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The American R&B group known as the Bar-Kays was founded in the mid 1960’s in Memphis, Tennessee. Initially, the members of the Bar-Kays were studio session musicians who played for such notable performers as Booker T. Jones and Otis Redding. Eventually, the musicians decided to create their own group, releasing the debut single “Soul Finger” in 1967. The song rose into the top five on the R&B charts, but shortly thereafter a tragic pl...BarKays Bio Continue
Barry Manilow dominated the 1970’s as an iconic singer/songwriter, with thirteen number one hit singles and innumerous platinum albums. Born Barry Alan Pincus, Barry Manilow started his music experiences at age seven, playing accordion and piano. After graduation, he attended the Julliard School of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world. In 1971, Bette Midler hired Barry Manilow as her musical director, arranger, and pianist. A record deal for Manilow followed,...Barry Manilow Bio Continue
Sir Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in 1943 in Snainton, North Yorkshire. Young Ben grew up in a well-educated household; his father was a doctor and his mother an actress who was known for her roles in films from the 1920’s era. As a child, Kingsley attended Manchester Grammar School and then went on to study drama at the the University of Salford, and then later at Pendleton College. Shortly after graduating, Ben Kingsley began to make on-st...Ben Kingsley Bio Continue
Born in Patterson, New Jersey, but raised in Hawaii, Bette Midler has enjoyed a remarkable and wide-ranging career since 1972. As a young child, she showed an interest in acting and singing, and by the early 1960’s Bette Midler found herself in New York pursuing a career in entertainment. She quickly landed a role in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, and around the same time developed her own nightclub act that included not only singing pop hits and show tunes, but...Bette Midler Bio Continue
The R&B artist known as Betty Wright was born Bessie Regina Norris in 1953 in Florida. The youngest in a large family, Betty began part of her sibling’s gospel group when she was still a preschooler, and she performed with her family until 1965, when she was only eleven year olds. At that time, Wright caught the attention of record labels, and she was signed to her first contract when she was only twelve. Initially, Betty rose to local fame with the singles &ldqu...Betty Wright Bio Continue
World renowned jazz drummer and composer Billy Cobham was born in 1944 in Panama. Cobham grew up in New York City and studied at the High School of Music and Art. After graduating in 1962, Billy first played for the U.S. Army Band, and then returned to the New York music scene, performing around the city and introducing New Yorkers to a unique blend jazz fusion, incorporating elements of of funk, jazz, and rock. In 1971, Billy Cobham began to tour extensively with Miles Davis, a...Billy Cobham Bio Continue
The English rock band known as Black Sabbath was founded in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne and three other musicians. As one of the earliest successful metal rock bands, Black Sabbath began with a heavier blues sound until a darker sound emerged in the band’s earliest years. After performing around the local area for about a year, Black Sabbath caught the attention of Philips Records and signed with the label in 1969. The song “Evil Woman” was among the earliest to be released, an...Black Sabbath Bio Continue
The band Blondie originally came together when Chris Stein joined The Stilettos in 1973 and formed a romance with Deborah Harry, one of the band’s vocalists. The rest, they say, is history. As early pioneers of the 1970’s punk and New Wave scene, Stein and Harry originally created the band Angel and the Snakes, but renamed themselves Blondie in 1975. Drummer Billy O’Connor and bassist Fred Smith came on board, and Blondie was released in 1977. The Aust...Blondie Bio Continue
Al Kooper formed Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1967, following his departure from the Blues Project. Alongside Steve Katz, Jim Fielder, and Bobby Colomby, the band released Child is Father to the Man, their album debut, to great success. Shortly after, however, Kooper left the band, along with some other musicians who had been added, but Blood, Sweat, and Tears regrouped with Katz, Colomby, and David Clayton-Thomas as vocalist. This combination seemed to be the winner, and the band...Blood, Sweat & Tears Bio Continue
The band Blue Oyster Cult began in the late 1960’s on Long Island, in New York, when Albert Bouchard, Donald Roeser, and Bruce Abbott came together to create the band The Disciples, playing local venues and college parties while attending college in Potsdam, New York. Later incarnations of the band would include the name Travesty, with other musicians, but eventually Albert and Donald forged ahead, adding some other band members, and the seeds for Blue Oyster Cult were planted. ...Blue Oyster Cult Bio Continue
Bob Dylan was born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He began performing while still attending college at the University of Minnesota, and then shortly after moving to New York, began performing around the Greenwich Village area. When he wasn’t frequenting the local folk clubs in the area, he was visiting Woody Guthrie, one of his heroes, in the hospital. Bob Dylan caught the eye of Columbia Records and they signed him in the early 1960’s. By 1962, his debut album was re...Bob Dylan Bio Continue
Bob Newhart was born in 1929 in Chicago. He grew up in a working-class household, and after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago in 1952, he was drafted into the army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he began working as an accountant and then as an advertising copywriter. It was here that a friendship with a co-worker inadvertently launched Newhart’s acting career; the two of them would frequently record comedic conversations and send them out to radio stations...Bob Newhart Bio Continue
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