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Alex Harvey – Scottish rock musician

Alex Harvey - Scottish rock musician

Alex Harvey – Scottish rock musician


Alex Harvey was a Scottish rock musician, songwriter and vocalist, best known as the frontman of Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
Alex Harvey was born in Glasgow on 5 February 1935. At the age of fifteen, he left school and then (as he later claimed) tried his hand at 36 different professions (including a lion tamer). In 1954, Harvey made his debut on the professional stage, playing a trumpet at a wedding in Glasgow.
Harvey’s musical roots were in Dixieland jazz and skiffle, and he fronted a soul band during the early sixties. In 1957 Alex was a winner of a Scottish newspaper talent contest and received title Tommy Steel of Scotland.
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Mia Zapata – American rock singer

Mia Zapata - American rock singer

Mia Zapata – American rock singer


Mia Zapata was an American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, soloist of the group The Gits (1986-1993).
Mia Katherine Zapata was born on August 25, 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky.
At the age of 9, the girl learned to play the guitar and piano. She was influenced by such artists as Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, Hank Williams and Sam Cook. In 1984, Mia entered the college located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 1986 at college she and her three friends (Joe Spleen, Matt Dresdner and Steve Moriarty) formed the band The Gits.
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Harry Chapin – American musician

Harry Chapin – American musician

Harry Chapin – American musician


Harry Chapin was a famous American musician, poet and composer. He became the author of several songs, which later turned out to be world hits.
Harry Chapin was born on December 7, 1942 in Greenwich Village, New York. He was the son of Jim Chapin, a noted jazz drummer who headed his own sextet. Jim also had been a regular player alongside Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey during the forties. When his family moved to Brooklyn Heights Harry sang with a local boys’ choir. Harry with two more musical brothers in the family put together an onoff group. In 1966 they recorded an album, Chapin Music.
After graduating from the Brooklyn Technical School, Chapin was drafted into the army. For some time he was a cadet at the US Air Force Academy.
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Barry White – American singer

Barry White - American singer

Barry White – American singer

Barry White was an American rhythm and blues singer. The peak of his popularity was in the middle of 70s. During White’s career in the music business, 106 of his albums became gold, 41 of them received platinum status. 20 singles became gold, 10 – platinum, their sales exceeded 100 million copies. He is one of the best-selling performers of all time. Barry was a winner of two Grammy Awards. His music was influenced by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.
Barry Eugene Carter (his real name) was born on September 12, 1944 in Galveston. The adult life of White began in a very original way: at the age of 15 he was sentenced to prison for 4 months for stealing Cadillac tires. At the same time, Barry early began to show interest in music. He learned to play the piano, and also sang in a children’s church choir (the usual beginning of a career for most American soul and jazz performers). At school, he formed a group called The Upfronts. Their first release was a song called Little Girl in 1960, released immediately after White’s return from prison.
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Franz Liszt – Hungarian composer

Franz Liszt - Hungarian composer

Franz Liszt – Hungarian composer


Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a Hungarian composer, known primarily as one of the first virtuoso performers on the modern piano. He was an innovator in style and harmony.
Franz Liszt was born on October 22, 1811 at Raiding. He received his first instruction from his father. At the age of 9 he played in public for the first time. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Vienna, where he began his studies with Carl Czerny and Antonio Salieri.
In 1823 Liszt left for Paris. The following year he gave his first concert there. Paris was Liszt’s home for 2 decades. He became friendly with Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, A. M. L. de Lamartine, Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine, and eventually Richard Wagner.
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Arthur Lee – leader of Love

Arthur Lee – leader of Love

Arthur Lee – leader of Love


Arthur Lee was a leader, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter of the legendary Los Angeles psychedelic musical group Love. He is known as the “first black hippie”.
Arthur Taylor (his real name) was born on March 7, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of jazz cornetist Chester Taylor and schoolteacher Agnes Taylor. The Taylors moved to Los Angeles when Arthur was five years old. In 1953, his mother married Clinton Lee, whose name was taken by Arthur and he became Arthur Taylor Lee. Arthur spent his childhood and adolescence in the historic area of Los Angeles, West Adams. He studied at Susan Miller Dorsey High School, where he was good at basketball and broke the record for points in a game. In his school years, he teamed up with a friend of the family, John Echols (also from Tennessee), and created various musical groups.
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Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson – founder of Skrewdriver

Ian Stuart Donaldson was a British musician and known supporter of neo-Nazism. He was the founder of the rock group Skrewdriver, influenced the appearance of NS skinheads movement.
Ian Stuart Donaldson was born on August 11, 1957 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. He grew up in Blackpool. In the early seventies, he joined the skinheads. His friend started playing in a local band and Ian decided to create his own band. The first band was called Tumbling Dice and they played mainly cover versions of the Rolling Stones and The Who, but after receiving an invitation from the London Record Studios rest of the band refused to move to the capital, and the group disbanded. In 1976 he formed the group Skrewdriver inspired by the performances of Sex Pistols in Manchester. Initially, the band played punk music, but gradually reoriented to NS skinhead theme.
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