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...Also known as “the Maori Cowboy,” Johnny Cooper was a New Zealand country singer and guitarist who arguably introduced rock ‘n’ roll to his country. Cooper was born in 1928 in Wairoa, New Zealand. On his family farm, inspired...
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...One of Australia’s most successful pop stars, Kylie Minogue emerged as a television actor and would dominate music through the 1990s. Kylie was born in Melbourne in 1968. Her family regularly moved around the city’s suburbs and thus Kylie...

Slim Dusty

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...As a bush balladeer, Slim Dusty provided the Australian country music community with an authentic voice to frontier life. Born in 1927 in New South Wales, Dusty grew up listening to American and Australian country music. He adopted...

AC/DC

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...When brothers Angus and Malcolm Young formed AC/DC in 1973, little did they know how significantly they would shape the sound of rock music through the end of the millennium. Born in Scotland, the brothers and their family relocated...

Che Fu

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...Born into a politically active Rastafarian family in Auckland, New Zealand in 1974, Che-Fu’s career hinged on the ability to combine global hip-hop sounds with regional Pasifika music. He was born Che Ness to a Maori mother and Niuean...

Split Enz

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...Split Enz was one of the most successful and longest running bands in New Zealand, known for its members donning extravagant costumes and hairdos during live performances. University friends Tim Finn (on vocals and piano) and Phil Judd (on...
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...Though best known for his medley cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s focus on preserving and innovating Hawaiian traditional music made him the island’s most popular entertainer. Born...

Roger Knox

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...The country music of Roger Knox, known as the Black Elvis, represents his personal history as an Aboriginal Australian who was born in 1948 in New South Wales, Australia. Knox’s parents were members of the “stolen generation” of Aboriginal...

Archie Roach

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...Singer and songwriter Archie Roach, born January 8, 1956, in Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia, is a child of the Stolen Generations. Roach was taken from his Aboriginal family when he was three years old and put in an orphanage. After...

Cold Chisel

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...In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Dylan-esque hard rock sound of Cold Chisel dominated the Australian music scene. Formed in 1973 as Orange, Ian Moss, Steve Prestwich, and Don Walker used a different name for each show until 1974, when...