Archive for the ‘60’s Singers’ Category

Bob Dylan

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Allen Zimmerman
May 24, 1941 (age 74)
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Residence Malibu, California, U.S.
Other names
Elston Gunn Blind Boy Grunt Bob Landy Robert Milkwood Thomas Tedham Porterhouse Lucky Wilbury Boo Wilbury Jack Frost Sergei Petrov
Occupation
Singer-songwriter artist writer
Years active 1959–present
Home town Hibbing, Minnesota, U.S.
Religion
Judaism Christianity
Spouses Sara Lownds (m. 1965; div. 1977)
Carolyn Dennis (m. 1986; div. 1992)
Children
Maria Dylan (adopted)
Jesse Dylan
Anna Dylan
Samuel Dylan
Jakob Dylan
Desiree Dennis-Dylan
Musical career
Genres
Folk blues rock country gospel
Instruments
Vocals guitar keyboards harmonica
Labels
Columbia Asylum
Associated acts
Joan Baez The Band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Grateful Dead Traveling Wilburys Mark Knopfler
Website bobdylan.com
Bob Dylan (/ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. After he left his initial base in the American folk music revival, his six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” altered the range of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performances of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Dylan has amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is considered his songwriting.

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; he has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Annette Funicello

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Born Annette Joanne Funicello
October 22, 1942
Utica, New York
Died April 8, 2013 (aged 70)
Bakersfield, California
Cause of death Complications from multiple sclerosis
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1955–1995
Spouses Jack Gilardi (m. 1965; div. 1981)
Glen Holt (m. 1986; her death 2013)
Children 3
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club.


JAN 30 1975, FEB 24 1993, MAY 14 1995 Annette Funicello - Actress

JAN 30 1975, FEB 24 1993, MAY 14 1995
Annette Funicello – Actress

As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess”, as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.

Jackie Wilson

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Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson 1961
Wilson in 1961
Background information
Birth name Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr.
Also known as Mr. Excitement
Born June 9, 1934
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died January 21, 1984 (aged 49)
Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States
Genres R&B, soul, pop, rock and roll
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1953–1975
Labels Dee Gee Records, King, Federal, Brunswick
Associated acts Billy Ward and His Dominoes
Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson, Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer-songwriter and performer. A tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed “Mr. Excitement”, and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. He was considered a master showman, and one of the most dynamic and influential singers and performers in R&B and rock ‘n’ roll history. Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group Billy Ward and His Dominoes, he went solo in 1957 and recorded over 50 hit singles that spanned R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening. This included 16 R&B Top 10 hits, including 6 R&B # 1’s. On the Billboard Hot 100, he scored 14 Top 20 Pop hits, 6 of which made it into the Pop Top 10. On September 29, 1975 while headlining a Dick Clark Oldies Concert, he collapsed on stage from what was later determined to be a massive heart attack, and subsequently slipped into a coma slowing awakening over a period of 8 months. He remained semi-comatose for the 9 years preceding his death in 1984, at the age of 49; he was deemed conscious but incapacitated in early June, 1976. Wilson was an inspiration to Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown and Michael Jackson to name a few. He was one of the most influential artists of his generation.

A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

 

James Brown

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name James Joseph Brown
Born May 3, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Origin Toccoa, Georgia
Died December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Funk, soul, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, bandleader
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion, organ, keyboards
Years active 1953-1988, 1991-2006
Labels Federal, King, Dade, Try Me, Smash, People, Polydor, Scotti Bros.
Associated acts The Famous Flames, The J.B.’s, The Dapps, Bobby Byrd, The Soul Generals, Lyn Collins, Bobby Bennett, Bootsy Collins
Website www.jamesbrown.com
For other people named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation).
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul”. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres.

Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become the Flames, Brown served as the group’s lead singer. First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of the singing group the Famous Flames with the hit ballads “Please, Please, Please” and “Try Me”, Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with the Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra. Brown’s success peaked in the 1960s with the live album Live at the Apollo and hit singles such as “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”. During the late 1960s, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music-making that influenced the development of funk music. By the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of the J.B.s with records such as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” and “The Payback”. Brown also became notable for songs of social commentary, including the 1968 hit “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Brown continued to perform and record until his death in 2006 from congestive heart failure.

Brown recorded 16 singles that peaked at number-one on the Billboard R&B charts. Brown also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number-one. Brown has been honored by many institutions including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Joel Whitburn’s analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists. Brown is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone’s list of its 100 greatest artists of all time. Rolling Stone has also cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time.

Bobby Vinton

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Stanley Robert Vinton, Jr.
Born April 16, 1935 (age 80)
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Pop, Lounge
Occupation Singer
Instruments Clarinet, oboe, saxophone, piano, drums, trumpet
Years active 1959–present
Labels Epic, ABC, Ahed, Tapestry, Curb
Website www.bobbyvinton.com
Stanley Robert “Bobby” Vinton, Jr. (born April 16, 1935) is an American pop music singer of Polish and Lithuanian ethnic background. In pop music circles, he became known as “The Polish Prince of Poch”, as his music pays tribute to his Polish heritage. Known for his angelic vocals in love songs, his most popular song, “Blue Velvet” (a cover of Tony Bennett’s 1951 song), peaked at No. 1 on the now renamed Billboard Pop Singles Chart. It also served as inspiration for the film of the same name.




 

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