Singers - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Maria Callas

Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou

Born: 4 December 1923
New York
Died: 16 September 1977

Opera singer whose romance with Aristotle Onassis received as much attention as her opera career.

Freddy Cannon

Freddy Picariello
Born: 4 December 1940
Lynn, Mass

5 US top 20 hits including "Palisades Park".

Captain Sensible

Ray Burns
Born: 23 April 1955
Balham, London, England

Captain Sensible was the founding bass player, and later the guitar player, for groundbreaking UK punk band the Damned, the first punks to record, to chart, and to tour the US. He played with the band, often wearing a tutu, a nurse's uniform, or nothing, from 1976 until 1984, when he started his solo career.

Eric Carr

Paul Charles Caravello
Born: 12 July 1950
Brooklyn, New York
Died: 1991 (heart cancer)

Drums and some vocals with KISS, replacing Peter Criss on drums in May of 1980. KISS liked Eric so much that on joining the band they bought him a Porsche. He was left-handed at everything he did except playing the drums.

See also: Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley , Peter Criss, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John , Gene Simmons and Eric Singer.

Vicki Carr

Florencia Bisenta De Casillas Martinez Cardona
Born: 19 July 1941
El Paso, Texas

Biggest hit with "It Must Be Him" in 1967 sold over 1 million copies.

Mama Elliot Cass

Ellen Naomi Cohen
Born: 19 September 1941
Baltimore, Maryland
Died: 29 July 1974

Found fame with the group Mamas and Papas.

CC Deville

Bruce Anthony Johanssen
Born: 14 May
Brooklyn, New York

Entered the work force as a taxi-driver, but is best known as a guitarist with Poison. See also See also Bobby Dall, Rikki Rocket and Bret Michaels.

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson
Born: 23 September 1930
Albany, Georgia
Died: 10 June 2004
Beverly Hills, California

Hits such as "Hit the Road Jack" 1961 and "Georgia on my Mind" 1960, for which he won a Grammy. He lost his sight at age 7 due to glaucoma that went untreated. He appeared in the movie "The Blues Brothers" in 1980, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

50 Cent

Curtis Jackson
Born: 6 July 1975
Queens, New York, USA

Controversial rapper/gunshot-victim.

Chubby Checker

Ernest Evans
Born: 3 October 1941
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous for "The Twist" (1960). Appeared in a cameo role on the hit TV show "Ally McBeal".


Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere
Born: 20 May 1946
El Centro, California

Singer and actress of great worldwide acclaim who has stood the test of time. Times may change, but Cher remains. Was married to Sonny Bono, the other half of "The Sonny and Cher Show". Once had a very well publicised romance with Gene Simmons of KISS, and once married to Greg Allman.

Lou Christie

Lugec Alfredo Giovanni Sacco
Born: 19 February 1943
Glen Willard, Pennsylvania

Hits such as "Lightning Strikes" 1966 and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" 1969

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Reed
Born: 21 February 1986
Cardiff, Wales

Classical singer with phenomenal success having sold more than 10 million records worldwide by 2007.

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapp
Born: 30 March 1945
Ripley, England

Legendary blues/rock singer, guitarist and song writer.

Patsy Cline

Virginia Patterson Hensley
Born: 8 September 1932
Winchester, Virginia
Died: 5 March 1963 (plane crash)

Hits with "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces".

David Clayton-Thomas

David Thomsett
Born: 13 September 1941
Surrey, England

Lead singer with Blood Sweat and Tears.

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Tweedy
Born: 30 June 1983
Tyneside, England

Keeping her famous footballer ex-husband's last name after splitting in 2010, rumour has it Cheryl is considering a name change to simply "Cheryl".

Nat King Cole

Nathaniel Adams Cole
Born: 17 March 1919
Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Died: 15 February 1965
Santa Monica, California, USA

Originally a jazz pianist, Nat turned to singing and is best known for the hits "Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa". Was the first African-American to host a TV show, in 1956.

Alice Cooper

Vincent Damon Furnier
Born: 4 February 1948

The master of shock-rock. Nowadays he spends his time working on his golf game and raising money for his favourite charities. Has recorded with Eric Singer from KISS.


Artis Ivey, Jr
Born: 1 August 1963
Los Angeles, California

Rapper, biggest credit is "Gangster's Paradise".

Perry Como

Pierino Como
Born: 18 May 1912
Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 12 May 2001

American singer and TV personality.

Elvis Costello

Declan Patrick McManus
Born: 25 August 1954
Paddington, London, England

Best known for album "My Aim is True", which now has a new wave punk classic, including the hit singles "Alison" and "Watching the Detectives".

Michael Crawford

Michael Patrick Dumbell-Smith
Born: 19 January 1942
Wiltshire, England

Multi-talented and very popular star of "Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em" and the musical "Phantom of the Opera".

Peter Criss

George Peter Criscoula
Born: 20 December 1947
Brooklyn, New York

Answered an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine that said, "Drummer with 11 years experience willing to do anything to make it". After a try out, he was into the band KISS. Friction between Peter Criss and KISS came to a head in 1980, and Peter was let go, he rejoined KISS in February 1996.

See also: Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley , Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John , Gene Simmons and Eric Singer.

Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis Crosby
Born: 3 May 1903
Tacoma, Washington
Died: 14 October 1977

King of the crooners, starred in "White Christmas" with Danny Kaye, a film directed by Michael Curtiz with music by Irving Berlin.

Christopher Cross

Christopher Geppert
Born: 3 May 1951
San Antonia, Texas, USA

Singer, song-writer and musician. Swept the Grammy Awards in 5 categories in 1981 but never repeated his early success.

Miley Cyrus

Destiny Hope Cyrus
Born: 23 November 1992
Nashville, Tennessee

Her parents (Dad is Billy Ray Cyrus) named her Destiny Hope because they believed that she would accomplish great things with her life. They gave her the nickname "Smiley", which was later shortened to "Miley", because she smiled so often as a baby. Miley's achieved world-wide fame for her TV show "Hannah Montana".

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