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The drummer and singer known as Sheila E was born Sheila Escovedo in 1957. Long before Sheila rose to fame in the 1980’s, mainly for her association with Prince, she studied music in a family filled with percussionists and performers. It was no surprise that Sheila’s talents would set her apart in the world of music, and by the time she was in her twenties she was a percussionist in high demand, performing alongside such notable celebrities as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Mar...Sheila E. Bio Continue
The gospel music singer Shirley Caesar was born in 1938 in Durham, North Carolina. Young Shirley grew up singing for her family and friends when she was still just a child. Her first endeavors at recording began before she was a teenager, and so it’s no surprise that when she was only eighteen she as offered a gig as a member of the Caravans, one of the era’s most successful gospel groups. Caesar stayed with the Caravans until 1966, at which time she launched h...Shirley Caesar Bio Continue
The R&B singer Shirley Murdock was born in 1957. Young Shirley grew up in Toledo listening to gospel music and singing with her local church choir. After she was hired as a backup singer for an R&B group led by Roger Troutman, the two began recording singles together, including the song “Girl, Cut It Out,” which was released in the mid 1980’s. Murdock’s talents garnered her the attention of Elektra Records, which signed her in 1985, in time to release the to...Shirley Murdock Bio Continue
The German producer and DJ Robin Shultz was born in 1987. Shultz recently rose to prominence as the DJ who re-mixed the smash hit single for Lilly Wood & the Prick, “Prayer in C,” but Robin Shultz has also recently released his own debut single, “Waves,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Robin Schulz started his DJ career while he was still a teenager. Within just a few years, barely into...Shock G Bio Continue
The Scottish rock band Simple Minds was formed in 1977 in Glasgow. The group began as the punk band known as Johnny & the Self-Abusers, and became well-known in Scotland, performing frequently at summer concerts and small festivals. But the band eventually split into two sub-groups, with one group forming Simple Minds. With members Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Brian McGee, Derek Forbes, and Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds went on to garner a deal with Arista Records, releasing the deubt albu...Simple Minds Bio Continue
The English pop band Simply Red was established in the mid 1980’s, founded by members Elliot Rashman and Mick Hucknall. The duo came together and began to gather up additional session musicians, bringing David Fryman, Tony Bowers, Fritz McIntyre, Tim Kellett, and Chris Jones into the group. After signing with Elektra in 1985, Simply Red released its debut, “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention),” which garnered significant critical and commercial success. ...Simply Red Bio Continue
David Adkins, better known as “Sinbad,” was born in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Denver, Sinbad entered the US Air Force. While stationed in Kansas, he would frequently visit local bars and clubs to dabble in stand-up comedy, a habit that eventually earned him a dishonorable discharge for repeatedly going AWOL, among other minor offenses. The event motivated Sinbad to pursue his dream of comedy even more, and he began actively competi...Sinbad Bio Continue
Skid Row formed in the late 1980’s in New Jersey when Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo added Scott Hill, Rob Affuso, and Sebastian Bach began playing clubs and bars around the east coast of the United States. When the band was ready, Dave Sabo called in a favor to longtime friend Jon Bon Jovi, who had years ago agreed that if one of the two struck success in the music industry, they’d help the other along. Bon Jovi manager Doc McGhee signed Skid Row and secured a record de...Skid Row Bio Continue
The guitarist and songwriter known as Slash was born in 1965 in Hampstead, London, to creative parents who were already working as visual artists and designers for a number of musicians and actors. As a young child, Slash frequently found himself traveling back and forth to Los Angeles, and upon his parents separation, he found the city to be a refuge where he encountered some of the most creative and inspirational people in the music business. By the early 1980’s, Slash h...Slash Bio Continue
Slaughter was formed in the late 1980’s in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Dana Strum and Mark Slaughter teamed up and added Tim Kelly and Blas Elias to their band. Slaughter’s debut album, Stick It To Ya (1990), was an instant success, spawning the hit singles "Fly to the Angels,” "Up All Night,” and "Spend My Life.” The band arrived on the scene like a firestorm, and for the next decade released hit after hit album, receiving constant play on MTV and ...Slaughter Bio Continue
The thrash metal band Slayer was founded by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King in California in 1981. Slayer’s earliest beginnings were at local clubs around the southern California area, until they were discovered by a record company executive. After signing with the burgeoning label Metal Blade Records, Slayer began work on its debut album, Show No Mercy, which was released in 1983. The album brought Slayer an underground following, selling more than 20,000 copies. Slayer’s sophomo...Slayer Bio Continue
The British-American rapper known as Slick Rick was born Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters in 1965 in London, England. When Rick was about ten years old, his family moved to the United States, settling in the New York area. Rick was drawn to the performing arts from a young age, and while living in the Bronx he attended the Laguardia High School of Music & Art. Initially, Rick focused on the visual arts, but after ...Slick Rick Bio Continue
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