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Drummer with Frank Zappa.
Take Me from This Garden of Evil (1956)
Classical composer and pianist born Wilhelm Richard Wagner on 5/22/1813 in Leipzig, Germany. Died 2/13/1883.
Der Fliegende Hollander (aka 'The Flying Dutchman') (opera: 1843)
Tannhauser (opera: 1845)
Lohengrin (opera: 1850)
Tristan Und Isolde (opera, 1859)
Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremburg) (opera: 1868)
The Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Nibelungen) (opera, 1848-1874)
Country singer born 8/12/1927 in West Plains, MO. Recorded as a duo with Dolly Parton from 1967-1976. Died 10/28/2007.
A Satisfied Mind (1955)
Green, Green Grass of Home (1965)
The Cold Hard Facts of Life (1967)
The Carroll County Accident (1968)
Cry Baby Cry (1938) – see Larry Clinton
My Reverie (1938) – see Larry Clinton
You Go to My Head (1938) – see Larry Clinton
Love Is Here to Stay (1938) – see Larry Clinton
Heart and Soul (1938) – see Larry Clinton
Deep Purple (1939) – see Larry Clinton
Over the Rainbow (1939) – see Larry Clinton
Loudon Wainwright III
Dead Skunk (1973)
Rock singer/songwriter born 7/4/1952 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. With the Babys (74-81) and Bad English.
Missing You (1984)
When I See You Smile (1989) – see Bad English
Christmas Wrapping (1981)
Gravelly-voiced monolgue song stylist/actor/songwriter/experimental rocker born 12/7/1949 in Pamona, CA in the back of a taxicab. Appeared in movies Rumblefish, Down by Law, Ironweed, and Dracula. Married Irish playwright Kathleen Brennan on 12/13/91 with whom he co-wrote the 1988 musical Frank's Wild Years. Composed the movie soundtracks One from the Heart and Night on Earth.
Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) (1976)
Downtown Train (1985)
Hang on St. Christopher (1987)
Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Small Change (1977)
Rain Dogs (1985)
Bone Machine (1992)
Mule Variations (1999)
American country singer born 2/16/1914. Died 9/23/1982.
Slipping Around (1949) – see Margaret Whiting
Rock keyboardist born 5/18/1949 in Perivale, London, England. Best known for his work with Yes (1971-74, 1976-80, 1990-92, 1995-96, 2002-04).
Albums Featuring Wakeman:
Space Oddity (aka "Man of Words, Man of Music") (1969) – see David Bowie
Fragile (1971) – see Yes
Hunky Dory (1971) – see David Bowie
Close to the Edge (1972) – see Yes
Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973) – see Yes
Going for the One (1977) – see Yes
Tormato (1978) – see Yes
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989) – see Yes
Union (1991) – see Yes
Keys to Ascension/Keys to Ascension 2 (1996/1997) – see Yes
Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra
Beautiful Ohio (1919)
American roots-rock singer/songwriter born 6/1/1953. In the group Phantasia (1971-72), the Walkenhorst Brothers (1977), and the trio Steve, Bob & Rich (1983-85) which evolved into Rainmakers (1986-). Has also collaborated with his daughter Una and Jeff Porter.
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DMDB podcast: The Best of Bob Walkenhorst & the Rainmakers
The Top 100 Songs of the Rainmakers & Bob Walkenhorst
Primitivo Garcia (2003)
For Tomorrow (with Una Walkenhorst, 2018)
The Beginner (2003)
No Abandon (with Jeff Porter, 2009)
Spare (rerecordings, 2011)
Spare Vol. 2 (Rerecordings, 2016)
For Tomorrow (with Una Walkenhorst, 2018)
A Thousand Words (2021)
Albertina Walker & the Caravans
Lord, Keep Me Day by Day (1959)
Country singer born William Marvin Walker on 1/14/1929 in Ralls, TX. Died 5/21/2006.
Good Morning, Carrie (1902) – see Bert Williams
Jerry Jeff Walker
Mr. Bojangles (1968)
Joe Louis Walker
Junior Walker (& the All-Stars)
American R&B singer born 6/14/1931. Died 11/23/1995.
I’m a Road Runner (1966)
Way Back Home (1971)
Compact Command Performances (compilation, 1986)
Over It (2019)
Blues singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist born Aaron Thibeaux Walker on 5/28/1910 in Linden, TX. Died 3/6/1975.
Mean Old World (1942)
Call It Stormy Monday (1948)
The Complete 1940-1954 (1954)
T-Bone Blues (1959)
The Walker Brothers
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore (1966)
No Regrets (1975)
Bows Arrows (2004)
Walk the Moon
Shut Up and Dance (2014)
The Wallace Brothers
Precious Words (1964)
Blues singer born Beulah Belle Thomas on 11/1/1898 in Plum Bayou, Jefferson County, AR. Died 11/1/1986.
Whiskey Glasses (2018)
Wasted on You (2021)
If I Know Me (2018)
Dangerous: The Double Album (2021)
Jazz singer, composer, and musician born Thomas Wright Waller on 5/21/1904 in New York City, NY. Died 12/15/1943. One of the country's most popular entertainers in the 1930s, with his playful, high-spirited vocals, distinctive stride piano style, and jazz accompaniment. Worked as a piano and organ accompanist during the 1920s until his first big break, collaborating on Broadway musical scores Keep Shufflin' and Hot Chocolates (including his classic "Ain't Misbehavin'"). Bill Coleman (trumpet), Gene Sedric (clarinet/tenor sax) and Rudy Powell (clarinet) were his top sidemen. Died shortly after his hit movie appearance in Stormy Weather. The late-'70s hit Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin' celebrated his great songs and spirit.
Ain't Misbehavin' (1929)
Honeysuckle Rose (1935)
A Little Bit Independent (1935)
All My Life (1936)
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie (1936)
Smarty (You Know It All) (1937)
Two Sleepy People (1938)
Jitterbug Waltz (1942)
Ain't Misbehavin' (musical: 1978)
One Headlight (1996)
6th Avenue Heartache (1996)
Bringing Down the Horse (1996)
Police Car (1977)
Wall of Voodoo
Mexican Radio (1983)
Van "Piano Man" Walls
Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist with the James Gang and the Eagles. Also a solo artist.
Rocky Mountain Way (1973)
Life’s Been Good (1978)
Dance Hall Days (1984)
Latin-style funk band formed in Long Beach, CA. Eric Burdon's backup band until 1971. Active: 1969- Members: Lonnie Jordan (k), Howard Scott (g), Charles Miller (sax; fatally shot by a robber in 1980), Morris "B.B." Dickerson (b: 69-79), Harold Brown (?: 69-), and Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen (percussion; died onstaqge on 8/30/88 of a brain hemorrhage), and Lee Oskar (harmonica), Alice Tweed Smyth (v: 78-82), Luther Rabb (b – Ballin' Jack; War: 79-), Pat Rizzo (horns: 79-), Ron Hammond (percussion – Aalon; Ballin' Jack; War: 79-), Rae Valentine (94), Charles Green (94), Kerry Campbell (94), Tesuya Nakamura (94), and Sal Rodriquez (94).
Slippin’ into Darkness (1971)
Low Rider (1975)
Why Can’t We Be Friends (1975)
The World Is a Ghetto (1972)
Anthology (compilation: 1970-94)
Ring My Bell (1979)
Rock drummer with Black Sabbath (68-80,83-86,97-99).
Clara Ward & the Ward Singers
How I Got Over (1950)
These Foolish Things Remind Me of You (1936) – see Benny Goodman
Goody Goody (1936) – see Benny Goodman
It’s Been So Long (1936) – see Benny Goodman
The Glory of Love (1936) – see Benny Goodman
You Turned the Tables on Me (1936) – see Benny Goodman
Day in, Day Out (1939) – see Bob Crosby
Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear
Mother and son duo from Kansas City.
Silent Movies (2015)
Samuel A. Ward
Song(s) written by Ward:
America the Beautiful (1895) – see Katherine Lee Bates
That's My Goal (2005)
Country singer born 12/25/1954 in Noblesville, IN.
Holes in the Floor of Heaven (1998)
Musician born Frederick Malcolm Waring 6/9/1900 in Tyrone, PA. Died 7/29/1984.
Memory Lane (1924)
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1927)
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (with Tom Waring, 1928)
Laugh, Clown, Laugh! (1928)
Little White Lies (with Clare Hanlon, 1930)
I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store (with Clare Hanlon, 1931)
Dancing in the Dark (1931)
Soft Lights and Sweet Music (1932)
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee (1932)
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (1928) – see Fred Waring
Rock keyboardist with Children of Bodom and Warmen.
Pop/AC singer born on 3/3/47 in Seattle and raised in Orange County, CA. Lead actress in the L.A. production of Hair. Also recorded as Jennifer Warren and simply as Jennifer.
It Goes Like It Goes (1979)
Up Where We Belong (with Joe Cocker, 1982)
I’ve Had the Time of My Life (with Bill Medley, 1987)
The War on Drugs
Under the Pressure (2014)
Lost in the Dream (2014)
A Deeper Understanding (2017)
Down Boys (1988)
Cherry Pie (1990)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1990)
Pop songwriter born Diane Eve Warren on 9/7/1956 in Van Nuys, CA.
Song(s) written by Warren:
Diane Warren: Top 30 Songs
Look Away (1988) – see Chicago
Because You Loved Me (1996) – see Celine Dion
Un-Break My Heart (1996) – see Toni Braxton
How Do I Live (1997) – see LeAnn Rimes
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (1998) – see Aerosmith
The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: The Top 30 Songs by Diane Warren (10/30/11)
42nd Street (composed with Al Dubin & Johnny Mercer, soundtrack: 1933, musical: 1980)
Knockers Up! (1960)
Dee Dee Warwick
R&B/pop singer born Marie Dionne Warwick on 1212/1940 in East Orange, NJ. In church choir from age 6. With the Drinkard Singers gospel group. Formed the Gospelaires trio with sister Dee Dee Warwick and their aunt Cissy Houston. Attended Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. Did much backup work in NY during the late '50s. Added an "e" to her last name for a time in the mid-70s. Was composers Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's main "voice". Co-hosted TV's Solid Gold (80-81,85-86). Has hosted TV informercials for the Psychic Friends Network since the early '90s. Is a cousin of Whitney Houston.
Don’t Make Me Over (1962)
Anyone Who Had a Heart (1963)
Walk on By (1964)
That's What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends: Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, 1985)
R&B/blues singer born Ruth Lee Jones on 8/29/1924 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Died 12/14/1963.
Am I Asking Too Much (1948)
Teach Me Tonight (1954)
What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (1959)
Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes (with Brook Benton, 1960)
Gino Is a Coward (1963)
Grover Washington, Jr.
Just the Two of Us (1981) – see Bill Withers
Justine "Baby" Washington
Heaven and Earth (2018)
Kissing You (1991)
Was (Not Was)
Walk the Dinosaur (1988)
The Whole of the Moon (1985)
Fisherman's Blues (1988)
American blues singer born 10/31/1896. Died 9/1/1977.
Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
Am I Blue? (1929)
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (1933)
Blue singer, guitarist, and harmonica player born McKinley Morganfield on 4/4/1915 (some sources say 1913) in Rolling Fork, MS. Died 4/30/1983. Pivotal figure in the development of the Chicago blues style. Self-taught harmonica in the early 1920s, guitar in the early '30s. First recorded for Library of Congress in 1941. Moved to Chicago in 1943.
I Feel Like Going Home (1948)
I Can't Be Satisfied (1948)
Rollin' Stone (1950)
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (1950)
Baby Please Don’t Go (1953)
Hoochie Coochie Man (1954)
I Just Want to Make Love to You (1954)
Mannish Boy (1955)
Got My Mojo Working (1957)
You Shook Me (1962)
Best of (compilation: 1947-55, released 1958) – see His Best 1947-55
His Best 1947-55 (compilation: 1947-55, released 1997)
At Newport (live, 1960)
The Real Folk Blues (compilation: 1947-64, released 1966)
Down on Stovall's Plantation (1966)
McKinley Morganfield (aka "Muddy Waters") (1971)
The Anthology 1947-1972 (compilation: 1947-72)
The Chess Box (box: 1947-72, released 1989)
Can't Get No Grindin' (1973)
Hard Again (1977)
The Complete Plantation Recordings (1993)
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Rock singer/songwriter and bassist born George Robert Waters on 9/6/1944 in Great Bookham, Surrey, England. With Pink Floyd. Also a solo artist.
Pink Floyd et al: Top 100 Songs
Folded Flags (1986)
Mother (live with Sinéad O'Connor & The Band, 1990)
What God Wants (1992)
Each Small Candle (live, 2000)
Smell the Roses (2017)
Déjà Vu (If I Had Been God) (2017)
Pink Floyd et al: Studio Albums Ranked
Radio K.A.O.S. (1987)
The Wall: Live in Berlin (live with various artists, 1990)
Amused to Death (1992)
Flickering Flame (compilation: 1984-2001, released 2002)
Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)
R&B/pop singer, songwriter, and record producer born 1/30/1959 in Chicago, IL. First made her name with Shalamar before becoming a solo artist.
Bluegrass guitarist and vocalist born 3/3/1923. Died 5/29/2012.
Black Mountain Rag (1964)
Doc Watson (1964)
Country singer born Gary Gene Watson on 10/11/1943 in Palestine, TX.
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Blues guitarist born John Watson, Jr. on 2/3/1935 in Houston, TX. Died 5/17/1995.
Rock drummer born 6/24/1941 in London. With Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones (63-), and Wille & the Poorboys (85).
War of the Worlds (1978)
Body (with Russ Millions, 2021)
The Weather Girls
It's Raining Men (1982)
Heavy Weather (1977)
Wasn’t That a Time? (1949)
Goodnight Irene (with the Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra, 1950)
On Top of Old Smoky (with Terry Gilkyson, 1951)
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (1951)
So Long (It’s Been Good to Know Ya) (1951)
Around the Corner Beneath the Berry Tree (1952)
At Carnegie Hall (live, 1957)
Jazz big band leader and drummer born William Henry Webb on 2/10/1905 in Baltimore, MD. Died 6/16/1939.
Stompin’ at the Savoy (1934)
A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1938) – see Ella Fitzgerald
Easter Parade (1933) – see Leo Reisman
Songwriter born Jimmy Layne Webb on 8/15/1946 in Elk City, OK.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical theater composer born on 3/22/1948 in Kensington, London, England.
Songs written with Tim Rice:
I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971) – see Yvonne Elliman
I Don't Know How to Love Him ( from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971) – see Helen Reddy
Superstar (from Jesus Christ Superstar, 1971) – see Ben Vereen
Close Every Door (from Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1972)
Don't Cry for Me Argentina (from Evita, 1976) – see Julie Covington
Don't Cry for Me Argentina (from Evita, 1996) – see Madonna
Other Songs by Webber:
Memory (from Cats, written with T.S. Eliot, 1981) – see Barbara Streisand
Music of the Night (from The Phantom of the Opera, performed by Michael Crawford, 1986)
All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera, 1986) – see Sarah Brightman
The Phantom of the Opera (from The Phantom of the Opera, 1986)
Jesus Christ Superstar (composed with Tim Rice; studio: 1970, musical: 1971: soundtrack: 1973)
Evita (composed with Tim Rice; 1976, musical: 1978, soundtrack: 1996)
Cats (composed with T.S. Eliot, musical: 1981)
Phantom of the Opera (composed with Charles Hart/Richard Stilgoe, musical: 1986)
Phantom of the Opera – Highlights (1988)
Sunset Boulevard (composed with Don Black & Christopher Hampton, musical: 1993)
Let Me Go, Lover! (1954)
Jazz musician born Benjamin Francis Webster on 3/27/1909 in Kansas City, MO. Died 9/20/1973. Les
Paul Francis Webster
Jazz drummer with Chick Corea.
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) (2014)
Can't Feel My Face (2015)
The Hills (2015)
Starboy (with Daft Punk, 2016)
I Feel It Coming (with Daft Punk, 2016)
Call Out My Name (2018)
Blinding Lights (2019)
Save Your Tears (with Ariana Grande, 2020)
Hawaii (2020) – see Maluma
Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
After Hours (2020)
The Highlights (compilation: 2021)
With a Song in My Heart (1929) – see Leo Reisman
Bandleader and musician born Wilfred Theodore Wemyes on 9/26/1901 in Pitcaim, PA. Died 5/6/1963. Led Chicago-based dance band whose blockbuster 1947 hit "Heartaches" was a 14-year-old reissue. Perry Como got his first major exposure with the band in the late '30s.
Somebody Stole My Gal (1924)
The Man from the South with a Big Cigar in His Mouth (with Art Jarrett & Parker Gibbs, 1930)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (1930)
Heartaches (with Elmo Tanner, 1947)
Buddy Holly (1994)
Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)
Pork and Beans (2008)
Weezer (aka "The Blue Album") (1994)
You Were on My Mind (1965)
Mongolian/Chinese Mandopop singer born Zhang Ju Xia Wei on 8/21/1963.
Songwriter born 10/18/1940 in New York City, NY. Worked frequently with Barry Mann, whom she married in 1961. Worked in the legendary Brill Building, known for housing some of pop music history's most famous songwriters and publishers.
Songs written by Cynthia Weil:
Top 30 Songs
On Broadway (1963) – see the Drifters
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (1964) – see Righteous Brothers
Rock singer born Scott Richard Kline on 10/27/1967 in San Jose, California. Died 12/3/2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota, from a drug overdose. With Stone Temple Pilots (1992-2003, 2008-13), Velvet Revolver (2003-08), and Magnificent Bastards (1995). Also recorded as a solo artist.
Scott Weiland: Top 20 Songs
Plush (1992) – see Stone Temple Pilots
Creep (1992) – see Stone Temple Pilots
Plush (acoustic, 1993) – see Stone Temple Pilots
Interstate Love Song (1994) – see Stone Temple Pilots
12 Gracious Melodies (1994) – see Stone Temple Pilots
Sour Girl (1999) – see Stone Temple Pilots
Fall to Pieces (2004) – see Velvet Revolver
The Last Fight (2007) – see Velvet Revolver
Classical songwriter born Kurt Julian Weill on 3/2/1900 in Dessau, Germany. Died 4/3/1950.
Song(s) composed by Weill:
Mack the Knife (1955) – see Louis Armstrong
Mack the Knife (1959) – see Bobby Darin
Mack the Knife (1960) – see Ella Fitzgerald
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1928)
Lost in the Stars (composed with Maxwell Anderson, musical: 1949) – see Kurt Weill
Rock drummer with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
The Happy Wanderer (1954)
George David Weiss
Sentimental Lady (1977)
Time (The Revelator) (2001)
The Thing (1951)
Ay-Round the Corner (1952)
Jazz/big band leader born 3/11/1903 in Strasburg, ND. Died 5/17/1992. Hosted his own music TV show.
Oh Happy Day (with Larry Hooper, 1953)
English alternative rock singer/songwriter and guitarist born John William Weller, Jr. on 5/27/1958 in Woking, Surrey, England. With The Jam ("A Town Called Malice", All Mod Cons) and The Style Council ("Shout to the Top") before becoming a solo artist (1995's Stanley Road).
Wild Wood (1993)
Stanley Road (1995)
The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle (1965)
John Barnes Wells
Blues singer and harmonica player born Amos Wells Blakemore, Jr. on 12/9/1934 in Memphis, TN. Died 1/15/1998.
Messin' with the Kid (with Buddy Guy, 1970)
Hoodoo Man Blues (1965)
It's My Life, Baby! (1966)
Blues Hit Big Town (1977)
Country singer born Ellen Muriel Deason on 8/30/1919 in Nashville, TN. Died 7/16/2012.
It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952)
R&B singer born 5/13/1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 7/26/1992. Helped define the Motown sound in the early 1960s.
Bye Bye Baby (1960)
You Lost the Sweetest Boy (1963)
My Guy (1964)
E.W. "Bud" Wendell
Song(s) by Wenrich:
Peaches and Cream (1906) – see Len Spencer
Moonlight Bay (1912) – see American Quartet
Baritone singer born 8/7/1883 in Brooklyn, New York. Died 9/12/1953. With the Haydn Quartet, Orpheus Quartet (1914-19), and Victor Opera Quartet.
Country singer born Dorothy Marie Marsh on 10/11/1932 in Smithville, TN. Died 9/4/1991.
Rap singer, producer, and record executive (Roc-A-Fella) born Kanye Omari West on 6/8/1977 in Atlanta, GA.
Slow Jamz (2003) – see Twista
Through the Wire (2003)
Jesus Walks (2004)
Gold Digger (with Jamie Foxx, 2005)
Diamonds from Serra Leone (2005)
Stronger (with Daft Punk, 2007)
Good Life (with T-Pain, 2007)
Run This Town (2009) - see Jay-Z
Forever (2009) – see Drake
All of the Lights (with Drake & Rihanna, 2010)
E.T. (2010) – see Katy Perry
Runaway (with Pusha T, 2010)
Niggas in Paris (2011) - see Jay-Z
Four Five Seconds (2015) – see Rihanna
The College Dropout (2004)
Late Registration (2005)
808’s and Heartbreak (2008)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Watch the Throne (2011) – see Jay-Z
Excerpt from a Teenaged Opera (1967)
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Shifting Sands (1967)
West End Players
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1941)
Down Argentina Way (1941)
Thomas P. Westendorf
Song(s) written by Westendorf:
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1875)
I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (1916) – see Walter Van Brunt
You Raise Me Up (2005)
Alone (1936) – see Tommy Dorsey
R&B singer born 12/20/1939 in Detroit, Michigan. Had solo hits ("Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)") and dueted with Marvin Gaye ("It Takes Two").
It Takes Two (1967) – see Marvin Gaye
American jazz/big band leader born Paul Westein on 3/12/1912. Died 9/20/1996.
Dream (with the Pied Pipers, 1945)
Come Rain or Come Shine (1946) – see Margaret Whiting
Nevertheless I’m in Love with You (with the Norman Luboff Choir, 1950)
Rock singer and bassist born 6/12/1949 in Willington, Derbyshire, England. Died 1/31/2017. In King Crimson (b/v: 73-75) and Asia (v: 81-90, 07-17).
Wet Wet Wet
Love Is All Around (1994)
Keep on Smilin’ (1974)
Record executive and producer born Gerald Wexler on 1/10/1917 in the Bronx, NY. Died 8/15/2008. Signed and/or produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Wilson Pickett, and Dusty Springfield. Credited with coining the term "rhythm and blues." With Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, he built Atlantic Records into a major record company.
And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow (2022)
British pop duo comprised of George Michael and Andrew Ridgely.
The Wham Rap (1983)
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)
Careless Whisper (1984) – see George Michael
Last Christmas (1984)
Everything She Wants (1985)
Make It Big (1984)
Till the Clouds Roll By (with James Harrod, 1917)
Blues singer born William Bunch on 12/21/1902 in Ripley, TN. Died 12/21/1941.
Teenage Dirtbag (2000)
Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland (with Harry Anthony, 1910)
When in Rome
The Promise (1989)
Saturday Night (1994)
R&B group formed in 1963 in Los Angeles, CA. Had #1 R&B hits "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady."
Rock drummer with Yes.
R&B singer and producer born Barry Eugene Carter on 9/12/1944 in Galveston, TX. Died 7/4/2003.
Love's Theme (Love Unlimited Orchestra, 1973)
You're the First, the Last, My Everything (1974)
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe (1974)
Practice What You Preach (1994)
Ultimate Collection (compilation, 1988)
Blues guitarist and singer born Booker T. Washington White on 11/12/1909 in Houston, MI. Died 2/26/1977.
Fixin' to Die (1940)
Parchman Farm (year?)
Song(s) composed by White:
Buffalo Gals Will You Come Out Tonight (1844)
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Rock singer and guitarist born John Anthony Gillis on 7/9/1975 in Detroit, Michigan. With the White Stripes, one of the prominent garage rock revival bands of the early 21st century. He also helmed the Ractoneurs and the Dead Weather.
Jack White: Top 50 Songs
Portland, Oregon (with Loretta Lynn, 2004)
Boarding House Reach (2018)
Fear of the Dawn (2022)
The DMDB Blog:
Jack White on track for first #1 album (5/1/12)
John Henry (1942)
The Way You Love Me (1988)
Zero to Hero (with Roz Ryna & Cheryl Freeman, from Hercules, 1997)
Chicago-bred singer/songwriter/producer/percussionist/kalimba player born 12/19/1941 in Memphis, TN. Died 2/3/2016. Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. Session drummer for Chess records; Ramsey Lewis Trio; Salty Peppers.
When the Children Cry (1987)
Big-band leader Paul Whiteman was born on 3/28/1890 in Denver, Colorado, to musical parents. His mother was a former opera singer and his father supervised music for the Denver Public Schools for 50 years. He died 12/29/1967. The media called him "The King of Jazz" although critics said his music lacked the improvisational techniques associated with the genre. In Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954, he's called "the most popular bandleader of the pre-swing era."
Whiteman joined the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a viola player in 1907 and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1914. In 1918, he conducted a 12-piece U.S. Navy band. He moved to New York City in 1920 and directed groups up to 35 at a time when most dance bands consisted of 6-10 men. He worked with RCA Victor (20-28, 31-37), Columbia (28-30), and Capitol. He produced more than 600 recordings and provided music for six Broadway shows. He launched the career of Bing Crosby, who sang with the orchestra from 1925 to 1930.
Paul Whiteman: Top 100 Songs
The Japanese Sandman (1920)
Wang Wang Blues (1920)
Bright Eyes (1921)
My Mammy (1921)
Song of India (1921)
Say It with Music (1921)
April Showers (1922)
Do It Again (1922)
Three O’Clock in the Morning (1922)
Hot Lips (He's Got Hot Lips When He Plays Jazz) (1922)
I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise (1922)
Carolina in the Morning (1923)
When Hearts Are Young (1923)
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1923)
Crinoline Days (1923)
I Love You (1924)
Linger Awhile (1924)
What'll I Do? (1924)
Rhapsody in Blue (1924) – see George Gershwin
Somebody Loves Me (1924)
Limehouse Blues (1924)
Oh, Lady Be Good (1925)
All Alone (1925)
Valencia (A Song of Spain) (with Franklyn Baur, 1926)
The Birth of the Blues (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1926)
Side by Side (with the Rhythm Boys, 1927)
In a Little Spanish Town (with Jack Fulton, 1927)
It All Depends on You (1927)
My Blue Heaven (1927)
Just a Memory (1927)
Among My Souvenirs (with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, & Austin Young, 1928)
My Heart Stood Still (with Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylor, & Austin Young, 1928)
Together (with Jack Fulton, 1928)
Ol' Man River (with Bing Crosby, 1928)
Ramona (with Austin Young, 1928)
My Angel (Angela Mia) (1928)
Lover, Come Back to Me (with Jack Fulton, 1929)
Without a Song (with Bing Crosby, 1929)
Great Day (with Bing Crosby, 1929)
I’m a Dreamer, Aren’t We All? (with Bing Crosby, Al Rinker, Hary Barris, & Jack Fulton, 1929)
Body and Soul (1930)
Grand Canyon Suite (1931)
All of Me (with Mildred Bailey, 1931)
Willow Weep for Me (with Irene Taylor, 1932)
Lover (with Jack Fulton, 1933)
If I Love Again (with Bob Lawrence, 1933)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (with Bob Lawrence, 1933)
You're the Top (with Peggy Healy, 1934)
Anything Goes (1934)
Wagon Wheels (with Bob Lawrence, 1934)
I Get a Kick Out of You (with Ramona Davies, 1934)
Trav’lin Light (with Billie Holiday, 1942)
Masterpieces (compilation: 1920-27, released 2015)
The DMDB Blog:
Best-of List: Bing Crosby's First Trip to #1 – and Paul Whiteman's Top 100 Songs (3/31/12)
Might Be Right (2019)
Hard-rock group (1977-90, 97, 06-). Members: David Coverdale (v), Roger Glover (b: 77), Jon Lord (k: 78-84), and Ian Paice (d: 79-81), Mick Moody (g: 77-83), Deslie Harper (b: 77), Tim Hinkley (k: 77), Simon Phillips (d: 77), Ron Aspery (sax: 77), Bernie Marsden (g: 78-81), Neil Murray (b: 78-81), Brian Johnson (k: 78, 84-85), David Dowell (d: 78-79), Pete Solley (k: 78), Mel Galley (g: 82-85), Colin "Bomber" Hodgkinson (b: 82-84), Cozy Powell (d: 82-85), John Sykes (g: 84-88), Vivian Campbell (g: 87-88), Steve Vai (g: 89-90), Adrian Vandenberg (g: 89-90), Rudy Sarzo (b: 89-90), Aynsley Dunbar (d: 89-90), Tommy Aldridge (d: 89-90). Coverdale, Glover, Lord, & Paice were in Deep Purple.
Here I Go Again (1987)
Still of the Night (1987)
Is This Love (1987)
The White Stripes
One of the most important bands in the early 21st century. Helmed a garage rock revival. Active: 1997-2011 Members: Jack White (v/g/k) and Meg White (d)
Jack White: Top 50 Songs
Hotel Yorba (2001)
Fell in Love with a Girl (2001)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (2001)
Seven Nation Army (2003)
The White Stripes (1999)
De Stijl (2000)
White Blood Cells (2001)
Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
Icky Thump (2007)
Under Great White Northern Lights (live, 2010)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1998-2007, released 2020)
Your Woman (1997)
Cara Mia (1954) – see Mantovani
My September Love (1956)
R&B songwriter and producer born 5/12/1940 in Harlem, NY. Died 9/16/2008. Best known for his work with Motown acts such as The Temptations and Gladys Knight & the Pips.
Song(s) written by Norman Whitfield with Barrett Strong:
Ain't Too Proud to Beg (1966) – see the Temptations
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968) – see Marvin Gaye
War (1970) – see Edwin Starr
Just My Imagination Running Away with Me (1971) – see the Temptations
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (1972) – see the Temptations
Country musician born 7/22/1944 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 1/10/2011.
Come Rain or Come Shine (with the Paul Weston Orchestra, 1946)
A Tree in the Meadow (1948)
Slipping Around (with Jimmy Wakely, 1949)
Baby, It's Cold Outside (1949) – see Johnny Mercer
When You Say Nothing at All (1988)
I'm No Stranger to the Rain (1989)
Country singer born Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr. on 1/20/1923 in Tampa, FL. Died 6/19/2013.
Rose Marie (1955)
The Last Farewell (1975)
DMDB profile page.
DMDB podcast: The 50th Anniversary of Who's Next
Rock group formed in London. Developed stage antics of destroying their instruments. 1969 rock opera album Tommy became a movie in 1975. 1973 rock opera album Quadrophenia became a movie in 1979. The Who's biographical movie The Kids Are Alright was released in 1979. Eleven fans trampled to death at 12/3/79 Cincinnati concert. Regrouped at "Live Aid" in 1986 and reunited again in 1989 for a 25th anniversary tour. Reunion tours in 1996, 1997, and 2002 also. Daltrey, Townshend, & Entwistle were all in The Detours together and then Moon joined them and they became The Who; briefly changing their name to The High Numbers before reverting back to The Who.
Active: 1964-82, 1989, 1996-97, 2002, 2006- Members: Roger Daltrey (v: 64-82, 89, 06-), Pete Townshend (g/v: 64-82, 89, 06-), John Entwistle (b/v: 64-82, 89), Keith Moon (d: 64-78), Kenney Jones (d: 78-82, 89), Zak Starkey (d: 06), Pino Palladino (b: 06), John "Rabbit" Bundrick (k: 06), Simon Townshend (backing v: 06)
The Who: Top 100 Songs
My Generation (1965)
I Can’t Explain (1965)
The Kids Are Alright (1965)
I’m a Boy (1966)
I Can See for Miles (1967)
Pictures of Lily (1967)
Magic Bus (1968)
Pinball Wizard (1969)
See Me, Feel Me (1969)
Go to the Mirror Boy (1969)
Won't Get Fooled Again (1971)
Baba O'Riley (1971)
Behind Blue Eyes (1971)
Love Reign O'er Me (1973)
Who Are You? (1978)
Emincence Front (1982)
All This Music Must Fade (2019)
The Who: Studio Albums Ranked
My Generation (1965)
A Quick One (1966)
Sell Out (1967)
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (compilation: 1964-70, released 1971)
Live at Leeds (live, 1970)
Who's Next (1971)
By Numbers (1975)
Who Are You (1978)
Hooligans (compilation: 1965-78, released 1981)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-78, released 1983)
Face Dances (1981)
Who's Better Who's Best (compilation: 1954-81, released 1988)
My Generation: The Very Best of (compilation: 1965-81, released 1996)
It's Hard (1982)
The Ultimate Collection (compilation: 1964-82, released 2002)
Who's Last (live, 1984)
30 Years of Maximum R&B (box: 1964-91, released 1994)
The Who’s Tommy (musical: 1993)
Lifehouse (2000) – see Pete Townshend
Then & Now (compilation: 1964-2003, released 2004)
Endless Wire (2006)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1964-2006, released 2009)
Hits 50! (compilation: 1964-2014, released 2014)
The DMDB Blog/Facebook Note(s):
Now Presenting the Half Time Show Starring the Theme Songs of CSI (2/8/10)
Candide (musical: 1956) – see Leonard Bernstein
Being There (1996)
Mermaid Avenue (with Billy Bragg, 1998)
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
A Ghost Is Born (2004)
Play That Funky Music (1976)
Kids in America (1981)
You Keep Me Hangin’ On (1986)
Puttin’ on the Ritz (with Peter Boyle, 1974)
Earth Vs. the Wildhearts (1993)
Last Kind Word Blues
Peter J. Wilhousky
Song(s) written by Wilhousky with M. Leontovich:
Carol of the Bells (1919)
Rap singer with Black Eyed Peas. Born William James Adams on 3/15/1975 in Los Angeles, CA.
Ordinary People (2004) – see John Legend
Beep (2006) – see Pussycat Dolls
OMG (2010) – see Usher
Hall of Fame (2012) – see The Script
My Little Angel (1975)
Mi Gente (2017) – see J. Balvin
Adult contemporary singer born Howard Andrew Williams on 12/3/1927 in Walt Lake, IA. Died 9/25/2012.
The Village of St. Bernadette (1959)
Moon River (1962)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (1963)
O Holy Night (1963)
Can’t Get Used to Losing You (1963)
Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes (1962)
Days of Wine and Roses (1963)
Vaudeville entertainer born Egbert Austin Williams in Nassau, Bahamas on 11/12/1875. Died 3/4/1922. Preeminent entertainer and comedian of the Vaudeville era and the best-selling black recording artist before 1920.
Good Morning, Carrie (with George Walker, 1902)
Let It Alone (1906)
He's a Cousin of Mine (1907)
Play That Barber-Shop Chord (1910)
O Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (1919)
It’s Nobody’s Business But My Own (1919)
Big Joe Williams
Blues singer born Joseph Lee Williams on 10/16/1903 in Crawford, Mississippi. Died 12/17/1982.
Baby Please Don't Go (1935)
Highway 49 (1935)
Piney Woods Blues (1958)
The Williams Brothers
Twin brothers Andrew and David Williams born February 22, 1959 in Henderson, Nevada. Nephews of singer Andy Williams. Sister Victoria is also a musician. First recorded as teen idols in the early 1970s.
Can't Cry Hard Enough (1991)
It's a Wonderful Life (1991)
Miss This World (1991)
Two Stories (1987)
The Williams Brothers (1991)
Harmony Hotel (1993)
The Williams Brothers Quartet
Swinging on a Star (1944) – see Bing Crosby
I'm Dreamin' (1991)
Wild Cat Blues (1923)
Cake Walking Babies from Home (with Eva Taylor, 1925)
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late (1978) – see Johnny Mathis
Country singer/songwriter ("I Believe in You") born 5/27/1939 in Floydada, TX. Died 9/8/2017.
Tulsa Time (1978)
I Believe in You (1981)
Country singer/songwriter and guitarist born Hiram King Williams on 9/17/1923 in Mount Olive, AL. Died from alcohol/drug abuse on 1/1/1953. Hosted own radio show on WSFA in Montgomery; billed as "The Singing Kid." Formed his own band, The Drifting Cowboys, as a teenager. Married Audrey Sheppard in 1944; their son is country singer Hank Williams, Jr. First recorded for Sterling in 1946. Regular on the Louisiana Hayride from 1948-49; with the Grand Ole Opry from 1949-52. In 1952, he divorced Audrey, was fired from the Opry in August, and married Billie Jean Jones Eshlimar, who later married Johnny Horton. Also recorded as Luke the Drifter.
Move It on Over (1947)
I Saw the Light (1948)
Honky Tonkin' (1948)
Lovesick Blues (1949)
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949)
Cold, Cold Heart (1951)
Hey, Good Lookin' (1951)
I Can't Help It if I'm Still in Love with You (1951)
Jambalaya on the Bayou (1952)
Your Cheatin’ Heart (1953)
40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53, released 1978)
Turn Back the Years: The Essential Collection (box: 1947-53)
The DMDB Blog:
Hank Williams charts for the first time: August 9, 1947 (8/9/11)
Hank Williams, Jr.
Country singer ("All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down," "Are You Ready for Some Football? (Theme from Monday Night Football)") born Randall Hank Williams on 5/26/1949 in Shreveport, LA. Son of singer Hank Williams.
Family Tradition (1979)
A Country Boy Can Survive (1981)
All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight (1984)
Mind Your Own Business (1986)
Hank Williams Jr. & Friends (1975)
Born to Boogie (1987)
J. Mayo Williams
Everyday I Have the Blues (1955) – see Count Basie
Classical/film score composer born John Towner Williams on 2/8/1932 in Floral Park, NY.
Star Wars (Main Title) (1977)
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (soundtrack: 1977)
Bony Maronie (1957)
Mercy Mercy Mercy (with Johnny Watson, 1967)
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
Lucinda Williams (1988)
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (mixing by Rick Rubin, 1998)
Packing Up (1958)
Mary Lou Williams
Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs on 5/8/1910 in Atlanta, GA. Died 5/28/1981.
Night Life (1930)
Zodiac Suite: Town Hall Concert (1945)
Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
May I (1962)
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams
R&B/pop singer/songwriter and producer born Pharrell Lanscilo Williams on 4/5/1973 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Half of The Neptunes production team.
Drop It Like It's Hot (2004) – see Snoop Dogg
Money Maker (2006) – see Ludacris
Blurred Lines (2013) – see Robin Thicke
Get Lucky (2013) – see Daft Punk
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Classical composer born 10/12/1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England. Died 8/26/1958.
Pop singer born Robert Peter Williams on 2/13/1974 in Stoke-on-Tent, Staffordshire, England. Started out with boy band Take That before becoming hugely successful international solo star.
She's the One (1999)
Rock DJ (2000)
Life Thru a Lens (1997)
I've Been Expecting You (1998)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1997-2004, released 2004)
Robert "Pete" Williams
Angola Prisoners' Blues (Robert Pete Williams et al, 1959)
Pianist born Louis Jacob Weertz on 10/1/1924 in Omaha, NE. Died 10/8/2011.
Autumn Leaves (1955)
Born Free (1966)
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette (1947)
Jazz drummer born Anthony Tillmon Williams on 12/12/1945 in Chicago, IL. Died 2/23/1997.
R&B singer and actress who was a former Miss America. Born Vanessa Lynn Williams on 3/18/1963 in Chappaqua, NY.
Save the Best for Last (1992)
Colors of the Wind (1995)
Can't Cry Hard Enough (1990) – see the Williams Brothers
Crazy Mary (1994) – see Pearl Jam
William B. Williams
Sonny Boy Williamson #1
Blues singer born John Lee Williamson on 3/30/1914 in Jackson, TN. Died 6/1/1948.
Good Morning Little School Girl (1937)
Sonny Boy Williamson #2
Blues musician born Aleck Ford on 12/5/1899 in Tallahatchie County. Died 5/25/1965. Also known as Rice Miller and Aleck Miller.
Eyesight to the Blind (1951)
Help Me (1963)
Down and Out Blues (1959)
It’s Too Late (1956)
C.C. Rider (1957)
What Am I Living For (1958)
Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes (1958)
Betty and Dupree (1958)
Song(s) written by Willis:
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh, 1873)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1910) – see Fisk University Jubilee Quartet
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1926) – see Paul Robeson
Church Bells May Ring (1956)
Bob Wills (& His Texas Playboys)
Country songwriter and bandleader born James Robert Wills on 3/6/1905 in Limestone, TX. Died 5/13/1975. Called "The King of Western Swing."
Steel Guitar Rag (1936)
San Antonio Rose (1939)
New San Antonio Rose (1940)
Take Me Back to Tulsa (1941)
Faded Love (1950)
Ida Red (1951)
Musical theater songwriter born Robert Meredith Reiniger on 5/18/1902. Died 6/15/1984
Seventy Six Trombones (Robert Preston, from The Music Man, 1957)
Till There Was You (Anita Bryant, from The Music Man, 1959)
The Music Man (musical: 1957, soundtrack: 1962)
Rock singer/songwriter born 6/19/1950 in San Diego, CA. Formed band Heart with sister Nancy Wilson in 1967.
Rock drummer with Procol Harum.
Singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist born Brian Douglas Wilson on 6/20/1942 in Ingelwood, CA. With the Beach Boys (61-85, 96). His daughters, Carnie and Wendy, were in the pop group Wilson Phillips.
Reimagines Gershwin (2010)
As Time Goes By (1942)
My Foolish Heart (1950) – see Gordon Jenkins
Frank J. Wilson & the Cavaliers
Last Kiss (1964)
Redneck Woman (2004)
Here for the Party (2004)
R&B singer born Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr. on 6/9/1934 in Detroit, Michigan. Died 1/21/1984. Had success with the Dominoes (53-57) before embarking on a solo career.
Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet) (1957)
Lonely Teardrops (1958)
Doggin’ Around (1960)
Baby Workout (1963)
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher (1967)
The Jackie Wilson Story (compilation, 1983)
Jazz singer born 2/20/1937 in Chillicothe, OH.
How Glad I Am (1964)
Rock guitarist and singer born 3/16/1954 in San Francisco, CA. Formed band Heart with sister Ann Wilson in 1967.
Jazz/big band leader and pianist born Theodore Shaw Wilson on 11/24/1912 in Austin, TX. Died 7/31/1986.
Sweet Lorraine (1935)
Carelessly (1937) – see Billie Holiday
You Can’t Stop Me from Dreaming (1937)
Hold On (1990)
Release Me (1990)
Wilson Phillips (1990)
Wilton Place Street Band
Disco Lucy (1977)
Bebe & Cece Winans
Addictive Love (1991)
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British blue-eyed soul singer with well-publicized battles with substance abuse. Born Amy Jade Winehouse on 9/14/1983 in London, England. Died 7/23/2011.
Stronger Than Me (2003)
Love Is a Losing Game (2006)
Back to Black (2006)
The DMDB Blog:
Amy Winehouse Dead at 27 (7/23/11)
Headed for a Heartbreak (1988)
Miles Away (1990)
– see Paul McCartney
Septimus "Sep" Winner
Song(s) written by Winner:
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (words: Winner as Alice Hawthorne, music: Richard Milburn; 1856)
O Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone (1864)
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (1891) – see John Yorke Atlee
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (1899) – see Joe Belmont
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (1904) – see Frank Stanley
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka "The Mocking Bird") (1916) – see Alma Gluck
Color Him Father (1969)
Edgar Winter Group
Free Ride (1973)
Blues guitarist born John Dawson Winter III on 2/23/1944 in Beaumont, TX. Died 7/16/2014.
Riot in Cell Block #9 (1974)
The Progressive Blues Experiment (1968)
Canadian Sunset (1956)
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Rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist born Stephen Lawrence Winwood on 5/12/1948 in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. With the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith. Also a solo artist.
Gimme Some Lovin' (1966) – see Spencer Davis Group
Dear Mr. Fantasy (1967) – see Traffic
Can’t Find My Way Home (1969) – see Blind Faith
While You See a Chance (1980)
Higher Love (1986)
Roll with It (1988)
Mr. Fantasy (1967) – see Traffic
Heaven Is in Your Mind (1968) – see Traffic
Blind Faith (1969) – see Blind Faith
John Barleycorn Must Die (1970) – see Traffic
The Finer Things (box: 1964-90, released 1995)
12 X U (1977)
Pink Flag (1977)
Chairs Missing (1978)
Wisin y Yandel
R&B singer/songwriter born William Harrison Withers, Jr. on 7/4/1938 in Slab Fork, WV.
Ain't No Sunshine (1971)
Lean on Me (1972)
Use Me (1972)
Lovely Day (1977)
Just the Two of Us (with Grover Washington, Jr., 1981)
Still Bill (1972)
R&B/blues singer born James Witherspoon on 8/8/1923 in Gurdon, AR. Died 8/18/1997.
You Can't Stop the Beat (performed by Hairspray Cast, from Hairspray musical: 2002, soundtrack: 2007) – see Marc Shaiman
Hairspray (musical: 2003) – see Marc Shaiman
The Wizard of Oz Ensemble
Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead (1939)
Rapper and singer born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on 9/8/1987 in Minot, North Dakota.
Black and Yellow (2010)
Payphone (2012) – see Maroon 5
See You Again (with Charlie Puth, 2015)
Essence (with Tems, 2021)
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (1973)
Raisin (composed with Robert Brittan, musical: 1973)
Visions of a Life (2017)
For Lovers (with Pete Doherty, 2004)
R&B singer/songwriter ("It's All Over Now") born Robert Dwayne Womack on 3/4/1944 in Cleveland, OH. Died 6/27/2014.
The Poet II (1984)
The Bravest Man in the Universe (2012)
Lee Ann Womack
Country singer/songwriter born 8/19/1966 in Jacksonville, TX.
I Hope You Dance (with Sons of the Desert, 2000)
I May Hate Myself in the Morning (2004)
There's More Where That Came From (2005)
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R&B singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer born Stevland Hardaway Morris né Judkins on 5/13/1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a child prodigy who was blind since shortly after his birth. He signed with Motown at age 11; initially doing backup work. He started recording in 1962 as "Little Stevie Wonder" and became the youngest artist (age 13) to top the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fingertips."
Married to Syreeta Wright from 1970-72. When he turned 21, he reworked his Motown contract for more artistic freedom. Near-fatal auto accident on 8/16/73. He has won 25 Grammys, the most ever by a solo artist.
Stevie Wonder: Top 100 Songs
Fingertips (Part 2) (1963)
Uptight (Everything's Alright) (1965)
Blowin’ in the Wind (1966)
I Was Made to Love Her (1967)
Someday at Christmas (1967)
What Christmas Means to Me (1967)
For Once in My Life (1968)
My Cherie Amour (1969)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) (1970)
Heaven Help Us All (1970)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (1972)
I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever (1972)
Living for the City (1973)
Higher Ground (1973)
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (1974)
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (1974)
I Wish (1976)
Sir Duke (1976)
Isn’t She Lovely (1976)
Master Blaster (Jammin’) (1980)
Happy Birthday (1981)
Ebony and Ivory (1982) – see Paul McCartney
Used to Be (1982) – see Charlene
I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
Part-Time Lover (1985)
That's What Friends Are For (1985) – see Dionne Warwick
For Your Love (1995)
How Come, How Long (1996) – see Babyface
True to Your Heart (with 98 Degrees, from Mulan, 1998)
The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie (1962)
A Tribute to Uncle Ray (1962)
The 12 Year Old Genius Recorded Live (live, 1963)
With a Song in My Heart (1963)
Stevie at the Beach (1964)
Uptight, Everything's Alright (1966)
Down to Earth (1966)
I Was Made to Love Her (1967)
Someday at Christmas (Christmas, 1967)
Greatest Hits (compilation: 1963-67, released 1968)
Eivits Rednow (1968)
For Once in My Life (1968)
My Cherie Amour (1969)
Signed, Sealed, & Delivered (1970)
Where I'm Coming From (1971)
Greatest Hits Volume 2 (compilation: 1967-71, released 1971)
Looking Back (compilation: 1962-71, released 1977)
Music of My Mind (1972)
Talking Book (1972)
Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974)
Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (1979)
Hotter Than July (1980)
Musiquarium (compilation: 1971-82, released 1982)
The Woman in Red (soundtrack: 1984)
In Square Circle (1985)
Jungle Fever (soundtrack: 1991)
Conversation Peace (1995)
Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection (compilation: 1965-96, released 1996)
At the Close of a Century (box: 1962-97, released 1999)
The Definitive Collection (compilation: 1962-98, released 2002)
A Time to Love (2005)
#1's (compilation: 1962-2005, released 2007)
The Oogum Boogum Song (1967)
I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire (1941) – see Horace Heidt
Rock musician born Ronald David Wood on 6/1/1947 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. With The Birds (g: 64), The Creation, the Jeff Beck Group (b: 67-69), The Faces (b: 69-73), solo (74-), The Rolling Stones (75-).
Harry M. Woods
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (from Cinderella, 1950)
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (from Cinderella, 1950)
So This Is Love (from Cinderella, 1950)
Ren Woods & Ensemble
The Purple People Eater (1958)
Scottish singer/songwriter and musician born 3/18/1945. Died 12/2/2009. Co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project.
DMDB blog (12/3/09). "Farewell, Eric Woolfson"
Alan Parsons Project: Top 25 Songs
The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was (2009)
Edgar Allan Poe: A Musical (2009)
Somewhere in the Audience (compilation: 1993-2009, released 2013)
Henry C. Work
Song(s) composed by Work:
Grandfather’s Clock (1876)
Grandfather’s Clock (1905) – see Haydn Quartet
John W. Work III
John Wesley Work Jr.
Song(s) written by Work:
Go Tell It on the Mountain (1865)
World Famous Supreme Team
Hey DJ (1984)
Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow) (1986)
Link Wray (& His Ray Men)
Singer/songwriter and guitarist born Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr. on 5/2/1929 in Dunn, NC. Died 11/5/2005.
The Wrecking Crew
Whole Wild World (1977)
Semaphore Signals (1977)
Reconnez Cherie (1978)
New Jack Swing (1989)
Alan "Reni" Wren
Rock drummer with Stone Roses.
Come Back My Love (1955)
Clean Up Woman (1971)
Where Is the Love (1975)
On Treasure Island (1935) – see Tommy Dorsey
The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round (1935) – see Tommy Dorsey
You (1936) – see Tommy Dorsey
The Big Apple (1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
The Dipsy Doodle (1937) – see Tommy Dorsey
Music, Maestro, Please (1938) – see Tommy Dorsey
Frank Edwin "Tré Cool" Wright III
Rock drummer with Green Day.
Dream Weaver (1975)
Love Is Alive (1975)
My Own Iona (with Rene Dietrich, 1917)
Rock keyboardist and songwriter with Pink Floyd. Born Richard William Wright on 7/28/1945 in Hatch End, London, England. Died 9/15/2008.
Kismet (musical: 1953) – see Alexander Borodin
Samuel E. Wright
Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Kiss the Girl (from The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Method Man (1993)
C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) (1994)
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
Wu-Tang Forever (1997)
Rock Bottom (1974)
Ross D. Wylie
The Star (1969)
Rock bassist born 10/24/1936 in London. With the Rolling Stones (63-92), Wille and the Poorboys (85).
Country singer born Virginia Wynette Pugh on 5/5/1942 in Tremont, Mississippi. Married to George Jones from 1969-75. Died 4/6/1998.
Stand by Your Man (1968)
Stand by Your Man (1969)
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