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Musician and songwriter George Benson
Keith Chaffee, March 22, 2019

George Benson was born on March 22, 1943. Benson is a guitarist and songwriter; he's best known as a jazz musician, but in the late 1970s and 1980s, he also had considerable success on the pop and R&B charts.

Heavy metal singer and songwriter, Dee Snider
Keith Chaffee, March 15, 2019

Dee Snider was born on March 15, 1955. Snider was the front man for 80s metal band Twisted Sister, and one of the best singers of the pop-metal era.

All aboard the Disco train in 1979
Keith Chaffee, March 08, 2019

The Sony Walkman went on sale for the first time in 1979. Kurt Russell played Elvis in a TV movie.

Singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte
Keith Chaffee, March 01, 2019

Harry Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927. Belafonte is a singer, actor, and activist who helped to popularize calypso music in the 1950s.

Actress and singer Bernadette Peters
Keith Chaffee, February 22, 2019

Bernadette Peters was born on February 28, 1948. For 50 years, Peters has been a star of musical theater, critically praised as one of the best singers and actresses of her era.

Photos of African-American composers of classical music
Keith Chaffee, February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.

Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson
Keith Chaffee, February 01, 2019

In the early morning of February 3, 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The tragedy would later become known as "the day the music died."

Film composer John Williams
Keith Chaffee, February 08, 2019

John Williams was born on February 8, 1932. Williams is a composer whose movie themes are instantly recognizable. In his sixty-year career, Williams has received 3 Emmys, 24 Grammys, and 5 Academy Awards. He's been nominated for the Academy Award 51 times, second only to Walt Disney.

Polish composer Witold Lutosławski
Keith Chaffee, January 25, 2019

Witold Lutosławski was born on January 25, 1913. Lutosławski was a Polish composer who strove for artistic integrity throughout his career, despite the restrictions imposed by the Polish and Soviet governments.

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.