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THE CARPENTERS

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The Carpenters were a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings  Karen and Richard Carpenter. Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s. The Carpenters' melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. Carpenters had three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles (including their #1 hits). To date, Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units.


RAY CHARLES

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Ray Charles, born in 1930 has been named "the genius" and early in his career broke down barriers of different music styles, combining elements of rhythm and blues, gospel, country, jazz and rock. He has had incredible success making major hits in the r&b, jazz, country and pop charts. Ray Charles died on June 10th 2004, at the age of 73.


JOHNNY CASH

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(February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), born J. R. Cash, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author,  who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.  Although he is primarily remembered as a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres  including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel.


CHUBBY CHECKER

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Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American  singer-songwriter best known for popularizing the The Twist with his 1960 hit  cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In September 2008, "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958.


THE CHIFFONS

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The Chiffons were one of the top girl groups of the early 1960s. With their trademark tight harmonies, high-stepping confidence and the hit machine of Goffin and King  writing songs such as “One Fine Day,” the Chiffons made music that helped define the girl group sound of the era.


PETULA CLARK

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Petula Clark, born 15 November 1932. is an English singer, actress, and composer  whose career has spanned seven decades. Her professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II. During the 1960s she became known internationally for her popular upbeat hits, including "Downtown," "I Know a Place," "My Love," "Colour My World," "A Sign of the Times," and "Don't Sleep in the Subway"


PATSY CLINE

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Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born Virginia Patterson Hensley, was an American  country music singer who enjoyed pop music crossover success during the era of the Nashville sound in the early 1960s. Since her death at age 30 in a 1963 private airplane crash at the height of her career, she has been considered one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.


THE COASTERS

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The Coasters are an American Rhythm and Blues/rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with "Searchin'" and "Young Blood," their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team of Leiber and Stoller. Although the Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo wop, their records were so frequently imitated that they became an important part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s.


EDDIE COCHRAN

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Edward Ray Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American rock and roll musician and an important influence on popular music during the late 1950s, early 1960s.


NAT KING COLE

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Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) known professionally as Nat "King" Cole, was an American  musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone  voice, which he used to perform in big band  and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history.


SAM COOKE

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Samuel "Sam" Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music. He is commonly known as The King of Soul for his unmatched vocal abilities and impact and influence on the modern world of music. His contribution in pioneering Soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularizing the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

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Creedence Clearwater Revival (often abbreviated CCR) was an American rock  band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums. The group consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed rock and roll and swamp rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they are sometimes also cited as southern rock stylists.


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