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King Pleasure

King Pleasure (March 24, 1922 - March 21, 1982) was a jazz vocalist and an early master of vocalese, where a singer sings words to a famous instrumental solo. Born Clarence Beeks in Oakdale, Tennessee, he moved to New York City in the mid-1940s and became a fan of bebop music. King Pleasure first achieved popularity by singing the Eddie Jefferson vocalese classic "Moody's Mood for Love," based on a James Moody saxophone solo to "I'm in the Mood for Love".

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Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy (b. 1932) is an American jazz singer based in New York. He is most noted for his vocalese and vocal improvisations with both melody and lyrics. He is the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year, and is also the recipient of six Grammy award nominations for Best Vocal Jazz Performance. He is also famous for his original lyrics to the jazz classics "Stolen Moments" and "Red Clay".

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The Willows

There are at least 2 or 3 bands named The Willows. 1. Folk band from Cambridge, UK
2. Doo Wop band from the 1950's
3. Indie Rock band from Evansville, IN
1. The Willows are a Cambridge based band with a sound that has been described as both beautiful and contemporary, intricately weaving traditional and modern roots music within well-crafted songs. Their debut EP 'The Willows' was released on the 19th November. The EP's opening song 'Down River' has since been played on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to critical acclaim, and was described as ‘beautiful’ by Kerry Divine.

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Regents is a DC-style hardcore band, who debuted with a self-titled EP on Lovitt Records in 2011. Members previously played in such influential bands as Maximillian Colby, Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, Men’s Recovery Project, Battery, and Combat Wounded Veteran. Not to be confused with:
A) "Regents," a British act from 1979 who had a brief UK chart career with two singles, '7Teen' and 'See You Later.' B) "The Regents," a US-based rock band from the 1960's

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The Springfields

There are two artists named The Springfields. 1. The Springfields were a British pop-folk vocal trio in the early 1960s, who had success both in the UK, USA and Ireland, but are now best remembered as the launch pad for singer Dusty Springfield. The trio formed in 1960, when Mary "Dusty" O’Brien joined her brother Dion O'Brien and Tim Feild, who had been working as a duo,"The Kensington Squares". Dion became Tom Springfield, and Mary became Dusty Springfield. Feild was later replaced by Mike Hurst.

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The Imperials

Not to be confused with the doo wop group Little Anthony & The Imperials. Between 1958 and 1963 they were sometimes simply called The Imperials. The multi-award-winning (including 4 Grammys) group, and Gospel Music Association's hall of fame inductees, began in 1964. Jake Hess of the Statesmen Quartet decided to hand-pick the best singers he could find to put together what he would call a "super group" that would be known as The Imperials: Hess (lead)...

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Bernard Haitink

Bernard Johan Herman Haitink, CH, KBE (born 4 March 1929) is a Dutch conductor and violinist. Haitink was born in Amsterdam, the son of Willem Haitink and Anna Haitink. He studied music at the conservatoire in Amsterdam. He played the violin in orchestras before taking courses in conducting under Ferdinand Leitner in 1954 and 1955. Haitink became second conductor of the Netherlands Radio Union Orchestra in 1955.

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