A compilation of my favorite musicians in various musical careers.
In case you don't know who some of these guys are, I've but brief descriptions of them.
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A...
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney
and George Harrison
, later became The Beatles
He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "Swanee" and his first Broadway show "La...
Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, Heinrich Gebhard and Isabelle Vengerova...
Carlos Santana is a guitarist, composer, singer and band-leader who helped to shape the concept of "world music" by his experiments with blending many styles of music from a multitude of ethnic sources. He was born Carlos Augusto Alves Santana on July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico...
“ Best known as the lead vocalist, pianist, and writer for The Fray, best known for their songs "How to Save a Life", "Over My Head", "You Found Me", and "Never Say Never". ” - ASAx2345
“ Best known as the solo pianist Five for Fighting ("100 Years", "Superman (It's Not Easy)", "Chances", "The Riddle"). ” - ASAx2345
“ Best known for being the lead singer of Journey from 73-87, and also had a very successful solo career. ” - ASAx2345
“ Journey's pianist. ” - ASAx2345
Neal Schon was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma on February 27th, 1954 to Matthew and Barbara Schon. Neal dropped out of school when he was 15 to join Carlos Santana
's rock group Santana. Four years later Carlos Santana
and his band split up, so Neal and Gregg Rolie formed Journey
released its self-titled debut album in 1975...
“ Journey's guitarist. ” - ASAx2345
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson
and Gentle Giant...
“ Lead singer of Def Leppard. ” - ASAx2345
Rick was born on December 2, 1960. Rick was with his high school girlfriend Joy Major until the Hysteria tour. He had a brief relationship with stylist Julianna Roberts during that tour. He started seeing Dara Corcoran in 1990 and married her on November 25, 1993. They seperated in 1995. He filed for a divorce in 1996...
“ Def Leppard's guitarist ” - ASAx2345
“ Lead singer and pianist of Coldplay, best known for "Clocks", "Speed of Sound", "Viva la Vida", and "The Scientist". ” - ASAx2345
Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," largest paid audience for a solo concert (350,000+ people...
Hayley Williams was born on December 27, 1988 in Meridian, Mississippi, USA as Hayley Nichole Williams. She later moved to Franklin, Tennessee, USA. At the age of 15, she joined / created the band Paramore, and has toured with them ever since. As of 2015, her other band mate is Taylor York. They have four released albums to date.
“ Lead singer of Paramore, probably best known for "Misery Business", and "The Only Exception". ” - ASAx2345
Jason Michael Wade was born in Camarillo, California. He was brought up in a Christian family along with his older sister Jamie. His parents were missionaries, and he traveled with them to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Sinagpore and Hong Kong, before finally returning to the US after four years away. Wade's parents divorced when he was 12 and he moved with his mother to Port Orchard...
“ Lead singer of Lifehouse, best known for "Hanging By A Moment", "Everything", "You and Me", and "All In". ” - ASAx2345
Born on February 6th, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He grew up with strict religious teaching, but at the age of seventeen, left his town and headed to Los Angeles. Some time after, his long time friend Izzy Stradlin' joined him in LA and they started playing in some bands like Hollywood Rose and LA Guns...
Saul Hudson, mainly known as Slash, was born on July 23, 1965, and was raised in Stoke-on-Trent. Both his parents worked in the entertainment business, his mother being a clothing designer (she did some of David Bowie's costumes) and his father being an art director for a record company. When Slash was 11 he moved with his mother to Los Angeles...
Born in Birmingham, England, after leaving school and having many odd jobs he ended up in a band with Geezer Butler
. This group then split leading Ozzy and Geezer to join Tony Iommi
and Bill Ward
in a new band that went under several names (including Earth) that ended up being called Black Sabbath
after a song of the same name that appeared on their first album (released 1969/70)...
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2
since 1976. U2
has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics as an outstanding performer and songwriter...
“ U2 ” - ASAx2345
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV (August 1, 1981)...
“ Inception and the Dark Knight had the best soundtracks I have ever heard ” - ASAx2345
“ Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Silence of the Lambs ” - ASAx2345
“ Best known for composing the music for Transformers and Desperate Housewives.
I like him with the exception of the Dark of the Moon soundtrack with was clearly ripped off of Inception's. ” - ASAx2345
“ Composer for Iron Man ” - ASAx2345
“ Composer for Star Trek, Up, The Incredibles, and Lost ” - ASAx2345
Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to Cleveland...
“ Se7en, The Social Network, Wanted, Lost Highway, Man on Fire, Final Destination. ” - ASAx2345
Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in London and released three solo albums...
“ Hot Fuzz, Get Smart, The Guardian, National Treasure ” - ASAx2345
Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day
, is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely used as a temp track...
“ Training Day, August Rush, Speed, Criminal Minds ” - ASAx2345