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California (American Music Club album)

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

California is one of the American Music Club’s most straightforward, roots-rock-orientated releases. It’s certainly the most country-flavoured, as arid desert landscapes mix...

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California (American Music Club album)

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

California is one of the American Music Club’s most straightforward, roots-rock-orientated releases. It’s certainly the most country-flavoured, as arid desert landscapes mix...

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Mark Eitzel

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. 30 January 1959, Walnut Creek, California, USA. Widely acclaimed songwriter Mark Eitzel, the leader of American Music Club, recorded his first solo studio album in 1996 (a live set ...

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Harris, Emmylou (<i>born</i> 1949), country singer

Liz Thomson.

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 352 words.

(b Birmingham, AL, 12 April 1949). American country singer. Having come relatively late to music, she began singing folk and country music in the clubs of Greenwich Village, New York. An...

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Jarreau, Alwyn Lopez (Al Jarreau)

Barbara Bonous-Smit.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1232 words.

jazz, R&B and popular music vocalist and songwriter, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the fifth of six children of Pearl and Emile Jarreau, a minister and welder.Al came from a musical...

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Odetta

Tanisha C. Ford.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1047 words.

folk singer and musician, was born Odetta Holmes Felious Gordon to Rueben and Flora Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama (her parents' occupations are unknown). Rueben Holmes died when Odetta...

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Hawkins, Tramaine (<i>born</i> 1951), Gospel Musician / Singer

SaFiya D. Hoskins.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 835 words.

singer, was born Tramaine Aunzola Davis in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Lois Ruth Davis and Roland Duvall Davis. Her mother was a gospel singer. At age four she moved with...

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Thomas, Irma

Edward E. Baptist.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1331 words.

singer and business owner, was born Irma Lee in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, the daughter of Percy Lee, a steel mill worker and longshoreman, and Vadar (maiden name unknown), an elevator...

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Shakur, Tupac

Alonford James Robinson.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1342 words.

Tupac Shakur was one of the most influential and controversial voices to emerge from Hip-Hop's much maligned club of so-called gangster rappers. Criticized for their violent lyrics and...

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Sandfield, Richard

Charlie T. Tomlinson.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 930 words.

ventriloquist known best as the human member of the duo Richard and Willie, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Richard Sandfield Sr. and Janie Massey. Sandfield Jr. lived in Memphis...

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RuPaul

Monica Hairston.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1178 words.

drag performer, singer, songwriter, and actor, was born RuPaul Andre Charles in San Diego, California, the only son of four children to Ernestine “Toni” Fontenette (a registrar) and...

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Ice Cube

Hua Hsu.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1080 words.

hip-hop artist, actor, record executive, and movie executive, was born O'Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, California, to Hosea and Doris Jackson. Both his parents were employed at the...

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Mathis, Johnny

Jason Philip Miller.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 958 words.

singer and musician, was born in Gilmer, Texas, to Clem Mathis, a former musician and vaudeville performer, and Mildred Mathis. He was the fourth of seven children. When Mathis was still...

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Lee, Arthur

Mathew J. Bartkowiak.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 808 words.

musician and member of the band Love, was born Arthur Porter Taylor in Memphis, Tennessee, to Agnes Porter, a teacher, and Chester Taylor, a musician. Lee took on the surname of his...

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Heath, Tootie

Jim Miller.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1001 words.

jazz drummer, was born Albert Heath in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Percy Heath Sr., an auto mechanic and clarinetist, and Arlethia, a hairdresser who sang in the church choir. He was...

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Magic Sam (Magic Samuel Gene Maghett)

Aimee Lee Cheek and William Cheek.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1092 words.

blues singer and guitarist, was born in Grenada, Mississippi, the son of Jessie Maghett and Hetha Anna Henderson, farmers. Sam's mother died when he was still a child. Raised eight miles...

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Sneed, Floyd

Glenn Allen Knoblock.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 913 words.

musician and drummer, was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the son of Napoleon and Willa Sneed, of whom little is known. Music was an integral part of Floyd's life from an early age....

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Gordon, Dexter Keith (1923 - 1990), Saxophonist, Jazz Musician

Maxine Gordon.

in Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century

January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 603 words.

jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Dexter Keith Gordon was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, a graduate of Howard Medical School in...

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Horne, Lena

Leyla Keough.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 570 words.

Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father left home when she was only three, and her mother departed to pursue an acting career, leaving the child in the care of her paternal...

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Campbell, Luther

Ulrich Adelt.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1065 words.

rap artist and entrepreneur, was born in Miami Beach, Florida. His father, Stanley Campbell, who emigrated from Jamaica, was a janitor, and his mother, Yvonne Campbell, worked as a...

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McRae, Carmen

Barry Kernfeld.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 877 words.

jazz and popular singer, was born in New York City, the daughter of Osmond (or Oscar) McRae, the manager of a health club, and Evadne (maiden name unknown), both immigrants from the West...

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