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The Talented Curtis Mayfield Part One

The Talented Curtis Mayfield Part One

Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music. He first achieved success and recognition with the Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s, and later worked as a solo artist.
Curtis Mayfield

Mayfield performing for Dutch television, 1972
Background information
Birth name
Curtis Lee Mayfield
Born
June 3, 1942
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died
December 26, 1999 (aged 57)
Roswell, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
* Soul Chicago soul funk R&B rock gospel psychedelic soul jazz
Occupations
* Singer-songwriter guitarist record producer
Instruments
* Vocals piano ke...

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The Talented Wayne Newton Part One

The Talented Wayne Newton Part One

Wayne Newton
Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942) is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. His well-known songs include 1972’s “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast” (his biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart), “Years” (1980), and his vocal version of “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (1965). His signature song “Danke Schoen” (1963) was notably used in the score for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).
Wayne Newton

Newton in concert in 2012
Background information
Birth name
Carson Wayne Newton
Also known as
Mr. Las Vegas, The Midnight Idol, Mr. Entertainment
Born
April 3, 1942 (age 75)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Genre...

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The Talented Aretha Franklin Part One

The Talented Aretha Franklin Part One

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think”. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
Aretha Franklin

Franklin preparing to perform at the White House in 2015
Born
Aretha Louise Franklin
March 25, 1942 (age ...

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The Talented Carole King Part One

The Talented Carole King Part One

Carole King
Carole King (born Carol Joan Klein, February 9, 1942) is an American composer and singer-songwriter. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the USA, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005.
Carole King

King at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2012
Born
Carol Joan Klein
February 9, 1942 (age 75)
Manhattan, New York, New York, U.S.
Alma mater
Queens College
Occupation
Singer-songwriter
Years active
1958–present
Spouses
Gerry Goffin (m. 1959; div. 1968)
Charles Lar...

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The Talented Country Joe

The Talented Country Joe

Country Joe McDonald
Joseph Allen “Country Joe” McDonald (born January 1, 1942) is an American musician who was the lead singer of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Country Joe and the Fish.
Country Joe McDonald

Country Joe McDonald performing at Parr Meadows
Background information
Birth name
Joseph Allen McDonald
Also known as
Country Joe
Born
January 1, 1942 (age 75)
Washington, D.C.
Genres
Alternative country, country, bluegrass, country rock, folk, psychedelic rock, acid rock
Occupations
Musician, political activist
Instruments
Vocals, guitar
Years active
1959–present
Labels
Vanguard Records, One Way Records, Fantasy Records, Rykodisc, Shanachie Records
Associated acts
Country Joe and the Fish
Website
countryjoe.com
Notable instruments
Martin Acoustic Guitar...

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The Talented Pete Best Part One

The Talented Pete Best Part One

Randolph Peter “Pete” Best (born Randolph Peter Scanland, 24 November 1941) is an English musician, principally known as an original member and first drummer of the Beatles, from 1960 to 1962.
Pete Best

Best playing in Maryland in 2006
Background information
Birth name
Randolph Peter Scanland
Born
24 November 1941 (age 75)
Madras, Madras Presidency, British India
Origin
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Genres
* Rock rock and roll
Occupations
* Drummer civil servant songwriter vocalist
Instruments
* Drums vocals
Years active
1959–68, 1988–present
Associated acts
* The Beatles Lee Curtis and the All-Stars Pete Best & the All-Stars the Pete Best Four the Pete Best Combo the Pete Best Band
Website
petebest.com
Notable instruments
Drums, vocals
Best was b...

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The Talented Art Garfunkel Part One

The Talented Art Garfunkel Part One

Arthur Ira Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet, teacher and actor. He is best known for his partnership in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Art Garfunkel in New York City, 2013
Background information
Birth name
Arthur Ira Garfunkel
Born
November 5, 1941 (age 75)
Queens, New York, United States
Genres
Folk, rock, pop
Occupations
* Musician singer actor poet math teacher
Instruments
Vocals
Years active
1956–present
Labels
Columbia, Manhattan, Atco
Associated acts
Simon & Garfunkel
Website
artgarfunkel.com
Art Garfunkel
Height
6’0
Spouses
Linda Grossman (m. 1972; div. 1975)
Kim Cermank (m. 1988)
Children
James Garfunkel (b. December 15, 1990), Beau Daniel Garfunkel (b...

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The Talented Paul Simon Part One

The Talented Paul Simon Part One

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: “The Sound of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson”, and “Bridge over Troubled Water”.
Paul Simon

Simon performing at the 9:30 Club on May 27, 2011
Background information
Birth name
Paul Frederic Simon
Born
October 13, 1941 (age 75)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Origin
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Genres
* Folk rock pop world
Occupations
* Musician singer-songwriter record producer arranger
Instruments
* Vocals guitar
Years active
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The Talented Chubby Checker Part One

The Talented Chubby Checker Part One

Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American singer. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard’s R&B hit “The Twist”. In September 2008 “The Twist” topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958, an honor it maintained for an August 2013 update of the list. He also popularized the Limbo Rock and its trademark limbo dance, as well as various dance styles such as the fly.
Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker in 2005
Background information
Birth name
Ernest Evans
Born
October 3, 1941 (age 75)
Spring Gully, South Carolina, U.S.
Origin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres
Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s)
Singe...

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The Talented Otis Redding Part One

The Talented Otis Redding Part One

Otis Redding
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. His singing style influenced many other soul artists of the 1960s. During his lifetime, his recordings were produced by Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Otis Redding

Otis Redding in January 1967
Background information
Birth name
Otis Ray Redding, Jr.
Also known as
* The Big O
* The Mad Man from Macon
* Rockhouse Redding
* The King of Soul
Born
September 9, 1941
Dawson, Georgia, U.S.
Died
December 10, 1967 (aged 26)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres
*...

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