rockbands (artist) 1970-80-90

by jhh-holthuis | created - 09 Jul 2011 | updated - 08 Aug 2011 | Public

1. Richie Sambora

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

Richie Sambora is one of music's most talented and respected songwriters, singers, guitarists and producers. As a founding member of Bon Jovi, he has toured the world and collected over 68 gold and platinum albums. In 1998 Sambora released his second solo album, "Undiscovered Soul". The album was ...

2. Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

The group won its first Grammy Award in 2007 in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals category for "Who Says You Can't Go Home".

3. Tico Torres

Soundtrack | Requiem for a Dream

Tico Torres was born on October 7, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA as Hector Samuel Juan Tico Torres. He has been married to Maria Alejandra Marquez since September 23, 2001. They have one child. He was previously married to Eva Herzigova.

4. David Bryan

Soundtrack | Memphis the Musical

David Bryan was born on February 7, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA as David Bryan Rashbaum.

5. KISS

Soundtrack | The Nice Guys

KISS is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured ...

6. Aerosmith

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" since they were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records ...

7. Eric Clapton

Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 3

Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on March 30, 1945. His real father was a Canadian pilot but he didn't find that out until he was 53. When he was 2 his mother felt she was unable to look after him, so Eric then went to live with his grandparents. When he was 14 he took up the ...

8. Bryan Adams

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams rose to fame with the release of his third album, "Cuts Like a Knife" (1983). The album made him popular throughout the United States. However, it was his fourth album "Reckless" (1984), which is referred to as one of the best albums of the decade that made ...

9. Sting

Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove

Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...

10. John Barry

Music_department | Dances with Wolves

John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...

11. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

13. David E. Campbell

Sound_department | The Matrix

David E. Campbell is known for his work on The Matrix (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

14. David Foster

Soundtrack | The Secret of My Success

David Foster was born on November 1, 1949 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as David Walter Foster. He has been married to Katharine McPhee since June 28, 2019. He was previously married to Yolanda Hadid, Linda Thompson, Rebecca L. McCurdy and B.J. Cook.

15. Michael Kamen

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.

16. André Rieu

Soundtrack | Love, Rosie

André Rieu was born on October 1, 1949 in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands as André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu. He has been married to Marjorie Kochmann since October 18, 1975. They have two children.

17. Luciano Pavarotti

Soundtrack | Yes, Giorgio

Luciano Pavarotti was a best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'.

He was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in Northern Italy. He was the first child and only son of two ...

18. José Carreras

Soundtrack | Bats

Josep Maria Carreras i Coll was born on December 5, 1946, in Barcelona, Spain. His father was the owner of a small chemical plant. Young Carreras showed early interest in music after seeing Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso (1951) at the age of 6. He gave his first public performance on the ...

19. Plácido Domingo

Actor | The Book of Life

Although born in Madrid, Spain, Placido Domingo spent a major portion of his life living in Mexico City where he graduated from the Mexico City Conservatory. His first operatic performance was in a staging of La Traviata in Monterrey playing Alfredo. He was then a Tenor for the Israel National ...

20. Metallica

Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible II

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship ...

21. ZZ Top

Soundtrack | Back to the Future Part III

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Houston [Texas] Hall of Fame in 2006.

22. Tina Turner

Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina ...

23. Cher

Actress | Moonstruck

The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups ...

24. Gloria Estefan

Soundtrack | Music of the Heart

Gloria Estefan was born on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba as Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. She has been married to Emilio Estefan Jr. since September 2, 1978. They have two children.

25. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

26. Lionel Richie

Soundtrack | The Color Purple

Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. He was previously married to Diana Alexander Richie and Brenda Harvey-Richie.

27. Britney Spears

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, Britney ...

28. Jeff Healey

Soundtrack | Road House

Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey (March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008) was a Canadian blues and rock singer and guitarist who obtained large notoriety in America also. He lost his sight as a child due to a rare form of eye cancer. That never seemed to effect his music career as Jeff scored a top 5 hit on ...

29. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

30. Maria Callas

Soundtrack | Ghost in the Shell

This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and ...

31. Van Halen

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. The band went on to become major stars, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984 was their most successful album. The lead single, "Jump", became an international hit and ...

32. Nino Rota

Composer | The Godfather

Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...

33. Giuseppe Verdi

Soundtrack | Mad Max: Fury Road

Giuseppe Verdi was born Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi on October 10, 1813, in Le Roncole di Busseto, Parma, Italy. His parents were landowners and innkeepers. Young Verdi received his first organ lessons at the age of 7. He studied composition privately with Ferdinando Provesi in Busseto. At ...

35. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

37. C.C. DeVille

Soundtrack | Mr. & Mrs. Smith

C.C. DeVille was born on May 14, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Bruce Anthony Johannesson.

38. Mike Post

Composer | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Mike Post was born in San Fernando, California. He became a musician for acts as varied as Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Kenny Rogers, Sonny Bono and Cher, playing guitar on the latter team's 1965 hit "I Got You, Babe". Two years later, Post won his first Grammy award for producing and arranging ...

39. Harold Faltermeyer

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Harold Faltermeyer was born on October 5, 1952 in Munich, Germany as Harold Faltermeier. He was previously married to Karin Faltermeyer.

40. The Pointer Sisters

Soundtrack | Spaceballs

The Pointer Sisters are an eclectic and versatile pop/R&B group who hail from Oakland, California. The four original members were June, Anita, Ruth and Bonnie Pointer. The ladies are the daughters of Reverend Elton Pointer and his wife Sarah and the sisters of brothers Fritz and Aaron. They began ...

41. Sister Sledge

Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible III

Sister Sledge is an American musical vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era. The year 1979 saw the ...

43. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. KC & The Sunshine Band

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Jerome Smith died on July 28, 2000 at age 47, when he fell off a bulldozer and was crushed to death by the machine.

46. Huey Lewis & The News

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Huey Lewis and the News is an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually achieving 19 top ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Rock charts. Their most successful album,...

47. Level 42

Soundtrack | Hot Pursuit

Level 42 are an English band formed in Isle of Wight in 1980. They have had a number of UK and worldwide hits during the 1980s and 1990s. Their most successful single in the UK was "Lessons in Love", which reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, and number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart...

48. UB40

Soundtrack | Black Rain

Originally an eight-piece band from Birmingham, West Midlands in the United Kingdom. Its members included Ali Campbell on lead vocals and guitar; Robin Campbell on guitar and supporting vocals; Astro on percussion, trombones and supporting vocals; Brian Travers on saxophone, Jim Brown on drums; ...

49. U2

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...

50. Aretha Franklin

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...

51. Patti LaBelle

Soundtrack | Licence to Kill

Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". ...

52. Gladys Knight

Actress | Hollywood Homicide

Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) and Licence to Kill (1989). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les...

53. Scorpions

Soundtrack | Knight and Day

Throughout their career the Scorpions records went 35 times platinum and 98 times gold, most during their collaboration with producers Dieter Dierks and, later on, Keith Olsen.

54. Foreigner

Soundtrack | The Hitman's Bodyguard

Foreigner is an English-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones ex-Spooky Tooth and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones came up with the band's name as he, McDonald and ...

55. Whitesnake

Soundtrack | Adventureland

Whitesnake is a heavy metal band formed in Middlesbrough, England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple. Their 1987 self-titled album contained two major US hits, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", reaching number one and two on the Billboard Hot 100....

56. Brian May

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

Brian May is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential, innovative, technically gifted and recognisable guitarists in the history of rock. He is also a prolific songwriter, responsible for writing or co-writing many international hits with Queen. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School ...

57. Roger Taylor

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949) is an English musician who performs as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as songwriter and occasional lead vocalist.

As a songwriter, Taylor contributed songs to Queen's...

58. John Deacon

Soundtrack | Flash Gordon

John Deacon was born on August 19, 1951 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as John Richard Deacon. He has been married to Veronica Tetzlaff since January 18, 1975. They have six children.

59. Freddie Mercury

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...

60. Montserrat Caballé

Soundtrack | La vita è bella

Montserrat Caballé was born on April 12, 1933 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch. She was married to Bernabé Martí. She died on October 6, 2018 in Barcelona.

61. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

62. Vanity

Actress | The Last Dragon

Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law.

Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. ...

64. Lisa Coleman

Composer | Heroes

Lisa Coleman was born on August 17, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a composer, known for Heroes (2006), Nurse Jackie (2009) and Dangerous Minds (1995).

65. Wendy Melvoin

Soundtrack | Purple Rain

Wendy Melvoin was born on January 26, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Wendy Ann Melvoin. She is a composer, known for Purple Rain (1984), Dangerous Minds (1995) and Heroes (2006).

66. Mud

Soundtrack | Rush

Glam rock group active from 1966-1990. Members were Les Gray, Rob Davis, Ray Stiles and Dave Mount.

67. Bob Marley

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, ...

68. Phil Collins

Soundtrack | Tarzan

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, to Winifred (Strange), a theatrical agent, Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of "Oliver!" ...

69. Boston

Soundtrack | The Limey

Members have included Sib Hashian, Tom Scholz, Gary Pihl, Curly Smith, Jeff Neal, Tommy DeCarlo, Tracy Ferrie, Beth Cohen, Bradley Delp, Jim Masdea, Fran Sheehan, Barry Goudreau, David Sikes, Doug Huffman, Fran Cosmo, Anton Cosmo, Anthony Citrinite, Michael Sweet, David Victor, Kimberley Dahme.

70. Marc Cohn

Soundtrack | Message in a Bottle

Marc Cohn was born on July 5, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Marc Craig Cohn. He has been married to Elizabeth Vargas since July 20, 2002. They have two children. He was previously married to Jennifer George.

71. Richard Grieco

Actor | If Looks Could Kill

Richard Grieco was born to an Italian father (Richard Grieco) and an Irish mother (Carolyn O'Reilly). He is a musician and, in 1995, released a CD ('Waiting for the Sky to Fall') in Germany. In 2009, several years after being encouraged by Dennis Hopper, Grieco publicly revealed that he has been ...

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72. Richard Marx

Sound_department | Pulp Fiction

73. The Bee Gees

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

They are mentioned in N-Trance featuring Ricardo Da Force "Stayin' Alive.".

74. The Four Seasons

Soundtrack | Sleepers

Inducted into the 2017 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performing Arts category.

78. A-Ha

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Norwegian pop group formed in 1985 comprised of: Morten Harket, lead singer and song writer; Magne Furuholmen (("Mags"), keyboards, piano, vocals and song writer, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (Pål Waaktaar), guitars, vocals and song writer.

Achieved a major breakthrough in 1985 with the hit "Take On Me."...

79. The Bangles

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

The Bangles are a hugely popular and successful all-female rock group from Los Angeles, California. The band first formed in 1981. The original line-up was: Susanna Hoffs (vocals/guitar), Victoria Peterson (vocals/guitar), Vicki's sister Debbi Peterson (drums/vocals) and Annette Zilinskas (bass/...

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81. Bruce Springsteen

Soundtrack | The Wrestler

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...

82. John E. Davis

Music_department | Beverly Hills, 90210

John E. Davis is known for his work on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), 90210 (2008) and Mission: Impossible (1988).

83. Tim Truman

Music_department | Melrose Place

Right out of high school, American Composer, Tim Truman, was accepted into the coveted USC Music Composition Department. From there he began scoring prime-time network television. George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola selected Tim Truman to complete the score to the 70 mm 3D Disneyland feature "...

84. Rudolf Schenker

Soundtrack | Knight and Day

Rudolf Schenker was born on August 31, 1948 in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany. He has been married to Margret Schenker since April 24, 1980. They have one child.

85. Michael Schenker

Soundtrack | Spun

Michael Schenker was born on January 10, 1955 in Sarstedt, Lower Saxony, Germany.



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