Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer–songwriter who released nineteen studio albums between 1968 and 2007. She emerged with the Sixties North American folk revival that included singers Tom Rush, Judy Collins, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, who recorded Joni’s songs in advance of her debut album, Song to a Seagull. Her 1969–70 albums Clouds and Ladies of […]

Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty (1947–2011) was a Scottish musician and songwriter who emerged in The Humblebums, a folk duo with future comedian Billy Connolly. The pair released two 1969–70 albums, which presaged Rafferty’s 1971 solo debut Can I Have My Money Back? In 1972, Rafferty teamed with longtime friend Joe Egan in the art-pop/folk combo Stealers Wheel, […]

Al Stewart

Al Stewart is a Scottish singer/songwriter who emerged from the British folk boom of the mid-1960s. He debuted with the 1967 orchestral-psych album Bed Sitter Images, his first of five albums on CBS, culminating with the lavish 1972/73 works Orange and Past, Present and Future. His 1975 release Modern Times marked his first collaboration with […]

Chris De Burgh

Chris De Burgh (born Oct. 15, 1948) is an Irish singer/songwriter with a recording career that dates back to the mid-1970s. Since that time, he has released more than 20 studio albums. His most successful periods include the conceptual/orchestral works that he issued on A&M between 1974 and 1979, followed by his art-pop/folk-rock material for […]

Peter Allen

Peter Allen — aka Peter Richard Woolnough (Feb. 10, 1944 — June 8, 1992) — was an Australian pianist, singer, composer, and showman, best known internationally through his songwriting partnership with Carole Bayer Sager that yielded hits for Melissa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud”), Rita Coolidge (“I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love”), and Christopher […]

Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes (born Feb. 24, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, producer, playwright, and screenwriter with a career in entertainment that dates to the late 1960s. Starting as a hit-writer for The Cuff Links and The Buoys, he emerged as a recording artist with a string of production-pop albums during the second half of […]

Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson (June 15, 1941 — Jan. 15, 1994) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Nilsson was born Harry Edward Nilsson III on June 15, 1941, in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His paternal grandparents were circus performers who did “aerial ballet,” the title of his second proper album. He was especially close to his maternal grandparents; his […]

Michael Franks

Michael Franks (born Sept. 18, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter from La Jolla, Calif. Discography: Michael Franks (1973) The Art of Tea (1975) Sleeping Gypsy (1977) Burchfield Nines (1978) Tiger in the Rain (1979) One Bad Habit (1980) Objects of Desire (1982) Previously Unavailable (1983) Passionfruit (1983) Skin Dive (1985) The Camera Never Lies (1987) […]

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester is an American singer–songwriter who released two 1973–74 albums on Bell Records, followed by nine albums between 1975 and 1983 on Arista. She first emerged under the auspices of Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and co-wrote many songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Manchester’s best known songs include “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” […]

Lori Lieberman

Lori Lieberman (born Nov. 15, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter who released four 1972–75 albums on Capitol Records and a 1978 fifth on Millennium. After a 16-year break from recording, she returned with three ’90s-era albums on Pope Music. Since 2003, she’s issued CDs on self-press Drive On Records. Her debut album features the earliest […]

Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (Oct. 18, 1947 — April 8, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist from the Bronx. She debuted with the album More Than a New Discovery on Verve Folkways in 1967.  She then signed to Columbia and released four albums between 1968 and 1971, culminating with a collaborative disc with soul trio […]

Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin (Dec. 7, 1942 — July 16, 1981) was an American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn. Discography: Heads & Tales (1972) Sniper and Other Love Songs (1972) Short Stories (1973) Verities & Balderdash (1974) Portrait Gallery (1975) On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976) Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) Living Room Suite (1978) Sequel (1980)

Gary Ogan

Gary Ogan is an American singer/songwriter from Portland, Ore., who emerged in partnership with musician Bill Lamb on the 1972 Elektra release Portland. In 1977, he issued a self-titled album on Leon Russell’s Paradise Records label. His third album, Let Go the Heart, appeared on small-press Seagull Records in 1982. Gary Ogan taught himself to […]

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is an American pianist, singer, and songwriter from the Bronx who released the album Cold Spring Harbor on Family Productions Inc. in 1971, followed by 11 studio albums on Columbia between 1973 and 1993. Prior to his solo career, he recorded two albums with psych-rockers The Hassles, which splintered into the 1970 hard-rock […]

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Gilbert O’Sullivan — Raymond Edward O’Sullivan (Dec. 1, 1946) — is an Irish singer/songwriter from Waterford; raised in Swindon, England, from age 11-onward. He initially recorded as “Gilbert,” issuing two 1967/68 singles on CBS and a third on Major Minor in 1969. Between 1971 and 1977, he released five proper albums under his full name […]

Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn (born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Ottawa, best known for a long string of albums on the True North label, starting in 1970. His biggest hits include “Wondering Where the Lions Are” and the politically-charged “If I Had a Rocket Launcher.” He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of […]

Mick Softley

Mick Softley (Sept. 26, 1939 — Sept. 1, 2017) was an English folk guitarist–singer who first appeared with the 1965 Columbia album Songs for Swingin’ Survivors. He reemerged as a CBS singer–songwriter with the 1970–72 albums Sunrise, Street Singer, and Any Mother Doesn’t Grumble. On self-press Doll Records, he made the 1976–78 albums Capitol and […]

Bill Puka

Bill Puka is an American pianist and singer-songwriter who released a self-titled album on Columbia in 1970. The Album Puka signed with Columbia and recorded an album of his own songs, comprised of voice, piano, and light string accompaniment. Bill Puka appeared in November 1970 (US, Canada). It features 10 songs, including such titles as […]

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading (born Dec. 9, 1950) is a U.K.-based singer/songwriter originally from the island of Saint Kitts in the Lesser Antilles. Between 1972 and 1992, she released 14 albums on A&M. She enjoyed some of her greatest success with a string of Glyn Jones-produced albums during the mid-to-late 1970s. Discography: Whatever’s for Us (1972) Back […]

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot (born Nov. 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer/songwriter who released five studio albums on United Artists between 1966 and 1970, followed by six albums on Reprise between 1971 and 1976. Six further albums appeared on Warner Bros. between 1978 and 1988. Discography: Lightfoot! (1966) The Way I Feel (1967) Did She Mention My […]

Linda Perhacs

Linda Perhacs (born Sept. 21, 1942) is an American singer/songwriter from Mill Valley, Calif., who released the album Parallelograms on Kapp Records in 1970. The Internet brought the album newfound popularity in the 21st century, prompting further activity from the singer during the 2010s. Discography: Parallelograms (1970) The Soul of All Natural Things (2014) I’m […]

Richard Clapton

Richard Clapton (born May 18, 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter from Sydney who released eight albums on Infinity between 1973 and 1980, followed by another round of titles on WEA during the 1980s. Prior to launching his solo career, he did a brief stint as co-vocalist in the brass-rock/soul band Sun during the early 1970s. […]

Chris Rea

Chris Rea is an English singer, guitarist, and songwriter who released nine albums between 1978 and 1987 on Magnet, followed by further titles on WEA, EastWest, and Jazzee Blue over the subsequent three decades. Rea’s 1989–91 albums The Road to Hell and Auberge both topped the UK Albums Chart and spawned Top 20 title singles. […]

Labi Siffre

Labi Siffre (born 1945) is an English singer/songwriter, poet, and playwright who was initially active as a recording artist during the first half of the 1970s. Discography: Labi Siffre (1970) The Singer and the Song (1971) Crying Laughing Loving Lying (1972) For the Children (1973) Remember My Song (1975) Happy (1975) So Strong (1988)

Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman (1941–2021) was an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Leeds who released four albums on Harvest between 1969 and 1971, followed by five albums on Decca, Nova, and Gama between 1973 and 1977. Over the next two decades, he issued eight albums on assorted indie labels. His songs have been covered by Jan & […]

Harvey Andrews

Harvey Andrews is an English singer-songwriter from Birmingham who released the album Places & Faces on Decca in 1970, followed by the 1972/73 albums Writer of Songs and Friends of Mine on Cube Records. In 1976, he returned with Someday on Transatlantic Records. Between 1980 and 1987, he released three albums on self-press Beeswing Records. […]