Category Search - bandleader (Also see conductor)

(101 found)

Roy Acuff
singer, country, bandleader, musician, publisher

Real/Birth Name:
Roy Claxton Acuff
Nickname(s):
King of Country Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band Smoky Mountain Boys. Song Wabash Cannonball.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Louis Armstrong
musician, singer, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 29 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Hello, Dolly!, What a Wonderful World, I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas, That Lucky Old Sun, When You're Smiling. Movie Hello, Dolly!.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Desi Arnaz
actor, singer, musician, business, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
ex-husband of
Younger than Lucille Ball by 5 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Co-founder of Desilu Productions. TV show I Love Lucy. Movie The Long, Long Trailer.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6325½ Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Lovie Austin
musician, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Cora Calhoun
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Brief Facts:

"First female bandleader" - and pianist.

Blue Barron
bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Friedman
Also Known As:
Harry Friedman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Called his music style "sweet" music.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1724 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Count Basie
musician, composer, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing orchestra Count Basie Orchestra jazz pianist and swing music. Theme song One O'Clock Jump.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry20 January 1982

Ben Bernie
bandleader, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Anzelvitz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Wake Up and Live.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

Buddy Boudreaux
jazz, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
John Landry Boudreaux
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band musician from Baton Rouge.

Lou Breese
bandleader, musician, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Luigi G. Calabrese
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Banjo player.

James Brown
singer, composer, bandleader, actor, criminal

Real/Birth Name:
James Joseph Brown Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Godfather of Soul
The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Got You (I Feel Good). Served 26 months for a high speed chase, in Georgia, 1988.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry10 January 1997

Dave Brubeck
musician, composer, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
David Warren Brubeck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 1 day before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Compositions and performed music were sometimes in unusual time signatures. Songs Take Five, Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo à la Turk.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1716 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Cab Calloway
musician, bandleader, jazz, singer, actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Minnie the Moocher. Movies Stormy Weather, Porgy and Bess, Hello Dolly!. Broadway musical The Pajama Game.

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Benny Carter
musician, jazz, composer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Bennett Lester Carter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95, 27 days before his 96th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry9 February 1995

George Clinton
singer, composer, bandleader, producer

Real/Birth Name:
George Edward Clinton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder and member of Parliament-Funkadelicaka group P-Funk, Parliament.

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Cy Coleman
composer, musician, jazz, bandleader, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Seymour Kaufman
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Composed songs for Frank Sinatra: The Best is Yet to Come, Witchraft, Big Spender. Musical Sweet Charity. Won three Tony Awards, plus several Grammys and Emmys.

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Ray Coniff
bandleader, composer, accident, conductor

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Raymond Coniff
Also Known As:
Engberg
Jay Raye
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 25 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arranger for Mitch Miller. Group Ray Coniff Singers. Song Somewhere My Love based on the song Lara's Theme. Between 1957 and 1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40. Died from a fall in his bathtub.

Spade Cooley
singer, musician, bandleader, criminal

Real/Birth Name:
Donell Clyde Cooley
Nickname(s):
the King of Western Swing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 24 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arrested and convicted 1961 for murdering his second wife.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6802 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

Bob Crosby
bandleader, singer, actor

Real/Birth Name:
George Robert Crosby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Bing Crosby by 10 years.
grand uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Leader of the band The Bob Crosby Orchestra and Bobcats. Movie The Five Pennies.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6313 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6252 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Xavier Cugat
musician, bandleader, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Francesc d'Asís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Abbe Lane by 32 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Charo by 51 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs Perfidia, Brazil. Movies Bathing Beauty, Neptune's Daughter.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Deacon John
R&B, musician, blues, bandleader, singer

Real/Birth Name:
John Moore
Also Known As:
Deacon John Moore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar.

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Jimmy Dorsey
musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Dorsey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Tommy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Song Tangerine.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6505 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Tommy Dorsey
bandleader, musician, military

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 7 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Jimmy Dorsey by 1 year.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Eddy Duchin
bandleader, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Frank Duchin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Born either April 1 or April 10. Pianist and bandleader. Subject of the somewhat fictionalized movie The Eddy Duchin Story. Died of leukemia.

Billy Eckstine
musician, jazz, singer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
William Clarence Eckstein
Nickname(s):
Mr. B.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Prisoner of Love, My Foolish Heart, I Apologize.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6638 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Duke Ellington
musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Percy Faith
bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Percy Faith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Delicado, Theme from a Summer Place.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Shep Fields
bandleader, dj, radio, business

Real/Birth Name:
Shep Feldman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Freddie Fields by 12 years.

Brief Facts:

Band Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm. Song Thanks for the Memory. Radio show Shep Fields Revue with Bob Hope as the announcer.

Kinky Friedman
bandleader, singer, country, composer, writer, comedy, activist, politician

Real/Birth Name:
Richard S. Friedman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Author of mystery novels Greenwich Killing Time, The Mile High Club. Jewish country singer with comedy song They Ain't Making Jews like Jesus Anymore. Band The Texas Jewboys. Peace Corps for 3 years. Candidate for governor of Texas in 2006.

Jackie Gleason
actor, composer, dj, musician, bandleader, comedy, boxing, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert John Gleason
Also Known As:
Herbert Walton Gleason Jr.
Nickname(s):
The Great One
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Honeymooners. Movies Smokey and the Bandit, The Hustler, Soldier in the Rain. Tony Award for acting in Broadway musical play Take Me Along.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6231 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Benny Goodman
musician, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet. Jazz and swing music. Song Sometimes I'm Happy.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Merv Griffin
singer, business, tv, actor, producer, director, writer, composer, bandleader, game show

Real/Birth Name:
Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. Created TV game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune. Composed a theme for Jeopardy. Host of his TV talk show The Merv Griffin Show.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 265 S. Palm Canyon Drive15 October 1998

Lionel Hampton
musician, composer, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drums and vibraphone. Song Flying Home.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry14 June 1982

W.C. Handy
composer, bandleader, blues, writer

Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Memphis Blues, Beale St Blues, St. Louis Blues.

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Happy Fats
country, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Leroy LeBlanc
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Cajun dance band Happy Fats & His Rayne-Bo Ramblers from Rayne, Louisiana. Also Western swing. Segregationist recordings in the 1960s.

Phil Harris
actor, bandleader, radio, golf

Real/Birth Name:
Wonga Philip Harris
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Alice Faye, until he died.
Older than Alice Faye by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Radio show The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive24 June 1994

Fletcher Henderson
musician, jazz, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.
Nickname(s):
Architect of Swing
Smack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Important in the development of big band jazz and swing music.

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Skitch Henderson
bandleader, radio, conductor, musician, composer, criminal

Real/Birth Name:
Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Faye Emerson by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

TV show The Tonight Show with Steve Allen. Founder of orchestra New York Pops. In prison 4 months for tax evasion.

Woody Herman
actor, musician, bandleader, jazz, blues

Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Herd.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6805 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Earl Hines
musician, composer, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Kenneth Hines
Also Known As:
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Nickname(s):
Fatha
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The father of modern jazz piano.

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Don Ho
singer, actor, bandleader, tv

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Tai Loy Ho
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Hawaiian entertainer, famed for songs Tiny Bubbles, The Hawaiian Wedding Song. Host of TV show The Don Ho Show.

Jools Holland
musician, bandleader, tv, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Julian Miles Holland
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Television presenter.

Pee Wee Hunt
bandleader, musician, singer, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Walter GerhardtHunt
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Pee-Wee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band (swing); played trombone. Song Twelfth Street Rag.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Chrissie Hynde
singer, musician, composer, bandleader, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Christine Ellen Hynde
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Punk rock. Moved to England. Group The Pretenders. Albums Last of the Independents, Learning to Crawl. Active with PETA.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of group The Pretenders.

Chubby Jackson
jazz, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Greig Stewart Jackson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 24 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz double bass.

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Illinois Jacquet
musician, jazz, bandleader, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz tenor saxophone soloist. Famed for 80-second solo in the Lionel Hampton song Flying Home.

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Harry James
bandleader, musician, circus

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Haag James
Also Known As:
The Youngest Contortionist in the World
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Betty Grable by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player. Group Music Makers. Found Frank Sinatra working as a waiter, hired him as singer for his band.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Quincy Jones
musician, composer, bandleader, activist, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Nickname(s):
Q
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Peggy Lipton by 13 years.
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Producer of the Michael Jackson album Off the Wall. Composed songs Chump Change, Soul Bossa Nova.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry14 March 1980

Sammy Kaye
bandleader, composer, radio, actor, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Sammy Zarnocay Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio program So You Want to Lead a Band. Songs Hawaiian Sunset, Tell Me You Love Me.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

KC
singer, musician, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Wayne Casey
Nickname(s):
K.C.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group KC and the Sunshine Band. Songs Boogie Shoes, That's the Way I Like It. Keyboardist and vocals.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry as a member of group KC and the Sunshine Band.

Stan Kenton
musician, bandleader, composer, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album The Peanut Vendor. Unusual "Progressive" jazz, in a big band sound. Used unusual rhythms, like 5 or 7 beats per measure. Band Stan Kenton Orchestra.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Pee Wee King
actor, singer, country, composer, bandleader, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski
Also Known As:
Frank "Pee Wee" King
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In the Gene Autry movie Gold Mine in the Sky. Wrote song Tennessee Waltz with Redd Stewart, chosen by Tennessee in 1965 as the state song - sung by Patti Page.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1715 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

King Curtis
musician, bandleader, producer, murdered, adopted

Real/Birth Name:
Curtis Ousley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor sax solo on song Yakety-Yak for the group The Coasters. Also song Charlie Brown. Stabbed to death.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987 as a member of group The Coasters.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1999 as a member of group The Coasters.

Kay Kyser
musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
James King Kern Kyser
Nickname(s):
The Ol' Perfessor
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Kay Kyser Band in the 1930s.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to radio

Guy Lombardo
musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Gaetano Albert Lombardo
Nickname(s):
Mr. New Year's Eve
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombone player. Theme song Auld Lang Syne.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6677 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Isidro Lopez
singer, bandleader, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Isidro Manuel Lopez
Nickname(s):
El Indio
Father of Tejano Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Considered the father of Chicano/Tejano music. Album Isidro Lopez 15 Original Hits. Alto saxophone player.

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Ted Mack
tv, radio, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
William Edward Maguiness
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show and radio program The Original Amateur Hour.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Johnny Mann
composer, conductor, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
John Russell Mann
Also Known As:
Johnnie Mann
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Lori Nelson, until he died.
Older than Lori Nelson by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Group The Johnny Mann Singers. Song (his version was popular in the UK) Up, Up and Away.

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Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive4 April 1998

Wingy Manone
musician, composer, bandleader, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Matthews Manone
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced Mah-KNOWN. Lost an arm in a streetcar accident. Trumpet musician. Song There'll Come a Time (Wait and See).

Branford Marsalis
musician, composer, bandleader, jazz, Tony Award, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Branford Marsalis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
older brother of
Older than Wynton Marsalis by 1 year.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet and saxophone.

Hugh Masekela
musician, bandleader, activist, composer, singer, jazz, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Hugh Ramapolo Masekela
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Miriam Makeba by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet. Broadway musical Sarafina.

Dave Matthews
singer, bandleader, composer, actor, activist

Real/Birth Name:
David John Matthews
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocals for his band Dave Matthews Band. Album The Gorge. Movies Because of Winn-Dixie, Where the Red Fern Grows. Political activist.

Billy May
musician, composer, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
William E. May
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Take the A Train. Lead band The Billy May Orchestra. Trumpeter.

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Jim McCartney
musician, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
James McCartney
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
husband of
Mary Patricia McCartney, until her earlier death.
Older than Mary Patricia McCartney by 7 years.
father of
father of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz band Jim Mac Jazz Band.

Jay McShann
singer, musician, jazz, blues, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band The Jay McShann Orchestra.

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Glenn Miller
musician, composer, bandleader, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Alton Glenn Miller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist, composer, bandleader. Songs In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction. The best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Vaughn Monroe
singer, bandleader, actor, radio, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Vaughn Wilton Monroe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Racing with the Moon, In the Still of the Night, In the Middle of the House, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1755 Vine Street for contributions to radio

Jelly Roll Morton
musician, jazz, blues, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Also Known As:
Ferdinand Morton
Ferd Morton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birthday may be October 20, 1890. World War I draft registration card shows September 13, 1884. Confusion over his birth name also, may have been LaMenthe or LaMotte. Jazz pianist. Claimed he wrote songs Alabama Bound, Tiger Rag, copyrighted by others.

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Phil Napoleon
jazz, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Filippo Napoli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89, 29 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter.

Ozzie Nelson
actor, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Oswald George Nelson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
grandfather of
husband of
Harriet Hilliard, until he died.
Older than Harriet Hilliard by 3 years.
grandfather of
father of
grandfather of
by adoption grandfather of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Duo Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, Fibber McGee and Molly. Radio show and TV show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Had a big band in the 1930s.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6555 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6260 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio as a member of group Ozzie & Harriet Nelson.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to radio21 December 1983 as a member of group Fibber McGee and Molly.

Tommy Newsom
musician, bandleader, Tony Award, conductor, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Penn Newsom
Nickname(s):
Mr. Excitement
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Live from Beautiful Downtown Burbank. Saxophonist and backup bandleader for Johnny Carson. Music arranger. Won two Tony Awards as a musical director.

Red Nichols
jazz, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Loring Nichols
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Cornet player. Leader of band Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

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King Oliver
musician, jazz, blues, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Nathan Oliver
Also Known As:
Joe Oliver
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 31 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz cornetist. Pioneered use of mutes in jazz. Taught Louis Armstrong. Songs Dippermouth Blues, Sweet Like This, Canal Street Blues, Doctor Jazz, Snag It.

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Johnny Otis
bandleader, dj, musician, blues, composer, producer, activist, writer, religion, educator, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes
Also Known As:
John Veliotis
Johnny Otis Show
Nickname(s):
Godfather of Rhythm and Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Greek ancestry. Book Listen to the Lambs. Songs Willie and the Hand Jive, Harlem Nocturne, Every Beat of My Heart, Double Crossing Blues.

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John Pizzarelli
jazz, singer, musician, writer, composer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
John Paul Pizzarelli Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Book World on a String. Album Meets the Beatles.

Louis Prima
singer, bandleader, actor, composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Prima
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Keely Smith by 21 years.

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced "Loo-ee Pree-ma." Song That Old Black Magic.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1615 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry25 July 2010

Tito Puente
musician, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nickname(s):
El Rey
The King of Mambo
The King of Latin Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Dance Mania.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry14 August 1990

Questlove
musician, rapper, producer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Ahmir Khalib Thompson
Also Known As:
?uestlove
BROther ?uestion
Questo
Brother Question
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Group The Roots. Albums things fall apart, The Roots Come Alive. TV show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as the house band.

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Alvino Rey
musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Alvin Henry McBurney
Nickname(s):
Father of the pedal steel guitar
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Luise King, until her earlier death.
Older than Luise King by 5 years.
uncle of

Brief Facts:

Swing music, big band leader, pedal steel guitarist.

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Buddy Rich
musician, singer, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Bernard Rich
Also Known As:
Bernard "Buddy" Rich
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer.

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Nelson Riddle
composer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Nelson Smock Riddle Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6724 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Buddy Rogers
actor, bandleader, jazz, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Rogers
Also Known As:
Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Nickname(s):
America's Boyfriend
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Mary Pickford, until her earlier death.
Younger than Mary Pickford by 12 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Wings. Trombonist.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6135 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive26 November 1993

Raymond Scott
bandleader, composer, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Warnow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Powerhouse which was used in many cartoons.

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Paul Shaffer
musician, bandleader, sidekick, director, producer, actor, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced Shay-fer. Known for TV show Late Night with David Letterman. TV show A Year at the Top. Also musical director and producer at induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll hall.

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Artie Shaw
musician, bandleader, writer, actor, composer, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Ava Gardner by 12 years.
ex-husband of
ex-husband of
Older than Evelyn Keyes by 6 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Lana Turner by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Clarinetist. Swing and jazz. Songs Star Dust, Monnglow, Dancing in the Dark, Begin the Beguine.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Tony Snow
news, commentator, radio, columnist, tv, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Anthony Snow
Nickname(s):
Tony
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Former press secretary for George W. Bush. Conservative radio commentator, show The Tony Snow Show. Host on Fox TV show Fox News Sunday. His own band Beats Jammin'. Died of cancer.

Deuce Spriggins
bandleader, actor, western

Real/Birth Name:
George R. Braunsdorf
Gender:
Male

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Movie Wabash Cannon Ball.

Jesse Stone
composer, R&B, bandleader, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Jesse Stone
Also Known As:
Charles E. Calhoun
Chuck Calhoun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Money Honey, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Don't Let Go. Credited with creating the bass line for early rock and roll music.

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Sun Ra
musician, jazz, composer, bandleader, poet

Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also a philosopher. Claimed to be from Saturn at one point.

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Thelma Terry
jazz, bandleader, bassist

Real/Birth Name:
Thelma Combes
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Bands in Chicago.

Billy Tipton
jazz, musician, bandleader, transgender

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Lucille Tipton
Also Known As:
Billy Lee Tipton
Nickname(s):
Tippy
Gender:
Male (changed from) Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Notable for the discovery, after his death, that he was born biologically female. Hid gender from female partners and others, including adopted family.

Bobby Troup
actor, composer, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Robert William Troup Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Julie London, until he died.
Older than Julie London by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

TV show Emergency! with wife Julie London. Wrote song Route 66.

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Ike Turner
musician, bandleader, producer, composer, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Ike Wister Turner
Also Known As:
Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tina Turner by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Group Ike & Tina Turner. Songs It's Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep - Mountain High, I Want to Take You Higher, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits. Death ruled a drug overdose on cocaine.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1991 as a member of group Ike & Tina Turner.
St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6659 Delmar Boulevard

Rudy Vallee
singer, actor, musician, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Hubert Prior Vallée
Also Known As:
Rudy Vallée
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 25 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jane Greer by 23 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Batchelor and the Bobby-Soxer, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Famed for the song Whiffenpoof Song. Popular singer in the 1930s.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1632 Vine Street for contributions to radio
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive13 January 1995

Johnny Ventura
singer, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Merengue music.

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Fred Waring
musician, bandleader, tv, radio, business

Real/Birth Name:
Fredrick Malcolm Waring
Nickname(s):
America's Singing Master
The Man Who Taught America How to Sing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Button Up Your Overcoat, Dancing in the Dark. Financial backer for the Waring blender.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6556 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1751 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive11 April 1997

Ted Weems
bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Wilfred Theodore Weymes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Piccolo Pete, Heartaches.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1680 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Lawrence Welk
tv, bandleader, musician, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Lawrence Welk Show. Born in a German-speaking community, which was the origin of his accent.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Maurice White
singer, composer, bandleader, producer, R&B, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
Maurice White
Nickname(s):
Reese
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Verdine White by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Founder of group Earth, Wind & Fire. Soul, gospel, jazz, pop, R&B and funk.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kennedy Center Honors 2019 as a member of group Earth, Wind & Fire.
NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1994 as a member of group Earth, Wind & Fire.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010 as a member of group Earth, Wind & Fire.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry14 September 1995 as a member of group Earth, Wind & Fire.

Bob Wills
musician, bandleader, country

Real/Birth Name:
James Robert Wills
Nickname(s):
The King of Western Swing
Jim Rob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Western swing band The Texas Playboys. Songs San Antonio Rose, Faded Love.

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Kai Winding
musician, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Kai Cresten Winding
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60, 12 days before his 61st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Danish-born jazz trombone player. Pronounced "Keye Winn-Ding." Song More from the movie Mondo Cane.

Hugo Winterhalter
composer, conductor, bandleader, educator, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Hugo Winterhalter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64, 33 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Arranged song Stardust. Songs Blue Christmas, The Third Man Theme, My Foolish Heart, Blue Tango.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry
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