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Nile Rodgers’ introduction to the music world began when he started learning guitar as a child, and before he was twenty years old he was working for Sesame Street and performing regularly at the Apollo Theater with its house band. The experiences brought the young Rodgers in contact with some of the industry’s greatest musicians, including Aretha Franklin, The Cadillacs, and Ben E. King. But Nile Rodgers had aspirations for a career and a band of his own. He joined ...Nile Rodgers Bio Continue
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was formed in 1966 in California when Bruce Kunkel and Jeff Hanna began jamming together at a local guitar shop. With southern California discovering a new love for folk rock, the timing was perfect for the two men to form a band and begin performing around the state’s southern beaches. The debut album, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was released in 1967 and featured their first top 40 hit, “Buy for Me the Rain.” After a performance on The Tonight ...Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Bio Continue
Four-time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John is perhaps best known for her role as Sandy, opposite John Travolta, in the feature film Grease, which boasts one of the most successful film soundtracks ever. “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack all became Top 5 singles for Olivia Newton-John. With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia Newton-John has amassed ten No. 1 hits, in...Olivia Newton-John Bio Continue
Oprah began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school. At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then relocated to Baltimore's WJZ-TV to co-anchor the Six O'Clock News and later went on to become co-host of its local talk show, People Are Talking. In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago, which became...Oprah Winfrey Bio Continue
Legendary heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne was born John Michael Osbourne in 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England. Osbourne grew up in a working class household, and he struggled in school with a variety of learning disabilities. He found his outlet in live performance, at first appearing in a number of school plays. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, Ozzy struggled to find work at various jobs, until he was recruited by Geezer Butler to join the band Rare Breed in 1967. ...Ozzy Osbourne Bio Continue
Paquito D’Rivera was born in 1948 in Havana, Cuba. Long before D’Rivera grew up to become one of the era’s most talented Latin jazz musicians, he began studying music while growing up in Cuba, performing as young as the age of ten with the National Theater Orchestra. After studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he joined the Cuban National Symphony, but by the late 1970’s, Paquito was growing increasingly frustrated with the limitations on his talents in the ...Paquito D'Rivera Bio Continue
Long Islander Pat Benatar has always known how to rock. She burst onto the music scene in 1980 and became an instant platinum-selling phenomenon. Pat Benatar won four Grammy Awards for the "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pat Benatar's stunning debut, Crimes of Passion was her arrival cry. Then came a series of chart-topping singles; "Fire and Ice" in 1981,"Shadows of the Night" in 1982, and "Love Is A Battlefield" in 1983. ...Pat Benatar Bio Continue
Basketball coach, player. Born Patrick James Riley on March 20, 1945 in Schenectady, New York. As a student at the University of Kentucky, Riley participated in both basketball and football, playing professionally with the San Diego Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. He helped the latter win the NBA title in 1972 before retiring from play in 1976. Riley returned to the Lakers as an assistant coach in 1980, leading the team to the NBA Finals as head coach in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Ril...Pat Riley Bio Continue
The R&B singer Patti Austin was born in 1950 in Harlem, New York but grew up on Long Island. As a child, Patti was inspired by her father, who was a jazz musician, and so it was no surprise that even as a young child she expressed interest in following in his footsteps. But while it’s not unheard of for young children to enter the world of entertainment, Patti was a unique exception; she made her debut at the Apollo Theater when she was only four years old and by the time she was...Patti Austin Bio Continue
Paul McCartney has enjoyed the most successful career of all the former Beatles, dominating the charts throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, and well into the new millennium. His seven number one albums in the first twelve years of his solo career are just the tip of the iceberg. McCartney was released in 1970, at about the same time the Beatles released Let It Be, and shortly thereafter, the band broke up. McCartney spent thre...Paul McCartney Bio Continue
Paul Reubens was born in 1952 in Peekskill, New York. He grew up in Sarasota, Florida, however, and began studying theater while still in high school. After graduation he moved to California to study at the Institute of the Arts. Reubens began frequenting the comedy circuit in the 1970’s and eventually joined the Groundlings, the famous local comedy troupe. He remained with them for six years. Reubens began developing the character of Pee-wee Herman while with the Groundli...Paul Reubens Bio Continue
Paul Rodgers was born in 1949 in Middlesbrough, England. As a young man, he began performing in local clubs, and in his teens, he found himself enamored by the club scene in London. He moved to the city and formed Brown Sugar, a blues band, in the 1960’s, where he experienced a musical epiphany after seeing Muddy Waters perform live. A meeting with Paul Kossoff, Simon Kirke, and Andy Fraser sparked the formation of a new band, Free, and the men quickly established a following.Paul Rogers Bio Continue
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