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Ry Cooder

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...The roots-focused approach of multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder provided a rich aural backdrop to rock and world music through the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Los Angeles in 1947, Cooder began playing guitar at the age...
...Cayetano César Concepción Martínez (or simply César Concepción) was a Puerto Rican composer and orchestra leader. He popularized the Puerto Rican music style of plena and introduced it to Latin American ballroom dancing. Born on July 28...
...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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...Widely considered to be the first international recording star, Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, Italy in 1873. He was raised in a poor family but was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, who died in 1888. He sang in the street...
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...The first Canadian country music star, Wilf Carter (known as Montana Slim in the United States), provided a link between country’s source material and its contemporary vogue. Born in 1904 in Nova Scotia, Carter’s family was poor and he...
...The music of Sierra Leone’s Ebenezer Calendar served as an aural statement on the dynamics of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Born in Freetown in 1912, Calendar’s father came from Jamaica and influenced young Ebenezer with rhythm and song...
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...In the early era of country music recording, the Carter Family became stars and, by the time of the 1960s folk revival, stood as representations of a past musical culture. In 1927, A. P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter went from Virginia...
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...Despite a short career, Charlie Christian proved to be one of the first major jazz electric guitarists. Christian was born in 1916 in Texas; the family relocated to Oklahoma, where he and his brothers were taught to play guitar...
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...The salsa musician Willie Colón incorporated the aesthetics of Nuyorican culture into his music, which led to a career of social activism. Colón was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1950; both of his parents had come to the United...

Camp Lo

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...The hip-hop duo Camp Lo was formed in the Bronx, New York in 1995 and participated in the first major wave of hip-hop music that fused funk and jazz samples and rhythms with New York rap lyricism. The group consisted of Sonny Cheeba...