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Los Panchos

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...Los Panchos (or Trios Los Panchos) was a Latin balladic trio, originally comprising Mexican Chucho Navarro and Alfredo Gil (both harmonic singers and requinto guitarists) and Puerto Rican Hernando Avilés as lead singer. The trio...

Elmore James

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...As an electric guitar and blues innovator, Elmore James’s influence transcended his genre and generation. Born Elmore Brooks into a field hand family in Holmes County, Mississippi in 1918, James began making music at age twelve by playing...
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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...
...The life and career of Merle Haggard reads as a country music mythic story. Haggard’s parents moved from Oklahoma during the Great Depression, and Haggard was born in California in 1937. After his father’s death in 1945, Haggard became...
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...From the 1960s through the 1980s, Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe helped to establish the form as a global phenomenon. He was born into a musical family in Ponce in 1946. Lavoe’s father wanted his son to learn the trombone...
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...The electric guitar and pounding foot of John Lee Hooker helped to establish blues in the post-World War II American musical culture. Born in Mississippi in either 1912 or 1917, Hooker was homeschooled by his mother...
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...In Rolling Stone magazine, Ali Ibrahim “Farka” Touré is listed as number seventy-six on “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Similarly, he ranks number thirty-seven on Spin magazine's “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Known...

Artie Shaw

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...Artie Shaw was born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky on May 23, 1910, in New York, USA. Though well known as “one of jazz’s finest clarinetists,” Shaw started off playing the ukulele at age ten and the alto saxophone at age twelve. It was only when...

Beny Moré

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...Leader of Banda Gigante, Beny Moré’s tenor voice defined, for many, Cuban popular music in the 1950s and early 1960s. Moré was born in Lajas in 1919; his great-great grandfather was rumored to be the son of a Congolese king who was enslaved...

Buck Owens

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...