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Thursday, March 30, 2017

BMI Icon Awards

Stevie Nicks receives BMI Icon award, image from dailymail.co.uk

BMI is an organization which collects royalties on behalf of artists. It gives out annual Icon awards in various categories, including country, Latin, London, pop, and urban (later changed to R&B/hip-hop), in honor of what the website calls a songwriter’s “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The BMI site does not appear to offer any details when these awards were initiated (although the earliest awards appear to be given in 2002) and also fails to provide one easy-access list which would detail all recipients, categories in which they received the award, and the year. As such, the list below is cobbled together from multiple sources to provide as much detail as possible:

  • Bill Anderson (country, 2002)
  • Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga (Latin, 2013)
  • The Bee Gees (pop, 2007)
  • Chuck Berry (pop, 2002)
  • Birdman (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Don Black (London, 2010)
  • Bobby Braddock (country, 2011)
  • James Brown (urban, 2002)
  • Mariah Carey (urban, 2012)
  • George Clinton (urban, 2009)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash (pop, 2006)
  • Charlie Daniels (country, 2005)
  • Ray Davies (London, 2006)
  • Mac Davis (country, 2015)
  • Bo Diddley (pop, 2002)
  • Dean Dillon (country, 2013)
  • Donovan (London 2009)
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (urban, 2006)
  • Gloria Estefan (Latin, 2009)
  • Bryan Ferry (London, 2008)
  • John Fogerty (pop, 2010)
  • David Foster (pop, 2011)
  • Peter Gabriel (London, 2007)
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff (pop, 2009)
  • The Gap Band (urban, 2005)
  • Vince Gill (country, 2014)
  • Graham Gouldman (London, 2015)
  • Al Green (urban, 2004)
  • Juan Luis Guerra (Latin, 2006)
  • Merle Haggard (country, 2006)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates (pop, 2008)
  • Tom T. Hall (country, 2012)
  • Isaac Hayes (urban, 2003)
  • Holland-Dozier-Holland (pop, 2003)
  • The Jacksons (urban, 2008)
  • Carole King (pop, 2012)
  • Kris Kristofferson (country, 2009)
  • Little Richard (pop, 2002)
  • Los Lobos (Latin, 2016)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte (Latin, 2007)
  • John Lydon (London, 2013)
  • Loretta Lynn (country, 2004)
  • Barry Manilow (pop, 2017)
  • Barry Mann (pop, 2016)
  • Van Morrison (London, 2004)
  • Willie Nelson (country, 2007)
  • Stevie Nicks (pop, 2014)
  • Dolly Parton (country, 2003)
  • Queen (London, 2011)
  • Antonio “L.A.” Reid (urban, 2006)
  • Tim Rice (London, 2014)
  • Nile Rodgers (R&B/hip-hop, 2015)
  • Carlos Santana (Latin, 2005)
  • Gustavo Santaolalla (Latin, 2008)
  • Billy Sherrill (country, 2010)
  • Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons (urban, 2007)
  • Paul Simon (pop, 2005)
  • Slim (R&B/hip-hop, 2013)
  • Snoop Dogg (urban, 2011)
  • Sting (London, 2016)
  • Cynthia Weil (pop, 2016)
  • Hank Williams Jr. (country, 2008)
  • Brian Wilson (pop, 2004)
  • Steve Winwood (London, 2005)

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Elton John: Top 70 Songs

image from ranker.com

Elton John was born Reginald Dwight on March 25, 1947. In honor of his 70th birthday, Dave’s Music Database is posting its list of Elton’s top 70 songs. This list was created by using sales and airplay figures along with chart performance, number of appearances on Sinatra albums, appearances on best-of-Elton lists, and best-songs-of-all-time-lists as compiled by Dave’s Music Database.

1. Candle in the Wind 1997 (1997)
2. Your Song (1970)
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
4. Bennie and the Jets (1973)
5. That’s What Friends Are For (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder, 1985)
6. Rocket Man (1972)
7. Crocodile Rock (1972)
8. Daniel (1973)
9. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee, 1976)
10. Tiny Dancer (1971)

11. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (1994)
12. Philadelphia Freedom (1975)
13. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (1974)
14. Candle in the Wind (1973)
15. Circle of Life (1994)
16. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues (1983)
17. Something About the Way You Look Tonight (1997)
18. Someone Saved My Life Tonight (1975)
19. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (1976)
20. Sacrifice (1989)

21. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (1973)
22. I’m Still Standing (1983)
23. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (1974)
24. Island Girl (1975)
25. The One (1992)
26. Honky Cat (1972)
27. Sad Songs Say So Much (1984)
28. Little Jeannie (1980)
29. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (live with George Michael, 1991)
30. The Bitch Is Back (1974)

31. Nikita (1985)
32. Blue Eyes (1982)
33. Levon (1971)
34. Empty Garden (1982)
35. I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That (1988)
36. Mama Can’t Buy You Love (1979)
37. Healing Hands (1989)
38. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (1973)
39. Believe (1995)
40. Blessed (1995)

41. Song for Guy (1978)
42. Friends (1971)
43. True Love (with Kiki Dee, 1993)
44. Pinball Wizard (1975)
45. Part-Time Love (1978)
46. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (1972)
47. Kiss the Bride (1983)
48. Nobody Wins (1981)
49. Madman Across the Water (1971)
50. Club at the End of the Street (1989)

51. You Gotta Love Someone (1990)
52. The Last Song (1992)
53. Written in the Stars, with LeAnn Rimes, 1999)
54. Through the Storm (with Aretha Franklin, 1989)
55. Who Wears These Shoes? (1984)
56. Made in England (1995)
57. Wrap Her Up (1985)
58. I Feel Like a Bullet in the Gun of Robert Ford (1975)
59. Grow Some Funk of Your Own (1975)
60. Border Song (1970)

61. I Want Love (2001)
62. Ego (1978)
63. Chloe (1981)
64. Are You Ready for Love? (1979)
65. Simple Life (1992)
66. A Word in Spanish (1988)
67. Step into Christmas (1973)
68. Take Me to the Pilot (1970)
69. This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore (2001)
70. Harmony (1973)


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Top 100 R&B Songs of All Time

First posted 12/18/2011; updated 3/7/2017.

image from centricbeats.com

Like most DMDB lists, this was created by aggregrating multiple genre-specific lists. In this case, 33 R&B-focused best-of lists were aggregrated. Here are the results:

1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968) *
2. The Temptations “My Girl” (1965) *
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967) *
4. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” (1971) *
5. Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” (1968) *
6. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971) *
7. Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966) *
8. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
9. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
10. Sam Cooke “A Change is Gonna Come” (1965)

11. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
12. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961) *
13. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
14. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966) *
15. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984) *
16. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992) *
17. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964) *
18. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972) *
19. Gladys Knight & the Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
20. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)

21. Lionel Richie with Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981) *
22. Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is” (1966)
23. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
24. Ray Charles “What’d I Say” (1959)
25. Bill Withers “Lean on Me” (1972)
26. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
27. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)
28. Sam & Dave “Soul Man” (1967)
29. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
30. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)

31. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1983) *
32. Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” (1965)
33. Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!” (2004)
34. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” (1965)
35. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
36. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” (1971)
37. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
38. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
39. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)
40. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)

41. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You” (1997)
42. The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk” (1964)
43. Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (1972)
44. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” The Flamingos (1959)
45. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
46. Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions” (1962)
47. Sam Cooke “You Send Me” (1957)
48. Etta James “At Last” (1961)
49. Brandy with Monica “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)
50. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)

51. Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” (1974)
52. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956) *
53. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962) *
54. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
55. Roberta Flack “Killing Me Softly with His Song” (1973)
56. Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” (1996)
57. The Platters “The Great Pretender” (1955)
58. Mariah Carey “We Belong Together” (2005)
59. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
60. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (1984)

61. Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1956) *
62. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
63. The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” (1954) *
64. R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly” (1996)
65. The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing” (1969)
66. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
67. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
68. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
69. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (1966)
70. The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me” (1960)

71. Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
72. Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness” (1966)
73. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” (1979)
74. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
75. Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993)
76. Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” (1967)
77. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
78. Al Green “Love and Happiness” (1977)
79. Otis Redding “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (1965)
80. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960) *

81. Isaac Hayes “Theme from ‘Shaft’” (1971)
82. Chuck Berry “Maybellene” (1955)
83. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
84. Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” (1978) *
85. Gladys Knight & the Pips “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967)
86. Fats Domino “Ain’t That a Shame” (1955)
87. Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” (1995)
88. Sly & the Family Stone “Everyday People” (1968)
89. Little Richard “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
90. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (1972)

91. The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (1966)
92. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There” (1972)
93. The Impressions “People Get Ready” (1965)
94. James Brown “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (1966)
95. The O’Jays “Love Train” (1973)
96. Arthur Conley “Sweet Soul Music” (1967)
97. The Platters “Only You and You Alone” (1955)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. The Four Tops “Baby, I Need Your Loving” (1964)
100. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” (1990)

* Those songs marked with an asterisk are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999 available from DavesMusicDatabase.com or Amazon.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blues Hall of Fame

image from crossharpchronicles.wordpress.com

The new crop of Blues Hall of Fame inductees were announced March 1, 2017. As stated on the website, the Blues Hall of Fame “is a historical record of those who have made the Blues timeless through performance, documentation, and recording.” It was launched by the Blues Foundation in 1980. Inductee categories include performers, non-performers, songs, albums, and literature. The following performers and non-performers have been inducted from 1980-2017:


A

  • Bill “Hoss” Allen (1994, non-performer)
  • Luther Allison (1998)
  • Clifford Antone (2009, non-performer)
  • Billy Boy Arnold (2012)

B

  • Dave Bartholomew (2007)
  • Ralph Bass (2003, non-performer)
  • Chuck Berry (1985)
  • Big Maybelle (2011)
  • Bihari Brothers (2006, non-performer)
  • Elvin Bishop (2016)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland (1981)
  • Blind Blake (1990)
  • Mike Bloomfield (2012)
  • Jimmy Bracken (2011, non-performer)
  • Bruce Bromberg (2011, non-performer)
  • Lonnie Brooks (2010)
  • Big Bill Broonzy (1980)
  • Charles Brown (1996)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (1999)
  • Roy Brown (1981)
  • Ruth Brown (2002)
  • Tommy Brown (2015)
  • R.L. Burnside (2014)
  • Paul Butterfield (2006)

C

  • Gus Cannon (2010)
  • Leroy Carr (1982)
  • Vivian Carter (2011, non-performer)
  • Ray Charles (1982)
  • Samuel Charters (2011, non-performer)
  • Clifton Chenier (1989)
  • Leonard Chess (1995, non-performer)
  • Phil Chess (1995, non-performer)
  • Eric Clapton (2015)
  • Dave Clark (2013, non-performer)
  • Otis Clay (2013)
  • Eddy Clearwater (2016)
  • Albert Collins (1986)
  • Johnny Copeland (2017)
  • James Cotton (2006)
  • Tommy Couch, Sr. (2016, non-performer)
  • Robert Cray (2011)
  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1994)

D

  • Reverend Gary Davis (2009)
  • Walter Davis (2005)
  • Bo Diddley (2004)
  • Willie Dixon (1980)
  • Fats Domino (2003)
  • Dr. John (2007)
  • Champion Jack Dupree (1993)

E

  • David “Honeyboy” Edwards (1996)
  • Ahmet Ertegün (2007, non-performer)
  • Sleepy John Estes (1991)

F

  • Blind Boy Fuller (2004)
  • Lowell Fulson (1993)

G

  • Henry Glover (2013, non-performer)
  • Henry Gray (2017)
  • Peter Guralnick (2010, non-performer)
  • Buddy Guy (1985)

H

  • John Hammond (2008, non-performer)
  • John Hammond, Jr. (2011)
  • W. C. Handy (2010)
  • Slim Harpo (1985)
  • Wynonie Harris (1994)
  • Billie Holiday (1991)
  • Earl Hooker (2013)
  • John Lee Hooker (1980)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (1980)
  • Big Walter Horton (1982)
  • Son House (1980)
  • Howlin’ Wolf (1980)
  • Alberta Hunter (2011)
  • Mississippi John Hurt (1988)
  • J. B. Hutto (1985)

I

  • Bruce Iglauer (1997, non-performer)

J

  • Elmore James (1980)
  • Etta James (2001)
  • Skip James (1992)
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson (1980)
  • Buddy Johnson (2012)
  • Ella Johnson (2012)
  • Jimmy Johnson (2016)
  • Lonnie Johnson (1990)
  • Robert Johnson (1980)
  • Tommy Johnson (1986)
  • Willie Johnson (2017)
  • Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones (2007)
  • Louis Jordan (1983)

K

  • Mike Kappus (2014, non-performer)
  • Albert King (1983)
  • B. B. King (1980)
  • Freddie King (1982)
  • Bob Koester (1996, non-performer)

L

  • Denise LaSalle (2011)
  • Latimore (2017)
  • Lead Belly (1986)
  • Mike Leadbitter (2009, non-performer)
  • J. B. Lenoir (2011)
  • Lazy Lester (2012)
  • Furry Lewis (2012)
  • Horst Lippmann (2012, non-performer)
  • Little Milton (1988)
  • Little Richard (2015)
  • Little Walter (1980)
  • Robert Lockwood, Jr. (1989)
  • Alan Lomax (1994, non-performer)
  • John Lomax (1994, non-performer)

M

  • Magic Sam (1982)
  • Magic Slim (2017)
  • Taj Mahal (2009)
  • Cosimo Matassa (2013, non-performer)
  • John Mayall (2016)
  • Percy Mayfield (1987)
  • Jimmy McCracklin (2008)
  • Fred McDowell (1991)
  • Brownie McGhee (1997)
  • Lillian Shedd McMurry (1998, non-performer)
  • Big Jay McNeely (2014)
  • Jay McShann (1988)
  • Blind Willie McTell (1981)
  • Lester Melrose (1999, non-performer)
  • Memphis Jug Band (2016)
  • Memphis Minnie (1980)
  • Memphis Slim (1989)
  • Big Maceo Merriweather (2002)
  • Amos Milburn (2010)
  • Roy Milton (2006)
  • Mississippi Sheiks (2008)
  • Little Brother Montgomery (2013)
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy (2012)
  • Charlie Musselwhite (2010)

N

  • Theresa Needham (2001, non-performer)
  • Robert Nighthawk (1983)
  • Gene Nobles (1994, non-performer)

O

  • Jim O’Neal (2002, non-performer)
  • Paul Oliver (2008, non-performer)
  • Johnny Otis (2000)

P-Q

  • Robert Palmer (2001, non-performer)
  • Little Junior Parker (2001)
  • Charley Patton (1980)
  • “Sunshine” Sonny Payne (2010, non-performer)
  • Pinetop Perkins (2003)
  • Sam Phillips (1998, non-performer)
  • Doc Pomus (2012, non-performer)
  • Bob Porter (2009, non-performer)
  • Professor Longhair (1981)

R

  • Ma Rainey (1983)
  • Bonnie Raitt (2010)
  • Fritz Rau (2012, non-performer)
  • Jimmy Reed (1980)
  • John Richbourg (1994, non-performer)
  • Don Robey (2014, non-performer)
  • Bobby Robinson (2006, non-performer)
  • Jimmie Rodgers (2013)
  • Jimmy Rogers (1995)
  • Art Rupe (2007, non-performer)
  • Bobby Rush (2006)
  • Otis Rush (1984)

S

  • Son Seals (2009)
  • Eddie Shaw (2014
  • Johnny Shines (1992)
  • Dick Shurman (2014, non-performer)
  • Bessie Smith (1980)
  • Otis Spann (1980)
  • Pervis Spann (2012, non-performer)
  • H. C. Speir (2005, non-performer)
  • Mavis Staples (2017)
  • Wolf Stephenson (2016, non-performer)
  • Frank Stokes (2012)
  • Chris Strachwitz (1999, non-performer)
  • Hubert Sumlin (2008)
  • Sunnyland Slim (1991)
  • Roosevelt Sykes (1999)

T-U

  • Tampa Red (1981)
  • Eddie Taylor (1987)
  • Hound Dog Taylor (1984)
  • Koko Taylor (1997)
  • Sonny Terry (1986)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2007)
  • Irma Thomas (2009)
  • Rufus Thomas (2001)
  • Big Mama Thornton (1984)
  • Allen Toussaint (2012)
  • Ike Turner (2005)
  • Big Joe Turner (1983)

V

  • Amy van Singel (2017, non-performer)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (2000)
  • Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (2014)

W-X-Y-Z

  • Joe Lous Walker (2013)
  • T-Bone Walker (1980)
  • Sippie Wallace (2003)
  • Dinah Washington (2003)
  • Dick Waterman (2000, non-performer)
  • Muddy Waters (1980)
  • Johnny “Guitar” Watson (2008)
  • Pete Welding (1996, non-performer)
  • Junior Wells (1998)
  • Jerry Wexler (2006, non-performer)
  • Peetie Wheatstraw (2008)
  • Bukka White (1990)
  • Big Joe Williams (1992)
  • Jody Williams (2013)
  • J. Mayo Williams (2004, non-performer)
  • Robert “Pete” Williams (2014)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson I (1980)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II (1980)
  • Johnny Winter (1988)
  • Jimmy Witherspoon (2008)
  • John W. Work III (2011, non-performer)

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