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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...

B.B. King

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...As a figure commonly recognized as “the King of the Blues,” B.B. King’s almost seventy-year career saw seventy-four entries on the Billboard R & B charts and the evolution of his form into various idioms of popular music. Born in 1925...
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...As one of the most prolific artists to emerge from the Beale Street scene in Memphis, Tennessee, Bobby Bland’s career spanned fifty years. Born in 1930 in the small town of Barretville, Tennessee, Bland dropped out of school after third...

Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...

Johnny Cash

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...Few artists embody their chosen form to the degree of Johnny Cash. Born in Arkansas in 1932, Cash began singing with his family while working in their farm’s cotton fields. In 1944, Cash’s brother died in a table saw accident and,...

DC Talk

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...DC Talk is a Christian rap and rock trio, consisting of Michael Tait (b. May 18, 1966), Kevin Max Smith (b. August 17, 1967), and Toby McKeehan (b. October 22, 1964). The trio is named the most popular overtly Christian act of all time...
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...As blues music transitioned from acoustic to electric, Lonnie Johnson’s innovative style inspired a generation of artists to push new technology to its limits. Born into a musical family in New Orleans in 1899, Johnson learned to play...