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Harry Nilsson - 100% 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

Nilsson - 100% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Beach Boys - 95% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Beach Boys - 95% 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

Brian Wilson - 90% 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

Jim O'Rourke - 77% 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

Scott Walker - 73% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Noel Scott Engel, 9 January 1943, Hamilton, Ohio, USA. After relocating to New York during childhood, this precocious talent initially pursued a career as an actor, and also briefly recorded in 1957 under the name Scotty Engel. Moving to Hollywood, he worked on sessions with arranger Jack Nitzsche before joining the Routers in 1961 as a bass player. He next teamed up with si Read more

Randy Newman - 70% 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

Emitt Rhodes - 67% 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

The Left Banke - 65% 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

Robert Wyatt - 58% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol, England. As the drummer, vocalist and guiding spirit of the original Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt established a style that merged the avant garde with English eccentricity. His first solo album, 1970’s The End Of An Ear, presaged his departure from the above group, although its radical content resulted in a muted reception. Read more

The Red Crayola - 56% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The Red Krayola - 56% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Despite several contrasting line-ups, Red Crayola (also spelt Red Krayola) remains the vision of Mayo Thompson. He formed the Houston, Texas-based group in July 1966 with drummer Rick Barthelme, although several other individuals, including future country star Guy Clark, were temporary members until Steve Cunningham (bass) joined two months later. The group’s set initially Read more

John Cale - 53% match to Van Dyke Parks

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1942, Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Cale was a student of viola and keyboards at London’s Goldsmith’s college when introduced to electronic music. In 1963 he won a Leonard Bernstein scholarship to study modern composition at the Eastman Conservatory in Massachusetts, but later moved to New York where he joined the Dream Syndicate, an avant garde ensemble Read more

Kevin Ayers - 53% 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


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