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The R&B singer known as Evelyn “Champagne” King was born in 1960 in New York. Evelyn grew up in Philadelphia, though, and as a child she was largely inspired by her uncle’s stage performances, particularly by his role in Porgy and Bess. King sang frequently, and after a record company executive overheard her singing one day, she found herself with a contract and a new career path. Evelyn Champagne King’s debut, Smooth Talk, was released in 1977 and fe...Evelyn Champagne King Bio Continue
The American blues rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds was established in Austin, Texas in the mid 1970’s. The band signed with Epic Records and rose to prominence in the 1980’s with the hit song “Tuff Enuff,” which was featured in the films Gung Ho and Tough Guys. The single rose into the top forty, peaking at number ten, eventually bringing the album to platinum status.Fabulous Thunderbirds Bio Continue
Flavor Flav was born William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. in 1959 in Freeport, New York. Flav’s musical talents were evident from a young age; he began playing piano, guitar, and drums when he was still in elementary school, and by the time he was in his mid-teens, he had mastered approximately fifteen instruments. Flavor Flav attended culinary school and worked as a chef before meeting Chuck D while taking classes at Adelphi University. The two began rapping together, and Flavor Flav disco...Flavor Flav Bio Continue
The new wave band known as A Flock of Seagulls was established in Liverpool, England in 1979, by founding members Ali Score and Mike Score. The brothers added Francis Maudsley and Paul Reynolds to the lineup, and began performing around town in various clubs and bars, establishing a following and garnering the interest of record lables. Within a short time, A Flock of Seagulls signed its first record deal with Jive Records, starting with a self-titled debut alb...Flock Of Seagulls Bio Continue
With iconic hits such as "Hot Blooded" and "Feels Like the First Time," Foreigner is perhaps one of the most successful classic rock bands in the history of music. Foreigner, with members Ian McDonald, Mick Jones, and Lou Gramm, burst onto the scene in 1976 with Foreigner, and within a year they were recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as a top new artist. The album climbed to number four on the Billboard charts on the strength of those first hits, and subse...Foreigner Bio Continue
The Canadian singer France Joli was born in 1963 in Montreal. France began performing when she was still a child, and by the time she was an early teen she’d left traditional schooling to focus on a potential career as a performer full-time. A chance meeting with a record producer led to her debut album, France Joli, released in 1979. The album’s first single, “Come to Me” was a dance/club sensation, rising to the top of the charts and launching France Joli’s ...France Joli Bio Continue
The soul singer Freddie Jackson was born in 1956 in Harlem, New York. Young Freddie began singing at an early age, performing frequently at his local Baptist Church. His performances caught the attention of record producer Paul Laurence, who offered Jackson a gig as soon as he finished high school, to perform with his group the Laurence Jones Ensemble. With LJE, Freddie Jackson began performing around the New York area, eventually garnering the attention of Capital Records. &nbs...Freddie Jackson Bio Continue
The Jamaican musician and producer Freddie McGregor was born in 1956 in Clarendon. Young Freddie began performing when he was still elementary school age, performing as “Little Freddie” and recording for the Studio One label. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, McGregor also began to work with producer Niney the Observer, further honing his skills and learning the art of production in addition to performance. It wasn’t until the earl...Freddie McGregor Bio Continue
The musician and television personality Gene Simmons was born Chiam Witz in 1949 in Haifa, Israel. Long before he became famous as the co-founded of the rock band Kiss, Gene spent his early childhood growing up in Israel, until he immigrated to New York with his family at the age of eight. Simmons began to play the guitar while still in elementary school, establishing his first band as a teenager.Gene Simmons Bio Continue
George Clinton was born in 1941 in North Carolina but grew up in New Jersey. As a teenager, he formed the doo-wop group The Parliaments, which found a major hit in the single “I Wanna Testify” in 1967. The band eventually changed its name to Parliament, and Clinton simultaneously formed the band Funkadelic. Both Parliament and Funkadelic blended the styles of artists such as Hendrix and James Brown, but with the addition of psychedelic elements, sound effects, and strong bass l...George Clinton Bio Continue
George Strait was born in 1952 in Poteet, Texas, and grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. While in high school, he established a garage band with his friends and found himself quickly drawn to country music. After a tour in the military, Straight attended Southwest Texas State University and while there he joined the band Stoney Ridge, which eventually became the Ace in the Hole Band. George Strait played with the band for a number of years, until one day his talents caught th...George Strait Bio Continue
George Thorogood was born in 1950 in Wilmington, Delaware. In the 1970’s, Thorogood played semi-professional baseball before turning his career direction towards music. He created the band the Destroyers, alongside musicians Michael Lenn, Ron Smith, and Jeff Simon and moved to Boston. George Thorogood and the Destroyers became regulars on the club circuit, and within a year of recording their first demo, they landed a recording contract with Rounder Records. George T...George Thorogood Bio Continue
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