American musicians born in 1949

Here are 50 famous musicians from United States of America were born in 1949:

Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor (September 7, 1949 Newark-) also known as Glorai Gaynor, Gloria Gynor, Gloria Fowles, Gloria Ganor, Gaynor, Gloria, Gloria Gaynor Revue, First Lady of Disco, Queen of Disco, Gloria Gayner or Gayner, Gloria is an American singer, singer-songwriter, actor and musician.

Discography: The Best of Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits, Mega Medley, Love Songs, I'll Be There, The Collection, The Very Best of Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive: The Anthology, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Gloria Gaynor and I Will Survive: The 20th Anniversary Collection. Genres she performed: House music, Urban contemporary, Hi-NRG, Dance-pop, Disco, Jazz, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B and Rhythm and blues.

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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham (October 3, 1949 Palo Alto-) a.k.a. Lindsey Adams Buckingham, Buckingham, Lindsey or Fleetwood Mac is an American singer, guitarist, record producer, singer-songwriter, songwriter and musician. His children are called William Gregory Buckingham, Stella Buckingham and Leelee Buckingham.

His discography includes: Law and Order, Under the Skin, Go Insane, Out of the Cradle, Live at the Bass Performance Hall, Gift of Screws, Buckingham Nicks, Seeds We Sow, Songs from the Small Machine: Live in L.A at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA / 2011 and One Man Show. His related genres: Rock music, New Wave and Pop music.

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Billy Joel

Billy Joel (May 9, 1949 The Bronx-) also known as William Martin Joel, Mr. Long Island, Joe, The Piano Man, Bill Martin or Billy is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, lyricist, orchestrator, businessperson, musician and voice actor. His child is Alexa Ray Joel.

His albums: Cold Spring Harbor, Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs in the Attic, The Nylon Curtain and An Innocent Man. Genres: Pop music, Rock music, Hard rock, Piano rock, Classical music, Pop rock, Blue-eyed soul, Soft rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk rock, Contemporary classical music and Rock and roll.

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen (September 23, 1949 Long Branch-) also known as Bruce Springteen, The Boss, Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, Bad Scooter or Bruce 'Da Boss' Springsteen is an American musician, singer-songwriter and film producer. He has three children, Jessica Rae Springsteen, Sam Ryan Springsteen and Evan James Springsteen.

Related albums: Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, Nebraska, Born in the U.S.A., Tunnel of Love, Human Touch and Lucky Town. His related genres: Folk music, Heartland rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Blues rock, Folk rock, Americana, Roots rock, Country rock, Jersey Shore sound, Country and Rock and roll.

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Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner (February 2, 1949 Houston-) also known as Brent Jay Spiner, Spiner, Brent, Brandt Jay Spiner or Brent Mintz is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and musician. He has one child, Jackson Spiner.

His albums: Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back.

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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt (November 8, 1949 Burbank-) a.k.a. Bonny Raitt, Bonnie Rait or Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, political activist and film score composer.

Her discography includes: Bonnie Raitt, Give It Up, Takin My Time, Streetlights, Home Plate, Sweet Forgiveness, The Glow, Green Light, Nine Lives and Nick of Time. Genres she performed: Blues, Country, Blue-eyed soul, Blues rock, Folk rock, Pop music and Americana.

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Paul Shaffer

Paul Shaffer (November 28, 1949 Thunder Bay-) also known as Paul "The Shiv" Shaffer, Paul Allan Shaffer, Wayne 'Fatboy' Ewing, Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, Johnny Carwash, Paul A. Shaffer, Paul W. Shaffer, Howard Shore and His Band of Angels, The Blues Brothers Band, The Honeydrippers, Paul 'The Shiv' Shaffe or Paul 'The Shiv' Shaffer is an American comedian, singer, author, musician, actor, bandleader, voice actor, composer, film score composer and music director. He has two children, William Wood Lee Shaffer and Victoria Lily Shaffer.

His albums include The World's Most Dangerous Party and Coast to Coast.

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield (August 23, 1949 South Wentworthville-) also known as Springfield, Rick, Richard Lewis Springthorpe, Rick Springthorpe, Richard Springthorpe or Rick is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, singer-songwriter, guitarist and author. He has two children, Liam Springthorpe and Joshua Springthorpe.

His discography includes: Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, Greatest Hits, The Best of Rick Springfield, Legendary Rick Springfield, Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance, 12 Inch Collection, Beginnings, Best Of, Living in Oz and Platinum & Gold Collection: Rick Springfield. Genres he performed include Pop rock, Pop music, Rock music, Power pop and Hard rock.

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Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. (May 26, 1949 Shreveport-) otherwise known as Hank Williams Jr, Williams Jr, Hank, Hank Jr., Hank Williams Junior, Hank Williams, Jnr., Hank Williams Jnr., HWJr, Bocephus, Randall Hank Williams or Rocking Randall Hank is an American singer, musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. His children are Holly Williams, Hank Williams III, Samuel Williams, Katharine Diane Williams and Hilary Williams.

Discography: One Night Stands, The New South, Family Tradition, Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound, High Notes, Strong Stuff, Hank Williams, Jr.'s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, America (The Way I See It), Lone Wolf and Best of Hank Williams, Jr.. Genres he performed: Southern rock, Outlaw country, Country, Country rock, Blues and Blues rock.

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Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie (June 20, 1949 Tuskegee-) also known as Lionel Ritchie, Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr., Lionel Brockman Richie Jr., Raioneru Ritchî or /m/016vqk is an American record producer, musician, actor, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has three children, Nicole Richie, Miles Brockman Richie and Sofia Richie.

His albums: Lionel Richie, Can't Slow Down, Back to Front, Dancing on the Ceiling, Louder Than Words, Renaissance, Encore, Gold, Coming Home and Sounds of the Season. His related genres: Country, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Quiet Storm, Soft rock, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary hit radio, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock, Rock music and Gospel music.

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Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 Chicago-May 27, 2011 New York City) also known as Gill Scott Heron, Scott-Heron, Gil, Gil Scott, Gil Scot-Heron, Gil Scott Heron, Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron, Gilbert Scott-Heron or Gil Dcott-Heron was an American author, poet, songwriter, writer, singer, rapper, artist, musician, film score composer and music artist. He had five children, Gia Scott-Heron, Rumal Rackley, Raquiyah Kelly Heron, Chegianna Newton and Nia Kelly.

Discography: Ghetto Style, Glory: The Gil Scott-Heron Collection, Moving Target, Real Eyes, Reflections, Spirits, The Best of Gil Scott-Heron, The Mind of Gil Scott Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and Tales of Gil Scott-Heron. Genres he performed: Jazz-funk, Spoken word, Soul music, Jazz, Spoken Word Soul, Fusion, Folk music, Blues and Rap music.

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Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew (December 23, 1949 Covington-) also known as Andrian Belew, Belew, Adrian or Robert Steven Belew is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and musician.

His albums: Mr. Music Head, Young Lions, Desire of the Rhino King, Here, Acoustic Adrian Belew, Lone Rhino / Twang Bar King, Side One, Coming Attractions, Pretty Pink Rose and Side Two. Genres: Rock music, Progressive rock, Industrial rock and Experimental rock.

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Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval (November 6, 1949 Artemisa-) also known as Arturos Sandoval or Sandoval, Arturo is an American jazz pianist, trumpeter, composer, musician and film score composer.

His albums: Tumbaito, I Remember Clifford, Trumpet Evolution, Best of Arturo Sandoval, Flight to Freedom, Live at the Blue Note, My Passion for the Piano, Swingin', Americana and Colors of the Wind. Genres he performed include Jazz and Latin jazz.

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Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone (April 21, 1949 Northport-) also known as Patti Ann LuPone or Patti Lupone is an American singer and actor. She has one child, Joshua Luke Johnston.

Her most important albums: Heatwave: Patti Lupone Sings Irving Berlin, The Lady With the Torch, Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny, Live, Patti Lupone at Les Mouches and Matters of the Heart.

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Roy Bittan

Roy Bittan (July 2, 1949 Rockaway Beach-) also known as Bittan, Roy, The Professor, Roy J. Bittan or Professor Roy Bittan is an American musician, songwriter and keyboard player.

Genres related to him: Rock music, Folk rock, Rock and roll and Rhythm and blues.

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Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek (March 23, 1949 Baltimore-) also known as Rick Ocasek, R. Ocasek, Richard Otcasek, Richard T Otcasek, Richard T. Otcasek or The Cars is an American record producer, singer, guitarist, songwriter, musician, actor, film score composer and film producer. He has five children, Eron Otcasek, Derek Otsacek, Jonathan Raven Ocasek, Oliver Orion Ocasek and Christopher Otcasek.

His albums: Fireball Zone, Nexterday, Beatitude, This Side of Paradise, Quick Change World, Troublizing, Negative Theater, , and . Genres he performed include Pop rock, New Wave, Garage rock, Protopunk, Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Alternative rock and Power pop.

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Gregg Diamond

Gregg Diamond (May 4, 1949 New York City-March 14, 1999 United States of America) otherwise known as Diamond, Gregg, Greg Diamond or Diamond, Greg was an American , .

Discography: Star Cruiser and Danger / Stand Up and Dance. Genres he performed include Pop rock, Disco, Pop music, Jazz and Glam rock.

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T. S. Monk

T. S. Monk (December 27, 1949 New York City-) also known as T.S. Monk, Thelonious Monk Jr., TS Monk, Monk, T.S. or T.S. Monk Band is an American jazz musician, musician, drummer, composer and bandleader.

His albums: Changing of the Guard, Human, Take One, Monk, Bon Bon Vie (Gimme The Good Life), House of Music and Higher Ground. Genres he performed include Jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop, Neo-bop jazz, Funk and Soul music.

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B. B. Dickerson

B. B. Dickerson (August 3, 1949 California-) a.k.a. Morris "B.B." Dickerson is an American , .

musician and bass player, best known as a founding member and bassist of the funk and soul band War. Born and raised in California, he first began his music career by playing bass for different bands in his hometown. In 1969, he co-founded War alongside Howard E. Scott, Harold Brown, Lee Oskar, and others. The band became known for their unique blend of funk, rock, jazz, and Latin music, and produced hits such as "Low Rider", "Why Can't We Be Friends?", and "Cisco Kid." Dickerson's melodic basslines and distinctive sound played a crucial role in defining the band's sound. He was also known for his energetic performances on stage. Dickerson remained with War until the early 2000s and continued to play and perform music throughout his career. Today, he is regarded as a legendary bassist and a pioneer of funk and soul music.

Throughout his career with War, B.B. Dickerson not only played bass but also contributed vocals on several of the band's tracks, including "The World Is a Ghetto" and "Galaxy." In addition to his work with War, he also released a solo album titled "Flying Lessons" in 1984, which showcased his skills as both a bassist and a singer.

In the 2000s, Dickerson became involved in various projects outside of War, including producing music for films and television shows. He also continued to perform live, both as a solo artist and with other musical acts. In 2009, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

In addition to his contributions to music, B.B. Dickerson has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts throughout his career. He has worked with organizations such as the Children's Diabetes Foundation and has been an advocate for the arts in education.

Despite suffering a stroke in 2018, Dickerson continues to make occasional public appearances, and his music remains influential to this day.

Apart from his music career, B.B. Dickerson was also a prominent activist for various humanitarian causes. He involved himself in many charity and social work activities throughout his life. Dickerson and War were known for their anti-racism stance and their belief in peace and unity. Dickerson was actively involved in creating awareness about racism, police brutality, and other issues affecting the African American community. He was a dedicated advocate for education and regularly participated in school programs to inspire young students to pursue music and the arts.

In his personal life, B.B. Dickerson was a family man and had six children. However, tragedy struck his family in 1996 when his son Morris "Bigg Snoop Dogg" Cordozar III was murdered. In response to the tragedy, Dickerson founded the Morris "Bigg Snoop" Dogg Youth Foundation to honor his son's legacy and support at-risk youth.

B.B. Dickerson passed away on April 2, 2021, at the age of 71. His death was mourned by the music industry, and he was remembered for his contributions to funk and soul music, philanthropy, and activism.

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Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949 Cheltenham-January 13, 2007 New York City) a.k.a. Brecker, Michael was an American composer and musician.

Related albums: Michael Brecker, Now You See It... (Now You Don't), Grey, Time Is of the Essence, Don't Try This at Home, Pilgrimage, Two Blocks From the Edge, Wide Angles, Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall and Nearness of You: The Ballad Book. Genres: Funk, Jazz, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz fusion and Post-bop.

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Jerry Harrison

Jerry Harrison (February 21, 1949 Milwaukee-) also known as Harrison Jerry, Jeremiah Griffith Harrison, Jeremiah Griffin Harrison or Jeremiah Griffin "Jerry" Harrison is an American record producer, guitarist, musician, songwriter, film score composer and actor.

His albums: The Red and the Black, Walk on Water and Casual Gods. Genres he performed: Indie pop, Art rock, New Wave and Rock and roll.

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David Robinson

David Robinson (April 2, 1949 Woburn-) otherwise known as Robinson, David is an American drummer and musician.

Genres related to him: New Wave and Rock music.

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Arthur Kane

Arthur Kane (February 3, 1949 The Bronx-July 13, 2004 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Kane, Arthur was an American bassist.

Genres he performed include Punk rock, Glam rock, Rock and roll and Glam punk.

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John Savage

John Savage (August 25, 1949 Old Bethpage-) a.k.a. John Smeallie Youngs, John Youngs or Savage is an American actor and film producer. He has two children, Lachlan Youngs and Jennifer Youngs.

Savage attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then started his acting career in the late 1960s. He gained critical acclaim for his role in the Vietnam War film "The Deer Hunter" (1978) directed by Michael Cimino, which was also his film debut. He received the nomination for the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the film.

Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous films and television shows including "Hair" (1979), "The Onion Field" (1979), and "Do The Right Thing" (1989) among others. He also worked behind the scenes as a producer on various films such as "The Thin Blue Lie" (2000) and "The Elevated" (2011).

Aside from acting, Savage is also involved in various activism efforts. He is a member of the Veterans for Peace group and has been a vocal advocate for environmental protection and animal rights. He also serves on the board of directors for the Whaleman Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to ocean conservation.

Savage continued to work steadily in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in films such as "Inside Moves" (1980), "Maria's Lovers" (1984), "The Godfather Part III" (1990), and "Carnosaur" (1993). He also made frequent appearances on popular television shows including "Law & Order", "The Practice", and "Carnivale".

In addition to his work in front of the camera, Savage has also directed and produced a number of films throughout his career. He made his directorial debut with the film "Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend" in 2010, and has since gone on to direct several more films including "Sunlight Jr." (2013) and "The Loner" (2016).

Savage has also been recognized for his humanitarian work over the years. In 2013, he was awarded the Paul Robeson award by the Actors' Equity Association for his efforts to promote diversity and social justice within the entertainment industry. He has also been a committed advocate for LGBT rights, and has worked with organizations such as GLAAD and the Hetrick-Martin Institute to support their causes.

Overall, John Savage has a successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director. He has received critical praise for his performances on screen and has also worked behind the scenes to bring other films to life. In addition to his work in Hollywood, he is also a passionate activist who uses his platform to promote causes that are important to him, including environmental protection, animal rights, and issues related to social justice and equality. His commitment to these causes has earned him recognition and awards from a variety of organizations, and he continues to be a respected voice in the entertainment industry and beyond.

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Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence (March 26, 1949 Inglewood-) also known as Vicki Lawerence, Vicki Ann Axelrad, Lawrence, Vicki, Mama, Vicki Lawrence Schultz, Vickie Lawrence or Vicki Lawrence-Schultz is an American singer, actor, comedian and musician. She has two children, Courtney Allison Schultz and Garrett Lawrence Schultz.

Her albums: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.

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Junior Vasquez

Junior Vasquez (August 24, 1949 Lancaster-) a.k.a. Junior Vazquez, JV Project, Donald Paul Mattern, Donald Mattern or Ellis D is an American record producer and disc jockey.

His albums: Ab Fab (I Am Thin and Gorgeous), Get Your Hands Off My Man, Junior Vasquez Live, Volume 1, Twilo, Volume 1, Advance Sampler and If Madonna Calls. Genres he performed: House music.

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Susaye Greene

Susaye Greene (September 13, 1949 Houston-) otherwise known as Greene, Susaye is an American singer, musician and songwriter.

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

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Joe English

Joe English (February 7, 1949 Rochester-) also known as English, Joe is an American musician, drummer and singer-songwriter.

His most recognized albums: Back to Basics: English 101. Genres he performed include Rock music.

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Holly Near

Holly Near (June 6, 1949 Ukiah-) also known as Near, Holly is an American actor, record producer, musician, singer-songwriter and teacher.

Her most recognized albums: Singer in the Storm, Crushed! The Love Song Collection, Don't Hold Back, Fire in the Rain, Imagine My Surprise!, Sky Dances, Edge, Show Up! and HARP: A Time to Sing!. Genres she performed: Women's music, Cabaret and Folk music.

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Wendy O. Williams

Wendy O. Williams (May 28, 1949 Webster-April 6, 1998 Storrs) also known as Wendy Orlean Williams, Wendy Williams, W.o.W., Wendy Orleans Williams or Williams, Wendy O. was an American singer, musician and actor.

Discography: Stand by Your Man, WOW, Deffest! and Baddest!, Kommander of Kaos and Fuck You!!! And Loving It!!!. Her related genres: Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Thrash metal, Rap rock and Shock rock.

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John Oates

John Oates (April 7, 1949 New York City-) otherwise known as Oates, John or John William Oates is an American singer, guitarist, musician, songwriter and record producer.

Related albums: John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert, John Oates: Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House, Phunk Shui, 1,000 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, Stand Strong and The Bluesville Sessions. Genres: Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock, Soul rock, Soul music, Rhythm and blues, Bluegrass and Soft rock.

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Steve Perry

Steve Perry (January 22, 1949 Hanford-) a.k.a. Stephen Ray Perry, Stephen R. Perry or Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American record producer and singer-songwriter.

His albums: Street Talk, For the Love of Strange Medicine, Missing You, Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Perry, Greatest Hits (Remastered + Expanded) and Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased. Genres related to him: Hard rock, Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock, Progressive rock and Pop rock.

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Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons (December 16, 1949 Houston-) a.k.a. Billy F. Gibbons, William Frederick Gibbons, The Reverend Willy G. or BFG is an American guitarist, songwriter, musician, actor and singer.

Genres he performed: Hard rock, Blues rock, Rock music, Psychedelic rock, Blues, Texas blues, Pop music, Boogie rock, Southern rock, Rock and roll and Electric blues.

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Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve (July 6, 1949 San Francisco-) otherwise known as M. Shrieve, Mike Shrieve or Shrieve, Michael is an American drummer, percussionist and composer.

His discography includes: Fascination, Stiletto, Two Doors, Transfer Station Blue, The Leaving Time and Octave of the Holy Innocents.

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Lynda Laurence

Lynda Laurence (February 20, 1949 Philadelphia-) also known as Lynda Lawrence, Laurence, Lynda or Lynda Tucker is an American singer and musician.

Genres she performed: Pop music and Rhythm and blues.

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Dusty Hill

Dusty Hill (May 19, 1949 Dallas-) also known as Joe Michael Hill, The Dust, Duster or Joseph Michael Hill is an American singer, musician, bassist, songwriter and singer-songwriter.

Genres related to him: Hard rock, Rock music, Blues rock, Blues, Southern rock, Boogie rock and Rock and roll.

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Bill Payne

Bill Payne (March 12, 1949 Waco-) a.k.a. Billy Payne, Payne, Bill or William Payne is an American keyboard player, organist, singer, musician, record producer, songwriter and pianist.

His albums include Cielo Norte. Genres: Blues, Funk, Rock music, Southern rock, Rock and roll, Swamp pop and Roots rock.

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Daniel Catán

Daniel Catán (April 3, 1949 Mexico City-April 8, 2011 Austin) a.k.a. Daniel Catan was an American composer.

His discography includes: .

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Garry Tallent

Garry Tallent (October 27, 1949 Detroit-) also known as Garry Wayne Tallent or Garry W. Tallent is an American bassist, musician and record producer. He has two children, Olivia and Isaac.

Genres related to him: Rock music.

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Jim McNeely

Jim McNeely (May 18, 1949 Chicago-) is an American jazz pianist, musician, composer, conductor and pianist.

Discography: In This Moment, Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Volume 20, Sound Bites and East Coast Blow Out. Genres he performed include Jazz.

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Ross Valory

Ross Valory (February 2, 1949 San Francisco-) also known as Ross Lamont Valory or Journey is an American bassist, film score composer and musician.

His related genres: Hard rock and Rock music.

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Klaus Flouride

Klaus Flouride (May 30, 1949 Detroit-) otherwise known as Flouride, Klaus or Geoffrey Lyall is an American bassist.

His albums include Because I Say So and The Light is Flickering.

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Ruby Starr

Ruby Starr (November 30, 1949 Toledo-January 14, 1995) also known as Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak was an American singer.

She gained prominence in the 1970s as a featured vocalist with the band Black Oak Arkansas. Starr was known for her powerful voice and energetic stage presence, and was often referred to as the "Queen of Rock and Roll".

In addition to her work with Black Oak Arkansas, Starr also had a successful solo career, releasing several albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She collaborated with artists such as Eddie Hinton, Gregg Allman, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Starr was also a philanthropist and was actively involved in charitable organizations, particularly those focused on children and animals. She received several awards for her humanitarian work.

Despite her success, Starr’s life was not without its struggles. She battled substance abuse issues for many years, and tragically passed away in 1995 at the age of 45 due to complications from a heart attack. Starr is remembered for her contributions to rock and roll, as well as her dedication to helping others.

In addition to her musical career, Ruby Starr was also an actress, appearing in several films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "The Blues Brothers" and "Variety Club Telethon". She also collaborated with the legendary musician Frank Zappa, performing with his band on several occasions. Starr toured extensively throughout her career, and her live performances were praised for their energy and raw emotion. She was a trailblazer for women in rock and roll, and her influence can still be heard in the music of many contemporary artists today. Despite her untimely death, Starr's legacy lives on as a symbol of passion, perseverance, and philanthropy.

Starr was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and began singing at a young age. She got her start in the music industry performing in local bands, before catching the attention of Black Oak Arkansas. She joined the band in 1975 and quickly became one of their most prominent members. Starr's distinctive vocals and powerful stage presence helped the band achieve mainstream success, and they went on to tour extensively throughout the United States and overseas.

Starr's solo career saw her explore a range of musical genres, including blues, rock, and country. Her albums showcased her versatility as a performer, and her collaborations with other artists cemented her status as a respected member of the music community. She continued to tour and perform up until her untimely passing, and her legacy as a talented musician and philanthropist has only grown in the years since her death.

Today, Starr is remembered as a trailblazer who shattered gender barriers in the male-dominated world of rock and roll. Her contributions to music and charity have left an indelible mark on the world, and her influence continues to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.

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Eric Carmen

Eric Carmen (August 11, 1949 Cleveland-) also known as Eric Howard Carmen, Carmen, Eric or E. Carmen is an American singer, songwriter, composer and lyricist. His children are Clayton Carmen and Kathryn Carmen.

His albums include The Best of Eric Carmen, All By Myself, Boats Against The Current, Change of Heart, Eric Carmen, I Was Born to Love You, Tonight You're Mine, Winter Dreams, Eric Carmen and She Did It. Genres he performed: Pop music, Rock music, Power pop, Rock and roll, Pop rock and Soft rock.

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Fred Sonic Smith

Fred Sonic Smith (September 14, 1949 West Virginia-November 4, 1994 Detroit) also known as Fred "Sonic" Smith, Smith, Fred "Sonic", Frederick Dewey Smith, Sonic Smith, Fred 'Sonic' Smith or Sonic was an American guitarist and songwriter. His children are Jackson Smith and Jesse Smith.

Genres related to him: Protopunk, Hard rock, Garage rock and Psychedelic rock.

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Frank Beard

Frank Beard (June 11, 1949 Frankston-) also known as Frank Lee Beard, Rube Beard or Rube is an American drummer, songwriter, singer and musician.

Genres related to him: Rock music, Hard rock, Blues rock, Rock and roll, Southern rock and Boogie rock.

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Joey Arias

Joey Arias (October 3, 1949 Fayetteville-) also known as Joseph Arias, Joe Arias or Paco Arias is an American singer, actor, drag queen and performer.

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Joey Arias began his career as a performer in the 1970s in New York City. He gained popularity in the downtown performance art scene and became a regular at clubs such as Club 57 and the Pyramid Club. Arias is best known for his distinctive voice and his ability to channel the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. He has also collaborated with well-known artists and musicians such as David Bowie, Klaus Nomi, and Cirque du Soleil. Arias has performed all over the world, including in a one-man show at the legendary Carnegie Hall. He continues to be an innovator in drag and performance art, and has inspired many drag performers who have come after him.

In addition to his successful career as a performer, Joey Arias has also appeared in several films and television shows. He played the role of Loretta in the independent film Mondo New York, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988. He has also appeared in the films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Wigstock: The Movie. On television, he has appeared in episodes of The Janet Reno Show, The Joan Rivers Show, and The Today Show.

Arias has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Bessie Award for Best Performer in 1984 and the Glammy Award for Best Performance Artist in 2004. He has also been featured in several publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.

Outside of his performing career, Arias is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and has raised awareness and funds for various causes through his performances. He has also worked as a mentor to up-and-coming drag performers and performers in general, helping them to hone their craft and develop their own unique style.

Joey Arias was raised in a military family and spent his formative years living in different parts of the world, including Germany and Japan. He cites his experiences living abroad as a major influence on his art and performance style.

Arias' collaboration with musician Klaus Nomi in the late 1970s and early 1980s helped to establish both of their careers. The duo performed together in New York City and gained a following for their unique blend of music and performance art. Arias also appeared in David Bowie's film, "The Man Who Fell to Earth," and was a backup singer on Bowie's album "Heathen."

In 1998, Arias began performing in the Cirque du Soleil show "Zumanity" in Las Vegas. He played the role of the Mistress of Seduction and became known for his daring and provocative performances.

Arias has been open about his struggles with addiction and has used his platform to raise awareness about the importance of recovery and mental health.

In recent years, Arias has continued to perform and collaborate with other artists. He has also started to explore new mediums of art, such as painting and sculpture. Despite facing health issues in 2020, Arias remains a beloved figure in the LGBTQ+ and performance communities.

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Alan Osmond

Alan Osmond (June 22, 1949 Ogden-) also known as Alan Ralph Osmond is an American singer and music video director. His children are Michael Osmond, Nathan Osmond, Douglas Osmond, Scott Osmond, Jon Osmond, Alex Osmond, Tyler Osmond and David Osmond.

Alan Osmond is best known as a member of the popular family group, The Osmonds. The group, consisting of his brothers, was formed in the 1960s and achieved huge commercial success with hits like "One Bad Apple" and "Crazy Horses." Osmond also pursued a solo career and released several albums, including his self-titled debut album in 1973.

In addition to his music career, Osmond has worked in television production and music video directing. He has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts, particularly in the field of hearing health. Osmond himself was diagnosed with MS (Multiple sclerosis) which led him to create the One Heart Project, aimed at raising awareness and funds to help others with the disease.

Aside from his musical talents, Osmond is an accomplished martial artist and has achieved a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Alan Osmond was raised in an entertainment family, with his father and siblings all involved in show business. He began performing with his brothers at a young age, touring and recording throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to his success as a musician, Osmond has also made notable contributions to the field of entertainment production. He worked as a television producer for several years, eventually branching out into directing music videos for various artists, including The Osmonds themselves. He has also appeared on several television programs, including the reality shows "Osmonds: Second Generation" and "Married to the Army: Alaska."

Osmond has been married to his wife, Suzanne, since 1974. The couple has eight sons together, many of whom have followed in their father's footsteps and pursued careers in music. Despite being diagnosed with MS, Osmond has remained active in his philanthropic work and continues to advocate for those affected by the disease. He has also authored a book about his experiences with MS, titled "The Plan: One Man's Journey from Illness to Health and Self-Discovery." In recent years, he has also released an album of Christian music, titled "I Can Do This."

Alan Osmond's philanthropic work includes his involvement with the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, which he co-founded with his wife, to help provide hearing assistance to children in need. He also co-founded the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals along with John Schneider and Marie Osmond, which has raised more than $7 billion for children's hospitals worldwide. Osmond was also a recipient of the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for his contributions towards raising awareness about MS and improving the lives of those living with the disease.

In addition to his accomplishments in the entertainment industry and his philanthropic work, Osmond is also an accomplished writer. He has authored several books, including "The Osmond Family Cookbook," "The Mormon Way of Doing Business" and "The Mirror Maze," a children's book that he co-wrote with his wife.

Despite his many achievements, Osmond has remained grounded and dedicated to his family. He once said that his greatest accomplishment is his family, and that he is grateful for the opportunities that his career has presented, but feels that family is the most important thing.

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James Young

James Young (November 14, 1949 Chicago-) also known as Young, James, James "J.Y." Young, James V. "J.Y." Young, James Vincent Young, Styx or James 'JY' Young is an American singer, musician, songwriter, guitarist and actor.

His discography includes: City Slicker, Out on a Day Pass and Raised by Wolves. Genres he performed: Progressive rock and Hard rock.

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Rory Block

Rory Block (November 6, 1949 Princeton-) a.k.a. Aurora Block or Block, Rory is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Her albums: Color Me Wild, Mama's Blues, Best Blues and Originals, Ain't I a Woman, Angel of Mercy, When a Woman Gets the Blues, Tornado, Gone Woman Blues: The Country Blues Collection, Best Blues & Originals, Volume 2 and Confessions of a Blues Singer. Genres she performed include Country blues.

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