American musicians born in 1923

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1923:

Maria Callas

Maria Callas (December 2, 1923 Manhattan-September 16, 1977 Paris) otherwise known as Μαρία Κάλλας, Callas, Maria, Maria Anna Sophie Cecilia Kalogeropoulos, La Divina, Sophia Cecelia Kalos, The Bible of opera, Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou, The God-Given or Maria Meneghini Callas was an American singer and actor.

Her albums include Opera Arias, Arias, La Divina 2, Maria Callas, La Légende, La Voix du siecle (Maria Callas), Maria Callas Favourite Operatic Arias, Maria Callas in Hamburg, Maria Callas Live in Concert and Maria Callas sings Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi & Spontini. Genres she performed: Opera.

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Doc Watson

Doc Watson (March 3, 1923 Deep Gap, North Carolina-May 29, 2012 Winston-Salem) also known as Arthel "Doc" Watson or Arthel Lane Watson was an American singer, musician, songwriter, guitarist and singer-songwriter. His children are called Nancy Watson and Merle Watson.

Discography: On Praying Ground, Doc Watson on Stage (feat. Merle Watson), Docabilly, Elementary Doctor Watson, Foundation: The Doc Watson Guitar Instrumental Collection, 1964-1998, Old Timey Concert, Riding the Midnight Train, Southbound, The Essential Doc Watson and Doc Watson Sings Songs for Little Pickers (Live Recordings). Genres he performed: Folk music, Gospel music, Blues, Country and Bluegrass.

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Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 Los Angeles-April 25, 1990 Philadelphia) a.k.a. Gordon, Dexter, Long Tall Dex, Long Tall Dexter, Dexter "The Sound" Gordon or Sophisticated Giant was an American composer, bandleader, actor, musician and tenor saxophonist. His children are called Robin Gordon, James Canales Gordon, Deidre Gordon, Mikael Gordon-Solfors, Morten Gordon and Benjamin Dexter Gordon.

His albums: Go, The Tower of Power!, Stable Mable, Gettin' Around, Swiss Nights, Volume 1, Swiss Nights, Volume 2, Swiss Nights, Volume 3, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Art of the Ballad and The Classic Blue Note Recordings. Genres he performed: Swing music, Hard bop, Bebop and Jazz.

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Tito Puente

Tito Puente (April 20, 1923 New York City-June 1, 2000 New York City) also known as Puente Tito, Tito Puentes, Tito Puento, Ernest Anthony Puente, King of the Mambo, King of Latin Jazz, El Rey, Ernest Anthony Puente Jr., El Rey de los Timbales, The King of Latin Music, Ernesto Antonio Puente, The Musical Pope, Tito Puente y son Orquestra or Ernestito was an American sailor, percussionist, record producer, musician, actor and singer. He had three children, Audrey Puente, Richard Puente and Tito Puente, Jr..

His albums include Carnaval En Harlem, Cha Cha Cha For Lovers, The Mambo King: 100th LP, Oye Como Va! The Dance Collection, The Rough Guide to Tito Puente, 50 Years of Swing, Ce' Magnifique, Cha Cha Chá, Cuban Carnival and Dance Mania, Volume 1. Genres related to him: Mambo, Latin jazz, Jazz, Salsa music and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery (March 6, 1923 Indianapolis-June 15, 1968 Indianapolis) also known as Montgomery, Wes was an American guitarist, composer, musician and songwriter.

His albums include Movin' Along, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery, Boss Guitar, Fusion!, The Alternative Wes Montgomery, Full House, Far Wes, Wes Montgomery Plays the Blues, Verve Jazz Masters 14 and Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz. Genres related to him: Jazz, Hard bop, Soul jazz, Smooth jazz, Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion and Mainstream jazz.

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Philly Joe Jones

Philly Joe Jones (July 15, 1923 Philadelphia-August 30, 1985 Philadelphia) a.k.a. Jones, Philly Joe was an American drummer and musician.

His discography includes: Blues for Dracula, Drums Around the World: Philly Joe Jones Big Band Sounds, Archie Shepp & Philly Joe Jones, Whims of Chambers, Kenny Drew Trio, The Big Beat, Together!, Mo' Joe, Showcase and Look, Stop, and Listen. Genres he performed: Bebop, Jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop and Modal jazz.

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Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson (January 1, 1923 Detroit-October 9, 1999 Manhattan) also known as Jackson, Milt, Bags or Milton "Bags" Jackson was an American musician and composer.

His albums include At the Kosei Nenkin, Bags' Opus, Born Free, Early Modern, Jackson's Ville, Milt Jackson, Opus De Jazz, Plenty, Plenty Soul, Sunflower and The Jazz Skyline. Genres he performed: Modal jazz, Hard bop, Afro-Cuban jazz, Post-bop, Modern Creative and Mainstream jazz.

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Fats Navarro

Fats Navarro (September 24, 1923 Key West-July 6, 1950 New York City) also known as Theodore Navarro, Fats or Fat Girl was an American trumpeter and composer.

Related albums: Fats Navarro Featured With the Tadd Dameron Band, Goin' to Minton's, The Bebop Boys, Nostalgia, Complete Live at Birdland May 17, 1950, Fats Blows: 1946-1949, The Chronological Classics: Fats Navarro 1947-1949, The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol.2, and The Complete Blue Note and Capital Sessions of Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron. Genres: Jazz and Bebop.

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Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 Galloway-July 31, 1964 Davidson County) also known as Jim Reevers, James Travis Reeves or Reeves, Jim was an American singer, singer-songwriter and musician.

His albums: Greatest, The Best of Jim Reeves, Live: Waiting for a Train, 18 Very Special Love Songs, Love Letters, The Ultimate Collection, 16 Top Tracks, 20 Gospel Favorites, A Collection and Christmas Songbook. Genres he performed: Country, Nashville sound and Gospel music.

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Ann Miller

Ann Miller (April 12, 1923 Chireno-January 22, 2004 Los Angeles) also known as Johnnie Lucille Collier, Annie or Lucille Ann Collier was an American singer, actor and dancer. She had one child, Mary Milner.

Ann Miller began her career as a child performer in vaudeville and went on to become a successful Hollywood actress in the 1940s and 1950s. She was best known for her tap dancing skills and appeared in numerous films, including "Easter Parade" and "On the Town". Miller also had a successful stage career, performing in Broadway shows such as "Sugar Babies" and "Follies". In addition to her entertainment career, Miller was involved in various charitable organizations and was a supporter of animal rights. She passed away in 2004 at the age of 80.

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Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner (June 15, 1923 Pittsburgh-January 2, 1977 Los Angeles) also known as Errol Garner, Erroll Gardner, Erroll Louis Garner, Garner, Erroll, The Debussy of Jazz, Elf or Oooh-chi-cooo was an American composer, jazz pianist and musician.

His albums include That's My Kick, Body & Soul, The Essence of Erroll Garner, Verve Jazz Masters 7, Now Playing: A Night at the Movies & Up in Erroll's Room, The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1945-1946, The Greatest Garner, Afternoon of an Elf, Closeup in Swing and a New Kind of Love and Compact Jazz: Erroll Garner. Genres: Jazz.

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Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923 Muskogee-May 6, 2004 San Diego) a.k.a. Barney Kessell, Bernard Kessel or Kessel, Barney was an American guitarist and composer. He had two children, Dan Kessel and David Kessel.

His albums include Let's Cook!, Soaring, Barney Kessel's Swingin' Party at Contemporary, Barney Kessel, Volume 1: Easy Like, Feeling Free, Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By, Poor Butterfly, Red Hot and Blues, Solo and Spontaneous Combustion. Genres he performed: Jazz, Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music and Rhythm and blues.

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Sam Rivers

Sam Rivers (September 25, 1923 El Reno-December 26, 2011 Orlando) otherwise known as Rivers, Sam was an American musician, composer, bandleader, jazz pianist and flutist.

His most recognized albums: Fuchsia Swing Song, Dimensions and Extensions, The Complete Blue Note Sam Rivers Sessions, Purple Violets, The Dedication Series, Volume XII: The Live Trio Sessions, Trio Live, Inspiration, Crystals, Contours and A New Conception. Genres he performed: Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz and Jazz.

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Percy Heath

Percy Heath (April 30, 1923 Wilmington-April 28, 2005 Southampton) otherwise known as Heath, Percy was an American musician and bassist.

His albums: A Love Song, The Modern Jazz Sextet and Newport in New York '72 - The Jam Sessions, Volume 2. Genres: Hard bop, Cool jazz and Bebop.

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Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem (October 23, 1923 Richmond-) also known as Rorem, Ned is an American writer, composer, diarist and author.

Related albums: Ned Rorem (The Louisville Orchestra feat. conductor: Jorge Mester conductor: Robert Whitney), Songs of Ned Rorem (piano: Ned Rorem), Winter Pages, Bright Music (Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival), The Three Piano Sonatas (feat. piano: Thomas Lanners), Songs of Ned Rorem, Spring Music, Piano Concerto No. 2 / Cello Concerto (Royal Scottish National Orchestra feat. Conductor: José Serebrier, piano: Simon Mulligan, cello: Wen-Sinn Yang), Philip Glass / Ned Rorem: Violin Concerto / Leonard Bernstein: Serenade, Three Symphonies and .

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Red Garland

Red Garland (May 13, 1923 Dallas-April 23, 1984 Dallas) also known as Garland, Red or William Garland was an American jazz pianist and pianist.

His most recognized albums: Red Garland's Piano, Manteca, Red in Blues-Ville, When There Are Grey Skies, At the Prelude, Volume 1, Rediscovered Masters, Volume 1, Rediscovered Masters, Volume 2, The P.C. Blues, Moodsville, Volume 3: Red Alone and At the Prelude. His related genres: Hard bop and Bebop.

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Elmo Hope

Elmo Hope (June 27, 1923 New York City-May 19, 1967) also known as Hope, Elmo was an American jazz pianist.

His albums include Informal Jazz, Trio and Quintet and The Final Sessions. Genres he performed include Jazz.

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Mel Powell

Mel Powell (February 12, 1923 The Bronx-April 24, 1998 Sherman Oaks) also known as Powell, Mel, Melvin Epstein, Mel, Melvin Powell or Melvin D. Epstein was an American composer, music educator, musician, music arranger and pianist. His children are Kathleen Powell and Mary Powell Harpel.

Related albums: It's Been So Long and Duplicates / Setting / Modules. Genres: Swing music, Jazz, Big Band and Classical music.

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Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 Los Angeles-October 5, 1981 New York City) a.k.a. Gloria Hallward, Gloria H. Grahame or Gloria Grahame Hallward was an American actor. She had four children, Anthony Ray Jr., James Ray, Marianna Paulette Howard and Timothy Ray.

Gloria Grahame began her acting career in theater before transitioning to films in the 1940s. She quickly became known for her sensual and provocative performances in films such as "Crossfire" (1947), "In a Lonely Place" (1950), and "The Big Heat" (1953). Grahame won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952).

In addition to her film work, Grahame also appeared on television and on stage, earning critical acclaim for her performances in plays like "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Grahame's personal life was tumultuous - she was married four times, including to fellow actor Nicholas Ray with whom she had a son. She was known to be difficult to work with at times, and her career began to decline in the late 1950s. Grahame continued to act in smaller roles throughout the 1960s and 1970s until her death from breast cancer in 1981 at the age of 57.

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Serge Chaloff

Serge Chaloff (November 24, 1923 Boston-July 16, 1957 Boston) was an American , .

His albums include Blue Serge, Boston Blow–Up! and The Four Brothers...Together Again!. Genres he performed: West Coast jazz and Jazz.

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Albert King

Albert King (April 25, 1923 Indianola-December 21, 1992 Memphis) also known as King, Albert was an American singer, musician, record producer, songwriter, guitarist and singer-songwriter.

His albums: I Wanna Get Funky, The Best of Albert King, The Very Best of, The Blues Collection, Albert, Blues at Sunrise: Live at Montreux, The Blues Collection 26: Blues Power, Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 18: Live, Crosscut Saw and Hard Bargain. Genres: Soul blues, Rhythm and blues, Electric blues and Blues.

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Cordell Jackson

Cordell Jackson (July 15, 1923 Pontotoc-October 14, 2004) was an American record producer.

Her albums: Live In Chicago.

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Ed Cassidy

Ed Cassidy (May 4, 1923 Harvey-December 6, 2012 San Jose) a.k.a. Ed \"Cass\" Cassidy or Cassidy, Ed "Cass" was an American , .

His albums: Chronicles 1967–1992.

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Peter Mennin

Peter Mennin (May 17, 1923 Erie-June 17, 1983 New York City) also known as Mennin, Peter was an American composer and teacher.

His albums include Moby Dick / Symphonies 3 & 7.

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Anne Jeffreys

Anne Jeffreys (January 26, 1923 Goldsboro-) also known as Anne Carmichael, Anne Jeffries, Ann Jeffreys, Anne Jeffreys Carmichael or Annie Carmichael is an American singer, actor and model. She has three children, Jeffrey Sterling, Robert Dana Sterling and Tyler Marcus Sterling.

Anne Jeffreys began her career as a singer in the early 1940s, performing with big bands such as those led by Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. She made her film debut in the 1942 musical "I Married an Angel" and went on to star in several movies throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

In the 1950s, Jeffreys transitioned to television and became best known for her role as Marion Kirby in the popular sitcom "Topper." She also made guest appearances on many other television shows, including "Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Baywatch."

Jeffreys continued to perform on stage throughout her career, appearing in several Broadway productions and touring with musical revues. She was also a successful model, appearing in print advertisements and on television commercials.

In addition to her career in entertainment, Jeffreys was a dedicated philanthropist and served on the boards of several charitable organizations. She passed away on September 27, 2017 at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy as a talented performer and beloved humanitarian.

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Raymond Lewenthal

Raymond Lewenthal (August 29, 1923 San Antonio-November 21, 1988) was an American pianist.

Lewenthal was known for his virtuosic and expressive performances of Romantic-era composers such as Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. He also championed lesser-known composers and was instrumental in bringing attention to the music of Charles-Valentin Alkan. In addition to his performing career, Lewenthal was a prolific recording artist, with over 30 albums to his name. He also wrote several books on music and was a frequent lecturer and commentator on classical music. Lewenthal was widely regarded as a musician of great talent and passion, and his contributions to the world of classical music have had a lasting impact.

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Slim Whitman

Slim Whitman (January 20, 1923 Tampa-June 19, 2013 Orange Park) also known as Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. or Whitman, Slim was an American singer, musician, songwriter, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He had two children, Byron K. Whitman and Sharon Whitman.

His albums include 16 Greatest Love Songs, The Greatest, 20 Golden Greats, 50 Original Tracks, Country Classics, Greatest Hits, Premium Masters - Birmingham Jail, Rose Marie (disc 3), Slim Whitman and Tennessee Waltz (Going for a Song). Genres he performed include Country, Folk music and Contemporary Christian music.

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Jessie Mae Hemphill

Jessie Mae Hemphill (October 18, 1923 Como-July 22, 2006 Memphis) otherwise known as Jesse Mae Hemphill, She Wolf or Jessie Mae Brooks was an American songwriter, singer, musician and singer-songwriter.

Her albums include She-Wolf, Get Right Blues and Shake It, Baby.

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Jean Swain

Jean Swain (August 12, 1923-July 17, 2000) was an American singer.

She became famous for her soprano voice and her ability to sing in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, pop, and classical. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Swain began her career singing on local radio stations as a teenager. In the 1940s, she was discovered by the bandleader Lionel Hampton and began touring with his band as a featured vocalist. She later worked with other well-known bandleaders, including Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie. Swain made several recordings under her own name, including the popular album "Jean Swain Sings Kurt Weill". She also appeared on television variety shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Johnny Carson Show". In addition to her singing career, Swain was also an actress, appearing in a number of films and TV shows throughout the 1950s and 60s. She retired from performing in the 1970s and spent the rest of her life in New Jersey. Swain passed away in July 2000 at the age of 76.

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Daniel Pinkham

Daniel Pinkham (July 5, 1923 Lynn-December 18, 2006 Natick) was an American organist and composer.

He received his education at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. During his time at Harvard, he studied composition with Walter Piston and Aaron Copland.

Pinkham was primarily known for his contributions to sacred music, particularly his numerous works written for the Episcopal liturgical tradition. He served as the organist and choirmaster at King's Chapel in Boston for over 40 years and was a member of the composition faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music for over 25 years.

In addition to composing, Pinkham was also an accomplished performer, particularly on the organ, and recorded several albums throughout his career. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his works continue to be performed and recorded today.

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Chou Wen-chung

Chou Wen-chung (June 29, 1923 Yantai-) also known as Wen-chung Chou is an American , .

Chou Wen-chung is an American composer of Chinese origin, who has made a significant contribution to the field of contemporary classical music. Born in Yantai, China, Chou began his musical studies in China before moving to the United States in 1946 to study at the New England Conservatory of Music. He later received a PhD from Columbia University.

Chou's music reflects his interest in Chinese culture and philosophy, as well as his engagement with Western modernism. He has worked closely with many prominent composers, including Edgard Varèse and John Cage, and has served as a professor at Columbia University for over five decades.

In addition to his work as a composer and teacher, Chou has played an important role in promoting cultural exchange between China and the United States. He was instrumental in organizing the historic visit of the New York Philharmonic to China in 1973, which was the first cultural exchange of its kind between the two countries. Chou has also received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to music, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Medal of Arts.

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Eugene Wright

Eugene Wright (June 5, 1923 Chicago-) also known as Wright, Eugene is an American bassist.

His related genres: Jazz.

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Idrees Sulieman

Idrees Sulieman (August 7, 1923 St. Petersburg-July 23, 2002 St. Petersburg) a.k.a. Sulieman, Idrees or Leonard Graham was an American musician and trumpeter.

His albums: The Cats, Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors and Bird's Grass. Genres he performed: Hard bop and Bebop.

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Ellis Larkins

Ellis Larkins (May 15, 1923 Baltimore-September 30, 2002) also known as Larkins, Ellis was an American jazz pianist.

His albums: Duologue and Duets, Volume 1. Genres: Jazz.

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Giorgio Tozzi

Giorgio Tozzi (January 8, 1923 Chicago-May 30, 2011 Bloomington) also known as Tozzi, Giorgio, George John Tozzi or Georgio Tozzi was an American singer. His children are Eric Tozzi and Jennifer Tozzi.

His discography includes: Der Fliegende Holländer, Puccini: La bohème, Turandot, La fanciulla del West, Requiem, Luisa Miller and Turandot (Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf, spinto soprano: Renata Tebaldi, soprano: Birgit Nilsson, tenor: Jussi Björling, bass: Giorgio Tozzi).

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Faye Adams

Faye Adams (May 22, 1923 Newark-) otherwise known as Adams, Faye or Fay Adams is an American singer.

Her discography includes: The Herald Recordings, Shake a Hand and Blues & Rhythm Series: The Chronological Faye Adams 1950-1952. Genres: Gospel music, Blues and Rhythm and blues.

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Wilbur Ware

Wilbur Ware (September 8, 1923 Chicago-September 9, 1979 Philadelphia) was an American musician.

His most well known albums: The Chicago Sound. His related genres: Jazz.

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Norma Zimmer

Norma Zimmer (July 13, 1923 United States of America-May 10, 2011 Brea) a.k.a. Norma Larsen or Norma Beatrice Larsen was an American singer and voice actor. Her children are Ron Zimmer and Mark Zimmer.

She is best known for her work on the popular TV show, "The Lawrence Welk Show," where she served as the "Champagne Lady" from 1960 to 1967. Zimmer had a beautiful soprano voice and often performed alongside other talented singers on the show. Before "The Lawrence Welk Show," she had already made a name for herself as a soloist on radio and TV programs. After leaving the show, Zimmer continued to perform and record music, collaborating with other famous musicians and artists. She was also an advocate for the preservation of music and arts education, becoming involved with organizations such as the California Arts Council and Music Center of Los Angeles. Zimmer passed away in 2011 at the age of 87.

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Hank Mizell

Hank Mizell (November 9, 1923 Daytona Beach-December 23, 1992 Murfreesboro) also known as Mizell, Hank was an American songwriter, singer and guitarist.

His discography includes: Jungle Rock / When I'm in Your Arms and Jungle Rock. His related genres: Rockabilly, Rock music, Country and Rock and roll.

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Cliff Barrows

Cliff Barrows (April 6, 1923 Ceres-) also known as Clifford Burton Barrows is an American singer and music director. He has five children, Bonnie Barrows, Betty Ruth Barrows, Clifford Barrows, William Burton Barrows and Robert Barrows.

Genres he performed include Christian music.

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Harry Oster

Harry Oster (April 12, 1923 Cambridge-January 19, 2001 Iowa City) also known as Dr. Harry Oster was an American , .

folklorist and musicologist. He was a professor at the University of Iowa and is well-known for his field recordings of blues, Cajun, and Creole music from the 1950s to the 1970s. Oster's work and recordings were instrumental in preserving the traditional music of the American South, and he was known for his deep respect and understanding of the artists he worked with. Additionally, Oster authored several books on American music and folklore, including "Living Country Blues" and "The Music of the Mississippi Delta." He was a recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the field of folk music, including the National Heritage Fellowship in 1995.

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Dika Newlin

Dika Newlin (November 22, 1923 Portland-July 22, 2006) was an American composer and actor.

She was a child prodigy who entered college at the age of 12, graduating from both the University of California and the Juilliard School of Music. She composed classical music and was a concert pianist before branching out into folk music, becoming known for her revival of the music of the legendary singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. In addition to her musical career, Newlin was also an accomplished actress, appearing in several films and television shows during the 1960s and 1970s. She also wrote several books on music and an autobiography in which she discussed her struggles with mental illness.

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Bob McFadden

Bob McFadden (January 19, 1923 East Liverpool-January 7, 2000 Delray Beach) a.k.a. Robert McFadden, Bob MacFadden or Bob McFadden And Dor was an American singer and voice actor.

He was best known for his work in animated cartoons, where he provided the voices for various characters like Milton the Monster, Cool McCool, and Snarf from ThunderCats. He also lent his voice to numerous commercials, most famously for Rice-A-Roni and Franken Berry cereal. Aside from voice acting, McFadden also had a successful career as a singer, with hits like "The Mummy" and "The Beat Generation". He was also a member of the singing duo Bob and Ray. McFadden passed away in 2000 at the age of 76.

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Sherman Walt

Sherman Walt (August 22, 1923 Virginia-October 26, 1989 Brookline) was an American bassoonist and musician.

Walt began playing the bassoon at the age of 15 and later attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with prominent bassoonist, K. David Van Hoesen. He then went on to serve in the United States Army during World War II, playing with the Army Band in Washington, D.C.

After his military service, Walt played with a number of orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was known for his technical skill on the bassoon and his ability to produce a rich, warm sound.

Walt was also a dedicated teacher and served on the faculties of several institutions, including the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University. Many of his students went on to become successful bassoonists themselves.

In addition to his work as a performer and teacher, Walt was also passionate about music education and worked to promote classical music to young people. He served on the board of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and was involved in developing programs to bring live classical music performances to schools in the Boston area.

Walt passed away in 1989 at the age of 66, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most talented and influential bassoonists of his time.

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Larry Dale

Larry Dale (January 7, 1923 Wharton-May 19, 2010 New York City) a.k.a. Dale, Larry was an American singer and musician.

He was known for his unique blend of blues, R&B, and rockabilly music, which heavily influenced the sound of many popular musicians. Dale started his career by performing in clubs around New York City and soon became a popular act at the Apollo Theater. He went on to record several successful singles in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and "Big Muddy". Dale was also a skilled guitarist and recorded several instrumental tracks that showcased his talent. Despite struggling with health issues in his later years, Dale continued to perform and record music well into his 80s. He was posthumously inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Von Freeman

Von Freeman (October 3, 1923 Chicago-August 11, 2012 Chicago) was an American saxophonist.

His albums include The Great Divide, Doin' All Right Now, Young and Foolish, Live at the Dakota and You'll Know When You Get There. Genres he performed include Jazz and Hard bop.

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Lenny Hambro

Lenny Hambro (October 16, 1923 The Bronx-September 26, 1995 Somers Point) was an American musician, record producer, composer, talent manager and saxophonist.

His albums: The Nature of Things and Message From Hambro. Genres he performed include Jazz, Bebop, Mambo, Swing music, Cubop and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco (February 17, 1923 Camden-December 24, 2014) otherwise known as DeFranco, Buddy or Buddy De Franco was an American clarinetist and musician.

His discography includes: Buddy DeFranco Plays Nelson Riddle's Cross-Country Suite, Mr. Clarinet, Hark, The Buddy Defranco Wailers, Buddy Defranco and the Oscar Peterson Quartet, Buddy Defranco and Oscar Peterson Play George Gershwin, You Must Believe in Swing, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Us!, Hark: Buddy DeFranco Meets The Oscar Peterson Quartet and The Chronological Classics: Buddy DeFranco 1949-1952. Genres he performed include Bebop, Post-bop and Swing music.

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Hank Williams

Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 Mount Olive-January 1, 1953 Oak Hill) also known as Hank Williams, Sr., Hank Williams Sr., Hank Williams Sr, Luke The Drifter, Hank Williams ( as 'Luke The Drifter' ), Hiram King Williams, Williams, Hank, The Lovesick Blues Boy, Lovesick, The Hillbilly Shakespeare, Harm, Herky, Poots or Hiram was an American musician, singer-songwriter and author. He had two children, Hank Williams Jr. and Jett Williams.

His albums: I Saw the Light / Six More Miles (To the Graveyard), I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' / May You Never Be Alone, I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) / Howlin' at the Moon, (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle / Crazy Heart, Jambalaya (On the Bayou) / Window Shopping, You Win Again / Settin' the Woods on Fire, The Legend Lives Anew, Alone and Forsaken, The Complete Hank Williams and The Legendary Hank Williams. Genres he performed: Country, Blues, Honky-tonk, Western music, Gospel music, Folk music and Outlaw country.

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Johnny Hartman

Johnny Hartman (July 3, 1923 Houma-September 15, 1983 New York City) a.k.a. Hartman, Johnny was an American singer.

His albums include All of Me, For Trane, And I Thought About You, Unforgettable, Songs From the Heart, Complete Gus Wildi Recordings, I Love Everybody, Collection: 1947-1972, I Just Dropped by to Say Hello and The Voice That Is!. Genres related to him: Jazz.

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