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.

He was best known as the lead singer and frontman of the legendary Motown group, The Four Tops. Davis formed the group with his friends in the late 1950s and together they became one of Motown's most successful acts, producing numerous hits such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and "Reach Out I'll Be There." Davis' powerful and soulful voice was a key component of the group's success, and he was widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of his time. In addition to his work with The Four Tops, Davis also had a successful solo career, releasing several albums in the 1970s and 1980s. He remained an active performer until his death in 2005, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a true icon of American music.

Davis was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, and moved to Detroit in his early twenties to pursue a career in music. He started out as a member of a group called The Vocaltones before forming The Four Tops in 1954. The group's early years were marked by several lineup changes, but Davis remained a constant presence as the lead singer and frontman.

Throughout his career with The Four Tops, Davis was known for his distinctive stage presence and smooth baritone voice. He was also a gifted songwriter and contributed to many of the group's biggest hits. In addition to his musical talents, Davis was highly regarded for his showmanship and energy on stage, which helped The Four Tops become one of the most popular live acts of their era.

Despite the group's tremendous success, Davis remained humble and focused on his craft. He continued to tour and record with The Four Tops until his death in 2005, at the age of 65. Today, Davis is remembered as a true legend of American music, whose contributions to Motown and the wider music industry will be cherished for generations to come.

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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.

Ron Haydock was highly regarded in the world of cult cinema and exploitation films. He is best known for his roles in low-budget horror movies such as The Horror of Party Beach and The Brain That Wouldn't Die. Alongside his acting career, he was also a prolific writer and musician. He wrote pulp novels and had several successful rockabilly singles in the 1950s and 60s. Haydock maintained a strong following throughout his career, and his contributions to underground culture have continued to be celebrated. His life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a car accident in 1977 at the age of 37.

Despite his untimely death, Ron Haydock's work has continued to influence various subcultures. In particular, his unique brand of rockabilly music has earned him a dedicated following among rockabilly enthusiasts. His song, "99 Chicks," has become an underground classic and has been covered by several other artists. Haydock's writing has also continued to captivate readers, with his novels remaining popular among pulp fiction fans. Haydock's impact on cult cinema has also been recognized, with several of his films achieving cult status over the years. His portrayal of the character, Lonnie Lord, in the film "Wild Guitar," has been singled out as one of his most memorable performances. Despite leaving a relatively small body of work, Ron Haydock's creativity and talent has continued to resonate with audiences long after his passing.

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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.

He is best known for being a founding member and lead vocalist of the R&B group, The Impressions. Fred Cash was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and moved to Chicago as a teenager. In 1957, he formed the group with Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, and Sam Gooden, who eventually replaced Richard Brooks as bass vocalist. The group had several hit songs during the 1960s, including "For Your Precious Love," "Keep on Pushing," and "People Get Ready." Cash's strong, soulful voice was a standout in the group and helped define the signature "Chicago soul" sound. He also co-wrote many of the group's songs, including "We're a Winner" and "Choice of Colors." In addition to his work with The Impressions, Cash has also pursued a solo career and continues to perform and record.

After The Impressions disbanded in 1976, Fred Cash continued to work in the music industry. He briefly joined The Chi-Lites in the 1980s and recorded an album with the group. He also recorded a solo album titled “Smile” in 1982. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Impressions. Cash has also received numerous other awards and accolades throughout his career, such as being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and receiving a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In addition to his music career, Cash has also been involved in various charitable causes and community service initiatives, including working with the United Negro College Fund and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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Cynthia Weil

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

Together with her writing partner and husband, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil wrote numerous hit songs during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, including "On Broadway", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", and "Somewhere Out There". Weil and Mann were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. Weil also co-wrote the hit musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" which premiered on Broadway in 2014. Outside of her music career, Weil is known for her philanthropic work, particularly with organizations that support animals and the environment.

Weil began her career in the music industry by working in the legendary Brill Building as a songwriter for music publishing company Aldon Music, where she met her future husband and writing partner, Barry Mann. Their successful partnership led to collaborations with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Carole King, Phil Spector, and The Righteous Brothers.

In addition to her successful career in songwriting, Weil has also worked as a record producer, music publisher, and television producer. She was a producer on the hit television show "China Beach" and co-produced the soundtrack for the film "The Big Chill".

Weil has been recognized for her contributions to the arts and music industry with numerous awards, including a Grammy Award and an Academy Award nomination for "Somewhere Out There" from the animated film "An American Tail". She has also been honored for her philanthropic efforts with the ASPCA's Henry Bergh Award and the Captain Planet Foundation's Protector of the Earth Award.

Today, Weil remains an active member of the music community and continues to write and produce music. She is also involved in various charitable organizations, including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Heal the Bay.

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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.

Mike Minor is best known for his role as Steve Elliott in the television soap opera, "Petticoat Junction" which aired from 1963 to 1970. He began his career as a musician, performing as a guitarist and vocalist with various bands in the 1960s. Minor also appeared in numerous television shows during his career, including "The Beverly Hillbillies," "JAG," and "ER." In addition to his acting career, Minor has released several albums of country and folk music. He is also a prolific songwriter, having written songs for several well-known artists, including Randy Travis and Marie Osmond. In his spare time, Minor is an avid golfer and has participated in several celebrity golf tournaments.

Minor's parents were both in the entertainment industry, with his mother being an actress and his father being a producer. He initially pursued a career in music and released his first album "A Tribute to Johnny Cash" in 1969. His acting career took off when he landed the role of Steve Elliott in "Petticoat Junction," which led to him appearing in other popular shows such as "Mission: Impossible" and "Murder, She Wrote."

Minor has been married twice, first to actress Linda Kaye Henning who also appeared on "Petticoat Junction," and later to actress Dale Evans. He has four children, including a son who is also a musician.

In addition to his music and acting careers, Minor is also a licensed real estate broker in California. He has worked in the industry for over 30 years and is known for his expertise in luxury real estate.

Despite retiring from acting in the early 2000s, Minor continues to perform as a musician and has released several albums in recent years.

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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.

He received his education from Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music and a PhD in Composition. Spratlan's compositions often incorporate elements of various musical styles and genres, including opera, orchestral music, and choral works. His works have been performed by major orchestras and ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Lydian String Quartet. Spratlan has received numerous awards and honours, including the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2000 for his opera "Life is a Dream". In addition to his work as a composer, he has also taught composition at Amherst College and the University of California at San Diego.

Lewis Spratlan's music is characterised by a layered and complex sound that defies easy classification. He is known for his experimental approach to composition and often draws from his wide-ranging interests, which include literature, art, and science. Some of his notable works include "Apollo and Daphne", "Bang!", and "Iphigenia".

Apart from his achievements in the field of music, Spratlan is also a passionate educator. His teaching career spans over 40 years and includes stints at several prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Amherst College, and the University of California at San Diego. He is known for his innovative teaching style that incorporates technology and interdisciplinary learning.

In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Spratlan has received several other accolades for his contributions to music. These include a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a Rome Prize. Despite his numerous accomplishments, Spratlan remains a humble and dedicated artist who is committed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary classical music.

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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.

He served as the 10th president of the University of Southern California (USC) from 1991 to 2010, a tenure that marked significant growth and progress for the university. Under his leadership, USC saw a considerable rise in academic standards, research funding, and student diversity. Sample is also a prolific author, having written several books on leadership and management, including "The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership" and "What's Wrong with Universities and How to Make Them Work." Prior to his presidency at USC, Sample held prominent positions in academia and the private sector, including a position as provost at the University at Buffalo and executive positions at TRW, an aerospace and defense technology company.

Throughout his career, Sample has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including being elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and receiving the presidential National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He also served on various boards and committees, such as the National Science Board and the Board of Directors for the Association of American Universities. After retiring from USC, Sample continued to contribute to the academic community by serving as a professor at the school's Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. He passed away on March 29, 2016 at the age of 75.

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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.

He is best known for his work with Elvis Presley, having arranged and conducted music for several of Presley's albums and concerts throughout the 1970s. Eskew began his career in the music industry in the 1960s, working as a songwriter and arranger for various artists. In addition to his work with Presley, Eskew has also arranged music for other notable names in the industry, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson. Eskew was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009 for his contributions to the music industry. He continues to work in the industry as a music director and arranger, and is highly respected in the field.

Eskew was born in Ferriday, Louisiana and grew up in Mississippi. He attended Louisiana Tech University and started his career in the music industry in Shreveport, Louisiana. In the 1970s, Eskew moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he continued to work as a music arranger and conductor.

One of Eskew's most notable contributions to the music industry was his work on Elvis Presley's "Aloha from Hawaii" concert in 1973. Eskew arranged and conducted the music for the concert, which was broadcast live via satellite and watched by over 1 billion people worldwide. The concert is widely considered one of Presley's greatest performances, and Eskew's arrangements played a significant role in its success.

In addition to his work as a music arranger, Eskew is also a skilled pianist and vocalist. He has performed with various bands and ensembles throughout his career, and has released several albums of his own music.

Eskew has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the music industry, including induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2011. He is highly regarded by his peers in the industry and continues to inspire and influence musicians and arrangers today.

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Richard Maloof

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

Richard Maloof (born January 17, 1940 in Sacramento) is an American entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and civic leader. He is best known for his successful career in real estate development and his contributions to the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. Maloof played a key role in the development of the Palms Casino Resort and the Maloof family's ownership of the Sacramento Kings basketball franchise. Maloof is also involved in numerous charitable and civic organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Las Vegas Art Museum. He has received numerous awards for his philanthropic work and community service.

Maloof began his career in the 1960s working for his family's liquor distribution business, which eventually expanded into real estate development. He became a leading figure in Las Vegas' revitalization efforts during the 1990s, serving as chairman of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and leading several major development projects throughout the city.

Maloof's most notable project was the Palms Casino Resort, which he developed with his brother George Maloof Jr. in 2001. The Palms quickly became a popular destination for celebrities and high-profile events. Maloof also served as chairman of the Sacramento Kings basketball franchise from 1998 to 2013, during which time the team saw significant success on the court.

In addition to his business and civic endeavors, Maloof is known for his extensive philanthropic work. He has contributed millions of dollars to charities and causes such as education, healthcare, and the arts. He also founded the Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Las Vegas, which supports local artists and craftsmen.

Maloof has been recognized for his achievements with numerous awards, including the Visionary Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. He continues to be a prominent figure in Las Vegas' business and philanthropic communities.

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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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