Archive for the ‘60’s Singers’ Category

Donna Fargo

Birth name Yvonne Vaughn

Born November 10, 1945 (age 70)
Origin Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States
Genres Country pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, author
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1967–present
Labels Challenge Records
Warner Bros.
Mercury Nashville
Ramco Records
Associated acts Billy Joe Royal
Donna Fargo (born Yvonne Vaughan; November 10, 1945 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is an American country singer-songwriter, who is best known for a series of Top 10 country hits in the 1970s. These include “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA” and “Funny Face,” both which became crossover pop hits in 1972.

Fargo has won major awards since her debut in the late 1960s, including one Grammy Award, five awards from the Academy of Country Music and one award from the Country Music Association.

Don McLean


Don McLean at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012
Background information
Birth name Donald McLean III
Born October 2, 1945 (age 70)
New Rochelle, New York
Genres Folk, rock, folk rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
banjo, piano
Years active 1969–present
Labels United Artists
EMI America
Donald “Don” McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the songs “American Pie” and “Vincent”.


Dionne Warwick


Warwick in 2012
Background information
Birth name Marie Dionne Warrick
Born December 12, 1940 (age 75)
East Orange, New Jersey
Genres Gospel, R&B, Soul, pop
Singer, actress

Spouses William Elliott(m.1966-67) William Elliott( remarried.1967-75)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962–present
Labels Scepter (1962–1971)
Warner Bros. (1972–1977)
Arista (1979–1995)
Concord (2005–2007)
Rhino (2008–present)
Associated acts Burt Bacharach, The Spinners, The Supremes, Isaac Hayes, Glen Campbell, Sacha Distel, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Jeffrey Osborne, June Pointer, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Nirvana, Dieter Bohlen, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Chuck Jackson, Barry Manilow, Bee Gees, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Kashif, Howard Hewett, Johnny Mathis, BeBe Winans, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ne-Yo, Rumer
Marie Dionne Warrick, known as Dionne Warwick (/ˈdiːɒn ˈwɔːrwɪk/; born December 12, 1940), is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

Having been in a partnership with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. Dionne Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time, with 69 of Warwick’s singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.[citation needed]

Daryl Hall

Birth name Daryl Franklin Hohl
Also known as
Daryl Hall Daryl F. Hohl D. Franklin Hohl
Born October 11, 1946 (age 69)
Origin Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Rock soul blue-eyed soul R&B pop rock blues rock soft rock alternative country
Vocals guitar keyboards
Years active 1967–present
Elektra Records Atlantic Records RCA Records Epic Records Arista Records U-Watch Records Verve Records
Associated acts
Carly Simon Hall & Oates Todd Rundgren
Daryl Franklin Hohl, professionally known as Daryl Hall (born October 11, 1946), is an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Hall & Oates (with guitarist and songwriter John Oates).

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Hall scored several Billboard chart hits and is regarded as one of the best soul singers of his generation. Guitarist Robert Fripp, who collaborated with him in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has written, “Daryl’s pipes were a wonder. I have never worked with a more able singer.” Since late 2007, he has hosted the web television series, Live from Daryl’s House. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.



Lobo in 1973
Background information
Birth name Roland Kent LaVoie
Born July 31, 1943 (age 72)
Origin Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Genres Pop, country, folk, soft rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitarist
Years active 1961–present
Labels Laurie, Big Tree, MCA, Lobo Records, Curb, Pony Canyon
Associated acts The Rumours (Gram Parsons, Jim Stafford)
Roland Kent LaVoie, better known by the stage name Lobo (born July 31, 1943), is an American singer-songwriter who was successful in the early 1970s, scoring several U.S. Top 10 hits, including “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”, “I’d Love You to Want Me” and “Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend”.

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Freda Payne


Payne performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1970.
Background information
Birth name Freda Charcilia Payne
Born September 19, 1942 (age 73)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Soul, R&B, Jazz, Disco
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962–present
Labels Artistry
Associated acts Scherrie Payne, Mary Wilson, Thelma Houston, Gladys Knight, Bob Marley, Al Wilson, James Brown, Method Man
Freda Charcilia Payne (born September 19, 1942) is an American Soul/R&B singer and actress best known for her million selling 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold”. She was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Freda is the older sister of former member of The Supremes, Scherrie Payne.

Payne was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up listening to different jazz singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.mAs a teenager, she attended the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts; she soon began singing radio commercial jingles, and took part in (and won many) local TV and radio talent shows.

In 1963, she moved to New York City and worked with many different entertainers, including Quincy Jones, Pearl Bailey, and Bill Cosby. The next year, her debut album, a jazz recording with arranger Manny Albam entitled After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!!, was released on the Impulse! label. (This album was re-issued on CD in Japan in early 2002, and again in the United States in 2005.) In 1965 she toured Europe for the first time recording an album in Sweden with Don Gardner and Bengt-Arne Wallin. In 1966 she released her second American album, again in the jazz style, How Do You Say I Don’t Love You Anymore, for MGM Records. She also made occasional guest appearances on different television shows including The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

She added theatrical credits to her repertoire: she understudied Leslie Uggams for the Broadway show Hallelujah Baby in 1967, and appeared with the Equity Theatre in a production of Lost in the Stars.

In 1969, her old friends back home in Detroit, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr., persuaded her to sign with their newly formed record label Invictus. During that same year, her first Invictus single, “Unhooked Generation” (a minor R&B hit), was released. Shortly thereafter, Eddie Holland offered her a song entitled “Band of Gold”, which he along with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier co-wrote (under the pen name Edythe Wayne) with Ronald Dunbar. In early 1970, the song became an instant pop smash reaching #3 in the US and #1 in the UK for six consecutive weeks; it also gave Payne her first gold record. Global sales were estimated at two million. An album of the same name proved to be fairly successful as well. Other Invictus singles included “Deeper and Deeper”, “You Brought the Joy”, and the Vietnam War protest song “Bring the Boys Home” (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #12, 1971; her second gold record. Her other Invictus albums were Contact (1971), The Best of Freda Payne (1972, a compilation which included four new, unissued songs), and her last Invictus album Reaching Out (1973).

In 1973, she left Invictus and recorded albums for ABC/Dunhill and Capitol, but she never found the commercial success that she had enjoyed with Invictus. She recorded a duet “I Wanna See You Soon” with Capitol stablemates Tavares, which was a radio airplay hit in the UK in 1977.

She released three disco albums for Capitol from 1977 to 1979, Stares And Whispers, Supernatural High and Hot. The first one features the disco hit “Love Magnet” produced by Frank Wilson (1977).

In 1981, she briefly hosted her own talk show Today’s Black Woman, and also found work acting in different movies, Broadway and other theatre productions throughout the 1980s. Although she was concentrating more on acting by that time, she never gave up music; in 1982, she recorded a single entitled “In Motion” for the Sutra label in New York, and in 1986, she recorded a remake of her old hit “Band of Gold” with Belinda Carlisle.

In 1990, she recorded three songs for Ian Levine’s UK Motorcity label: another remake of “Band of Gold,” “Memories and Souvenirs,” and “Only Minutes Away.” In the mid-1990s, she released three albums for Dove Music: Freda Payne Sings the (Unauthorized) I Hate Barney Songbook: A Parody (1995, a comedy album), An Evening With Freda Payne: Live in Concert which featured her sister Scherrie Payne on background vocals, and her first (and only) Christmas album Christmas With Freda and Friends, which featured a duet between Freda and Scherrie (both 1996). She also continued her acting career appearing in the films, Private Obsession (1995), Ragdoll (1999), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and Fire & Ice (made-for-TV, 2001).

In early 2001, Payne released a new album entitled Come See About Me for the Volt Records label (the title track is a remake of The Supremes’ hit).

In early 2003, she performed in a show called Love & Payne, with Darlene Love at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York, and at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, getting excellent reviews.

During the early 2000s, the following compilation albums of her music were released: Lost in Love (which includes nine of her post-Invictus recordings), Band of Gold: The Best of Freda Payne (both 2000), Unhooked Generation: The Complete Invictus Recordings (2001), and The Best of Freda Payne: Ten Best Series (2002).

In late 2002, Payne appeared with many R&B stars on the “Rhythm, Love, and Soul” edition of the PBS series American Soundtrack. Her performance of “Band Of Gold” was included on the accompanying live album that was released in 2004.

On April 22, 2009 Payne appeared on American Idol and sang “Band of Gold”.

In February 2010, Payne joined Kanye West, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand and many more on We Are The World for Haiti Relief.

In 2011 Payne recorded a duet, “Saving A Life”, with British pop star Sir Cliff Richard for inclusion on his “Soulicious” album. She also joined Richard on his “Soulicious” tour of the UK in October of the same year. She sang the new duet with Richard along with her own hit “Band Of Gold”.

From 1976 until 1979 Payne was married to American singer Gregory Abbott (twelve years her junior) and They had a son; Gregory Abbott, Jr. (born 1978). She also had a relationship with musician Edmund Sylvers (lead singer of the Sylvers singing group). Edmund had written and produced her 1982 single ‘In Motion’.

In 1974, she made the cover of Jet after she was made a Dame of Malta by the Knights of Malta.

Year Single Chart positions
Dance UK
1962 “(Desafinado) Slightly Out of Tune” — — — —
1963 “Pretty Baby” — — — —
“It’s Time” — — — —
1966 “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” — — — —
1969 “The Unhooked Generation” — 43 — —
1970 “Band of Gold” 3 20 — 1
“Deeper & Deeper” 24 9 — 33
1971 “Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It’s Near To You)” 44 11 — 46
“Bring the Boys Home” 12 3 — —
“You Brought the Joy” 52 21 — —
1972 “The Road We Didn’t Take” 100 — — —
“Through the Memory of My Mind” — — — —
1973 “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right” — 75 — —
“For No Reason” — — — —
1974 “It’s Yours to Have” — 81 — —
1975 “I Get Carried Away” — — — —
“You” — — — —
1976 “I Get High (On Your Memory)” — — — —
1977 “Bring Back the Joy” — — — —
“Love Magnet” — 85 18 —
1978 “Feed Me Your Love” — — — —
“Happy Days Are Here Again/Happy Music (Dance the Night Away)” — — — —
1979 “I’ll Do Anything for You” — — — —
“Red Hot” — — — —
“Can’t Wait” — — — —
1982 “In Motion” — 63 — —
“—” denotes the single failed to chart

1964: After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!!
1965: Freda Payne in Stockholm’ with Don Gardner Quintet with Dee Dee Ford and Jimmy Ricks (Swedish release 1965), USA release (1971)
1966: How Do You Say I Don’t Love You Anymore
1970: Band of Gold (U.S. Pop #60, U.S. R&B #17)
1971: Contact (U.S. Pop #76, U.S. R&B #12)
1973: Reaching Out
1974: Payne & Pleasure (U.S. R&B #55)
1975: Out of Payne Comes Love
1977: Stares and Whispers
1978: Supernatural High
1979: Hot
1995: Freda Payne Sings the (Unauthorized) I Hate Barney Songbook: A Parody
1996: An Evening with Freda Payne: Live in Concert
1996: Christmas With Freda and Friends
1999: Live in Concert
2001: Come See About Me
2007: On the Inside
2014: Come Back To Me Love

1972: The Best of Freda Payne (U.S. Pop #152, U.S. R&B #44)
1991: Greatest Hits
2000: Lost in Love
2000: Band of Gold: The Best of Freda Payne
2001: Unhooked Generation: The Complete Invictus Recordings
2002: The Best of Freda Payne: Ten Best Series
2006: Flashbacks: Soul Sensation – Compilation
2009: Freda Payne: High Standards with Stanley Turrentine and Jerome Richardson
2009: Live in Concert with The Stylistics

1973: Book of Numbers
1997: Sprung
1999: Ragdoll
2000: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
2001: Deadly Rhapsody
2007: Cordially Invited
2014: Ella: First Lady of Song
2014: The Divorce

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Bruce Springsteen

Birth name Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
Also known as The Boss
Born September 23, 1949 (age 66)
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Rock heartland rock folk rock roots rock Jersey Shore sound
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1965–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts E Street Band, Little Steven, Warren Zevon, Steel Mill, Tom Morello, John Mellencamp, Miami Horns, The Sessions Band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joe Grushecky, The Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Gary U.S. Bonds, USA for Africa
Notable instruments
Fender Esquire, Fender Telecaster
Takamine acoustic guitars
Hohner Marine Band harmonicas
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss,” Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running over three hours in length.

Springsteen’s recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Billy Joel


Joel at opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera
Background information
Birth name William Martin Joel
Born May 9, 1949 (age 66)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Origin Hicksville, New York, U.S.
Rocks soft rock piano rock pop classical
Musician singer-songwriter composer
Vocals piano
Years active 1965–present
Columbia Family Productions Sony Classical
Associated acts
The Echoes The Hassles Attila Billy Joel Band
Notable instruments
Steinway Grand Piano Hammond organ Baldwin piano Minimoog
William Martin “Billy” Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man”, in 1973, Joel has become the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is one of the best-selling albums in the US.

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah”, Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993’s River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career in his concerts.

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Barbara Acklin


Promotional photo by Brunswick Records
Background information
Birth name Barbara Jean Acklin
Also known as Barbara Allen
Born February 28, 1943
Oakland, California, United States
Died November 27, 1998 (aged 55)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active c.1961 – 1998
Labels St Lawrence, Chess, Brunswick, Capitol, Chi-Sound
Associated acts Monk Higgins
Gene Chandler
Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites
Barbara Jean Acklin (February 28, 1943 – November 27, 1998) was an American soul singer and songwriter, who was most successful in the 1960s and 1970s. Her biggest hit as a singer was “Love Makes a Woman” (1968). As a songwriter, she is best known for co-writing the multi-million-selling “Have You Seen Her” (1971) with Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites.

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Melanie in 1975
Background information
Birth name Melanie Anne Safka
Born February 3, 1947 (age 69)
Origin Astoria, Queens, New York, US
Genres Folk, pop, country
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1967–present
Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk (born February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter. Known professionally as Melanie, she is best known for her hits “Brand New Key”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “What Have They Done to My Song, Ma”, and her song about performing at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.

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