American musicians born in 1940

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1940:

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa (December 21, 1940 Baltimore-December 4, 1993 Los Angeles) also known as Frank Vincent Zappa, Zappa or the Mothers of invention was an American songwriter, musician, record producer, composer, conductor and businessperson. He had four children, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Moon Zappa and Diva Zappa.

His most important albums: Lumpy Gravy, Hot Rats, Chunga’s Revenge, Waka/Jawaka, Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Sheik Yerbouti and Orchestral Favorites. Genres: Rock music, Jazz, Experimental rock, Experimental music, Avant-garde, Avant-garde music, Progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Computer music, Heavy metal, Art rock, Blues and Comedy rock.

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra (June 8, 1940 Jersey City-) also known as Nancy Sandra Sinatra or The Icon of Cool is an American singer, actor, author and film producer. She has two children, Angela Jennifer Lambert and Amanda Lambert.

Her albums: Kinky Love, Lightning's Girl, The Very Best Of: 24 Great Songs, The Essential Nancy Sinatra, California Girl, Greatest Hits With Frank Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, Greatest Hits, How Does It Feel, Lightning's Girl: Greatest Hits 1965-1971 and Nancy in London. Genres: Rock music, Pop music, Country, Jazz, Country pop and Traditional pop music.

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Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs (December 19, 1940 El Paso-April 9, 1976 Far Rockaway) also known as Philip David Ochs or Ochs, Phil was an American singer and singer-songwriter.

His most important albums: The War Is Over: The Best of Phil Ochs, The Broadside Tapes 1, All the News That's Fit to Sing, American Troubadour, Farewells & Fantasies, Greatest Hits, Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, I Ain't Marching Anymore, In Concert and Pleasures of the Harbor. Genres he performed include Folk music, Folk rock and Country.

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Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock (April 12, 1940 Chicago-) a.k.a. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock, Herbert Hancock or Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American musician, songwriter, keyboard player, flutist, composer, bandleader, jazz pianist, jazz composer, actor, film score composer and pianist. His child is Jessica Hancock.

His discography includes: Maiden Voyage, Head Hunters, Thrust, Secrets, Mr. Hands, Lite Me Up, Quartet, Future Shock, Perfect Machine and A Tribute to Miles. Genres he performed include Kozmigroov, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Funk, Hard bop, Modal jazz, Post-bop, Electro, Jazz-funk, Pop rock, Rhythm and blues, Bebop and Classical music.

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Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson (February 19, 1940 Detroit-) also known as William Robinson Jr., William Robinson, Jr., William 'Smokey' Robinson, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr., The Miracle, Smokey Joe, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles or The Miracles is an American record producer, songwriter, singer, musician, actor, music executive and singer-songwriter. He has three children, Berry William Borope Robinson, Tamla Claudette Robinson and Trey Robinson.

His discography includes: A Quiet Storm, One Heartbeat, My World: The Definitive Collection, Anthology (disc 3), Blame It on Love & All the Greatest Hits, Double Good Everything, Love, Smokey, The Ultimate Collection, Timeless Love and Where There's Smoke. Genres he performed include Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Adult contemporary music and Pop music.

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Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione (November 29, 1940 Rochester-) also known as CHUCK MANGIONE, Charles Frank Mangione or Mangione, Chuck is an American composer and musician.

His most recognized albums: Land of Make Believe, Bellavia, Children of Sanchez, Classics in Modern Jazz, Volume 6: Chuck Mangione, Love Notes, Journey to a Rainbow, Disguise, Save Tonight for Me, Compact Jazz: Chuck Mangione and The Feeling's Back. Genres: Jazz and Smooth jazz.

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David Gates

David Gates (December 11, 1940 Tulsa-) a.k.a. Gates, David is an American songwriter, singer and record producer.

His albums include The David Gates Songbook (A Lifetime of Music), Love Is Always Seventeen, Never Let Her Go, Goodbye Girl, First, Falling in Love Again and Take Me Now. Genres he performed include Rock music, Easy listening, Pop rock, Country, Rock and roll and Soft rock.

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 Philadelphia-October 10, 2010 Haarlemmermeer) also known as Salomon Burke, James Soloman McDonald, Dr. Solomon Burke, The Bishop of Soul, The King of Rock and Soul, The King of Rock 'N Soul, King Solomon, The Wonder Boy preacher, Lord Solomon, James Solomon McDonald, Muhammad Ali of soul, Solomon Vincent McDonald Burke or Sol was an American singer, preacher, film score composer and actor. His children are called Melvia Burke, Elijah Mohammed Burke, Valerie Doris Gresham Burke, Eleanor Alma Burke, Melanie Burke McCall, Solomon Vincent Burke, Jr., Carolyn Burke, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Burke, Gemini Burke, Lillian Burke, King Solomon Haile Selassie Burke, Queen Sunday Victoria Burke, Queen Elizabeth Burke-Maynard, James Burke and David Burke.

His albums: What'd I Say, We're Almost Home, The Best Of, Live at the House of Blues, Proud Mary: The Bell Sessions, Don't Give Up on Me, Home in Your Heart, Home Land, Make Do With What You Got and The Best of Solomon Burke. Genres he performed: Blues, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music, Rock and roll and Country.

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Gene Pitney

Gene Pitney (February 17, 1940 Hartford-April 5, 2006 Cardiff) otherwise known as Gene Francis Alan Pitney, Gene Francis Allan Pitney or Pitney, Gene was an American singer and songwriter.

His albums: Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart / Where Did the Magic Go, The Hits and More, Looking Through Gene Pitney: The Ultimate Collection, 22 Greatest Hits, 24 Hours from Tulsa, Backstage, Gene Pitney Sings Great Ballads, Gene Pitney's Greatest Hits, 25 All-Time Greatest Hits and Golden Hits. Genres: Easy listening and Rock and roll.

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Phil Lesh

Phil Lesh (March 15, 1940 Berkeley-) otherwise known as Phillip Chapman, Phillip Chapman Lesh, Ungrateful Dead, The Grateful Dead or Grateful Dead is an American bassist, singer, singer-songwriter, musician and songwriter. He has two children, Brian Lesh and Grahame Lesh.

His most well known albums: Love Will See You Through and Live at the Warfield. Genres he performed include Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Country rock, Folk rock and Jam band.

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Ray Davis

Ray Davis (March 29, 1940 Sumter-July 5, 2005 New Brunswick) a.k.a. Davis, Ray, Raymond "Ray" Davis or Raymond Davis was an American singer.

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Dr. John

Dr. John (November 21, 1940 New Orleans-) a.k.a. Dr. John Creaux, Dr. John The Nighttripper, Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr., Mac Rebennack, Dr. John & the Nighttripper, Mac Rebennack - Dr. John, Dr. John the Night Tripper, Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. or Dr.John is an American singer, organist, keyboard player, musician, pianist, guitarist, singer-songwriter, film score composer and actor.

His most recognized albums: Gris-Gris, Goin' Back to New Orleans, Mercernary, Afterglow, Anutha Zone, City Lights, Creole Moon, Desitively Bonnaroo, Dr John Plays Mac Rebennack: Legendary Sessions, Volume. 2 and Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack. Genres: New Orleans rhythm and blues, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues, Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Rock and roll, Funk and Zydeco.

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Paul Williams

Paul Williams (September 19, 1940 Omaha-) also known as Paul H. Williams, Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. or Paul Hamilton Williams is an American songwriter, actor, singer, musician, film score composer, voice actor, screenwriter, composer, film director and writer. He has two children, Cole Williams and Sarah Williams.

His discography includes: Bugsy Malone, A&M Greatest Hits, Ordinary Fool, Just an Old Fashioned Love Song, Life Goes On, Someday Man, Here Comes Inspiration, A Little Bit of Love, Phantom of the Paradise and Classics. Genres he performed include Pop-folk, Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music and Soft rock.

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Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell (August 3, 1940 Chicago-) also known as Mitchell, Roscoe or Roscoe Edward Mitchell is an American oboist, musician, composer, saxophonist, jazz performer, multi-instrumentalist and flutist.

His albums: Solo Saxophone Concerts, Old/Quartet, Sound, Congliptious, Nonaah, Streaming, Four Compositions, 3 x 4 Eye, Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound and Space Ensembles and The Flow of Things. Genres: Jazz.

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Arthur Alexander

Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 Florence-June 9, 1993 Nashville) also known as Alexander, Arthur was an American singer, musician and songwriter.

His albums: You Better Move On / A Shot of Rhythm and Blues, Story of Rock n Roll, Greatest Hits, The Ultimate Arthur Alexander, You Better Move On, Sally Sue Brown / Girl That Radiates That Charm, Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros Recordings, Arthur Alexander, Go Home Girl / You're the Reason and Lonely Just Like Me. Genres he performed include Country and Soul music.

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Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge (November 25, 1940 Leighton-) also known as Percey Sledge, Perrcy Sledge, Percy Sladge , Perrcy Sladge, Persy Sledge or Sledge, Percy is an American singer and musician.

His discography includes: Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman / Love Me Like You Mean It, 22 All Time Greatest Hits, Blue Night, Greatest Hits, His Greatest Hits, It Tears Me Up: The Best of Percy Sledge, The Best of Percy Sledge, The Very Best of Percy Sledge and When a Man Loves a Woman. Genres: Rhythm and blues, Soul music and Traditional pop music.

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Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz (September 26, 1940 Baltimore-) also known as Garry Bartz or Bartz, Gary is an American clarinetist and saxophonist.

His albums include Harlem Bush Music: Taifa & Uhuru, The Shadow Do, The Blues Chronicle: Tales of Life, Another Earth, Music Is My Sanctuary, Alto Memories, Libra / Another Earth, Episode One: Children of Harlem and Anthology. Genres related to him: Post-bop, Modern Creative, Free funk, Jazz and Blues.

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Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 Milwaukee-) also known as Jarreau, Al, Al Jarreou, Al Jerrau, Jerrau, Al, Al Jarrean or Jarrean, Al is an American singer, musician and lyricist. His child is Ryan Jarreau.

His most recognized albums: Glow, Jarreau, Ain't No Sunshine, Best of Al Jarreau, 1965, All Fly Home, Breakin' Away, Expressions, Improvisations and In London. Genres he performed: Jazz, Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Funk and Soul music.

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Toni Tennille

Toni Tennille (May 8, 1940 Montgomery-) otherwise known as Cathryn Antoinette Tennille or Tennille, Toni is an American singer.

Her discography includes: Tennille Sings Big Band, Incurably Romantic, More Than You Know and Never Let Me Go.

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Sharon Sheeley

Sharon Sheeley (April 4, 1940 Los Angeles-May 17, 2002) also known as Sheeley, Sharon or Sharon Sheely was an American songwriter and singer.

Her albums: Sharon Sheeley: Songwriter.

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Helen Donath

Helen Donath (July 10, 1940 Corpus Christi-) also known as Donath, Helen is an American singer.

Discography: Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball), , , The Great Masses no. 5 D. 678 & no. 6 D. 950, Symphonie No. 4 (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Eliahu Inbal), Great Choral Works: Requiem / Great Mass / Coronation Mass, Requiem and Palestrina.

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Norman Whitfield

Norman Whitfield (May 12, 1940 Harlem-September 16, 2008 Los Angeles) also known as N. Whitfield or Whitfield, Norman was an American record producer, songwriter and film score composer.

Genres he performed: Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Disco, Psychedelic soul and Funk.

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Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan (May 15, 1940 Brooklyn-) also known as Lainie Levine, Laine Kazan or Lanie Levine is an American singer and actor. She has one child, Jennifer Bena.

Her most well known albums: Body & Soul, Lainie Kazan and In the Groove.

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Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen (December 23, 1940 Washington, D.C.-) also known as Jorma Koukenen, Jorma Koukonen, Kaukonen, Jorma, Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, Jr., Hot Tuna or Jefferson Airplane is an American singer, musician, guitarist and songwriter.

His albums: Magic, Relix Bay Rock Shop, Volume 3: Part 1, Relix Bay Rock Shop, Volume 4: Part 2, Jorma, Stars in My Crown, Embryonic Journey, The Land of Heroes, Too Many Years, Too Hot to Handle and Blue Country Heart. Genres he performed: Blues, Folk music, Rock music and Psychedelic rock.

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Alix Dobkin

Alix Dobkin (August 16, 1940 New York City-) also known as Dobkin, Alix is an American songwriter, singer and singer-songwriter. She has one child, Adrian Hood.

Discography: Living With Lavender Jane + Living With Lesbians and Love & Politics. Genres she performed include Folk music.

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Ron Haydock

Ron Haydock (April 17, 1940 Chicago-August 14, 1977 Victorville) also known as Vin Saxon, Lonnie Lord or Brick Bardo was an American actor, writer and musician.

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Genya Ravan

Genya Ravan (April 19, 1940 Łódź-) a.k.a. Ravan, Genya is an American singer.

Her albums include ...And I Mean It!, Goldie Zelkowitz and Peculiar Friends. Genres she performed: Pop music, Rock music, Blues and Independent music.

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Fred Cash

Fred Cash (October 8, 1940 Chattanooga-) also known as Cash, Fred is an American musician.

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Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil (October 18, 1940 New York City-) is an American songwriter. She has one child, Jenn Berman.

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Jeannie Seely

Jeannie Seely (July 6, 1940 Titusville-) a.k.a. Seely, Jeannie or Marilyn Jeanne Seely is an American singer, songwriter and actor. She has one child, Booth Cochran.

Related albums: The Seely Style, Been There... Sung That, 20 All Time Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits on Monument and Life's Highway. Genres: Nashville sound, Bluegrass and Country.

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Joe B. Mauldin

Joe B. Mauldin (July 8, 1940 Lubbock-February 7, 2015) a.k.a. Mauldin, Joe B. was an American musician.

Genres: Rock and roll.

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Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner (March 1, 1940 Chehalis-) a.k.a. Towner*Ralph or Towner, Ralph is an American guitarist.

Discography: Ana, Solo Concert, Anthem, Lost and Found, Works, Old Friends, New Friends, Solstice, Sound and Shadows, Solstice, Diary and Matchbook. His related genres: Jazz, Folk music, World music, Classical music, Jazz fusion, Chamber jazz, Third stream, Ethno jazz and Folk jazz.

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Chuck Rainey

Chuck Rainey (June 17, 1940 Cleveland-) also known as Rainey, Chuck is an American bassist and session musician.

His most recognized albums: The Chuck Rainey Coalition, Sing & Dance and Chuck Rainey / David T. Walker Band.

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Eugene Record

Eugene Record (December 23, 1940 Chicago-July 22, 2005 Chicago) also known as Record, Eugene or Eugene Booker Record was an American record producer, songwriter, singer and composer.

His albums: I Don't Mind / Take Everything and Welcome to My Fantasy.

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George Adams

George Adams (April 29, 1940 Covington-November 14, 1992 New York City) also known as Adams, George was an American musician, composer and flutist.

His albums include Live at Montmartre, Decisions, Live at the Village Vanguard Vol. 2, Live at the Village Vanguard, Life Line, City Gates, Melodic Excursions, Earth Beams, All That Funk and More Funk. Genres he performed: Jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop and Avant-garde jazz.

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Fontella Bass

Fontella Bass (July 3, 1940 St. Louis-December 26, 2012 St. Louis) a.k.a. Fontella Brass, Bass, Fontella, Fontanella Bass or Bass, Fontanella was an American singer.

Her albums: Rescue Me / Soul of the Man, Rescued: The Best of Fontella Bass, Free (The Paula Recordings), The Very Best Of, The New Look, Safe and Sound / You'll Never Ever Know, Sisters of Soul and No Ways Tired. Genres: Pop music, Rhythm and blues and Soul music.

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Jimmy Castor

Jimmy Castor (June 23, 1940 Manhattan-January 16, 2012 Henderson) a.k.a. The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Jimmy Caster Bunch, Jimmy Bunch Castor, Jimmy Castor Bunch, Castor, Jimmy, Jimmy Castor Bunch, The or Castor, Jimmy, Bunch, The was an American songwriter and singer.

Related albums: Jimmy Castor Bunch, 16 Slabs of Funk, It's Just Begun / Phase Two, The Everything Man: The Best of the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Butt of Course..., Maximum Stimulation, Supersound, It's Just Begun, It Isn't What You've Got / Block Party and Just You Girl / Magic Saxophone. Genres related to him: Soul music, Rhythm and blues and Funk.

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Bobby Rogers

Bobby Rogers (February 19, 1940 Detroit-March 3, 2013 Southfield) also known as Rogers, Bobby, Robert E. Rogers or B was an American singer, musician and songwriter. He had four children, Bobbae Rogers, Gina Rogers, Kimberly Rogers and Robert III Rogers.

Genres he performed include Rhythm and blues, Pop music and Soul music.

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Lew Tabackin

Lew Tabackin (March 26, 1940 Philadelphia-) also known as Tabackin, Lew or Lewis Barry Tabackin is an American jazz musician, saxophonist and flutist.

His albums include Phil Woods/Lew Tabackin. Genres he performed: Jazz.

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Adam Makowicz

Adam Makowicz (August 18, 1940 Hnojník-) also known as Adam Makawicz or Makowicz, Adam is an American jazz pianist and composer.

His albums: Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume Twenty-Four, The Name Is Makowicz, Unit, , Reflections on Chopin, At the Carnegie Hall, Live Embers, Plays Gershwin, Naughty Baby and A Tribute to Art Tatum. Genres: Jazz and Piano.

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Mike Minor

Mike Minor (July 12, 1940 San Francisco-) also known as Michael Fedderson is an American actor and singer.

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Bill Spence

Bill Spence (August 12, 1940 Iowa City-) is an American , .

His albums include The Hammered Dulcimer.

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Leon Ware

Leon Ware (February 16, 1940 Detroit-) also known as Ware, Leon is an American record producer and songwriter.

His most recognized albums: Rockin' You Eternally, A Kiss in the Sand, Musical Massage, Moon Ride and Inside Is Love. Genres he performed: Funk, Dance music, Soul music, Disco, Jazz and Rhythm and blues.

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Lewis Spratlan

Lewis Spratlan (September 5, 1940 Miami-) is an American composer.

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Steven Sample

Steven Sample (November 29, 1940 St. Louis-) a.k.a. Steven B Sample is an American electrical engineer, scientist and engineer.

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Ellie Greenwich

Ellie Greenwich (October 23, 1940 Brooklyn-August 26, 2009 New York City) a.k.a. Eleanor Louise Greenwich, Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich, Ellie or Elli Greenwich was an American record producer, songwriter and singer.

Her albums: Ellie Greenwich, Leader of the Pack (1985 original Broadway cast), Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry and Composes, Produces and Sings. Genres she performed include Rock music and Rock and roll.

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Larry Knechtel

Larry Knechtel (August 4, 1940 Bell-August 20, 2009 Yakima) also known as Knechtel, Larry or Lawrence William Knechtel was an American guitarist, keyboard player and session musician.

His most well known albums: Mountain Moods and Urban Gypsy.

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Jack Eskew

Jack Eskew (June 29, 1940-) a.k.a. Jackson W. Eskew is an American music arranger.

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Richard Maloof

Richard Maloof (January 17, 1940 Sacramento-) is an American , .

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Larry Chance

Larry Chance (October 19, 1940 Philadelphia-) is an American singer.

Genres he performed include Doo-wop.

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