Pages in category "American crooners"
The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 39 pages are in this category, out of 39 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Paul Anka – Paul Albert Anka, OC is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, actor. Anka was inducted in 2005. In 1983, Anka co-wrote the song "I Never Heard" with Michael Jackson. It was released in 2009 under the name "This Is It". The song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. He was born to Camelia and Andrew Emile "Andy" Anka, Sr. who owned a restaurant called the Locanda. His parents were both Antiochian Orthodox Christians. His mother was Canadian-Lebanese "from the town of Kfarmishki, in Lebanon." He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir with whom he studied music theory. Anka studied piano with Winnifred Rees. Anka attended Fisher Park High School, where he was part of a vocal trio called the Bobby Soxers. Paul Anka recorded his single, "I Confess", when he was 14. In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, Anka stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. The song "Diana" brought Anka stardom as it rocketed on the Canadian and U.S. music charts.Paul Anka – Anka at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival
2. Fred Astaire – Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. Astaire was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars. Gene Kelly, another star in filmed dance, said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire". He was born in Frederic "Fritz" Austerlitz. Astaire's mother was born in the United States to Lutheran German immigrants from East Prussia and Alsace. Astaire's father was born in Linz, Austria, to Jewish parents who had converted to Roman Catholicism. She planned act,", common in vaudeville at the time. Although Astaire refused dance lessons at first, Astaire took up piano, clarinet. Despite Fred's teasing rivalry, they quickly acknowledged their individual strengths, her greater talent. Fred and Adele's mother suggested they change their name to "Astaire," as she felt "Austerlitz" sounded reminiscent of the name of a battle. Family legend attributes the name to an uncle surnamed "L'Astaire." They were taught dance, singing for developing an act. Their first act was called Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty. Fred wore a top hat and tails in the first half and a lobster outfit in the second. In an interview, Astaire's daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, observed that they often put Fred in a top hat to make him look taller.Fred Astaire – In You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
3. Gene Austin – Gene Austin was an American singer and songwriter, one of the first "crooners". His 1920s compositions "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" and "The Lonesome Road" became jazz standards. He was born to Nova Lucas and the former Serena Belle Harrell. Austin took the name "Gene Austin" from Jim Austin, a blacksmith. He grew up in the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, located east of Shreveport. In Minden, Austin learned to play guitar. On a dare from his friends, he sang for the first time since singing as a Southern Baptist choir boy. The vaudeville company immediately offered him a billed spot on their ticket. He joined the U.S. Army in hopes of being dispatched to Europe to fight in World War I. Austin was first stationed in New Orleans, where he played the piano in the city's notorious vice district. Thereafter, he served in France in World War I. On returning to the United States in 1919, Austin settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where he intended to study dentistry. However, Austin was playing piano and singing in local taverns. Austin formed a vaudeville act with Roy Bergere, with whom he wrote "How Come You Do Me Like You Do." The act ended when Bergere married.Gene Austin – Gene Austin
4. Gene Autry – From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films and 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show television series. During the 1930s and 1940s, he personified the straight-shooting hero—honest, brave, true—and profoundly touched the lives of millions of Americans. His singing cowboy movies were the first vehicle to carry country music to a national audience. The town of Gene Autry, Oklahoma was named in his honor. Orvon Grover Autry was born September 29, 1907 near Tioga in Grayson County in north Texas, the grandson of a Methodist preacher. Elnora Ozment, moved in the 1920s in Johnston County in southern Oklahoma. He worked on his father's ranch while at school. After leaving high school in 1925, Autry worked as a telegrapher for the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. His talent at singing and playing guitar led to performing at local dances. While working as a telegrapher, Autry would sing and accompany himself on the guitar to pass the lonely hours, especially when he had the midnight shift. This later got him sacked. Autry was encouraged to sing professionally by Will Rogers, who had heard Autry singing. As soon as he could collect money to travel, he went to New York. He auditioned for Victor Records, about the time it became RCA Victor. Shilkret explained to Autry that he was turned down not because of his voice, but because Victor had just made contracts with two similar singers.Gene Autry – Gene Autry circa 1940s
5. Tony Bennett – Anthony Dominick Benedetto, known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater. Afterward, he had his first number-one popular song with "Because of You" in 1951. Several top hits such as "Rags to Riches" followed in the early 1950s. He then refined his approach to encompass jazz singing. He reached an artistic peak with albums such as The Beat of Bennett Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco". His personal life experienced an extended downturn during the height of the rock era. He was named a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, to grocer seamstress Anna Suraci. In 1906, John had emigrated from a eastern district of the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria.Tony Bennett – Tony Bennett performing in 2003
6. Brook Benton – He made a comeback with the ballad "Rainy Night in Georgia." Benton also wrote hits for other performers. Brook earned a good living by writing co-producing albums. He wrote songs for artists such as Nat King Cole, Roy Hamilton. He eventually released his minor hit, "A Million Miles from Nowhere", before switching to the Mercury label, which would eventually bring him major success. He also appeared with Alan Freed. In 1959, he finally made his breakthrough like "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "Endlessly". "Endlessly" made it to #12. Both of the first two hits were written with Clyde Otis. Benton followed this success including "So Many Ways", "Hotel Happiness", "Think Twice", "Kiddio", "The Boll Weevil Song". In 1960, he had two top 10 hit duets with Dinah Washington: "Baby" and "A Rockin' Good Way". In the mid 1960s, Benton recorded with minimal commercial success. A million-seller which topped the Billboard R&B chart. Benton recorded a total of five albums with Mardin, including a gospel album, at Cotillion. The last album made by Benton was Fools Rush In, released posthumously in 2005.Brook Benton – Promotional photo of Benton.
7. Pat Boone – Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone is an American singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, spokesman. Boone was a successful singer in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. Boone sold over 45 million records, appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. He still holds the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks with one or more songs each week. At the age of 23, Boone began hosting The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, which aired for 115 episodes. Musical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey, Johnny Mathis made appearances on the show. His cover versions of blues hits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rock and roll. Elvis Presley was the opening act for a 1955 Pat Boone show in Cleveland, Ohio. As an author, he had a No. 1 bestseller in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Boone is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Boone continues to speak as a motivational speaker, a television personality, a conservative political commentator. He was born in the son of Margaret Virginia and Archie Altman Boone. He was reared primarily in a place he still visits. His family moved from Florida when Boone was two years old. Boone graduated in 1952 from David Lipscomb High School in Nashville.Pat Boone – Boone, February 2011
8. Buddy Clark – Buddy Clark was an American popular singer of the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1940s, he became one of the nation's top crooners. He died in 1949. Clark was born Samuel Goldberg to Jewish parents in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was not successful. Singing baritone, he gained wider notice with Benny Goodman on the Let's Dance radio program. In 1936 he remained until 1938. In the mid-1930s he signed with Vocalion Records, having a top-20 hit with "Spring Is Here". He continued recording, dubbing other actors' voices until he entered the military, but did not have another hit until the late 1940s. Upon reaching adulthood, Linda became famous as a photographer, a prominent spokeswoman for animal rights. A month after his death, his recording of "A Dreamer's Holiday" hit the charts. Michigan State college football game. Clark didn't survive the crash. Clark's last broadcast found him in very high spirits, clowning with Maxene, LaVerne, Patty Andrews. He is buried in the Everlasting Love section, Lot 810, Space 1.Buddy Clark – Clark in a 1942 advertisement
9. Nat King Cole – Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was one of the African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. His recordings remained popular worldwide from lung cancer in February 1965. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born on March 17, 1919. Cole had three brothers -- Eddie, Freddy -- and a half-sister, Joyce Coles. Each of his brothers pursued careers in music. When Nat was four years old, his family moved to North Chicago, Illinois, where his father, Edward Coles, became a Baptist minister. Nat learned to play the organ from Perlina Coles, the church organist. His first performance was of "Yes! We Have No Bananas" at the age of four. The family lived in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, where he attended Wendel Phillips High School. He would hang around outside clubs, listening to artists such as Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Jimmie Noone. Cole participated at DuSable High School. Inspired by the performances of Hines, Cole began his performing career in the mid-1930s while still a teenager, adopting the name Nat Cole. He left Chicago in 1936 to lead a band in a revival of Eubie Blake's revue Shuffle Along.Nat King Cole – Cole c. June 1947
10. Russ Columbo – Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo, known as Russ Columbo, was an American baritone, songwriter, violinist and actor. Columbo was born in Camden, New Jersey, Giulia Colombo. He started debuted professionally at the age of 13. He sang and played violin in numerous nightclubs. Eventually, he did obtain some feature work in front of the camera, but he slowed down his activities in cinema to pursue other interests. Among Columbo's other films are: Woman to Woman, Broadway Thru a Keyhole. Columbo gave it up when his manager told him he had potential. In 1931, he traveled with his manager, Con Conrad. Conrad secured a late-night radio slot with NBC. This led to tremendous popularity with legions of mostly female fans. Long after arriving in New York, Columbo began seeing her. The type of singing, popularized by the likes of Bing Crosby is called crooning. Columbo disliked the label, but it caught on with the general public. It gained popular credence, for the singers employing their low, soothing voices in romantic songs. Similarly, to reinforce his romantic appeal, he was called "Radio's Valentino."Russ Columbo – Russ Columbo
11. Perry Como – Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively after signing with the label in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, pioneered a musical variety television show. Como was seen weekly from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program monthly until 1967. Seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular artist, Perry Como released numerous hit records from the 1940s through the 1970s. He was universally respected for both his professional standards and the conduct in his personal life. Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He did not begin speaking English until he entered school, since the Comos spoke Italian at home. A mill hand and an amateur baritone, had all his children attend music lessons even if he could barely afford them. Young Como started helping his family at age 10, working before and after school in Steve Fragapane's barber shop for 50¢ a week. It was also around this time that young Como lost his week's wages in a dice game. Filled with shame, he did not come out until hunger got the better of him. He managed to tell his father what had happened to the money his family depended on. His father told him that he hoped his son would never do anything worse than this.Perry Como – Perry Como on the Perry Como Show set, 1956
12. Harry Connick Jr. – Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. is an American singer, big band leader, talk show host and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick's best-selling album in the United States is his Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas. His highest-charting album is his release Only You, which reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 6 in Britain. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played Grace's husband, Leo Markus, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006. Connick began his acting career as a tail gunner in the World War II film Memphis Belle. He played a serial killer in Copycat, before being cast as a fighter pilot in the blockbuster Independence Day. Connick's first role as a leading man was in Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock. His first thriller film since Copycat came in the film Basic with John Travolta. Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in Bug, before two romantic comedies, P.S. I Love You, the leading man in New in Town with Renée Zellweger. In 2011, he appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale as Dr. Clay Haskett and in the sequel Dolphin Tale 2. Harry Connick Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His mother, Anita Frances, was a lawyer and judge in New Orleans and, later, a Louisiana Supreme Court justice.Harry Connick Jr. – Harry Connick, Jr. in 2014
13. Bing Crosby – Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. Also in 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded music. In 1963, Crosby received the first Grammy Global Achievement Award. He is one of the 22 people to have three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Crosby influenced the development of the postwar industry. He became the first performer to master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington, in a house his father built at 1112 North J Street. In 1906, Crosby's family moved to Spokane, in 1913, Crosby's father built a house at 508 E. Sharp Ave. The house now sits on the campus of Crosby's alma mater Gonzaga University and formerly housed the Alumni Association. He was the fourth of seven children: brothers Larry, Everett, Bob; and two sisters, Catherine and Mary Rose. His parents were Harry Lowe Crosby, Catherine Helen "Kate". Crosby's mother was a second Irish-American. In 1910, seven-year-old Harry Crosby Jr. was forever renamed.Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby, c. 1930s
14. Vic Damone – He was born from Bari, Italy. His mother taught piano. His cousin was singer Doretta Morrow. Inspired by Frank Sinatra, he began taking voice lessons. Damone sang in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, for Sunday mass under organist Anthony Amorello. When his father was injured at work, he had to drop out of high school. Damone worked in Manhattan. Damone met Perry Como, while at the Paramount Theater. He stopped the elevator between floors, asked his advice if he should continue voice lessons. Impressed, Como said, "Keep singing!" and referred him to a local bandleader. Vito Farinola decided using his mother's maiden name. He won in April 1947. This led to his becoming a regular on Godfrey's show. Damone met Milton Berle at Berle got him work at two night clubs. By mid-1947, he had signed a contract with Mercury Records.Vic Damone – Damone in 1959
15. Bobby Darin – Walden Robert Cassotto, known professionally as Bobby Darin, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor of film and television. Darin performed including folk, swing, country. Darin recorded his first million-seller "Splish Splash" in 1958. This was followed by "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," and "Beyond the Sea," which brought fame. In 1962, he won a Golden Globe Award for his first film Come September, co-starring his first wife, Sandra Dee. Throughout the 1960s, he became more politically active and worked on Robert F. Kennedy's Democratic presidential campaign. He was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination. These events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion. Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. Darin died following a operation in Los Angeles. Darin's birth mother, Vanina Juliette "Nina" Cassotto, became pregnant with him in the summer of 1935 when she was 18. Vivian Fern Walden, who called Polly, was of English ancestry and a vaudeville singer. From his birth, he always believed Nina to be his mother. But in 1968, when he was 32, Nina told Darin the truth, reportedly devastating him.Bobby Darin – Darin in 1959
16. Cliff Edwards – Edwards had a number-one hit with "Singin' In The Rain" in 1929. Edwards also is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio. He was born in Hannibal, Missouri. Edwards soon moved to St. Louis, Missouri and Saint Charles, Missouri, where he entertained as a singer in saloons. As many places had pianos in bad none at all, he taught himself to play ukulele to serve as his own accompanist. Edwards was nicknamed "Ukulele Ike" by a owner who could never remember his name. Edwards and Carleton made a hit on the vaudeville circuit. He made his first phonograph records in 1919. Edwards recorded early examples of jazz singing in 1922. He signed a contract with Pathé Records. Edwards became one of the most popular singers of that decade, appearing in several Broadway shows. In 1924, he performed at the Palace, the pinnacle of vaudeville success. Also in that year, Edwards was featured in George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's Broadway musical Lady Be Good, alongside Fred and Adele Astaire. "I Want To Call You'Sweet Mama"'. Edwards also recorded a few "off-color" novelty songs for under-the-counter sales, including "I'm A Bear In A Lady's Boudoir" and "Give It To Mary With Love".Cliff Edwards – Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards in 1947
17. Art Gillham – Art Gillham, was an American songwriter, among the first crooners as a pioneer radio artist and a recording artist for Columbia Records. With Scott Middleton he wrote "Hesitation Blues", which he also recorded as one of the first electrical recordings for Columbia Records. The song is heard in the following movies The Public Enemy, Of Human Bondage and My Child. With J. Russell Robinson he wrote "In My Sweetheart's Arms". As a plugger for Ted Browne Music, Art Gillham traveled around the United States. When radio began he would stop in his travels to promote the music by Browne and other music publishers. The response encouraged him to continue.. . In 1924 he gave advice to Irene Beasley that encouraged her to begin her radio and career. Before networks were formed Gillham appeared on over 300 radio stations. Sometimes he broadcast with a portable keyboard on the field. In 1930 he had two CBS programs: "Breakfast With Art" and "Syncopated Pessimism". He ended his radio programs with the question "Have you got a cup of coffee in your pocket?" From 1937 through 1954 Art appeared in Atlanta, Georgia. In December 1939 he was featured at Atlanta's Rich's Department Store.Art Gillham – Art Gillham (l.) and singer-songwriter Gene Austin at Atlanta 's WQXI (September, 1953).
18. Robert Goulet – Robert Gerard Goulet was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry. He was raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. His debut in Camelot marked the beginning of an award-winning stage, screen, recording career. A Grammy, an Emmy award winner, his career spanned almost six decades. He was born on Greenvile St. in the Tower Hill section, the only son of Jeanette and Joseph Georges André Goulet, a laborer. His parents were both of Canadian ancestry. Goulet was a descendant of French-Canadian pioneers Zacharie Cloutier and Jacques Goulet. Shortly after his father's death, he spent his formative years in Canada. There, Goulet attended the voice schools later became a radio announcer for radio station CKUA. Upon graduating from Victoria Composite high school, he received a scholarship in Toronto. There, Goulet studied voice with famed oratorio baritones, Ernesto Vinci. In 1952, Goulet competed in CBC Television's Pick The Stars, ultimately making the semifinals. Goulet's first U.S. bookings were in summer theatre with the Kenley Players. Goulet appeared including Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, Dream Girl, South Pacific, Meet Me in St. Louis, Carousel. "Goulet was right."Robert Goulet – Goulet in 1988
19. Johnny Hartman – John Maurice Hartman was an American jazz singer who specialized in ballads and earned critical acclaim, though he was never widely known. Most of Hartman's career was spent recording solo albums. Raised in Chicago, Hartman began singing and playing the piano by the age of eight. He attended DuSable High School studying music under Walter Dyett before receiving a scholarship to Chicago Musical College. Seeing potential in the singer, Hines hired him for the next year. Although Hartman’s first recordings were with Marl Young in February 1947, it was the collaboration with Hines that provided notable exposure. After the Hines orchestra broke up, Dizzy Gillespie invited Hartman to join his big band during an eight-week tour in California. Dropped from the band about one year later, Hartman worked for a short time before going solo by early 1950. After recording several singles with different orchestras, Hartman finally released his first solo album, Songs from the Heart, in 1955. Releasing two more albums with small labels, neither very successful, Hartman got a career-altering offer in 1963 to record with John Coltrane. I like his sound, I thought there was something there I had to hear so I did that album." Featuring all ballads, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is widely considered a classic. This led to recording four more albums with Impulse! and parent label ABC, all produced by Bob Thiele. With the 1970s being difficult for singers clinging to the American songbook, Hartman turned to playing cocktail lounges in New York City and Chicago. This was quickly followed up by his last album of newly recorded material titled This One's for Tedi to his wife Theodora.Johnny Hartman – Jazz singer Johnny Hartman (right) at the Village Jazz Lounge in Walt Disney World
20. Frankie Laine – Often billed as "America's Number One Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather Lungs", "Mr. Steel Tonsils". Laine sang an eclectic variety of song genres, stretching from big band crooning to pop, western-themed songs, gospel, rock, folk, jazz, blues. Laine's enduring popularity was illustrated in June 2011, when a TV-advertised compilation called Hits reached No. 16 on the British chart. He was also known as Mr. Rhythm for his driving jazzy style. Laine was the biggest of a new breed of singers who rose to prominence in the post -- World War II era. In the words of Jazz critic Richard Grudens: Frank's style was very innovative, why he had such difficulty with early acceptance. I think that Frank probably was one of the forerunner of... blues, of... roll. A lot of singers who sing with a passionate demeanor—Frank was and is definitely that. I always used to love to mimic him with'That's…my…desire.' Frank had already done them. You can't categorize him. He's one of those singers that's not in one track. And still I think that his records had more excitement and life into it. And I think, his big point, that he was so full of energy. You know when you hear his records it was dynamite energy.Frankie Laine – Jimmy Crawford (left) and Frankie Laine, ca. 1947. Photography by William P. Gottlieb.
21. Greg London – Greg London is an American singer, entertainer and impressionist. London was born to an English mother and an American father. He auditioned for television, gaining several small roles during this same time. Alive Again in Santa Cruz, sold a few thousand copies through East Records, Tokyo, Japan. London formed a band in 1984, playing many hundreds of dates in clubs all over California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. By the early 1990s he had become known on America's corporate circuit with his musical impressions-based comedic performance to showcase his talents. London then recorded Song of America at A&M Studios. After this he went for the American troops; his performances received positive reviews, including "Inspirational, truly great, emotionally charged performance." - Clint Eastwood In winter 2007 he returned to England at The Venue in London's West End. The ICONS in London opened to rave reviews by both audiences alike. "Greg London has a rare gift for impersonating the world's biggest artists. The Icons in London showcases his uncanny vocal talent... This human jukebox could perform an entire gig in any pop persona of his choosing... It's the music that moves and uplifts. - Daily Telegraph He appeared and sang in the 2008 movie The Dukes, directed by Robert Davi.Greg London – Greg London of The ICONS in London
22. Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, producer with a career that has spanned over 50 years. Manilow is best known for a long string of hit recordings such as "Mandy", "Can't Smile Without You", "Copacabana". Although not a favorite of Manilow has been praised by several well-known entertainers, including Sinatra, quoted in the 1970s saying, "Manilow's next." In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, said, "Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you." As well as arranging albums for other artists, including Bette Midler and Dionne Warwick, he has written songs for musicals, films, commercials. Since March 2010, Manilow has headlined in Las Vegas. Manilow has sold more than million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He was born on June 1943, as Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. His father was born to an Irish-American Catholic mother, while his maternal grandparents were of Russian Jewish background. Barry adopted Manilow, at the time of his bar mitzvah. He attended Eastern District High School, graduating in 1961. He enrolled in the City College of New York where he briefly studied before entering the New York College of Music. Manilow also worked at CBS while he was a student in order to pay his expenses. According to one source, Manilow married that year with the marriage lasting only one year.Barry Manilow – Manilow performing live in 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota.
23. Dean Martin – Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, film producer. Jerry Lewis were partners in the immensely popular comedy team Martin and Lewis. Martin was a star in concert stages, nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, television. Martin was the host of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. He was born to an Italian father, Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti, an Italian-American mother, Angela Crocetti. They were married in 1914. He had an older brother named William Alfonso Crocetti. He did not speak English until he started school at the age of five. Martin attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville where he was bullied for his broken English. Martin later took up the drums as a teenager. He then dropped out of Steubenville High School in the 10th grade because he thought he was smarter than his teachers. Martin bootlegged liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, was a dealer, worked in a steel mill and boxed as a welterweight. At 15 Martin was a boxer who billed himself as "Kid Crochet". His prizefighting earned a broken nose, a scarred lip, many broken knuckles, a bruised body. Of his 12 bouts, Martin said: "I won all but 11."Dean Martin – Studio publicity photo for Bells Are Ringing (1960)
24. Johnny Mathis – John Royce "Johnny" Mathis is an American singer of popular music and jazz. Mathis has sold well over million records worldwide, according to Guinness Book of World Records writer and charts music historian Paul Gambaccini and other sources. This makes the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Mathis also recorded six albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Bing Crosby among his musical influences. Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, United States, in 1935, his wife, Mildred Boyd. The family moved to California, settling on 32nd Ave. in the Richmond District, where Johnny grew up. When he saw his son's talent, he bought an old upright piano for $25 and encouraged him. Mathis began learning routines from his father. His first song was "My Blue Heaven". Mathis started dancing for visitors at home, at school, at church functions. When he was 13, teacher Connie Cox accepted him as her student in exchange for work around her house. Mathis studied for six years learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production, classical, operatic singing. He is one of the relatively few popular singers who received years of professional training that included opera. The first band he sang with was formed by his high friend Merl Saunders.Johnny Mathis – Johnny Mathis in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on May 25, 2006.
25. Duke Mitchell – Duke Mitchell was an American film actor, slapstick comedian, crooner and independent film director of 1970s gangster movies starring himself. Mitchell often anointed himself the "King of Palm Springs." Mitchell was born Dominic Salvatore Miceli in Farrell, Pennsylvania. In 1951, he teamed for a nightclub act. The suit was later dismissed. Movie producer Jack Broder intended to star Mitchell and Petrillo in a feature-length comedy. The resulting film was a Brooklyn Gorilla, a jungle-themed comedy. Mitchell had a small appearance in the Martin and Lewis Sailor Beware. Stars would join the brunch festivities on Sunday. On December 1981, Mitchell died of lung cancer at the age of 55.Duke Mitchell – Mitchell (left) opposite Sammy Petrillo in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla.
26. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, he died in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother.Elvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
27. Jimmy Roselli – Roselli was born in Hoboken, Phillip Roselli, a boxer. He grew up five doors down from Frank Sinatra, his senior. In 1944, Roselli joined the United States Army, serving in the 66th Infantry Division. During the war he served in northern France and Vienna. After the war, he returned to Hoboken where he had a daughter. During this time he worked as a pianist. He received his first break in 1954 when Michael "Trigger Mike" Coppola arranged for him to appear with Jimmy Durante at the Boston Latin Quarter. He had success with the song "Mala Femmena" on his first album Showcase: Jimmy Roselli. It sold in 1963. It is considered his signature song. His only hit was a remake of "There Must Be A Way", a song previously recorded by Joni James. It reached number 93 pop. "There Must Be A Way" was an easy-listening hit, reaching #13 in Billboard and #2 in Record World. The song was recorded in 1967. He also had that same year.Jimmy Roselli – Jimmy Roselli in 1965
28. Andy Russell (singer) – Andy Russell was an American popular vocalist, actor, entertainer of Mexican descent, specializing in traditional pop and Latin music. Russell sold million records in the 1940s singing in a romantic, baritone voice and in his trademark bilingual English and Spanish style. Russell had such as "Bésame Mucho," "Amor," and "What a Diff ` rence a Day Made." Russell also performed on radio programs, most notably Your Hit Parade, in several movies, on television. During this initial phase of his career, his popularity in the United States rivaled that of crooners Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. In 1954, Russell relocated to Mexico where he became the star of radio, television, motion pictures, nightclubs. Yet, although he was well-received, Russell did not achieve the same level of success before. His father was employed by Hollywood studios while his mother was a housewife. As a child, Russell loved listening to popular music and Big Band, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey. Russell idolized crooners Dick Powell, Jack Leonard. As a child growing up in Los Angeles' east side, Russell went wild over popular music. Russell knew all the hit was the neighborhood authority on the style and record of every name band leader in the country. Besides attending school, he also worked as a newspaper vendor at a corner in downtown L.A. Unlike Russell, his parents enjoyed listening to Mexican music, in particular, mariachi. At this young age, he did he fully comprehend the Spanish language.Andy Russell (singer) – Andy Russell in 1947
29. Frank Sinatra – Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor, producer, one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Sinatra is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than million records worldwide. Born to Italian immigrants, he began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He found success as a artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". Sinatra released The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice'n' Easy. He released a string of successful albums. It was followed with Duke Ellington. He retired for the first time in 1971, but recorded several albums and resumed performing at Caesars Palace. In 1980 Sinatra scored a Top 40 hit with "New York". He forged a highly successful career as a actor. On television, he continued to make appearances on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. A perfectionist, renowned for cleanliness, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes".Frank Sinatra – Sinatra in 1957
30. Jerry Vale – Jerry Vale was an Italian-American singer and actor. During the 1960s, Vale reached the top of the pop charts with his interpretations of romantic ballads, many of which he sang in Italian. His renditions of "Volare", "Innamorata", "Al di là" became Italian-American songs. Genaro Louis Vitaliano grew up in the Bronx Italian American community. In high school, to earn money, Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop, singing while he worked. His boss liked the sound well that he paid for music lessons for the boy. Vale started singing at a local nightclub. Still a teenager, he left school to work in a factory as an oiler alongside his father. His early nightclub performances led to additional shows including one lasting for three years at a club in Yonkers, New York. When Paul Insetta, heard him there, he further coached him. Genaro changed his name to the Americanized Jerry Vale. He brought them to Columbia Records. Guy Mitchell introduced Vale at Columbia Records. Vale signed a recording contract, as his manager for many years to come. Jerry Vale appeared in 1950 singing "It Isn't Fair".Jerry Vale – Vale in 1965.
31. Luther Vandross – Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Vandross later became the lead vocalist of the Change, which released The Glow of Love, on Warner Bros.. Records. After Vandross left the group, Vandross was released his album, Too Much in 1981. His hit songs include "Never Too Much", "Here and Now", "Any Love", "Power of Love/Love Power", "I Can Make It Better" and "For You to Love". During his career, Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was born on April 20, 1951 at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. He was the fourth child and second son of Mary Ida Vandross and Luther Vandross, Sr. His father was an upholsterer and singer, his mother was a nurse. Vandross was raised on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the NYCHA Alfred E. Smith Houses public housing development. At the age of three, having his own phonograph, he taught himself to play the piano by ear. Vandross's father died of diabetes when Vandross was eight years old. His family moved to the Bronx when he was nine. Ann began taking Vandross to a theater in Brooklyn to see Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. Patricia sang with the vocal group The Crests, was featured on the songs "16 Candles" and "Sweetest One".Luther Vandross – Vandross performing with Diana Ross in New York, July 2000
32. Kyle Vincent – Kyle Vincent is an American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, labeled as the "crown prince of soft pop," by Goldmine. His debut single, "Wake Me Up" peaked on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Barry Manilow has called Vincent, "One of the best singer-songwriters to come along since the heyday of Tin Pan Alley". Along with being a classically trained vocalist, Vincent plays saxophone, guitar. He was raised in Berkeley, California, U.S.. Kyle Vincent began his career at the age of 8, playing alto saxophone in Berkeley school jazz bands. At age 11 he appeared with Donald Byrd taking turns improvising with the legendary trumpeter. He took sax lessons with famed Bebop saxophonist Hal Stein. Vincent took bass lessons from legendary guitarist Joe Satriani. After moving to Los Angeles, Vincent studied with his lessons being sandwiched between Barbra Streisand's and Phillip Bailey's. Vincent also performed on several of Fowley's recording projects. The album featured Wally Bryson of the Raspberries as "musical director". The video for the track was in rotation on MTV. The band is cited by many groups as an influence. When Vincent performs there he does Candy songs with a Japanese backing band called, "Candyrocks!".Kyle Vincent – Kyle Vincent
33. Andy Williams – Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams was an American popular music singer. Williams recorded 44 albums in his career, three of which have been platinum-certified. Williams was also nominated for six Grammy Awards. Williams hosted a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards. The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is named after the song he is most known for singing—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's "Moon River". Williams sold over million records worldwide including 10.5 million certified units in the United States. He was born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Florence Williams. While living in Cheviot, Ohio, he attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Williams finished high school to California. He had three older brothers -- Bob, Don, Dick Williams. His first performance was in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. Moving to Los Angeles in 1943, the Williams Brothers sang on the hit record "Swinging on a Star". They appeared in four musical films: Janie, Kansas City Kitty, Ladies' Man. Including Howard Hawks and Bacall herself, this was not true.Andy Williams – Williams in 1969