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Peter Paul & Mary

The trio Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) is an American musical group that was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. The trio comprises Peter Yarrow, Noel “Paul” Stookey, and Mary Travers.

The group was created and managed by Albert Grossman, who sought to create a folk “supergroup” by bringing together “a tall blonde (Travers), a funny guy (Stookey), and a good looking guy (Yarrow).” He launched the group in 1961, booking them into the The Bitter End, a coffee house and popular folk venue in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Peter, Paul and Mary's debut album

Peter, Paul and Mary’s debut album

The group recorded their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year. It included “500 Miles,” “Lemon Tree”,”Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and the hit Pete Seeger tune “If I Had a Hammer,” (“The Hammer Song”). The album was listed on Billboard Magazine Top Ten list for ten months and in the Top One Hundred for over three years.

By 1963, they had recorded three albums, released “Puff the Magic Dragon”, which Yarrow and fellow Cornell student Leonard Lipton had written in 1959, and performed “If I Had a Hammer” at the 1963 March on Washington, best remembered for Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Their biggest single hit was the Bob Dylan song, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” an international #1 and the fastest selling single ever cut by Warner Brothers Records. For many years after, the group was at the forefront of the civil rights movement and other causes promoting social justice. “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” which in December 1969 became their only #1 (as well as their final Top 40) hit, was written by the then-unknown John Denver and first appeared on their Album 1700 in 1967. “Day Is Done,” a #21 hit in June 1969, was the last Hot 100 hit the trio recorded.

On March 26, 1970, Peter Yarrow pled guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 14-year old girl in an August 31, 1969, incident at the Shoreham Hotel prior to a Washington, D.C., concert. Beginning September 1970 he served 3 months in prison. He was pardoned by President Jimmy Carter in 1981.[1]

The trio broke up in 1970 to pursue solo careers, but found little of the success they did as a group, although Stookey’s “The Wedding Song (There Is Love)” (written for Yarrow’s marriage to Marybeth McCarthy, the niece of senator Eugene McCarthy) was a hit and has become a wedding standard since its 1971 release.

In 1978, they reunited for a concert to protest nuclear energy, and have recorded albums together and toured since. They currently play around 25 shows a year.[1]

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 2004, Travers was diagnosed with leukemia, leading to the cancellation of the remaining tour dates for that year. She received a bone marrow transplant and is recovering successfully. She and the rest of the trio resumed their concert tour on December 9, 2005 with a holiday performance at Carnegie Hall and are scheduled for several additional concerts in 2006.

Peter, Paul and Mary received in 2006 the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The trio sang at in Mitchell, South Dakota George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership dedication concert on October 5, 2006.

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Ivory Joe Hunter

Ivory Joe Hunter

 

Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.

 


Ivory Joe Hunter made his network television debut on You Asked for It in April, 1951.

Ivory Joe Hunter (born October 10, 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas – died November 8, 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee) was an African American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his hit recording, “Since I Met You, Baby” (1956). Billed as “The Baron of the Boogie,” he was also known as “The “Happiest Man Alive.” He is sometimes confused with Motown producer-songwriter Ivy Joe Hunter.

In Kirbyville, Texas, he was christened Ivory Joe as an infant. Developing an early interest in music from his father, Dave Hunter, who played guitar, and his gospel singing mother, he was a talented pianist by the age of 13. As a teenager, Hunter made his first recording in Texas for Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress in 1933. [1]

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Lenny Kravitz

Leonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is a American rock singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist whose retro-style amalgam of rock, pop, funk, and even techno is inspired by such music icons as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.

Kravitz plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophone, trumpet and sitar. He usually plays all the instruments on each recorded track.

Early life

Kravitz was born in New York City, and is the son of Russian-Jewish American film producer Sy Kravitz and Bahamian American actress Roxie Roker, best known as Helen Willis, a regular character on The Jeffersons. Kravitz was named after his uncle, Pfc. Leonard Kravitz, who was killed in action in Korea while suppressing a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon; he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

His parents moved to California. Having taught himself bass, piano, guitar, and drums at an early age and developed his singing voice in the California Boys Choir and the Metropolitan Opera, he attended Beverly Hills High School and performed under the artist name, Romeo Blue. At that stage, he was heavily influenced by Prince. His parents were friends with jazz greats Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, and Miles Davis so he grew up in a musical household although he would pursue a career in rock rather than jazz.

In the late 1980s, Kravitz returned to New York to pursue a musical career. He ended up sharing a house with Lisa Bonet of The Cosby Show. The two would fall in love and marry on November 16, 1987, Lisa’s 20th birthday; they divorced in 1993 and have a daughter, Zoe Isabella Kravitz, together. Kravitz would broaden his influences beyond Prince to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley. He signed a contract with Virgin Records.

Early career

 

Let Love Rule album cover

 


Let Love Rule album cover

His 1989 debut album Let Love Rule was a moderate success, reaching #61 on the US Billboard album charts. The title track would reach #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the modern rock charts. The second single, “I Build This Garden For Us” reached #25 on the modern rock charts.

Kravitz gained greater recognition when Madonna reached number one with a cover version of his song, “Justify My Love” on her 1990 Immaculate Collection album. Kravitz’s marriage to Lisa Bonet ended in the same year. He also briefly dated Madonna at this time.[1]

The following year, his second album, Mama Said reached the top 40 of the Billboard album charts and songs on the album were influenced by his divorce from Bonet. It contained the hit single “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the Billboard R&B charts. “Always On The Run” featured Slash of Guns N’ Roses and reached #8 on the modern rock charts and #40 on the mainstream rock charts. “Stand By My Woman” would scrape the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #76, while “What Goes Around Comes Around” reached the top 40 of the Billboard R&B chart. The album would also feature a contribution by Sean Lennon.

In 1993, Are You Gonna Go My Way was released, reaching #12 on the Billboard 200 and Kravitz earned a Brit Award for best international male artist in 1994. The title track won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video for the video produced by Mark Romanek, in which Kravitz slung his dreadlocks and wore high-heeled platform boots. The single would reach #1 on the Australian and Billboard mainstream rock charts and #2 on the modern rock charts. Several singles from the album would follow including:

  • “Believe” #60 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on the mainstream rock charts and #10 on the modern rock charts;
  • “Is There Any Love In Your Heart” would reach #19 on the mainstream rock charts; and
  • “Heaven Help/Spinning Around Over You” reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Heaven Help” reached #92 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles charts.

Kravitz covered the KISS song “Deuce” for a tribute album, with the track reaching #15 on the Billboard rock chart. He released the Circus album in 1995, which reached number 10 on the Billboard chart on the back of his past achievement. However, it only had two singles: “Rock And Roll Is Dead” peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the mainstream rock chart and #10 on the modern rock charts. “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” reached #62 on the Billboard chart and #36 on the US adult chart.

Later career

With 5 (1999), Kravitz embraced digital technology such as synthesizers and tape loops for the first time. 5 introduced his music to an even wider audience, particularly in Europe, thanks to the hit single “Fly Away” being featured prominently in both car manufacturer and airline commercials. 5 would reach #28 on the Billboard 200, with “Fly Away” reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998 and ,,Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance|Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance]] at the Grammy Awards of 1999. Other hits from the album included:

  • “If You Can’t Say No” reached the top 40 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart in 1999 – dance producer Brian Transeau would remix the track; and
  • “I Belong to You” would reach #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the Billboard adult chart in 2000.

His cover version of The Guess Who’s hit “American Woman” won him another Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 2000 and helped The Guess Who find a new audience. The song originally came from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was added to the 5 album as a bonus track in 1999. The song would reach #49 on the Billboard 100, #3 on the Billboard modern rock chart and #7 on the Billboard mainstream rock chart.

Kravitz released a Greatest Hits compilation in 2000. It proved to be his most successful album, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts and achieve triple platinum status. The single “Again” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on a world adult composite chart (based on the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France and Australia) and US adult chart. The track would also earn him his third consecutive Grammy for the Best Male Rock Vocal in the Grammy Awards of 2001.

 

Lenny album cover

 


album cover

Kravitz released his sixth album Lenny in October 2001. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on the Canadian charts. The first single from the album “Dig In” reached #31 on the Billboard 100 and went top ten in the world adult and US adult charts. It also reached #1 in Argentina, went top 5 in Portugal and top 10 in Italy. He won his fourth consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal at the Grammy Awards of 2002. Subsequent singles included:

  • “Stillness of Heart” went top 10 in Italy, top 20 in the US and world adult charts and Argentina and top 40 in Canada and the UK;
  • “Believe in Me” reached #1 in Portugal, went top 10 in the Netherlands, top 20 in Italy and Germany and reached the top 100 world sales and airplay charts; and
  • “If I Could Fall In Love” reached the US adult top 40.

Jay-Z invited Kravitz to appear on the track “Guns and Roses” on his 2002 Blueprint 2: the Gift and the Curse. Kravitz would also join P. Diddy, Pharrell Williams and Loon on the track “Show Me Your Soul” from the Bad Boys 2 soundtrack. In 2004, he would appear on a track on N.E.R.D’s album Fly or Die. Jay-Z would appear on the track “Storm” on Kravitz’s 2004 Baptism album.

In early 2003, Kravitz released the track “We Want Peace” as a download-only track as a protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The track reached #1 on the world internet download charts and MP3.com download chart. Kravitz also appeared on Unity, the official album of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Also in 2003, Kravitz worked with Michael Jackson on a song titled “Another Day”. Kravitz said of the experience, “working with Michael Jackson was probably the best recording experience of my life. He was totally cool, absolutely professional and a beautiful, beautiful guy. And let’s not forget, Michael is a musical genius.”

Kravitz’s seventh album Baptism was released in May 2004. On his website, Kravitz says that he chose the title because “I’ve made my first record all over again. That’s how it feels, as pure as the beginning.” Baptism would debut at number 14 on the US album charts, in the top 50 of the Australian album charts and in the top 75 of the UK album charts. The first single, “Where Are We Running,” reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100, top 25 on a composite European chart and top 20 on Internet charts, Argentina, Italy and the world and US top 20 as of the end of May 2004. “Storm,” featuring Jay-Z, reached the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 50 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. However, “Lady” became the album’s surprise hit, making the US Top 30 and propelling “Baptism” to gold status. From March 2005, Lenny toured all over the world with the tour Electric Church, which ended at the Brixton Academy, London in July 2005. Kravitz is currently serving as the opening act for Aerosmith on their fall 2005 tour.

Kravitz’s latest project is a charity single for Hurricane Katrina victims. The single titled “From The Bottom Of My Heart” is a song written and composed by Michael Jackson. Kravitz traveled to London, along with other recording artists, to record the song. The single was anticipated to be released towards the end of 2005 but has been delayed to 2006.

On January 2006 Kravitz participated in absoluttracks a project of the vodka brand Absolut. He was given total freedom to realize a track that reflected his vision of the product, the result was the track “Breathe”. Later on this song was re-mixed by other ten musical producers from the eight most important markets of the vodka brand, the traks were only available via internet, in the sites http://www.absolutkravitz.com and http://www.absoluttracks.com, where also were wallpapers and videos relating to the subject.

Lately Kravitz has co-founded an interior design firm named Kravitz Design. He designed a chandelier for the Swarovsky Crystal Palace Collection named “Casino Royale”.

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Petula Clark

Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer, best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. With nearly 70 million recordings sold worldwide, she is the most successful British female solo recording artist to date. She also holds the distinction of having the longest span on the international pop charts of any artist—51 years—from 1954, when “The Little Shoemaker” made the UK Top Twenty, through 2005, when her CD “L’essentiel – 20 Succès Inoubliables” charted in Belgium.

Early years

She was christened Petula Sally Olwen Clark in Epsom, Surrey. Her father, Leslie Clark, coined her first name, jokingly alleging it was a combination of the names of two former girlfriends, Pet and Ulla. As a child, she sang in the church choir; her first public performances were in a department store in suburban London, where she sang with an orchestra in the entrance hall for sweets and a gold wristwatch. In October 1942, she made her radio debut while attending a BBC broadcast with her father, hoping to send a message to an uncle stationed overseas. During an air raid, the producer requested that someone perform to settle the jittery audience, and Clark volunteered a rendition of “Mighty Lak a Rose” to an enthusiastic response in the theatre. She then repeated her performance for the broadcast audience, launching a series of some 500 appearances in programmes designed to entertain the troops. In addition to her radio work, Clark frequently toured the UK with fellow child performer Julie Andrews. She became known as “Britain’s Shirley Temple” and was considered a mascot by both the RAF and the United States Army, whose troops plastered her photos on their tanks for good luck as they advanced into battle. [1]

With Sid Field in the film London Town, 1946

With Sid Field in the film London Town, 1946

In 1944, while performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Clark was discovered by film director Maurice Elvey, who cast her as an orphaned waif in his weepy war drama Medal for the General. In quick succession, she starred in Strawberry Roan, I Know Where I’m Going, London Town, and Here Come the Huggetts, the first in a series of Huggett Family films similar to the Andy Hardy movies popular in the States. Although most of the films she made in the UK during the 1940s and ’50s were grade-B, she did have the opportunity to work with Anthony Newley in Vice Versa (directed by Peter Ustinov) and Alec Guinness in The Card, considered by many to be a minor classic of British cinema.

In 1946, she launched her television career with an appearance on a BBC variety show, Cabaret Cartoons, which led to her being signed to host her own afternoon series, titled simply Petula Clark. A second, Pet’s Parlour, followed in 1949. In later years, she would star in This is Petula Clark (1966) and The Sound of Petula (1972-74).

In 1949, Clark branched into recording with her first release, a cover of Teresa Brewer’s “Music! Music! Music!,” in Australia. Her father, whose own theatrical ambitions had been thwarted by his parents, teamed with Alan A. Freeman to form their own label, Polygon Records, in order to better control her singing career. She scored a number of major hits in the UK during the 1950s, including “The Little Shoemaker” (1954), “Majorca” (1955), “Suddenly There’s a Valley” (1955) and “With All My Heart” (1956). Although Clark released singles in the US as early as 1951 (the first was “Tell Me Truly” b/w “Song Of The Mermaid” on the Coral label), it would take thirteen years before the American record-buying public would discover her.

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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was one of the most respected and influential American country music singers and guitarists of all time. Jennings was born in Littlefield, Texas.

He taught himself to play guitar at age eight, and formed his first band two years later. He worked as a DJ throughout his teen years, dropping out of high school to pursue a career in music. During his time working as a DJ, he met and befriended Buddy Holly. When he was 21, Jennings was tapped by Holly to play bass in Holly’s new band on a tour through the Midwest in early 1959. Holly also hired guitarist Tommy Allsup and drummer Carl “Goose” Bunch for the “Winter Dance Party” tour. [1]

On the night of February 3, 1959, the airplane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) crashed outside of Mason City, Iowa, killing all passengers. Jennings had given his seat to Richardson, who had the flu and desperately needed rest. In his 1996 autobiography, Jennings admitted for the first time that in the years afterward, he felt severe guilt and responsibility for the crash. After Jennings gave up his seat, Holly had jokingly told him “I hope your ole bus freezes up!” Jennings replied, with equal jocularity, “I hope your damn plane crashes!”; these words would haunt him for years.

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Waffle House

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Dr Hook

  • Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted Ray Sawyer, Dennis Locorriere, Bill Francis, Jay David, and George Cummings, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jon Wolters, Bob “Willard” Henke, and Rod Smarr. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. When told by a club owner that they needed a name to put out on the marquee, George made up a sign saying “Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show – Tonic for the soul.” The band name was a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan, but the Captain was missing a hand rather than an eye. Nevertheless, the name stuck.The band hooked up with songwriter Shel Silverstein, and manager, Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine hired the band to record, “The Last Morning,” which was the theme song for the movie. Haffkine also became their manager and got the band a record deal. He would also be their producer and song publisher; a combination fraught with peril, as the band later found out. Silverstein composed all of the songs on their first three albums.”Sylvia’s Mother,” a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and “Cover of the Rolling Stone” from the follow up album, “Sloppy Seconds” attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Another big hit of theirs (1976) was the classic “A Little Bit More” from the album with the same name. Other hit singles included “Only 16,” “Sharing the Night Together,” “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman,” and “Sexy Eyes.”

    The band toured constantly but never managed to turn their success with singles into album sales, and when the smoke cleared after 15 years on the road, their managers had become millionaires, and the band owed them money. They had shortened the band’s name to “Dr. Hook” after going bankrupt and getting released from their contract with CBS Records, and their fourth album, this one on Capitol Records, was aptly titled “Bankrupt”.

    Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as “Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer” after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent several years working as a songwriter in Nashville, and in 1989 performed a one-man show at Lincoln Center, “The Devil and Billy Markham”, written by Shel Silverstein. He currently lives in England, has recorded several solo albums, and tours, promoting himself as “the voice of Dr. Hook.”

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Good Charlotte

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Marylin Manson

  • Sweet Dreams mp3
  • Marilyn Manson is an industrial rock and alternative metal band based in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. Frequently termed “shock rock”, the group’s sound contains influences from heavy metal, industrial music, and glam. As a whole, Marilyn Manson is highly difficult to categorize as each album has a distinct and individual image and sound. Formed in 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, the band’s uniquely theatrical performances gathered a local cult following that has, over seventeen years, developed into a worldwide fanbase.

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Simple PLan

    Simple Plan is a pop-punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada—all five members are French-Canadians who were born in the province of Quebec. The band has released two original albums: No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls (2002) and Still Not Getting Any… (2004); as well as two live CDs: Live In Japan and ‘MTV Hard Rock Live (2005).

    History

    Simple Plan is a pop-punk band that came about in stages that began with the formation of the Canadian band Reset, in 1995, by high-school friends Pierre Bouvier, Charles-André (Chuck) Comeau and Adrien White. Reset toured around Canada with bands such as MxPx, Ten Foot Pole, and Face to Face, but only managed to gain modest popularity. The debut album was released in 1997. Comeau soon left to go to college, but two years later he hooked up with Jean-François (Jeff) Stinco and Sébastien Lefebvre, and again started making music. It was coincidence that brought Comeau and Bouvier back together at a Sugar Ray concert in late 1999, and Bouvier soon left Reset and joined his old friends. David Desrosiers replaced Bouvier in Reset, but when asked to join the foursome, he too left the band and joined the four friends.

    The origin of the band’s name is obscure. Band members have given various responses on this point, including a liking for the movie A Simple Plan; that the band was their simple plan to avoid getting a “real” job; and that the name was only intended to be temporary, but they never thought of anything better, and with shows coming up for the new band, they needed a name.

    In 2003, the band played as a headliner on the Vans Warped Tour. The same year, they opened for Avril Lavigne on her “Try To Shut Me Up” Tour. [1]. In addition to several headlining tours, they have also opened for such bands as Green Day and Good Charlotte.

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    Toby Kieth

    Toby Keith was born with the name Toby Keith Covel on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Okla. The family moved to Oklahoma City when Keith was young, and it was there he became interested in the musicians who worked in his grandmother’s supper club. He got his first guitar at age 8, but it would be years before Keith would pursue music as a career. At 6-feet-4 inches, Keith worked in the oil industry and played defensive end with the Oklahoma City Drillers United States Football League (USFL) team.

    In 1984, he turned to music full time, playing the honky-tonk circuit in Oklahoma and Texas with the band Easy Money. A demo tape made the rounds in Nashville, but there were no takers. After catching a show in Oklahoma, Mercury Records President Harold Shedd signed him to Mercury Records. His 1993 debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart, and his self-titled debut album was certified platinum.

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    UB40

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    Enya

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    Hayseed Dixie

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    Donovan

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    Goombay Dance Band

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