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Al Jarreau

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Al Jarreau

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Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 - February 12, 2017) better known by his stage name Al Jarreau, was an American singer and musician. Jarreau is best known for his 1981 album titled "Breakin Away", for singing the theme song of the late 1980's televisi ...

Billy Fury

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Billy Fury

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Ronald Wycherley (17 April 1940 – 28 January 1983), better known by his stage name Billy Fury, was an English singer from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, and remained an active songwriter until the 1980s. Rheumatic fever, which he first contracted as a c ...

Bobby Russel

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Bobby Russell (19 April 1940, Nashville, Tennessee — 19 November 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, he charted five singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the crossover pop hit "Saturday Morning Confusion." Rus ...

Denny Doherty

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Denny Doherty

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Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty (November 29, 1940 – January 19, 2007) was a Canadian singer, songwriter and musician. He was most widely known as a founding member of the 1960s musical group The Mamas & the Papas. Denny Doherty was born in Halifax, Nov ...

Dobie Gray

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Dobie Gray

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obie Gray (born Lawrence Darrow Brown; July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His hit records included "The 'In' Crowd" in 1965 and "Drift Away", which ...

Don Myrick

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Don Myrick (April 6, 1940 – July 30, 1993) was a saxophonist. He played alto, tenor and soprano sax and was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire's original horn section, The Phenix Horns Esq. from 1975 through 1982. Previously, Myrick had been a member of th ...

Eric Griffiths

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Eric Ronald Griffiths (31 October 1940 – 29 January 2005, aged 64) was the guitarist in the original lineup of The Quarrymen until he left the group in the summer of 1958. Born in Denbigh, North Wales, to Liverpudlian parents, Eric's mother returned to L ...

Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa

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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He ...

Joe B. Mauldin

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Joe B. Mauldin

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Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. (July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015) was an American double-bassist, songwriter and audio engineer, best known as the double-bassist of rock and roll group The Crickets. Later he became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, th ...

John Lennon

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John Lennon

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Early Life According to biography.com, John Winston Lennon was born in October of 1940, in Liverpool, England. Coincidentally, a German air raid was taking place during his birth, which some have jokingly attributed to Lennon's temperamental dispositi ...

Screaming Lord Sutch

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David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999), also known as 3rd Earl of Harrow, or simply Screaming Lord Sutch, was an English musician. He was the founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and served as its leader from 1983 to 1999, duri ...

Tony Sheridan

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Tony Sheridan

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Tony Sheridan (Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity; 21 May 1940 – 16 February 2013) was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was best known as an early collaborator of the Beatles, (though the record was labelled as being with "The B ...

Van McCoy

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Van McCoy

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Van Allen Clinton McCoy (January 6, 1940 – July 6, 1979) professionally known as Van McCoy. was an American musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter, singer and orchestra conductor. He is known best for his 1975 internationally successful song "The ...

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