Alicia had instant success with her debut album Songs In Am, mainly down to its single Fallin’.
Following this, she has firmly established herself with hits such as If I Ain’t Got You, This Girl Is On Fire, and Empire State Of Mind.
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With 22 Grammy nominations and 10 wins to her name, Chaka Khan earned her nickname The Queen Of Funk.
Collaborations include Stevie Wonder, Prince, Ray Charles, Steve Winwood, Robert Palmer, Ry Cooder, De La Soul, and Mary J Blidge.
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With his upside-down Flying V, huge bends, and imposing nature, Albert King is a legend among legends.
Most great blues guitar players cite the Velvet Bulldozer as one of their main influences.
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The King Of The Blues, B.B. King is easily the most famous blues artist around.
With hits like The Thrill Is Gone and Paying The Cost To Be The Boss, B.B. will forever be known as one of the original blues giants.
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Perhaps the least known of the three kings, Freddie is most known for his instrumentals Hide Away and The Stumble.
Not just a great guitar player, Freddie could sing his heart out and did so as he covered many classics.
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King Harvest is best known for their 1973 release of Dancing In The Moonlight, a song one of their band members had already released.
Formed in Paris by American musicians, they recorded their hit, broke up, then reunited when it started getting airplay.
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Categorized as a British invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four, The Kinks changed popular music forever.
Among their hits, you find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me, which fourteen years later would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.
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Kool & The Gang
Kool and his gang started out in 1964 and had their first hit in 1973 with Jungle Boogie.
After recruiting a singer, they’d go on to release a string of hits in Celebration, Get Down On It, and Ladies Night.
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Growing up surrounded by the world’s finest jazz musicians, learning how to play most instruments, and being classmates with Slash, set Lenny Kravitz up for greatness.
Hits include Are You Gonna Go My Way, Fly Away, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over, Always On The Run, as well as songs for Madonna and Vanessa Paradise.
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Peggy Lee was a very successful American jazz and traditional pop singer, songwriter, and actress.
Her most famous performances include Black Coffee, Big Spender, Fever, and Why Don’t You Do Right?
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Starting out as a pianist for Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys, John Legend eventually got signed by Kanye West.
Fast forward a couple of decades and John had lived up to his name by winning the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
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Peter Doherty and Carl Barât formed The Libertines whilst at University in the late 90s.
In between partying, arguing, and general shenanigans, they managed to write the hit Don’t Look Back Into The Sun.
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Most famous for singing Cry Me A River, starring in Westerns and in the TV series Emergency! Julie London also recorded many Jazz standards.
Tunes include Fly Me To The Moon, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Bye Bye Blackbird, A Taste Of Honey, and Why Don’t You Do Right?
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Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.
Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and is regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion. Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.
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The best-selling male artist since 2010, Bruno Mars has a string of hits to his name, as well as being the writer for other famous artists like CeeLo Green.
Bruno’s smash hits include Locked Out Of Heaven, Forget You, Uptown Funk, Leave The Door Open, Treasure, and Marry You.
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Martha and the Vandellas
Martha met her Vandellas as she was a secretary at Motown’s hit factory where her soon-to-be backing singers sang for Marvin Gaye.
Together they had seven years of hits including Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run, and perhaps Motown’s biggest hit of them all in Dancing In The Street.
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Launching himself to the world in 2001 with the acoustic smash hit Your Body Is A Wonderland, John Mayer didn’t just stick to the acoustic for long.
In 2006, he teamed up with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino and presented his electric side to the world with hits like Vultures and Belief.
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McFadden & Whitehead
Growing tired of being the producers behind the curtain, watching acts like The O’Jays get all the glory, McFadden & Whitehead decided to write a song about it.
Luckily for them, their words got mistaken for being about fighting racial inequality, and Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now became part of a movement.
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Don McLean is an American singer-songwriter most famous for his ’71 songs American Pie and Vincent.
When McLean’s indie label Media Arts got sold to United Artists, he got an unexpected chance to make his second album for a major label.
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Men At Work
Men At Work composed the hilarious Down Under which managed to become a #1 single and album in the U.S.
Down Under has also gone on to become Australia’s signature song.
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Australian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in ’03, appearing on his Here Comes The Fuzz.
After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in ’09.
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As one of the pioneers of Funk, The Meters formed as early as 1965. They would come to back many artists as well as release their own instrumental tunes.
Their most famous instrumentals include Just Kissed My Baby and Cissy Strut, which has become a standard among working musicians.
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As one of the most popular singers in Britain, George Michael first came to promise with the duo Wham!
Following many hits with the duo, he set his sights on an even more lucrative solo career.
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Roger Miller started out as a songwriter in the 50s and released his own tunes in the 60s. In the 70s, he went back to being a songwriter again, now for Disney.
His best-known tunes include Billy Bayou, Oo-De-Lally, Dang Me, England Swings, and his signature song King Of The Road.
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Formed for a TV show launched in 1966, The Monkees creator Bob Rafelson effectively manufactured the first successful boy band.
Their best tunes include I’m A Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, (Theme from) The Monkees, and Daydream Believer.
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One of the greatest, and definitely the loudest British blues guitar players of all time we find in Gary Moore.
Having appeared on more than 40 records, Gary Moore has recorded with Phil Lynott, Albert King, George Harrison, and Albert Collins.
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Mraz’s second album was released in 2005. He promoted it by touring with Alanis Morrisette, Tracy Chapman, and James Blunt the world over.
It was as if the stage was set for Jason to finally release the smash hit everyone knew he’d already written.
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Mumford & Sons
Formed in 2007, Mumford & Sons released their debut album to critical acclaim in 2009, with an equally well-received follow-up in 2012.
Their biggest tunes include Sigh No More, The Cave, Little Lion Man, and their signature song, I Will Wait.
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Paolo Nutini’s career started when an artist was late to perform at his school, Paolo was asked by the music teacher to go up and sing a song.
The reaction from the crowd to Paolo’s naturally stunning voice caught the attention of his (soon-to-be) manager who happened to be in the crowd.
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Oasis was an English rock band led by two brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher.
With 8 #1 singles, 15 NME Awards, 9 Q Awards, 4 MTV Europe awards, and 5 Brit awards. The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles And Albums declared Oasis the Most Successful Act of the 90s.
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Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene (OCS) is an English rock band from Birmingham. The band had the most success with their 1996 album Moseley Shoals.
The album contained the band’s three biggest hits The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, and You’ve Got It Bad.
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Hip-Hop duo Outkast (Andre 3000 and Big Boi) is best known for their tunes Ms. Jackson and Hey Ya!
These two songs become two of the world’s most popular in the decade 2000-2010, Hey Ya! made it onto the average cover band’s repertoire.
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