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...The “original” Sonny Boy Williamson is not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson II. Though unrelated, both were blues harmonica players. But where the second Sonny Boy Williamson (born Aleck Miller) played an electrified blues harp...

Paul Robeson

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...Paul Leroy Robeson was an African American singer, actor, and civil rights activist. His activism, as well as his leftist ideologies, is arguably considered to have ruined his American career, though he has remained popular in Europe...

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...
...Few songwriters can claim as important a space in the Great American Songbook as Stephen Foster. His career, which lasted from 1848 until his death in 1864, produced over 200 songs, many of which have been continually recorded since. Born...
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...Next to James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith was a jazz pianist during the early beginnings of jazz. Smith was renowned for his mastery of the “Harlem stride” piano style around the early to mid-twentieth...
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...When the Afghan Whigs signed to Sub Pop Records in 1989, it helped establish the growing grunge and alternative rock trends as transnational rather than isolated in the Pacific Northwest. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986 by Greg Dulli...

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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...Originally designed as a punk band, the hip-hop output of the Beastie Boys through the 1990s exhibited an intentionally artistic mode of using samples in the construction of music. In 1979, Michael “Mike D.” Diamond formed the Beastie Boys...

Tony Bennett

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...As a singer, Tony Bennett maintained a successful career despite his form’s nadir in popularity in the late twentieth century. Born in New York City in 1926, Bennett’s early influences were jazz and stage performers. He was a talented...
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...Few artists have had as measurable an impact on the landscape of millennial popular music and culture as Beyoncé. Born in Houston in 1981, Beyoncé’s musical talent was noticed by an early dance instructor. At seven, she won against older...