VenuesRemembering the concert halls and clubs where generations of Pittsburghers enjoyed great performances the Stanley Theater, Syria Mosque, the Decade, Grafitti, Morry's, Moondog's, Electric Banana, Mancini's the Leona Theater, Danceland, the Staircase, Fat City, the Crawford Grill, the Hurricane, MCG Jazz
Birthplace of RadioThe story of the birth of commercial radio and live music broadcasts at KDKA, KQV and WCAE. The stories of Pittsburgh's influential pioneering rock and Doo Wop DJs like Porky Chedwick, Mary Dee, Jay Michael, Clark Race, Bob Mack, Terry Lee, Mad Mike, Sterling Yates, Bill Powell, Bob Livorio, Jimmy and Steve, and Herschel.
Pop and R&BSinging superstars of Pop and R&B who hail from Pittsburgh are Christine Aguilera, Jackie Evancho, Phyliss Hyman, Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Chris Kirkpatrick of N'Sync, Bobby Vinton, Chuck Jackson, Shirely Jones, Vaughn Monore, Shanice, and Adam Wade.
Hip Hop and Mash UpPittsburgh is an up and coming center for Hip Hop and electronic mash up music with stars like Wiz Kahlifa, Mac Miller, Girl Talk, and TV on the Radio..
Pittsburgh BluesPittsburgh has had the Blues since the 1920s when Pine Top Smith originated the Boogie Woogie and played with Ma Rainey. Bluesman from Pittsburgh include Papa John Creach, Louisana Red, Ernie Hawkins, Tim Woods, Jimmy Thackery, Tim Woods, Billy Price, Chizmo Charles, Bub McKeg, Barbara Blue, guitar Zack and Tony JanFloner Jr.
Awarding Winning Hall of Fame Artists
musicians have been honored with Grammy Awards, Oscars, and Emmys, along with Gold,
Platinum, and Diamond records. The first
ever Oscar award for best song and the first ever Grammy award for album of the
year were won by Pittsburgher song writers.
The first ever Gold Record and Gold Albums were awarded to
Pittsburghers. Pittsburgh musicians have scored dozens of Top Ten Billboard Hit Records.
Song Writers Hall of Fame Members
Stephen Foster, Ethelbert
Nevin, Jay Livingston, Herb Magidson, Henry Mancini, Leo Robin, and Gerome
Grammy Hall of Fame Honorees
Twenty recordings that were written by or performed by or produced by Pittsburghers are included in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Henry Mancini, Errol Garner, Pine Top Smith, Perry Como, Jay Livingston, Art Blakey, George Benson, Gerome Ragni, Dean Martin, Earl Hines, and Leo Robins are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Grammy Life Time Achievement and Trustee Honorees
Art Blakey, Perry Como, Henry Mancini, Billy Strayhorn, Alan Livingston, Lena Horne, and Bob Babbitt as a member of the Funk Brothers
Band Hall of Fame Members
Billy Strayhorn, Earl Hines
, Roy Eldridge
, Sammy Nestico
, Maxine Sullivan
, Joe Pass
Garner, Kenny Clarke
, Mary Lou Williams
, and Perry Como
Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame Members
Billy Strayhorn, Ray Brown, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Clarke,
J.J. Johnson, Earl Hines, Art Blakey
, and Mary Lou Williams.
Pittsburgh jazz musicians were founders of
the Be Bop, Hard Bob, and Vocalese styles of jazz. Earl Hines is credited as the originator of modern jazz piano and Roy Eldridge is heralded as one of the all time great trumpeters in the history of jazz. Kenny Clark invented modern jazz drumming. Ray Brown is the master bassist of Jazz. Maxine Sullivan created an innovative style of Jazz singing.
Group Hall of Fame Members
The Skyliners, the
Marcels, the Del Vikings, the Vogues, the Swan Silvertones and the Lettermen.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Blues Hall of Fame Member
Movie and Television
Composer / Arrangers A dozen composers, arrangers, and lyricists from Pittsburgh dominated the movie and television industry from the 1912 through the 2000s. Joseph Breil, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Leo Robin, Herb Magidson, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini, James Fielding, Billy May, Sammy Nestico, Jay Chattaway, and Trent Reznor scored award winning music for hundreds of movies and television shows. Joe Breil is considered the “Father of Movie Music” as he wrote the first ever movie music. The themes songs of Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Hogan’s Heroes, Naked City, McHale’s’ Navy, Bonanza, Mr. Ed, the Mod Squad, Emergency, Star Trek the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and more were written by these Pittsburghers. Henry Mancini, nominated 74 times for a Grammy, won 20. These musical masters also were arrangers and composers for the big bands and for stars such as Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Multi-Million Selling Recording Artists
Pittsburgher musicians are among the top selling artists of all time. Between 1943 and 1974, Perry Como had almost
150 hits and won five Emmy awards. Over
a 50-year career, Perry’s total record sales topped 100 million. Also selling over 100 million records were Steubenville’s
singer Dean Martin along with Tommy James and the Shondels with Pittsburgh
members Mike Vale and Ronnie Roman. Canonsburg’s
Bobby Vinton sold 75 million. *Nsync founded
by Clarion’s Chris Kirkpatrick had sales of 56 million and Christina Aguilera has
sold over 50 million records. Bret Michaels as a member of Poison has sold over
30 million records.
Classical Music Superstars
realm of classical music two of the greatest pianist of the 20th
century ares from Pittsburgh: Earl Wild
and Byron Janis
. Pittsburgh has also produced the
world renown classical artists including conductors Lorin Maazel
Modarelli, pianist Oscar Levant
, pianist Norman Frauenheim, opera stars Louise
, Herva Nelli
, and Nan Merriman
, and composers Adolph Martin Foester
is ranked one of the top symphonies in the United States.
on Pittsburgh Music - All About Jazz January, 2002
is one of the most important cities in the world for music and musicians. There
are very few cities that have produced music like Pittsburgh. Very few. Billy
Strayhorn is from Pittsburgh. He wrote "Lush Life" when he was 16
years old, that is the kind of talent we had coming out of Pittsburgh. Everyone
from Pittsburgh has been influential to the music world. From Art Blakey to
Kenny Clarke to Roy Eldridge, to Mary Lou Williams, myself, Errol Garner, he
also started playing at 3. Dodo Mamarosa, whom the world has forgotten. George
Benson, Stanley Turrentine. All of those are from Pittsburgh. On the other end
of the spectrum you have Oscar Levant, Earl Wild. When Andre Previn had the
choice to conduct the London or the Pittsburgh symphony, he chose Pittsburgh.
We have a very powerful statement musically from that town. Very powerful. It
still remains so."
Enduring Classic Songs Created by Pittsburgh Area Musicians:
|Camp Town Racers
|Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
|Take The A Train
|Thanks for the Memory
| Blame It On My Youth||Oscar Levant |
|The Pink Panther
|Five O'Clock World
|Since I Don't Have You
|Come Go With Me
||The Del Vikings
||Tom James & The
|Crimson and Clover
||Tom James & The
||Tom James & The
|Good Morning Star Shine,
|Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
||Melvin & Mervin
|Cradle of Love
|Send Me On My
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