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Tom Petty

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...Tom Petty was a significant figure in the rock ‘n’ roll scene during the 1970s and 1980s, most notably for his involvement with his band the Heartbreakers, although he is also known for his solo endeavors. Petty was born Thomas Earl Petty...
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...In the early era of country music recording, the Carter Family became stars and, by the time of the 1960s folk revival, stood as representations of a past musical culture. In 1927, A. P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter went from Virginia...
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...The electric guitar and pounding foot of John Lee Hooker helped to establish blues in the post-World War II American musical culture. Born in Mississippi in either 1912 or 1917, Hooker was homeschooled by his mother...

Lead Belly

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...Despite a short professional career, the lessons learned from the mythology around—and performances of—Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, have provided a rich insight into the early development of commercial American folk music...

Big Star

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...During their initial run from 1971 through 1975, Big Star developed a contemporary cult following and initiated a style of performance that predicted the rise of alternative rock in the 1980s and 1990s. Big Star was formed in Memphis...

Bob Wills

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...Bob Wills, also known as the “King of Western Swing,” leader of “Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys,” was born James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905, in Texas, USA. At an early age, he learned the mandolin, guitar, and violin—his signature...

Dinah Shore

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...Born Frances Rose Shore on February 29, 1916, in Tennessee, USA, Shore started her story of strength by recovering from polio, which had struck her at eighteen months old. Shore retained a handicap in her right leg from the disease. She...
...The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/southern rock band from Georgia, USA. The band was named the 2002 Band of the Year by music journal No Depression. The band has worked with various artists such as Betty LaVette and Booker T....
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...Throughout her career, Gloria Estefan was consistently innovative with her popular interpretation of Cuban music. Born to a middle-class family of Spanish immigrants in Cuba in 1957, Estefan’s father was in the Cuban military and served...
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...As a performer, arranger, and bandleader, Fletcher Henderson fundamentally shaped the trajectory of big band and swing music. Born in Georgia in 1897, Henderson was raised in a middle-class family and was taught to play piano by his mother....