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Elliott Smith – American composer

Elliott Smith - American composer

Elliott Smith – American composer


Elliott Smith was an American composer, the author-performer. His main instrument was the guitar, but he also played the piano, clarinet, bass guitar, harmonica and percussion well. After several years of participation in the Heatmiser rock band, Smith began his solo career. In 1997, Elliot signed a contract with a major record label DreamWorks Records, which released two of his albums (XO and Figure 8).
Smith became known to the general public after his song Miss Misery, written for Gus Van Zant’s Good Will Hunting. Smith was nominated for an Oscar award in 1998 in the category Best Song. For several years Smith suffered from chronic depression, alcoholism and drug addiction. These themes were often reflected in his lyrics.
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Bon Scott – Australian rock musician

Bon Scott - Australian rock musician

Bon Scott – Australian rock musician


Bon Scott is an Australian rock musician and songwriter of Scottish descent who became famous as a vocalist and frontman of the Australian rock band AC / DC. He takes the first place in the list of 100 greatest frontmen of all time according to the British Classic Rock magazine.
Ronald Belford Scott was born on July 9, 1946 in Forfar, Scotland. In 1952, his family emigrated from the UK to Australia. Until 1956, the family lived in Melbourne, then moved to Fremantle, where Bon learned to play drums and bagpipes as part of a local orchestra. Bon left school at the age of 15 because of constant conflicts. For various violations (including giving false names and addresses to the police, escaping from surveillance, illegal intercourse and stealing 50 liters of fuel), Scott was taken to the Fremantle Prison’s firing point and also spent nine months in a juvenile care facility. For some time Scott served in the Australian armed forces, but was sacked because of poor social integration.
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Jaco Pastorius – bass-guitar original

Jaco Pastorius - bass-guitar original

Jaco Pastorius – bass-guitar original


Jaco Pastorius was an American jazz bass player and composer. Having developed the original style and technique of playing the instrument, he became one of the most authoritative bassists of the second half of the 20th century. Pastorius is best known for his work with Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, as well as working with Joni Mitchell and his own solo projects.
John Francis Pastorius III was born on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His father was famed jazz drummer Jack Pastorius. Until he was thirteen, Pastorius had played only percussion. Soon he became a local wonder because of his bass craft.
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Bo Diddley – Originator

Bo Diddley – Originator

Bo Diddley – Originator


Bo Diddley is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter. He helped build the rhythmic foundations of rock and roll with a string of hits during the mid-1950s. He received an honorary Grammy Award for Life Achievement (1998) and is one of the twenty greatest musicians in the history of rock and roll (according to Rolling Stone magazine). In 2005, Bo Diddley celebrated the sixtyth anniversary of his musical career in Australia and Europe. In May 2007, the musician suffered a stroke on the stage right during the concert, after which he lost the ability to speak.
Diddley was born Ellas McDaniel on December 30, 1928 in McComb, Mississippi. At the age of eight he moved to Chicago where he was undoubtedly exposed to these traditions.
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James Brown – Godfather of Soul

James Brown - Godfather of Soul

James Brown – Godfather of Soul


James Brown was an influential African- American singer in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also called the Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother Number 1, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. His relentless energy and insatiable appetite kept him in the headlines. Brown is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for his recordings.
James Brown Jr was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. The family lived in a shack in the woods without plumbing or electricity. His father made a living by selling tree tar to a turpentine company. He was the only child in the family. His mother left when her son was just four years old. The boy moved to his aunt’s Georgia home, where he met blues guitarist Tampa Red, who taught the young man guitar. Leon Austin and a Mr. Dink taught him piano and drums respectively. Brown earned money for rent and clothing by buck dancing for soldiers and by shining shoes.
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Benjamin Orr – American rock singer

Benjamin Orr - American rock singer

Benjamin Orr – American rock singer


Benjamin Orr was an American rock singer and bass player, best known as the founder and member of the rock band The Cars.
Benjamin Orsechowski was born on September 8, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, into a family of Russian and Czechoslovak parents. He shortened his name upon turning professional. Young Benjamin was expelled from high-school with one ambition in mind to achieve success. It was a slow process, however. He was a leader of Ohio rock band The Grasshoppers filling most band roles at one time or another. In 1965, the band released two singles – Mod Socks and Pink Champagne (And Red Roses), the last of which was composed by Orzhechowski. The group disappeared in 1967, when two of its members were drafted into the army.
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Jacques Brel – Flemish singer

Jacques Brel - Flemish singer

Jacques Brel – Flemish singer


Jacques Brel (April 8, 1929, Scharbeck, Belgium – October 9, 1978, France) was a Belgian French-speaking poet, bard, actor and director. Jacques was more of a fine artist than songwriter. His compositions are full of passion, action and location.
At school he did not study brilliantly, but from an early age took part in amateur theater performances. His father forced Jacques to join the family business.
In 1951, Brel married Teresa Michilsen, in the same year they had a daughter.
In his early twenties he relocated to Paris.
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