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John Legend MP

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards. In 2007, Legend received the special...

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Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Bard MP

Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada

note from CLE: Gordon has six children. The sixth childs name and mother remain undiscovered at this time. Gordon Lightfoot From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gordon Lightfoot Birth name Gordo...

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Howard Dietz (1896 - 1983)

Howard Dietz was a U.S. songwriter who wrote some 500 songs during his lifetime, many for Broadway. He is credited with creating the MGM Lion mascot, where he was in charge of publicity for over 30 y...

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David Clayton-Thomas MP

'David Henry Thomsett Whom we know publicly as ''''''David Clayton-Thomas Born 9/13/1941 in Surrey County, England,UK David grew up in WW II England with an abusive father and a kind mother. The ...

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Keith Richards MP

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, songwriter and founding member of the English rock band The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine said Richards had created "rock's gre...

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Billy Rose (1899 - 1966)

William "Billy" Rose (September 6, 1899 – February 10, 1966) was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. He is credited with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow" (192...

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Jack Norworth (1879 - 1959)

Profile photo: with Nora Bayes Jack Norworth (5 January 1879 - 1 September 1959) was a U.S. songwriter, singer and vaudeville performer. Norworth is credited as co-writer of a number of Tin P...

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P. G. Wodehouse MP (1881 - 1975)

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse ( pronunciation (help·info)), KBE ; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays,...

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Bob Dylan MP

wikipedia - Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman ; Hebrew name: Shabtai Zisel ; May 24, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, music producer, artist, and writer. He has been an influentia...

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Carly Simon MP

Carly Elisabeth Simon , born June 25, 1945 at New York City, New York. American singer-songwriter, musician, and children's author. She rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records, and has...

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Mack (Max) David, Lyricist (1912 - 1993)

Source: Mack David was born in New York City on July 5, 1912. He originally thought of becoming an attorney, and attended Cornell University and then St. John's University Law School. When his younge...

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Harold (Hal) Lane David, Academy Award Winning Lyricist MP (1921 - 2012)

Hal David From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hal David Birth name Harold Lane David Born May 25, 1921 New York City, New York, U.S. Died September 1, 2012 (aged 91) Los Angeles, California, U.S. Gen...

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Henry C. Work (1832 - 1884)

Henry Clay Work (October 1, 1832 – June 8, 1884) was an American composer and songwriter. Biography He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, to Alanson and Amelia (Forbes) Work. His f...

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Samuel A. Ward (1847 - 1903)

Samuel Augustus Ward (December 28, 1847 – September 28, 1903) was an American organist and composer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Ward studied music in New York and became an organist at Grac...

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Samuel Francis Smith (1808 - 1895)

Samuel Francis Smith (October 21, 1808 – November 16, 1895), Baptist minister, journalist and author, is best known for having written the lyrics to "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", which he enti...

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George F. Root (1820 - 1895)

George Frederick Root (August 30, 1820 – August 6, 1895) was an American songwriter, who found particular fame during the American Civil War. Biography George Frederick Root was born...

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Eben E. Rexford (1848 - 1916)

Eben Eugene Rexford (16 July 1848 - 18 October 1916) was an American writer and poet, and author of lyrics to popular and gospel songs. Born in Johnsburg, New York, he moved with his family to ...

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James Lord Pierpont MP (1822 - 1893)

) James Lord Pierpont (April 25, 1822 - August 5, 1893) was an American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer, best known for writing and composing "Jingle Bells" in 1857, originally e...

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Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1862 - 1946)

Carrie Minetta Jacobs-Bond (August 11, 1862 – December 28, 1946) was an American singer, pianist, and songwriter who composed some 175 pieces of popular sheet music from the 1890s through th...

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John Howard Payne MP (1791 - 1852)

John Howard Payne (June 9, 1791 – April 10, 1852) was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had most of his theatrical career and success in London. He is today most remembered...

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Julia Ward Howe MP (1819 - 1910)

Julia Ward Howe, little known today except as author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, lecturer, reformer and biographer. She worked to end slavery, ...

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Stephen Foster ("father of American music") MP (1826 - 1864)

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as the "father of American music", was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century. His songs —...

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Paul Dresser (1857 - 1906)

Johann Paul Dresser, Jr. (Born Johann Paul Dreiser, Jr.; April 22, 1857 – January 31, 1906) was a popular American songwriter of the late 19th century and early 20th century. As a child and ad...

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Howard Dietz (1896 - 1983)

American publicist, lyricist, and librettist. Served in the US Navy in World War I and became editor of their magazine, Navy Life. During World War II, he assisted the U.S. Treasury Department with the...

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Matt Dennis (1914 - 2002)

Matt Dennis (February 11, 1914–June 21, 2002) was a singer, pianist, bandleader, arranger, and writer of music for popular music songs. He was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a...

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Buddy DeSylva (1895 - 1950)

George Gard "Buddy" DeSylva (January 27, 1895 - July 11, 1950) was an American songwriter, film producer and record executive. He wrote or co-wrote many popular songs and along with Johnny Mercer and...

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Reginald de Koven (1859 - 1920)

Henry Louis Reginald De Koven (April 3, 1859 – January 16, 1920) was an American music critic and prolific composer, particularly of comic operas. Biography De Koven was born in Middle...

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Sam Coslow (1902 - 1982)

Sam Coslow (December 27, 1902 – April 2, 1982) was an American songwriter, singer, film producer, publisher, and market analyst. Coslow was born in New York City. He began writing songs as a...

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Henry Rhodes "Hank" Cosby (1928 - 2002)

Henry "Hank" R. Cosby (May 12, 1928, Detroit, Michigan – January 22, 2002, Detroit, Michigan) was an American songwriter and record producer for Motown. Although he worked with many of the...

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Leonard Norman Cohen MP

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relat...

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Felice Bryant (1925 - 2003)

Country Musician/Songwriter. Born on August 7, 1925, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Felice began writing songs as a child. In 1945 at the age of 20 she met her husband Boudleaux Bryant when they formed a s...

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Boudleaux Bryant (1920 - 1987)

Felice Bryant (August 7, 1925 – April 22, 2003) and Boudleaux Bryant (February 13, 1920 – June 25, 1987)[1] were an American wife and husband country music and pop songwriting team be...

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Ralph Blane (1914 - 1995)

Ralph Blane (July 26, 1914 – November 13, 1995) was an American composer, lyricist, and performer. Life and career Born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blane was the...

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William Billings (1746 - 1800)

William Billings (b. Boston, October 7, 1746 – d. Boston, September 26, 1800) was an American choral composer, and is widely regarded as the father of American choral music. Billings created...

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Leonard Louis Eliezer Bernstein, [Louis Borenstein] MP (1918 - 1990)

Candide Overture: Leonard Bernstein conducting , Symphonic Dances - Part 1 (from West Side Story) , Symphonic Dances - Part 2 (from West Side Story) , Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein (pronounce...

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John Barry (1933 - 2011)

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an Oscar winning English film score composer. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and was hugely influen...

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Ernest Roland Ball (1878 - 1927)

Ernest Roland Ball (July 22, 1878 – May 3, 1927) was an American singer and songwriter, most famous for composing the music for the song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" in 1912. He was not himse...

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Fred E. Ahlert (1892 - 1953)

Frederick Emil Ahlert (19 September 1892 – 20 October 1953) was an American composer and songwriter. He received a degree from Fordham Law School, but instead of pursuing a legal career he b...

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Harold Campbell Adamson (1906 - 1980)

Harold Adamson was born on December 10, 1.906 in Greenville, New Jersey, and grew up in New York City. He attended public elementary and high schools, and then went to the University of Kansas and Ha...

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Bill Withers MP

William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. Some of his best-known songs are "Lean on Me", ...

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James Vernon Taylor MP

James Vernon Taylor , born March 12, 1948 American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved h...

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Jerome David Kern MP (1885 - 1945)

Jerome David Kern was an American composer of popular music. He wrote around 700 songs, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your ...

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Ira Gershwin MP (1896 - 1983)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ira Gershwin Background information Birth name Israel Gershowitz Also known as Israel Gershvin Arthur Francis Born December 6, 1896(1896-12-06) Ne...

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Duke Elllington MP (1899 - 1974)

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal ...

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Sir Noel Coward MP (1899 - 1973)

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called ...

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Eric Patrick Clapton MP

Eric Patrick Clapton is an English blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Clapton has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, as well as a member of rock ...

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Paul Albert Anka MP

He is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like "Diana'", "Lonely B...

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Brian Wilson (of The Beach Boys) MP

Brian Douglas Wilson (born June 20, 1942 in Inglewood, California) is an American musician, best known as the leader and chief songwriter of the rock group The Beach Boys. Within the band, Wilson pla...

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Hank Williams (1923 - 1953)

An American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as among the greatest country music stars of all time. Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber MP

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948), properly styled and widely known as The Lord Lloyd-Webber, is a British composer and impresario of musical theatre. He is an English ...

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Bruce Springsteen MP

New Jersey, United States

In his long, successful career, Bruce Springsteen has balanced many roles, including rock star, folk singer, song-writer, cultural icon, and social activist, as well as family man. An award-winning sin...

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John Philip Sousa MP (1854 - 1932)

John Philip Sousa (/ˈsuːsə/;[1] November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known particularly for American military...

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Paul Simon MP

One of the most paradoxical figures in rock-and-roll history, Paul Simon exemplified many of the principles against which the music initially reacted. From his first big hit, “The Sounds of Sile...

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Richie Sambora MP

Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer/songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the popular rock band Bon Jovi. He and...

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Marvin Moshe Hamlisch MP (1944 - 2012)

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944) is an American composer. He is one of only thirteen people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony (those four together are known as an EGO...

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Richard Rodgers MP (1902 - 1979)

Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 31, 1979) was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and televis...

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Lionel Brockman Richie MP

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, record producer who has sold more than 100 million records. Back as a student in Tuskegee, he formed a succession of R&B groups in the m...

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Cole Albert Porter (1891 - 1964)

Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took ...

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Dolly Rebecca Parton MP

Brentwood, Williamson, Tennessee, United States

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music. She is one of the m...

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Roy Kelton Orbison, Sr. MP (1936 - 1988)

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbiso...

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Willie Nelson MP

He is an American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist. He reached his greatest fame during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, and remains iconic, especially in American p...

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Joni Mitchell MP

Joni Mitchell , CC, (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter.[1] Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Western Canada and then...

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Freddie Mercury MP (1946 - 1991)

Another One Bites The Dust Freddie's Last Interview Freddie Mercury - The Untold Story Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફારોખ બલ&#...

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Johnny Mercer (1909 - 1976)

Composer and lyricist. He wrote over 1,100 songs. Wrote the lyrics and/or music to "Charade", "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Accentuate The Positive", "Autumn Leaves", "Goody Goody", "Hooray for Hollywood...

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Sir Paul McCartney MP

Outside Peasmarsh, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, poet, composer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur, record and film producer, painter, and animal rights and peace activist. Formerly of ...

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Henry Mancini MP (1924 - 1994)

He was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards (20), including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1...

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Loretta Lynn MP

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb; April 14, 1932) is an American country music singer-songwriter, author and philanthropist. Born in Butcher Holler, Kentucky to a ...

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Alan Jay Lerner (1918 - 1986)

Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works...

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John Lennon MP (1940 - 1980)

John Lennon achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in one of the most successful bands of all time - The Beatles . He is credited as being the original and founding ...

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Miss Peggy Lee (1920 - 2002)

Peggy Lee (1920 – 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to sing...

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Kris Kristofferson MP

Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and musician. He is best known for hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down...

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Francis Scott Key, Sr. MP (1779 - 1843)

Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, in western Maryland. His family was very wealthy and owned an estate called "Terra Rubra." When Francis was 10 years old, his parents sent him to grammar...

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Sir Elton Hercules John MP

British singer, composer, and pianist Elton John was one of the most popular entertainers of the late 20th century, famous for his flashy clothes and string of hit records. In his four-decade career Jo...

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Billy Joel MP

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become ...

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Sir Mick Jagger MP

Swaggering, thick-lipped Brit Mick Jagger has been the lead singer and (along with guitarist Keith Richards) main songwriter for the consistently popular and influential rock band The Rolling Stones si...

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Michael Jackson MP (1958 - 2009)

Member of the Jackson 5 who later became a successful solo artist. Michael Jackson is known as the "King of Pop." He is one of the most commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time.

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Buddy Holly MP (1936 - 1959)

Charles Hardin Holley ( Buddy Holly ) was born on September 7, 1936 in the small town of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas to Lawrence Odell and Ella Pauline Drake Holley. Charles was named after his gran...

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Oscar Hammerstein, II MP (1895 - 1960)

Perhaps the most influential lyricist and librettist of the American theater, Oscar Hammerstein II reversed the process of musical writing, writing the lyrics first and then the score. Major musicals f...

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Woody Guthrie MP (1912 - 1967)

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditio...

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Robin Hugh Gibb MP (1949 - 2012)

Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. The...

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Maurice Ernest Gibb MP (1949 - 2003)

Maurice Ernest Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 12 January 2003) was a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the twin brother of Robi...

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Barry Alan Crompton Gibb MP

Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE (born 1 September 1946) is a musician, singer and songwriter and producer, who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Bee Gees. He is also the eldest and last...

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George Gershwin MP (1898 - 1937)

George Gershwin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born Jacob Gershowitz on September 26, 1898(1898-09-26), Brooklyn, New York Died July 11, 1937(1937-07-11) (aged 38), Hollywood, Californ...

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Neil Diamond MP

Website Neil Diamond Discography Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) i s the third most successful Adult Contemporary vocal artist ever , ranking behind only Barbra Streisand and Elton Jo...

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John Denver (1943 - 1997)

Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer/songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. After traveling and li...

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David Bowie MP

Manhattan and London

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London on 8 January 1947.His mother, Margaret Mary "Peggy" (née Burns), of Irish descent, worked as a cinema usherette, while his father, Hayw...

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Jon Bon Jovi MP

Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.) is an American musician, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and founder of the band Bon Jovi, formed in 1983. Bon Jovi is well-known for ...

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James Joseph Brown, Jr MP (1933 - 2006)

) James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is the originator of funk music and is a major figure of 20th cent...

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Dinah Shore (1916 - 1994)

Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She reached the height of her popularity as a recordin...

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Bobby Darin MP (1936 - 1973)

Grammy winning singer, songwriter and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin aimed at the American dream. He married a teen movie queen, but then found out that his sister was really his mother, and died y...

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David Van Cortlandt Crosby MP

Los Angeles, CA, United States

David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: The Byrds, Crosby, Stills ...

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