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Mexican-American musician, Carlos Santana
Keith Chaffee, July 19, 2019

Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947. Santana is a guitarist whose band, also called Santana, plays a mix of blues, rock, and Latin jazz.

African singer, Angélique Kidjo
Keith Chaffee, July 12, 2019

Angélique Kidjo was born on July 14, 1960 in what is now Benin. Kidjo is one of Africa’s most popular singers, and a major figure of world music.

Gospel and R&B singer, Mavis Staples
Keith Chaffee, July 05, 2019

Mavis Staples was born on July 10, 1939. As a member of her family singing group, and as a solo artist, Staples has been singing gospel, R&B, and Americana for almost 70 years.

Saxophone inventor, Adolphe Sax
Keith Chaffee, June 28, 2019

On June 28, 1846, the saxophone was patented by its inventor, Adolphe Sax. He had been developing the instrument for several years before the patent was issued, but the patent is as close as we come to having an actual “birthday” for any musical instrument.

George Michael
Keith Chaffee, June 21, 2019

George Michael was born on June 25, 1963. For a decade beginning in the mid-1980s, Michael was one of America’s biggest pop stars, topping the charts with 11 #1 hit singles. His success lasted even longer in England, where he continued producing hit songs into the mid-2000s.

Harry Nilsson at RCA Records, July 1974
Keith Chaffee, June 14, 2019

Harry Nilsson was born on June 15, 1941. Nilsson was a singer-songwriter, usually billed by his last name only. His wide vocal range and the elegant grace of his songwriting made him a popular performer in the early 1970s.

Welsh singer Tom Jones
Keith Chaffee, June 07, 2019

Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940. The Welsh singer became a star in the mid-1960s with a series of cheerfully bombastic pop songs, and continues to tour and record new material after more than 50 years in the spotlight.

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash
Keith Chaffee, May 24, 2019

Rosanne Cash was born on May 24, 1955. Cash is a singer-songwriter who is most often thought of as a country artist, but her music includes elements of pop, rock, blues, and gospel.

Blues singer and composer, Taj Mahal
Keith Chaffee, May 17, 2019

Taj Mahal was born on May 17, 1942. Mahal is a blues singer and composer whose music incorporates elements of jazz and world music.

Portrait of composer Gabriel Fauré in 1905
Keith Chaffee, May 10, 2019

Gabriel Fauré was born on May 12, 1845. Fauré was a composer whose career spanned nearly 60 years; he is best known for his art songs, piano music, and chamber music.