Blind Willie McTell was a twelve-string finger picking Piedmont blues guitarist who recorded 149 songs between 1927 and 1956.
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Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom’s most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years.
Dreamboat Annie is the debut album by the band Heart, released in 1976.
Florence Foster Jenkins was an American soprano who became famous for her complete lack of rhythm, pitch, tone, and overall singing ability. Despite her patent lack of ability, Jenkins was firmly convinced of her greatness. She compared herself favorably to the renowned sopranos Frieda Hempel and Luisa Tetrazzini, and dismissed the laughter which often came from the audience during her performances as coming from her rivals consumed by “professional jealousy.” She was aware of her critics, however, saying “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”
Tom Lehrer is an American singer-songwriter. Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.
The LM-1 Drum Computer was the first drum machine to use digital samples of acoustic drums. It is prized by amateur and professional musicians alike for its rarity as well as its characteristic sounds, which can be heard on the recordings of such famous artists as Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Human League, Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk and countless other pop hits of the 1980s.
Moondog was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city. Most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Thor. Thanks to his unconventional outfits and lifestyle, he was known for much of his life as “The Viking of 6th Avenue”.
Simone Fernando Sacconi was an expert Italian violin maker and restorer who studied fellow luthier Antonio Stradivari extensively during his lifetime.
Yves Simon. French singer/writer that also happens to be one of Michel Foucault’s favorites.
Yma Sumac a noted Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music and became an international success, based on the merits of her extreme vocal range, which was said to be “well over four octaves“ and was sometimes claimed to span even five octaves at her peak.