Charlie Parker is easily the most famous saxophone player that ever lived, he lived fast, played hard, and died young.
Most famous for inventing Bebop and his legendary practice routine that has been adopted by most serious Jazz musicians since.
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With 44 top-ten country albums and 110 chartered singles, Dolly Parton is the most famous country singer in the world.
Hits include I Will Always Love You, Jolene, 9 To 5, and almost 4 decades after her first release, Creepin’ In with Norah Jones.
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The best bass player in the world, Jaco Pastorius started out with co-tutor Pat Matheny, releasing genre-defining albums in 1976.
His best-known tunes include The Chicken, Coyote, Bright Size Life, Birdland, and Donna Lee.
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Freda Payne is the older sister of Scherrie, who sang in The Supremes during the 70s after Diana had gone solo.
Freda wasn’t just a singer with a #1 in Band Of Gold, she also acted in films, and on Broadway, she even hosted her own TV show.
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Ann Peebles is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 70s on Hi Records.
Two of her better-known songs are I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down and I Can’t Stand The Rain.
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Most people know CeCe for her dance anthem Finally, which sold 3 million copies worldwide.
Some people believe she also wrote Somebody Else’s Guy, a Jocelyn Brown tune released 14 years earlier.
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Pop princess Katy Perry came to prominence in 2008 with her debut single I Kissed A Girl and follow up Hot n Cold.
Katy continued the hit parade with Firework, California Gurls, Last Friday Night, Teenage Dream, and Roar.
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Best known for worldwide hit What’s Up with her band 4 Non Blondes, singer-songwriter Linda Perry has plenty more strings to her bow.
As a writer and producer, she also penned Beautiful for Christina Aguilera and Get The Party Started for P!nk.
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Madeleine Peyroux is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Often compared to Billie Holiday for her vocal similarities, Peyroux’s second solo album only had one original tune on it, Don’t Wait Too Long.
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Pink Floyd is an English rock band that sold an estimated seventy-five million albums in the United States alone.
With their laid-back blues-influenced psychedelic rock, they had hits like Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb, Money, and Wish You Were Here.
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Plain White T’s
Plain White T’s are an American rock band that had great success with their song Hey There Delilah, charting at #1 in many countries in 2007.
Using a very persistent marketing technique, Hey There Delilah was pushed for over two years before it was finally #1.
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The Police was a New Wave band from England comprising Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland.
Unusually, it was Stewart’s father, Miles Copeland III who managed the band and later, Sting’s solo career.
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Elvis didn’t just change music by popularising Rock N Roll and becoming the world’s first superstar, he changed the world.
Hits include Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Blue Sud In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, and (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.
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Formed in 1970 in London when Freddie Mercury added himself to the band Smile, Queen was destined for greatness, eventually selling 300 million albums.
Their impressive catalog includes Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You, Don’t Stop Me Now, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
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Rage Against The Machine
Formed in 1991, Rage Against The Machine enjoyed almost instant success with their debut album.
When the singer left ten years later, the rest of the band formed Audioslave with Chris Cornell and did it all over again.
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Dubbed the King Of Soul, Otis Redding was an American singer-songwriter who wrote some of the most famous songs of all time.
His career was tragically cut short only five years after his first studio album was released as he tragically died in a plane crash in 1967.
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Originally, Rice was a member of Juniper but on the evening of recording their first full album, he changed his mind and left the band.
Damien fled to Italy to start afresh, writing songs and busking his way around Europe.
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Starting out with Commodores, Lionel Richie had several worldwide smash hits in Easy, Brick House, and Three Times A Lady.
As a solo artist, he released Hello, All Night Long, and Dancing On The Ceiling, firmly establishing himself as one of the all-time greats.
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The Righteous Brothers
Releasing their first album in 1963, The Righteous Brothers became one of the world’s best-known duos.
Hits include You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ and Unchained Melody, and later, Bill Medley’s (I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life.
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Smokey was a huge part of Motown’s success. Partly with his band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a big part of Motown’s legendary catalog.
Robinson’s hits include Shop Around, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, The Tears of a Clown, My Guy, My Girl, and Get Ready.
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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones is an English band that became popular in the early 60s. Incredibly, the band has stuck together ever since.
They’ve had great success with tunes like Start Me Up, Satisfaction, Wild Horses, Angie, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and Honky Tonk Women.
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The Ronettes are the 60s vocal group behind one of Phil Spector’s biggest wall of sound hits, Be My Baby.
The lead singer, Veronica Bennett, later known as Ronnie Spector, eventually married the eccentric producer who locked her up in his mansion.
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Mark’s destiny seemed written in the stars as his stepdad was the guitarist of the well-known rock band Foreigner.
After a few solo albums attempts, as well as working as a DJ, Mark found his calling in producing some of his time’s greatest artists.
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One of Motown’s best producers, Norman Whitfield, created the band Rose Royce for his own label.
Norman wrote and produced Car Wash, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Do Your Dance, and Wishing On A Star for the band.
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Sam & Dave
Sam & Dave was a Soul duo that made their most successful recordings with Stax house band Booker T. and The M.G.’s.
When the film The Blues Brothers was released in the cinema, it gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam nor Dave seemed happy about it.
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Their 2004 debut album did well with three singles, although it was the album itself that climbed the highest in the charts.
Scissor Sisters’ best tunes include Take Your Mama, Mary, and their biggest hit, I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.
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A vocal and dance group that started out during the Disco era, Shalamar is famous for teaching Michael Jackson to Moonwalk.
Their biggest hit was, without a doubt A Night To Remember, incidentally the song where they showcased the moonwalk that got Michael’s attention.
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Paul Simon is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel and also as a solo artist.
His many hits include Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, You Can Call Me Al, The Boxer, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson, and Graceland.
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Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were a hugely successful American folk duo starting out as Tom & Jerry before they adopted their more obvious choice of stage name.
Their hits include Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, Mrs. Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and American Tune.
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Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide:
“Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”
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Sixpence None The Richer
Sixpence None The Richer is a Christian rock band mainly known for their hit single Kiss Me along with covers of Don’t Dream It’s Over and There She Goes.
The band has had both breakups and reunions since.
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Björn Skifs is a Swedish singer, songwriter, actor, and entertainer best known for his #1 tune Hooked On A Feeling with his 70s band Blue Swede.
After leaving the band, he embarked on a solo career releasing studio albums as well as acting in film and TV.
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Bessie Smith was an American blues singer who was nicknamed The Queen Of Blues and later upgraded to Empress.
Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era (the 20s and 30s) and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.
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Phil Spector is a guitarist, record producer, and songwriter who found fame working with The Crystals, The Ronettes, Tina Turner, and The Beatles.
His biggest hits include River Deep, Mountain High, Unchained Melody, Be My Baby, The Long And Winding Road, My Sweet Lord, Let It Be, and Imagine.
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The Spencer Davis Group
Formed in 1962, The Spencer Davis Group was named after their guitarist, however, the real star of the show was Steve Winwood.
Their best tunes include Keep On Running, Georgia On My Mind, I’m a Man, and their signature song, Gimme Some Lovin’.
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Dusty Springfield is the 60s and 70s singer from London U.K who was a big part of bringing American R&B and soul to the U.K
Her most famous songs include Son Of A Preacher Man, Spooky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.
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Sting is an English musician who, prior to his solo career, had a band called The Police, with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.
Formed in 1977, The Police reached worldwide success after releasing their first single Roxanne only a year after they formed the band.
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Barrett Strong was the first artist on the Motown label to have a hit. The song was Money (That’s What I Want). Performed by Barrett, it was written by the president of the label and a sign of what was to come.
As well as his own solo career, Barrett also wrote many of Motown’s biggest hits.
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The Strokes revived garage rock, mainly thanks to their worldwide smash hit Last Nite, the lead single from the debut album Is This It?
Their best tunes include The Adults Are Talking, Someday, Hard To Explain, and their signature song, Last Nite.
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The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer sold 100 million records between 1975-1983 with her Italian producer and songwriter Giorgio Moroder.
Best-known tunes include On The Radio, Bad Girls, She Works Hard For The Money, Love To Love You Baby, I Feel Love, and Hot Stuff.
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The Supremes are the most successful American vocal group of all time, at their peak, they were as big as The Beatles.
Led by Diana Ross, they had #1’s with Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.
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