On October 17, 1941, Jim Seals was born. He was half of Seals & Crofts, a 1970s duo who played amiably breezy pop. He was also part of an extended family of musicians who have been successful in pop and country music over the last half-century.
On October 13, 1941, Paul Simon was born. Simon has been a critically acclaimed pop singer and songwriter for more than 60 years, both as a solo act and as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Today, we’re focusing primarily on Simon as a soloist.
On September 25, 1906, Dmitri Shostakovich was born. Shostakovich was a composer who endured several cycles of official favor and disfavor from the Russian government; despite the political turmoil, he was one of the 20th century’s most important composers.
On August 14, 1945, Steve Martin was born. You might not have expected to see Martin in our “Music Memories” series, because he’s still better known as a comedian and actor. But he’s also a Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated musician, and today, we’re focusing on that side of his career.
On August 7, 1935, Rahsaan Roland Kirk was born. Kirk was a jazz musician noted for his ability to play a wide range of instruments, and for his unorthodox playing techniques, which often involved playing multiple instruments simultaneously.