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Chet Atkins - 43% match to Les Paul

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chester Burton Atkins, 20 June 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 June 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The man known as ‘Mister Guitar’ was one of the most influential and prolific guitarists of the twentieth century, as well as an important producer and an RCA Records executive. The son of a music teacher and brother of guitarist Jim Atkins (who played with Le Read more

Ray Conniff - 23% match to Les Paul

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1916, Attelboro, Massachusetts, USA, d. 12 October 2002, Escondido, California, USA. Taught to play the trombone by his father, Conniff studied arranging with the aid of a mail-order course while still at college. In 1934, after graduation, he worked with small bands in Boston before joining Bunny Berigan as trombonist/arranger in 1937. After a spell with Bob Cros Read more

Boozoo Chavis - 20% match to Les Paul

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wilson Anthony Chavis, 23 October 1930, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 May 2001, Austin, Texas, USA. This singer and accordionist was one of the first artists to popularise zydeco, the vernacular music of African-American Louisiana. Chavis had learned to play accordion and harmonica by the age of nine and performed around Lake Charles while in his teens. In 1954 he was s Read more

Jimmie Rodgers - 20% match to Les Paul

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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James Charles Rodgers, 8 September 1897, Pine Springs, near Meridian, Mississippi, USA, d. 26 May 1933, New York, USA. Jimmie was the youngest of three sons of Aaron Woodberry Rodgers, who had moved from Alabama to Meridian to work as foreman of a railroad maintenance crew. In 1904, his mother Eliza (Bozeman) died (probably from tuberculosis), and following his father’s Read more

Leroy Anderson - 20% match to Les Paul

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 June 1908, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, d. 18 May 1975, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA. A popular composer from the 30s through to the 50s, Anderson studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Harvard University, where he was organist and choirmaster from 1929-35. During most of this same period he was also orchestral director at the university. In 1935 he left Read more

Ma Rainey - 19% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Gertrude M. Pridgett, 26 April 1886, Columbus, Georgia, USA, d. 22 December 1939. After working as a saloon and tent show singer around the turn of the century, Rainey began singing blues. She later claimed that this occurred as early as 1902 and however much reliance is placed upon this date she was certainly among the earliest singers to bring blues songs to a wider audien Read more

Lonnie Donegan - 16% match to Les Paul

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony James Donegan, 29 April 1931, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 4 November 2002, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. Donegan, as ‘The King Of Skiffle’, became a more homogeneous UK equivalent to Elvis Presley than Tommy Steele. Donegan’ s mother was Irish and his father Scottish, and from the age of two he was raised in East Ham, London. Steeped in traditional Read more

Bert Kaempfert - 15% match to Les Paul

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
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Kay Starr - 14% match to Les Paul

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Katherine LaVerne Starks, 21 July 1922, Dougherty, Oklahoma, USA. While she was still a child, Starr’s family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she made her professional debut on local radio before she had left school. In 1939 she was hired briefly by Glenn Miller when his regular singer, Marion Hutton, was sick. Starr made records with Miller, but was soon on the move. She Read more

Merle Travis - 14% match to Les Paul

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Merle Robert Travis, 29 November 1917, Rosewood, Kentucky, USA, d. 20 October 1983, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. Travis was the son of a tobacco farmer but by the time he was four years old, the family had moved to Ebenezer, Kentucky, and his father was working down the mines. Travis’ father often remarked, ‘Another day older and deeper in debt’, a phrase his son Read more

Eddie Fisher - 12% match to Les Paul

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edwin Jack Fisher, 10 August 1928, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Fisher was a ‘bobby sox idol’, one of the most popular US singers of the 50s, with a strong, melodic voice. He sang with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura at the age of 18, and his nickname was ‘Sonny Boy’ because of his affection for Al Jolson songs. In 1949 he gained nationw Read more

Pat Boone - 12% match to Les Paul

Genres: Children's Music Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Eugene Patrick Boone, 1 June 1934, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Boone sold more records during the late 50s than any other artist except Elvis Presley. From 1955 to date, only six artists (Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Elton John, Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder) are ranked above him in terms of total singles sales and their relative chart positions. Boone had a Read more

Artie Shaw - 11% match to Les Paul

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, 23 May 1910, East Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, d. 30 December 2004, Newbury Park, California, USA. The son of an Austrian mother and a Russian father, Arshawsky was born in New York but relocated with his family to New Haven, Connecticut while still a child. He learned to play the ukulele before taking up the alto saxophone at the age of 1 Read more

Dickie Valentine - 11% match to Les Paul

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Richard Brice, 4 November 1929, London, England, d. 6 May 1971, Wales. An extremely popular singer in the UK during the 50s. At the age of three, Valentine appeared in the Jack Hulbert / Cicely Courtneidge comedy film Jack’s The Boy. Later, as a backstage assistant at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, he became the protégé of Canadian stage star Bill O Read more

Tony Sheridan - 11% match to Les Paul

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Sheridan McGinnity, 21 May 1940, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Sheridan formed his first band, the Saints, in 1955, before moving to London. There he joined Vince Taylor And The Playboys in early 1959, with whom he played a residency in Hamburg, Germany. A popular attraction at clubs such as the Kaiserkeller with the Jets, that group soon evolved into the Beat Brothers Read more


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