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taught to sing by her mother, an opera singer, but she eventually chose not to pursue a career in classical music. She married Dennis Benatar in 1972 and took health education courses at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with the intention of becoming a teacher. In 1973 she began working as a performing waitress at the Roaring Twenties Café in Enon, Virginia. She later returned to New York to pursue a professional music career and recruited Rick Newman as her manager; he took her to Chrysalis Records to front an all-male rock band. She subsequently

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Gene H. Anderson

techniques, premiered on the early Hot Fives and persisted in 1931 on “All of Me” and “Lazy River” and on almost all other vocal solos thereafter. Upon returning from his second European trip in 1935 , however, Armstrong occasionally modified the raspy texture of his voice to reveal “crooning” capabilities on songs like “Solitude” and “Ev’ntide.” Armstrong’s style of performance evolved little after 1932 and his repertoire progressively narrowed to popular hits. Concerts and recordings by the All Stars fell into a predictable routine: invariably opening with “Indiana

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Jessica Bissett Perea

A-Tasket.” She was also renowned for mimicking other jazz greats (most notably Armstrong) as well as instruments (such as singing bass lines). In fact, her legendary rendition of the title track from Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin ( 1960 )—a song from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera ( 1928 ) that was popularized by Armstrong and Bobby Darin in the mid-1950s—where she forgot the lyrics and improvised new ones, displays a spontaneity and inventiveness that charmed and endeared audiences. This album subsequently received two Grammy Awards upon its release: best album

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Marisol Negrónh

released by the newly formed Fania Records. Affectionately nicknamed “ El judío maravilloso ” (the marvelous Jew) by fellow musicians, he became a member and producer of the original Fania All-Stars, an ensemble band that achieved international acclaim for its live concerts. In 1973 Harlow brought Latin music to Carnegie Hall with the opera Hommy (inspired by the Who’s rock opera Tommy ), and in 1974 he released Salsa , considered one of his best recordings. In addition, La Raza Latina: a Salsa Suite ( 1977 ), which narrated the diasporic histories of salsa

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Paul Rinzler and Henry Pleasants

stage career, though she remained active as a singer. In 1969 she and Dankworth founded the Wavendon Allmusic Plan, an educational institution devoted to all styles of music. They performed together again in 1971 , and in 1972 toured Australia as well as undertaking the first of a series of tours of the USA. Dankworth also worked as her arranger, composer and musical director. Laine has recorded and performed opera, lieder and pop music as well as jazz, and in the 1980s was the only singer to have been nominated for Grammy awards in the female popular, classical and

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S. Timothy Maloney

Hades. In the same year he performed on a John Coltrane tribute album with the David Murray Octet and collaborated on Murray and Bob Weir’s opera Satchel Paige . He has also written two operas, Quebecité and Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path , which premiered in Canada in 2003 and 2006 , respectively, and the musical comedy Depressed, Depressed , which was first performed in Chicago in 2006 . He wrote the music for all 26 episodes of “The Ocean Room,” a Canadian children’s television show, and has also composed for “The Wonder Pets,” another children’s show

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Marysol Quevedo

Vilató, Orestes ( b Camagüey, Cuba , May 12, 1944 ). Cuban percussionist . His father, an opera singer, encouraged him to follow his passion for music. He began studying percussion with the bongos, developing his skills on all Latin percussion instruments, especially the timbales. His family moved to New York in 1956 , where he played a crucial role in the developing salsa scene. He performed with the Orquesta Típica of Belisario López, the Orquesta de Fajardo, and later Johnny Pacheco’s ensemble, participating in Fania label’s first recording

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Stefanija Z. Leskova

acclaimed composers. The hits ‘Čija si’ (To Whom Do You Belong) and ‘Igri bez granici’ (Games without Borders) were ranked first on the top lists for weeks across the entire Balkan Peninsula. His live performances broke all records of attendance, filling the biggest concert arenas with all generations. He played the leading role in the Macedonian opera Despina and Mr. Dox by D. Bužarovski ( 2001 ). His international career began as a Macedonian representative at the Eurovision song contest ( 2004 ). Toše released seven albums sung in Macedonian, and some in the Serbian

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Marcello Piras

He was a professional at 13 and was considered the best pianist in town at 15. He was much in demand in the red-light district because of his musical memory and vast repertoire, embracing classical, light classical, opera, cake-walk (which he danced while playing), popular songs from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, blues, and, above all, ragtime. He could read and improvise, sing in a powerful operatic style in any range from baritone to soprano, and even adopt blues inflections. His attire was widely imitated. Jelly Roll Morton considered him a great

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Charles K. Wolfe

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music singer-songwriter and guitarist . He was born in a small Texas community where his family farmed cotton and vegetables. Later they moved to Dallas. His mother eventually remarried, Price spending the school year in the city and summers working on the farm with his father. His opera-loving stepfather encouraged him to study classical voice which he did for six years during his early teens. While in college, he began to sing at Roy’s House Café in Dallas. Price made his first record for Bullet at Jim Beck’s Dallas studio in 1950 and appeared regularly on the

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Barry Jean Ancelet

Special” for Opera Records, in French and in a style that harked back to the traditional sounds of earlier in the century. The record was surprisingly popular, especially among Cajuns who were increasingly concerned about drifting away from their cultural and linguistic heritage. He recorded all of his subsequent records with Eddie Shuler of Goldband Records of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He became a mainstay on the Cajun dance circuit, and though he recorded only a couple of dozen more sides before he died in an automobile accident, they are virtually all still being

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Marcello Piras

still largely awaits decipherment. Works ( * Collaborative works with Billy Strayhorn. For the nature and extent of such collaboration, see van de Leur, 2002. ) theatrical Operas Boola (Ellington, inc.), 1939 Shout up a Morning, musical drama (P. Farrow, unproduced), 1970 Queenie Pie, street opera (Ellington, inc., compl. M. Ellington, M. Peress), Philadelphia, 1986 Musical comedies Harlem is Heaven (unproduced), 1937 H.M.S. Times Square (unproduced), 1943–5

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Jonas Westover

Carey, Mariah ( Angela ) ( b Huntington, NY , March 27, 1970 ). American singer , composer , producer , and actress . She is one of the top-selling artists of all time, a star in R&B and pop who sold, according to some estimates, more than 200 million albums during the 1990s and 2000s. She learned to sing as a child from her mother, an opera singer and vocal coach. While in high school she sang backing vocals for other artists and developed her own compositional style. She moved to New York in the mid-1980s and became a backing singer for Brenda

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Lars Helgert

Hemphill, Anthony Braxton, Chico Hamilton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis, John Carter, James Newton, and his own groups such as the Dark Woods Ensemble, Traveler’s Tales, and the Marty Ehrlich Quartet. Ehrlich has also performed as a classical musician with the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet, and he gave the premiere of David Lang’s The Passing Measures (for solo bass clarinet, chorus, and orchestra, 1998 ) with the Birmingham SO and David Schiff’s Singing in the Dark (for alto saxophone and string quartet, 2002 ) with the Miami String

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Douglas B. Green

father of well-known actor John Ritter ( 1948–2003 ). Bibliography J. Bond : The Tex Ritter Story (New York, 1976) L. Adams and B. Rainey : Shoot-em-ups: the Complete Guide to Westerns of the Sound Era (New Rochelle, NY, 1978) P. Stanfield : Horse Opera: the Strange History of the 1930s Singing Cowboy (Urbana, IL, 2002)

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Rob Bowman

( b Cleveland, OH , July 18, 1929 ; d Neuilly-sur-Seine, France , Feb 29, 2000 ). American Rhythm and blues songwriter , pianist , and singer . Classically trained as a pianist, Hawkins’s primary vocal influence was Paul Robeson and his original goal was to sing opera. In 1951 , he joined R&B guitarist Tiny Grimes’s band. Over the next few years he served similar stints with Johnny Sparrow, James Moody, Arnett Cobb, Bill Doggett, and Lynn Hope while recording as a solo artist for Atlantic, Timely, Mercury, and its subsidiary,Wing. Hawkins’s career

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Ursel Schlicht

recorded her first work for large ensemble, A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). Two years later Charlie Haden commissioned her to arrange music for his album Liberation Music Orchestra ( 1969 , Imp.), and she subsequently arranged for all of the group’s future albums. The first performance of her best-known work, the genre-bending avant-garde jazz opera Escalator over the Hill ( 1971 , with lyrics by Paul Haines), featured a huge cast that included Jack Bruce, Linda Ronstadt, Don Cherry, and John McLaughlin. In 1964 Bley helped to organize the Jazz Composer’s Guild. The

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Dave Laing

chord structures. His performances increasingly favoured flamboyant outrageousness over introspection, paying homage in equal parts to Little Richard and Liberace as he appeared in a series of flamboyant costumes, a style epitomized in his cameo appearance in the film of the Who's rock opera, Tommy . In 1979 he was the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union, but his career faltered when the partnership with Taupin was suspended in the late 1970s. They reunited in 1982 and during the 1980s created a number of outstanding songs among which were Nikita ,

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Barry Kernfeld

Tri-Centric Foundation, which organized ensembles to perform his musical, multimedia and interdisciplinary works in New York, beginning with a series of concerts in 1995 , and in October 1996 , the première of Shala Fears for the Poor , the third in his projected series of 12 three-act operas sharing 12 central characters. In 1996 he began giving concerts of Ghost Trance Music , lengthy performances involving an intricate dialectic between notated and improvised materials. In 1997 , with Velibor Pedevsky, he established the record company and label Braxton House, to

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Willa Rouder

for the show. During the Depression Johnson turned his attention increasingly to the composition of large-scale works. He wrote his Harlem Symphony in 1932 , followed by a piano concerto, Jassamine , in 1934 and Symphony in Brown in 1935 ; De Organizer , a one-act ‘blues opera’ with a libretto by Langston Hughes, received one performance at Carnegie Hall in 1940 . A true assessment of this music is hampered by the loss of many of the scores, but some commentators have questioned the success of Johnson’s orchestral compositions. With the revival of traditional