Bob Marley and the Wailers

Marley is one of the most compelling and influential musical personalities and performers of the 20th century, and it's no exaggeration to say that The Wailers are The Beatles of Reggae. Check out "Stir it Up."

It’s Really Hard Not to Like Courtney Barnett

Barnett, who is from Melbourne, Australia, is a clever songwriter with an extremely identifiable ironic writing style.

Louis Armstrong

There is no American musician more important than Armstrong. It's a combination of talent, where history put him and, above all, an indomitable spirit. Check out a duet with the great Danny Kaye.

He went in and out of style while he was alive, but Johnny Cash now is an icon. Streissguth, a professor at LeMoyne College, has written extensively about Cash and country music.

Valerie June Hockett was born in Tennessee, lived in Memphis and has relocated to Brooklyn. You are in for a treat if you aren't familiar with her.

The Many Worlds of Valerie June
ZZ Top: “I Gotsta Get Paid” and “La Grange”

In 1994, ZZ Top was offered $1 million apiece by Gillette to shave their beards for a television commercial. The good news is that both lead guitarist Billy Gibbons and bass player Dusty Hill refused. The irony is that the only clean shaven person in the band is drummer Frank Beard.

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Check out Charles and the Raelettes perform "What I'd Say" and "Hit the Road Jack," which was written by Percy Mayfield.

The Great Ray Charles
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Leon Russell

In addition to writing great songs, Russell was a member of The Wrecking Crew and pivotal to Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Check out a long studio session video which also features the great JJ Cale.

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