Archive for the ‘60’s Singers’ Category

Dobie Gray

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Gray in the Netherlands, 1974

Birth name Lawrence Darrow Brown
Also known as
Leonard Ainsworth
Larry Curtis
Larry Dennis
Born July 26, 1940
Simonton, Texas, U.S.
Died December 6, 2011 (aged 71)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Soul, R&B, pop, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1960–2011
Associated acts
Pollution
Uncle Kracker
Website www.dobiegray.com
Dobie Gray (born Lawrence Darrow Brown; July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His hit records included “The ‘In’ Crowd” in 1965 and “Drift Away”, which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, sold over one million copies, and remains a staple of radio airplay.

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Gloria Gaynor

 

Gala Nederlandse Speelfilm in City, Amsterdam; Monique van de Ven en zangeres Gloria Gaynor (rechts) *15 maart 1976

Gaynor in 1976

Born September 7, 1949 (age 67)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Disco, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965–present
Labels MGM (1965–76)
Polydor (1976–83)
Chrysalis (1984–85)
Stylus (1986–88)
Hot Productions (1996–97)
Logic (2000–04)
Radikal (2005–Present)
Associated acts Soul Satisfiers, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross
Website www.gloriagaynor.com
Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).

Gala Nederlandse Speelfilm in City, Amsterdam; Monique van de Ven en zangeres Gloria Gaynor (rechts) *15 maart 1976

Gala Nederlandse Speelfilm in City, Amsterdam; Monique van de Ven en zangeres Gloria Gaynor (rechts)
*15 maart 1976

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Singer Gloria Gaynor attends the FutureNOW VIP Reception at Langham Place on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage for NARAS)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 08: Singer Gloria Gaynor attends the FutureNOW VIP Reception at Langham Place on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage for NARAS)

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Leif Garrett

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Leif Per Nervik
Born November 8, 1961 (age 54)
Origin Hollywood, California, United States
Genres Pop, disco, power pop (earlier)
Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock (later)
Occupations Actor, singer, television personality
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, electronic keyboard
Years active 1966–present
Labels 20th Century, Atlantic, Scotti Brothers, Tongue and Groove, Cleopatra, Golden Lane
Leif Garrett (born Leif Per Nervik; November 8, 1961) is an American singer, actor and television personality. He became famous in the 1970s as a child actor, pop star and teen idol, but received much publicity later in his adult life for his drug abuse and legal troubles.

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970:  Photo of Leif Garrett  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo of Leif Garrett Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Teena Maria

 

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Teena Marie in 2010

Birth name Mary Christine Brockert
Also known as Lady Tee, Ivory Queen Of Soul
Born March 5, 1956
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Died December 26, 2010 (aged 54)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Genres
R&B disco hip hop soul funk jazz
Occupations
Singer songwriter musician record producer arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1964–2010
Labels
Gordy Records Epic CBS Cash Money Records Universal Stax Concord
Associated acts Rick James, Ozone, Q.T. Marvin Gaye, Hush, Bernadette Cooper, Eve, Faith Evans, Vesta Williams
Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer–songwriter, and producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and later acquired the nickname Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James.

She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals, which caused many listeners to believe she was African American. Her success in R&B and soul music, and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas, and wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album.

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Rick Springfield

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Springfield, Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance Tour, 2004
Background information
Birth name Richard Lewis Springthorpe
Born 23 August 1949 (age 66)
Guildford, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock, power pop, hard rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author
Instruments
Vocals guitar bass guitar keyboards
Years active 1962–present
Labels Sparmac, RCA, Gomer
Associated acts Zoot
Website rickspringfield.com
Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He was a member of the pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971, then started his solo career with his début single “Speak to the Sky” reaching the top 10 in Australia in mid-1972, when he moved to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981 in both Australia and the US, for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He followed with four more top 10 US hits, “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody”. Springfield’s two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982).

As an actor, he starred in the television series High Tide, from 1994 to 1997, and has appeared in supporting roles in Ricki and the Flash and True Detective (both in 2015). He portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008 and 2012, returning in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary with son and actor Liam Springthorpe. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night: A Memoir. He’s been set to play Lucifer in the twelfth season of American TV show Supernatural on the CW Network.

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Rick Springfield attends the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Rick Springfield attends the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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1980s singer Rick Springfield, who will appear at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Oct.15. /(Ed. Note: FEATURES - For use with John Moser story.)

1980s singer Rick Springfield, who will appear at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Oct.15. /(Ed. Note: FEATURES – For use with John Moser story.)

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Joe Jones

Joe Jones (August 12, 1926 – November 27, 2005) was an American R&B singer, songwriter and arranger, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jones is also generally credited with discovering the Dixie Cups. He also worked with B.B. King. As a singer, Jones had his greatest hit in the form of the Top Five 1960 R&B hit “You Talk Too Much”, which also reached #3 on the pop chart.

Rupert Holmes

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Birth name David Goldstein

Born February 24, 1947 (age 69)
Northwich, Cheshire, England
Origin Nanuet, New York, US
Genres Soft rock, pop rock, show tunes
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, playwright, author
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, saxophone
Years active 1969–present
Labels Epic Records, Infinity Records, MCA Records, Elektra Records
Associated acts Sparks
Website www.rupertholmes.com
Rupert Holmes (born David Goldstein on February 24, 1947) is a British-American composer, singer-songwriter, musician, dramatist and author. He is widely known for the hit singles “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” (1979) and “Him” (1980). He is also known for his musicals Drood, which earned him two Tony Awards, and Curtains, and for his television series Remember WENN.

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Dan Fogelberg

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Fogelberg in 1974.

Birth name Daniel Grayling Fogelberg
Born August 13, 1951
Peoria, Illinois, US
Origin Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died December 16, 2007 (aged 56)
Deer Isle, Maine, U.S.
Genres Rock, folk rock, soft rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, mandolin
Years active 1968–2007
Labels Columbia, Epic, Giant, Mailboat
Associated acts Fools Gold,
Tim Weisberg
Website DanFogelberg.com
Daniel Grayling “Dan” Fogelberg (August 13, 1951 – December 16, 2007) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, rock, classical, jazz, and bluegrass. He is best known for his early 1980s hits, including “Longer” (1980), “Leader of the Band” (1981), and “Same Old Lang Syne” (1981).

Jimmy Webb

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Jimmy Webb in 2003
Background information
Birth name Jimmy Layne Webb
Born August 15, 1946 (age 69)
Elk City, Oklahoma, USA
Genres Popular, country, rock
Occupations Songwriter, composer, singer
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1965–present
Labels Epic, Reprise, Asylum, Atlantic, Columbia, Elektra
Website www.jimmywebb.com
Jimmy Layne Webb (born August 15, 1946) is an American songwriter, composer, and singer. He has written numerous platinum-selling songs, including “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst That Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park”. He has had successful collaborations with Glen Campbell, Michael Feinstein, The 5th Dimension, Art Garfunkel, and Richard Harris. In addition, his compositions have been performed by many popular contemporary artists, including America, Johnny Cash, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Cocker, Judy Collins, John Denver, Amy Grant, Isaac Hayes, Thelma Houston, Billy Joel, Tom Jones, Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Rod McKuen, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Carly Simon, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, The Supremes, James Taylor, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, and Larry Coryell (The Real Great Escape).

Webb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990. He received the National Academy of Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award in 2003, the ASCAP “Voice of Music” Award in 2006, and the Ivor Novello Special International Award in 2012. According to BMI, his song “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Marvin Gaye 1972/1974

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August 28, 1973
Recorded June 1, 1970 – April 11, 1972
Hitsville U.S.A., Golden World
(Detroit, Michigan)
February 1 – July 26, 1973
Hitsville West
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 31:36
Label Tamla
Producer Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
Marvin Gaye chronology
Trouble Man
(1972) Let’s Get It On
(1973) Diana & Marvin
(1973)
Singles from Let’s Get It On
“Let’s Get It On”
Released: June 15, 1973
“Come Get to This”
Released: October 11, 1973
“You Sure Love to Ball”
Released: January 2, 1974
Let’s Get It On is the thirteenth studio album by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released August 28, 1973, on Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during June 1970 to July 1973 at Hitsville U.S.A. and Golden World Studio in Detroit, and at Hitsville West in Los Angeles. Serving as Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let’s Get It On incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop, and quiet storm. It has been noted by critics for its sexually suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as “one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded”.

Following the breakthrough success of his socially conscious album What’s Going On (1971), Let’s Get It On helped establish Gaye as a sex icon and furthered his mainstream appeal. It produced three singles—the title track, “Come Get to This”, and “You Sure Love to Ball”—that attained Billboard chart success. Let’s Get It On became the most commercially successful album of Gaye’s recording career, and it further expanded his creative control during his tenure with Motown. Its sexual balladry, multi-tracking of Gaye’s vocals, and seductive, funk sound influenced later R&B artists and production.

The album has been regarded by many music writers and critics as a landmark recording in soul music. It furthered funk music’s popularity during the 1970s, and its smooth soul sound marked a change for his record label’s previous success with the “Motown Sound” formula. Let’s Get It On has been ranked on many critics and publications’ lists of the best albums of all time. In 2001, it was reissued by Motown Records as a two-disc deluxe edition release.

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