Artists on Time-Life's Rock n Roll Era compilation

by RaineRP | created - 18 Dec 2015 | updated - 17 Jan 2017 | Public

Lists of artists on Time-Life's Rock n Roll Era compilation

1. Bill Haley and the Comets

Soundtrack | Clue

Guitarist Danny Cedrone died in 1954 from injuries he received in a fall down a stairway.

2. Clyde McPhatter

Soundtrack | Flipped

Clyde McPhatter was born in Durham, NC, on November 15, 1932, one of six children. The McPhatters moved to New York City in late 1950 and McPhatter,. after singing for a few years with gospel groups, joined Billy Ward's Dominoes.

The Dominoes signed with King Records in 1950 and recorded the ...

3. The Moonglows

Soundtrack | Goodfellas

Members have included Harvey Fuqua, Bobby Lester, Alexander Graves, Prentiss Barnes, Billy Johnson, Doc Williams, Chuck Lewis, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Barksdale.

4. The Cadillacs

Soundtrack | Goodfellas

The Cadillacs were a "doo-wop" group that formed (as The Carnations) in New York City's Harlem area in 1953, with Earl Carroll as lead vocalist. The group almost immediately started going through personnel changes, a problem that would plague it for many years (at one time Teddy Pendergrass joined ...

5. 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 ...

6. The Spaniels

Soundtrack | 3 Men and a Baby

Thel Spaniels was a vocal group that formed at Roosevelt High School in Gary, IN, in 1952. Originally called Pookie Hudson & The Hudsonaires, they soon changed their name to The Spaniels. After graduating high school, the group signed with Vee-Jay Records. Their first record, "Baby It's You", ...

7. Big Joe Turner

Soundtrack | The Rainmaker

Big Joe Turner was born on May 18, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Joseph Vernon Turner. He was married to Patricia. He died on November 24, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

8. The Platters

Soundtrack | The Dreamers

Preeminent vocal group of the late 50s and early 60s, hugely successful in the U.S., as well as in England and Australia. Formed in Los Angeles in 1953, the original line-up of The Platters consisted of Tony Williams (lead vocals), David Lynch (tenor), Alex Hodge (1935-1982, baritone) and Herb Reed...

11. The Penguins

Soundtrack | Last Vegas

The Penguins were an early "doo-wop" group that was formed by several classmates at Los Angeles' Fremont High School in the early 1950s (one of its members, Curtis Williams, had previously been a member of The Hollywood Flames). They took their name from the character "Willie the Penguin" on the ...

12. Chuck Berry

Soundtrack | Men in Black

Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Charles Edward Anderson Berry. He was married to Themetta "Toddy" Suggs. He died on March 18, 2017 in Wentzville, St. Charles County, Missouri.

13. 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 ...

14. La Vern Baker

Soundtrack | Angel Heart

La Vern Baker was born on November 11, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Delores Williams. She was married to Slappy White. She died on March 10, 1997 in New York City, New York, USA.

15. Fats Domino

Soundtrack | Twelve Monkeys

Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Antoine Domino Jr. He was married to Rosemary Hall. He died on October 24, 2017 in New Orleans.

16. Charms

Soundtrack | Granita apo melani

Charms is an actor, known for Granita apo melani (1983), O paragyios mou, o rallistas (1971) and Ena agori... alloiotiko ap' t' alla (1971).

17. Johnny Ace

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Born John Alexander in Memphis, TN, on June 9, 1929, R&B singer Johnny Ace served in the US Navy during World War II, and after his discharge he headed for New Orleans to become part of the Beale Street music scene. He performed as both a singer and pianist, and worked with the top acts of the day,...

19. 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 ...

20. Ruth Brown

Actress | Hairspray

Ruth Brown was born on January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Ruth Alston Weston. She was married to Earl Swanson, Jimmy Brown, Bill Blunt, Jimmy Brown and Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson. She died on November 17, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

21. Etta James

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Etta James was born on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jamesetta Hawkins. She was married to Artis Mills. She died on January 20, 2012 in Riverside, California.

22. Carl Perkins

Soundtrack | Battleship

Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA as Carl Lee Perkins. He was married to Valda Crider. He died on January 19, 1998 in Jackson, Tennessee.

23. The Five Satins

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

The Five Satins were a vocal group that formed in New Haven, CT, in 1954. They didn't meet with much success at first, and went through some personnel changes. The reconstituted group recorded what turned out to be a "doo-wop" classic, "In the Still of the Night" for the small local label Standard ...

24. Sanford Clark

Soundtrack | Dallas Buyers Club

Country-western singer Sanford Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was nine years old. He began performing in the Phoenix area in the early 1950s. He enlisted in the Air Force and during his hitch he formed a band, which played in the South Pacific ...

25. Mickey & Sylvia

Soundtrack | Casino

Mickey and Sylvia, a NYC based early R n B duo were composed of Mickey Baker B: Oct.15 1925, singer,guitarist and a former music instructor and Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson B:March 26,1936, his pupil. They were heavily influenced by Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Pop / Country duo, Les Paul and Mary Ford...

26. Gene Vincent

Soundtrack | Wild at Heart

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Gene Vincent was born Eugene Vincent Craddock (Vincent Eugene according to some biographers) on February 11, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. He quit school at the age of 17 to join the Navy. His naval career was ended following a motorcycle accident while on shore leave in 1955. ...

27. William Doggett

Soundtrack | Blue Velvet

Bill Doggett was a rock-and-roll pioneer; his 1956 hit "Honky Tonk" has been hailed as the first rock instrumental. Raised on the streets of North Philadelphia and a graduate of Central High School, Bill Doggett had been making music from an early age, turning from the trumpet to the piano at age ...

28. The Cadets

Soundtrack | Dead Poets Society

The Cadets were an R&B/"doo wop" group formed in the Los Angeles area in the late 1940s. In addition to their distinctive sound, they also had another distinction--they recorded under two different names for two different labels at the same time (The Jacks for Modern Records, The Cadets for RPM ...

29. Sonny James

Soundtrack | Slap Shot

Sonny James was born on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, USA as James Hugh Loden. He was married to Doris Shrode. He died on February 22, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

30. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

Soundtrack | This Boy's Life

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were formed by a group of students at Edward W. Britt Junior High School in New York City's Washington Heights district. Originally called The Earth Angels, the group went through a string of name changes--among them The Coupe de Villes, The Ermines--before settling ...

31. Little Willie John

Soundtrack | Her

Little Willie John was born on November 15, 1937 in Cullendale, Arkansas, USA as William Edward John. He was married to Darlynn. He died on May 26, 1968 in Walla Walla, Washington, USA.

32. 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 (...

33. James Brown

Soundtrack | Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidre Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

34. Bobby Helms

Soundtrack | Logan

Bobby Helms was born on August 15, 1933 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA as Robert Lee Helms. He was married to Rita Jane Bridges. He died on June 19, 1997 in Martinsville, Indiana.

35. 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...

36. The Heartbeats

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

Members have included Wally Roker (d. 12/2/2015), Vernon Sievers, Albert Crump (d. 10/3/2012), Robbie Tatum, James Sheppard (d. 1970), Walter Crump, Ron Bassett, Randy Reid.

37. Roy Orbison

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA as Roy Kelton Orbison. He was married to Barbara Orbison and Claudette Frady. He died on December 6, 1988 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.

38. Otis Williams

Soundtrack | Goodfellas

Otis Williams was born on October 30, 1941 in Texarkana, Texas, USA as Otis Miles. He has been married to Arleata Carter since January 28, 1983. They have one child. He was previously married to Ann Cain and Josephine Rogers.

39. The Five Keys

Soundtrack | Three Wishes

The original group members were Rudi West, Bernie West, Ripley Ingram, Edwin Hill.

40. The Dells

Soundtrack | Original Gangstas

Members have included Marvin Junior (d. 2013), Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale, Lucius McGill, Mickey McGill, Johnny Carter (d. 2009), Johnny Funches (d. 1998).

41. The Drifters

Soundtrack | Superman Returns

Group member Rudy Lewis died on May 20, 1964, at age 28. Johnny Moore died on December 30, 1998, at age 64.

42. 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 ...

43. The Clovers

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

Members have included Harold Winley, King Raymond Green, Franklen Poole, Carlos Wilson, Edward "Ike" Bowers, John "Buddy" Bailey (d. 1994), Charlie White (b. 1930), Matthew McQuater (1927-2000), Bill Harris (1925-1988), Billy Mitchell (1931-2002), Thomas Woods, Billy Shelton, John Phillip, Charles ...

44. Jesse Belvin

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Jesse Belvin was born on December 15, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as Jesse Lorenzo Belvin. He was married to Jo Ann Belvin. He died on February 6, 1960 in Fairhope, Arkansas, USA.

45. Jerry Lee Lewis

Soundtrack | Dick Tracy

Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935 into a very religious family . His family, though not very wealthy, sold their house when he was a child to get their son a piano. He loved to play piano. He was sent to a religious school, but was soon thrown out shortly thereafter -- he did a boogie ...

46. The Del Vikings

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

Although the group's two biggest hits, "Whispering Bells" and "Come Go With Me" were released by Dot Records in 1957 and 1958, both songs were actually recorded in 1956 for a small Pittsburgh label called FeeBee Records. The songs became a hit in the local Pittsburgh area and Dot signed the group ...

47. Danny and the Juniors

Soundtrack | Christine

Initially formed and named "The Juvenairs" in 1955, this Philadelphia quartet comprised of Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. They are widely recognized for their hit single "At the Hop," which was released in 1957. They followed it up with "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" a ...

48. The Everly Brothers

Soundtrack | A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Isaac Donald "Don" Everly and Phillip "Phil" Everly were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001....

49. Thurston Harris

Soundtrack | Christine

Thurston Harris was born in 1932.

50. Dale Hawkins

Soundtrack | Frequency

Dale Hawkins was born on August 22, 1936 in Goldmine, Louisiana, USA as Delmar Allen Hawkins. He died on February 13, 2010 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

51. The Diamonds

Soundtrack | Beautiful Girls

The Diamonds, four gentlemen from Toronto, Canada, were one of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s. This versatile group was signed to Mercury Records and was designated to cover the recordings of black artists, as was often the practice in those days because many radio stations wouldn't ...

52. The Coasters

Soundtrack | Death Proof

This seminal close-harmony singing group began in the late 40s as The Robins, a Los Angeles-based vocal quartet. Mentored by R&B bandleader Johnny Otis, they recorded several hits for the Savoy label, including a #1, "Double Crossing Blues", in 1950. They were one of the first African-American ...

53. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

54. Buddy Knox

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

Buddy Knox was born on July 20, 1933 in Happy, Texas, USA as Buddy Wayne Knox. He died on February 14, 1999 in Bremerton, Washington, USA.

55. Larry E Wiliams

Soundtrack | American Made

Larry E Wiliams was born on May 10, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Lawrence Edward Williams. He died on January 2, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

56. The Dubs

Soundtrack | Coupe de Ville

Members have included Bernard "BJ" Jones, Richard Blandon (1934-1991), Cleveland Still, Billy Carlisle, James "Jake" Miller, Thomas Gardner, Tommy Grate, Cordell Brown, Kirk Harris, Dave Shelley, Jay McKnight, Kenny White, Danny Foy, Michael Smith, Doretha Gills, Darryl Blandon.

57. The Crickets

Soundtrack | October Sky

The band members have included: Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Naylor, Joe B. Mauldin, Niki Sullivan, Earl Sinks, Gordon Payne, Buzz Cason, David Box, Tommy Allsup, Albert Lee, Ric Grech.

58. Paul Anka

Soundtrack | No Way Out

Canadian-born Paul Anka first achieved success in the 1950s as a teenage singing star (and, for the times, an unusual one in that he wrote many of his own songs). Although he appeared in several films, and was quite believable as a nervous, hyper young soldier in The Longest Day (1962) (for which ...

60. The Sparkletones

Soundtrack | Crazy Mama

The Sparkletones are a terrifically talented and dynamic rockabilly group from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band was first formed in 1956 at Cowpens High School in Spartanburg; the members when the Sparkletones first came together ranged between 13 and 16 years old. In addition, all the members...

61. Bill Justis

Composer | Smokey and the Bandit

Bill Justis was born on October 14, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as William E. Justis Jr. He died on July 15, 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

62. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

63. The Hollywood Flames

Soundtrack | Blow

Members have included Curtis Williams, Gaynel Hodge. Bobby Day.

64. Jimmy Bowen

Soundtrack | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Jimmy Bowen was born on November 30, 1937 in Santa Rita, New Mexico, USA as James Albert Bowen. He was previously married to Keely Smith.

65. Clarence 'Frogman' Henry

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

R&B singer/piano player Clarence "Frogman" Henry was born in Algiers, LA--a suburb of New Orleans--in 1937. He grew up in the New Orleans blues/R&B scene, and in his late teens moved to New Orleans to get into the music business. He got work as a musician and singer, and eventually joined up with ...

66. 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 ...

67. Huey Smith and The Clowns

Soundtrack | La Bamba

Members have included Huey P. Smith.

68. 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 ...

69. Ricky Nelson

Actor | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.

70. Conway Twitty

Soundtrack | Limitless

Conway Twitty was born on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi, USA as Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He was married to Dolores Virginia Henry, Temple Medley and Ellen Matthews. He died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

71. Little Anthony and the Imperials

Soundtrack | Peggy Sue Got Married

Members have included Anthony Gourdine (aka Little Anthony), Clarence Collins), Ernest Wright, Harold Jenkins, John DiGiulio, Nathaniel Rodgers, Tracy Lord, Ronald Ross, Sammy Strain, George Kerr, Kenny Seymour, Bobby Wade, Sherman James, Ron Stevenson.

72. Duane Eddy

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

Duane Eddy was born on April 26, 1938 in Corning, New York, USA. He has been married to Diane Mary (Deed) Abbate since December 17, 1979. He was previously married to Maureen A Power, Jessi Colter and Carol Fowler.

73. The Silhouettes

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

The Silhouettes was a black R&B group that formed in Philadelphia, PA, in the mid-1950s, consisting of Bill Horton, Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards and Richard Lewis. They hit the #1 spot on the pop and R&B charts in 1958 with the amusing and catchy "Get a Job", written by the group's members. It became...

74. Bobby Darin

Soundtrack | Come September

Walden Robert Cassotto, nicknamed "Bobby", was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1936. Severe rheumatic fever as a child scarred his heart and led to an overprotected and pampered childhood. He was the focal point of a family that fostered and encouraged his love of music. His music career started ...

75. The Champs

Soundtrack | The Sandlot

The Champs were formed in Los Angeles in December 1957. The five original members were Dave Burgess (rhythm guitar), Danny Flores (aka Chuck Río; sax, piano), Cliff Hills (bass), Buddy Bruce (lead guitar), and Gene Alden (drums). Later members included Dale Norris, Joe Burnas, Jim Seals, Dash Crofts...

76. The Chantels

Soundtrack | Her

The Chantels came out of the Bronx, NY, in the early 1950s. The group's members were students at St. Anthony of Padua School, and they took their name from that of another Catholic school, St. Francs de Chantal. They signed their first recording contract, with End Records, in 1957, but the record, ...

77. The Elegants

Soundtrack | Inventing the Abbotts

The Elegants began life in Staten Island, NY, in the mid-1950s. In 1958 the group--consisting of lead singer Vito Picone, Carmen Romano, James Moschella, Frank Tardogno and Arthur Venosa--scored a #1 hit with the doo-wop classic "Little Star", which had a catchy beat, smooth harmonies and was based...

78. The Monotones

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

The 1950s R&B group The Monotones was formed in 1955 by a group of friends living in the Baxter Terrace housing project in Newark, NJ. The original group consisted of Warren Ryanes, John Ryanes, Charles Patrick, Warren Davis, George Malone, Frankie Smith and Charles Patrick's brother James, who ...

79. Jody Reynolds

Soundtrack | Apollo 18

Jody Reynolds was born on December 3, 1932 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Ralph Joseph Reynolds. He was married to Judy Reynolds. He died on November 7, 2008 in Palm Desert, California, USA.

80. Bobby Day

Soundtrack | The Iron Giant

Bobby Day was born on July 1, 1928 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Robert James Byrd. He died on July 27, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

81. The Big Bopper

Soundtrack | True Romance

The Big Bopper was born on October 24, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas, USA as Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. He was married to Adrianne Joy Fryon. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

82. The Teddy Bears

Self | The Perry Como Show

Members have included Phil Spector, Carol Connors, Marshall Leib, Harvey Goldstein.

83. Bobby Freeman

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

Bobby Freeman was born on June 13, 1940 in San Francisco, California, USA as Robert Thomas Freeman. He died on January 23, 2017 in Anson, Texas, USA.

84. Jimmy Clanton

Soundtrack | Peggy Sue Got Married

Jimmy Clanton was born on September 2, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA as James Reed Clanton. He has been married to Roxanne Faye Edtmiller since December 8, 1962.

85. 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 ...

86. The Chordettes

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Close harmony barbershop-style vocal quartet of the 1950s, noted for their folksy or swinging a capella renditions. Formed in 1946, their original line-up consisted of Jinny Osborn (1927-2003), Janet Ertel, Dorothy Schwartz and Carol Bushman. Later members included Lynn Evans, Margie Needham and ...

87. Ritchie Valens

Soundtrack | Grease

Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Steven Valenzuela. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

89. The Olympics

Soundtrack | Peggy Sue Got Married

They had a #7 US R n B, #8 US Pop hit in 1958 with "Western Movies".

90. Dion DiMucci

Soundtrack | The Long Kiss Goodnight

Dion DiMucci was born on July 18, 1939 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He has been married to Susan Butterfield since March 23, 1963. They have three children.

91. The Belmonts

Soundtrack | Flipped

The Belmonts were a "doo-wop" group that formed in the Bronx, New York, in the 1950s. It was named after the street several of its member lived on, Belmont Avenue. The original members were Dion DiMucci, Carlo Mastrangelo, Freddie Millano and Angelo D'Aleo.

The group had recorded several songs for ...

92. Jimmy McCracklin

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Pianist/singer Jimmy McCracklin was born in 1921 in Arkansas but raised in St. Louis, MO. He served in the US Navy during World War II, and after the war he moved to Los Angeles, CA, to become a professional boxer, using the name Jimmy Mackey. He fought as a light-heavyweight, and won nearly two ...

93. Jerry Butler

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Jerry Butler got his start in the music business at age 18 when he and his friend Curtis Mayfield formed a singing group and named them The Impressions. They had an almost immediate hit with a song Butler wrote, "For Your Precious Love", which became the group's first gold record. Nicknamed "The ...

95. Link Wray

Soundtrack | Independence Day

Rock'n'roll musician Link Wray reigns supreme as one of the best, most important, influential, and innovative guitarists to emerge from the 1950's. Wray was the creator of the power-chord and was one of the first musicians to experiment with both distortion and the burning fuzz-tone guitar sound in...

96. The Crests

Soundtrack | American Graffiti

The Crests, one of the most popular of the '50s "doo-wop" vocal groups, formed in 1955 in Manhattan, NY. They were quite unusual for their time in that they were a thoroughly integrated group--two black males (J.T. Carter and Talmadge Gough), a black female (Patricia Van Dross, sister of Luther ...

97. Phil Phillips

Soundtrack | Frequency

Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

99. Frankie Ford

Soundtrack | Stewardess School

New Orleans R&B singer Frankie Ford was born on August 4, 1939 in Gretna, Louisiana. He was the adopted son of Vincent and Anna Guzzo. He studied singing and dancing as a boy and made his stage debut at age five in 1945. He performed on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in New York City in 1952 and won ...

100. Wilbert Harrison

Soundtrack | Big Fish

R&B singer Wilbert Harrison was born in 1929 in Charlotte, NC. He had been making records for a variety of small labels since the early 1950s, but never had a hit. That changed in 1959, when he recorded "Kansas City"--written by legendary songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller--and it ...

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