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Brian Wilson - 55% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1942, Hawthorne, California, USA. Brian Wilson, the spiritual leader of the Beach Boys, has received as much press and publicity for his health and mental problems over the years as has his magnificent contribution as songwriter, producer, arranger and vocalist of that famous group.It was suggested as early as 1965 that Wilson was a ‘musi Read more

The Beach Boys - 55% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The seminal line-up of this celebrated US pop band comprised brothers Brian Wilson (20 June 1942, Hawthorne, California, USA), Carl Wilson (b. 21 December 1946, Hawthorne, California, d. 6 February 1998, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Dennis Wilson (b. 4 December 1944, Hawthorne, California, USA, d. 28 December 1983), their cousin Mike Love (b. 15 March 1941, Baldwin Hill Read more

The High Llamas - 54% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England, the High Llamas is the vehicle of former Microdisney co-founder Sean O’Hagan (Eire). After that band sundered in 1987, O’Hagan spent three years incubating his solo debut album, High Llamas, released on Demon Records in 1990. Though a low-profile release, it received several encouraging reviews, not least from long-standing Microdisney fa Read more

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Harry Nilsson - 48% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harry Edward Nelson III, 15 June 1941, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 January 1994, Agoura Hills, California, USA. Nelson moved to Los Angeles as an adolescent and later undertook a range of different jobs before accepting a supervisor’s position at the Security First National Bank. He nonetheless pursued a concurrent interest in music, recording demos of Read more

Harpers Bizarre - 47% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Evolving from Santa Cruz band the Tikis, the original Harpers Bizarre emerged in late 1966 with a line-up comprising Ted Templeman (Theodore Templeman, 24 October 1944, Santa Cruz, California, USA; lead vocals/guitar), Dick Scoppettone (b. 5 July 1945, California, USA; vocals/guitar), Dick Yount (b. 9 January 1945, California, USA; vocals/bass), Eddie James (b. California, U Read more

Emitt Rhodes - 45% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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25 February 1950, Hawthorne, California, USA, d. 2002. Rhodes first attracted attention as drummer in the Palace Guard, a Los Angeles-based septet which recorded several superior British-influenced singles, notably ‘All Night Long’ and ‘(Like) Falling Sugar’. Rhodes left the line-up in 1966, tiring of its conservative image, and having switched to guitar, Read more

Colin Blunstone - 41% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1945, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. The lead vocalist of 60s pop band the Zombies, Blunstone’s unique creamy-breathy voice contributed greatly to their success. Two of his performances for the Zombies, ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Time Of The Season’, have since become pop classics.Blunstone started a promising solo Read more

Margo Guryan - 35% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Left Banke - 35% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s
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Formed in 1965, the Left Banke was the brainchild of pianist/composer Michael Brown (Michael Lookofsky, 25 April 1949, New York City, New York, USA). The son of a noted arranger and producer, Brown’s early work appeared on releases by Reparata And The Delrons and Christopher And The Chaps, prior to the founding of the Left Banke. Steve Martin (vocals), Tom Finn (bass) a Read more

Dennis Wilson - 32% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s
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4 December 1944, Hawthorne, California, USA, d. 28 December 1983, California, USA. The former drummer with the Beach Boys started to develop as a notable songwriter during the late 60s when his elder brother, Brian Wilson, became less prolific. Dennis blossomed showing a hitherto unseen sensitivity which had always been clouded by his wild nature and legendary womanizing. O Read more

Randy Newman - 32% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Randall Stuart Newman, 28 November 1943, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the great middle-American songwriters, Newman is William Faulkner, Garrison Keillor, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell rolled into one and set to music. Newman’s songs are uncompromising and humorous but are often misconceived as being cruel and trite.Educated at the Un Read more

Jim O'Rourke - 29% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 January 1969, Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a guitarist, composer and producer he is a leading figure on the American avant garde scene. O’Rourke has been exploring the boundaries of the jazz, rock, ambient and classical fields since the late 80s, and his prolific work rate as solo artist, collaborator, producer and engineer is only hinted at in his discography. A preco Read more

Kevin Ayers - 29% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 August 1944, Herne Bay, Kent, England. Ayers spent much of his childhood in Malaysia where his stepfather was a District Officer, before returning to England and becoming a central figure in the ‘Canterbury scene’. A founder member of the Wilde Flowers and the Soft Machine, this talented singer and songwriter abandoned the latter outfit in 1968 following an ardu Read more

Sagittarius - 29% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1967, Sagittarius was a studio group created by singer-songwriter Curt Boettcher and Byrds’ producer Gary Usher. Its close-knit harmony sound and lush orchestration was similar to that of the Millennium, a concurrent project whose members provided the instrumental backing on Present Tense. Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher added the Read more

R. Stevie Moore - 28% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 January 1952, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The son of leading session bass player, Bob Moore, the young R. Stevie Moore was recording with Jim Reeves (‘But You Love Me, Daddy’) at the age of seven, and session work for Perry Como and the Manhattans followed. He grew up to have very different ambitions to his father, however. Absorbed in home-taping techniques, Mo Read more


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