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    The Talented John Entwistle Part One

    The Talented John Entwistle Part One

    John Entwistle
    John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English bassist, songwriter, singer, and film and music producer. In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Entwistle was best known as the original bass guitarist for the English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the band to have formal musical training. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Who in 1990.
    John Entwistle

    Entwistle in 1976
    Background information
    Birth name
    John Alec Entwistle
    Also known as
    The Ox, Thunderfingers, The Quiet One, Big Johnny Twinkle
    Born
    9 October 1944
    Chiswick, London, England
    Died
    27 June 2002 (aged 57)
    Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
    Genres
    * Rock art rock hard rock power pop
    Occupations
    * Singer songw...

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    The Talented Barry White Part One

    The Talented Barry White Part One

    Barry White
    This article is about the American singer, songwriter and record producer. For the US Ambassador to Norway, see Barry B. White.
    Barry White (born Barry Eugene Carter; September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter and composer.
    Barry White

    White at the Grand Gala du Disque Populaire, in 1974.
    Background information
    Birth name
    Barry Eugene Carter
    Born
    September 12, 1944
    Galveston, Texas, United States
    Died
    July 4, 2003 (aged 58)
    Los Angeles, California, United States
    Genres
    R&B, soul, funk, disco, pop
    Occupations
    Singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, musician
    Instruments
    Piano, harpsichord, keyboards, vocals, drums
    Years active
    1960–2003
    Labels
    20th Century, Unlimited Gold, Casablanca, Mercury, Private Musi...

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    The Talented Ray Davies Part Three

    The Talented Ray Davies Part Three

    Musicals

    Davies “Other People’s Lives” tour Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC 2006
    In 1981, Davies collaborated with Barrie Keeffe to write his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, which opened at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, starring Marc Sinden and also had a supporting cast of Michael Elphick, Anita Dobson, Kate Williams and Charlotte Cornwell. Directed by Adrian Shergold, the choreography was by Charles Augins and Jim Rodford played bass with the theatre’s “house band”.
    Davies wrote songs for a musical version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days; the show, 80 Days, had a book by playwright Snoo Wilson...

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    The Talented Bobbie Gentry Part Two

    The Talented Bobbie Gentry Part Two

    Stage performances and television work (1968–1981)

    Gentry generated a significant fan base in the United Kingdom. In 1968/9 Gentry hosted her own series on BBC-TV in London, which was later widely shown in Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and elsewhere. She later signed a million-dollar contract to headline in her own $150,000 nightclub revue in Las Vegas which she produced and choreographed, and for which she wrote and arranged the music. She said,
    I write and arrange all the music, design the costumes, do the choreography, the whole thing. I’m completely responsible for it. It’s totally my own from inception to performance...

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    The Talented Ray Davies Part Two

    The Talented Ray Davies Part Two

    Later commercial sound (1976–84)


    Ray Davies performing in Toronto, 1977
    When the Kinks changed record labels from RCA to Arista in 1976, Davies abandoned his then-recent propensity for ambitious, theatrical concept albums and rock operas—the RCA era (1971–75) had produced Muswell Hillbillies, Everybody’s in Show-Biz, Preservation Act 1 and Act 2, Soap Opera and Schoolboys in Disgrace—and returned to writing more basic, straightforward songs...

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    The Talented Bobbie Gentry Part One

    The Talented Bobbie Gentry Part One

    Bobbie Gentry
    Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.
    Bobbie Gentry

    Gentry in 1970
    Background information
    Birth name
    Roberta Lee Streeter
    Born
    July 27, 1944 (age 73)
    Origin
    near Woodland, Mississippi, United States
    Genres
    Country, pop, soul
    Occupations
    Singer-songwriter
    Instruments
    Vocals, guitar
    Years active
    1964–1981
    Labels
    Capitol
    Associated acts
    Glen Campbell
    Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967...

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    The Talented Ray Davies Part One

    The Talented Ray Davies Part One

    Ray Davies
    For other people named Ray Davies, see Ray Davies (disambiguation).
    Sir Raymond Douglas “Ray” Davies, CBE (/ˈdeɪvɪz/ DAY-viz; born 21 June 1944) is an English musician. He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.
    Sir
    Ray Davies
    CBE

    Davies performing in Toronto, 1977
    Background information
    Birth name
    Raymond Douglas Davies
    Born
    21 June 1944 (age 73)
    Fortis Green, London, England
    Genres
    Rock, pop
    Occupations
    Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
    Instruments
    Vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, piano
    Years active
    1963–present
    Associated acts
    The Kinks
    Website
    www.raydavies.info
    Notab...

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    The Talented Boz Scaggs

    The Talented Boz Scaggs

    Boz Scaggs

    William Royce “Boz” Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s gained fame with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the hits “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees (1976), which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.

    Boz Scaggs In concert in 2006
    Background information
    Birth name William Royce Scaggs
    Born June 8, 1944 (age 73)
    Canton, Ohio, United States
    Origin Plano, Texas, United States
    Genres Blue-eyed soul, rock, blues rock, soft rock, jazz rock
    Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
    Instruments Guit...

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    The Talented Gladys Knight Part Three

    The Talented Gladys Knight Part Three

    Personal life

    Knight has been married four times and has three children. In 1960, she married her high school sweetheart, James Newman. They had one son, James “Jimmy” Newman (1962–1999). She retired from the road to raise their child while the Pips toured on their own. In 1963, after having her only daughter, Kenya, Knight returned to recording with the Pips in order to support her family. In the early 1960s, Gladys, James, and the Pips moved to Detroit, Michigan. Knight and her family lived on Sherbourne in Sherwood Forest, an upscale neighborhood on Detroit’s West Side. She also resided on LaSalle for a time. Her children attended Gesu Catholic Grade School. Newman and Knight divorced in 1973...

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    The Talented Patti LaBelle Part Three

    The Talented Patti LaBelle Part Three

    Pop culture

    LaBelle made some headlines in late 2015 when a vlogger known as James Wright (No Chanel) spoke enthusiastically on YouTube of her brand of sweet potato pies. The video went so viral that one pie was sold every second at Walmart, selling out across the country. She also appeared in two Walmart commercials, one of which was for her sweet potato pie.

    Discography

    Studio albums
    * Patti LaBelle (1977)
    * Tasty (1978)
    * It’s Alright with Me (1979)
    * Released (1980)
    * The Spirit’s in It (1981)
    * I’m in Love Again (1983)
    * Patti (1985)
    * Winner in You (1986)
    * Be Yourself (1989)
    * This Christmas (1990)
    * Burnin’ (1991)
    * Gems (1994)
    * Flame (1997)
    * When a Woman Loves (2000)
    * Timeless Journey (2004)
    * Classic Moments (2005)
    * The Gospel According t...

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