me When It’s Over (1982)
John Coltrane Stereo Blues (1984)

Dream Theater

Images and Words (1992)
Scenes from a Memory (Metropolis Part 2) (1999)

Chris Dreja

Rock guitarist and bassist born 11/11/1945 in Surbiton, Surrey, England. With Yardbirds (1963-68, 2003) and Box of Frogs (1984-86).

Dresden Dolls

Sing (2006)

Louise Dresser

Stay in Your Own Backyard (1899)

Paul Dresser

Popular songwriter, singer, and comedic actor who traveled in minstrel and medicine wagon shows and worked as a vaudeville performer.

Born Johann Paul Dreiser Jr. on 4/22/1858 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Died 1/30/1906

Song(s) written by Dresser:
Give Us Just Another Lincoln (1900)
My Gal Sal (1907) – see Byron G. Harlan

Kenny Drew

Jazz pianist.

Dave Dreyer

Dr. Feelgood

Roxette (1974)
She Does It Right (1975)
Milk and Alcohol (1979)

Dr. Hook

The Cover of 'Rolling Stone' (1972)
Sylvia’s Mother (1972)
A Little Bit More (1976)
Walk Right In (1977)
When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman (1978)
Sexy Eyes (1979)

The Drifters

Vocal group formed on Atlantic. Numerous personnel changes over the years. Six different singers have sung on top 10 R&B hits for the group. Songwriters Leiber and Stoller produced their hits from 1959-63. Many personnel changes throughout career and several groups have used the name in later years. Active: 1953- Members: Clyde McPhatter (v: 53-55), Bill Pinkney (53-58), Charlie Thomas (v: 58–67, 88–23), Gerhart Thrasher (53-58), Andrew Thrasher (53-58); Johnny Moore (v: 55-58, 64-80), Ben E. King (v: 59-60), Rudy Lewis (60-64).

Money Honey (1953)
White Christmas (1954)
Honey Love (1954)
Adorable (1955)
Your Promise to Be Mine (1956)
Fools Fall in Love (1957)
There Goes My Baby (1959)
Save the Last Dance for Me (1960)
This Magic Moment (1960)
Up on the Roof (1962)
On Broadway (1963)
Under the Boardwalk (1964)
Saturday Night at the Movies (1964)

Let the Boogie Woogie Roll (compilation: 1953-58, released 1988)
All-Time Greatest Hits and More (compilation: 1959-65, released 1988)

Drive-By Truckers

The Perilous Night (2017)

Paquito D'Rivera

Dr. John

Singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist born Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. on 11/21/1940 in New Orleans, LA. Works in multiple genres including blues, pop, jazz, Zydeco, boogie woogie, and rock. Worked originally as a prominent session musician but has recorded over 20 albums on his own.

I Walk on Gilded Splinters (1968)
Right Place Wrong Time (1973)

In the Right Place (1973)

Dr. Luke

American songwriter and record producer born Lukasz Gottwald in Providence, RI on 9/26/1973. Often worked with Max Martin writing and producing singles for Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha; the latter alleged sexual assault and abuse by Gottwald.

Song(s) produced and/or co-written by Dr. Luke:
Top 50 Songs
Since U Been Gone (2004) – see Kelly Clarkson
Girlfriend (2007) – see Avril Lavigne
I Kissed a Girl (2008) – see Katy Perry
Hot n Cold (2008) – see Katy Perry
Right Round (2009) – see Flo Rida
Tik Tok (2009) – see Ke$ha
Party in the U.S.A. (2009) – see Miley Cyrus
Dynamite (2010) – see Taio Cruz
California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
Teenage Dream (2010) – see Katy Perry
Roar (2013) – see Katy Perry
Dark Horse (2013) – see Katy Perry
Wrecking Ball (2013) – see Miley Cyrus
Timber (2013) – see Pitbull
Sugar (2015) – see Maroon 5

Drowning Pool

Bodies (2001)

Dru Hill

In My Bed (1997)


Daddy Cool (1971)

Spencer Dryden

Rock drummer born on 4/7/1938 in New York, NY. Died 1/11/2005. With Jefferson Airplane.

Dschinghis Khan

Moscow (1980)


My Band (2004)

Black Sunday (1993)

Al Dublin

42nd Street (musical: 1980) – see Harry Warren

The Dubs

Could This Be Magic (1957)

Eddy Duchin

Jazz pianist and bandleader born Edwin Frank Duchin on 4/1/1909 in Cambridge, MA. Died 2/9/1951.

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (with Lew Sherwood, 1933)
Let's Fall in Love (with Lew Sherwood, 1934)
I Won’t Dance (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
Lovely to Look At (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
You’re All I Need (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
You Are My Lucky Star (with Lew Sherwood, 1935)
Moon Over Miami (with Lew Sherwood, 1936)
Lights Out (Close Your Eyes and Dream of Me) (with Lew Sherwood, 1936)
Take My Heart (with Jerry Cooper, 1936)
I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs (with Jimmy Newell, 1936)
It’s De-Lovely (with Jerry Cooper, 1936)
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1938) – see Mary Martin
Don't Wait Till the Night Before Christmas (with Stanley Worth, 1938)

Dave Dudley

Six Days on the Road (1963)

S.H. Dudley

Baritone singer born Samuel Holland Rous on 1/15/1864 in Greencastle, Indiana. Died 6/6/1947. With Haydn Quartet/Edison Male Quartette (1898-1914) and the American Quartet (1900).

When Reuben Comes to Town (1901)
In the Good Old Summertime (1902) – see John Philip Sousa


Mercy (2008)

Rockferry (2008)

Stephen Duffy

Kiss Me (1985)

George Duke

Jazz pianist.

Vernon Duke

Song(s) by Duke:
I Can’t Get Started (1938) – see Bunny Berigan

Dennis Dunaway

Rock bassist born 12/9/1946 in Cottage Grove, OR. With Alice Cooper.

Aynsley Dunbar

English rock drummer born 1/10/1946 in Liverpool, England. With John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (66-67), the Jeff Beck Group (67), Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Journey (73-79), Jefferson Starship (79-82), Whitesnake (89-90), and more.

Donald "Duck" Dunn

American R&B bassist with Booker T. & the MG’s born 11/24/1941.

Larry Dunn

R&B keyboardist born 6/19/1953 in Denver, CO. With Earth, Wind & Fire.

Champion Jack Dupree

Blues from the Gutter (1958)

John Du Prez

Spamalot (musical: 2004) – see Eric Idle

Robbie Dupree

Steal Away (1980)

The Duprees

You Belong to Me (1962)

Jermaine Dupri

Record producer, executive, songwriter, and rapper born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on 9/23/1972 in Asheville, NC. Has worked with Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Monica, Nelly, TLC, Usher, and Weezer.

Duran Duran

Synth-pop-dance group formed in Birmingham, England. Group named after a villain in the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella. Active: 1978- Members: Simon Le Bon (v: 78-), Andy Taylor (g: 78-84, 00-06), Nick Rhodes (k: 78-), John Taylor (b: 78-), Roger Taylor (d: 78-86, 01-). Warren Cuccurullo (g – Missing Persons, Duran Duran: 90-), Sterling Campbell (d – Duran Duran: 90-93, Soul Asylum: 95-). Le Bon, Rhodes, and Roger Taylor formed Arcadia (1985-86). Andy Taylor and John Taylor formed The Power Station (1984-85, 1995-97).

Girls on Film (1981)
Hungry Like the Wolf (1982)
Rio (1982)
Is There Something I Should Know? (1983)
The Reflex (1984)
A View to a Kill (1985)
Ordinary World (1992)

Duran Duran (1981)
Rio (1982)
Greatest (compilation: 1980-97; released 1998)

Elvis Duran

Radio DJ.

Jimmy Durante

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Thomas D'Urley

Song(s) written by D'Urley:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (music by D'Urley, words by Frederick Thomas Nettingham, 1706)

Ian Dury (& the Blockheads)

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll (1977)
Plaistow Patricia (1977)
Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick (1978)

New Boots and Panties!! (1977)

Antonin Dvorák

Classical composer born 9/8/1841 in Bohemia. Died 5/1/1904.

Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World" (1893)
String Quartet No. 12 in F major (1893)
Cello Concerto in B Minor (1895)

Dyke & the Blazers

Funky Broadway (1967)
We Got More Soul (1969)

Bob Dylan

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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. 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.

He went to New York City in 1960 and worked in folk clubs in Greenwich Village. He signed to Columbia Records in October 1961. Retired briefly following a motorcycle accident on 7/29/1966. He was born into a Jewish family, but became a born-again Christian in the late '70s and released several gospel-oriented albums from 1979-81 before returning to more folk-rock oriented fare. He has steadily toured since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. Member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (88-91).

Bob Dylan: Top 100 Songs
Song to Woody (1962)
Blowin’ in the Wind (1963)
Don’t Think Twice, It's All Right (1963)
Masters of War (1963)
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (1963)
Girl from the North Country (1963)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol (1964)
Like a Rolling Stone (1965)
Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) – also see the Byrds
Positively 4th Street (1965)
Desolation Row (1965)
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (1965)
Ballad of a Thin Man (1965)
It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding (1965)
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (1965)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit (1965)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Just Like a Woman (1966)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (1966)
I Want You (1966)
Visions of Johanna (1966)
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (1966)
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (1966)
Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (1966)
Bessie Smith (with the Band, 1967)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (1967)
All Along the Watchtower (1967)
All Along the Watchtower (1968) – see Jimi Hendrix
Lay Lady Lay (1969)
Girl from the North Country (with Johnny Cash, 1969)
I Threw It All Away (1969)
All the Tired Horses (1970)
Copper Kettle (1970)
Went to See the Gypsy (1970)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (1973)
Forever Young (with the Band, 1974)
Dirge (with the Band, 1974)
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (1974)
Tangled Up in Blue (1975)
Hurricane (1975)
Abandoned Love (1975)
Isis (1975)
Idiot Wind (1975)
Rita Mae (1975)
Changing of the Guard (1978)
Gotta Serve Somebody (1979)
Every Grain of Sand (1981)
Blind Willie McTell (1983)
Political World (1989)
Everything Is Broken (1989)
Man in the Long Black Coat (1989)
Most of the Time (1989)
Dignity (1994)
Not Dark Yet (1997)
Things Have Changed (2000)
Mississippi (2001)
Ain’t Talkin’ (2006)

Bob Dylan: Top 50 Albums
Bob Dylan (1962)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Blonde on Blonde (1966)
Live 1966 – The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4) (live, 1966)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-66, released 1967)
Ten of Swords (bootleg box set: 1961-66, released 1985)
The Basement Tapes (archives with The Band, 1967)
John Wesley Harding (1967)
Nashville Skyline (1969)
Self Portrait (1970)
New Morning (1970)
Greatest Hits Vol. II (compilation: 1962-71, released 1971)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Planet Waves (with The Band, 1974)
Blood on the Tracks (1975)
Desire (1976)
Street Legal (1978)
Slow Train Going (1979)
Saved (1980)
Shot of Love (1981)
Biograph (box: 1961-81, released 1985)
Infidels (1983)
Empire Burlesque (1985)
Knocked Out Loaded (1986)
Down in the Groove (1988)
Oh Mercy (1989)
Under the Red Sky (1990)
The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (box: 1961-89, released 1991)
Good As I Been to You (1992)
World Gone Wrong (1993)
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Love and Theft (2001)
Modern Times (2006)
Tempest (2012)
Fallen Angels (2016)
Triplicate (2017)
Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)

The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Bob Dylan goes electric: May 17, 1966 (5/17/12)


In My Mind (with Gigi D'Agostino, 2018)

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