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Huey Lewis and the News became an iconic band for the 1980’s, largely in part to a string of hits, most notably “The Power of Love,” which was featured in the hit movie Back to the Future. In 1978, Huey Lewis was fresh off the heels of the recently disbanded band Clover. After garnering a singles contract with Phonogram Records in 1978, Huey Lewis started a band in 1979, but the name – Huey Lewi...Huey Lewis & The News Bio Continue
The English musician Ian Hunter was born in 1939 and grew up in Shrewsbury. Long before Hunter rose to fame as the front man for the rock band Mott the Hoople in the early 1970’s, he worked as a songwriter and musician. After a chance meeting with members of the Apex Group, Hunter moved to Northampton and joined the group as the band’s guitarist. He remained with the band only until the early 1960’s, but the experience was integral in setting the stage for his career to c...Ian Hunter Bio Continue
Ice Cube was born O’Shea Jackson in 1969 in Los Angeles, California. As a young teen, Ice Cube developed an interest in rap and hip-hop music, and began writing music while he was still in high school. He studied architectural drafting at the college level. However, the formation of the group the C.I.A. in the early 1980’s, alongside Sir Jinx, led Ice Cube to working with Dr. Dre and eventually solidified his ultimate career path as a rapper, producer, and eventually, film star...Ice Cube Bio Continue
The rapper and actor known at Ice-T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow in 1958 and grew up in Summit, New Jersey. As a young child, Ice-T encountered racial tensions even as early as elementary school, and the tragic loss of his mother to a heart attack when he was only in third grade made for an even more tumultuous childhood. The tragic loss of his father only a few years later sent Tracy to live with relatives for the rest of his formative years. The move to Los A...Ice T Bio Continue
Iggy Pop was born James Newell Osterberg in 1947 in Michigan. As a young man, Osterberg played around the Ann Arbor area with local bands before moving to Chicago to study the blues in greater depth. In Chicago, he chose blues clubs for his outlet, and met up with Sam Lay, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander, and Scott Asheton. Together they formed the Psychedelic Stooges and Osterberg began calling himself Iggy. The Psychedelic Stooges debuted on 1967, to the shock of the audience as t...Iggy Pop Bio Continue
INXS came together in 1977, when brothers Andrew Farriss and Tim Farriss, who each had been playing in separate high school bands, decided to join forces and merge the two. With the addition of Michael Hutchence, John Farriss, Kirk Peningilly, and Garry Gary Beers, INXS began playing the local pubs in Australia, and within a year, the group had acquired a record contract. INXS, the group’s debut, was released in 1980. Both the debut and its successor, Colours, were success...INXS Bio Continue
One of the first bands to earn the label “British metal,” Iron Maiden came together in 1976 when Steve Harris, Tony Parsons, Doug Sampson, and Paul Di'Anno came together. They performed around the London area, establishing a fan base and earning some airplay. Shortly before releasing their debut album, Iron Maiden, in 1980, Parsons left the group. He was replaced by Dennis Stratton. Iron Maiden provided the group with their first hit, “Running Free,” ...Iron Maiden Bio Continue
The American rock band The J. Geils Band was established in the late 1960’s in Massachusetts by founding member J. Geils. Originally an acoustic blues trio, The J. Geils Band initially consisted of musicians Richard Salwitz (also known as Magic Dick), Danny Klein (Dr. Funk), and John Geils. After the addition of Stephen Jo Bladd and Peter Wolf, the band signed to Atlantic Records and...J Geils Band Bio Continue
James “JT” Taylor was born in 1953 in New Jersey. JT’s first foray into the music world was when he and his friends formed their own band when he was thirteen, although he found much greater success after joining Kool & the Gang in 1978. Within a year, Taylor was serving as the band’s lead singer and played an instrumental role in bringing them into the 1980’s, where Kool & the Gang enjoyed their greatest period of success. With Kool &...J.T. Taylor (The Voice Of Kool & The Gang) Bio Continue
Jackie Mason was born in 1931 and grew up in New York City. Although by the time he was in his late 1920’s, he was already launching his comedy and acting career, his first aspiration was to become a rabbi; after graduating from the City College of New York, he was ordained, but resigned three years later. Mason’s career as a comedian began first began with stand-up in hotels and other venues, and by the 1960’s, Jackie was performing on the Ed Sullivan Sh...Jackie Mason Bio Continue
The Grammy award winning gospel singer Jacky Clark-Chisholm was born in 1948. Long before Jacky and her sisters rose to fame as part of the gospel group, The Clark Sisters, she grew up inspired by her mother’s work as a gospel performer and composer. While still young women, Jacky and her sisters established the Clark Sisters, rising to fame and giving audiences some of the most significant gospel hits of the era. Jacky Clark-Chisholm released her debut s...Jacky Clark-Chisholm Bio Continue
The iconic American actor James Caan was born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York. Young James grew up in a working class family in Queens, and attended Hofstra University in the 1960’s, at the same time as Francis Ford Coppola. During his time in college, Caan became fascinated with acting as a profession and so he switched to studying theater at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City. After five years of study, James Caan began to garner roles on the New York stag...James Cann Bio Continue
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