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Posted on Apr 14, 2019 in 70s, ROCK/POP

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements that appealed to a variety of audiences, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast to the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the ’70s. Yet, they became one of the most popular artists of the decade, winning four Grammy Awards, and scoring 12 Top Ten hits, and three number one singles…

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Jessie Hill

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues

Best remembered for the classic “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” New Orleans R&B legend Jessie Hill was born in the Crescent City’s Ninth Ward district on December 9, 1932. Raised alongside the likes of Eddie Bo, Oliver Morgan, and Prince La La, it was almost inevitable that he would pursue a career in music, and by his teens he was playing drums in bands fronted by Kid Arnestine and Freddie Domino…

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Johnny Thunders

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Glam Rock, Punk

Johnny Thunders was the first punk rock guitar hero, earning a cult following for his noisy but epic style a few years before the insouciant new music gained its name. Following in the footsteps of his idol and role model Keith Richards, Johnny Thunders lived the ultimate rock & roll life, spending most of his days churning out tough, sloppy three-chord rock & roll…

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Fleetwood Mac

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in 60s, 70s, Blues Rock, ROCK/POP

While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late ’60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie…

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James Brown

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 in 60s, 70s, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

“Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” — those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music…

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Roddy Frame

Posted on Mar 23, 2019 in 00s, Indie, Singer/Songwriter

Best known as the leader of Scottish pop group Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame burst onto the U.K. pop scene as a songwriting wunderkind who became a critical favorite while still in his teens … Frame has earned a reputation as a gifted, literate tunesmith who has enjoyed a long-running and uncompromising career…

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Charlie Haden

Posted on Mar 19, 2019 in Avant-Garde, JAZZ

An immensely celebrated and forward-thinking bassist, Charlie Haden first emerged in the late ’50s as one of free jazz’s founding fathers. While he never fully settled into any of jazz’s many stylistic niches, he certainly played his share of dissonant music, appearing with saxophonist Ornette Coleman…

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Slim Dusty

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in Country

Slim Dusty was the most prolific and biggest-selling recording artist in Australia, with more than five million of his recordings sold on the domestic market of 20 million people and a status akin to the all-time greats in country music. In 2000, the 73-year-old Australian music legend released his 100th album…

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Aztec Camera

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 in 80s, Indie, New Wave

Aztec Camera was the brainchild of Roddy Frame, a Scottish songwriter and vocalist whose precocious talent — he was still in his teens when the band cut their acclaimed debut album, High Land, Hard Rain — earned the band a loyal cult following. With Frame’s knack for catchy, upbeat melodies and wordplay…

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Ray Charles

Posted on Mar 7, 2019 in 50s, 60s, Atlantic/Stax, BLUES, Country, JAZZ, Rhythm & Blues, ROCK/POP, SOUL

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging ’50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues…

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