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Pete Fountain - 81% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1930, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Taking up the clarinet as a small boy, Fountain was sufficiently adept to play and record before he was out of his teens. In the early 50s he worked with various bands in his home town, including the Basin Street Six. In 1954 he formed his own small band and for the next couple of years played with this group and with the Dukes Of Di Read more

Santa Esmeralda - 79% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Dance Disco Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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A studio group performing in the disco-style of the late 70s, Santa Esmeralda made the US charts in 1977-78 with dance-orientated remakes of two songs originally popularized by the British group the Animals in the 60s. Santa Esmeralda featured vocalist Leroy Gomez (Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA), a multi-instrumentalist who had played with Elton John, Tavares and others befor Read more

Bert Kaempfert - 44% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
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Charlie Feathers - 41% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Arthur Feathers, 12 June 1932, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA, d. 29 August 1998, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The work of rockabilly legend Feathers became more elevated during each revival of interest in the genre. Feathers was an enigmatic superstar, although in reality his influence totally overshadowed his commercial success. His upbringing on a farm, being taught Read more

Frank Mills - 33% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 June 1942, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mills is best remembered for his 1979 international bestseller ‘Music Box Dancer’, a Top 5 instrumental hit in the USA. He studied music in Montreal, joining a group called the Bells who recorded some of his compositions. In 1972, he left for a solo career and his first single, ‘Love Me, Love Me Love’, on Sunflower Read more

Billy Vaughn - 25% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Vaughn, 12 April 1919, Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, d. 26 September 1991, Escondido, California, USA. An extremely successful orchestra leader, arranger and musical director during the 50s and early 60s. In 1952, singing baritone and playing piano, he formed the Hilltoppers vocal quartet, with Jimmy Sacca, Seymour Speigelman and Don McGuire. They had a string of US hits Read more

Acker Bilk - 21% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bernard Stanley Bilk, 28 January 1929, Pensford, Somerset, England. A self-taught clarinettist, Bilk made his first public appearance in 1947 while on National Service in Egypt. On his return to the UK, he played as a semi-professional around the Bristol area, before gaining his big break with the Ken Colyer band in 1954. Four years later, under the name ‘Mr’ Acke Read more

Lawrence Welk - 21% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 March 1903, Strasburg, North Dakota, USA, d. 17 May 1992, Santa Monica, California, USA. After achieving a measure of competence on the piano-accordion, Welk formed a dance band in the mid-20s, and soon became immensely popular, with engagements at leading hotels and endless one-night stands on the country’s dancehall circuit. The band was widely criticized in the mu Read more

Malcolm McLaren - 21% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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22 January 1946, London, England. After a tempestuous childhood, during which he was reared by his eccentric grandmother Rose Corre Isaacs in Stoke Newington, McLaren spent the mid- to late 60s at various art colleges. In 1969 he became romantically involved with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and they subsequently had a son together, Joseph. Malcolm was fascinated by th Read more

George Baker Selection - 20% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Led by vocalist George Bouens - who assumed the stage surname ‘Baker’ - this MOR Dutch quintet scaled charts throughout Europe and then North America in 1970 with a debut single, ‘Little Green Bag’, composed by Bouens and group member Jan Visser. Bouens alone wrote his Selection’s next major hit, ‘Una Paloma Blanca’, which caught a holiday moo Read more

Percy Faith - 20% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 April 1908, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, d. 9 February 1976, Ericino, California, USA. During the 30s Faith worked extensively on radio in Canada, and moved to the USA in 1940 to take up a post with NBC. During the 50s he was musical director for Columbia Records, for whom he made a number of popular albums, mostly of mood music. He worked with Tony Bennett, with whom he had Read more

Ferrante & Teicher - 19% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Ferrante (7 September 1921, New York City, New York, USA) and Louis Teicher (b. 24 August 1924, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA). Ferrante And Teicher met at the age of six while studying at the Juilliard School Of Music, Manhattan, New York. After they graduated as piano majors, they combined teaching and concert work until 1948, when they became full-time piano duet Read more

Floyd Cramer - 19% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 October 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 December 1997, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The style and sound of Cramer’s piano-playing was possibly one of the biggest influences on post-50s country music. His delicate rock ‘n’ roll sound was achieved by accentuating the discord in rolling from the main note to a sharp or flat, known as ‘slip note’ Read more

Peter Nero - 19% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Disco Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bernard Nierow, 22 May 1934, Brooklyn, New York, USA. A stylish pianist, composer, and conductor, throughout his long career Nero has switched, apparently effortlessly, between classical, jazz and popular music. Early on, he trained as a classical musician, and became interested in jazz at the age of 19 after hearing the legendary Art Tatum. In the late 50s, he spent four ye Read more

Muggsy Spanier - 18% match to Al Hirt

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francis Joseph Spanier, 9 November 1901, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 12 February 1967, Sausalito, California, USA. Spanier began playing cornet while barely in his teens and within a couple of years was a professional musician. His first job was with Elmer Schoebel. By the end of the 20s he had established a reputation mostly in and around Chicago and had been hired by Ted Le Read more


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