Frank Sinatra

2008 The 10th Anniversary of the Death of Frank Sinatra
2008-USA

You Tube

Genre: American Music

Notables:

  • “My Way”
  • “Strangers in the Night”
  • “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
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Folk Musicians

1998 American Music Series - Folk Musicians
1998-USA

Leadbelly

You Tube

Notables:

  • Huddie William Ledbetter best know as Lead Belly
  • American folk and blues singer
  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988
  • “Goodnight Irene”
  • “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”
  • “Midnight Special”

Woody Guthrie

You Tube

Notables:

  • Known as “Dust Bowl Troubadour”
  • “This Land Is Your Land”

Sonny Terry

You Tube

Notables:

  • Saunders Terrell popularly known as Sonny Terry
  • American Piedmont Blues and Folk singer
  • Harmonica player
  • Teamed up with guitarist Brownie McGhee and together they formed the group known as, “Terry and McGhee”
  • “Mountain Blues”
  • “One Monkey Don’t Stop The Show”
  • “Sonny’s Whoopin’ The Doop”
  • “I Think I Got The Blues”

Josh White

You Tube

Notables:

  • Performed under the names “Pinewood Tom” and “Tippy Barton”
  • Close confidant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “One Meatball”

Legends of American Music

1995 Legends of American Music9
1995-USA

Erroll Garner

You Tube

Notables:

  • American jazz pianist and composer
  • “Misty”

1995 Legends of American Music
1995-USA

Coleman Hawkins

You Tube

Notables:

  • Nicknamed “Hawk” or “Bean”
  • American jazz tenor saxophonist

1995 Legends of American Music1
1995-USA

Louis Armstrong

You Tube

Notables:

  • Nicknamed “Satchmo” or “Pops”
  • American jazz trumpeter, singer.
  • Known for his gravelly voice and scat singing

1995 Legends of American Music2
1995-USA

James P. Johnson

You Tube

Notables:

  • American pianist and composer
  • Bridged ragtime and jazz eras
  • “Charleston”
  • “If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight”

1995 Legends of American Music3
1995-USA

Jelly Roll Morton

You Tube

Notables:

  • American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer
  • “Jelly Roll Blues”
  • “Spanish Tinge”
  • “King Porter Stomp”
  • “Wolverine Blues”
  • “Black Bottom Stomp”
  • “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say”

1995 Legends of American Music4
1995-USA

Charlie Parker

You Tube

Notables:

  • Aka as “Yardbird”, “Bird”
  • American jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Leading figure in the development of bebop
  • “Yardbird Suite”
  • “Ornithology”
  • “Bird Gets the Worm”
  • “Bird of Paradise”

1995 Legends of American Music5
1995-USA

Eubie Blake

You Tube

Notables:

  • American composer, lyricist and pianist
  • Co-wrote the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along”
  • “Bandana Days”
  • “Charleston Rag”
  • “Love Will Find A Way”
  • “Memories of You”
  • “I’m Just Wild About Harry”

1995 Legends of American Music6
1995-USA

Charles Mingus

You Tube

Notables:

  • American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader
  • Nicknamed “The Angry Man of Jazz”

1995 Legends of American Music7
1995-USA

Thelonious Monk

You Tube

Notables:

  • American jazz pianist and composer
  • “Round Midnight”
  • “Blue Monk”
  • “Ruby, My Dear”
  • “In Walked Bud”
  • “Well, You Needn’t”

1995 Legends of American Music8
1995-USA

John Coltrane

You Tube

Notables:

  • Aka “Trane”
  • American jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Canonized by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane
  • 2007 Pulitzer Prize

Legends of American Music

1994 Legends of American Music1
1994-USA

Nat King Cole

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer, jazz pianist
  • One of the first African Americans to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show
  • “Unforgettable”
  • “Christmas Song”
  • “Mona Lisa”
  • “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons”

1994 Legends of American Music2
1994-USA

Bing Crosby

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer and actor
  • First performer to pre-record his radio shows and transfer his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape
  • Won Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1944 movie, Going My Way
  • First Grammy Global Achievement Award winner in 1963
  • One of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • “White Christmas”
  • “Mele Kalikimaka”
  • “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral”

1994 Legends of American Music3
1994-USA

Ethel Waters

You Tube

Notables:

  • African-American blues, jazz and gospel singer, actress
  • First African-American woman nominated for an Emmy Award in 1962
  • “Dinah”
  • “Stormy Weather”
  • “Taking a Chance on Love”

1994 Legends of American Music4
1994-USA

Al Jolson

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer, actor and comedian
  • Best remembered as the star of the “first talking picture”, The Jazz Singer, in 1927
  • First artist to entertain American troops overseas during World War II and Korean War
  • “My Mammy”
  • “Swanee”
  • “April Showers”

1994 Legends of American Music5
1994-USA

Bessie Smith

You Tube

Notables:

  • Aka “The Empress of the Blues”
  • Most popular female blues singer of the 1920’s and 1930’s
  • “Down Hearted Blues”
  • “Gulf Coast Blues”
  • “The St. Louis Blues”

1994 Legends of American Music6
1994-USA

Muddy Waters

You Tube

Notables:

  • American blues musician
  • Popularly known as the “Father of modern Chicago blues”
  • “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”
  • “Mannish Boy”
  • “Rollin Stone”

1994 Legends of American Music7
1994-USA

Billie Holiday

You Tube

Notables:

  • American jazz singer and songwriter
  • Nicknamed “Lady Day” by Lester Young
  • “Strange Fruit”
  • “God Bless the Child”
  • “Gloomy Sunday”

1994 Legends of American Music8
1994-USA

Robert Johnson

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer, songwriter and musician
  • Became popular after recording his album, King of the Delta Blues Singers
  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
  • Ranked 5th in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2010
  • “Crossroads Blues”
  • “Sweet Home Chicago”
  • “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom”

1994 Legends of American Music9
1994-USA

Jimmy Rushing

You Tube

Notables:

  • American blues shouter, balladeer and swing jazz singer
  • Known as the featured vocalist of Count Basie’s Orchestra from 1935 to 1948
  • Became known as “Mr Five by Five” from a popular hit song describing his physical build – “he’s five feet tall and he’s five feet wide”
  • “Stardust”
  • “It’s a Raggy Waltz”
  • “Unsquare Dance”

1994 Legends of American Music10
1994-USA

‘Ma’ Rainey

You Tube

Notables:

  • American blues singer
  • Popularly known as, “The Mother of the Blues”
  • Toured with the, “Rabbit Foot Minstrels”
  • Formed own group, “Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues”
  • “Bo-weevil Blues”
  • “Moonshine Blues”
  • “See See Rider”

1994 Legends of American Music11
1994-USA

Mildred Bailey

You Tube

Notables:

  • American jazz singer
  • Known as “The Queen of Swing”, “Rockin’ Chair Lady” and “Mrs. Swing”
  • “It’s So Peaceful in the Country”
  • “Trust in Me”
  • “Where are You?”

1994 Legends of American Music12
1994-USA

Howlin’ Wolf

You Tube

Notables:

  • American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player
  • One of the best-known Chicago blues artists
  • “Smokestack Lightnin”
  • “Back Door Man”
  • “Killing Floor”

Legends of American Music

1993 Legends of American Music10
1993-USA

Hank Williams

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer, songwriter and musician
  • Recorded 35 singles with 11 singles ranked number one
  • Inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
  • “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
  • “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
  • “Hey Good Lookin'”

Patsy Cline

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer
  • First female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973
  • Voted Number One on CMT’s The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music in 2002
  • “I Fall to Pieces”
  • “Walkin’ After Midnight”
  • “Crazy”

The Carter Family

You Tube

Notables:

  • American folk music group
  • First vocal group to become country music stars
  • Alvin Pleasant “A.P.” Delaney Carter, Sara Dougherty Carter (Lead Vocalist) and Maybelle Addington Carter
  • “Wabash Cannonball”
  • “Can the Circle Be Unbroken”
  • “Willdwood Flower”

Bob Wills

You Tube

Notables:

  • American Western swing musician, songwriter and bandleader
  • Co-founded Western Swing
  • Became “King of Western Swing” after the death of Spade Cooley
  • Formed the group Texas Playboys
  • Inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968
  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the group Texas Playboys in 1999
  • “New San Antonio Rose”
  • “Faded Love”
  • “Take Me Back to Tulsa”

1993 Legends of American Music3
1993-USA

Otis Redding

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout
  • Nicknamed “King of Soul”
  • Know in popular music, soul and rhythm and blues
  • Recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
  • “Respect”
  • “Try a Little Tenderness”

1993 Legends of American Music4
1993-USA

Clyde McPhatter

You Tube

Notables:

  • American R&B, rock n’ roll singer
  • Lead Tenor for the gospel group, The Mount Lebanon Singers
  • Lead Tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes
  • Formed his own group, The Drifters
  • Double Inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • “Money Honey”
  • “A Lover’s Question”
  • “Lover Please”

1993 Legends of American Music5
1993-USA

Buddy Holly

You Tube

Notables:

  • American musician, singer and songwriter
  • Made his first television appearance in 1952
  • Formed his first group with friend Bob Montgomery and called it Buddy and Bob
  • Started in Country & Western style of Music but switched entirely to Rock & Roll in the mid 1950’s
  • Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
  • “That’ll Be the Day”
  • “Rave On”
  • “Everyday”

1993 Legends of American Music6
1993-USA

You Tube

Genre: Rock and Roll

Notables: “King of Rock and Roll”

  • “Jailhouse Rock”
  • “All Shook Up”
  • “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

1993 Legends of American Music7
1993-USA

You Tube

Genre: Rock and Roll

Notables: Forefather of the Chicano rock movement

  • “La Bamba”
  • “Come on Let’s Go”
  • “Donna”

1993 Legends of American Music8
1993-USA

Bill Haley

You Tube

Notables:

  • American rock n’ roll musician
  • “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
  • “See You Later Alligator”
  • “Crazy Man Crazy”

1993 Legends of American Music9
1993-USA

Dinah Washington

You Tube

Notables:

  • American singer and pianist
  • “Queen of the Blues”
  • Cited as the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s
  • Inducted to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986
  • 1993 Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • “What A Difference A Day Makes”
  • “A Rockin’ Good Way”
  • “Cry Me a River”