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


Helen Folasade Adu

Born: 16 January 1959
Ibadan, Nigeria

Singer with a velvet voice, best known for "Smooth Operator".

Sam the Sham

Domingo Samudio
Dallas Texas

Best known for "Little Red Riding Hood"

Samantha Sang

Cheryl Grey
Born: 1953

One-hit wonder from the late 70s, her hit was "Emotion", written by Barry and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.

Sky Saxon

Richard March

Early 60s punk/garage. Still commands a strong cult following.

Leo Sayer

Gerard Sayer
Born: 21 May 1948
Sussex, England

Musician, singer-songwriter, entertainer.

Rat Scabies

Chris Miller
Born: 20 July 1957
Surrey, England

Founding drummer for groundbreaking UK punks the Damned, the first punk band to record, to chart, and to tour the USA. Rat Scabies played with the London SS, then played with the Damned from 1976-1977. He then rejoined with his old bandmates (without guitarist Brian James) as the Doomed in 1979 until James relinquished the old band's name. He earned his name as a result of suffering from a skin complaint.

Bon Scott

Ronald Belford Scott
Born: 9 July 1946
Kerriemuir, Scotland
Died: 19 February 1980

Bon Scott briefly became a member of The Spektors, and recorded an album with pop group The Valentines and another with rock band Fraternity. He became AC/DC's second lead vocalist (after Dave Evans) in September of 1974. He went on to record and co-write six albums with AC/DC, including the huge international hit "Highway to Hell" in 1979 with producer Mutt Lange. Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 in London from choking on his own vomit, left unconscious in a friend's car after drinking heavily.

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Valiente
Born: 29 June 1978
Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Singer, songwriter, dancer. Best known for being a member of "The Pussycat Dolls" from 2003-2010.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Jalcy Hawkins
Born: 18 July 1929
Cleveland, Ohio
Died: 12 February 2000

R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins began a long recording career which spanned several record companies in 1952. Although he had very little in the way of charting hits, his song "I Put A Spell On You" sold over a million, largely because of controversy over the song's "suggestive and cannabalistic" tone which earned it a ban from radio. Although he had great talent, and many say an near-operatic voice, he instead worked a stage with shrunken heads, skulls, and snakes, and often started his concerts in a coffin, which limited his credibility. He continued to record and tour into the late 1990s, until his death from an aneurysm following intestine surgery on February 12 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel
Born: February 19th, 1963
Kilburn, England

Seal initially lent his vocals to UK house/techno musician Adamski in 1990, on the dance hit "Killer". After this, Seal was signed to ZTT, Trevor Horn's record label. In 1991, Seal put out his first album, titled Seal, which featured the huge song "Crazy". In 1994, he put out his second album, also titled Seal, which garnered him 3 Grammy awards and featured his biggest hit to date, "Kiss From a Rose", which spent 12 weeks at #1. His third album, Human Being, came out in 1998.

Searchers (The)

Chris Curtis - Christopher Crummey
Born: 26 August 1941
Oldham, Lancashire

Drummer in UK 60s group.

Mike Penda - Michael Prendergast
Born: 3 March 1942
Liverpool, England

Lead guitarist "The Searchers".


Selena Quintanilla-Perez
Born: April 16, 1971
Lake Jackson, Texas

A Tejano singer who was starting to break into the English-speaking market when she was killed by her fan club president, March 31, 1995. Later her story became the movie "Selena" starring Jennifer Lopez.

Del Shannon

Charles Weedon Westover
30 December 1934
Coopersville, Michigan
Died: February 1990

Best known for "Runaway", "Little Town Flirt", "Hats Off to Larry", "Handy Man", "Keep Searching". Included a string of hits from 1960 to his death by suicide in 1990 after a long struggle with drugs and alcohol.

Sandie Shaw

Sandra Goodrich
Born: 26 February 1947
Dagneham, England

Discovered by Adam Faith. Hits such as "Always Something There to Remind Me", "Puppet On a String".

Dee Dee Sharp

Dione La Rue
Born: 9 September 1945
Philadelphia, PA

Back up singer and hits include novelty "Mashed Potato Time" and later minor hits in soul genre.

Tony Sheridan

Anthony Sheridan McGinty
Born: 21 May 1940
Norwich, England

Mildly successful 50s and 60s and still enjoying certain cult status. Moved to Germany and converted tothe Sannyasan religion and now calls himself Swami Probhu Sharan.

Gene Simmons

Chaim Witz, and later Eugene Klein
Born: 25 August 1949
Haifa, Israel

Vampiresque bassist of the band KISS, who he formed in 1972 with Paul Stanley. Gene has a Bachelors Degree in Education and speaks four languages fluently. His childhood plan was to become a Rabbi. His hordes of groupies rival those of anyone on the planet, he has reportedly slept with a number approaching four thousand women. He had a widely publicised relationship with Cher and Diana Ross.

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

Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra
Born: 12 December 1915
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Died: 14 May 1998

Chairman of the Board, Ol' Blue Eyes, and mega-star. Thought to be stillbon at birth until his grandmother doused him with cold water. Left his wife and three children to marry Ava Gardner, he romanced Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and later married to Mia Farrow, 30 years his junior. His mob connections and membership of the exclusive "rat pack" that included Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and many other "hangers on", ensured that Sinatra was never far from the media's attention.

Eric Singer

Eric Mensinger
Born: 12 May 1958
Cleveland, Ohio

Drums and backing vocals with KISS, joining the band after Eric Carr passed away from heart cancer. Eric Singer has recorded with Alice Cooper. Singer quit KISS after they announced the reunion tour with the original members.

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

Nikki Sixx

Frank Carlton Serafinl Ferrano
Born: 11 December 1958
San Jose, California

Bass guitarist with Motley Crue. Officially died of heroin overdose (but was revived). All the band members lived a life of excess, the Baywatch cast have turned up in the band's marriages and relationships, Nikki Sixx married Donna D'Erico (now split), Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson and Vince Neil had a fling with Pamela Anderson. See also Mick Mars (who has not had a fling with Pamela Anderson).


Saul Hudson
Born: 23 July 1965
Staffordshire, England

Guitarist with heavy metal group Guns N'Roses, whose lead singer is Axl Rose.

Dusty Springfield

Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
Born: 16 April 1939
London, England
Died: 2 March 1999 (breast cancer)

White soul/pop singer. Started career with the Lana Sisters, then with brother Tom (Dion O'Brien) and Tim Field into the Springfields. Solo in late 1963 resulted in the classic "I Only Want to be with You". Her career was a roller-coaster with her battles with booze, pills and sexuality. But her work with the Pet Shop Boys and re-birth of her career she remained an iconic diva worshipped and adored by straights and gays.

Rick Springfield

Richard Springthorpe
23 August 1949
Sydney, Australia

Never achieved much in the way of artistic credibility, but entertained millions in the 80s with his accessible brand of mainstream pop-rock and frequent acting roles. Hit single with "Jessie's Girl" and earned a Grammy for the song. he is multi-talented, having acted in the soap "General Hospital" and "Suddenly Susan", his lastest triumph is bringing rock 'n roll to the stage in the acclaimed production of "EFX". Throughout his career he has sold more than 18 million records.

Mark St John

Mark Norton
Born: 7 February 1956
Anaheim, California

Lead guitar with KISS, replacing Vinnie Vincent after he was fired. Mark developed a form of arthritis makding it impossible to play guitar, Mark was replaced by Bruce Kulick.

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

Crispian St Peters

Robin Peter Smith
Born: 5 April 1943
Swanley, England

His "Pied Piper" hit was only overshadowed by his immodest boast "I am going to make Presley look like the Statue of Liberty" and "I'm sexier then Tom Jones".

Paul Stanley

Stanley Harvey Eisen
Born: 20 January 1952
Queens, New York

Formed KISS with Gene Simmons in 1972. Rythm Guitar and Vocals, he is the starred eye and shiny red lips that seem locked in a perpetual rock-star pout.

See also: Peter Criss , Ace Frehley , Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St John and Eric Singer.

Edwin Starr

Charles Hatcher
Born: 21 January 1942
Nashville, Tennessee

Minor hits "Agent Double-O-Soul", "25 Miles" and US #1 hit "War".

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey
Born: 7 July 1940
Liverpool, England

Drummer with "The Beatles". First drummed in the band "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes". It was Rory who suggested that he change his name to a flashier stage moniker. Because of his penchant for wearing rings on his fingers, his name evolved into "Rings" which quickly morphed into "Ringo", Starkey became shortened to Starr. He played with "The Beatles" for the first time ever on 18 August 1962... and the rest as they say, is history!

Alvin Stardust

Bernard Jewry
Born: 1942

Also known as Shane Foster. Derived Alvin from Elvis and Vincent.

Cat Stevens

Steven Demetre Georgiou

Originally began recording under the name of Steve Adams, became one of the world's greatest stars in the 70s. Abandoned his musical career, and turned his life to the Muslim religion, and is now called Yusuf Islam.

Ray Stevens

Harold Ragsdale
Born: 24 January 1941
Clarksdale, Georgia

Novelty/country/pop/writer/singer of "Misty", "Gitarzman" (a spoof on the Tarzan movies) and "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow". Was the first artist to record Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down". "Everything is Beautiful" was his first #1 hit and won him a Grammy as Male Vocalist of the Year. I would have changed my name too, Ray.


Gordon Matthew Sumner
Born: 2 October 1951
Wallsend, England

Sting played bass and sang lead for "The Police" in the 1970s. After the band split Sting became a superstar in his own right. He has also acted in the movies "Dune" and "Storm Monday". He has written sound tracks for many movies, most famously "Leaving Las Vagas" (1996). Had a guest role on the hit TV show "Ally McBeal" in 2001.

Rory Storm

Alan Caldwell
Born: 1940
Liverpool, England
Died: 28 September 1972

Best known for The Hurricanes, mildly successful UK group in the 60s. His death by accidental overdose of alcohol and medication did not revive his career and sadly his mother, grief stricken, committed suicide on discovering his body.

Barbra Streisand

Barbara Joan Streisand
Born: 24 April 1942
Brooklyn, New York

One of the biggest stars of our time. Multi-talented Ms Streisand is well known for her aversion to performing in public. Probably better known for her singing. Refused to have the nose job studio bosses thought would further her career, it seems that her decision may have paid off. Starred with Kris Kristofferson in "A Star is Born". Previously married to Elliot Gould, now married to actor James Brolin.

Joe Strummer

John Graham Mellor
Born: August 21, 1952
Ankara, Turkey

Joe Strummer was the guitarist and principal songwriter for the Clash, arguably the most significant British punk rockers, from 1976 to 1986. In 1986 he wrote songs with Clash singer Mick Jones on Jones' new band, Big Audio Dynamite. Later, Strummer worked on soundtracks, did some acting, and released a solo record in 1989. He briefly joined the Pogues as a touring guitarist, In 1999, he released a record with his band, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.


Graham McPherson
Born: 13 January 1961
Hastings, England

Popular lead singer of the 80s British band Madness, now a TV presenter. The name 'Suggs' came about after all his friends had nicknames and he opened an old jazz book and picked one at random!

Donna Summer

LaDonna Andrea Gaines
Born: 24 December 1948
Boston, MA, USA

The undisputed Queen of 70s Disco. Reached her peak in 1979 with the lead role in "It's Finally Friday", her most popular album "Bad Girls", and the duet "Enough is Enough" with Barbra Streisand.


David Sylvian

David Batt
Born: 23 February 1958
Kent, England

Formed the cult band "Japan" in 1974.


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