American musicians born in 1944

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1944:

Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman (November 1, 1944 Chicago-) a.k.a. Friedman, Kinky, Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman, Richard Friedman or Richard S. Friedman is an American writer, politician, songwriter, novelist, singer, actor and author.

His albums include Sold American, Kinky Friedman, Under the Double Ego, Old Testaments & New Revelations, From One Good American to Another, Classic Snatches From Europe, Mayhem Aforethought, They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore, The Best of Kinky Friedman and Last of the Jewish Cowboys: The Best of Kinky Friedman.

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Barry White

Barry White (September 12, 1944 Galveston-July 4, 2003 Los Angeles) also known as Barry Eugene White, White, Barry, Barry Eugene Carter, The Maestro or The Walrus of Love was an American record producer, songwriter, singer, singer-songwriter, music arranger, composer and musician. He had five children, Shaherah White, Barry White Jr., Melva White, Nina White and Darryl White.

His most important albums: Stone Gon', Can't Get Enough, Let the Music Play, Let the Music Play, All Time Greatest Hits, Barry & Glodean, Barry White & Friends, Barry White's Greatest Hits, Barry White and Beware!. His related genres: Soul music, Disco, Funk and Rhythm and blues.

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Bernie Worrell

Bernie Worrell (April 19, 1944 Long Branch-) a.k.a. Bernard C. Worrell, Bernard Worrell, George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell, Jr., Dr. Woo, Bernie Worell or George Bernard Worrell, Jr. is an American musician, composer, keyboard player and record producer.

His albums: Free Agent, All the Woo in the World, Blacktronic Science, Free Agent: A Spaced Odyssey, Funk of Ages, Pieces of Woo: The Other Side, I Don't Even Know, Improvisczario, Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys and Standards. His related genres: Funk, Rock music, Alternative rock, Blues rock, Rhythm and blues, Jazz and Psychedelic rock.

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Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson (October 25, 1944 Accrington-) also known as John Anderson, John Roy Anderson or Hans Christian is an American musician, singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. His children are called Jade Anderson, Deborah Anderson and Damion Anderson.

His albums include Olias of Sunhillow, Change We Must, Deseo, Angels Embrace, Toltec, Earthmotherearth, The Promise Ring, The More You Know, State of Independence and Close to the Hype. Genres: Progressive rock, Rock music, Symphonic rock, Pop rock, New Age, New-age music and Skiffle.

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John Sebastian

John Sebastian (March 17, 1944 Greenwich Village-) also known as John B. Sebastian, John Besson Sebastian Jr., Sebastian, John, John Benson Sebastian, Lovin' Spoonful or The Lovin' Spoonful is an American songwriter, singer, musician, singer-songwriter, actor and film score composer.

His albums: The Four of Us, Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings, King Biscuit Flower Hour: John Sebastian, Tar Beach, One Guy, One Guitar, The Care Bears Movie, She's a Lady / Room Nobody Lives In, Younger Generation / Boredom, John B. Sebastian and Satisfied. His related genres: Pop music, Folk music and Rock music.

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Al Perkins

Al Perkins (January 18, 1944 Odessa-) also known as Perkins, Al is an American record producer and guitarist.

His albums: Triple Play, Snapshots and Smoky Mountain Christmas. Genres he performed include Country, Country rock, Bluegrass, Folk music, Rock music and Contemporary Christian music.

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Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight (May 28, 1944 Oglethorpe-) also known as License to kill - Gladys Knight, Gladys Knights, Gladys Maria Knight, The Empress of Soul or Empress of Soul is an American actor, singer-songwriter, author, businessperson and humanitarian. Her children are called James Newman III, Shanga Hankerson and Kenya Newman.

Her albums include Gladys Knight and the Pips, Before Me, At Last, Just for You, Many Different Roads, Beats of My Heart, Good Woman, The Greatest Hits, Missing You and When a Child Is Born. Genres she performed include Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music, Doo-wop, Soft rock and Smooth soul.

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Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee (December 11, 1944 Atlanta-) a.k.a. Lee, Brenda, Lee Brenda, Brenda Mae Tarpley or Little Miss Dynamite is an American singer. She has two children, Jolie Shacklett and Julie Shacklett.

Her albums: Let's Jump the Broomstick, Always on My Mind / That Ain't Right, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee, Brenda Lee, 16 Greatest Hits, A Brenda Lee Christmas, All Alone Am I, All-Time Greatest Hits, Anthology, Volume 1: 1956-1961 and Anthology, Volume 2: 1962-1980. Genres related to her: Pop music, Country, Rockabilly, Gospel music and Rock and roll.

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Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle (May 24, 1944 Philadelphia-) also known as Pattie Labelle, Patti La Belle, Patty LaBelle, Pati LaBelle, La Belle, Patricia Louise Holt, Patti and the Bluebelles, Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, Patricia Louise Holte, Patricia Edwards, LaBelle, Patti Labelle or Patsy is an American actor, singer-songwriter, film score composer, entrepreneur and author. She has three children, Zuri Kye Edwards, Stanley Edwards and Todd Edwards.

Related albums: Live!, Yo Mister, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Patti LaBelle, Anthology, Be Yourself, Gotta Go Solo, Greatest Hits, Patti & Labelle, Lady Marmalade, Patti La Belle and Patti. Genres related to her: Disco, Funk, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Dance music, Gospel music, Rock music, Ballad, Doo-wop, Soft rock, Dance-pop, Funk rock, Contemporary R&B, Girl group, Quiet Storm, Rock and roll and Jazz.

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Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry (July 27, 1944 Chickasaw County-) also known as Bobby Gentry, Roberta Lee Streeter or Gentry, Bobbie is an American singer and singer-songwriter. She has one child, Tyler Stafford.

Her albums: Local Gentry, The Golden Classics of Bobbie Gentry, Ode to Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years, Chickasaw County Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry, An American Quilt 1967-1974, Greatest Hits, Country Classics, The Best of Bobbie Gentry, The Bobbie Gentry Collection and The Delta Sweete. Genres: Pop music, Country, Soul music and Traditional pop music.

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Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones (November 12, 1944 Memphis-) also known as Booker T., Jones, Booker T., Booker T.Jones or Booker T. Jones Jr. is an American songwriter, organist, keyboard player, musician, record producer, actor and multi-instrumentalist. He has eight children, Booker T. Jones III, Olivia Jones, Cicely Jones, Teddy Jones, Lonnie Jones, Matthew Jones, Brian Jones and Michael Jones.

His most well known albums: The Runaway, Potato Hole, I Want You, The Booker T. Set, The Road From Memphis and Sound the Alarm. Genres: Funk, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Electric blues and Instrumental rock.

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Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 Fort Worth-January 1, 1997 Smyrna) a.k.a. Van Zandt, Townes or John Townes Van Zandt was an American songwriter, singer, musician, record producer, singer-songwriter, poet and film score composer. His children are called Katie Belle Van Zandt, William Vincent Van Zandt and John Townes Van Zandt II.

His albums include Documentary, Be Here to Love Me, A Far Cry From Dead, Absolutely Nothing, Acoustic Blue, Anthology 1968-1979, High, Low and in Between / The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, In the Beginning..., Last Rights: The Life & Times of Townes Van Zandt and Legend. Genres: Outlaw country, Folk music, Country and Blues.

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Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter (February 23, 1944 Beaumont-July 16, 2014 Zürich) a.k.a. John Dawson Winter III, Jonny Winter or John Dawson "Johnny" Winter III was an American singer, musician, record producer, songwriter and guitarist.

Related albums: Johnny Winter, Second Winter, The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter And, Still Alive and Well, John Dawson Winter III, Nightrider, Captured Live!, White, Hot & Blue and Serious Business. Genres: Rock music, Blues rock, Electric blues, Texas blues and Rock and roll.

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Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin (September 1, 1944 Los Angeles-) otherwise known as Leonard Slatkin, conductor or Slatkin, Leonard is an American conductor and music director.

His albums include Leonard Slatkin Conducts Russian Showpieces, Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Holst: The Planets / Varèse: Arcana, Bernstein Century: Symphony no. 3 "Kaddish" / Chichester Psalms, , , Violin Concerto No. 1 / Scottish Fantasy, Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 / Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite, Billy the Kid / Rodeo and The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites. Genres: Classical music.

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Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson (March 6, 1944 Greenville-) a.k.a. Wilson, Mary is an American singer, musician and actor.

Her albums: Mary Wilson, Live at the Sands, Walk the Line, Up Close: Live from San Francisco, and Life's Been Good to Me. Genres she performed: Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Soul music, Disco and Dance-pop.

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Scherrie Payne

Scherrie Payne (November 4, 1944 Detroit-) also known as Payne, Scherrie, The Supremes or The Little Lady with the Big Voice is an American singer, musician and actor.

Her albums include Partners. Genres she performed include Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues and Dance-pop.

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Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas (December 21, 1944 Los Angeles-) also known as Thomas, Michael Tilson is an American conductor, teacher and music director.

His albums include The Phantom of the Opera (disc 2), Symphony no. 3 in D minor / Kindertotenlieder, Fanfare for the Common Man / On Aaron Copland, the Man and His Music, American Mavericks, Ives: Three Places in New England / Orchestral Set No. 2 / Ruggles: Sun-treader / Men and Mountains, Rhapsody in Blue / Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano / Preludes / Unpublished Piano Works, Symphony no. 9 in D major, The Rite of Spring / King of the Stars, Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 and Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4. Genres related to him: Classical music and Jazz.

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John Densmore

John Densmore (December 1, 1944 Los Angeles-) also known as Densmore, John, John Paul Densmore, The Doors or John Dunsmore is an American musician, drummer, songwriter, actor, film producer and film score composer.

Genres he performed: Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Blues, Blues rock, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Hard rock and Acid rock.

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Melvin Parker

Melvin Parker (June 7, 1944 Kinston-) otherwise known as Parker, Melvin is an American drummer and musician.

He is best known for his work with James Brown in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Parker began playing drums at a young age and grew up in a musical family. In 1962, Parker joined James Brown's band as a drummer and quickly became an integral part of the group's sound. He played on several of Brown's classic hits, including "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)." Parker's tight, precise drumming style helped to define the funk genre and influenced countless other drummers. After leaving James Brown's band in the early 1970s, Parker went on to work with a variety of other musicians, including George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. He continues to perform and record music to this day.

In addition to his work as a drummer, Melvin Parker was also a songwriter and producer. He co-wrote several songs with James Brown, including "Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing" and "Bodyheat." Parker also produced albums for a number of artists, including Maceo Parker (his brother), Lyn Collins, and Fred Wesley.

Parker's drumming has been highly praised by fellow musicians and critics alike. His style, characterized by sharp snare hits and tightly syncopated rhythms, helped to define the funk sound and has influenced countless other drummers. In recognition of his contributions to music, Parker was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame in 2012.

Despite experiencing health issues later in life, Parker continued to perform and record music well into his seventies. In 2020, he released a new album, "It's All About Love," which features collaborations with a number of other acclaimed musicians. Despite his fame and success, Parker has remained humble and is known for his friendly, down-to-earth demeanor.

Parker's musical talent runs in the family. He is the brother of saxophonist Maceo Parker and trombonist Fred Wesley, both of whom also worked with James Brown. The three eventually formed their own band, The Maceo Parker Band, which toured extensively in the 1990s and 2000s. Melvin Parker also played a major role in developing the "James Brown sound," which was characterized by its tight instrumentals and explosive, high-energy performances. Parker's drumming was a key part of that sound, and he helped to create some of Brown's most enduring hits. Despite his success, Parker has remained grounded and focused on his craft. He once said in an interview, "I'm not in it for the glory. I'm in it for the music." Parker continues to be an influential figure in the world of drumming and is widely considered one of the most important drummers of his generation.

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Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack (March 4, 1944 Cleveland-June 27, 2014 Tarzana) also known as Bobbie Womack, Robert Dwayne Womack, The Preacher, The Poet, Bobby or Bobby Wormack was an American singer, musician, record producer, singer-songwriter, songwriter and sideman. His children are called Gina Womack, Truth Womack, Bobby Truth Womack, Vincent Womack, Cory Womack and Jordan Womack.

His discography includes: The Womack 'Live', Home Is Where Heart Is, The Poet, The Masters, 110th Street, California Dreamin', Across 110th Street, At Home in Muscle Shoals, Back to My Roots and Facts of Life / I Don't Know What the World Is Coming To. Genres: Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk, Soul blues, Southern soul, Rock music, Doo-wop, Rock and roll, Jazz and Gospel music.

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Al Kooper

Al Kooper (February 5, 1944 Brooklyn-) also known as Alan Peter Kuperschmidt, Kooper, Al or Roosevelt Gook is an American songwriter, singer, musician, record producer, organist and keyboard player.

His albums include A Possible Projection of the Future/Childhoods End, Black Coffee, I Stand Alone, Naked Songs, Rekooperation, Soul of a Man: Al Kooper Live, Al's Big Deal – Unclaimed Freight, You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, Easy Does It and New York City (You're a Woman). His related genres: Pop rock, Blues and Rhythm and blues.

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Maureen Tucker

Maureen Tucker (August 26, 1944 Levittown-) a.k.a. Tucker, Maureen, Maureen Ann Tucker or Moe Tucker is an American singer, musician, drummer and singer-songwriter. She has five children, Kerry "Trucker" Tucker, Keith Tucker, Austen Tucker, Kate Tucker and Richard Tucker.

Her albums: Playin' Possum, Oh No, They're Recording This Show, Waiting for My Men, Moe Rocks Terrastock, Another View, Moejadkatebarry, GRL-GRUP, Life In Exile After Abdication, Dogs Under Stress and I Spent a Week There the Other Night. Genres: Rock music, Art rock, Avant-garde, Folk rock, Protopunk, Experimental rock, Rock and roll and Avant-garde music.

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Jimmy Hart

Jimmy Hart (January 1, 1944 Jackson-) a.k.a. James Ray Hart, The Colonel, The Mouth of The South' Jimmy Hart, Jimmy R Hart, "The Mouth of The South" Jimmy Hart, James "Jimmy" Ray Hart or The Mouth of the South is an American singer, actor, film score composer, composer and musician.

With a career spanning over five decades, Jimmy Hart is best known as a professional wrestling manager, promoter, and commentator. He started his career in the music industry working as a songwriter and record producer for various artists, including The Gentrys, who had a hit song with "Keep on Dancing" in 1965.

In the late 1970s, Hart entered the wrestling industry and soon became a well-known personality. He worked for various wrestling promotions, including WWE, WCW, and TNA, and managed some of the biggest names in the sport, including Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and Jerry "The King" Lawler. In addition to managing wrestlers, Hart was a commentator and a member of the famous wrestling faction, The New World Order (nWo).

Apart from wrestling, Hart has appeared in various TV shows and movies, including the comedy film "Nacho Libre" starring Jack Black. He has also released several albums, including "Outrageous Conduct" and "Jimmy Hart's First Family of Wrestling." With his catchy entrance music and flamboyant personality, Jimmy Hart is a beloved figure in the world of professional wrestling.

Throughout his career in professional wrestling, Jimmy Hart has won numerous awards and accolades. In 1996, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the famed wrestling stable, The Hart Foundation. He was also honored with the Cauliflower Alley Club's Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

In addition to his work in wrestling, Jimmy Hart has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts. He has worked with organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Starlight Foundation to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Despite being in his late 70s, Jimmy Hart continues to be an active presence in the wrestling world. He still makes occasional appearances on WWE programming and is highly regarded by fans and wrestlers alike for his contributions to the sport.

Throughout his career, Jimmy Hart has been known for his flamboyant fashion style and signature sunglasses. He is also credited with creating some of the most iconic entrance music in wrestling history, including Hulk Hogan's "Real American" and Shawn Michaels' "Sexy Boy." In addition to his work in wrestling, Hart has also appeared in commercials and music videos, including the music video for the hit song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.

In recent years, Hart has also become involved in the world of virtual reality, creating a VR experience for wrestling fans called "Virtual Reality Wrestling." He has also worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises to create a virtual reality experience featuring The King himself.

Despite his busy schedule and numerous accomplishments, Jimmy Hart remains humble and grateful for his success. He often credits his success to the support of his family and his fans. In interviews, he has stated that his goal is to continue to entertain and inspire people for as long as possible.

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Woody Shaw

Woody Shaw (December 24, 1944 Laurinburg-May 10, 1989 Manhattan) also known as Shaw, Woody was an American composer, bandleader and trumpeter.

Discography: Solid, Imagination, Time Is Right, The Moontrane, Dark Journey (disc 2), Rosewood, Live, Volume Three, Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard, In the Beginning and Live Volume Four. Genres he performed: Post-bop, Hard bop, Modal jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz and Bebop.

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Tony Visconti

Tony Visconti (April 24, 1944 Brooklyn-) otherwise known as Visconti, Tony is an American record producer and musician. He has four children, Morgan Visconti, Jessica Lee Morgan, Sebastian Visconti and Lara Visconti.

Discography: Viscont's Inventory. Genres: Glam rock, Art rock, Progressive rock, Hard rock, Alternative rock, Folk rock and Pop rock.

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Gene Clark

Gene Clark (November 17, 1944 Tipton-May 24, 1991 Sherman Oaks) otherwise known as Clark, Gene, Harold Eugene "Gene" Clark, The Byrds or Harold Eugene Clark was an American musician and singer-songwriter.

His albums: Echoes, No Other, Flying High, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers, White Light, Roadmaster, Two Sides to Every Story, Silverado '75: Live And Unreleased, Firebyrd and Gypsy Angel: The Gene Clark Demos 1983 - 1990. His related genres: Blues, Country, Folk music, Psychedelic rock, Country rock, Folk rock, Baroque pop, Bluegrass and American folk music.

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Jean Terrell

Jean Terrell (November 26, 1944 Belzoni-) also known as Velma Jean Terrell is an American singer.

Her albums include I Had to Fall in Love. Genres she performed include Rhythm and blues, Jazz and Soul music.

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Billy Vera

Billy Vera (May 28, 1944 Riverside-) also known as William McCord Jr., Vera, Billy or William McCord is an American singer, actor, songwriter, writer, music historian and voice actor.

Discography: Storybook Children. His related genres: Rhythm and blues, Pop music and Rock music.

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Chris Hillman

Chris Hillman (December 4, 1944 Los Angeles-) a.k.a. Hillman, Chris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Stephen Stills and Manassas or The Byrds is an American musician, songwriter, singer-songwriter, bassist and actor.

His discography includes: Clear Sailin', Desert Rose, Morning Sky, Slippin' Away, The Other Side, Like a Hurricane, McGuinn - Hillman, Way Out West, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman and City. Genres: Country, Folk music, Rock music, Bluegrass, Country rock and Folk rock.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. (January 10, 1944 Jersey City-) a.k.a. Frank Sinatra Jr., Francis Wayne Sinatra Jr. or Franklin Wayne Sinatra is an American singer, songwriter, conductor and actor. He has one child, Michael Sinatra.

His albums include That Face!.

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Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera (September 13, 1944 Chicago-) a.k.a. Cetera, Peter, Peter Cetra, Peter Paul Cetera, Chicago or P. Cetera is an American singer and songwriter.

Discography: Peter Cetera, Solitude/Solitaire, One More Story, World Falling Down, One Clear Voice, You're the Inspiration: A Collection, Another Perfect World, Greatest Hits, You're the Inspiration (remix) and Faithfully. Genres: Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Soft rock and Jazz fusion.

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Rick Davies

Rick Davies (July 22, 1944 Swindon-) otherwise known as Davies, Rick is an American keyboard player, musician and songwriter.

Genres related to him: Art rock, Progressive rock and Pop rock.

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Carolyn Franklin

Carolyn Franklin (May 13, 1944 Memphis-April 25, 1988 Bloomfield Township) also known as Franklin, Carolyn or Carolyn Ann Franklin was an American singer and songwriter.

Her albums include Sister Soul: The Best of the RCA Years 1969-1976 and If You Want Me. Genres she performed include Jazz, Pop music, Rhythm and blues and Gospel music.

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Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin (December 12, 1944 Houston-) otherwise known as Carvin, Michael is an American , .

His albums: Marsalis Music Honors Series: Michael Carvin and Antiquity.

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Mark Naftalin

Mark Naftalin (August 2, 1944 Minneapolis-) also known as Naftalin, Mark is an American record producer.

Mark Naftalin is primarily recognized for his work as a keyboardist and pianist, particularly with the legendary blues band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He played a pivotal role in the group's success during the 1960s, contributing his talents on their trademark tracks like "Born in Chicago" and "Blues with a Feeling". Not only was he a prominent figure in the band's sound, but Naftalin also acted as a mentor and teacher to other musicians, including young keyboardists who would go on to achieve great success. After his tenure with the band, he went on to have a successful career as a record producer, working with a variety of well-known artists. In addition to his musical endeavors, Naftalin has also been active in politics, environmental and social causes.

Naftalin's interest in blues music began at a young age, and he began playing piano when he was just four years old. He attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in anthropology, but his love for music led him to drop out of graduate school and pursue a career in music. He joined The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1965 and was a member until the band's breakup in 1971.

After leaving the band, Naftalin worked as a producer and musician, collaborating with a range of artists, including Etta James, John Lee Hooker, and John Hammond Jr. He also worked as a staff producer for Rounder Records, where he produced albums for a variety of artists in genres such as blues, folk, and jazz.

Naftalin is also noted for his work in the environmental and social justice movements. He was a founding member of the Musician's United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts in the 1970s and has worked on campaigns to protect endangered species and the environment.

Today, Naftalin continues to perform and record music, as well as teach workshops and seminars on blues music and keyboard techniques. He is highly regarded in the music industry and is considered a pioneer in the development of the blues and rock keyboard style.

Naftalin's contribution to music is not limited to his performance and production skills. He is also a writer and has published articles and essays on topics such as the history of the blues and the life of iconic blues musicians. Naftalin's vast repertoire of knowledge about blues music is a result of his research and travels throughout the Southern United States in the 1960s, where he studied and immersed himself in African-American culture.

Naftalin has been recognized for his contributions to the music industry, including being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He was also awarded two Grammy Awards for his production work on albums by artists Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur.

Despite his achievements, Naftalin remains down-to-earth and is respected for his humility and willingness to collaborate with other musicians. He has been described as a "behind-the-scenes master" and a mentor to many musicians who have gone on to achieve success in their own right.

Throughout his career, Naftalin has been guided by a deep appreciation for the power of music to bring people together and effect social change. He continues to be an advocate for causes such as environmental protection and social justice, using his platform as a musician to raise awareness and inspire action.

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Clarence White

Clarence White (June 7, 1944 Lewiston-July 15, 1973 Palmdale) also known as White, Clarence was an American guitarist, songwriter, session musician and musician.

His most well known albums: 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, Flatpick and Clarence White and the Kentucky Colonels. His related genres: Rock music, Bluegrass, Country rock and Country.

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Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham (May 16, 1944 Panama-) also known as Cobham Billy or Cobham, Billy is an American drummer, musician, songwriter, professor, bandleader and teacher.

His discography includes: Spectrum, Total Eclipse, Shabazz, Life & Times, Warning, Powerplay, Billy's Best Hits, The Best Of, Flight Time and The Traveler. Genres he performed include Kozmigroov, Funk, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Bebop, Soul music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock, Post-bop, Jazz-funk and Rock music.

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Jack Casady

Jack Casady (April 13, 1944 Washington, D.C.-) also known as Casady, Jack, John William Casady, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna or John William "Jack" Casady is an American bassist and musician.

Discography: Dream Factor. Genres he performed include Rock music and Blues.

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Michael Franks

Michael Franks (September 18, 1944 La Jolla-) also known as Franks, Michael is an American singer, songwriter, film score composer and singer-songwriter.

His albums include With Crossfire Live, Watching The Snow, The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love, The Camera Never Lies, The Art of Tea, Sleeping Gypsy, Skin Dive, Previously Unavailable, One Bad Habit and Objects of Desire. Genres: Smooth jazz and Jazz.

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David Lindley

David Lindley (March 21, 1944 San Marino-) also known as Lindley, David, David Perry Lindley, De Paris Letante or Mr. Dave is an American musician, songwriter, guitarist and film score composer.

His most well known albums: Mr. Dave, El Rayo-X, A World Out of Time, Volume 2: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar, Twango Bango Deluxe, Twango Bango II, Playing Real Good, A World Out of Time, Volume 3: Music of Madagascar, The Sweet Sunny North, Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino and Big Twang. Genres he performed: Country, Rock music and World music.

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Bonnie Bramlett

Bonnie Bramlett (November 8, 1944 Alton-) also known as Bramlett, Bonnie, Bonnie Bramlett-Sheridan, Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell, Delaney and Bonnie, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends or Bonnie Sheridan is an American singer and actor. Her child is Bekka Bramlett.

Her albums include I'm Still the Same, It's Time and Sweet Bonnie Bramlett.

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Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares (January 19, 1944 Santa Monica-) otherwise known as Shelly Fabares, Michelle Marie Fabares, Michele Ann Marie Fabares, Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares, Shelley or Michele Marie Fabares is an American singer, actor and television producer.

Discography: The Best of Shelley Fabares, I Know You'll Be There / Lost Summer Love, Shelley!, Teenage Triangle and The Things We Did Last Summer.

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Cuba Gooding, Sr.

Cuba Gooding, Sr. (April 27, 1944 The Bronx-) a.k.a. Cuba M. Gooding, Cuba Gooding Sr., The Main Ingredient or Cuba Gooding is an American singer and actor. He has four children, Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding, Tommy Gooding and April Gooding.

Cuba Gooding Sr. is best known as the lead vocalist of the soul group The Main Ingredient, which had several hit songs in the 1970s, including "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely." He also had a solo career and released several albums, including "The 1st Cuba Gooding Album" and "Love Dancer." In addition to his music career, Gooding Sr. had a successful acting career, appearing in films such as "A Night in Heaven" and "MacArthur." He also made numerous television appearances, including on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Hill Street Blues." Gooding Sr. passed away on April 20, 2017 at the age of 72.

Gooding Sr. was born in The Bronx, New York City and was raised in Harlem. He grew up in a musical family; his father was a vocalist and his mother played the piano. Gooding Sr. started his music career in the 1960s in a group called The Harlem Renaissance. The group later evolved into The Main Ingredient, where he became the lead singer. "Everybody Plays the Fool" became the group's biggest hit, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In addition to his music career, Gooding Sr. was involved in various charities and community organizations, including the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP. One of his passions was supporting education programs for underprivileged children.

Gooding Sr.'s legacy lives on through his music and the success of his son, Cuba Gooding Jr., who is a well-known actor and Academy Award winner.

Gooding Sr.'s influence on his son Cuba Gooding Jr. was undeniable, with the actor dedicating his 1996 Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor to his father. Gooding Sr. continued to perform with The Main Ingredient throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and also released a solo album titled "Meant to Be in Love" in 1993. In 2012, he released a reggae single called "Better to Give Than Receive," which featured his son Omar on backing vocals. Gooding Sr. remained an active performer and advocate for education and social justice until his death in 2017. His music continues to be celebrated as a classic example of soul and R&B from the 1970s.

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Tom Constanten

Tom Constanten (March 19, 1944 Long Branch-) a.k.a. Constanten, Tom, T.C., The Grateful Dead or Thomas Charles Sture Hills is an American keyboard player, organist and musician. His children are Clarissa Constanten and Jeffrey Constanten.

His discography includes: Grateful Dreams, Morning Dew, Nightfall of Diamonds, Relix Bay Rock Shop, Volume 2 and Embryonic Journey. Genres related to him: Rock music.

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Mylon LeFevre

Mylon LeFevre (October 6, 1944 Gulfport-) also known as LeFevre, Mylon is an American singer.

His discography includes: On the Road to Freedom. Genres: Southern rock, Rock music, Christian music, Gospel music, Contemporary Christian music and Rock and roll.

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Deke Richards

Deke Richards (April 8, 1944 Los Angeles-March 24, 2013 Bellingham) also known as Richards, Deke, Dennis Lussier or Deke Lussier was an American record producer, songwriter and actor.

Genres he performed: Rhythm and blues and Pop music.

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Susan Raye

Susan Raye (October 8, 1944 Eugene-) a.k.a. Raye, Susan is an American singer.

Her albums: 16 Greatest Hits, L.A. International Airport/25 Great Songs and Merry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan Raye. Genres: Country.

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Monty Alexander

Monty Alexander (June 6, 1944 Kingston-) otherwise known as Alexander, Monty or Montgomery Bernard Alexander is an American musician, jazz pianist and pianist.

His albums: The Duke Ellington Songbook, Caribbean Circle, Ballad Essentials, Goin' Yard, Overseas Special, Stir It Up - The Music of Bob Marley, The Concord Jazz Heritage Series, Triple Treat, Yard Movement and Echoes of Jilly's. Genres: Jazz and Reggae.

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Bobby Colomby

Bobby Colomby (December 20, 1944 New York City-) also known as Colomby, Bobby or Robert Wayne Colomby is an American record producer and drummer.

He is best known as one of the founding members and drummer of the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Colomby played on all of the band's early albums, including their self-titled album which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1970. After leaving Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1977, Colomby became a successful record producer, working with such artists as Janis Joplin and Chicago. He also served as president of Rhino Records for several years and has produced numerous film scores and soundtracks. In addition to his work in the music industry, Colomby is also an accomplished photographer and has had his work exhibited in galleries around the world.

Colomby was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. His father was a musician and music was always a big part of his life. He started playing the drums at a young age and by the time he was a teenager, he was already playing in local bands. In the mid-1960s, he became friends with fellow musician Al Kooper and together they formed the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. The band quickly became a sensation and Colomby's drumming was a key part of their success.

During his time with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Colomby also worked as a producer and helped produce some of the band's albums. After leaving the band in 1977, he continued to work as a producer and worked with many other famous musicians. He also founded his own record label, Colomby Records, and released a number of successful albums.

In addition to his work in the music industry, Colomby is an avid photographer and has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. He has a passion for wildlife photography and has traveled to many different countries to capture images of animals in their natural habitats. He has published several photography books and continues to share his love of photography with others.

Colomby has also been involved in various philanthropic initiatives over the years. He is a board member of a non-profit organization called Creation for Bangladesh, which focuses on improving the quality of life for children in rural Bangladesh. He also founded a charity concert series called "The Bobby Colomby Invitational" in the early 2000s, which raised funds for music programs in public schools.

In addition to his successful career in the music industry and his passion for photography and philanthropy, Colomby is also a family man. He has been married for over 40 years and has two children. Even though he has accomplished so much in his life, he continues to be driven by his love for music and his desire to make a difference in the world through his various endeavors.

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Robert Lamm

Robert Lamm (October 13, 1944 Brooklyn-) a.k.a. Robert William Lamm or Bobby is an American singer, keyboard player, actor, songwriter, musician and record producer. His children are Sean Lamm, Kate Lamm and Sacha Lamm.

His most recognized albums: Skinny Boy, Like a Brother and The Bossa Project. Genres he performed include Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Jazz and Progressive rock.

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