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Boozoo Chavis - 85% 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

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 72% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, 25 November 1897, Goshen, New York, USA, d. 18 April 1973, New York City, New York, USA. Smith began playing piano at the age of six, encouraged by his mother. He continued with his informal musical education and by his mid-teenage years had established a formidable reputation in New York as a ragtime pianist. During World War Read more

Huey "Piano" Smith - 68% match to Les Paul

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 January 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Pianist Smith drew his pulsating style from a variety of musical sources, including the boogie-woogie of Albert Ammons and jazz of Jelly Roll Morton. Having served in bands led by Earl King and Eddie ‘Guitar Slim’ Jones, Smith became a respected session musician before embarking on an independent recording career. Leadi Read more

Ma Rainey - 49% 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

Eddie Cantor - 40% match to Les Paul

Genres: Vocals
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Edward Israel Iskowitz, 31 January 1892, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 October 1964, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. An extremely popular comedian, singer and dancer who was prominent in several areas of showbusiness from the 20s through to the 50s. Cantor’s performances were highly animated, seeing him jumping up and down, with hands gesticulating an Read more

The Spaniels - 40% match to Les Paul

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This vocal ensemble was formed in 1952 in Gary, Indiana, USA. Universally recognized as one of the great R&B vocal harmony groups of the 50s, the Spaniels’ magnificent body of work was not truly reflected in their moderate chart success. The group originally comprised Roosevelt High students James ‘Pookie’ Hudson (Thornton James Hudson, 11 June 1934, Des M Read more

Albert Ammons - 37% match to Les Paul

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 2 December 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ammons began playing piano as a small child and worked in Chicago clubs while still a youth. In the late 20s and early 30s he played in a number of small bands but his real forte was as a soloist. After establishing himself as an important blues piano player in Chicago in the mid-30s, a pe Read more

Ethel Merman - 35% match to Les Paul

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, 16 January 1909, Astoria, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1984, New York, USA. One of the most celebrated ladies of the Broadway musical stage, a dynamic entertainer, with a loud, brash, theatrical singing style, flawless diction, and extravagant manner, who usually played a gutsy lady with a heart of gold. Merman worked first as a secretary, then sang Read more

Freddie & The Dreamers - 19% match to Les Paul

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Manchester, England-based 60s beat outfit, comprising Freddie Garrity (14 November 1936 (1940 is also cited), Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 19 May 2006, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales; vocals), Roy Crewsdon (b. 29 May 1941; guitar), Derek Quinn (b. 24 May 1942; guitar), Pete Birrell (b. 9 May 1941; bass) and Bernie Dwyer (b. 11 September 1940, Manchester, Lancashir Read more

Lone Ranger - 17% match to Les Paul

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Waldron. The Lone Ranger was one of the late 70s’ most lyrically inventive DJs, with a considerable influence on the British school of MCing. Waldron spent a large proportion of his formative years in the UK, which perhaps accounted for his radically different stance, and, like so many others, he began his own recording career at Studio One. Welton Irie partnere Read more

Chet Atkins - 16% 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

The Last Poets - 11% match to Les Paul

Genres: Funk Spoken Word Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Coming out of the poverty-stricken ghetto of Harlem, New York City, USA in the mid-60s, there are many who claim the Last Poets to be the first hip-hop act proper. Originally comprising David Nelson, Gylan Kain and Abiodun Oyewole, the Last Poets formed on 19 May 1969 (Malcolm X’s birthday), the informal line-up grew to include Felipe Luciano, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin aka Ala Read more


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