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The Orlando born DJ known as Magic Mike burst onto the music scene in the mid 1980’s. Long before he rose to fame as one of Miami’s most successful producers, Magic Mike began his early work producing and recording alongside such notable performers as MC Cool Rock and Mc Chaszey Chess. After working on a number of projects as an uncredited producer, DJ Magic Mike returned to Orlando and signed his first deal as a solo artist with Cheetah Records. In 1989,...DJ Magic Mike Bio Continue
Dolly Parton was born in 1946 in Tennessee, and her foray into the music world began when she was still just a little girl, singing for local television and radio. By the time she was a teenager, she’d begun recording and even performed at the Grand Ole Opry. Shortly after graduating high school, she moved to Nashville and began pursuit of a full-time career as a singer. At first, Parton’s opportunities were in the role of songwriter, and she wrote a number of chart-...Dolly Parton Bio Continue
When Glenn Frey invited Don Henley to join him as a member of the backup band for Linda Ronstadt, it was only a matter of time before the Eagles would be founded, after Don Henley and Frey discovered Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon to join them. The debut album for The Eagles spawned “Witchy Woman,” which Don Henley himself wrote, and “Take It Easy,” both of which were top twenty singles. The group enjoyed success throughout the 1970’s, but in 1980,...Don Henley Bio Continue
The hip hop recording artist known as Devin the Dude was born Devin Copeland in St. Petersburg, Florida. When he was a child, Devin’s family moved to Texas, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. As a teenager, he was most interested in skateboarding and breakdancing, and by the time he graduated from high school, he’d determined to pursue a career as a rap and hip=hop artists. Devin’s earliest gig was as a member of the Odd Squad, which eventuall...Dorothy Norwood Bio Continue
Doug E. Fresh was born Douglas E. Davis in 1966. His career began when he and fellow musician Slick Rick created the Get Fresh Crew and signed with the new Danya/Reality Records to release the single “The Show.” Fresh’s talents in the area of beat boxing, particularly his uncanny ability to imitate a variety of beats and special effects using only his throat, mouth, and lips, helped to bring him not only success but also a level of notoriety. “The Show” went o...Doug E Fresh Bio Continue
Drawing from the film Barbarella for their name, Duran Duran formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, and went on to becoming one of the most iconic groups of the 1980’s. Duran Duran, released in 1981, sold more than 2.5 million copies, and gave audiences the hit singles “Planet Earth” and “Girls on Film.” Rio followed, and spawned “Hungry Like the World,” and...Duran Duran Bio Continue
Dwight Yoakam was born in 1956 in Pikeville, Kentucky and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Young Dwight showed a talent for entertainment from fairly early on, and by the time he was in high school he was already an active participant in the school’s drama and music programs. At the same time, Yoakam began performing with his friends in local bands, and shortly after graduating, he moved in Nashville to seek a career in music in the late 1970’s. His honky-tonk style did not imm...Dwight Yoakam Bio Continue
Earl Klugh was born in 1952 in Detroit, Michigan. Klugh became enamored with blues guitar when he was still a child, and by the time he was in his mid-teens, he’d begun contributing tracks to such notable artists as George Benson, Yusef Lateef, and Chet Atkins, the latter of whom influenced young Earl greatly as a musician. Klugh’s talents quickly brought him to the forefront of blues and jazz, and he is considered among the greatest acoustic guitar players of this era.Earl Klugh Bio Continue
Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley, Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences? attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series, ?St. Elsewhere,? for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then Begley has moved easily between feature, television and theatre projects. Ed can currently be seen in the hit Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film, ?Pineapple Express?, as well as many Christopher Guest films...Ed Begley Jr Bio Continue
Eddie Money was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. As a young man, Eddie had originally chosen to become a police officer like his father. But while attending the police academy, he spent his evenings singing in local bands. He eventually attracted the attention of some notable promoters and found himself with an offer for a recording contract. So he abandoned the vocation of police officer and exchanged it for rock musician. Eddie Money, the artist’s debut album, w...Eddie Money Bio Continue
Elton John began his career as a staff songwriter for the DJM label, alongside his friend and co-writer Bernie Taupin. John’s 1969 debut album, Empty Sky, was followed by his breakthrough self-titled album in 1970. Between 1970 and 1976, Elton John released a staggering seven smash-hit albums, but it was Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy to garner Elton John a number one spot on the charts. The 1980’s brought Elton John to film, where he c...Elton John Bio Continue
Elvis Costello wasn’t always a musician. He began working as a computer programmer in the 1970’s, but during his free time, he performed in various local clubs around town. Eventually, one of Elvis Costello’s demo tapes reached Jake Riviera, an executive at a floundering independent record label. He signed Elvis Costello in 1977, and began work on assembling a back up band for the new artist. The Attractions were established after Pete Thomas, Bruce ...Elvis Costello Bio Continue
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