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Best known for his longstanding gig as David Letterman’s sidekick and musical director, classically trained pianist Paul Shaffer began his career in the early 1970s as the musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell after graduating from the University of Toronto and performing at different venues around the area. Godspell starred Gilda Radner, Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin, perhaps priming Paul Shaffer for his later wo...Paul Shaffer Bio Continue
Paul Simon is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of our time. Paul Simon’s honors include 12 Grammys (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 1964, Paul Simon formed Simon and Garfunkel with childhood friend Art Garfunkel. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel achieved commercial success with hits like “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sound of Silence,” “Homew...Paul Simon Bio Continue
Paula Poundstone was born in 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama. She grew up in Massachusetts, though, and began her pursuit of a career in comedy entertainment while she was still a teenager. She began doing stand-up in Boston at open-mic opportunities in the late 1970’s, and the success of her live performances led to a role in the 1984 film Hyperspace. The film brought Paula limited recognition, however, and instead she found that working the stage and talk-show circuit brough...Paula Poundstone Bio Continue
Peabo Bryson was born in 1951 in South Carolina. As a child, Peabo was highly influenced by his mother, who frequently took her children to live performances and sparked an early love of such artists as Billie Holiday and Little Richard. Young Bryson knew from the time he was a child that he wanted to be a singer, and so by the age of fourteen, he began singing backup with a local band. Following the independent release of his first album, Peabo, in 1977 Bryson signed on with Capital Recor...Peabo Bryson Bio Continue
Neil Tennant, a vocalist, met up with Chris Low in a London shop one day in 1981. A short conversation struck not only a friendship, but also the formation of what would become Pet Shop Boys. Neil and Chris shared a love of music, in particular the synthesized dance music which was becoming all the rage in England at that time. In tribute to their mutual friends who worked in a pet shop, they dubbed themselves as such and embarked on a music career. Pet Shop Boys hit the scene i...Pet Shop Boys Bio Continue
Pete Townshend was born in 1945 in Chiswick, London, into a musically talented family. His father and mother were both musicians (saxophonist and vocalist), and as a child, Townshend exhibited natural ability from an early age. He received his first guitar when he was twelve, but his original intention was to become a graphic artist, and so he enrolled in art school as a teenager. Although he formed his first bands with schoolmates, it was with John Entwistle that he founded the Confederat...Pete Townshend Bio Continue
Peter Cetera has enjoyed remarkable success not only as the face of the band Chicago, but also with a stellar solo career. Peter Cetera was born in Chicago in 1944, and a member of a band called Exceptions, when he joined up with what was then known as the Chicago Transit Authority. As the band’s bass player, Cetera enjoyed great success with Chicago, with their hits such as “Saturday in the Park” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?”, &ld...Peter Cetera Bio Continue
Influential singer, songwriter and musician, Peter Gabriel – originally with the group Genesis before striking out with his solo career – is perhaps best known for the 1986 hit “Sledgehammer” from his album So and its groundbreaking music video style. Peter Gabriel swept the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards with “Sledgehammer”, and to this day, the song has been played more than any other video in the history of MTV. Prior to So, Peter Gabriel rele...Peter Gabriel Bio Continue
Phil Collins was born in 1951 in Hounslow, London. Collins was drawn to the drums as a young boy, having received his first kit when he was five and playing consistently throughout his youth. Although he never learned to read music, he learned to play mostly by ear and created his own written system so that he could compose. At the age of fourteen, Phil Collins began studies at a stage school in London, which launched a career as a child model and actor. His earliest role was in...Phil Collins Bio Continue
The R&B singer Phil Perry was born in 1952 in Springfield, Illinois. Perry rose to fame as a member of the Montclairs, an R&B/soul group which recorded in the early 1970’s and gave the era the songs "Begging’s Hard to Do," "Prelude to a Heartbreak," and "Dreaming’s Out of Season." After the Montclairs disbanded in 1975, Perry moved on to a number of solo projects for the next few decades, until the early 1990’s, wh...Phil Perry Bio Continue
The Pointer Sisters (Ruth, Anita, June, and Bonnie) grew up in West Oakland, California. As children, they were encouraged by their Reverend father to listen to gospel music and sing in the church choir. After leaving school, the Pointer Sisters began touring together, often serving as backup singers for other performers. It was while performing with one of those musicians, Elvin Bishop, that the sisters caught they eye of a music industry executive. They quickly found themselves signed to...Pointer Sisters Bio Continue
The legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy rose to fame in the mid 1980’s, putting hip-hop on the mainstream map and using their music to express frustrations with race-related issues in America. Formed in 1982, Public Enemy was initially comprised of Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, Flavor Flav, and Chuck D. Public Enemy burst onto the music scene in 1987 with the critically acclaimed debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, and the rest – as they say – is history.Public Enemy Bio Continue
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