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Jerry Lee Lewis

(b. 1935) American rock-and-roll singer and pianist

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Ace Cannon

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B. Johnny Cannon, 5 May 1934, Grenada, Mississippi, USA. Saxophonist Ace Cannon is best remembered for his 1962 US Top 20 single ‘Tuff’, on Hi Records. He began playing saxophone ...

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Albert Lee

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B. 21 December 1943, Leominster, Herefordshire, England. Lee is a country rock guitarist of breathtaking ability. If a poll of polls were taken from leading guitarists in the field, Lee ...

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All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology (Jerry Lee Lewis album)

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Jerry Lee’s distinctive version of Ray Price’s ‘Crazy Arms’ was his Sun debut, but it was his second single, a revival of Roy Hall’s ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ in ...

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American Hot Wax

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Floyd Mutrix directed this superior 1978 movie which starred Tim McIntyre as a character based on 50s disc jockey Alan Freed. The plot, in which ‘Freed’ stages a rock ‘n’ ...

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Apollo Theatre

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A monument to black entertainment in the twentieth century, the Apollo in New York was built in 1913 when Harlem was a white immigrant neighbourhood. Reflecting changes in demographics, the...

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Astors

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This R&B vocal group from Memphis, Tennessee, USA, comprised Curtis Johnson (lead), Elihue Stanback, Richard Griffin and Sam Byrnes, who formed the group as the Dontinos at Melrose High...

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Beach Ball

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Edd Byrnes, famed for his ‘hip-cat’ role of Kookie in television’s 77 Sunset Strip, starred in this 1965 feature. The Paramount company was responsible for a production clearly inspired by...

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Becky Hobbs

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B. Rebecca A. Hobbs, 24 January 1950, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA. Hobbs’ father loved big band music and her mother country, two strong influences on her later work. She was given ...

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Big Maybelle

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B. Mabel Louise Smith, 1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Maybelle was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in ...

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Bill Justis

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B. 14 October 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 15 July 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Justis was a saxophonist, arranger and producer who created ‘Raunchy’, one of the classic rock ‘n’...

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