Dave "Baby" Cortez Similar Artists

Preston Epps - 100% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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1931, Oakland, California, USA. Epps may be the only musician who has had a Top 20 hit based on bongo drum playing. He learned how to play the instrument in the early 50s and, while supporting himself with odd jobs, he played his drums in then-popular coffee houses in the Los Angeles area. He was discovered by Los Angeles disc jockey Art Laboe, who also ran the Original Soun Read more

Duane Eddy - 54% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 April 1938, Corning, New York, USA. The legendary simple ‘twangy’ guitar sound of Duane Eddy has made him one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous instrumental artists. The sound was created after hearing Bill Justis’ famous ‘Raunchy’ (the song that George Harrison first learned to play). Together with producer Lee Hazlewood, Eddy co-wro Read more

Bill Justis - 53% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s
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14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’ roll instrumentals (and, coincidentally, the first song that George Harrison learned to play). He grew up in Memphis playing jazz and dance band music before joining Sam P Read more

Johnny & The Hurricanes - 50% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Sandy Nelson - 43% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sander L. Nelson, 1 December 1938, Santa Monica, California, USA. Drummer Nelson began his career as a member of the Kip Tyler Band. Appearances in live rock ‘n’ roll shows led to his becoming an in-demand session musician, where he joined an ad hoc group of young aspirants including Bruce Johnston and Phil Spector. Nelson played on ‘To Know Him Is To Love Him Read more

The Champs - 33% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Best known for the classic 1958 rock ‘n’ roll near-instrumental ‘Tequila’, a US number 1 song, the Champs were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in December 1957. The five musicians initially comprising the group were Dave Burgess (rhythm guitar), Danny Flores (Daniel Flores, 11 July 1929, Santa Paula, California, USA, d. 19 September 2006, Huntingt Read more

Booker T. & The MG's - 30% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in 1962 as a spin-off from the Mar-Keys, this instrumental outfit comprised Booker T. Jones (12 November 1944, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; organ), Steve Cropper (b. Stephen Lee Cropper, 21 October 1941, Dora, Missouri, USA; guitar), Lewis Steinberg (b. 13 September 1933, USA; bass) and Al Jackson Jnr. (b. 27 November 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, Read more

The Tornados - 22% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Santo & Johnny - 21% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Santo Farina (24 October 1937, Brooklyn, New York, USA; steel guitar) and Johnny Farina (b. 30 October 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA; rhythm guitar, steel guitar). Santo and Johnny’s father, a serviceman, had found the steel guitar on C&W records very soothing when he was overseas. He encouraged his children to learn the instrument and was impressed when they wrote Read more

The Routers - 21% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 2000s
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A US instrumental unit formed in the early 60s in the Los Angeles, California area, the original Routers were not the same musicians that eventually secured the band’s only hit in 1962 with ‘Let’s Go (Pony)’. The original band comprised musicians Mike Gordon, Al Kait, Bill Moody, Lynn Frazier and a fifth musician (unknown). Signed to Warner Brothers Records, Read more

The Shadows - 19% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Blues Easy Listening Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Surfaris - 17% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with ‘Wipe Out’. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throw Read more

B. Bumble & The Stingers - 15% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Billy Vaughn - 11% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Vaughn, 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, d. 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA. An extremely successful orchestra leader, arranger and musical director during the 50s and early 60s. In 1952, singing baritone and playing piano, he formed the Hilltoppers vocal quartet, with Jimmy Sacca, Seymour Speigelman and Don McGuire. They had a string of US hits Read more

Floyd Cramer - 11% match to Dave "Baby" Cortez

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 December 1997, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The style and sound of Cramer’s piano-playing was possibly one of the biggest influences on post-50s country music. His delicate rock ‘n’ roll sound was achieved by accentuating the discord in rolling from the main note to a sharp or flat, known as ‘slip note’ Read more


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