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...From the early 1960s until 1990, Los Olimareños were one of the most popular singing duos in their country. Formed in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay in 1960, members Pepe Guerra and Braulio López first met while playing a party. They decided...
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...The French singer-songwriter George Brassens developed a unique style through a turbulent time in his country’s history. Born in 1921 on the French Mediterranean coast, Brassens developed a passion for singing as a youth, influenced by his...
...Alfredo Zitarossa is considered one of the most influential singer-songwriters of Latin America. Born on March 10, 1936, in Uruguay as an illegitimate child, Zitarossa was raised as the adopted son of Carlos Durán and Doraisella Carbajal...
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...Also known by the names Los Idolos del Pueblo and Los Jefes de Jefes, Los Tigros Del Norte (“The Tigers of the North”) is a norteño, or regional, Mexican music band. Los Tigros comprises four Mexican-American brothers and one cousin, led...
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...The first Canadian country music star, Wilf Carter (known as Montana Slim in the United States), provided a link between country’s source material and its contemporary vogue. Born in 1904 in Nova Scotia, Carter’s family was poor and he...

Milton Brown

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...The bandleader and vocalist Milton Brown helped to develop the popular Western swing genre of the early twentieth century. Born in Texas in 1903, Brown graduated from high school and worked as a cigar salesman until the Great Depression...

Gil Evans

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...Gil Evans, born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1912, became a nexus for the emerging bebop and bop-derivative jazz genres that came out of New York City. Raised in Stockton, California, Evans moved to New York City permanently in 1946...
...The life and career of Merle Haggard reads as a country music mythic story. Haggard’s parents moved from Oklahoma during the Great Depression, and Haggard was born in California in 1937. After his father’s death in 1945, Haggard became...

Shania Twain

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...Canadian country pop singer Shania Twain is a best-selling female solo artist for the country music genre. She has been nicknamed the “Queen of Country Pop.” Twain was born Eileen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965, in Ontario, Canada...
...The music of Sierra Leone’s Ebenezer Calendar served as an aural statement on the dynamics of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Born in Freetown in 1912, Calendar’s father came from Jamaica and influenced young Ebenezer with rhythm and song...