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The R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan rose to fame with a string of hits in the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s. As a child, Meli’sa grew up singing in her local church choir, and by the early 1980’s she’d joined her first group, Shades of Love, with whom she experienced some significant success. With Shades of Love, Meli’sa recorded the top forty hit “Body to Body (Keep in Touch),” but within a year she’d left the group to launch her own...Meli'sa Morgan Bio Continue
Melissa Manchester was born in the Bronx, New York, to a fashion designer and a professional bassoonist for the New York Metropolitan Opera. As a young child, Manchester learned to play the harpsichord and piano, and eventually went on to study music at the High School of Performing Arts. By the time she was fifteen, she was singing for commercials. She went on to attend New York University, and during her college years, she often performed on the local club scene. It was during...Melissa Manchester Bio Continue
The American hip-hop and rap artist known as Melle Mel was born Melvin Glover in 1961. Melle Mel rose to prominence as one of the primary songwriters for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and is recognized today as one of the pioneers of early rap and hip-hop music. Before he became one of the first rappers to adopt a moniker beginning with “MC,” Melle Mel recorded a number of hits with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, including “...Melle Mel Bio Continue
Among American heavy metal bands, Metallica ranks at the top of the list, as a band which while remaining true to its genre while managing to achieve a significant amount of mainstream crossover success. Metallica has given American audiences some of the most memorable hard rock and metal classics, many of which also rose to spots in the top 40 on the mainstream charts. Funded in the early 1980’s, Metallica began as the brainchild of drummer Lars Ulrich. The band released ...Metallica Bio Continue
Michael Feinstein was born in 1956 in Columbus, Ohio. He began studying piano at the young age of five, relying on a talent for playing by ear instead of reading sheet music, which led to the end of his formal lessons and the beginning of his self-driven study of music. In 1976, Michael’s family moved to Los Angeles and in 1977 he was hired by Ira Gershwin to assist with The Gershwin archives. He kept the job all the way until Gershwin’s death in 1983. A year l...Michael Feinstein Bio Continue
Michael McDonald is known for his soulful voice and his contributions to the Doobie Brothers during their most successful recording period. His style brought “Taking it to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes” to the band, but by 1982 Michael McDonald was ready for a solo career. If That’s What it Takes, Michael McDonald’s debut, was released in 1982. The hit single “I Keep Forgetting,” which found itsel...Michael McDonald Bio Continue
The American band Midnight Star was established in 1976 and rose to fame in the 1980’s, with a string of R&B hits. The group was started by founding members Jeff Cooper, Bo Watson, Bill Simmons, Kenneth Gant, Melvin Gentry, Belinda Lipscomb, and Reggie Calloway, while all were students attending Kentucky State University. Midnight Star released their debut album, The Beginning, in 1980. The album didn’t chart or garner any hits for the band, and...Midnight Star Bio Continue
American football legend Mike Ditka, known as “Iron Mike,” was born Michael Dyczko in 1939 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Mike’s father was a welder in the steel manufacturing industry and encouraged his young son to pursue a college education to ensure that his prospects in life would be strong. While in high school, Ditka excelled in a number of sports but stood out for his talents on the football field. With initial aspirations to become a dentist, Mike Ditka accepted an a...Mike Ditka Bio Continue
The American jazz guitarist Mike Stern was born in 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts. Long before Stern became known for his work with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and with Miles Davis, he attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz extensively. Stern’s big breakthrough came in 1976, when he was offered a gig with Blood, Sweat & Tears. He remained with the band for two years. After leaving Blood, Sweat & Tears, M...Mike Stern Bio Continue
The jazz and R&B singer known as Miki Howard was born Alicia Michelle Howard in 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. Miki rose to fame in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with a string of chart-topping R&B hits, but long before that she grew up in a household filled with musical influences; her parents were gospel singers who counted among their friends such high-profile performers as Mavis Staples, Fats Domino, Shirley Caesar, and Aretha Franklin. Mi...Miki Howard Bio Continue
American R&B singer Millie Jackson was born in 1944 in Thomson, Georgia. Long before Jackson scored her first hits in the 1970’s, she grew up in New York tri-state area, living in New Jersey and Brooklyn during most of her formative years. In the mid 1960’s, Millie’s vocal talents led her family and friends to encourage her to enter a series of talent contests in various clubs around the city. To her surprise, she began to win many of them, eventually garnering the at...Millie Jackson Bio Continue
Morris Day & the Time was created as a funk group for Prince, to perform some of his own music while he sought new and different sounds for himself. Prince discovered an already existing band, Flyte Time, with members Jimmy Jam, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir in 1981. After adding Jesse Johnson and Morris Day, Prince had the lineup he was looking for, and the Time moved forward. Morris Day & the Time released four main albums and scored a number of hits, including &ld...Morris Day & The Time Bio Continue
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