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Christmas Song Collection: Artists E-H

Elton John


Born March 25, 1947

Bio: At the age of four, the young Dwight started taking piano lessons. This launched a talent that via the Royal Academy Of Music led him to become the most successful rock pianist in the world, one of the richest men in Britain and one of the world’s greatest rock stars. Dwight formed his first band Bluesology in the early 60s and turned professional in 1965 when they secured enough work backing touring American soul artists. Long John Baldry...

Elvis Presley


Born January 8, 1935 d. August 16, 1977

Bio:The most celebrated popular music phenomenon of his era and, for many, the purest embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley’s life and career have become part of rock legend. The elder of twins, his younger brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn, a tragedy that partly contributed to the maternal solicitude dominating his childhood and teenage years. Presley’s first significant step towards a musical career...

Eurythmics


Born
David A. Stewart September 9, 1952
Annie Lennox December 25, 1954

Bio: The worldwide popularity and critical acclaim of one of pop music’s leading duos came about by fastidious determination and Stewart’s remarkably good ear in being able to write the perfect song for his musical partner Lennox. Both artists relied heavily on each other’s considerable talent and, as former lovers, they knew better than most their strengths and...

Frank Sinatra


Born December 12, 1915 d. May 15, 1998

Bio: After working for a time in the office of a local newspaper, The Jersey Observer, Frank Sinatra decided to pursue a professional career as a singer. Already an admirer of Bing Crosby, he was impelled to pursue this course after attending a 1933 Crosby concert, and sang whenever and wherever he could, working locally in clubs and bars. Then, in 1935 he entered a popular US radio talent show, Major Bowes Amateur Hour. Also on the...

Gene Autry


Born September 29, 1907 d. October 2, 1998

Bio: The eldest of four children of Delbert Autry, a poor tenant farmer, who moved his family many times over the years, before eventually arriving at Ravia, Oklahoma. His grandfather, a Baptist minister, taught him to sing when he was a child so that he could perform in his church choir and at other local events. Autry also learned to ride at an early age and worked the fields with his father. He grew up listening to cowboy songs...

Hall & Oates


Born
Daryl Hall October 11, 1949
John Oates April 7, 1949

Bio: Like 60s predecessors the Righteous Brothers (and their inferior 90s successor Michael Bolton), Hall And Oates decade-spanning string of hit singles was proof of the perennial appeal of white soul singing. The duo achieved their success through the slick combination of Hall’s falsetto and Oates’ warm baritone. A student at Temple University, Daryl Hall sang lead with the Temptones and...

Harry Connick Jr.


Born September 11, 1967

Bio:  As a pianist and singer, Connick essays a sound that has been around for sometime, often being favourably compared to Frank Sinatra. Connick’s studied influences take in many from the late 40s and 50s, encompassing bebop, ‘cocktail’ jazz and swing. Despite the critical acclaim afforded to his first two albums, it was not until he sung a group of standard songs on the soundtrack of the 1989 movie When Harry Met Sally, that...


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