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...The career of Emmylou Harris, which began with her work with country rock innovator Gram Parsons, developed her into one of the major voices of progressive country music in the 1970s. Born in 1947 in Alabama, Harris was raised in North...

Lena Horne

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...As a jazz singer and civil rights activist, Lena Horne combined music and politics through her twentieth-century career. Born in Brooklyn in 1917 to an upper middle-class family, Horne was sent to Georgia when she was five. She returned...
...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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...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...

Cheb Hasni

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...The murder of Cheb Hasni by religious extremists in Algeria helped transform the musical idiom in which he performed, rai, from a secular dance music to the protest music of young Algerians in the early 1990s. Born in 1968 in Oran, Algeria,...

W.C. Handy

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...Through the compositions of W. C. Handy, the blues were transformed from a localized form to a national genre. Born in Florence, Alabama in 1873, Handy began his career as a laborer in a strict religious household. Against the wishes of his...
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...As a performer, arranger, and bandleader, Fletcher Henderson fundamentally shaped the trajectory of big band and swing music. Born in Georgia in 1897, Henderson was raised in a middle-class family and was taught to play piano by his mother....
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...When the Afghan Whigs signed to Sub Pop Records in 1989, it helped establish the growing grunge and alternative rock trends as transnational rather than isolated in the Pacific Northwest. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986 by Greg Dulli...

Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...
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...Despite not achieving mainstream popularity outside the Francophone world, Johnny Hallyday single-handedly brought rock music into the French market. Hallyday was born in 1943 in Paris, France. His father left the family early on and his...