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Dean Martin

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...One of the most recognizable celebrities of the twentieth century, Dean Martin made a name for himself as a comic actor before expanding into the entire field of entertainment. Born in Ohio in 1917, Martin spoke Italian and did not speak...

Tony Bennett

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...As a singer, Tony Bennett maintained a successful career despite his form’s nadir in popularity in the late twentieth century. Born in New York City in 1926, Bennett’s early influences were jazz and stage performers. He was a talented...

Perry Como

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...With an overt sense of authenticity and a focus on good taste, Perry Como achieved massive success as a singer and media personality. Born in Pennsylvania in 1912 into a family of recent Italian immigrants, Como would learn to play his...

South Korea

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 45,985,289 (2000)In 1948 the first elections in Korea were carried out in the areas south of the 38th parallel, with Syngman Rhee becoming the first President of South Korea (aka Republic of Korea). In June 1950 North Korea...
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...The Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara enriched the nation’s filmic Golden Age with a large array of songs in myriad styles. Born in Mexico City in 1897, Lara first came into contact with music while living with an aunt following the death...

Adult Contemporary

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term Adult Contemporary (AC) emerged as a radio format and musical genre designation during the 1970s. Since the late 1970s it has been among the top radio formats in North America. Musically, AC has been characterized as ‘softer...

Contemporary Worship Music

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Also known as ‘Praise and Worship music,’ ‘modern worship music,’ or simply ‘worship music,’ contemporary worship music is a North American evangelical and charismatic Christian congregational song repertory set to a variety of popular...

Easy Listening

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...‘Easy listening’ refers to a range of accessible, highly polished music that celebrates professionalism and populism. First heard as background music on North American radio in the 1940s, it evolved into a genre for marketing LP albums...