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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.

American songwriter Lorenz Hart
Keith Chaffee, April 25, 2019

Lorenz Hart was born on May 2, 1895. Hart was one of the great lyricists of the 1930s; with his composing partner, Richard Rodgers, he wrote dozens of songs that have become popular standards.

Country singer Tammy Wynette in 1971
Keith Chaffee, May 03, 2019

Tammy Wynette was born on May 5, 1942. Wynette was one of the most popular country singers of the late 1960s and 1970s, and one of the genre's most successful women ever.

Roy Orbison in his trademark sunglasses
Keith Chaffee, April 19, 2019

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936. Orbison was a singer/songwriter, most popular in the early 1960s, who specialized in grandly melodramatic ballads of romantic suffering and torment.

Collage of a some selected National Recording Registry 2019
Keith Chaffee, April 12, 2019

In 2000, Congress created the National Recording Preservation Board, an agency of the Library of Congress, to select titles each year for a National Recording Registry.

Playful graphic of header Musical Hoaxes and Pranks
Keith Chaffee, April 05, 2019

On Monday, our "Week to Remember" post took a look at famous literary pranks and hoaxes. Today, we continue the theme with a look at bands, composers, and musicians who weren't exactly what they claimed to be.

New members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019
Keith Chaffee, March 29, 2019

On March 29, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will add seven new members at its annual induction ceremony.

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.