Archive for the ‘70’s Singers’ Category

Adam Ant

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Adam Ant at the 100 Club, January 2011
Background information
Birth name Stuart Leslie Goddard
Born 3 November 1954 (age 61)
Marylebone, London, England
Genres
New wave post-punk glam pop alternative rock
Occupations
Musician singer
Instruments
Vocals guitar piano bass harmonica
Years active 1976–present
Labels
CBS Columbia MCA EMI
Associated acts
Adam and the Ants Bazooka Joe
Website www.adam-ant.com
Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard; 3 November 1954) is an English singer and musician. He gained popularity as the lead singer of post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three No. 1s. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.

Since 2010, Ant has undertaken an intensive reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a new album and with three full-length UK national tours, two US national tours and a short Australian tour all now completed.

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Bonnie Raitt

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Background information
Birth name Bonnie Lynn Raitt
Born November 8, 1949 (age 66)
Burbank, California, United States
Genres
Blues country folk rock pop
Occupations
Singer songwriter musician political activist
Instruments
Vocals guitar slide guitar piano
Years active 1971–present
Labels
Warner Bros. Capitol Redwing
Website bonnieraitt.com
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989 after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success she had a major return to public prominence with the release of her album Nick of Time. The following two albums Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994) were also multi-million sellers generating several hit singles, including “Something to Talk About”, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You”, and the ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (with Bruce Hornsby on piano). Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Rosanna Cash

Born May 24, 1955 (age 60)

Origin Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country, rock, folk, blues
Occupations Singer-songwriter, author
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1978–present
Labels Ariola
Columbia
Capitol
Manhattan
Blue Note
Associated acts Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, John Stewart, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams
Website Official website
Rosanne Cash (born May 24, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter and author. She is the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin.

Although Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock, blues, and most notably Americana. In the 1980s, she had a string of chart-topping singles, which crossed musical genres and landed on both the country and pop charts, the most commercially successful being her 1981 breakthrough hit “Seven Year Ache”, which topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached the Top 30 on the U.S. pop singles charts. In 1990, Cash released Interiors, a spare, introspective album which signaled a break from her pop country past. The following year Cash ended her marriage and moved from Nashville to New York City, where she continues to write, record and perform. Since 1991 she has released five albums, written two books and edited a collection of short stories. Her fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford American, New York Magazine, and various other periodicals and collections.

She won a Grammy in 1985 for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”, and has received twelve[1] other Grammy nominations. She has had 11 No. 1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records. Cash was the 2014 recipient of Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts category.

On February 8, 2015, Cash won three Grammy awards for Best Americana Album for The River & the Thread, Best American Roots Song with John Leventhal and Best American Roots Performance for A Feather’s Not A Bird. Cash was honored further on October 11, 2015 when she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

She was portrayed, as a child, by Hailey Anne Nelson in Walk the Line, the 2005 Academy-award-winning film about her father’s life.

 

Carly Simon

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Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and children’s author. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include “Anticipation” (No. 13), “You Belong To Me” (No. 6), “Coming Around Again” (No. 18), and her four Gold certified singles “Jesse” (No. 11), “Mockingbird” (No. 5), a duet with James Taylor, “You’re So Vain” (No. 1), and “Nobody Does It Better” (No. 2) from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.

After a brief stint with her sister Lucy Simon as duo group the Simon Sisters, she found great success as a solo artist with her 1971 self-titled debut album Carly Simon, which won her the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and spawned her first Top 10 single “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”. Simon achieved international fame with her third album No Secrets which sat firmly at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for 5 weeks, and spawned the worldwide hit “You’re So Vain”, for which she received three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Over the course of her career, Simon has amassed 24 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary charting singles, and has won two Grammy Awards. AllMusic called Simon, “One of the quintessential singer/songwriters of the ’70s”. Simon has a contralto vocal range.

For her 1988 hit “Let the River Run”, from the film Working Girl, Simon became the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed and written, as well as performed, entirely by a single artist. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “You’re So Vain” in 2004, and awarded the ASCAP Founders Award in 2012. In 1995 and 1998, respectively, Simon received the Boston Music Awards Lifetime Achievement and a Berklee College of Music Honorary Doctor of Music Degree.

Simon is the former wife of another notable singer-songwriter, James Taylor. Simon and Taylor have two children together, Sarah “Sally” Maria Taylor and Benjamin “Ben” Simon Taylor, who are also musicians.

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Whitney Houston

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Houston performing at Welcome Home with Whitney Houston in 1991
Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston
August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Drowning
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation
Singer actress film producer record producer model
Spouse Bobby Brown (m. 1992–2007)
Children Bobbi Kristina Brown
Parents John Russell Houston, Jr.
Cissy Houston
Relatives
Gary Garland (half-brother)
Michael Houston (brother)
Dionne Warwick (cousin)
Dee Dee Warwick (cousin)
Leontyne Price (cousin)
Musical career
Genres
R&B pop soul gospel
Instruments
Vocals piano
Years active 1977–2012
Labels
Arista RCA
Associated acts
Jermaine Jackson Aretha Franklin Mariah Carey George Michael Brandy Norwood
Website whitneyhouston.com
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.

Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Albums”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986, and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.

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Crystal Gayle

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Brenda Gail Webb
Born January 9, 1951 (age 65)
Origin Wabash, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Country, pop, jazz, crossover
Occupations Singer, actress, producer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1970–present
Labels Decca
United Artists
Columbia
Elektra
Warner Brothers
Southpaw
Associated acts Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue, Eddie Rabbitt, Donovan, Gary Morris, Willie Nelson
Website www.crystalgayle.com
Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb on January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, she had 20 number one country hits during the 1970s and 1980s (18 on Billboard and 2 on Cashbox) with six albums certified Gold by the RIAA. Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach Platinum sales with her 1977 album We Must Believe in Magic. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. She is the younger sister of singer Loretta Lynn, and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless. Gayle has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Loretta Lynn’s star.

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Juice Newton

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Judy Kay Newton
Born February 18, 1952 (age 63)
Origin Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States
Genres Country, pop, rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Years active 1975–present
Labels Capitol Records, RCA Records
Associated acts Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Crystal Gayle, Alabama (band), Eddie Rabbitt
Judy Kay “Juice” Newton (born February 18, 1952) is an American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist. To date, Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories (winning once in 1983), as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards (won consecutively).

Newton has several Gold and Platinum records to her credit, including Juice, Quiet Lies and her first Greatest Hits album. During the 1980s, she charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard Country, AC, and Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the No. 1 position.[citation needed]

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Marie Osmond

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Olive Marie Osmond
Also known as Marie Osmond
Born October 13, 1959 (age 56)
Origin Ogden, Utah, United States
Genres Country, pop
Occupations Singer, actress, film screenwriter
Years active 1973–present
Labels MGM
Curb
Columbia
Website Official website
Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American singer, film screenwriter, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family the Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family’s singing group, she gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad “Paper Roses.” From 1976 to 1979, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond hosted the TV variety show Donny & Marie.

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Luther Vandross

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Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr.
Born April 20, 1951
New York City, New York, US
Died July 1, 2005 (aged 54)
Edison, New Jersey, US
Genres
R&B soul pop quiet storm
Occupations
Recording artist songwriter musician record producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1972–2005
Labels
Cotillion Epic Virgin J Sony Legacy
Associated acts Patti LaBelle, Change, Chic, Martha Wash, Dionne Warwick, Mariah Carey, Richard Marx, Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, David Bowie
Website luthervandross.com
Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change, which released its certified gold debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981.

His hit songs include “Never Too Much”, “Here and Now”, “Any Love”, “Power of Love/Love Power”, “I Can Make It Better” and “For You to Love”. Many of his songs were covers of original music by other artists such as “If This World Were Mine” (duet with Cheryl Lynn), “Since I Lost My Baby”, “Superstar” and “Always and Forever”. Duets such as “The Closer I Get to You” with Beyoncé, “Endless Love” with Mariah Carey and “The Best Things in Life Are Free” with Janet Jackson were all hits in his career.

  1. During his career, Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, and received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for a song recorded not long before his death, “Dance with My Father”.image image image image image image image image

Pat Benatar

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Patricia Mae Andrzejewski
Born January 10, 1953 (age 63)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres
Rock hard rock pop rock
Occupations
Singer songwriter musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1972–present
Labels
Chrysalis CMC International Bel Chiasso Records
Website www.benatargiraldo.com
Patricia Mae Andrzejewski (born January 10, 1953), known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had commercial success, particularly in the United States and Canada. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums, 17 Billboard chartings and 15 of them being Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, “Love Is a Battlefield”, “We Belong” and “Invincible”. Other popular singles include “Heartbreaker”, “Treat Me Right”, “Fire and Ice”, “Promises in the Dark”, “Shadows of the Night”, and “All Fired Up”. Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV. She was the first female artist to play on MTV, performing “You Better Run”.

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