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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...
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...The sound of R & B/soul music in the late 1960s would have been completely different if not for the career of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was C. L. Franklin (a civil rights activist and preacher...

Chuck Berry

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...With his characteristic “duck walk,” Chuck Berry brought an unabashed performativity to early rock and roll music. Born in 1926 in St. Louis, Berry came from an upper middle-class family. His family allowed him to indulge his interest...
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...Despite a short career, Charlie Christian proved to be one of the first major jazz electric guitarists. Christian was born in 1916 in Texas; the family relocated to Oklahoma, where he and his brothers were taught to play guitar...
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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...
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...Charlie “Yardbird” Parker is one of the very few of whom it has been said to have permanently changed jazz music with his techniques and improvisations on the saxophone. Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas, USA, but moved to Kansas...
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...As one of the most recognizable voices in mid-twentieth century popular music, Nat King Cole created a series of pop standards and established the form for pop-jazz trios. Cole was born in Alabama in 1919, and the family relocated...

Kanye West

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...Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, West’s music has spanned different styles and genres. West has been responsible for cultural developments in hip-hop and pop music...
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...Nicknamed The ‘Mats (from “The Placemats,” a mispronunciation of the band’s name), The Replacements were one of the most influential rock bands in the 1980s, having pioneered the genre of alternative rock in the United States. The band...
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...Despite being born blind, Stevie Wonder established himself first as a child prodigy and later as a pioneer in the R & B genre. Throughout his career, Wonder has continuously produced hits and is considered to be one of the most successful...