Crooners

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Vernon Presley and Gladys Love (née Smith) Presley.Elvis' twin Jesse Garon was delivered stillborn. Presley became close to both parents, especially his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God church, where he found his initial musical inspiration. Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, and the family often relied on neighbors and government food […]

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Dickie Valentine

Richard Bryce (né Maxwell; 4 November 1929– 6 May 1971),known professionally as Dickie Valentine, was a British pop singer who enjoyed great popularity in Britain during the 1950s.In addition to several other Top Ten hit singles, Valentine had two chart-toppers on the UK Singles Chart with "Finger of Suspicion", featuring The Stargazers (1954) and the seasonal "Christmas Alphabet" (1955). Valentine was born Richard Maxwell in November 1929 (his birth father […]

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Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American musician and actor. He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music.He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, "Splish Splash", in 1958.That was followed by "Dream Lover", "Mack the Knife", and "Beyond the Sea", which brought him worldwide fame. In 1962, he […]

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Tony Bennett

Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American retired singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.Bennett is also a painter, having created works under his birth name that are on permanent public display in several institutions.He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.Bennett has amassed numerous accolades throughout his career, including […]

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Sammy Davis Jr.

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, dancer, actor, comedian, film producer and television director.At age three, Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father Sammy Davis Sr. and the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally, and his film career began in 1933.After military service, Davis returned to the trio and became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's […]

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