Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Recording Artists and More - 2022 - Lancaster SC Famous People
Now that's one amazing playlist. And, did you know? Every song has a Lancaster connection. All of the individual names mentioned in the text below are from Lancaster.
Don Dixon was the producer for R.E.M., which produced 22 Billboard Top 100 Hits. The band is in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Brandon Still is the keyboardist for Blackberry Smoke, which has released seven studio albums and two live albums, including the 2016 song "Like an Arrow" which climbed to No. 12 on the Billboard Top 100.
Tim Swain, Todd Ray, and Chris Price, formed the rap group The White Boys in the 1980s. They signed with Tin Pan Apple Records, released an album, made appearances on the legendary Fresh Fest Tour and wrote music for other recording artists. In the summer of 1987 The Beach Boys and The Fat Boys teamed up to create the hip hop version of "Wipe Out". The song was written by Tim Swain and Todd Ray. "Wipe Out" climbed to No. 12 in the states and No. 2 in the U.K. Ray won two Grammys during his career for other production work.
Julie Roberts climbed to the Top 20 spot on the country charts with her 2004 song "Break Down Here". The hit was from her self-titled album, which put two other singles in the Top 50. The album was certified gold. Her new album, "Ain't In No Hurry" will be available everywhere this Friday.
In the 1950's, Maurice Williams spent many hours during his lunch break practicing with classmates in a doo-wop/R&B band in what was then, the Barr St. High School auditorium. That practice would pay off in a big way a few years later as he and his band, The Zodiacs, topped the charts with their 1960 No. 1 hit, "Stay". The song was a part of the Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack and has been recorded by other artists like Jackson Browne, The Hollies and The Four Seasons. At just over a minute-and-a-half long, it is the shortest song in history to top the U.S. charts.
Daniel Kirkley has recorded dozens of faith-based songs. In 2003, he released an independent album titled Seasons of Grace. In 2007, he signed with contemporary Christian record label, Centricity Music, recording the album Let Love Win, which includes favorites like "A Mother's Song" and "My New Dawn".
Many know Nina Mae McKinney as the first black actresses to star in a sound movie. She was also popular on Broadway. Her image can be seen on the Lancaster County Wall of Fame. The multi-talented singer and dancer was inducted into The Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. She also recorded the song "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day".