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...Sabah Fakhri is a Syrian singer, famous in the Arab world for modernizing and popularizing traditional Arab music, and one of the few artists to have gained global popularity by singing in the Arab language. Because Fakhri’s career...
...Few songwriters can claim as important a space in the Great American Songbook as Stephen Foster. His career, which lasted from 1848 until his death in 1864, produced over 200 songs, many of which have been continually recorded since. Born...
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...The sound of R & B/soul music in the late 1960s would have been completely different if not for the career of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was C. L. Franklin (a civil rights activist and preacher...
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...In 1968, former Byrds members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman created the Flying Burrito Brothers, which became one of the most important country rock bands. After arranging a lineup, the band recorded its first album, The Gilded Palace...

Che Fu

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...Born into a politically active Rastafarian family in Auckland, New Zealand in 1974, Che-Fu’s career hinged on the ability to combine global hip-hop sounds with regional Pasifika music. He was born Che Ness to a Maori mother and Niuean...
...Though trained as a clarinetist at the Conservatory of Geneva, the career of Gilbert Favre primarily revolved around his service as an innovator and champion of Bolivian folk music. As a clarinetist, Favre, born in 1936, was trained...
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...The “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia to unwed parents. Her mother moved the family to Yonkers, New York as part of the Great Migration of African Americans. Fitzgerald entered school at age six...

Léo Ferré

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...In the post-World War II milieu of French popular music, few figures were as important as Léo Férré. Ferré was born in Monaco in 1916; his father was the staff manager at the Monte Carlo Casino and his mother was a dressmaker from Italy...
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...As a master of the ukulele and banjolele, George Formby became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer with his catalog of popular and comic songs. Formby was born in 1904 in Lancashire, England. His father was a music hall singer and strongly...

Fugazi

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...Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Fugazi became inextricable from the DIY post-punk scene. Formed in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1986 by Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Joe Lally, and Brendan Canty, Fugazi served as a project for musicians who had...