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...The French singer-songwriter George Brassens developed a unique style through a turbulent time in his country’s history. Born in 1921 on the French Mediterranean coast, Brassens developed a passion for singing as a youth, influenced by his...
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...Based in Wales, UK, the Young Marble Giants was a post-punk band that, because of their sound’s clear contrast to the punk genre, can arguably be considered to have inspired the later new wave and indie music movements. Guitarist...

Salif Keita

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...One of the major voices in Mali’s music culture, Salif Keita is known as the “golden voice of Africa.” Born in Djoliba, Mali in 1949, Keita is a prince of the Keita royal family. He was born with albinism and subsequently ostracized by his...
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...Widely considered to be the first international recording star, Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, Italy in 1873. He was raised in a poor family but was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, who died in 1888. He sang in the street...
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...Henry Russell was an English pianist, baritone singer, and composer. The year of his birth remains unconfirmed, but he was born on December 24th in either 1812 or 1813 in Sheerness, England. Russell started his music career as a child...

Tom Jones

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...When Tom Jones won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965, it ignited a career that would see over 100 million albums sold and thirty-six Top 40 hits in the UK. Born in Wales in 1940, Jones began singing at a young age but suffered from...

Abba

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...In becoming the most significant Swedish music export, ABBA transformed the pop and disco landscape across the globe. In 1966, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, both veterans of multiple bands, began writing songs while simultaneously...
...Initially associated with punk rock, but later considered post-punk, Siouxsie and the Banshees is an English rock band, formed in London by Siouxsie Sioux (vocals) and Steven Severin (bass) in 1976. Siouxsie and Severin came together when...
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...The indie group Belle and Sebastian emerged from relative obscurity in Scotland to become critically acclaimed and a staple of dorm room listening parties on either side of the Atlantic. Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed the group...

Benga

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...The British dubstep producer Benga emerged from the country’s pirate radio scene to become one of the genre’s first innovators. Born in east London in 1986, Benga and his family relocated to the suburb of Croydon, where he would spend...