Glossary Of Music, Composers,
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
PART ONE: COMPOSERS --
PART TWO: COMPOSERS --
PART THREE: DANCES
PART FOUR: MUSICAL
PART FIVE: MUSICAL
PART ONE: COMPOSERS --
songwriter; co-wrote Tossin' and Turnin' with Malou
writer of sentimental ballads. Co-wrote some songs with
songwriter. Wrote "I'll follow you".
Allison, Joe and
country songwriters; co-wrote He'll Have to Go.
songwriter; co-wrote songs of the group Abba with Bjorn
Ulvaeus in the 1970s.
Lynn. Country and western singer-songwriter from
the 1960s onward.
Singer-songwriter; his hit Diana was the first
million-seller by a Canadian.
songwriter; co-wrote most of Chubby Checker's hits with Karl
composer, known for Somewhere Over the Rainbow, That
Old Black Magic.
country and western singer-songwriter.
singer-songwriter; wrote classic rock song Milk Cow
and Western guitarist-songwriter.
country singer-songwriter. In 1950 recorded "Rudolph, the
known for writing Heartbreak hotel (Elvis Presley's first
hit) with Tommy Durden.
Hoyt. Son of
Mae Axton, his songs have been recorded by Three Dog Night
and Elvis Presley.
Hal David wrote numerous pop and rock hits from
and '60s song writer; many of his songs became rock
Member of girl
group Fanny. Wrote "I Need You Need Me". See David Skinner,
Nickey Barclay, June Millington, Jean Millington.
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Phil Spector, Ellie
most of Fats Domino's hit records.
(1881-1945). Hungarian composer; wrote some songs for Benny
pianist, band leader-composer.
1960s/70s songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Bob
Prolific 60s songwriter; usually wrote with
"Cry Baby" with Jerry Ragavoy.
Bennett, Roy C.
songwriter from 1950s/60s. Usually worked with Sid
songwriter. Sometimes wrote with Jimmy
Berlin, Irving (b. Isador Balin)(1888-1989). Songwriter
popular since 1930s; wrote White Christmas.
1950s-60s producer-writer. Co-wrote with Jerry
Berry, Chuck (Charles Edward
1926) The most prolific song-writer of the 1950s whose songs
are still widely recorded and copied.
was probably the best solo
writer of 1950s rock songs.
singer-songwriter; co-wrote SurfCity with Brian Wilson.
1950s-60s songwriter. Wrote rock classic Louie
Otis (b. 1932).
Songwriter from 1950s. Wrote many of Elvis Presley's early
hits such as "All Shook Up" & "Don't Be Cruel".
songwriter; wrote or co-wrote many of Little Richard's hits,
often with John Marascalco.
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Fred Wise.
songwriter; sometimes wrote with Ken Howard.
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Don
(b. David Jones). 1960s-80s
rock singer-songwriter. Best known for "Major Tom" and "Jean
(1939-94) Best known for
writing (with Bobby Hart) for the 1960s rock group the
singer-songwriter; wrote Rocket 88 a 1951 rock
1940s-60s black blues singer-songwriter. Wrote Matchbox Blues
and See See Rider.
soul music singer-songwriter of
and blues singer-songwriter; wrote rock standard Good Rockin'
Tonight in 1947.
Jackson. 1960s/70s singer-songwriter.
1950s/60s songwriter; wrote many songs (such as Bye Bye
Love) with Felice Bryant.
onwards songwriter; wrote many songs with Boudleaux
Prolific singer-songwriter from mid 1950s.
songwriter, with Johnny & Dorsey Burnette.
1963). 1950s/60s singer-songwriter. With his brother, Dorsey,
wrote the best songs recorded by Ricky Nelson.
1950s/60s songwriter; brother of Johnny Burnette who he
often co-wrote songs with.
singer-songwriter; his "Only the Strong Survive" is a rock
Pseudonym for Jessie Stone. Wrote Shake, Rattle and
1960s/70s Country singer-songwriter.
of Eddie Cochran; also co-wrote most of Cochran's hit
Carmichael, Hoagy. 1930s writer of sentimental ballads.
Co-wrote some songs with Harold Adamson.
songwriter; wrote for the Clovers.
songwriter; wrote with James "Pookie"
for the group the
country singer-songwriter who also had hits in the 1960s and
1970s. Best known for "I Walk the Line" & "Folsom Prison
1950s/60s songwriter; his songs were recorded by LaVern Baker,
Elvis Presley, Shirley Ellis.
hit songs for Sweet & Suzie Quatro in 1970s with Nicky
Charles, Ray (b Ray Charles
Robinson)(1930-2004). Very prolific songwriter
popular since early 1950s. Originally wrote blues, but changed
to country and western in the late 1960s.
songwriter; sometimes worked with Billy Edd
Mike chapman, leading English songwriting team of
guitarist-songwriter, rose to prominence in the 1960s.
1950s/60s arranger-songwriter at Memphis Sun records.
Eddie (d. 1960).
Prolific singer-songwriter in 1950s. Co-wrote many songs with
his manager Jerry Capehart.
1950s/60s country singer-songwriter; once teamed with Eddie
Australian born country singer-songwriter from 1970s.
singer-songwriter who started in 1959. His biggest hits were in
the early 1960s.
songwriter; co-wrote Fever with Otis Blackwell (as John
Aaron (1900-1990). Composer from the 1930s onward;
wrote some songs for Benny Goodman.
songwriter; co-wrote Can't Help Falling in Love with
Hugo Peretti, George Weiss.
songwriter. See Frank Slay. Co-wrote "Daddy Cool" and
Songwriter noted from 1960s, first through group Crosby, Stills,
Nash (, and Young); later as a soloist.
Crudup, Arthur ("Big
Very prolific blues singer-songwriter, whose song That's All
Right (1946) was covered by Elvis Presley on the A-side of
his first single (1954).
Curtis, King (Curtis
saxophonist and songwriter.
songwriter who composed "Love Me Tender" although it is credited
to his wife, Vera Matson, & Elvis Presley.
(born Walden Robert
Cassotto)(d. 1963). 1950s/60s singer-songwriter. See also
Jean Murray. Wrote "Splish Splash".
songwriter; co-wrote The Impossible Dream with Mitch
Pseudonym for Otis Blackwell; with Eddie Cooley
lyrics for the music of Burt Bacharach. Co-wrote some
songs with Sherman Edwards.
1940s/50s country singer-songwriter.
(b. 1942). 1960s/70s
songwriter; worked with Viola Watkins, Daniel Norton on
singer-songwriter; co-wrote Peppermint Twist with Henry
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Roy
1950s/60s songwriter; sometimes wrote with Aaron Schroeder,
Denver, John (1943-97). Born Henry John Deutschendorf,
Jr. Prolific country songwriter from the late 1960s. Many of
his songs are country standards.
Sharon Myers). Singer-songwriter, wrote over 600 songs;
sometimes wrote with Sharon Sheeley.
Zealand-born Australian rocker and song-writer of the 1950s &
singer-songwriter since the late 1960s. Started writing songs
for the Monkees but went on to become a highly acclaimed
Dixon, Eugene. 1960s songwriter; co-wrote Duke of
Earl with Earl Edwards, Bernice Williams. Recorded as Gene
songwriter; worked with Beverley Ross.
R&B songwriter, turned producer. Worked with Goffin &
singer-songwriter from 1950s.
Pianist-singer-songwriter who started in late 1940s and continued
having hits through till 1970s. Recorded blues, rock and roll,
and country. Co-wrote most of his songs with Dave
Donegan, Lonnie (Tony
1950s/60s singer-songwriter; one of the stars of the
skiffle movement. Then change spelling of his name to
have comedy rock hits in 1960s.
& 40s band leader and jazz composer, brother of Tommy
& 40s band leader and jazz composer.
songwriter; wrote many songs with Brian Holland & Eddie
Co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel with Mae
(b. David Gordon
Kirkpatrick)(1927-2003). Australian country singer-songwriter,
known for A Pub With No Beer.
(b. Robert Allen Zimmerman).
Folk protest singer-songwriter from the 1960s; one of the few to
survive the end of the Vietnam War. Perhaps the most
important US popular performer of the 1960s.
songwriter; co-wrote Duke of Earl with Bernice
Williams, Eugene Dixon (Gene Chandler).
songwriter; with Floyd McRea, James Keyes, Carl Feaster,
Claude Feaster wrote Sh-Boom.
Sherman. 1960s songwriter; co-wrote songs with
Sid Wayne, also Hal David.
Duke (b. Edward
Kennedy Ellington)(1899-1974). Jazz band leader-composer famous
Emerson, Billy "The
blues songwriter, worked with Jessie Stone, Danny Taylor,
and Leroy Kirkland.
"PTS" for the Coasters.
Everly, Don and
songwriters who performed as the Everly Brothers.
songwriter; with Floyd McRea, James Keyes, Claude Feaster,
James Edwards wrote Sh-Boom.
songwriter; with Floyd McRea, James Keyes, Carl Feaster, James
Edwards wrote Sh-Boom.
Arthur) (1932-98) 1950s rockabilly-songwriter; see
also Stan Kesler. Elvis Presley covered his I Forgot
To Remember To Forget.
Zealand singer-songwriter from 1980s/90s. Younger
brother of Tim Finn.
Zealand singer-songwriter from 1970s/80s. Famous
with group Split Enz.
1940s-60s country singer-songwriter.
songwriter; sometimes worked with Guy Fletcher.
Country-rock singer-songwriter, originally for
Credence Clearwater Revival, later as a soloist.
1930s/40s country singer-songwriter.
Australian songwriter; with Jim Keays wrote heavy metal in
cent. ballad writer; best known for Beautiful Dreamer
Country singer-songwriter from 1950s onward.
writer from early 1900s; wrote Let Me Call You Sweetheart
with Beth Slater Whitson. in1910.
1950s/60s blues songwriter.
Co-wrote songs with Leon Huff for Wilson Pickett &
singer-songwriter. Started at Berry Gordy's Mo-Town Records.
singer-songwriter popular from 1970s.
Street). 1960s country
60s songwriter; usually wrote with Bernie Baum,
Gibb, Barry, Maurice,
singer-songwriter brothers, raised in Brisbane, who record as the Bee Gees. Had minor hits
in England and Australia from the late 1960s then became huge
internationally in 1975 when their album Saturday Night Fever
sold 15 million copies.
and western songwriter. Many of his songs are now
songwriter, best known for Crying in the
60s songwriter. Son of Artie Glenn; wrote
1950s/60s songwriter, wrote some songs with Lois Mann, Joey
hit songs for various groups, with Carole King, in the
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Aaron
Songwriter from 1950s; co-wrote some songs with Frankie
Lymon, also for the Chantels.
Gordy, Berry. 1950s/60s songwriter. Co-wrote Lonely
Teardrops with Gwen Gordy and Jimmy
songwriter. See Berry Gordy.
Gorman, Freddy C.
songwriter; co-wrote Please, Mr. Postman with Brian
"If You Want it Enough" with Mel Howard.
songwriter; co-wrote Calendar Girl with Neil
Greenwich, Ellie. 1960s songwriter; co-wrote some songs with
Phil Spector, Jeff Barry.
Wilson). 1940s folk-ballad singer-songwriter.
singer-songwriter of 1960s and 70s. The son of Woodie Guthrie.
Best known for "Alice's Restaurant".
1950s-60s singer-songwriter; member of the Coasters.
rocker-songwriter best known for his group Bill Haley and His
Comets. Credited with writing and recording first rock song,
Crazy, Man Crazy.
Singer-composer of country and gospel songs, from early
of musical scores for movies along with Richard
Harris, Kent. 1950s blues singer-songwriter.
Singer-songwriter; most well known for writing the song
known for writing (with Tommy Boyce) songs for the
writer of sentimental ballads.
Hauritz, Nev(ille) (b. 1921). Australian country songwriter,
best known for "The Goondiwindi Grey".
singer-songwriter; best known for Susie-Q.
1950s singer-songwriter. Had original version of "I Put a
Spell on You".
songwriter; co-wrote "If I Had a Hammer" with Pete
1950-70s songwriter; wrote most of Nancy Sinatra's songs. Also
worked with Duane Eddy in the late 1950s.
songwriter; sometimes worked with Eddie
Hendrix, James Marshal
"Jimi" (1945-70). 1960s heavy metal
guitarist-songwriter; one of the founders of heavy metal rock
singer-songwriter; recorded as Tommy Tucker. Wrote "Hi
Hill, David. 1950s/60s songwriter; co-wrote some songs
with Aaron Schroeder.
songwriter, wrote lyrics for some songs with Burt
songwriter; co-wrote "Please, Mr. Postman" with Freddy C.
songwriter; co-wrote some songs with Brian Holland, Lamont
(b. Charles Hardin Holley). A
prolific 1950s singer-songwriter. With his group the Crickets
he produced a unique blending of country and rock. Early on he
wrote in partnership with Bob Montgomery, later as a
Hooker, Earl Lee.
guitarist-songwriter. Cousin of John Lee
Country and western singer-songwriter from 1950s.
songwriter; sometimes worked with Alan
"If You Want it Enough" with Van Grayson.
1950s songwriter; wrote with Calvin Carter for the group
Huff, Leon. Co-wrote & produced songs in the 1960s
with Kenny Gamble.
1950s/60s singer-songwriter of blues and ballads.
Hyde, Robert E.
songwriter; co-wrote "Touch Me" with Johnny Burnetter and Lewis
Michael (1958-2009). 1980s/90s singer-songwriter,
famous for inventing the Moon walk dance style.
Keith Richard one of two main songwriters for British rock
group the Rolling Stones. Wrote "Satisfaction".
& 40s band-leader and composer.
See Conway Twitty.
Jennings, Waylon. Country singer-songwriter discovered by
Buddy Holly, came to prominence in 1970s.
Jones, Eddie ("Guitar
(b. Reginald Dwight).
Prolific 1970s singer-songwriter; wrote with Bernie
Norman. 1960s blues singer-songwriter. Wrote
1950s/60s Germany composer-arranger.
Florence. Prolific 60s songwriter; usually wrote
with Bill Giant, Bernie Baum.
Australian songwriter; with Doug Ford wrote most of the
songs for the Master's Apprentices in the 1960s and early
songwriter; co-wrote Harbour Lights with Hugh
David (1885-1945). U.S. composer of musical
comedies, including Show Boat (1927).
1950s/60s country songwriter; co-wrote I forgot to Remember to
Forget with Charlie Feather.
songwriter; with Floyd McRea, Carl Feaster, Claude Feaster,
James Edwards wrote Sh-Boom.
King, B. B.
(Riley .B.)(b. 1925). Blues
singer-songwriter famous since 1949.
Throughout 1960s wrote numerous hit songs in collaboration with
Gerry Goffin for other artists, before becoming a soloist
in the 1970s.
Nat. In 1950s
wrote "I Had a True Love".
blues songwriter. See Jessie Stone, Ahmet Ertegun, Danny
singer-songwriter, best known for "Party Doll".
songwriter; co-wrote songs with Maurice Mysels.
singer-songwriter, whose songs have been widely