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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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...Known professionally as the “Chief Commander,” Ebenezer Obey’s career trajectory mixed innovative musical performance with traditional music and lyrics and song structure. Obey was born in the Nigerian state of Ogun in 1943 to Egba-Yoruba...

Buck Owens

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...

Kid Ory

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...As a member of the early jazz scene in New Orleans, Kid Ory played a major role in bringing the art form to a mass audience. Born in La Place, Louisiana in 1886, Ory began as a banjo player but switched to trombone. This transition...

King Oliver

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...As a composer, many of Joseph Nathan “King” Oliver’s pieces remained jazz standards long after his death. Born in Aben, Louisiana in 1885, Oliver and his family moved to New Orleans when he was young. Despite beginning as a trombonist...

Oasis

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...Oasis, known for containing one of the most tumultuous relationships in rock music (between the Gallagher brothers), managed to take 1990s Britpop to a global audience. By 1991, Liam Gallagher had joined the Rain and changed the band’s name...

Odetta

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...Odetta Holmes, professionally known simply as Odetta, was a folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. Besides being dubbed “The first lady of the folk song,” her efforts during the civil rights movement also earned her the title “the voice...
...Referred to by some as “Japan’s Bob Dylan,” Nobuyasu Okabayashi and his music exemplify the potential of American-inspired folk music in the trans-Pacific diaspora. Okabayashi was born in 1946 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, and his father...
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...Formed at the Baobab Club in Dakar, Senegal, Orchestre Baobab became one of the preeminent dance bands in West Africa during the 1970s. When the club opened in 1970, six members of the Star Band, the house band from the rival Miami Club...

Roy Orbison

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...As American rockabilly music transitioned into rock and roll, Roy Orbison proved to be capable of dynamic compositional and stylistic changes. Orbison was born in 1936 in Vernon, Texas. Orbison’s parents were unemployed and moved to Fort...