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The Everly Brothers - Don and Phil Everly
Keith Chaffee, January 18, 2019

On January 19, 1939, Phil Everly was born. Phil and his brother, Don (born February 1, 1937), performed as the Everly Brothers; they were one of the most influential acts of early rock 'n' roll.


Eartha Kitt on her album cover, The Essential Eartha Kitt
Keith Chaffee, January 11, 2019

Eartha Kitt was born on January 17, 1927. Kitt was a singer, dancer, and actress whose unusual voice and striking features kept her in the public eye for more than sixty years.


Singer Joan Baez performing at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.
Keith Chaffee, January 04, 2019

Joan Baez was born on January 9, 1941. Baez was one of the major stars of the 1960s folk music movement, and has been acclaimed for almost sixty years for her songwriting and interpretive skills.


Donna Summer "Queen of Disco"
Keith Chaffee, December 28, 2018

Donna Summer was born on December 31, 1948. Summer is best remembered as the "Queen of Disco," but her career lasted for thirty years after the disco era ended. Summer was raised in Boston, and moved to New York after high school.


Engelbert Humperdinck and an illustration of his opera Hänsel und Gretel
Keith Chaffee, December 21, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel was first performed on December 23, 1893, in Weimar, Germany.


Photo of Leonard Bernstein and collage of his music
Keith Chaffee, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. One of the major figures of 20th-century American music, Bernstein was a composer, conductor, and educator whose celebrity extended far wider than was usual for classical musicians. In part, that was because he wasn't only a classical musician.


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