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dbopm :: the database of popular music

Welcome to dbopm :: the database of popular music.
dbopm celebrates the great diversity of popular music, not limited by era or genre.

From the Great American Songbook to English music hall, French chanson, songs from the shows, film themes, operatic arias, folk, blues, pop charts - it's all likely to be represented here.

dbopm was created by Martin Hall, following his retirement from the music publishing industry. The data was originally collected in a card index specifically targeting the songs and songwriters of the Great American Songbook era. Building on that base, Martin continued collecting music data while acquiring the skills relevant to building an online database. The data was stored for a while in John Campbell's superlative MS-DOS Masterfile Professional (M-Pro), before it was ultimately moved online.
No frills, no fuss, just the facts.
The site is designed to be fast-loading and easy to use, so you can get straight to the information you need.
Intensively cross-referenced.
The database structure enables easy movement between related items. For example, there are currently 218,849 internal links connecting songs with artists. See our statistics page for more details.
Precise external links.
We have established direct connections to relevant data at other music sites, making dbopm a useful one-stop source for your research.
dbopm is a work-in-progress.
The database is constantly being updated. If you can't find what you're looking for, please let us know!

All verifiable data contributions will be included in future updates.

dbopm :: the database of popular music.
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Please send us your comments, questions and data submissions or corrections.

All verifiable data contributions will be included in future updates.

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The Database of Popular Music is very helpful. We especially appreciate all the cross references and easy access to those references."

-- Marcia Jansen, Sheet Music Specialist, The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative.
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A Taste of....
Number of records per major database table
Song/Artist connections218,849
Song/Songwriter connections138,988
Stage Productions4,637
Film/Actor connections24,883
StageProduction/Actor connections17,975
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Martin Hall
Previously unpublished work.
  • Born In Willenhall, Staffordshire, England in 1945.
  • Uneducated at Willenhall Comprehensive School.
    To be fair, Jim Dalton and Joyce Hissey made their mark.
  • Writer of "Do the Dance Now, Davey" recorded by Colin Scot and performed by him in folk clubs up and down the country.
  • Author of "The Stan Cullis Blues" (Charisma Books, 1974).
  • Lyricist for "Excuse Me" recorded by Peter Gabriel.
  • Lyricist for "Starbright Park" recorded by Quantum Jump.
  • Lyricist for "Redman" recorded by Capability Brown and Rare Bird.
  • Lyricist for "The Man You Were" recorded by Shirley Horn, Ann Hampton Calloway and others.
  • Lyricist for John Perry's "Seabird" album, which I still believe should have been titled "The Uncle Seabird Album."
  • Writer or co-writer of many other songs recorded by a wide variety of artists.
  • Librettist for "Letters to Lindbergh", a cantata composed by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
    Recorded by NYCoS National Girls Choir on Signum Records SIGCD325.
  • Founder and sole developer of the database of popular music at
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