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Kim Carnes: From ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ to Global Stardom

Kim Carnes, an American singer and songwriter, is best known for her distinctive raspy vocal style and her 1981 hit single “Bette Davis Eyes,” which catapulted her to global stardom. Born on this day July 20, 1945 in Los Angeles, Carnes began her music career as a member of the folk group “The New Christy …

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Tom A. Robertson: Captivating the Senses and Inspiring the Soul

Tom A. Robertson’s works continue to charm their beholders, with their presence being felt in numerous public and private art collections. Three of his distinguished works – the watercolor ‘Anthurium’ and the serigraphs ‘The Orange Point’ and ‘Flight’ – have earned a revered place in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington …

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Discover the Futuristic Art of Giacomo Balla: A Pioneer of Italian Modernism

Giacomo Balla, a renowned Italian painter, art teacher, and poet, was a seminal figure in the genesis of the Futurism movement. His innovative techniques and creative foresight positioned him as a trendsetter in the realm of Italian modernism, making his work timeless and impactful. Born on this day July 18, 1871 in Turin, Italy, Balla’s …

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Happy Birthday Disneyland! Here’s a Look at Some of the Events of Opening Day

Disneyland opened its gates on July 17, 1955, on a plot of land in Anaheim, California that previously consisted of orange groves. It cost $17 million to open the park, but despite the high cost, its opening day was less than ideal. It was even referred to as “Black Sunday” by Disney employees for years …

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Top 10 Desmond Dekker Songs: A Journey Through Reggae History

Born on this day July 16, 1941, St. Andrew Parish, Desmond Dekker, the Jamaican singer-songwriter, brought reggae to the world stage. His unique voice and infectious rhythms continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike. Let’s dive into the top 10 songs that defined his illustrious career, blending chart success, critical acclaim, and cultural impact. …

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On This Day: Twinkle

Twinkle, whose real name was Lynn Annette Ripley, was a renowned English singer-songwriter who garnered significant acclaim in the 1960s. Born on this day July 15, 1948 in Surbiton, Surrey, Twinkle displayed a natural aptitude for music from a young age. Her unique vocal talent and knack for crafting memorable lyrics propelled her to fame …

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Woody Guthrie: America’s Folk Hero

A Voice for the People In the tapestry of American music, few threads shine as brightly as that of Woody Guthrie. A troubadour of the people, Guthrie’s life was a testament to the power of music to inspire, unite, and challenge the status quo. His journey from the dust-blown plains of Oklahoma to the annals …

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Compay Segundo, the Exceptional “Second Compadre” in Buena Vista Social Club

Compay Segundo is a name that resonates profoundly within the realm of traditional Cuban music. Born as Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz on November 18, 1907, in Siboney, Cuba, he adopted his stage name, Compay Segundo, which translates into “second compadre,” an allusion to his often being second voice in his musical partnerships. Compay Segundo’s musical …

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Andrew Wyeth: The Man, The Artist, and His Timeless Legacy

Andrew Wyeth, one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century, is renowned for his contribution to the Regionalist art movement. Born on this day July 12, 1917, he was a part of a family deeply rooted in the arts and was trained by his father, the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Andrew Wyeth’s …

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Toby Bluth: A Brush with Disney Magic

In the colorful world of animation and children’s literature, few names shine as brightly as Toby Bluth. Born on July 11, 1940, in the vast expanse of Texas, Bluth would go on to become a pivotal figure in bringing magic to life through his art. A Family of Storytellers Toby’s artistic genes ran deep, as …

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