They Wrote The Songs.by CarlosAlvar | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 19 Feb 2017 | Public
1. A.P. Carter
Soundtrack | 2012
A.P. Carter was born on December 15, 1891 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA as Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter. He was married to Sara Dougherty. He died on November 7, 1960 in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.
Alvin Pleasant Delaney "A.P." Carter (December 15, 1891 – November 7, 1960)
The Carter Family (1927-1944)
- The Storms Are on the Ocean (1927)
- Engine One-Forty-Three (1927)
- Hello Stranger (1928)
- Single Girl, Married Girl (1928)
- Wildwood Flower (1928)
- Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone (1928)
- I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (1929)
- Cannonball Blues (1930)
- Worried Man Blues (1930)
- When I'm Gone (1931)
- Gold Watch and Chain (1933)
- Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By) (1935)
- No Depression in Heaven (1936)
- I Never Will Marry (1937)
- I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes (1929) #10US
- Worried Man Blues (1930) #14US
- My Dixie Darling (1957) Lonnie Donegan #10UK
- Welcome to the Cheap Seats (1992) The Wonder Stuff #8UK
- Cups (Pitch Perfect's When I'm Gone) (2013) Anna Kendrick #6US #71UK
Soundtrack | The Losers
Leadbelly was born on January 29, 1885 in Louisiana, USA as Huddie William Ledbetter. He was married to Martha Promise and Aletha Henderson. He died on December 6, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA.
Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1889 – December 6, 1949)
- Please Pardon Me (1925)
- Goodnight Irene (1933)
- Death Letter Blues (1934)
- Pick A Bale Of Cotton (1935)
- Blind Lemon (My Friend Blind Lemon) (1935)
- Packin’ Trunk Blues (1935)
- The Bourgeois Blues (1938)
- Yallow Women's Door Bells (1939)
- Black Betty (1939)
- Cotton Fields (1940)
- Alberta (blues) (1940)
- On a Monday (1941)
- Gallispole (1941)
- Good Morning Blues (1941)
- Leaving Blues (1941)
- Hitler Song (1942)
- Pigmeat (1946)
- Out on the Western Plains (1946)
- Grasshoppers in My Pillow (1947)
- Rock Island Line (1948)
- Cotton Song (1953)
- Silver City Bound (1954)
- Goodnight Irene (1950) Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra & the Weavers #1US
- Goodnight Irene (1950) Frank Sinatra #5US
- Goodnight Irene (1950) Ernest Tubb & Red Foley #10US #1C&W
- Goodnight Irene (1950) Dennis Day #17US
- Goodnight Irene (1950) Jo Stafford #9US
- Goodnight Irene (1950) The Alexander Brothers #26US
- I Need You So (1950) Don Cornell #25US
- Rock Island Line (1956) Lonnie Donegan #8US #8UK
- Rock Island Line (1956) Don Cornell #59US
- Bring a Little Water Sylvie (1956) Lonnie Donegan #7UK
- Goodnight Irene (1959) Billy Williams #75US
- Have a Drink on Me (1961) Lonnie Donegan #8UK
- Cotton Fields (1961) The Highwaymen #13US
- Goodnight Irene (1962) Jerry Reed & The Hully Girlies #79US
- Pick a Bale of Cotton (1962) Lonnie Donegan #11UK
- Cottonfields (1963) Ace Cannon #67US
- Black Girl (1964) The Four Pennies #20UK
- Rock Island Line (1970) Johnny Cash #93US
- Cotton Fields (1970) The Beach Boys #5UK
- Black Betty (1977) Ram Jam #18US #7UK
- Black Betty (2003) Tom Jones #50UK
- Dangerous (2006) Ying Yang Twins #85US
Soundtrack | Cry-Baby
Jimmie Rodgers considered by many to be the father of Country Music began his career with the railroad at the age of fourteen following in his father, Aaron's footsteps. In 1911, he went to work as a brakeman but had to cut his railroading career short because of contracting consumption in 1924. ...
James Charles "Jimmie" Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933)
- Blue Yodel No.1 ("T" for Texas) (1928)
- Brakeman's Blues (1928)
- In the Jailhouse Now (1928)
- Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea (1928)
- Daddy and Home (1929)
- Waiting for a Train (1929)
- Blue Yodel No. 4 (1929)
- Desert Blues (1929)
- My Caroline Sunshine Girl (1929)
- You and My Old Guitar (1929)
- My Rough and Rowdy Ways (1930)
- Any Old Time (1930)
- Blue Yodel No. 8 (1931)
- Blue Yodel No. 9 (1931)
- Nobody Knows but Me (1931)
- T.B. Blues (1931)
- Travelin' Blues (1931)
- Mother, the Queen of My Heart (1932)
- Hobo's Meditation (1932)
- Gambling Bar Room Blues (1933)
- Mississippi Delta Blues (1933)
- Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia (1933)
- Dreaming With Tears in My Eyes (1938)
- The Soldier's Sweetheart (1927) #9US
- Blue Yodel (1928) #2US
- Blue Yodel No.3 (1928) #10US
- In the Jail House Now (1928) #14US
- The Brakeman's Blues (1928) #7US
- Waiting for a Train (1929) #14US
- Anniversary Yodel (Blue Yodel No. 7) (1930) #19US
- Mule Skinner Blues (1960) The Fendermen #5US #32UK
- Mule Skinner Blues (1960) Rusty Draper #39UK
- Gamblin' Bar Room Blues (1975) Alex Harvey Band #38UK
4. Furry Lewis
Actor | W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
Born in Mississippi, Walter "Furry" Lewis was one of the original Delta Bluesmen. A contemporary of Robert Johnson, Lewis specialized in slide guitar. He has multiple recordings that can be easily be found. Furry lost his leg while trying to jump a freight train.
Walter E. "Furry" Lewis (March 6, 1893 – September 14, 1981)
- Mr. Furry's Blues (1927)
- Falling Down Blues (1927)
- Kassie Jones (1928)
- Turn Your Money Green (1928)
- Judge Harsh Blues (Good Morning Judge) (1928)
- East St. Louis Blues (1960)
- Judge Boushay Blues (1960)
- Pearlee Blues (1960)
- White Lightnin' (1961)
- A Dog Named Blue (1961)
- Goin' to Kansas City (1961)
- Going to Brownsville (1975)
Soundtrack | Lore
Blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson has been called the most influential bluesman in the history of blues singers. While his recording career was prolific but short--almost 100 titles from 1926-29--he became arguably the most popular blues singer in black America.
Born in Couchman, TX, in 1897, he ...
Lemon Henry Jefferson (September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929)
- Jack o' Diamonds (1926)
- Black Horse Blues (1926)
- Dry Southern Blues (1926)
- Long Lonesome Blues (1926)
- Got the Blues (1926)
- Match Box Blues (1927)
- Bad Luck Blues (1927)
- Rambler Blues (1927)
- Booger Rooger Blues (1927)
- Broke and Hungry (1927)
- One Dime Blues (1927)
- Stocking Feet Blues (1927)
- That Black Snake Moan (1927)
- Wartime Blues (1927)
- One Kind Favor (1928)
- See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (1928)
- Balky Mule Blues 1928)
- Blind Lemon's Penitentiary Blues (1928)
- Hangman's Blues (1928)
Fred Rose (August 24, 1897 or 1898 – December 1, 1954)
- Deed I Do (1926) by Johnny Marvin.
- Be Honest With Me (1941) by Gene Autry.
- Tears on My Pillow (1941) by Gene Autry.
- The End of the World (1942) by Jimmie Davis.
- Fire Ball Mail (1942) by Roy Acuff.
- Yesterday's Roses (1942) by Gene Autry.
- Pins and Needles (In My Heart) (1942) by Bob Atcher & Bonnie Blue Eyes.
- I Hang My Head and Cry (1942) by Gene Autry.
- Home in San Antone (1943) by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
- Hang Your Head in Shame (1944) by Foy Willing.
- We Live in Two Different Worlds (1944) by Tex Ritter.
- You Don't Care What Happens to Me (1945) by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
- Wait for the Light to Shine (1945) by Roy Acuff.
- Foggy River (1946) by Jimmie Lawson.
- No One Will Ever Know (1946) Roy Acuff.
- Roly Poly (1946) by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
- It's a Sin (1947) by Eddy Arnold.
- Waltz of the Wind (1947) by Roy Acuff.
- Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1947) by Roy Acuff.
- Deep Water (1948) by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
- Mansion on the Hill (1949) by Hank Williams.
- Crazy Heart (1951) by Hank Williams.
- Settin' the Woods on Fire (1952) by Hank Williams.
- I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (1952) Hank Williams.
- Kaw-Liga (1953) by Hank Williams.
- Take These Chains from My Heart (1953) Hank Williams.
- Deed I Do (1927) Ruth Etting
- Deed I Do (1927) Johnny Marvin
- Be Honest with Me (1941) Bing Crosby
- Tweedle-O-Twill (1944) Gene Autry
- I Hang My Head and Cry (1944) Gene Autry
- A Pair of Broken Hearts (1945) Spade Cooley
- At Mail Call Today (1945) Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
- Hang Your Head in Shame (1945) Red Foley
- I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take from You (1945) Spade Cooley
- A Little White Cross on the Hill(1946) Roy Rogers
- You're Not My Darlin' Anymore (1947) Gene Autry
- It's a Sin (1947) Eddy Arnold
- The Waltz of the Wind (1948) Roy Acuff
- Texarkana Baby (1948) Eddy Arnold
- Foggy River (1948) Kate Smith
- Before You Call (1949) Dave Landers
- It's a Sin (1950) Ivory Joe Hunter
- Crazy Heart (1951) Hank Williams
- I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (1952) Hank Williams
- Settin' the Woods on Fire (1952) Hank Williams
- Crazy Heart (1952) Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
- Settin' the Woods on Fire (1952) Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine
- Kaw-Liga (1953) Hank Williams
- Take These Chains from My Heart (1953) Hank Williams
- Candy Lips (1953) Doris Day and Johnnie Ray
- Tears on My Pillow (1961) The McGuire Sisters
- No One Will Ever Know (1962) Jimmie Rodgers
- Take These Chains from My Heart (1963) Ray Charles
- No One Will Ever Know (1966) Frank Ifield
- Deep Water (1967) Carl Smith
- It's a Sin (1969) Marty Robbins
- Kaw-Liga (1969) Charley Pride
- Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1975) Willie Nelson
Soundtrack | Walk the Line
Gospel/blues singer and musician Blind Willie Johnson was born--as far as is known, since not much information is available about his early life--in 1902 in Marlin, TX. Supposedly, he was blinded when he was about three years old when his stepmother threw lye at his father during an argument, ...
Blind Willie Johnson (January 25, 1897 – September 18, 1945)
- You Better Get Somebody on Your Bond (1924)
- Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground (1928)
- If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down (1928)
- It's Nobody's Fault But Mine (1928)
- Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed (1928)
- Mother's Children Have a Hard Time (Motherless Children) (1928)
- Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning (1929)
- Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying (1929)
- God Don't Never Change (1930)
- You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond (1930)
- God Moves on the Water (1930)
- John the Revelator (1930)
- Let Your Light Shine on Me (1930)
- The Rain Don't Fall on Me (1930)
- The Soul of a Man (1931)
Soundtrack | The Skeleton Key
Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, USA as Robert Leroy Johnson. He was married to Calleta "Callie" Craft and Virginia Travis. He died on August 13, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938)
- Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1937)
- Terraplane Blues (1937)
- Last Fair Deal Gone Down (1937)
- I Believe I'll Dust My Broom (1937)
- Cross Road Blues (1937)
- Ramblin' on My Mind (1937)
- Come On in My Kitchen (1937)
- Hell Hound on My Trail (1937)
- They're Red Hot (1937)
- Sweet Home Chicago (1937)
- Milkcow's Calf Blues (1937)
- I'm a Steady Rollin' Man (1937)
- Honeymoon Blues (1938)
- Stop Breakin' Down Blues (1938)
- Me and the Devil Blues (1938)
- Love in Vain Blues (1939)
- Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) (1939)
- When You Got a Good Friend (1961)
- Travelling Riverside Blues (1961)
- Drunken Hearted Man (1970)
Soundtrack | Weeds
Malvina Reynolds was born on August 23, 1900 in San Francisco, California, USA as Malvina Milder. She was married to William 'Bud' Reynolds. She died on March 17, 1978 in Berkeley, California.
Malvina Reynolds (August 23, 1900 – March 17, 1978)
- Don't Bother Me (1959) by Guy Carawan.
- Turn Around (1959) by Harry Belafonte.
- Sing Along (1960)
- We Hate to See Them Go (1960)
- Morningtown Ride (1962) by The Limeliters.
- What Have They Done to the Rain (1962) by Joan Baez.
- Little Boxes (1963) by Pete Seeger.
- From Way Up Here (1964) by Pete Seeger.
- God Bless the Grass (1967)
- Quiet (1967)
- Bitter Rain (1967)
- No Hole in My Head (1971)
- If You Love Me (1975)
- Sally Don't You Grieve (1958) Lonnie Donegan #11UK
- Turn Around (1963) Dick and Dee Dee #27US
- Little Boxes (1964) Pete Seeger #70US
- Little Boxes (1964) The Womenfolk #83US
- What Have They Done to the Rain (1964) The Searchers #29US #13UK
- Morningtown Ride (1966) The Seekers #44US #2UK
- Little Boxes (2012) Sniffy Dog #68UK
Soundtrack | Mulholland Dr.
Sonny Boy Williamson was born on December 5, 1899 in Glendora, Mississippi, USA as Aleck Miller. He died on May 25, 1965 in Helena, Arkansas, USA.
Aleck Miller (December 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965)
- Crazy About You Baby (1951)
- Eyesight to the Blind (1951)
- Pontiac Blues (1951)
- Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues (1951)
- Mr. Down Child (1952)
- Nine Below Zero (1953)
- All My Love in Vain (1955)
- Don't Start Me Talkin' (1955)
- Keep It to Yourself (1956)
- I Don't Know (1957)
- Your Funeral & My Trial (1958)
- It's Sad to Be Alone (1960)
- Trust My Baby (1960)
- The Goat (1960)
- Bye Bye Bird (1963)
- Checkin' Up on My Baby (1965)
- Too Young to Die (1965)
- She's My Baby (1966)
11. Willie Dixon
Soundtrack | Daredevil
Blues legend Willie Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1915. His mother was a devoutly religious person who spent much of her time writing religious poems, which gave the young Willie exposure to rhyming and meter. At a young age he sang with a gospel group called the Union Jubilee ...
William James "Willie" Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992)
- Violent Love (1951) by Big Three Trio.
- My Love Will Never Die (1952) by Big Three Trio.
- Third Degree (1953) by Eddie Boyd.
- I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man (1954) by Muddy Waters.
- Oh Baby (1954) by Little Walter.
- Just Make Love to Me (1954) by Muddy Waters.
- Evil Is Goin' On (1954) by Howlin' Wolf.
- I'm Ready (1954) by Muddy Waters.
- Mellow Down Easy (1954) by Little Walter.
- I Want to Be Loved (1955) by Muddy Waters.
- My Babe (1955) by Little Walter.
- Young Fashioned Ways (1955) by Muddy Waters.
- Too Late (1955) by Little Walter.
- The Seventh Son (1955) by Willie Mabon.
- Don't Go No Farther (1956) by Muddy Waters.
- I Can't Quit You Baby (1956) by Otis Rush.
- Sit Down Baby (1956) by Otis Rush.
- 29 Ways (1956)
- I Don't Care Who Knows (1957) by Harold Burrage.
- Two Headed Woman (1957) by Junior Wells.
- Close to You (1958) by Muddy Waters.
- 21 Days in Jail (1958) by Magic Sam.
- Easy Baby (1958) by Magic Sam.
- Hidden Charms (1958) Charles Clark & Willie Dixon Band.
- Live the Life I Love (Love The...) (1958) by Muddy Waters.
- Crazy Mixed Up World (1959) by Little Walter.
- My Baby Is Sweeter (1959) by Little Walter.
- Built for Comfort (1960) Willie Dixon with Memphis Slim.
- Howlin' for My Darling (1960) by Howlin' Wolf.
- Spoonful (1960) by Howlin' Wolf.
- You Know My Love (1960) by Otis Rush.
- Tiger in Your Tank (1960) by Muddy Waters.
- Back Door Man (1961) by Howlin' Wolf.
- As Long as I Have You (1961) by Little Walter.
- I Don't Play (1961) Originally by Little Walter.
- Down in the Bottom (1961) by Howlin' Wolf.
- Little Baby (1961) by Howlin' Wolf.
- Shake for Me (1961) by Howlin' Wolf.
- The Red Rooster (1961) by Howlin' Wolf.
- Let Me Love You Baby (1961) by Buddy Guy.
- You'll Be Mine (1962) by Howlin' Wolf.
- I Ain't Superstitious (1962) by Howlin' Wolf.
- You Shook Me (1962) Muddy Waters.
- You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover (1962) by Bo Diddley.
- You Need Love (1962) by Muddy Waters.
- Help Me (1963) by Sonny Boy Williamson.
- Three Hundred Pounds of Joy (1963) by Howlin' Wolf.
- The Same Thing (1964) by Muddy Waters.
- Dead Presidents (1964) by Little Walter.
- Bring It on Home (1965) by Sonny Boy Williamson.
- Insane Asylum (1968) by Koko Taylor.
- Wang-Dang-Doodle (1995)
- I'm Ready (1954) Muddy Waters #4R&B
- I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man (1954) Muddy Waters #3R&B
- Just Make Love to Me (1954) Muddy Waters #4R&B
- Oh Baby (1954) Little Walter #8R&B
- My Babe (1955) Little Walter #1R&B
- Don't Go No Farther (1956) Muddy Waters #9R&B
- I Can't Quit You Baby (1956) Otis Rush #6R&B
- Close to You (1958) Muddy Waters #9R&B
- Lovin' Up a Storm (1959) Jerry Lee Lewis #28UK
- Spoonful (1960) Etta James & Harvey #78US
- It Do Me So Good (1961) Ann-Margret #97US
- You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover (1962) Bo Diddley #48US
- Little Red Rooster (1963) Sam Cooke #11US #2R&B
- Little Red Rooster (1964) The Rolling Stones #1UK
- Seventh Son (1965) Johnny Rivers #7US
- My Babe (1966) Roy Head #99US
- Wang Dang Doodle (1966) Ko Ko Taylor #58US #4R&B
- I'm Your Hoochie Cooche Man (1966) Jimmy Smith #94US
- Whole Lotta Love (1969) Led Zeppelin #4US
- Seventh Son (1969) Georgie Fame #25UK
- Whole Lotta Love (1970) CCS #58US #13UK
- Whole Lotta Love (1971) King Curtis #64US
- I Just Want to Make Love to You (1972) Foghat #83US
- Wang Dang Doodle (1973) The Pointer Sisters #61US
- Whole Lotta Love (1979) The Wonder Band #87US
- Sit Down and Cry (1980) Errol Dunkley #52UK
- Whole Lotta Love (1996) Goldbug #3UK
- I Just Want to Make Love to You (1996) Etta James #5UK
- Whole Lotta Love (1997) Led Zeppelin #21UK
- Whole Lotta Love (2007) Led Zeppelin #64UK
12. Elizabeth Cotten
Soundtrack | Dogfight
Elizabeth Cotten was born on January 5, 1895 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. She was married to Frank Cotten. She died on June 29, 1987 in Syracuse, New York, USA.
Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (née Neville) (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987)
- Freight Train (1957) by Peggy Seeger.
- Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (1958)
- Spanish Flang Dang (1958)
- Wilson Rag (1958)
- Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now (1958)
- Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You (1958)
- Shake Sugaree (1967)
- Washington Blues (1967)
- Freight Train (1957) Charles McDevitt Skiffle Group #40US #5UK
- Freight Train (1957) Rusty Draper #6US
13. Lightnin Hopkins
Soundtrack | Crazy Heart
Lightnin Hopkins was born on March 15, 1912 in Centerville, Texas, USA as Sam Hopkins. He died on January 30, 1982 in Houston, Texas.
Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982)
- Shining Moon (1947)
- I Feel So Bad (1947)
- Katie Mae (1947)
- Short Haired Woman (1947)
- Big Mama Jump (Little Mama Blues) (1947)
- That Mean Old Twister (1947)
- Tim Moore's Farm (1948)
- Picture on the Wall (1948)
- Unsuccessful Blues (1949)
- Death Bells (1949)
- Shotgun Blues (1950)
- Automobile Blues (1950)
- Give Me Central 209 (1951)
- You're Not Going to Worry My Life Anymore (1952)
- Bald-Headed Woman (1952)
- Mojo Hand (1961)
- Come Back Baby (1961)
- Give Me Back That Wig (1961)
- You Better Watch Yourself (1961)
- Coffee House Blues (1962)
- Fast Life Woman (1962)
- Lonesome Dog Blues (1963)
- Back Door Friend (1967)
- My Starter Won't Start This Morning (1969)
- Shotgun Blues (1950) #5R&B
- Coffee Blues (1952) #6R&B
- Give Me Central 209 (1952) #6R&B
- I Feel So Bad (1967) Little Milton #91US #7R&B
14. Woody Guthrie
Soundtrack | Drop Dead Gorgeous
Charley and Nora Guthrie named their son after the Democrat elected president that year. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie knew hard times as a youngster (his house burned down, his sister Clara burned to death, his father's small-town business and political careers never went anywhere, his mother suffered ...
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967)
Solo (1937-1965) Almanac Singers (1941-1943)
- Philadelphia Lawyer (1937)
- Do Re Mi (1940)
- Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh) (1940)
- I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore (1940)
- Vigilante Man (1940)
- Talking Dust Bowl Blues (1940)
- Dust Can't Kill Me (1940)
- Jesus Christ (1940)
- Grand Coulee Dam (1941)
- Pastures of Plenty (1941)
- Roll On, Columbia, Roll On (1941)
- Hard Travelin' (1941)
- Hard, Ain't It Hard (1941) Almanac Singers
- Mermaid's Avenue (1943)
- This Land Is Your Land (1944)
- 1913 Massacre (1945)
- Oklahoma Hills (1945) by Jack Guthrie.
- Pretty Boy Floyd (1945)
- Ludlow Massacre (1945)
- Gamblin' Man (1945)
- Deportee (1961) by Cisco Houston.
- Brown Eyes (1962)
- Ramblin' Round (1965)
- Oklahoma Hills (1945) Jack Guthrie #1C&W
- So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh) (1951) Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra & The Weavers #4US
- So Long (It's Been Good to...) (1951) Paul Weston and His Orchestra #21US
- So Long (It's Been Good to...) (1951) Ralph Marterie #26US
- Gamblin' Man (1957) Lonnie Donegan #1UK
- The Grand Coolie Dam (1958) Lonnie Donegan #6UK
- This Land Is Your Land (1962) The New Christy Minstrels #93US
- This Land Is Your Land (1962) Ketty Lester #97US
15. Fred Hellerman
Composer | Lovin' Molly
Songwriter ("Kisses Sweeter than Wine", "I Never Will Marry"), composer, author and singer, educated at Brooklyn College (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Columbia University. He served in the US Coast Guard during World War II, and co-founded the Weavers folk-singing group, for which he also sang and ...
16. Josh White
Soundtrack | Remember the Titans
Josh White was born on February 11, 1908 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA as Joshua Daniel White. He was married to Carol Carr. He died on September 5, 1969 in Manhasset, Long Island, New York, USA.
Joshua Daniel White (February 11, 1914 – September 5, 1969)
- Black And Evil Blues (1932)
- Low Cotton (1933)
- Lord I Want to Die Easy (1934)
- Badly Mistreated Man (1935)
- D.B.A. Blues (1935)
- Bad Housing Blues (1941)
- Uncle Sam Says (1941)
- Southern Exposure (1941)
- Hard Time Blues (1941)
- Fare Thee Well (1942)
- One Meat Ball (1944)
- Beloved Comrade (1944)
- Evil Hearted Man (1944)
- Freedom Road (1944)
- I Left a Good Deal in Mobile (1945)
17. Pete Seeger
Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Sixteen-year-old Pete Seeger enrolled at the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and then decided to become a hermit. His life since then has been one social cause after another, buoyed by an almost indefatigable career as a self-described "sing-along leader."
During the 1930s he attended Harvard, ...
Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)
Solo (1939-2014) Almanac Singers (1941-1943) The Weavers (1948–1952,1955–1964)
- Talking Union (1941) Almanac Singers.
- If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) (1949) The Weavers.
- Kisses Sweater Than Wine (1951) The Weavers.
- On Top of Old Smoky (1951) The Weavers & Terry Gilkyson.
- Passing Through (1956)
- Fi-Li-Mi-Oo-Re-Ay (1957) The Weavers.
- One Grain of Sand (1958)
- The Bells of Rhymney (1958)
- Oh, Had I a Golden Thread (1960)
- Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1960)
- Turn, Turn, Turn (1962)
- Living in the Country (1962)
- That's What I Learned in School (1963)
- From Way Up Here (1964)
- All Mixed Up (1965)
- Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (1967)
- Bring'Em Home (1969)
- The Emperor Is Naked Today-O (1970)
- My Rainbow Race (1971)
- God's Counting on Me, God's Counting on You (2012)
- On Top of Old Smoky (1951) The Weavers & Terry Gilkyson #2US
- On Top of Old Smoky (1951) Vaughn Monroe #8US
- On Top of Old Smoky (1951) Percy Faith & Burl Ives #10US
- Gotta Travel On (1958) Billy Grammer #4US
- Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (1962) Kingston Trio #21US
- If I Had a Hammer (1962) Peter, Paul & Mary #10US
- On Top of Spaghetti (1963) Tom Glazer #14US
- If I Had a Hammer (1963) Trini Lopez #3US #4UK
- Gotta Travel On (1963) Timi Yuro #64US
- We Shall Overcome (1963) Joan Baez #90US #26UK
- Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1965) Johnny Rivers #26US
- Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965) The Byrds #1US #26UK
- Guantanamera (1966) The Sandpipers #9US #7UK
- Turn Turn Turn (1969) Judy Collins #69US
- Risingson/Super Predators (1997) Massive Attack #11UK
- Guantanamera (1997) Wyclef Jean #62US #29UK
19. Doc Watson
Soundtrack | Convoy
Doc was blind from infancy due to an eye infection before his first birthday. He grew up playing harmonica and a homemade banjo but learned guitar after his father bought him a $12 Stella acoustic when he was 13. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired. He was born Arthel Lane...
20. Bob Wills
Soundtrack | The Right Stuff
Bob Wills, fiddler and band leader of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, was an influential developer of the western swing music style in the late 1930s through the 1940s. Recorded extensively for Columbia, Decca, MGM and others. Hit recordings included "San Antonio Rose, " "Faded Love, " and "Steel ...
21. Stan Jones
Soundtrack | Ghost Rider
Composer, songwriter and actor Stan Jones was born in Douglas, Arizona, on June 5, 1914. He learned to ride horses as a child, a skill that came in handy later in his life (as did his talent for singing and playing the guitar). After his father died his mother moved the family to Los Angeles. He ...
22. Bill Monroe
Soundtrack | Men of Honor
Born in Rosine Kentucky, he was the youngest of eight children. Orphaned at age 11 he was raised by his uncle, fiddler Pendleton Vandiver. Learning the fiddle from his mother and taught further by his uncle, at an early age he began playing dances with uncle and brothers. Besides his uncle (whom he...
23. Hank Williams
Soundtrack | The Last Picture Show
Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's ...
29. Marty Robbins
Soundtrack | The Drifter
He is known for many styles of music - pure honky-tonk, rockabilly, gospel, straight-ahead pop, blues and Hawaiian. But fans remember Marty Robbins best for his cowboy songs. Songs like "Big Iron", "Running Gun", "The Hanging Tree" and of course "El Paso" established Robbins as the master of the ...
31. Peggy Lee
Actress | Lady and the Tramp
Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...
32. Muddy Waters
Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting
Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) was one of the major forces in contemporary blues. He was instrumental in bringing the sound of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago in the 1940s, where his recordings for the Chess label exerted an enormous influence on both blues and rock musicians from the ...
34. Elmore James
Soundtrack | '71
Mississippi-born Elmore Leonard was a blues musician known as "The King of the Slide Guitar". He played on various radio shows throughout the South and built up a following. In 1951, he recorded his first record, "Dust My Broom", for the small Trumpet Records label out of Jackson, MS. It became a "...
36. Ivory Joe Hunter
Soundtrack | Lone Star
Born in Weirgate, Texas, in 1914, blues/R&B singer Ivory Joe Hunter is probably most famous for writing and recording the hit "Since I Met You, Baby". He learned to play piano at an early age and by his mid-teens was performing in the Beaumont, Texas, area. He made some recordings in the 1930s (...
40. Rosco Gordon
Soundtrack | The Express
Memphis-born Rosco Gordon was a fixture on the local blues scene when he was just a teenager, as a pianist and singer. His vocal style was termed "eccentric"--he went in for moaning, wailing, slurring and scrambling his words--and tended to mix his piano styles between blues and boogie-woogie. In ...
41. Henry Glover
Soundtrack | The Killer Inside Me
Henry Glover was an A&R man and record producer in the 1950s and 1960s with various labels, most notably King and Roulette. Probably the first African-American director of A&R for a major independent label (King/Federal). Produced artists such as Little Willie John, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, ...
42. Johnny Otis
Soundtrack | Back to the Future
Johnny Otis was involved in virtually every aspect of the music business: he was a singer, musician, composer, producer, record company owner, arranger and talent scout, among others. He helped to shape the R&B genre starting in the late 1940s and stayed involved in it for over 30 years.
Otis was ...
Leiber and Stoller were the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote many early rock and roll hits, including "Hound Dog" (originally for Big Mama Thornton but made even more famous by Elvis Presley) and many songs for The Coasters. Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and ...
45. Little Richard
Soundtrack | Predator
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...
46. Bo Diddley
Actor | Trading Places
Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2's "Desire" or George Michael's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat", the most famous beat in the world! One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Bo ...
47. Ike Turner
Soundtrack | Deadpool
Ike Turner was born on November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA as Izear Luster Turner Jr. He was married to Audrey Madison, Jeanette Bazzell, Margaret Ann Thomas, Tina Turner, Bonnie Mae Wilson and Lorraine Taylor. He died on December 12, 2007 in San Marcos, California, USA.
54. Earl King
Soundtrack | Rush
Musician / composer / producer Earl King was born Solomon Johnson in New Orleans, LA, in 1934. He is considered by many to be one of the main architects of the New Orleans R&B movement in the 1950s and 1960s, along with such contemporaries as Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino and John E. Glassco (aka "...
55. Allen Toussaint
Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
New Orleans-based R&B singer/songwriter Allen Toussaint was born on January 14, 1938 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Naomi and Clarence Toussaint, Allen grew up in a shotgun house in the New Orleans neighborhood of Gert Town. Toussaint started learning piano at age seven and began his music ...
56. Lloyd Price
Soundtrack | Green Lantern
Although most of Lloyd Price's hits occurred in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he actually had his first hit in 1952, with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", which became a major R&B hit. However, his budding career came to a quick halt in 1954 when he was drafted into the army. Because of his musical ...
57. Ray Charles
Soundtrack | Ray
A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...
63. Buck Owens
Soundtrack | Crazy Heart
Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences. Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the ...
64. Jerry Reed
Soundtrack | Smokey and the Bandit
Tall, blond haired country & western singer / songwriter from Atlanta Georgia, who usually appears in films portraying good humored Southern type characters. Reed was already writing and singing music in high school, and was signed by Capitol Records to a three-year contract in 1955. However, in ...
68. Willie Nelson
Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard
This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, ...
70. Johnny Cash
Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show
Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully ...
72. Otis Blackwell
Soundtrack | Top Gun
Otis Blackwell was a songwriter whose works included "Great Balls of Fire", "Fever", "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up". Born in Brooklyn in 1931, he grew up obsessed with the movies of Tex Ritter. After briefly singing in blues clubs, he signed with RCA in 1952 as a songwriter. With the royalties...
75. Harvey Fuqua
Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting
Singer / songwriter / record producer Harvey Fuqua was born in Louisville, KY, on July 27, 1929. His uncle was Charles Fuqua, a member of The Ink Spots, and Harvey spent much of his childhood singing on street corners with relatives and friends, including Bobby Lester. After a stint in the army, ...
81. Felice Bryant
Soundtrack | Starman
As a child Felice Bryant composed lyrics set to traditional Italian melodies and, in her teens, sang on her local radio station. In 1945 she was working as an elevator operator at a Milwaukee hotel when she met Boudleaux Bryant, a jazz and country violinist from Georgia who was performing at the ...
82. Boudleaux Bryant
Soundtrack | Starman
A classically trained violinist, Boudleaux Bryant played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the 1937-38 season. Drawn to country fiddlin' music, he joined a band and while performing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945, met and married elevator operator, Matilda Genevieve "Felice" Scaduto.
83. Sharon Sheeley
Soundtrack | American Graffiti
Sharon Sheeley holds the distinction of being one of the first and most successful female songwriters to hit the rock'n'roll scene during its burgeoning years in the late 50's. Sharon was born into an Irish family on April 4, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Sheeley attended Harbor High School in ...
84. Eddie Cochran
Soundtrack | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Eddie Cochran was born as Edward Raymond Cochran on October 3, 1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. When Eddie was 14, his parents moved to Bell Gardens, California where he began playing the guitar. In 1954, Eddie joined a local band with songwriter Hank Cochran where Eddie performed as the second ...
91. Hank Ballard
Soundtrack | Back to the Future
Hank Ballard grew up singing gospel in church in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama. He had always wanted to sing professionally, and at 16 years of age got a chance to do it when he took over a group called The Royals, which had been organized in 1950 (and among whose original members were Levi ...
93. Rudy Toombs
Soundtrack | Carol
Starting out as a song-and-dance man in the last years of vaudeville, Rudy Toombs was a prolific composer and lyricist of doo-wop and rhythm and blues standards during the '50's and '60s; his widow estimated that he either composed the music or wrote the lyrics for over five hundred songs. He hit ...
95. Chuck Willis
Soundtrack | Primal Fear
Chuck Willis was an R & B singer songwriter who crossed over into pop in the mid 1950s. He had hit recordings with "Oh What a Dream", "It's Too Late", "C.C. Rider", "Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes", "Betty and Dupree" and "What Am I Living For". He wrote and first recorded "I Feel So Bad" which was a...
97. Percy Mayfield
Soundtrack | Deadpool
R&B singer/songwriter Percy Mayfield was born August 21, 1920 in Minden, Louisiana. His mother was a singer. Percy showed a real talent for poetry as a youth; this naturally led to him writing and singing his own songs. Mayfield started his musical career performing in Texas. He moved to Los ...
98. Brook Benton
Soundtrack | Boogie Nights
Singer/songwriter Brook Benton was born Benjamin Franklin Peay on September 19, 1931, in Camden, South Carolina. He became a gospel singer at a young age and was a member of the Camden Jubilee Singers. Benton moved to New York City at age 17 in 1948 to try his luck as a songwriter. When he first ...
99. Clyde Otis
Soundtrack | Boogie Nights
Music producer and songwriter Clyde Otis was born in 1924 in the small rural town of Prentice, Mississippi. Clyde's early exposure to music was very limited (his family didn't even own a radio), although he did begin playing drums in his teenage years. Otis first became involved with music during ...