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...Van Dyke Parks is a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and music producer. Parks is known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson, most notably his lyrical contributions to The Beach Boys’ album Smile. During his career as a producer...
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...Richard and Linda Thompson were a British husband and wife duo performing in the folk rock genre. Though they met in 1969, they only formed as a musical duo after their marriage in 1972. Richard (b. April 3, 1949) performed as a guitarist...

John Denver

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...As a prominent member of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, John Denver’s songwriting brought a unique voice to the genre. Denver was born in New Mexico in 1943; his father was in the US Air Force and thus the family moved often. He...

Joan Baez

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...Through the folk vogue of the late 1950s and early 1960s, few artists emerged as dedicated and talented as Joan Baez. Baez was born in New York in 1941 to a middle-class family that converted to Quakerism when she was young. Baez graduated...

R.E.M.

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...R.E.M. has been a major influence in the creation and development of alternative rock. Formed in Georgia, USA, in 1980, R.E.M.’s members first played together as a band at a friend’s birthday party. Drummer Bill Berry and bassist Mike Mills...
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...The contributions of Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot helped to define the folk-pop sound through the 1960s and 1970s. Born in Ontario in 1938, Lightfoot’s musical ability was recognized early and by five he was singing...

Love

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...Though denied commercial success by its contemporary audience, the innovative psychedelic material of Love inspired numerous subsequent musicians in a wide variety of rock-adjacent idioms. The band was formed by Arthur Lee. He had lived...

Nick Drake

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...As a brooding, poetic icon, Nick Drake’s death was overshadowed by the massive influence his material had on musicians from the 1970s onward. Born in Myanmar in 1948, Drake and his family returned to England in 1950. Though he learned piano...

Gram Parsons

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...Born Ingram Cecil Connor III on November 5, 1946, in Florida, USA, Gram Parsons is considered the father of country-rock. He is well known for his performances in, most notably, the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying...
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...Though best known for his medley cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s focus on preserving and innovating Hawaiian traditional music made him the island’s most popular entertainer. Born...