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Pop Music: Singers (and Musicians)

David Bowie

Bowie had an undistinguished history of forgettable single releases, before he finally hit the charts (and indeed the No. 1 spot) with Space Oddity in 1967. You are always likely to get asked about his early efforts, so here are the details:

Year Credit Title
1964Davie Jones with the King Bees Click to show or hide the answer
1965The Manish Boys Click to show or hide the answer
1965Davy Jones & the Lower Third Click to show or hide the answer
1966David Bowie with the Lower Third Click to show or hide the answer
1966David Bowie Click to show or hide the answer
1966David Bowie Click to show or hide the answer
1966David Bowie Click to show or hide the answer
1967David Bowie Click to show or hide the answer
1967David Bowie Click to show or hide the answer

Do Anything You Say was backed by The Buzz (uncredited), but producer Tony Hatch replaced them with session players for I Dig Everything.

Rubber Band and Love You Till Tuesday were from Bowie's self–titled 1967 debut album (produced by Mike Vernon). Bowie's second album, produced by Tony Visconti and released in 1969, was also self–titled, and opened with Space Oddity. It was re–released in 1972 as Space Oddity.

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American singer, dancer, actress, and model: debut album released 1994 aged 15; multi–million selling second album One in a Million released 1996; starred (posthumously) in the 2002 film Queen of the Damned (second sequel to Interview with the Vampire); died in a plane crash in the Bahamas, 2001, aged 22; surname Haughton Click to show or hide the answer
Straight Up (1988), Opposites Attract (1989); married to Emilio Estevez 1992–4; judge on American Idol 2002–10, and American X Factor 2011– Click to show or hide the answer
Won 6 Grammys, 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the Tijuana Brass (1960s) Click to show or hide the answer
At 6' 7", the tallest artist ever to top the UK singles chart (Let the Heartaches Begin, 1967 – succeeded by The Beatles' Hello Goodbye) Click to show or hide the answer
Founder member (lead guitarist and singer) of Pink Floyd: left 1968, died 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
American singer: Mickey (1982) was No. 1 in the USA and No. 2 in the UK (the follow-up, Nobody, peaked at No. 52 in the UK and she was never seen again) Click to show or hide the answer
Drummer in ZZ Top – and (ironically) the only one without a spectacular beard Click to show or hide the answer
Studied painting and music at the New York School of Industrial Art (now the High School of Art and Design); has had paintings exhibited in galleries all around the world, using his real name; is a close friend of David Hockney, and was official artist for the 2001 Kentucky Derby Click to show or hide the answer
Mick Ronson (guitars), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick 'Woody' Woodmansey (drums) were the most famous backing line–up for Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Singer and saxophonist with Ike Turner's band, Kings of Rhythm: credited (with "his Delta Cats") for Rocket 88 (1951) – often described as the first rock 'n' roll record – actually recorded by the Kings of Rhythm, with Turner on piano. The decision to credit him seems to have been made by producer Sam Phillips Click to show or hide the answer
Pearl's a Singer (1977) was the first and most famous hit for Click to show or hide the answer
Winner of The X Factor Series 1 (2004); reached No. 1 with a cover of Against All Odds, January 2005. Accused The X Factor of "killing music to make light entertainment", August 2005, after being dropped by Sony Records. Voted "the biggest reality flop of all time" in 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
Jamaican singer, described by Bob Marley "the Crown Prince of Reggae" – died in 1999 aged 42 Click to show or hide the answer
2008 X–Factor winner: daughter of Melissa Bell, lead singer of Soul II Soul; had the Christmas No. 1, and 2008's best–selling single in the UK, with a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah; had two more No. 1s, Bad Boys (2009) and Start Without You (2010), all from the album Overcome Click to show or hide the answer
Claimed to have appeared three times on one edition of Top of the Pops, 1970 (although it appears he was mistaken) – with (or as) White Plains, Edison Lighthouse and Brotherhood of Man; also sang with the Ivy League, the Flower Pot Men and the Pipkins Click to show or hide the answer
Reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart in 1981, with The Sheffield Grinder – on the strength of the B–side, a humorous monologue inspired by Ridley Scott's famous Hovis advert Click to show or hide the answer
Backed by the Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant), originally and later the Tennessee Three; appeared in the 1970 film Gunfight Click to show or hide the answer
Pictured reading The Beano on the cover of the Bluesbreakers album whose title also included his name; co–founder of the Crossroads Centre for drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation, on Antigua (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Keyboards player and songwriter: founder member of Depeche Mode (1980–1), Yazoo (1981–3) and Erasure (from 1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Winner of the first series of American Idol (2002): reached No. 1 in the UK with My Life Would Suck Without You (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of Nirvana, blew his brains out April 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Arrested for interrupting Michael Jackson's performance at the Brit Awards, 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Left Chiswick Grammar School in 1964, aged 13, to join the cast of Oliver! in the West End as the Artful Dodger; later joined the Barbara Speake Stage School Click to show or hide the answer
A Love Supreme (1965): classic album by Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Ian Gillan as lead singer of Deep Purple, 1973; formed Whitesnake after Purple split in 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
US singer and songwriter (Time in a Bottle), died in a plane crash 1973 aged 30 Click to show or hide the answer
Had a hit in 1959 with Mack the Knife (from the Threepenny Opera – words Bertholt Brecht, music Kurt Weill) Click to show or hide the answer
Ray Davies's brother, played lead guitar for the Kinks Click to show or hide the answer
Birth of the Cool (compilation of 1949 recordings, 1957), Kind of Blue (1959), In a Silent Way (1969), Bitches Brew (1970): classic albums by Click to show or hide the answer
Born Christopher John Davison in 1948 in Argentina, where his (British) father was a diplomat; took his (Irish) mother's maiden surname as his stage name; his daughter Rosanna Davison won Miss World for Ireland in 2003 Click to show or hide the answer
Real name believed by some to be Noah Kaminsky, after he once said in an interview that he considered changing his name to this Click to show or hide the answer
US country singer, 4' 11", famous for his rhinestone suits and novelty songs including May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose (1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Shares her name with the (legendary) founding queen of Carthage Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Named in the 2004 World Music Awards as "the [all–time] best–selling female artist in the world" Click to show or hide the answer
British singer–songwriter, died 1974 aged 26 from an overdose of prescribed amphetamines – recorded as suicide; little commercial success in his lifetime, but influence and acclaim built steadily after his death, particularly after the release of a compilation Fruit Tree, 1979. All–time record sales doubled in 2000 when Volkswagen used one of his songs in an advert Click to show or hide the answer
American skiffle musician: greatest hit was Last Train to San Fernando (1957) Click to show or hide the answer
Began his "Never Ending Tour" at Concord, Massachusetts in 1988 Click to show or hide the answer
Most successful instrumentalist of early rock – famous 'twangy' guitar sound Click to show or hide the answer
Guitarist and principal lyricist of the Manic Street Preachers – disappeared 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Professional name inspired by a confectionery brand but derived from his initials (real name Marshal Mathers III) Click to show or hide the answer
Snot Rap (UK No. 9, 1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Had a hit in 1964 with As Tears Go By, said to be the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Leigh, Lancashire; leader of Billy Fury's backing group Click to show or hide the answer
Bernard Jewry's first stage name (before Alvin Stardust) Click to show or hide the answer
Boomtown Rats: Keyboards player who wore pyjamas on stage Click to show or hide the answer
Reportedly won $2.5 million in damages from a motel chain after she was raped on one of its premises in New York, in 1974 (the rapist was never found) Click to show or hide the answer
Jewish country singer, songwriter and crime novelist: stood (unsuccessfully) for Governor of Texas in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Vocals on the Chemical Brothers' No. 1 hit Setting sun Click to show or hide the answer
Lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead – honoured by Ben & Jerry (Cherry Garcia) Click to show or hide the answer
Shot dead by his father in 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Honorary knighthood, 1986 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Syd Barrett as lead guitarist in Pink Floyd, 1968; recommended Kate Bush to EMI Click to show or hide the answer
Performed Elton John's Your Song at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton Click to show or hide the answer
Lyrics set to music by Billy Bragg, recorded by him and Wilco in the 1990s on two albums entitled Mermaid Avenue Click to show or hide the answer
Main pioneer, along with Buck Owens, of the Bakersfield Sound (after their home town); backing band The Strangers; most famous song Okie from Muskogie, intended as a satire against small–town America but became an anthem – featured in the Oliver Stone film Platoon Click to show or hide the answer
The oldest Spice Girl Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of 70s Dutch group Focus; composed the Miami Vice theme Click to show or hide the answer
Played guitar on The Cream's single Badge Click to show or hide the answer
Mercury Prize winner in 2001 and 2011 – the only artist (to date) to have won it twice Click to show or hide the answer
German–born singer, and protégé of record producer Joe Meek: launched on a solo career by Meek after playing bass guitar in the Tornados; his only Top 20 hit was Just Like Eddie, a tribute to Eddie Cochran (No. 5 in 1963) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Most famous recordings include Easy Living and Strange Fruit (1939) Click to show or hide the answer
Found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, on the day of the 2012 Grammy awards Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Mick Jagger's first child (before he married Bianca) Click to show or hide the answer
Played in goal for Real Madrid reserves (his career was cut short by injuries sustined on a car accident); the only one of the thirty all–time best–selling recording acts who's not from an English speaking country – apart from Abba Click to show or hide the answer
Born on the same day as Lennie Henry, died on the same day as Farrah Fawcett; addressed the Oxford Union on 'Balancing love and family', 2001; best man at Uri Geller's wedding in March of the same year Click to show or hide the answer
Once worked as a porter at Bexley mental hospital; starred in the films Performance and Ned Kelly (both 1970) Click to show or hide the answer
As Buddy Holly's bass player (after the break–up of the Crickets), avoided the plane crash that killed Holly when he gave up his seat to The Big Bopper; sang the theme tune to (and also narrated) Dukes of Hazzard Click to show or hide the answer
Keyboards on Long John Baldry's Let the heartaches begin. Attended the 1984 FA Cup Final as chairman of the runners–up (Watford) Click to show or hide the answer
Founder member of the Rolling Stones, fired in June 1969; found dead or dying in the swimming pool of his house in Sussex, around midnight 2/3 July 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
The British Monkee – appeared in Coronation Street Click to show or hide the answer
Drummer for the Small Faces and Faces; replaced Keith Moon in The Who (1979), but left in 1989 because Roger Daltrey found his style too conservative Click to show or hide the answer
US drummer and bandleader (of the City Slickers): famous for outlandish parodies of popular songs Click to show or hide the answer
Born 1971, real name Robert James Ritchie; once married to Pamela Anderson (2006–7); UK No. 1 in 2008 with All Summer Long Click to show or hide the answer
Blues legend that played on U2's Rattle & Hum album; calls all his guitars Lucille Click to show or hide the answer
Started in Hear'say – went on to become a successful TV presenter and model Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of Dire Straits – had a dinosaur named after him (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Lead guitarist in Free – died 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
Real name Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta Click to show or hide the answer
Was in The Moody Blues and Wings Click to show or hide the answer
Lead singer of Duran Duran – owned and raced a yacht called Drum Click to show or hide the answer
Starred in the 1967 film How I won the War Click to show or hide the answer
Donated his psychedelic 1965 Rolls–Royce to the US government in 1977, in lieu of a $250,000 tax bill; it went on display in the Smithsonian Institution, and was sold at Sotheby's to Ripley's Believe It or Not in 1985 for $2.3 million (£1,786,462) – the most expensive car in history
I'm one of the ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit; The boy I love is up in the gallery; Oh! Mr. Porter; A little of what you fancy does you good; My Old Man (said follow the van) Click to show or hide the answer
First single, and only hit, was Cry Me a River; she sang it in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It Click to show or hide the answer
Kurt Cobain's widow and leader of Hole Click to show or hide the answer
Became Countess of Plauen 1992 when she married Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss Click to show or hide the answer
Sang with The Pogues on Fairytale of New York (1987) – although the credit was just to the Pogues; died when hit by a powerboat while swimming in the sea off Mexico, 2000, aged 41 Click to show or hide the answer
Accompanist and musical director for Bette Midler (among others), 1971–5 – released his own first album 1973 Click to show or hide the answer
According to an urban myth, played Paul Pfeiffer, the nerdish best friend of central character Kevin Arnold, in the TV comedy series The Wonder Years (1988–93) Click to show or hide the answer
Keyboard player in The Doors Click to show or hide the answer
Survived an assassination attempt in December 1976 – as featured (in highly fictionalised form) in Marlon James's 2015 Booker–Prize winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Guitarist in The Smiths, and Morrissey's songwriting partner Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Singer, guitarist and songwriter in the Small Faces and Humble Pie: died in 1991, aged 44, in a fire at his home after a heavy drinking session Click to show or hide the answer
1989 hit Toy Soldiers sampled by Eminem for Like Toy Soldiers (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Original bass guitarist in the Sex Pistols: replaced by Sid Vicious 1977 – according to a well–known urban legend, "for liking the Beatles", but according to his autobiography, he left because he was "sick of all the bullshit" Click to show or hide the answer
Completed a Ph.D. in astrophysics, 2007, more than 30 years after abandoning it to pursue his rock 'n' roll career; a regular collaborator with Patrick Moore, including appearances on The Sky at Night; succeeded Cherie Blair as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, in 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
US singer–songwriter: first came to notice in The Impressions, writing hits such as Keep on Pushing and People Get Ready, which became anthems of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 60s; later wrote the soundtrack to the blaxploitation movie Super Fly, with hard–hitting commentary on the state of affairs in black, urban ghettos; paralysed from the neck down from 1990, after a lighting rig fell on him during a live performance in New York; died in 1999 (from complications of diabetes) Click to show or hide the answer
Released an unsuccessful single in 1973 as Larry Lurex Click to show or hide the answer
Arrested in Will Rogers Memorial Park, Beverly Hills, 1998; first act to appear at the new Wembley stadium (9 June 2007) Click to show or hide the answer
US singer: UK No. 1 hits in the 1950s with She Wears Red Feathers, Singin' the Blues, and Rock–a–Billy Click to show or hide the answer
Lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, in three separate stints; had a solo hit with Parisienne Walkways, which he co–wrote with Phil Lynott; died of a heart attack in 2011, aged 58, while on holiday in Spain Click to show or hide the answer
Christened Genevieve, nicknamed Alf Click to show or hide the answer
Born in 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia; known in the USA as as The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment; theme song Danke Schoen (his first Top 20 hit, in 1963 – in the USA; up to April 2018 he has never had a hit record outside the USA and Canada); said in 2016 to have performed over 30,000 shows in Las Vegas Click to show or hide the answer
Ordained into an independent Catholic church as Mother Bernadette Mary (late '90s) Click to show or hide the answer
Played drums in a band called Scarlet Division, while at school (c. 1988); their single Sundial reached no. 42 on re–release in 2000 – 3 years after he found fame as a chef Click to show or hide the answer
Left Take That in 2014, leaving them as a threesome Click to show or hide the answer
Country singer who in the 1950s pioneered what came to be known, but not by him, as the Bakersfield Sound (after his Californian home town). Leader of the Buckaroos. Compositions include Act Naturally (covered by the Beatles). Died in 2006 aged 76 Click to show or hide the answer
Has her own theme park in Tennessee, and a charitable foundation named after it which oversees a free children's book distribution programme (the Imagination Library) Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared on Top of the Pops miming the mandolin to Rod Stewart's Maggie May Click to show or hide the answer
Keyboard player with the Animals – left 1965 to form his own group Click to show or hide the answer
60s singer, famous for splitting his trousers on stage Click to show or hide the answer
Swedish DJ, chiefly remembered for his first single Call On Me, a UK No. 1 in 2004, and its raunchy video Click to show or hide the answer
Founder–member of the Yardbirds (1963) and Renaissance (1969): died in 1976, aged 33, from electrocution at his home Click to show or hide the answer
The first British pop star to be knighted (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Played a Japanese drum on The Shadows' Apache (1960), to give a "tribal" sound
The other half of Wham! (with George Michael) Click to show or hide the answer
Stage name is an anagram of "oral sex" (real name William Bruce Rose Jr.) Click to show or hide the answer
Member of S Club Juniors and the Saturdays: married footballer Wayne Bridge in 2014 (taking his surname), and later that year finished as runner–up (to TV presenter Caroline Flack) in Strictly Come Dancing Click to show or hide the answer
German guitarist, born 1955: joined his brother Rudi in Scorpions, then formed UFO, then his own band Click to show or hide the answer
Legendary singer with AC/DC, 1974–80: featured on their breakthrough album, Highway to Hell, but died (following a heavy drinking session in London) and was replaced by Brian Johnson for Back in Black (which went on to become the second best–selling album of all time, after Michael Jackson's Thriller) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Australian singer: collaborated with David Guetta on Titanium (2011), Flo Rida on Wild Ones (2011) and Rihanna on Diamonds (2012 – which she wrote). This is her real first name (surname Furler) Click to show or hide the answer
First artist to win an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe for the same song (Let the River Run, from Working Girl – 1988) Click to show or hide the answer
Sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 1940–2; starred alongside Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh (1945) and On the Town (1949) Click to show or hide the answer
"Master of Ceremonies" on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (also lead vocalist in the Bonzo Dog Doo–Dah Band) Click to show or hide the answer
Born Steven Georgiou; later became Yussuf Islam Click to show or hide the answer
Was once a gravedigger, and had a trial with Brentford FC Click to show or hide the answer
Uncredited lead vocals on In a Broken Dream (Python Lee Jackson, 1972)
Background vocals on Money for Nothing (Dire Straits) Click to show or hide the answer
Biggest–selling female albums artist of all time (worldwide) Click to show or hide the answer
English folk violinist, singer and songwriter: Fairport Convention 1969–79; obituary published in the Daily Telegraph in 199 after he was admitted to hospital to be treated for emphysema; died in 2016, aged 75 Click to show or hide the answer
Former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, replaced Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones (1969); left in 1974 and was replaced by Ron Wood Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Involved in Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" (the brief exposure of her right breast) during a half time performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
Marc Bolan's partner in the original Tyrannosaurus Rex (real name Stephen Ross Porter) Click to show or hide the answer
Founder–member of Bob Marley's Wailers: murdered in 1987 by a gang who forced entry into his house with the intention of stealing money Click to show or hide the answer
Bob Geldof's collaborator in forming Band Aid, and writing Do They Know it's Christmas? Click to show or hide the answer
Played a guitar solo on Michael Jackson's Beat It Click to show or hide the answer
Named after Johnny Rotten's hamster (the hamster was called Sid and he described it as vicious after it bit his finger); real name John Simon Beverley (born J. S. Ritchie) Click to show or hide the answer
Injured in the car crash that Eddie Cochran died in (on the A4 near Chippenham, Wiltshire, 17 April 1960) Click to show or hide the answer
Walk On By (UK No. 9, 1964); Do You Know the Way to San Jose? (UK No. 8, 1968), Heartbreaker (UK No. 2, 1982) Click to show or hide the answer
The Love Unlimited Orchestra (Love's Theme): pseudonym for Click to show or hide the answer
Left Take That in 1995, leading to the group's break–up in February 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
British singer, re–recorded the vocal track from his song Valerie for use in Eric Prydz's UK No. 1 hit Call on Me Click to show or hide the answer
Title of first album: The 12 year old genius; led the campaign to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday in the USA; played harmonica on Eurythmics' There must be an angel (playing with my heart) Click to show or hide the answer
Directs films (Journey through the Past 1973, Rust Never Sleeps 1979, Human Highway 1982, Greendale 2003, CSNY/Déjà vu 2008) under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey Click to show or hide the answer

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