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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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...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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...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...
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...The visage of Aristide Bruant preserved by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on posters has sadly obscured his important contributions to the world of French music. Born in 1851 in Loiret, France, Bruant’s father died when he...
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...Luminary in the history of industrial music, Cabaret Voltaire was formed in 1973 in Sheffield, England by Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson. The band borrowed its name from the historic club in Zurich, Switzerland...

Can

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...Anyone at the first Can show, which took place in Cologne, would have witnessed the birth of a new age of avant-garde rock music. Having studied avant-garde classical music, Irmin Schmidt went to New York City in 1966, where he studied...

Joe Cocker

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...Known for his unique performance style and gritty-voiced takes on pop material, Joe Cocker was recognized across the globe as one of the best singers of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Sheffield, England in 1944, Cocker was influenced...