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Roberta Flack was born in 1939 in North Carolina. She developed an interest in the piano when she was very young, and by the time she was a teenager she’d earned a full scholarship for classical performance at Howard University. She entered the university at the age of fifteen and ultimately changed her major to voice. Upon graduation she taught in Maryland, but then after graduating from Howard at the age of nineteen, the sudden loss of her father caused her to return to North...Roberta Flack Bio Continue
Rod Stewart’s career began in 1964, when he performed with the group The Hoochie Coochie Men. Eventually, the band began to tour with the Rolling Stones under their new name, Steampacket. In 1966, Jeff Beck invited Rod Stewart to front the Jeff Beck Group. The offer would become Stewart’s big breakthrough. After the band broke up, Rod Stewart sang for the next six years with the Faces, and simultaneously began a solo career. “Maggie May” ...Rod Stewart Bio Continue
Roger Daltrey, considered by many to be The Who’s primary founder, was born in West London in 1944. As a young man, Daltrey attended grammar school along with his future band-mates John Entwistle and Pete Townshend. Although he ranked at the top of his class academically, Roger Daltrey chose instead to pursue his love of the new sounds in emerging rock. Roger Daltrey’s father purchased a guitar for him in 1959, and within a short period of time he was playing lead gu...Roger Daltrey Bio Continue
The Rolling Stones came together in London in 1962, when childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards reunited at a railway station one afternoon. According to legend, Jagger was holding a Muddy Waters album in his hands, sparking a conversation about their mutual interest in music. Shortly thereafter, the duo met Brian Jones one evening in a jazz club, and formed the original Rolling Stones line up with the addition of Dick Taylor and Ian Stewart. The five performed for the...Rolling Stones Bio Continue
Ron Carter was born in 1937 in Ferndale, Michigan. Carter started his musical lessons on the cello when he was still in elementary school, but switched to bass as a teenager. While in high school, Ron frequently performed, even playing with the Philharmonic Orchestra in New York, and after receiving his masters degree in music performance from the Manhattan School of Music, he began working alongside such notable musicians as Chico Hamilton, Jaki Byard, and Don Ellis. In the 196...Ron Carter Bio Continue
The American saxophonist Ronnie Laws was born in 1950 in Houston, Texas. Laws began learning the saxophone while still a child, and at the age of twenty-two, he joined the group Earth, Wind & Fire. Ronnie left the group before they rocketed to success, and steered his attention to a solo career starting in the mid 1970’s. Ronnie Laws released his debut album, Pressure Sensitive, in 1975. The album featured his instrumental hit, “Always There,&rd...Ronnie Laws Bio Continue
Ronnie Milsap was born in 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina. A rare medical condition took his eyesight when he was very young, and he spent most of his childhood at the Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. The young Milsap showed early signs of musical talent, however, and his instructors at the school began to nurture the young prodigy. He began by studying a variety of instruments and ended up mastering classical piano. Ronnie’s classical instruction did not deter him from...Ronnie Milsap Bio Continue
Roomful of Blues was created more than four decades ago in the late 1960’s when Al Copley and Duke Robillard came together to begin performing jazz, blues, and R&B together. With the addition of a additional musicians, the duo grew into Roomful of Blues and released a debut album, also titled Roomful of Blues, in 1977. The album was enormously successful and critically acclaimed, helping Roomful of Blues to rise to national exposure. Since that time, Roomful of Blues h...Roomful of Blues Bio Continue
Rosanne Cash was born in 1955 to her famous father, Johnny Cash, and Vivian Cash. After her parents separated, Rosanne was raised by her mother but as soon as she graduated from high school she embarked on a career in music, traveling alongside her father and performing often as a background vocalist. Her experiences planted the seed for what would become her own career as a musician in the future. After attending Vanderbilt University for her college studies, Rosanne Cash moved to Los Ang...Rosanne Cash Bio Continue
The Japanese composer, producer, and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto was born in 1952. Sakamoto studied music composition at Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts, graduating in the mid 1970’s and launching a career that has spanned well into the new millennium. Alongside fellow musicians Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono, Sakamoto formed the Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, and the trio went on to pioneer many electronic genres of the period, including electronica, cyb...Ryuichi Sakamoto Bio Continue
The hip-hop trio known as Salt-N-Pepa rose to fame in the mid 1980’s with the smash hit “Push It.” Salt-N-Pepa was first established in 1985, with members Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”), and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella.”) As the first all-female hip-hop/rap group, the women relied on sexually charged performances and frank dialogue which explored such subjects from the female perspective. Even today, Salt-N-Pepa is reco...Salt N Pepa Bio Continue
Sammy Hagar's career launched him to true stardom after joining Van Halen in 1985, but he'd been active in the music scene for more than a decade prior. After giving up a boxing career, Sammy Hagar turned to music in the 1960's, singing with a variety of bands. He built a solid following in the California hard rock scene, and so when the opportunity to join Montrose came, in 1973, Sammy Hagar joined the band. Two albums later, he left the band to pursue a solo career...Sammy Hagar Bio Continue
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