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Sam Moore was born in 1935 and grew up to become one of America’s most iconic soul and rhythm & blues singers. As the tenor for Sam & Dave from 1961 to 1981, Sam Moore was part of the duo which is considered the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful in soul music history. With Sam & Dave and as a solo artist, Sam Moore has spawned the iconic hits “Hold On I’m Coming,” “I Thank You,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,...Sam Moore Bio Continue
Sergio Mendes was born in Brazil in 1941. As a child, Sergio studied classical piano, with intentions to become a professional musician, but by the time he’d reached his teens, his appreciation for bossa nova had grown, and he switched from a focus on the classical genre to bossa nova. By the early 1960’s, while still a young man, Mendes was touring the world, performing with the likes of Herbie Mann and Cannonball Adderley. In 1964, Sergio Mendes released his ...Sergio Mendes Bio Continue
Shirley Bassey was born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1937. Her talent for singing was apparent as a young child, despite being born into a rather large and impoverished family, and she used the talent to rise above her circumstances. Bassey left school while still a young teen, and began singing in local pubs and clubs. She eventually began traveling around the country to perform with revues, and in 1955 she experienced her breakout moment while singing at a Christmas show in London. Comedian Al ...Shirley Bassey Bio Continue
Simon and Garfunkel came together as childhood friends in the 1950's, and even recorded some early singles together. But it would be as a folk duo, discovered by producer Tom Wilson, that Simon and Garfunkel would create a style that perfectly matched the rising popularity of folk-rock in the era. Wilson took the strongest track Simon and Garfunkel had available, "Sound of Silence," and added bass, drums, and electric guitar. The new sound brought it to number one ...Simon & Garfunkel Bio Continue
The Smothers Brothers originally came together as comedic performers about five decades ago. A combination of witty banter blended with folk songs became their trademark style, and by the 1960’s, they were appearing on television shows and on stage regularly. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a comedic staple for the decade, until Tom and Dick eventually offended the network with their political criticism, ending the show’s run in 1969. During the show’s he...Smothers Brothers Bio Continue
Steppenwolf was formed in 1963, founded by John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Rushton Moreve, and Goldy McJohn. Throughout the late 1960’s and 1970’s, they provided audiences with classic albums and singles such as: Steppenwolf (1968), At your Birthday Party (1969), For Ladies Only (1971), “Born to Be Wild,” “Rock Me,” “Monster,” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” During the brief Steppenwolf hiatus in the early 1970’s, John Kay launched a sol...Steppenwolf Bio Continue
The actor Steve Martin was born in 1945 in Waco, Texas, but spent most of his formative years growing up in California. Long before Steve Martin rose to fame as one of the era’s greatest comedic actors, he worked as a magician and entertainer at Disneyland in California while in high school, and in college, he began studying English literature and drama. He joined local comedy troupes and finally settled on theater as his major, but left UCLA before graduating in the late 1960’...Steve Martin Bio Continue
The blues musician Taj Mahal was born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks in 1942 in Harlem, New York. Taj Mahal was raised in Massachusetts, however, and as a child he was highly influenced by his musical parents. His father worked as a music arranger and piano player, his mother sang in the local choir, and both of them exposed the young Taj Mahal to a variety of world music as he was growing up. The family household was often filled with musicians, and Taj Mahal began studying piano, harmonica...Taj Mahal Bio Continue
The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards continues to wow audiences from coast to coast. Fronted by the ever-talented Dennis Edwards, the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards performs one must-see show after the next. If there is a Temptations show to see, this is it. Dennis Edwards ably filled the shoes of not one, but 2 soul giants. Before he was recruited to replace David Ruffin as the front man for the Temptatio...Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards Bio Continue
The Dramatics (with original members Ron Banks, William “Wee Gee” Howard, Elbert Wilkins, Willie Ford, Larry Demps, and James Mack Grown) were formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1962, originally recording as the Dynamics. Under the name the Dynamics, the group recorded and released their first single “Bingo/Somewhere” in 1965, but a misprint on the follow up led to their name change as the Dramatics in 1966. They released "Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo,” with the ...The Dramatics Bio Continue
Don and Phil Everly were born in the 1930’s and began singing as a duo when they were very young. They began their career performing on radio shows in the 1940’s and accompanied their parents, country performers Ike and Margaret Everly, on their tours. By the 1950’s, the Everly Brothers moved to Nashville to break into the evolving rock ‘n’ roll scene, and found their first hit with the song “Bye Bye Love,” which hit the top of the charts in both t...The Everly Brothers Bio Continue
For over forty years, the Four Tops have been singing songs about love, romantic heartbreak, and happiness, in the best of the Motown tradition. By the time the group the Aims, as they were originally called, changed their name to the Four Tops, the band had caught the attention of Berry Gordy with Motown Records, and their career was launched. “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” the Four Tops’s first single, shot to the top of the charts, and it wasn’t long befo...The Four Tops Bio Continue
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