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Garth Brooks

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...The mixture of country and rock and roll used by Garth Brooks helped to propel him to the top of the country charts and return the idiom to popular music. Brooks was born in Oklahoma in 1962; his mother had been a recorded singer and she...
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...Often considered to be the founding father of intentionally recorded American folk music, Woody Guthrie’s career was as much that of a storyteller and journalist as that of musician. Guthrie was born to a middle-class family in Okemah...

John Denver

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...As a prominent member of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, John Denver’s songwriting brought a unique voice to the genre. Denver was born in New Mexico in 1943; his father was in the US Air Force and thus the family moved often. He...
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...Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born on August 6, 1969, in Nebraska, USA. After his parents divorced when he was six months old, he moved with his mother to Texas. Smith had a difficult...
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...The Washington-based group Beat Happening emerged from a local DIY scene and used its music as an aesthetic commentary on mainstream music. When the group originated at Evergreen College in Olympia in 1983, Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis...
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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...

Glenn Miller

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...With his orchestra, Glenn Miller became one of the most celebrated performers of the big band era. Born in Iowa in 1904, Miller bought his first trombone with money made from milking cows on his family’s farm in Missouri and used it to play...

Nirvana

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...Few groups have been responsible for changing the popular music landscape as suddenly and drastically as Nirvana. The trio’s primary lineup was composed of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic. Cobain and Novoselic met when hanging...

Jimi Hendrix

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...The innovative guitar style of Jimi Hendrix questioned the fundamental role of the instrument and invested it with a new sense of spectacle. Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942, and his family life was tumultuous. His parents fought...

Bing Crosby

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...As one of the most successful entertainers in American history, Bing Crosby shaped the way in which music and film were both produced and discussed. Raised in Washington State, the fourth of seven children, Crosby became infatuated...