17 November 1938, Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lightfoot moved to Los Angeles, USA during the 50s where he studied at Hollywoods Westlake College of Music. Having pursued a short-lived career composing jingles for television, the singer began recording demos of his own compositions which, by 1960, owed a considerable debt to folk singers Pete Seeger and Bob Gibson. Lightf
- 93% match to John Denver
Glen Travis Campbell, 22 April 1936, Delight, Arkansas, USA. Campbell came from a musical family and began his career with his uncles Dick Bills Band in 1954, before forming Glen Campbell And The Western Wranglers four years later. By the end of the 50s he had moved to Los Angeles, where he became a renowned session player and one of the finest guitarists in Hollywood.
- 91% match to John Denver
Kenneth Donald Rogers, 21 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA. Rogers was the fourth of eight children, born in a poor area, where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. By sheer perseverance, he became the first member of his family to graduate. By 1955 Rogers was part of a doo-wop group, the Scholars, who recorded Poor Little Doggie, S
- 89% match to John Denver
2 October 1945, New Rochelle, New York, USA. McLean began his recording career performing in New York clubs during the early 60s. A peripatetic singer for much of his career, he was singing at elementary schools in Massachusetts when he wrote a musical tribute to Van Gogh in 1970. After receiving rejection slips from countless labels, his debutTapestry was issued by Mediart
- 80% match to John Denver
12 March 1948, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. The embodiment of the American singer-songwriter in the late 60s and early 70s was the frail and troubled James Taylor. He was born into a wealthy family. His mother was a classically trained soprano and encouraged James and his siblings, including future recording artists Livingston Taylor (b. 21 November 1950, Boston, Massachuset
- 78% match to John Denver
10 January 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 20 September 1973, Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA. Originally a university disc jockey, Croce played in various rock bands before moving to New York in 1967 where he performed in folk clubs. By 1969, he and his wife Ingrid (b. 27 April 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) were signed to Capitol Records for a self-titled co
- 74% match to John Denver
Daniel Grayling Fogelberg, 13 August 1951, Peoria, Illinois, USA, d. 16 December 2007, Dear Isle, Maine, USA. Having learned piano from the age of 14, Fogelberg moved to guitar and songwriting. Leaving the University of Illinois in 1971, he relocated to California and started playing on the folk circuit, at one point touring with Van Morrison. A move to Nashville brought him
- 67% match to John Denver
24 January 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA. With a career as a pop hitmaker stretching across five decades, Diamond has veered between straightforward pop, a progressive singer-songwriter style and middle-of-the-road balladry. He attended the same high school as Neil Sedaka and Bobby Feldman of the Strangeloves and began songwriting as a young teenager. He made his first recor
- 66% match to John Denver
Arthur Garfunkel, 5 November 1941, Forest Hills, New York City, New York, USA. The possessor of one of the most pitch-perfect voices in popular music has had a sparse recording career since the initial demise of Simon And Garfunkel in 1970. The break-up of one of the most successful post-war singing duos was due in part to Garfunkels desire to go into acting, and Paul
Linda Maria Ronstadt, 15 July 1946, Tucson, Arizona, USA. The daughter of a professional musician, Ronstadts first singing experience was gained with her sisters in the Three Ronstadts. She met guitarist Bob Kimmel at Arizonas State University and together the two aspirants moved to Los Angeles, where they were joined by songwriter Kenny Edwards. Taking the name
- 61% match to John Denver
7 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 July 1981, New York, USA. The son of a big band drummer, Chapin played in the Brooklyn Heights Boys Choir and during his teens formed a group with his brothers, Tom and Stephen. Immensely talented as a writer and film maker, he directed the Oscar-nominated Legendary Champions in 1968, after which he returned to music
An influential part of Americas folk revival, the Kingston Trio was formed in San Francisco in 1957 and was popular in the late 50s. The group consisted of Bob Shane (1 February 1934, Hilo, Hawaii), Nick Reynolds (b. 27 July 1933, Coronado, California, USA) and Dave Guard (b. Donald David Guard, 19 November 1934, Honolulu, Hawaii, d. 22 March 1991, New Hampshire, USA).
- 58% match to John Denver
Statistically the biggest US country rock act of the 80s and 90s, Alabamas origins can be traced back to Fort Payne in northern Alabama. The band was originally formed in 1969 as Young Country by cousins Randy Owen (14 December 1949, Fort Payne, Alabama, USA; vocals/guitar) and Teddy Gentry (b. 22 January 1952, Fort Payne, Alabama, USA; bass/vocals), with Jeff Cook (b.