Bands/Musicians Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Imperial Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Imperial Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Imperial Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Imperial Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Imperial Records.

Everything from Cher to Warren Zevon is included on this list.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best Imperial Records bands?" and "Which artists are signed by Imperial Records?"

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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Blues Albert Collins was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. Collins was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and capo. His long ...more

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Amos Milburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Jump blues, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and blues Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist, popular during the 1940s and 1950s. He was born and died in Houston, Texas. One commentator noted, "Milburn ...more

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April Stevens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
April Stevens is an American singer. She has recorded since she was 15 years old. Her most popular solo recording was her RCA Victor recording of "I'm in Love Again". Accompanied by an ...more

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Archibald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Archibald Rhythm and blues Leon T. Gross, who performed and recorded as Archibald, was an influential American rhythm and blues pianist and singer who had a hit in 1950 with "Stack-A-Lee", a version of

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Billy J. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
British Invasion, Merseybeat, Mersey sound Billy J. Kramer is a pop singer. In the 1960s he was managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed the Beatles, and he recorded several original Lennon and McCartney compositions.

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Bo Rhambo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Bo Rhambo Ewell Goldyn Rhambo, known as Bo Rhambo, is an American trumpeter and tenor saxophonist. Originally a trumpeter, he organized his band playing local dances and parties. He then went on to play ...more

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Bob Harrington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Bob Harrington Bob Harrington was an American jazz vibraphonist. Harrington was also adept at drums and piano in addition to vibraphone. He played with Charlie Barnet in the early 1950s on piano, and worked ...more

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Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock, Trad jazz The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was a band created by a group of British art-school students of the 1960s. Combining elements of music hall, trad jazz and psychedelic pop with surreal humour and ...more

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Boogie Bill Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues Boogie Bill Webb was an American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter. Webb's own style of music combined Mississippi country blues with New Orleans R&B. His best ...more

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Buzy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, J-pop Buzy was a Japanese female pop music group, made up of members Nao Toyama, Mayumi Niwa, Mao Miyazato, Yurisa Asama, Sachiko Iwanaga and Yumi Takeda. They released their first single ...more

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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Chuck Carbo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Chuck Carbo Hayward "Chuck" Carbo was an American R&B singer, best known for his time as a vocalist in the New Orleans group The Spiders. Carbo sang with his brother, Leonard "Chick" ...more

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Classics IV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Soft rock The Classics IV is a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the "soft southern rock" sound. The band, led by singer ...more

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Cyssero is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Cyssero Hip hop music

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Dave Bartholomew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Swing music, Rhythm and blues, Big band Dave Bartholomew is a musician, band leader, composer and arranger, prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the second half of the 20th century. His band consisted of himself, drummers ...more

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Dorothy Shay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Novelty song Dorothy Shay was an American popular comedic recording artist in the late 1940s and early 1950s, who later became a character actress. She was known as the "Park Avenue Hillbillie".

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Dorsey Burnette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rockabilly Dorsey Burnette was an early rockabilly singer. With his younger brother, Johnny Burnette, and a friend named Paul Burlison, he was a founder member of The Rock and Roll Trio. He is also the ...more

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Earl King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Blues Earl King was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, most active in blues music. A composer of well known standards such as "Come On" and Professor Longhair's "Big ...more

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Ernie Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Orchestra, Rhythm and blues Ernest Aaron "Ernie" Freeman was an American pianist, organist, bandleader and arranger. He was responsible for arranging many successful rhythm and blues and pop records from the

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Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper. He is also the CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment, and member of musical groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad. ...more

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Domino released five gold records before 1955. He also had 35 Top 40 American hits and has a music style based ...more

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Faye Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Gospel music, Blues Faye Adams is an American singer who recorded rhythm and blues in the 1950s before retiring from the music business.

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Fender IV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Fender IV Rock music, Surf music The Fender IV were an American surf rock band of the 1960s. The Fender IV were started up in Baltimore, by guitarist Randy Holden. Although almost prevented by a bumble bee, he successfully ...more

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Frances Faye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Frances Faye was a United States cabaret and show tune singer and pianist. She was born to a working-class Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York City. She was a second cousin of actor Danny Kaye.

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Frank Ferera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Frank Ferera was a Hawaiian musician who recorded successfully between 1915 and 1930. He was the first star of Hawaiian music and influenced many later artists.

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Frankie Ford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Frankie Ford is an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer.

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Freddy Fender is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Country, Tejano music Freddy Fender, born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United States, was a Mexican American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the ...more

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Georgie Fame is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Jazz Georgie Fame is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer, and keyboard player. The musician, who had a string of 1960s hits, is still a popular performer, often working with contemporaries ...more

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Goree Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Jump blues, Electric blues, Rock and roll Goree Carter was an American R&B singer and rock and roll guitarist, best known for his 1949 single, "Rock Awhile," which is considered a strong contender for the "first rock ...more

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Gustaf Spetz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Gustaf Spetz Indie pop Gustaf Spetz is a Swedish singer. He started the band Eskju Divine along with two friends in Norrköping in 2002. The band went on to release two EP's and two albums, tour Japan and open for ...more

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Henri René is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Henri René Opera, Traditional pop music, Classical music Henri René, was an American musician who had an international career in the recording industry as a producer, composer, conductor and arranger. Born in New York City of a German father ...more

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Hiromi Iwasaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Hiromi Iwasaki is a Japanese female singer debuted in 1975. Her younger sister Yoshimi Iwasaki is also a singer. In 1981 she was awarded the Silver Prize at the Tokyo Music Festival for her song ...more

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Huey
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll Huey "Piano" Smith is an American rhythm and blues pianist whose sound was influential in the development of rock and roll. His piano playing incorporated the boogie styles of Pete ...more

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Irma Thomas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music Irma Thomas is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but never experienced ...more

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Jackie DeShannon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music Jackie DeShannon is an American singer-songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. She was one of the first female singer-songwriters of the rock 'n' roll period. ...more

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James
Rhythm and blues James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, Jr. was an American, New Orleans based, R&B musician. He was the author of "Jock-A-Mo", a hit that was later recreated as "Iko Iko", ...more

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Jeff Alexander is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Film score Jeff Alexander was an American conductor, arranger, and composer of film, radio and television scores.

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Jimmy McCracklin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Jump blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues Jimmy McCracklin was an American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. His style contained West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B. Over a career that spanned seven decades, he said he had ...more

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Jin Au-Yeung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music Jin Au-Yeung, who performs under the stage name MC Jin, is an American-born rapper, songwriter, and actor of Chinese descent. Born in Miami, Florida, and later living in New York City, he ...more

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Johnny Carver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Country Johnny Carver is an American country music artist. Between 1968 and 1977, he charted fifteen Top 40 hits on the Billboard country charts. His highest-charting single was a cover of Tony ...more

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Johnny Preston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Traditional pop music Johnny Preston was an American pop singer, who was best known for his international number one hit in 1960, "Running Bear".

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Johnny Ramistella is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Rockabilly Johnny Rivers is an American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. Rivers charted during the ...more

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Kanjani Eight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Rock music, Enka Kanjani Eight is a seven-member Japanese boy band from Japan's Kansai region. They are managed by the multimedia talent agency, Johnny & Associates, and signed to Imperial Records. The group ...more

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Kenneth Copeland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Kenneth Copeland is one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement and is an American author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist. While Copeland has been strongly identified with ...more

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Leon Ashley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Leon Ashley Country Leon Walton is an American country music artist, known professionally as Leon Ashley. He is known mainly for his number 1 single "Laura", which topped the country singles charts in ...more

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Leonard Rosenman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Leonard Rosenman was an Oscar and Emmy award-winning American film, television and concert composer.

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Lew Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Lew Williams Lew Williams is an American rockabilly singer and songwriter, known as the "Cab Calloway of rockabilly". Williams began singing at age four, and moved with his family to Dallas at age ...more

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Lightnin' Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Country blues Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine included ...more

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Mel Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Jazz, Soul music Mel Carter is an American singer and actor. He is best known for his 1965 million-selling recording, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me".

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Melvin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Imperial Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson was an American blues guitarist. He was a contemporary of Lightnin' Hopkins.