Music Makers Encyclopedia: S

Click on a letter to choose an act ("S" for Bruce Springsteen, "B" for Beatles, etc.). Shown with the act are its major awards, short bios for select acts (generally adapted from Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954 and Top Pop Singles: Billboard books), and links to albums and songs reviewed by the DMDB.


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S Club 7

Don't Stop Movin' (2001)


Smooth jazz/R&B singer born Helen Folasade Adu on 1/16/1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Smooth Operator (1984)
Your Love Is King (1984)

Diamond Life (1984)
Promise (1985)
Best of (compilation: 1984-93, released 1994)
Lovers Rock (2000)

SSgt Barry Sadler

The Ballad of the Green Berets (1966)

The Safaris

Image of a Girl (1960)

Carole Bayer Sager

Songwriter born Carole Bayer in 3/8/1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married to record-producer Andrew Sager from 1970 to 1978 and has also been romantically linked to songwriters Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach (married 1985 to 1991). She won an Academy Award ("Arthur's Theme" by Christopher Cross) and Grammy Award ("That's What Friends Are For," Dionne & Friends).

Songs written by Sager:
Top 40 Songs
You’re Moving Out Today (1977)
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (1981) – see Christopher Cross
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
On My Own (1986) – see Patti LaBelle

Saint JHN

Roses (with Imanbek, 2016)

Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Universal Soldier (1964)
Soldier Blue (1971)

The Saints

I’m Stranded (1976)

Camille Saint- Saëns

Classical composer.

Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) (1877)

Kyu Sakamoto

Sukiyaki (1963)

Hiromi Lorraine Sakata

Collection of Afghan Traditional Music (performed by various artists, compiled by Sakata, 1966-73)

Emily Saliers

Folk-rock singer/songwriter born 7/22/1963 in New Haven, CT. With Indigo Girls (1985-).

Murmuration Nation (2017)


Click Click Boom (2001)


Push It (1987)
Expression (1990)
Let’s Talk About Sex (1991)
Whatta Man (with En Vogue, 1993)
Shoop (1993)
None of Your Business (1993)

Sam & Dave

American R&B duo of Sam Moore and Dave Prater. 1961-1981. Had their greatest fame with Stax Records from 1965-1968. Nicknamed "Double Dynamite", "The Sultans of Sweat", and "The Dynamic Duo".

Hold on, I’m Comin’ (1966) You Don’t Know Like I Know (1966)
Soul Man (1967)
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby (1967)
Soothe Me (1967)
I Thank You (1968)
Wrap It Up (1968)

The Best of (compilation: 1965-69, released 1987)

Richie Sambora

Rock guitarist born 7/11/1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. With Bon Jovi (1983-2013).


Process (2017)

Joe Sample

Jazz pianist.

Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

Wooly Bully (1965)

Best of (compilation, 1967)

Paul Samwell-Smith

Rock bassist born Paul G. Smith on 5/8/1943 in Brentford, West London, England. With Yardbirds (1963-68) and Box of Frogs (1984-86).

David Sancious

Rock keyboardist born 11/30/1953 in Asbury Park, NJ. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

Carl Sandburg

Song(s) written by Carl Sandburg:
Skip to My Lou (1832)

Emeli Sandé

Next to Me (2012)
Beneath Your Beautiful (2012) – see Labrinth

Our Version of Events (2012)

Felicia Sanders

Where Is Your Heart (Song from "Moulin Rouge") (Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders, 1953)

James Sanderson

Hail to the Chief (m: James Sanderson, w: Albert Gamse, 1810)

Arturo Sandoval

Jazz trumpeter born 11/6/1949 in Artemisa, Cuba.

Sandpiper Chorus

The Shadow of Your Smile (1965)

Tommy Sands

Teen-Age Crush (1957)

The Sanford/Townsend Band

Smoke from a Distant Fire (1977)

Mongo Santamaria

Watermelon Man (1963)

Our Man in Havana (1959)

Carlos Santana

Latin-rock group formed in San Francisco, CA in 1966. Helmed by namesake singer and guitarist Carlos Santana (born 7/20/1947 in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico). Members over the years have included José Chepito Áreas (percussion: 69-77, 88-89), David Brown (b: 67-71, 74-76), Mike Carabello (percussion: 66-71, 14-16), Gregg Rolie (k/v: 66-73), Neal Schon (g: 71-73), Michael Shrieve (d: 69-74, 14-16). Schon and Rolie went on to form Journey.

Soul Sacrifice (1969)
Black Magic Woman (1970)
Evil Ways (1970)
Oye Como Va (1971)
Samba Pa Ti (1974)
Smooth (with Rob Thomas, 1999)
Maria Maria (with the Product G & B, 1999)
The Game of Love (with Michelle Branch, 2002)
Why Don't You and I? (with Chad Kroeger or Alex Band, 2002)

Santana (1969)
Abraxas (1970)
Supernatural (1999)

Kike Santander

Gustavo Santaolalla

Herman Santiago

Doo-wop singer/songwriter born 2/18/1941 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.

Santo & Johnny

Sleep Walk (1959)

Romeo Santos

Propuesta Indecente (with Eliza Gonzalez, 2013)

Alejandro Sanz

Kenny Sargent

Under a Blanket of Blue (1933) – see Glen Gray
It’s the Talk of the Town (1933) – see Glen Gray
Blue Moon (1935) – see Glen Gray
When I Grow Too Old to Dream (1935) – see Glen Gray

Peter Sarstedt

Where Do You Go to My Lovely? (1969)

Steve Sater

Spring Awakening (musical: 2006) – see Duncan Sheik

Arthur E. Satherley

Joe Satriani

American rock guitarist born 7/15/1956. With Deep Purple (93-94) and Chickenfoot (08-11).

Big Bad Moon (1989)

Rick Savage

Rock bassist born 12/2/1960 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. With Def Leppard (1977-).

Savage Garden

I Want You (1996)
To the Moon and Back (1996)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1997)
I Knew I Loved You (1999)

Savage Garden (1997)

Carlo Savina

Love Theme from "The Godfather" (1972)

Bidu Sayao

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 – Aria (with Heitor Villa, 1945)


Wheels of Steel (1980)

Leo Sayer

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976)
When I Need You (1977)
More Than I Can Say (1980)
Have You Ever Been in Love (1982)


Lily the Pink (1968)

Boz Scaggs

Loan Me a Dime (1969)
Lowdown (1976)
Lido Shuffle (1976)
JoJo (1980)

Silk Degrees (1976)


The Warrior (1984)


Me, Myself & I (2001)

Dick Scanlan

Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical: 2002) – see Jeanine Tesori


Domenico Scarlatti

Classical composer.

Scatman John

Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) (1955)

Michael Schenker

Patti Scialfa

Rock singer/songwriter born Vivienne Patricia Scialfa on 7/29/1953 in Deal, NJ. With Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

Lalo Schifrin

Mission Impossible (1968)

Don Schlitz

Country songwriter. With songs sung by Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Judds, Alison Krauss, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, and Keith Whitley, Schlitz can boast a catalog of 24 #1 hits. He has been named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year four times, won the CMA Song of the Year Award three times, and took home the ACM Song of the Year trophy twice.

Songs written by Schlitz:
The Gambler (1978) – see Kenny Rogers
On the Other Hand (1985) – see Randy Travis
Forever and Ever, Amen (1987) – see Randy Travis, 1987)

Harvey Schmidt

Musical theater composer best-known for the 1960 musical The Fantasticks, which partnered him with lyricist Tom Jones. "Try to Remember" became the show's most beloved song, being recorded by hundreds of artists including Ed Ames, Harry Belafonte, Placido Domingo, and Barbra Streisand. The pair also earned Tony Award nominations for Best Composer and Lyricist for 110 in the Shade and I DO! I DO!. They've also been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and the Broadway Hall of Fame.

Try to Remember (from The Fantasticks, performed by Jerry Orbach, 1960)

Timothy B. Schmit

Singer/songwriter and bassist born 10/30/1947 in Oakland, California. He was a member of Poco (1969-77, 2015) and the Eagles (1977-80, 1994-) and worked as a solo artist.

Al Schmitt

Alexander Schneider

Florian Schneider

Electronica keyboardist born Florian Schneider-Esleben on 4/7/1947 in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Died 4/21/2020. With Kraftwerk (1970-2008).

Maria Schneider

Concert in the Garden (2004)

Arnold Schoenberg

Classical composer born 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria. Died 1951.

String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7 (1905)
String Quartet No. 2 in F%u266F minor (1908)
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30 (1927)
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37 (1936)
Gurre-Leider (1932)

Tom Scholz

Rock guitarist and keyboardist born 3/10/1947 in Toledo, OH. With Boston (76-78,86,84,97,02,13).

Neal Schon

Rock guitarist born 2/27/1954 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. With Santana (1971-73, 2016), Journey (1973-86, 1996-), with Jan Hammer (1981-82), HSAS (1983-84), Bad English (1987-91), Hardline (1992, 2002), with Paul Rodgers (1993, 1997, 2011), Just If I (1995), Abraxas Pool (1997), and Soul SirkUS (2005).

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Musical theater composer born 9/13/1874 in Vienna, Austria. Died 1951.

I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables, 2009) – see Susan Boyle

Les Misérables (composed with Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer, musical: 1980, soundtrack: 2012)
Martin Guerre (composed with Alain Boubil, Edward Hardy & Stephen Clark; musical: 1998)

Franz Schubert

Classical composer and pianist born 1/31/1797 in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Austria. Died 11/19/1828.

Classical Work(s):
Piano Quintet in A major (Trout) (1819)
Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) (1822)
Symphony No. 9 in C major (The Great) (1828)

Robin Schulz

Waves (2013) – see Mr. Probz
Prayer in C (2014) – see Lillywood & the Prick
Sugar (with Francesco Yates, 2016)

William Schuman

Composer born 8/4/1910 in Manhattan, NY. Died 2/15/1992.

Robert Schumann

Classical composer and pianist born 6/8/1810 in Zwickau, Kingdom of Saxony, Germany. Died 7/29/1856.

Carnaval Op. 9 (1835)
Complete Piano Trios (with Clara Schumann, composed 1846-51)

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Danny Boy (1918)

Arthur Schwartz

Jean Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz

Musical theater composer born 3/6/1948 in New York City, NY.

Defying Gravity (from Wicked, 2003) – see Idina Menzel
For Good (from Wicked, 2003)


  • Godspell (1971)
  • Pippin (musical: 1972)
    Wicked (musical: 2003)

    Peter Schilling

    Major Tom (Coming Home) (1983)

    Al Schmitt

    Gina Schock

    New-wave drummer born Regina Ann Schock on 8/31/1957 in Baltimore, MD. With The Go-Go’s (1979-).

    The Schoolboys

    Please Say You Want Me (1957)

    Scissor Sisters

    Take Your Mama (2004)
    I Don’t Feel Like Dancin' (2006)

    Scissor Sisters (2004)


    The Logical Song (2002)

    Scorpio aka Mr. Ness

    Rap singer born Eddie Morris on 11/12/1960 in the Bronx, NY. With Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.

    The Scorpions

    No One Like You (1982)
    Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
    Still Loving You (1984)
    Wind of Change (1991)

    Bon Scott

    Rock singer born Ronald Belford Scott on 7/9/1946. With AC/DC (74-80). Previously worked as a drummer with Fraternity and The Valentines. Died 2/19/1980 from alcohol abuse.

    Calum Scott

    Dancing on My Own (2016)

    Jack Scott

    Goodbye Baby (1958)

    James Scott

    Song(s) written and/or performed by Scott:
    Frog Legs Rag (1906)
    Climax Rag (1914) – see Jelly Roll Morton

    Jill Scott

    Love Rain (Suite) (2001)

    Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Music Vol. 1 (2000)

    Jimmy Scott

    Jazz singer born James Victor Scott on 7/17/1925 in Cleveland, OH. Died 6/12/2014.

    Travis Scott

    Goosebumps (with Kendrick Lamar, 2016)
    Butterfly Effect (2017)
    Love Galore (2017) – see SZA
    Sicko Mode (with Drake, 2018)
    Zeze (2018) – see Kodak Black
    Highest in the Room (2019)
    The Scotts (with Kid Cudi, 2020)
    Franchise (with Young Thug & M.I.A., 2020)

    Album (s):
    Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (2016)
    Astroworld (2018)

    Gil Scott-Heron

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1963)

    Screaming Trees

    Nearly Lost You (1992)

    The Script

    Breakeven (2008)
    Hall of Fame (with, 2012)

    Earl Scruggs

    Bluegrass banjo player born 1/6/1924 in Cleveland County, NC. Died 3/29/2012. Half of Flatt & Scruggs duo with Lester Flatt.

    Ryan Seacrest

    TV and radio personality born 12/24/1974 in Atlanta, GA. Has hosted American Top 40, American Idol, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.


    Pop/soul singer born Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel on 2/19/1963 in Paddington, London, England.

    Crazy (1990)
    Kiss from a Rose (1994)
    Fly Like an Eagle (1996)

    Seal (I) (1991)
    Seal (II) (1994)
    Seal IV (2003)
    Best (compilation: 1991-2004, released 2004)
    Hits (compilation: 1991-2009, released 2009)

    Seals & Croft

    Summer Breeze (1972)
    Diamond Girl (1973)

    Dan Seals

    I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976)
    Bop (1985)

    Son Seals

    Blues guitarist born Frank Seals on 8/13/1942 in Osceola, AR. Died 12/20/2004.

    Jay Sean

    Down (with Lil Wayne, 2009)

    The Searchers

    Sweets for My Sweet (1963)
    Needles and Pins (1964)
    Love Potion No. 9 (1964)

    Reverend Edmund Hamilton Sears

    Song(s) written by Sears & Richard Storrs Willis:
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (1850)

    Guy Sebastian

    Angels Brought Me Here (2003)
    All I Need Is You (2004)
    Out with My Baby (2004)
    Like It Like That (2009)
    Who’s That Girl (with Eve, 2010)

    Joan Sebastian

    Latin pop singer/songwriter born José Manuel Figueroa Figueroa on 4/8/1951 in Juliantla, Guerrero, Mexico. Composed more than 1000 songs. Died 7/13/2015.

    John Sebastian

    Rock singer/songwriter born on 3/17/1944 in Greenwich Village, NY. With Lovin’ Spoonful.

    Welcome Back (1976)

    Neil Sedaka

    Pop singer and composer born 3/13/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.

    Oh Carol (1959)
    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (1962)
    Laughter in the Rain (1974)
    Bad Blood (1975)
    The Immigrant (1975)

    The Seeds

    Pushin’ Too Hard (1965)

    Pete Seeger

    Folk singer/songwriter and activist born 5/3/1919 in Manhattan, NY. Died 1/27/2014. Started with the folk quartet The Weavers ("Goodnight Irene").

    We Shall Overcome (1963)
    If I Had a Hammer (1963)
    Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1964)
    Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (1967)

    We Shall Overcome: Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (live, 1963)

    The Seekers

    I'll Never Find Another You (1965)
    The Carnival Is Over (1965)
    Georgy Girl (1966)

    Greatest Hits (compilation, 1967)
    Best of (compilation, 1969)

    Blossom Seeley

    Alabamy Bound (1925)
    Yes Sir! That’s My Baby (1925)


    Fine Again (2002)
    Broken (with Amy Lee, 2004)
    Fake It (2007)
    Country Song (2011)

    Bob Seger (& the Silver Bullet Band)

    Rock singer/songwriter born Robert Clark Seger on 5/6/1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Has sold more than 51 million records worldwide. Songs have been covered by Brooks & Dunn, Cher, Waylon Jennings, Keb' Mo'', Kid Rock, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Metallica, Bette Midler, The Pointer Sisters, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Conway Twitty, and Dottie West. His 1994 Greatest Hits album has been a continuous presence on either the Billboard Top 200 Albums or Catalog Albums charts since its release and was named the #1 Catalog Album of the Decade (2000-2010).

    Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (1968)
    2 2=? (Bob Seger System, 1968)
    Turn the Page (live, 1976)
    Night Moves (1976)
    Mainstreet (1976)
    Old Time Rock and Roll (1979)
    Against the Wind (1980)
    Roll Me Away (1982)

    Night Moves (1976)
    Stranger in Town (1978)
    Against the Wind (1980)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1976-94, released 1994)
    Greatest Hits 2 (compilation: 1975-2003, released 2003)
    Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets (compilation: 1968-2011, released 2011)

    Andrés Segova

    Music of Albeniz & Granados (1944)
    An Evening with Andres Segova (1954)


    Mexican-American singer/songwriter born Selena Quintanilla-Pérez on 4/16/1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas. Died 3/31/1995 after being shot by a fan. Called the Queen of Tejano music.

    Ven Conmigo (1990)

    Ben Selvin

    Jazz/big band leader born Benjamin Bernard Selvin on 3/5/1898 in New York City, NY. Died 7/15/1980. No other bandleader made more recordings than this violinist whose 2000 recordings included many with jazz stars such as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey.

    I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919)
    Dardanella (1920)
    All by Myself (with Ernest Hare, 1921)
    Say It with Music (1921)
    Angel Child (1922)
    Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (1922)
    Yes! We Have No Bananas (1923)
    Oh How I Miss You Tonight (1925)
    Manhattan (1925)
    All Alone (1925)
    Valencia (A Song of Spain) (1926)
    Baby Face (1926)
    In a Little Spanish Town (1927)
    Blue Skies (1927)
    Miss Annabelle Lee (Who’s Wonderful, Who’s Marvelous) (1927)
    Among My Souvenirs (1927)
    Thou Swell (1928)
    You’re the Cream in My Coffee (with Jack Palmer, 1928)
    Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928)
    Am I Blue? (1929)
    Happy Days Are Here Again (1930)
    When It’s Springtime in the Rockies (1930)
    I Only Have Eyes for You (with Howard Phillips, 1934)

    Phil Selway

    Experimental-rock drummer born 5/23/1967 in Abingdon, UK. With Radiohead (1985-).

    Michael Sembello

    Maniac (1983)


    Closing Time (1998)


    Roots (1996)

    Danny Seraphine

    Jazz-rock drummer born in Chicago, IL. With Chicago (1967-1990).

    Rudolf Serkin

    Pianist born 3/28/1903 in Egar, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. Died 5/8/1991.

    Roger Sessions


    Keala Settle

    This Is Me (with the Greatest Show Ensemble, 2017)

    Seven Dwarfs

    Whistle While You Work (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)
    Heigh Ho (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1938)

    Seven Mary Three

    Cumbersome (1995)

    David Seville

    The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (The Chipmunks, 1958)
    Witch Doctor (1958)
    Alvin’s Harmonica (The Chipmunks, 1959)

    Conrad Sewell

    Start Again (2015)

    Sex Pistols

    Influential and notorious British punk group assembled by Malcom McLaren at his London clothing store, SEX. Active: 1975-78 Members: John Lydon (aka “Johnny Rotten”) (v: 75-78, 96), Steve Jones (g: 75-78, 96), Glen Matlock (b: 75-77, 96), Paul Cook (d: 75-78, 96), Sid Vicious (b: 77-78)

    Anarchy in the U.K. (1976)
    God Save the Queen (1977)
    Holidays in the Sun (1977)
    Pretty Vacant (1977)
    Submission (1977)
    My Way (Sid Vicious, 1978)
    No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer by Ronald Biggs) (1978)

    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)

    Shades of Blue

    Oh How Happy (1966)

    The Shadows

    Apache (1960)
    Wonderful Land (1962)

    Summer Holiday (with Cliff Richard, 1963)

    The Shadows of Knight

    Gloria (1966)


    Oh Carolina (1993)
    Boombastic (1995)
    It Wasn't Me (with Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent, 2000)
    Angel (with Rayvon, 2000)

    Hot Shot (2000)
    44/876 (with Sting, 2018)

    Marc Shaiman

    You Can't Stop the Beat (performed by Hairspray Cast, from Hairspray musical: 2002, soundtrack: 2007)

    Hairspray (composed with Scott Wittman, musical: 2003, soundtrack: 2007)

    Shakespear's Sister

    Stay (1992)


    Latin pop singer born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on 2/2/1977 in Barcelona, Spain.

    Whenever, Wherever (2001)
    Underneath Your Clothes (2002)
    Hips Don't Lie (with Wycelf Jean, 2006)
    Beautiful Liar (2007) – see Beyoncé
    Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (with Freshlyground, 2010)
    Chantaje (with Maluma, 2016)
    La Bicicleta (2016) – see Carlos Vives

    Laundry Service (2001)

    Tupac Shakur (2pac)

    Rap singer/songwriter born Lesane Parish Crooks on 6/16/1971 in East Harlem, NY. Died 9/13/1996.

    Keep Ya Head Up (1993)
    I Get Around (1993)
    Dear Mama (1995)
    California Love (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, 1996)
    I Ain’t Mad at Cha (1996)
    Changes (1998)
    Ghetto Gospel (with Elton John, 2004)

    Me Against the World (1995)
    All Eyez on Me (1996)
    The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (recorded as Makaveli, 1996)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1991-98, released 1998)

    The DMDB Blog:
    The Death of Tupac Shakur: September 13, 1996 (9/13/11)

    The Shangri-La's

    Leader of the Pack (1964)
    Remember Walking in the Sand (1964)
    Give Him a Great Big Kiss (1964)
    I Can Never Go Home Anymore (1965)
    Past Present Future (1966)


    I Love Your Smile (1991)

    Ravi Shankar

    Del Shannon

    Pop singer born Charles Weedon Westover on 12/30/1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Died 2/8/1990.

    Runaway (1961)
    The Swiss Maid (1962)
    Little Town Flirt (1962)
    Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun) (1964)
    Stranger in Town (1965)

    Scott Shannon

    Radio DJ.

    Tommy Shannon

    Blues-rock bassist born Thomas Lafitte Smedley on 4/18/1946 in Tucson, AZ. With Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

    Helen Shapiro

    No Trespassing (1963)

    Feargal Sharkey

    A Good Heart (1985)

    Alexander Sharp

    R&B tenor singer born 12/6/1919 in Baltimore, MD. Died 1/3/1970. With The Orioles.

    Dee Dee Sharp

    Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    Home (2009)

    Billy Joe Shaver

    Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me (1973)

    Artie Shaw

    Jazz clarinetist and bandleader born Jacob Arthur Arshawsky on 5/23/1910 in New York City, NY. Died 12/30/2004.

    Begin the Beguine (1938)
    Any Old Time (1938)
    They Say (with Helen Forrest, 1938)
    Thanks for Everything (with Helen Forrest, 1939)
    Frenesi (1940)
    Stardust (1941)
    Dancing in the Dark (1941)

    Eddie Shaw

    Robert Shaw

    Orchestra conductor and choral director born 4/30/1916 in Red Bluff, CA. Died 1/25/1999.

    Sandie Shaw

    Always Something There to Remind Me (1964)
    Girl Don’t Come (1964)
    Puppet on a String (1967)

    Tommy Shaw

    Rock singer/guitarist born 9/11/1953 in Montgomery, Alabama. With Styx (75-84, 95-), Damn Yankees (89-94). Also recorded as a solo artist and in a duo with Jack Blades (95,07).

    Check out the DMDB podcast "The Best of Tommy Shaw & Styx" here.

    Songs Featuring Tommy Shaw on Lead Vocals:

    Styx et al: Top 100 Songs
    Mademoiselle (1976) – see Styx
    Crystal Ball (1976) – see Styx
    Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977) – see Styx
    Renegade (1978) – see Styx
    Too Much Time on My Hands (1981) – see Styx
    High Enough (1990) – see Damn Yankees
    Dear John (1997) – see Styx
    Everything Is Cool (1999) – see Styx
    Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (2005) – see Styx

    Styx Albums Featuring Tommy Shaw: – see Styx
    Crystal Ball (1976)
    The Grand Illusion (1977)
    Pieces of Eight (1978)
    Cornerstone (1979)
    Paradise Theater (1981)
    Kilroy Was Here (1983)
    Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-90, released 1995)
    Greatest Hits Part 2 (compilation: 1975-96, released 1996)
    Return to Paradise (live, 1997)
    Brave New World (1999)
    Cyclorama (2003)
    Big Bang Theory (covers, 2005)
    Influence (covers with Jack Blades, 2007)
    The Mission (2017)
    Crash of the Crown (2021)

    Dorothy Shay

    Feudin’ and Fightin’ (1947)

    George Beverly Shea

    How Great Thou Art (1955)

    Al Shean

    See Gallagher & Shean.

    George Shearing

    Jazz pianist born 8/13/1919 in Battersea, London, England. Died 2/14/2011.

    Billy Sheehan

    Bobby Sheehan

    Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran: Top 50 Songs
    The A Team (2011)
    Lego House (2011)
    Sing (2014)
    Thinking Out Loud (2014)
    Photograph (2014)
    Don’t (2014)
    Love Yourself (co-writer, 2015) – see Justin Bieber
    Shape of You (2017)
    Castle on the Hill (2017)
    Perfect (with Beyoncé, 2017)
    Galway Girl (2017)
    Happier (2017)
    River (2017) – see Eminem
    I Don’t Care (with Justin Bieber, 2019)
    Beautiful People (with Khalid, 2019)
    Bad Habits (2021)
    Shivers (2021)

    Plus ( ) (2011)
    Multiply (X) (2014)
    Divide (÷) (2017)

    Duncan Sheik

    Barely Breathing (1996)

    Spring Awakening (composed with Steve Sater, musical: 2006)

    Steve Shelley

    Rock drummer with Sonic Youth.

    Blake Shelton

    God's Country (2019)

    Loaded: The Best Of (compilation, 2010)
    Red River Blue (2011)
    Based on a True Story… (2013)
    Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits (compilation, 2015)
    Fully Loaded: God's Country (2019)

    Shep & the Limelites

    Daddy’s Home (1961)
    I’m All Alone (1962)

    Jean Shepard

    Country singer born Ollie Imogene Shepard on 11/21/1933 in Paul's Valley, OK. Died 9/25/2016. One of the few women in the 1950s to have a successful career in country music.

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd

    Blue on Black (1998)

    Ledbetter Heights (1995)


    Geronimo (2014)

    The Sheppards

    Tragic (1961)
    Pretend You’re Still Mine (1963)


    Summer Love (1975)
    Howzat (1976)


    When I'm with You (1983)

    Allan Sherman

    Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh (1963)

    Richard Sherman

    Disney film composer born 6/12/1928 in New York City, NY. Worked with his brother Robert Sherman.

    Robert Sherman

    Disney film composer born 12/19/1925 in New York City, NY. Died 3/6/2012. Worked with his brother Richard Sherman.

    Billy Sherrill

    Country producer born 11/5/1936 in Phil Campbell, AL. Died 8/4/2015.

    Lew Sherwood

    Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? (1933) – see Eddy Duchin
    Let's Fall in Love (1934) – see Eddy Duchin
    Lovely to Look At (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
    I Won't Dance (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
    You’re All I Need (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
    You Are My Lucky Star (1935) – see Eddy Duchin
    Moon Over Miami (1936) – see Eddy Duchin
    Lights Out (Close Your Eyes and Dream of Me) (1936) – see Eddy Duchin

    Arkie Shibley

    Hot Rod Race (1950)

    Garry Shider

    Funk guitarist born 7/24/1953 in Plainfield, NJ. With Parliament/Funkadelic.

    The Shields

    You Cheated (1958)

    Chris Shiflett

    Rock guitarist born 5/6/1971 in Santa Barbara, CA. With Foo Fighters (1999-).

    Nat Shilkret

    Composer and conductor born Naftule Schüldkraut on 12/25/1889 in New York City, NY. Died 2/18/1982.

    Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (1926) – see Gene Austin
    I Know That You Know (1927)
    Tonight You Belong to Me (1927) – see Gene Austin
    Me and My Shadow (1927)
    Ramona (1928) – see Gene Austin
    Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928)
    Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time) (1928) – see Gene Austin
    An American in Paris (1929) – see George Gershwin
    Carolina Moon (1929) – see Gene Austin
    She's Funny That Way (1929) – see Gene Austin
    Pagan Love Song (1929)
    Am I Blue? (with Don Howard, 1929)
    Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (with Lewis James, 1930)
    Get Happy (with Phil Dewey, Frank Luther, & Leo O'Rourke, 1930)


    Save Me (2005)
    Second Chance (2008)
    Bully (2012)
    Cut the Cord (2015)
    State of My Head (2015)

    Johnny Shines

    Blues singer and guitarist born John Ned Shines on 4/26/1915 in Frayser, Memphis, TN. Died 4/20/1992.

    The Shins

    Post-punk revival indie rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. James Mercer (v/g/k/b), Martin Crandall (k/b: 98-09), Jessica Dobson (g/b/k: 11-13), Casey Foubert (g: 16-), Dave Hernandez (b/g: 98-00, 03-09), Eric Johnson (g/k, etc.: 07-11), Patt King (k: 16-), Neal Langford (b: 00-03), Ron Lewis (b: 09-11), Yuuki Matthews (b/k: 2011-), Joe Plummer (d: 09-16), Jessee Sandoval (d: 96-09), Jon Sortland (d: 16-), Richard Swift (k/b/g, etc.: 11-16), Mark Watrous (g/k: 14-).

    New Slang (2001)
    Caring Is Creepy (2001)
    Phantom Limb (2007)

    Oh, Inverted World (2001)
    Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
    Wincing the Night Away

    The Shirelles

    Dedicated to the One I Love (1959)
    Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
    Tonight's the Night (1960)
    Baby It's You (1961)
    Mama Said (1961)
    Soldier Boy (1962)

    Tonight’s the Night (1961)

    Shirley & Company

    Shame Shame Shame (1975)

    Shirley & Lee

    Let the Good Times Roll (1956)

    George Shirley

    Opera singer born 4/18/1934 in Indianapolis, IN. First African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

    The Shocking Blue

    Venus (1969)
    Love Buzz (1969)

    Stephen H. Sholes

    Da Shop Boyz

    Party Like a Rock Star (2007)

    Dinah Shore

    Singer born Frances Rose Shore on 3/1/1917 in Winchester, TN. Died 2/24/1994. One of the most popular singers of the 1940-55 era. Became a solo star almost immediately after her brief stay with the Xavier Cugat band, but her greatest fame came with her TV variety series (1951-62), followed by a popular talk show in the 1970s.

    You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (1943)
    As Long As You’re Not in Love with Anyone Else Why Don’t You Fall in Love with Me (1943)
    I'll Walk Alone (1944)
    Happy in Love (1944)
    It Could Happen to You (1945)
    Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside (1946)
    The Gypsy (1946)
    You Keep Coming Back Like a Song (1946)
    The Anniversary Song (1947)
    You Do (1947)
    Buttons and Bows (& Her Harper Valley Boys, 1948)
    Dear Hearts and Gentle People (1949)
    Sweet Violets (1951)
    Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (1953)

    Wayne Shorter

    American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born 8/25/1933 in Newark, NJ. With Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, and Weather Report.

    Speak No Evil (1964)

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Classical pianist and composer, mostly of symphonies and string quartets. Born 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Died 8/9/1975.

    Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor (1948)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1959)

    Shovels & Rope

    I Know (2016)


    Under the Moon of Love (1976)

    The Showmen

    It Will Stand (1961)

    Michael Shrieve

    Rock drummer born 7/6/1949 in San Francisco, CA. With Santana (1969-74, 2014-16) and HSAS (1983-84).

    Dr. Richard Shukburgh

    Song(s) by Shukburgh:
    Yankee Doodle (aka "Yankee Doodle Went to Town") (1754)

    Mort Shuman

    American R&B/pop songwriter ("Surrender", "Teenager in Love", "Save the Last Dance for Me") born 11/12/1938 in Brooklyn, NY. Died 11/3/1991. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.

    Dick Shurman


    Titanium (2011) – see David Guetta
    Wild Ones (2011) – see Flo Rida
    Diamonds (co-writer, 2012) – see Rihanna
    Elastic Heart (2013)
    Chandelier (2014)
    Cheap Thrills (with Sean Paul, 2016)
    Dusk Till Dawn (2017) – see Zayn

    Jean Sibelius

    Classical composer born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius on 12/8/1865 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Died 9/20/1957.

    Carl Sigman

    Sigur Rós

    Hoppipolla (2005)

    Agaetis Byrjun (2000)


    Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) (2015)

    The Silhouettes

    Get a Job (1958)


    Freak Me (1993)

    Silk Sonic

    Duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak.

    Leave the Door Open (2021)

    Beverly Sills

    Operatic soprano singer born Belle Miriam Silverman on 5/25/1929 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. Died 7/2/2007. Called "America's Queen of Opera" by Time Magazine.

    Horace Silver

    Jazz pianist born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva on 9/22/1928 in Norwalk, CT. Died 6/18/2014.

    Song for My Father (1964)

    Song for My Father (1964)

    Silver Apples

    Oscillations (1968)


    Tomorrow (1994)
    Freak (1997)
    Straight Lines (2007)

    Silver Convention

    Fly, Robin, Fly (1975)
    Get Up and Boogie (That's Right) (1976)

    Silversun Pickups

    Harry Simeone Chorale

    The Little Drummer Boy (1958)

    Sing We Now of Christmas (aka "The Little Drummer Boy") (Christmas, 1958)

    Gene Simmons

    Rock bassist and singer born Chaim Witz on 8/25/1949 in Haifa, Israel. Founding member of band Kiss (73-).

    Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons

    Rap singer born 11/14/1964 in Hollis, NY. With Run-D.M.C..

    Patrick Simmons

    Rock guitarist and singer born 10/19/1948 in Aberdeen, WA. With Doobie Brothers (1970-82, 1987-).

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Folk-rock duo of Paul Simon (v/g) and Art Garfunkel. Met in high school; recorded as Tom and Jerry in 1957. Active: 1964-1970, 1981.

    Paul Simon’s DMDB profile page

    Hey Schoolgirl (Tom & Jerry, 1957)
    The Sound of Silence (1965)
    Scarborough Fair (1966)
    Homeward Bound (1966)
    The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (1966)
    I Am a Rock (1966)
    Mrs. Robinson (1968)
    America (1968)
    The Boxer (1969)
    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
    El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (1970)
    The Only Living Boy in New York (1970)
    My Little Town (1975)

    Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964)
    Sounds of Silence (1966)
    Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
    The Graduate (soundtrack with Dave Grusin, 1968)
    Bookends (1968)
    Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1964-70, released 1972)
    The Collection (box: 1965-70, released 2007)
    Old Friends (box: 1965-75, released 1997)
    The Concert in Central Park (live, 1981)

    Calvin “Thang” Simon

    Funk singer born 5/22/1942 in Beckley, WV. Died 1/6/2022. With Parliament/Funkadelic.

    Carly Simon

    Pop singer/songwriter born 6/25/1945 in the Bronx, NY.

    You’re So Vain (1972)
    Nobody Does It Better (1977)
    You Belong to Me (1978)
    Let the River Run (1989)

    No Secrets (1973)

    Joe Simon

    R&B singer/songwriter born 9/2/1943 in Simmesport, LA.

    Drowning in the Sea of Love (1971)

    Paul Simon

    DMDB profile page

    Pop/folk-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born 10/13/1941 in Newark, NJ. Raised in Queens, NY. With Jerry Landis, Tico and the Triumphs, Paul Kane, Harrison Gregory, and True Taylor. Worked briefly as a solo artist (63-64) before pairing with Art Garfunkel, with whom he'd recorded as Tom and Jerry (57). Recorded as duo Simon & Garfunkel (64-70) and then Simon resumed his solo career again.

    Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (1972)
    Mother and Child Reunion (1972)
    Duncan (1972)
    American Tune (1973)
    Kodachrome (1973)
    50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (1975)
    Graceland (1986)
    You Can Call Me Al (1986)
    The Boy in the Bubble (1986)
    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (1986)
    The Obvious Child (1990)
    Wristband (2016)

    Paul Simon (1972)
    There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
    Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
    Graceland (1986)
    1964/1993 (box: 1957-91, released 1993)
    Shining Like a National Guitar (compilation: 1972-97, released 2000)
    So Beautiful or So What (2011)

    George T. Simon

    Nina Simone

    Jazz/blues singer born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on 2/21/1933 in Tryon, NC. Died 4/21/2003.

    I Loves You, Porgy (1959)
    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (1960)
    Mississippi Goddam (1964)
    Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1964)
    Feeling Good (1965)
    To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1969)

    I Put a Spell on You (1965)
    Sugar in My Bowl: The Very Best of (compilation: 1998)

    Paul Simonon

    Rock bassist born 12/15/1955 in Thornton Heath, Croydon, England. With The Clash (1976-86) and then with Havana 3am.

    Simple Minds

    Rock band formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977. Jim Kerr (v: 77-) and Charlie Burchill (g/k: 77-) have been the only constant since the band’s formation. Other members include Catherine AD (k: 14-18), Duncan Barnwell (rhythm g: 78), Sarah Brown (backing v: 09), Tony Donald (b: 77-78), Eddie Duffy (b: 99-10), Derek Forbes (b: 78-85, 96-98), Mel Gaynor (d: 82-91, 97-98, 02-16), John Giblin (b: 85-89), Andy Gillespie (k: 02-05, 07-16), Gordy Goudie (g/k: 01-), Ged Grimes (b: 10-), Kenny Hyslop (d: 81-82), Mick MacNeil (k: 78-90), Brian McGee (d: 77-81, 96), Allan McNeill (rhythm g: 77), John Milarky (g: 77), Mike Ogletree (d: 82), Cherisse Osei (d: 17-), Berenice Scott (k: 20-).

    DMDB profile page

    Simple Minds: Top 50 Songs
    Promised You a Miracle (1982)
    Don't You Forget about Me (1985)
    Alive and Kicking (1985)
    Biko (1989)
    Mandela Day (1989)
    Belfast Child (1989)
    See the Lights (1991)
    Let the Day Begin (2009)

    Life in a Day (1979)
    Real to Real Cacophony (1979)
    Empires and Dance (1980)
    Celebration (compilation: 1979-80, released 1982)
    Sons & Fascination (1981)
    Sister Feelings Call (1981)
    New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
    Early Gold (compilation: 1979-82, released 2003)
    Sparkle in the Rain (1984)
    Once Upon a Time (1985)
    Street Fighting Years (1989)
    Real Life (1991)
    Glittering Prize (compilation: 1981-91, released 1992)
    Good News from the Next World (1995)
    Neapolis (1998)
    Our Secrets Are the Same (recorded 1999, released 2004)
    Neon Lights (covers, 2001)
    Best of (compilation: 1979-2001, released 2001)
    Cry (2002)
    Black and White 050505 (2005)
    Graffiti Soul (2009)
    Searching for the Lost Boys (cover, 2009)
    Celebrate: The Greatest Hits (compilation: 1979-2013, released 2013)
    Big Music (2014)
    Walk Between Worlds (2018)
    40: The Best of 1979-2019 (compilation: 1979-2019, released 2019)
    Direction of the Heart (2022)

    Simply Red

    Holding Back the Years (1985)
    If You Don't Know Me by Now (1989)

    Picture Book (1985)
    Stars (1991)

    Graham Simpson

    Art-rock bassist born 10/13/1943 in Manchester, England. With Roxy Music (1970-72). Died 4/17/2012.

    Sturgill Simpson

    The Promise (2014)
    Turtles All the Way Down (2014)
    In Bloom (2016)
    Mercury in Retrograde (2019)

    Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
    A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (2016)
    Sound & Fury (2019)

    Valerie Simpson

    R&B singer/songwriter born 8/26/1946 in the Bronx, NY. Most notably in the duo Ashford & Simpson, with husband Nickolas Ashford.

    Songs written by Ashford & Simpson:
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967) – see Marvin Gaye
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1970) – see Diana Ross

    The Simpsons

    Do the Bartman (1990)

    Frank Sinatra

    Links: DMDB profile page - official site - Facebook - Wikipedia

    Singer born Francis Albert Sinatra on 12/12/1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died 5/14/1998. "Ol' Blue Eyes" is one of the premiere pop crooners and traditional pop artists of all time. He began professionally singing as a teenager. Worked with the Hoboken Four (35-39), the Harry James' Orchestra (39), and Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra (39-42) before going solo on 9/3/42. On 6/1/43, he signed with Columbia Records and on 3/13/53 to Capitol Records, where he recorded a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful themed albums. He was a residency performer with the Rat Pack in Las Vegas in the early 1950s and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Formed his own record label, Reprise Records, in 1960 and sold it to Warner Brothers in 1963. His personal life was tabloid fodder thanks to several high-profile marriages and divorces and his alleged association with the Mafia.

    Frank Sinatra: Top 100 Songs
    All or Nothing at All (1939) – see Harry James
    I'll Never Smile Again (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
    I'll Be Seeing You (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
    We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me) (1940) – see Tommy Dorsey
    Oh, Look at Me Now (1941) – see Tommy Dorsey
    There Are Such Things (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
    How About You? (1942) – see Tommy Dorsey
    Night and Day (1942)
    In the Blue of the Evening (1943) – see Tommy Dorsey
    Sunday, Monday or Always (1943)
    A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
    I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night (with the Bobby Tucker Singers, 1944)
    You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel, 1945)
    A Friend of Yours (1945)
    The House I Live In (1946)
    Oh What It Seemed to Be (1946)
    They Say It’s Wonderful (1946)
    Five Minutes More (1946)
    Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon, 1947)
    Mam’selle (1947)
    One for My Baby and One More for the Road (1949)
    New York, New York (1949) – see Gene Kelly
    Luck Be a Lady (from Guys and Dolls, 1950)
    I've Got the World on a String (1953)
    I’m Walking Behind You (1953)
    I Get a Kick Out of You (from Anything Goes, 1953)
    Young at Heart (1954)
    Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
    My Funny Valentine (1954)
    Love and Marriage (1955)
    Learning the Blues (1955)
    I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1956)
    All the Way (1957)
    I Cover the Waterfront (1957)
    Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) (1958)
    High Hopes (1959)
    Here’s That Rainy Day (1959)
    My Funny Valentine (1962)
    Call Me Irresponsible (1963)
    The Way You Look Tonight (1964)
    Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) (1964)
    It Was a Very Good Year (1965)
    Luck Be a Lady (1965)
    Strangers in the Night (1966)
    Summer Wind (1966)
    That's Life (1966)
    Somethin' Stupid (with Nancy Sinatra, 1967)
    My Way (1969)
    Theme from "New York, New York" (1980)
    It Had to Be You (1980)

    Songs for Young Lovers (1953)
    In the Wee Small Hours (1955)
    Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956)
    A Swingin' Affair (1957)
    Come Fly with Me (1957)
    Only the Lonely (1958)
    Come Dance with Me (1959)
    Nice 'N Easy (1960)
    September of My Years (1965)
    A Man and His Music (compilation, 1960-1965)
    Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (with Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1967)
    Best of the Best (compilation: 1953-80; released 2001)
    My Way: The Best of (compilation, 1997)

    Nancy Sinatra

    Pop singer born 6/8/1940 in Jersey City, NJ. Daughter of singer Frank Sinatra.

    These Boots Are Made for Walkin' (1966)
    Somethin’ Stupid (1967) – see Frank Sinatra
    Jackson (with Lee Hazlewood, 1967)
    Some Velvet Morning (with Lee Hazlewood, 1968)

    Bob Sinclair

    Love Generation (with Gary "Nesta" Pine, 2005)

    Talvin Singh

    OK (1999)

    The Singing Nun

    Dominique (1963)

    The Singing Nun (1963)

    Siouxsie & the Banshees

    Metal Postcard (1978)
    Christine (1980)
    Cities in Dust (1985)
    Peek-a-Boo (1988)

    The Scream (1978)

    Sir Douglas Quintet

    She’s about a Mover (1965)

    Sir Mix-A-Lot

    My Hooptie (1989)
    Baby Got Back (1992)


    Thong Song (2000)

    Sister Hazel

    All for You (1997)

    Sister Sledge

    We Are Family (1979)

    Sisters of Mercy

    This Corrosion (1987)

    Floodland (1987)

    Sisters with Voices (SWV)

    Weak (1993)


    Fefe (with Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz, 2018)
    Trollz (with Nicki Minaj, 2020)

    Sixpence None the Richer

    Kiss Me (1998)
    There She Goes (1999)

    Ricky Skaggs

    Country singer born 7/18/1954 in Cordell, KY.

    The Skatalites

    Guns of Navarone (1967)


    I Wish (1995)


    Shutdown (2015)

    Konnichiwa (2016)

    Skid Row

    18 and Life (1989)
    I Remember You (1989)
    Youth Gone Wild (1989)

    Skid Row (1989)

    Skipworth & Turner

    Can’t Give Her Up (1986)


    Where Are Ü Now (with Diplo & Justin Bieber, 2015)


    Song (s):
    Horror Movie (1975)
    Jukebox in Siberia (1990)

    Living in the ‘70s (1975)
    Ego Is Not a Dirty Word (1975)

    The Skylarks

    Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon (1946) – see Russ Morgan
    Forever and Ever (1949) – see Russ Morgan

    The Skyliners

    Since I Don’t Have You (1959)
    This I Swear (1959)

    Freddie Slack

    The House of Blue Lights (with Ella Mae Morse, 1946)


    Coz I Luv You (1971)
    Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1972)
    Cum on Feel the Noize (1973)
    Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
    Far Far Away (1974)

    Alive! (live, 1972)

    Chris Slade

    Rock drummer born Christopher Rees on 10/30/46 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. With Tom Jones (65-69), Manfred Mann (72-78), the Firm (84-86), AC/DC (89-95, 2015-), and Asia (01-05).


    Rock guitarist born Saul Hudson on 7/23/1965 in Hampstead, London, England. With Guns N' Roses (1985-96, 2016-), Slash's Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver (2003-08).

    DMDB profile page

    Leonard Slatkin

    Orchestra conductor.


    Up All Night (1990)
    Fly to the Angels (1990)


    Slide (1977)


    Angel of Death (1986)
    Raining Blood (1986)

    Reign in Blood (1986)
    South of Heaven (produced by Rick Rubin, 1988)
    Seasons in the Abyss (produced by Rick Rubin, 1990)


    Dig Me Out (1997)

    Percy Sledge

    R&B singer born 11/25/1940 in Leighton, AL. Died 4/14/2015.

    When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)
    Take Time to Know Her (1968)

    Grace Slick

    Rock singer born Grace Barnett Wing on 10/30/1939 in Highland Park, IL. With Jefferson Airplane.

    Slick Rick

    La Di Da Di (1985) – see Doug E. Fresh
    Children's Story (1989)

    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988)


    Slim Dusty

    A Pub with No Beer (1958)
    Duncan (1981)


    Spiderland (1991)


    Wait and Bleed (1998)
    Duality (2004)

    The Slits

    Cut (1979)

    Hillel Slovak

    Rock guitarist born 4/13/1962 in Haifa, Israel. Died 6/25/1988. With Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Sly & the Family Stone

    Interracial psychedelic-soul group formed by "Sly Stone". Formed in San Francisco, CA. Played Woodstock Festival in 1969. Members: Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (v/k), Freddie Stone (g), Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Jerry Martini (sax), Rosie Stone (k/v), Larry Graham (b), Gregg Errico (d). Danny Spanos (d).

    Everyday People (1968)
    Dance to the Music (1968)
    Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin (1969)
    Hot Fun in the Summertime (1969)
    Stand! (1969)
    Sing a Simple Song (1969)
    Family Affair (1971)

    Stand! (1969)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1967-70) – see Anthology
    There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
    Fresh (1973)
    Anthology (compilation: 1968-73)

    The Small Faces

    British rock group. 1965-1969. Steve Marriott (v: 65-68, 75-78), Ronnie Lane (b: 65-69, 75), Ian McLagan (k: 65-69, 75-78), Kenney Jones (d: 65-69, 75-78). After Marriott's departure, the group enlisted Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood and continued as The Faces.

    Tin Soldier (1967)
    Itchycoo Park (1967)
    Lazy Sunday (1968)

    Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968)

    Millie Small

    My Boy Lollipop (1964)

    Ed Smalle

    That Old Gang of Mine (1923) – see Billy Murray

    Charlie Smalls

    Album(s): The Wiz (musical: 1975)

    Smashing Pumpkins

    Alternative rock group formed in Chicago. IL. Active: 1988-2000, 2006- Members: Billy Corgan (v/g: 88-00, 06-), James Iha (g: 89-00), D'Arcy Wretzky (b: 88-99), and Jimmy Chamberlin (d: 89-00, 06-), Melissa Auf Der Maur (b: 99-00), Jeff Schroeder (g: 06-), Ginger Pooley (b: 06-10), Mike Byrne (d/k: 09-14), Nicole Florentino (b/k: 10-14). Corgan and Chamberlain were also in Zwan together.

    DMDB podcast: Smashing Pumpkins: The Best of, 1991-2023


    Smashing Pumpkins: The Top 50 Songs
    Disarm (1993)
    Today (1993)
    Cherub Rock (1993)
    Mayonaise (1993)
    Bullet with Butterfly Wings (1995)
    1979 (1995)
    Tonight, Tonight (1996)

    Siamese Dream (1993)
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

    Smash Mouth

    All Star (1999)

    Pat Smear

    Rock guitarist born George Albert Ruthenberg on 8/5/1959 in Los Angeles, CA. With the Germs (1976-80), Nirvana (rhythm g: 93), and Foo Fighters (1995-97, 2010-).

    Adrian Smith

    Arthur Smith & His Cracker Jacks

    Guitar Boogie (1948)

    Bessie Smith

    Blues singer born 4/15/1894 in Chattanooga, TN. Died 9/26/1937. Known as "The Empress of the Blues".

    Down Hearted Blues (1923)
    Baby, Won't You Please Come Home (1923)
    Aggravatin’ Papa (1923)
    St. Louis Blues (with Louis Armstong, 1925)
    Careless Love Blues (1925)
    Lost Your Head Blues (1926)
    Empty Bed Blues (1928)
    Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (1929)

    The World's Greatest Blues Singer (1933)
    The Essential (compilation: 1923-33, released 1997)

    Bobbie Smith

    R&B co-lead tenor with The Spinners (1954-2013). Born Robert Steel Smith on 4/10/1936 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 3/16/2013.

    Carl Smith

    Country singer born 3/15/1927 in Maynardsville, TN. Died 1/16/2010.

    Chad Smith

    Rock drummer born 10/25/1961 in Saint Paul, MN. With Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Clarence "Pinetop" Smith

    Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (1928)

    Connie Smith

    Country singer born Constance June Meador on 8/14/1941 in Elkhart, IN. Discovered at age 22 after winning a talent contest which gave her a chance to sing on an Opry-troupe concert. In 1964, Bill Anderson, the headliner of that concert, invited her to sing on Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree. That same year she signed to RCA Victor Records. Her first single, "Once a Day," went to #1. She went on to rack up 30 top 20 hits on the country charts and recorded gospel as well.

    Once a Day (1964)

    Curt Smith

    Singer/songwriter and musician born 6/24/1961 in Bath, Somerset, England. With Graduate (1978-81) and Tears for Fears (1981-90, 2004, 2017-2022).

    Soul on Board (1993)
    Halfway Pleased (2007)
    Deceptively Heavy (2013)

    Elliott Smith

    Miss Misery (1997)
    Waltz #2 (XO) (1998)

    Either/Or (1997)

    Harry B. Smith

    Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

    Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu (1929)

    Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival (1975)

    Jimmy Smith

    Jazz pianist born James Oscar Smith on 12/8/1928 in Norristown, PA. Died 2/8/2005.

    Joseph B. Smith

    Joseph C. Smith

    Smiles (with Harry MacDonough, 1918)
    The Love Nest (1920)
    Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922)

    Kate Smith

    Singer born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith on 5/1/1907 in Greenville, VA. Died 6/17/1986.

    When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain (1931)
    River Stay ‘Way from My Door (with Guy Lombardo, 1932)
    God Bless America (1939)
    Last Time I Saw Paris (1940)
    The Woodpecker Song (1940)
    I Don’t Want to Walk Without You (1943)
    Sioux City Sue (1946)

    Keely Smith

    That Old Black Magic (with Louis Prima, 1958)

    The Wildest (with Louis Prima, 1957)

    Mamie Smith

    Crazy Blues (& Her Jazz Hounds, 1920)

    Michael W. Smith

    Contemporary Christian singer born Michael Whitaker Smith on 10/7/1957 in Kenova, WV. Has sold 18 million albums and had 31 #1 Christian songs.

    Mike Smith

    Rock singer and keyboardist born 12/6/1943 in London, England. With Dave Clark Five.

    Mindy Smith

    Come to Jesus (2004)

    Neal Smith

    Rock drummer born 9/23/1947 in Akron, OH. With Alice Cooper.

    Patti Smith

    Punk-rock singer/songwriter born 12/30/1946 in Chicago, IL.

    Piss Factory (1974)
    Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (1975)
    Land: Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (1975)
    Because the Night (1978)
    Privilege (1978)
    Dancing Barefoot (1979)
    The Jackson Song (1988)

    Horses (1975)

    Robert Smith

    Goth-rock singer/songwriter born 4/21/1959 in Blackpool, England. With The Cure (1978-).

    Sam Smith

    La La La (with Naughty Boy, 2013)
    Stay with Me (2014)
    I’m Not the Only One (2014)
    Writing’s on the Wall (2015)
    Too Good at Goodbyes (2017)
    Promises (2018) – see Calvin Harris
    Dancing with a Stranger (with Normani, 2019)
    Unholy (with Kim Petras, 2022)

    In the Lonely Hour (2014)

    Sammi Smith

    Help Me Make It Through the Night (1971)

    Samuel Francis Smith

    Songs written by Smith:
    My Country 'Tis of Thee (words: Smith, music: Thomas Arne; 1831)

    Steve Smith

    Rock drummer born 8/21/1954 in Whitman, MA. With Journey (1979-83, 1995-98, 2015-20) and The Storm (1990-91).

    Trixie Smith & the Jazz Masters

    My Man Rocks Me with One Steady Roll (1922)

    TV Smith

    Tomahawk Cruise (1980)
    New Ways Are Best (1981)

    Velma Smith

    Wayne Smith

    Under Me Sleng Teng (1985)

    Whispering Jack Smith

    Gimme a Little Kiss (Will Ya? Huh?) (1926)
    Me and My Shadow (1927)

    Will Smith

    Rap singer and actor born 9/25/1968 in Philadelphia, PA. Recorded as Fresh Prince with DJ Jazzy Jeff before going solo and using his own name.

    Parents Just Don’t Understand (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988)
    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990)
    Summertime (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1991)
    Boom! Shake the Room (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1993)
    Men in Black (1997)
    Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It (1997)
    Switch (2005)

    He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, 1988)
    Homebase (1991)
    Big Willie Style (1997)

    Willie "The Lion" Smith

    Jazz pianist born 11/25/1897 in Goshen, NY. Died 8/18/1973

    Willow Smith

    Whip My Hair (2010)

    The Smithereens

    Behind the Wall of Sleep (1986)

    The Smiths

    College rock group formed in Manchester, England in 1982. Active until 1987. Morrissey (v), Johnny Marr (g), Andy Rourke (b), Mike Joyce (d).

    DMDB profile page
    DMDB podcast: The Best of the Smiths, 1983-1987 (In Memory of Andy Rourke)

    Top 50 Songs: The Smiths/Morrissey
    This Charming Man (1983)
    Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (1984)
    How Soon Is Now? (1984)
    Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (1984)
    There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (1986)
    Panic (1986)
    The Queen Is Dead (1986)
    Girlfriend in a Coma (1987)

    The Smiths (1984)
    Hatful of Hollow (archives, 1984)
    Meat Is Murder (1985)
    The Queen Is Dead (1986)
    The World Won't Listen (archives, 1987)
    Louder Than Bombs (archives, 1983-87, released 1987)
    Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
    The Very Best of (compilation: 1983-87, released 2001)
    Complete (box: 1983-87, released 2011)


    Living Next Door to Alice (1976)


    The Outdoor Type (1997)

    Patty Smyth

    Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough (with Don Henley, 1992)

    Snail Mail

    Heat Wave (2018)


    The Power (1990)
    Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)

    Todd Snider

    Alright Guy (1994)

    Sniff 'N' the Tears

    Driver's Seat (1979)

    Snoop Dogg

    Rapper born Cordozar Calvin Broadus on 10/20/1971 in Long Beach, CA. Emerged from the West Coast hip hop scene in the early '90s as a protégé of Dr. Dre, notably rapping on Dre's solo debut The Chronic before recording solo himself.

    Deep Cover (1992) – see Dr. Dre
    Dre Day (1992) – see <Dr. Dre
    Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang (1992) – see Dr. Dre
    Doggy Dogg World (1993)
    Gin & Juice (1994)
    Murder Was the Case (1994)
    Still D.R.E. (1999) – see Dr. Dre
    Drop It Like It’s Hot (with Pharrell Williams, 2004)
    Signs (with Justin Timberlake, 2005)
    California Gurls (2010) – see Katy Perry
    All I Do Is Win (2010) – see DJ Khaled
    Sweat (with David Guetta, 2011)
    Young, Wild & Free (with Wiz Khalifa, 2011)

    Doggystyle (1993)


    Informer (1993)

    Hank Snow

    Country singer born Clarence Eugene Snow on 5/9/1914 in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada. Died 12/20/1999.

    I’m Movin’ On (1950)
    I Don't Hurt Anymore (1954)

    Mark Snow

    Film and television composer born Martin Fulterman on 8/26/1946 in New York, NY. Best known for composing the theme music for The X-Files.

    Snow Patrol

    Run (2004)
    Chasing Cars (2006)
    Shut Your Eyes (2006)
    Crack the Shutters (2008)
    Just Say Yes (2009)

    Final Straw (2004)
    Eyes Open (2006)

    Bill Snyder

    Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (from Pal Joey, 1950)

    Ted Snyder

    Social Distortion

    Mommy's Little Monster (1983)
    Ring of Fire (1990)
    I Was Wrong (1996)

    Soft Cell

    British new wave duo comprised of Dave Ball and Marc Almond.

    Tainted Love (1981)
    Say Hello Wave Goodbye (1982)

    The Soft Machine

    Why Are We Sleeping? (1968)

    The Soft Machine (1968)

    Machiko Soga

    Oba-Q Ondo (1966)

    The Soggy Bottom Boys

    I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (2001)


    A Seat at the Table (2016)

    Marco Antonio Solis

    Georg Solti

    Conductor born 10/21/1912 in Hungary. Died 9/5/1997.

    Stephen Sondheim

    Musical theater composer born 3/22/1930 in New York City, NY. Died 11/26/2021.

    Everything's Coming Up Roses (from Gypsy, 1959) – see Ethel Merman
    Tonight (from West Side Storysoundtrack: 1961) – see Marni Nixon
    Somewhere (from West Side Story, 1961) – see Marni Nixon
    Maria (from West Side Story soundtrack: 1961) – see Jim Bryant
    Comedy Tonight (from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1964) – see Zero Mostel
    Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music, 1973) – see Judy Collins

    Candide (musical: 1956) – see Leonard Bernstein
    West Side Story (musical: 1957, soundtrack: 1961) – see Leonard Bernstein
    Gypsy (musical: 1959) – see Jule Styne, musical: 1959)
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (musical: 1962)
    Company (musical: 1970)
    Follies (musical: 1971)
    A Little Night Music (musical: 1973)
    Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (musical: 1979, soundtrack: 2008)
    Merrily We Roll Along (musical: 1981)
    Sunday in the Park with George (musical: 1984)
    Follies in Concert (1986)
    Into the Woods (musical: 1988)
    Assassins (musical: 1990)
    Passion (musical: 1994)

    The Song Spinners

    You'll Never Know (1943) – see Dick Haymes
    Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer (1943)

    Sonia Dada

    You Don’t Treat Me No Good (1993)

    The Sonics

    Strychnine (1965)

    Sonic Youth

    Teenage Riot (1988)
    Kool Thing (1990)

    Sister (1987)
    Daydream Nation (1988)

    Sonny & Cher

    Pop duo comprised of Sonny Bono and Cher. Began careers as session singers for Phil Spector. First recorded as Caesar & Cleo in 1963. Married in 1963; divorced in 1974. Had TV series from 71-74. Active: 1963-74

    I Got You Babe (1965)

    Sons of the Desert

    I Hope You Dance (2000) – see Lee Ann Womack

    Sons of the Pioneers

    Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1934)
    Cool Water (1941)

    Matt Sorum

    Rock drummer born 11/19/1960 in Mission Viejo, CA. With Guns N’ Roses (1990-97) and Velvet Revolver (2003-08).

    So Solid Crew

    21 Seconds (2001)

    The S.O.S. Band

    Take Your Time (Do It Right) (1980)
    Just Be Good to Me (1983)

    Soul Asylum

    Runaway Train (1993)
    Somebody to Shove (1993)
    Promises Broken (1995)

    Soul Coughing

    Super Bon Bon (1996)

    Soulja Boy Tell'Em

    Crank That (Soulja Boy) (2007)

    David Soul

    Don't Give Up on Us (1977)

    The Soul Brothers Six

    Some Kind of Wonderful (1967)

    The Soul Stirrers

    Jesus Gave Me Water (1950)
    Touch the Hem of His Garment (1956)
    Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (1957)
    By and By (1959)

    The Soul Survivors

    Expressway to Your Heart (1967)

    Soul II Soul

    Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (1989)
    Keep on Movin’ (1989)

    Club Classics Vol. 1 (aka "Keep on Movin'") (1989)


    Seattle-based rock group considered one of the biggest acts in shaping the grunge movement and bringing it to prominence in the 1990s. Cornell and Cameron were also in the one-time project Temple of the Dog. Active: 1987-1996 Members: Chris Cornell (v: 87-96), Kim Thayil (g), Hiro Yamamoto (b: 87-91), Matt Cameron (d: 87-96), and Hunter "Ben" Shepherd (b: 91-96).

    Jesus Christ Pose (1991)
    Outshined (1991)
    Rusty Cage (1991)
    Spoonman (1994)
    Black Hole Sun (1994)
    Burden in My Hand (1996)
    Been Away Too Long (2012)
    Live to Rise (2012)

    Badmotorfinger (1991)
    Superunknown (1994)

    John Phillip Sousa

    Songwriter born 11/6/1854 in Washington, DC. Died 3/6/1932.

    The Washington Post March (1895)
    El Capitan March (1895)
    King Cotton March (1895)
    The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897, new version: 1901)
    At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1900)
    In the Good Old Summertime (with Harry Macdonough & S.H. Dudley, 1902)
    Creole Belles (1902)

    Joe South

    Games People Play (1968)
    Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home (1969)

    J.D. Souther

    Rock singer/songwriter born John David Souther on 11/2/1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Had hits on his own with "You're Only Lonely" and "Her Town Too" (duet with James Taylor). Also wrote/co-wrote for and with others, including Burt Bacharach; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles ("Heartach Tonight", "Best of My Love", "New Kid in Town"); Don Henley ("The Heart of the Matter"); Roy Orbison; Bonnie Raitt; Linda Ronstadt; George Strait; Brian Wilson; Trisha Yearwood; and Warren Zevon.

    Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

    I Don’t Want to Go Home (1976)


    Female of the Species (1996)

    Esperanza Spalding

    Jazz singer, songwriter, bassist, and composer born 10/18/1984 in Portland, Oregon.

    Spandau Ballet

    True (1983)

    The Spaniels

    Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight (1954)
    Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1958)

    Spanky & Our Gang

    Sunday Will Never Be the Same (1967)

    Otis Spann

    Blues pianist born 3/21/1924 (or 1930) in Belzoni or Jackson, Mississippi. Died 4/24/1970.

    Otis Spann Is the Blues (1960)

    Pervis Spann


    This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us (1974)
    Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (1974)
    Change (1985)
    When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’? (1994)

    Britney Spears

    Dance-pop singer born 12/2/1981 in McComb, Mississippi.

    Baby One More Time (1998)
    Oops! I Did It Again (2000)
    I’m a Slave 4 U (2001)
    Me Against the Music (with Madonna, 2003)
    Toxic (2003)
    Everytime (2003)
    Piece of Me (2007)
    Womanizer (2008)
    3 (2009)
    S & M (2010) – see Rihanna
    Hold It Against Me (2011)
    Scream & Shout (2012) – see
    Hold Me Closer (2022) – see Elton John

    …Baby One More Time (1999)
    Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)

    Paul Specht

    When Hearts Are Young (1923)
    Chant of the Jungle (1929)

    The Specials

    A Message to You Rudy (with Rico Rodriguez, 1979)
    Gangsters (1979)
    Nite Klub (1979)
    Ghost Town (1981)
    The Boiler (with Rhoda Dakar, 1982)
    Nelson Mandela (1984)

    The Specials (1979)

    Phil Spector

    Pop/rock producer born 12/26/1939 in Brooklyn, NY. Noted for developing the "Wall of Sound" approach to recording. During the '60s, he worked with the Crystals, the Dixie Cups, Ben E. King, the Ramones, the Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes, and Ike & Tina Turner. He also produced the Beatles' last album (1970's Let It Be) and solo albums for John Lennon (1970's Plastic Ono Band, 1971's Imagine), and George Harrison (1970's All Things Must Pass).

    Songs Produced and/or Written by Spector:
    Phil Spector: Top 50 Songs
    Spanish Harlem (1960) – see Ben E. King
    He's a Rebel (1962) – see the Crystals
    Be My Baby (1963) – see the Ronettes
    Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (1963) – see the Crystals
    Chapel of Love (1964) – see the Dixie Cups
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (1964) – see Righteous Brothers
    Unchained Melody (1965) – see Righteous Brothers
    River Deep, Mountain High (1966) – see Tina Turner
    Let It Be (1970) – see the Beatles
    My Sweet Lord (1970) – see George Harrison
    Imagine (1971) – see John Lennon

    Albums Produced by Spector:
    A Christmas Gift for You (various artists, 1963)
    Back to Mono (box, 1958-69, released 1991)
    Let It Be (1970) – see the Beatles
    All Things Must Pass (1970) – see George Harrison
    Plastic Ono Band (1970) – see John Lennon
    Imagine (1971) – see John Lennon

    Ronnie Spector

    R&B singer born Veronica Yvette Greenfield on 8/10/1943 in East Harlem, NY. Died 1/12/2022. With The Ronettes.


    Member of Rocket from the Crypt.

    Henry C. Speir

    Alexander "Skip" Spence

    Born 4/18/1946 in Windsor, Ontario. Died 4/16/1999. Drummer on Jefferson Airplane's debut album (1966's Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) before co-founding Moby Grape (1966-69) as a psychedelic-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist. Career plagued by drug addictions and mental health problems.

    Oar (1969)

    Elizabeth Spencer

    Let the Rest of the World Go By (with Charles Hart, 1920)

    Grace Spencer

    Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (1901) – see Harry MacDonough, 1901)

    Jeremy Spencer

    Blues-rock guitarist born 7/4/1948 in Hartlepool, County Durham, UK. With Fleetwood Mac (1967-71).

    Len Spencer

    Pop singer born Leonard Garfield Spencer on 2/12/1867 in Washington, DC. Died 12/15/1914.

    Little ‘Liza Loves You (1891)
    Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay (1892)
    The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) (1892)
    Near It (1892)
    Carry Me Back to Orld Virginny (1893)
    Mamie Come and Kiss Your Honey Boy (1893)
    Little Alabama Coon (1895)
    The Bully (aka 'Dat New Bully') (1895)
    You've Been a Good Old Wagon But You've Done Broken Down (1896)
    Hot Time on the Levee (with Vess Ossman, 1896)
    A Hot Time in the Old Town (1897)
    Oh Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose (1897)
    My Gal Is a High-Born Lady (1897)
    I Don't Like No Cheap Man (1898)
    Hello Ma Baby (1899)
    Smoky Mokes (1899)
    Ma Tiger Lily (1900)
    The Arkansaw Traveler (1902)
    Peaches and Cream (with Ada Jones, 1906)

    Spice Girls

    British pop quintet comprised of Victoria Adams (later Beckham, aka "Posh Spice"), Melanie Brown (aka Mel B or "Scary Spice"), Emma Bunton (aka "Baby Spice"), Melanie Chisholm (aka Mel C or "Sporty Spice"), and Gerri Halliwell (aka "Ginger Spice"). Active: 1994-2000 .

    Wannabe (1996)
    2 Become 1 (1996)
    Say You’ll Be There (1997)

    Spice (1996)
    Spiceworld (1997)


    Black Betty (2004)


    Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) (with Sopie Ellis-Bextor, 2000)

    Spin Doctors

    Two Princes (1991)

    Spinal Tap

    This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

    The Spinners

    R&B vocal group from Ferndale High School near Detroit in 1954. Originally known as the Domingoes. Discovered by producer Harvey Fuqua (v – Moonglows; Spinners: 61). Became The Spinners in 1961. First recorded on Fuqua’s Tri-Phi label. Many personnel changes. Came to define the sound of Philadelphia soul.

    Members: G.C. Cameron (v: 68-72). 1972 lineup included Philippe Wynne (tenor: Spinners: 72-77; Parliament/Funkadelic; died 7/14/84), Bobbie Smith (tenor), Billy Henderson (tenor), Henry Fambrough (baritone), Pervis Jackson (bass), John Edwards (tenor: 77-)

    Could It Be I’m Falling I Love (1972)
    I’ll Be Around (1972)
    One of a Kind Love Affair (1973)
    Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl (1979)


    1984 (1970)
    Nature’s Way (1970)

    Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)

    Spirit of the West

    Home for a Rest (1990)


    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

    Victoria Spivey

    Split Enz

    DMDB profile page

    DMDB podcast: The Best of Crowded House and Neil Finn

    New wave band formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1972 by Tim Finn (v/k: 72-84) and Phil Judd (v/g: 72-77). Also included Geoff Chunn (d: 73-74), Mike Chunn (b: 72-77), Noel Crombie (percussion/art director: 74-84), Emlyn Crowther (d: 74-76), Neil Finn (v/g: 77-84), Robert Gillies (sax/trumpet: 73-78), Miles Golding (violin: 72-73), Malcolm Green (d: 76-81), Nigel Griggs (b: 77-84), Paul Hester (d: 83-84), Mike Howard (flute: 72-73), Eddie Rayner (k: 74-84), Div Vercoe (d: 73), Wally Wilkinson (g: 73-75). Neil Finn and Hester went on to form Crowded House.

    Neil & Tim Finn: Top 100 Songs
    I Got You (1980)
    I Hope I Never (1980)

    Beginning of the Enz (1973)
    Mental Notes (1975)
    Dizrhythmia (1977)
    Frenzy (1979)
    True Colours (1980)
    Corroboree (1981)
    Time and Tide (1982)
    Conflicting Emotions (1983)
    See Ya Round (1984)
    History Never Repeats (compilation: 1976-84, released 1987)


    Plowed (1994)


    The Way We Get By (2002)
    Do You (2014)
    Hot Thoughts (2017)

    Kill the Moonlight (2002)
    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)

    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul singer born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on 4/16/1939 in West Hampstead, London, England. Died 3/2/1999.

    I Only Want to Be with You (1963)
    Wishin’ and Hopin’ (1964)
    You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (1966)
    The Look of Love (1967)
    Son of a Preacher Man (1968)
    Just a Little Lovin’ (1969)

    Dusty in Memphis (1969)

    Rick Springfield

    Jessie’s Girl (1981)
    Don’t Talk to Strangers (1982)
    Affair of the Heart (1983)

    Bruce Springsteen

    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. Married to model/actress Julianne Phillips from 1985-1989. Married Patti Scialfa on 6/8/91.

    Has recorded and toured solo and with the E Street Band. Current members: Roy Bittan (k: 74-), Jake Clemons (sax: 12-), Nils Lofgren (g: 84-), Patti Scialfa (v/k/g: 84-), Gary Tallent (b: 72-), Steven Van Zandt (g: 75-83,95-), and Max Weinberg (d: 74-). Past members have included Clarence Clemons (sax: 72-11; died in 2011), Danny Federici (k: 72-08; died 2008), Vini Lopez (d: 72-74), and David Sancious (k: 72-74).

    Special Pages:
    DMDB profile page
    DMDB podcast: The Best of Bruce Springsteen, 1973-1988
    DMDB podcast: The Best of Bruce Springsteen, 1992-2022
    In Concert (2000)
    In Concert (2023)

    Bruce Springsteen: Top 100 Songs
    Blinded by the Light (1973)
    Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (1973)
    4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973)
    Born to Run (1975)
    Thunder Road (1975)
    Jungleland (1975)
    Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975)
    Badlands (1978)
    Adam Raised a Cain (1978)
    Hungry Heart (1980)
    The River (1980)
    Stolen Car (1980)
    Atlantic City (1982)
    Highway Patrolman (1982)
    Dancing in the Dark (1984)
    Pink Cadillac (1984)
    Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
    Glory Days (1984)
    I’m on Fire (1984)
    My Hometown (1984)
    Trapped (live, 1984)
    War (live, 1985)
    Brilliant Disguise (1987)
    Tunnel of Love (1987)
    Spare Parts (1987)
    Stand by Me (live, 1987) – see U2
    Every Breath You Take (live, 1988) – see Sting
    The River (live with Sting, 1988)
    Human Touch (1992)
    Streets of Philadelphia (1994)
    Secret Garden (1995)
    The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
    Thunder Road (live, 1995) – see Melissa Etheridge
    Spare Parts (live, 1996)
    Born in the U.S.A. (live, slow version, 1996)
    We Shall Overcome (1998)
    Land of Hope and Dreams (recorded live 1999, released 2001)
    American Skin (41 Shots) (recorded live 2000, released 2001)
    I’ll Stand by You (recorded 2000, released 2017)
    My City of Ruins (2000)
    The Rising (2002)
    Empty Sky (2002)
    Devils & Dust (2005)
    When the Saints Go Marching In (live, 2006)
    Radio Nowhere (2007)
    Girls in Their Summer Clothes (2007)
    Magic (2007)
    Terry’s Song (2007)
    The Wrestler (2008)
    Outlaw Pete (2009)
    London Calling (live, 2009)
    We Take Care of Our Own (2012)
    Wrecking Ball (2012)
    Rocky Ground (2012)
    Jack of All Trades (2012)
    Sexy as I Know It (2012) – see as Jimmy Fallon
    Whip My Hair (2012) – see as Jimmy Fallon
    Don’t Change (live, 2014)
    Stayin’ Alive (live, 2014)
    Royals (live, 2014)
    Jump (live, 2014)
    Rebel Rebel (live, 2016)
    Take It Easy (live, 2016)
    Purple Rain (live, 2016)
    That’s What Makes Us Great (2017) – see Joe Grushecky
    Hello Sunshine (2019)
    Sundown (2019)
    Wasted Days (2021) – see John Mellencamp

    Bruce Springsteen: Top 10 Albums
    Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
    The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
    Born to Run (1975)
    The Promise (archives, 1976-78)
    Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
    The River (1980)
    The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (box set: 1979-80, released 2015)
    Nebraska (1982)
    Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
    Live 1975/1985 (live box with the E Street Band, 1985)
    Tunnel of Love (1987)
    Human Touch (1992)
    Lucky Town (1992)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-95, released 1995)
    The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
    Tracks (archives, box: 1972-95, released 1998)
    Live in New York City (live: 2000, released 2001)
    The Rising (2002)
    The Essential: Limited Edition (box: 1973-2002, released 2003)
    Devils & Dust (2005)
    We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (covers, 2006)
    Magic (2007)
    Working on a Dream (2009)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-2007, released 2009)
    Wrecking Ball (2012)
    Collection (compilation: 1973-2010, released 2013)
    High Hopes (2014)
    American Beauty (EP, 2014)
    The Essential (compilation: 1973-2014, released 2015)
    Chapter and Verse (compilation: 1966-2012, released 2016)
    Springsteen on Broadway (live, 2018)
    Western Stars (2019)
    Letter to You (2020)

    The DMDB Blog:
    Jon Landau wrote about Bruce Springsteen: May 22, 1974 (5/22/12)


    New wave group from England led by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. Paul Carrack served as a guest vocalist in 1981 ("Tempted") and 1993 ("Some Fantastic Place").

    DMDB profile page: Squeeze
    DMDB podcast: The Best of Squeeze
    DMDB review of Squeeze: In Concert

    The Top 50 Songs of Squeeze, Chris Difford, and Glenn Tilbrook
    Goodbye Girl (1978)
    Up the Junction (1979)
    Cool for Cats (1979)
    Slap and Tickle (1979)
    Pulling Mussels from the Shell (1980)
    Tempted (1981)
    Black Coffee in Bed (1982)
    I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) (1985)
    Heartbreaking World (1985)
    Slaughtered, Gutted, and Heartbroken (1989)
    Temptation for Love (with Cathy Dennis, 1995)
    To Be a Dad (1998)

    Squeeze (1978)
    Cool for Cats (1979)
    Argybargy (1980)
    East Side Story (1981)
    Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
    Singles: 45s and Under (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
    Difford & Tilbrook (Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, 1984)
    Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
    Babylon and On (1987)
    Frank (1989)
    Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-89, released 2001)
    Play (1991)
    Some Fantastic Place (1993)
    Piccadilly Collection (compilation: 1980-93, released 1996)
    Ridiculous (1995)
    Domino (1998)
    Big Squeeze: The Very Best of (compilation: 1978-98, released 2002)
    Essential (compilation: 1978-98, released 2007)
    Cradle to the Grave (2015)
    The Knowledge (2017)

    Billy Squier

    Christmas Is the Time to Say "I Love You" (1981)
    Everybody Wants You (1982)

    Chris Squire

    Progressive rock bassist born 3/4/1948 in Kingsbury, London, England. Died 6/27/2015. With Yes (1968-2015).

    John Squire

    Squirrel Nut Zippers

    Hell (The Afterlife) (1996)

    Stabbing Westward

    What Do I Have to Do? (1996)

    Jo Stafford

    Singer born 11/12/1917 in Coalinga, CA. Died 7/16/2008. #1 ranked female vocalist of the 1940-54 pre-rock era. Sang with Tommy Dorsey (40-42) and the Pied Pipers (42-44). Had hits with Red Ingle and Johnny Mercer and ran up a string of solo and duet successes. Married to orchestra leader Paul Weston. Host of own TV musical series (54-55).

    Yes Indeed! (1941) – see Tommy Dorsey
    Alone Together (1944)
    Candy (1945) – see Johnny Mercer
    My Darling, My Darling (with Gordon MacRae, 1948)
    No Other Love (1950)
    If (They Made Me King) (1951)
    You Belong to Me (1952)
    Make Love to Me! (1954)

    Terry Stafford

    Suspicion (1964)


    It’s Been Awhile (2001)
    So Far Away (2003)
    Not Again (2011)

    Chris Stamp

    Music manager born 7/7/1942 in East End of London, England. Died 11/24/2012. Worked with the Who and Jimi Hendrix.

    The Standells

    Dirty Water (1966)

    Johnny Standley

    It’s in the Book (1952)

    The Stanley Brothers

    Bluegrass duo comprised of brothers Carter Stanley (1925-1966) and Ralph Stanley (1927-2016). Performed as the Stanley Brothers with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, from 1946 to 1966. Ralph continued to used the name "Stanley Brothers" after his brother’s death.

    I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (1950)
    Rank Stranger (1960)

    Aileen Stanley

    My Mammy (1921)
    All by Myself (1921)
    Everybody Loves My Baby (1925)

    Frank Stanley

    Singer and banjoist born William Stanley Grinsted on 12/29/1868 in Orange, NJ. Died 12/12/1910. Sang bass with the Peerless Quartet (1907-10).

    Blue Bell (1904) – see Byron G. Harlan
    Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (with Corinne Morgan, 1904)
    Auld Lang Syne (1907)
    Red Wing (An Indian Fable) (with Henry Burr, 1907)
    Good Evening, Caroline (with Elise Stevenson, 1909)
    Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (1910) – see Byron G. Harlan

    Michael Stanley Band

    My Town (1983)

    Paul Stanley

    Rock guitarist born Stanley Bert Eisen in Manhattan, NY. Founding member of band Kiss (73-).

    Ralph Stanley

    The Staple Singers

    Uncloudy Day (1956)
    A Dying Man’s Plea (1962)
    Respect Yourself (1971)
    Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom) (1971)
    I’ll Take You There (1972)

    Soul Folk in Action (1968)

    Cleotha Staples

    Gospel singer born 4/11/1934 in Drew, MS. Died 2/21/2013. With Staple Singers.

    Mavis Staples

    Gospel singer born 7/10/1939 in Chicago, IL. With Staple Singers.

    I Give You Power (2017) – see Arcade Fire
    Nina Cried Power (2018) – see Hozier

    Pervis Staples

    Gospel singer born 11/18/1935 in Drew, MS. Died 5/6/2021. With Staple Singers.

    Roebuck “Pops” Staples

    Gospel singer born 12/28/1914 in Winona, MS. Died 12/19/2000. With Staple Singers.

    Yvonne Staples

    Gospel singer born 10/23/1936 in Chicago, IL. With Staple Singers.

    Chris Stapleton

    Tennessee Whiskey (2015)
    Nobody to Blame (2015)
    Broken Halos (2017)
    Starting Over (2020)
    Cold (2020)

    Traveller (2015)
    From a Room: Volume I (2017)