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Frankie Valli Biography

Valli invented a fruitful solo career as well with singles like “Can Not Take My Eyes Off of You,” “My Eyes Adored You” and the title tune to the film-musical Grease. The Tony Award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys started in 2005, telling the narrative of Valli and The Four ...

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Esperanza Spalding Biography

She released the more pop/soul-driven Radio Music Society in the year 2012, and has performed in the Oscars. Raised by her mother, Spalding was homeschooled for much of her youth and, inspired by Yo-Yo Ma, taught herself the best way to play violin. She joined her home state’s Chamber Music ...

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Erykah Badu Biography

Produced in 1971 in Dallas, Texas, Erykah Badu was exposed to the arts early on, and finally started to perform in shows in the neighborhood Dallas Theater Center. In 1996, Badu’s demo captured the eye of music producer Kedar Massenburg, who signed her and matched her with D’Angelo to record ...

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Deadmau5 Biography

Produced on January 5, 1981, in Toronto, Canada, Joel Zimmerman, beneath the moniker Deadmau5, became among the leading figures in electronic dance music throughout the initial decade of the 2000s. His hits have included “Faxing Berlin” and “The Veldt,” and he is released records like4x4=12 and >record name goes herealbum ...

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David Ruffin Biography

Produced in Mississippi in 1941, David Ruffin started composing songs when he was a teen. He sang in Memphis talent shows before finally signing with Motown Records and joining the Temptations. As a solo musician, Ruffin discovered occasional success, however he experienced a difficult road, expiring of a cocaine overdose ...

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David Coverdale Biography

David Coverdale was born on September 22, 1951 in Saltburn by the Sea, North Yorkshire, England. After spending the early 1970s using the group Deep Purple, Coverdale break in the group and released two solo albums, White Snake and Northwinds. In the late 1970s, Coverdale founded the rock band Whitesnake, ...

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Cynthia Weil Biography

Produced in New York in 1940, Cynthia Weil started composing hit songs in the 1960s and went on to really have a long and varied career as a composer. She continued writing to the 1980s, however, and helped compose tunes like “Running With the Night” for Lionel Ritchie. A lot ...

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Cyndi Lauper Biography

Cyndi Lauper explode onto the charts with her debut album, She’s So Unusual (1983). With her diverse clothing, flamboyantly styled hair and infectious pop tunes, Lauper took the music world by surprise, as well as the record sold nearly 5 million copies. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June ...

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Clive Davis Biography

Born in 1932 in Brooklyn, Ny, Clive Davis started out as an attorney. He got work at Columbia Records and finally became its president. While there, Davis signed Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, yet others to the label. In 1974, he began Arista Records. Occasionally called the Man with all the Golden ...

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Chuck Berry Biography

Steve Howe – Idolizing Chuck Berry (TVPG; 2:04) Steve Howe, of the group Yes, on the revolutionary fashion of his musical idol, Chuck Berry, telling a narrative. As a teenager, he was sent to prison for three years for armed robbery. With his intelligent lyrics and identifying sounds, Berry became ...

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