Phillips, Sam Cornelius b. January 5, 1923 d. July 30, 2003 Rock pioneer. He was the founder of Sun Records and was credited with discovering Elvis Presley. He produced Presley's first record in 1954. He later sold Presley's recording contract to RCA for only $35,000. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. (Bio by: Ron Moody) Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Plot: Mausoleum (outside) Garden of Trees - Tier C #29
Phillips, Utah (Bruce Duncan) b. May 15, 1935 d. May 23, 2008 Musician, Monologuist, Social Advocate. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he was an influential folk performer best known for the song "Daddy, What's a Train?" and the humorous monologue "Moose Turd Pie". The punchline from the latter provided the title of his first album, "Good Though" (1973). Throughout his four-decade career Phillips was a strong voice for unions and an advocate for the homeless. In 2000, he shared a Grammy nomination with Ani DiFranco for the album "Fellow Workers". He also...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest View Cemetery, Nevada City, Nevada County, California, USA Plot: Section III, Row 3, grave 22
Philoxenus of Cythera Ancient Greek Poet, Musician. A leader of the Greek "New Music" revolution, he lived from 435 to 380 BC. His best known works, the satirical dithyrambs "Cyclops" and "Dinner" (c. 395 BC), were popular well into the Roman era. "Cyclops" was the source of the myth of Polyphemus and his impossible love for the sea nymph Galatea. Philoxenus was born in the Spartan colony of Cythera. During the Peloponnesian War (426 BC) the island was conquered by the Athenians and Philoxenus, still a boy, was sent...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Necropolis of Ephesus (Ruins), Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey
Piaf (Gassion), Edith Giovanna b. December 19, 1915 d. October 11, 1963 French Singer. Her life was brief but her fame international. Edith Piaf had a cult following among the working class. Her sad and valiant personal life resembled a soap opera. She was born Edith Gassion to a cabaret singing gypsy mother and an acrobat cabaret performing father. Edith was abandoned by her mother who simply left her with her grandmother and when she was unable to provide care passed her on to a disinterested aunt. Her education was minuscule and her childhood was spend in...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 97 GPS coordinates: 48.8592186, 2.3993399 (hddd.dddd)
Piatigorsky, Gregor b. April 17, 1903 d. August 6, 1976 Cellist. As a child, he survived a pogrom. As a young man, he performed with Chaliapin and became first cellist for the Bolshoi Orchestra. At about age 18, he escaped to Poland by swimming the border rapids with his cello held over his head. Stories report that his orchestral entrances, with his cello triumphantly held high as he moved through the orchestra, were founded in his early experience. His US debut in 1929 launched a 20-year professional career that, despite bouts of stage fright...[Read More] (Bio by: Shiver) Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Section D, Lot 154
Piave, Francesco Maria b. May 18, 1810 d. March 5, 1876 Librettist. Resident Poet and Stage Director of La Fenice, Venice (1844-60), and of La Scala in Milan (1861-67). He was a good friend of Giuseppe Verdi and wrote the texts for ten of his operas, including "Ernani" (1844), "Macbeth" (1847), "Rigoletto" (1851), "La Traviata" (1853), "Simon Boccanegra" (1857), and "La Forza del Destino" (1862). Although his lyrics were often ridiculed as clumsy and his personal reputation was less than spotless (he kept a string of mistresses), Verdi...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
Piccaver, Alfred b. February 5, 1884 d. September 23, 1958 Opera Singer. A tenor, he is remembered for his long career with the Vienna State Opera (VSO). Raised in New York from age two, he took American citizenship as a child and originally trained as an electrical engineer. Showing a talent for music he entered the Metropolitan School of Opera in 1905 then in 1907 departed for Prague where he studied with Ludmilla Prochazha-Neumann and where he made his professional bow at the German Theater on September 9th. of that year in Otto Nicolai's "The Merry...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Pickering, Nigel b. June 15, 1929 d. May 5, 2011 Musician. A rhythm guitarist, he was a founding member of the 1960s folk-rock music group Spanky and Our Gang. Born Fredy Ray Pickering, he first performed professionally with the group The Folksters, with whom he appeared on a 1962 episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson". By the mid-1960s he was playing in a Chicago-area band with Kenny Hodges and Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, which evolved into Spanky and Our Gang. Following their signing with the Mercury record label, they scored...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Pickett, Bobby b. February 11, 1938 d. April 25, 2007 Musician. Born Robert George Pickett in Somerville, Massachusetts, he was a pop singer dubbed Boris for his dead-on impression of actor Boris Karloff. In October 1962, with his group "Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers", he recorded the song "The Monster Mash". The single became an instant million seller, reaching number 1 on the Billboard chart for two weeks before Halloween. With the success of "The Monster Mash", he released the follow-up hit "Monster's Holiday" in December 1962. His...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, A portion of his ashes were made into a diamond ring which is worn by his daughter.
Pickett, Wilson b. March 18, 1941 d. January 19, 2006 Legendary Soul Singer, Composer. He was dubbed “The Wicked Pickett” my radio DJ’s and fans, for his gruff power, raw groove and growling energy he brought to R & B music for over four decades. He first performed in the gospel harmony group the Violinaires in the 1950s and became a member of the Falcons in 1959. Their hit "I Found a Love" helped Pickett make a deal with Atlantic Records and the hook up with renowned producer Jerry Wexler at Stax Records. There with Steve Cropper, the guitarist...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Evergreen Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Pierce, Webb b. August 8, 1921 d. February 25, 1991 Country Singer. He was one of the most popular Honky-tonk stars in country music and had more singles on the Billboard charts then any of his contemporaries in the 1950s. His biggest hit "There Stands the Glass" (1953), is regarded as one of country's classic drinking songs. For Decca Records, he charted 48 singles, 39 reaching the top ten to include "In the Jailhouse Now", " More and More", "Backstreet Affair", "Why, Baby, Why", "Oh, So Many Years" and "Finally". He was a regular performer at...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Cancer Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Pierne, Gabriel b. August 16, 1863 d. July 17, 1937 Conductor, Composer, Organist. In his time he was a dedicated champion of new French music. As director of the famed Concerts Colonne from 1908 to 1934, he helped popularize works by Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, and the group "Les Six". He was also associated with the Ballet Russes and conducted the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird" (1910). Henri Constant Gabriel Pierne was born in Metz, France, into a musical family. He was a brilliant student at the Paris Conservatory, where he...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Ile-de-France, France Plot: Division 13
Pierpont, James b. 1822 d. 1893 Musician. Composer of the world's most enduring song "Jingle Bells". James Pierpont was born in Medford, Massachusetts the second son of a Unitarian minister, poet and fervent abolitionist. At the age of 14, he joined the crew of a whaling vessel serving as a seaman until the age of 21. His travels before returning home to his home town have him prospecting in California during the Gold Rush in 1849. Returning East about 1851, he wrote the song for which he is known, "Jingle Bells." The...[Read More] Laurel Grove Cemetery (North), Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Pietraszkiewicz, Jadwiga b. August 30, 1919 d. May 23, 2013 Opera Singer. A noted dramatic soprano of Lithuania, the Soviet Union, and Poland, she was also for many years a distinguished professor of voice. Born in the small village of Naliboki in what was then eastern Poland, she trained at the Conservatory of Vilnius, Lithuania, and joined the Lithuanian Opera upon her 1947 graduation. During her dozen years there she was a frequent guest at the Marinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg and at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera, her portrayals including Tatiana of...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Old Cemetery, Lodz, Lodzkie, Poland
Pinkney, Bill b. August 15, 1925 d. July 4, 2007 Musician. A native of Dalzell, South Carolina, he was the last surviving member of the original lineup of the popular 1950s rhythm and blues music group "The Drifters". He joined the Drifters in May 1953 when they formed in New York City, New York, and stayed until 1958 when he left in a dispute over money. Some of their memorable recordings include, "Under The Boardwalk", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "Money Honey", "On Broadway", "Up On The Roof", "Such A Night", and "It Was A Tear." They...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Saint Lukes Cemetery, Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Pinkney, Fayette b. January 10, 1948 d. June 27, 2009 Vocalist. Best known as a member of the 1970's Rhythm and Blues trio The Three Degrees. The Philadelphia-based group is most noted for the number one hit "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" (1974) and the platinum song "When Will I See You Again?" (1974). After recording their first top forty hit "Maybe" (1970), the group had numerous television appearances on such programs as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "Soul Train". Following her departure from the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA