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...One of the first American pop vocal groups to gain international fame, the Ink Spots were responsible for stylistic innovations which led to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop. Originally formed in 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana...

The Coasters

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...The late 1950s and early 1960s material by the Coasters provided a link between the older doo-wop sound, blues, and the new rock and roll. Formed in 1955, the Coasters evolved out of the Los Angeles doo-wop group the Robins after two of its...
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...As the flagship act of Motown Records during the 1960s, the Supremes became the national face of Detroit’s R & B and soul sound. Originally formed in Detroit in 1958 as the Primettes, a female version of local group the Primes, the group...

Paul Anka

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...The Canadian singer and songwriter Paul Anka turned his teen-idol fame of the late 1950s into a multi-decade career that saw him work in myriad arenas of the music and entertainment business. Born in Ottawa in 1941, Anka sang and studied...

Philadelphia, PA

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population 1,517,550 (2000) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the fifth-largest city in the United States. It is situated on the Delaware and Schuykill rivers and is the largest port in the United States. Its population...

New York City, NY: Harlem

David Horn

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David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Ted Vincent

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Harlem is located north of Central Park in New York City, between 110th Street and the Harlem River. In the twentieth century, it became home to the single largest African-American community in the country, while east Harlem, which occupies...

Doo Wop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Doo wop is both a sub-genre of rhythm and blues music and a performance style. The term is most commonly used to refer to a postwar, secular male vocal music that became a popular component of rhythm and blues from about 1949 through 1960....

Brill Building Pop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Brill Building pop is the collective name given to a variety of styles of popular song written and published in and around the Brill Building in New York City in the late 1950s and early to mid-1960s. Such songs combined elements of rock...

Canada

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 31,156,393 (2001) Canada, the second-largest country in the world and one of its most prosperous, has a unique history and geography. Located in the upper portion of the North American continent, the country is blessed...

Pittsburgh, PA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 334,563 (2000); metropolitan area – 2,358,695 (2000) The rise of popular music in the city of Pittsburgh was affected by the topographical, social and cultural conditions present in the region. The city lies...