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Grace Jones

Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. Raised in Syracuse, New York, she found success in the 70s as a model, working in New York and Paris (where she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall), before rising to public prominence as a singer and personality. Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, which resulted in a string of club hits.

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Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every arena of music, including performing, composing, arranging and producing. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment. Industry charts rank him the undisputed Number One Adult Contemporary Artist of All Time with record sales exceeding 65 million world-wide. This pop icon has written hundreds of songs and performed around the globe thrilling millions of fans, winning a Grammy, an Emmy, several Tony Awards and an Oscar nomination along the way.

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Front End Loader

Based in Sydney, Australia, Front End Loader are self-described as "Australia's least popular, relatively well known band". Formed in 1991 FEL have always been a difficult band to categorize. Undeniably a hard rock band, they have avoided the traditional tattoos and hair of hard rock and as musicians, they tend closer to cock or math rock without the earnestness. Front End Loader have been supported by the likes of Regurgitator, The Superjesus and Shihad plus many others. They have a reputation for ferocious live performances and not holding their collective tongue.

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Shock

There are, at least, two artists known as Shock. 1) A UK-based experimental new wave music, dance & mime troupe, who recorded a series of singles, in the early 1980s (aka SHOCK (UK)). Two prominent members - Tim Dry & Sean Crawford - went on to form the 'new wave' duo Tik and Tok & appear in the Return of the Jedi film. Another prominent member was Canadian-born Barbie Wilde - best known, outside music, for portraying Female Cenobite in several "Hellraiser" films - made several music recordings & appeared in many '80s music videos, often for other musicians. (More info' on Wikipedia.)

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Any Trouble

Any Trouble are a British rock band, originating from Crewe, England, best known for the early 1980s recordings. The band reformed in 2007. Any Trouble was an underappreciated bright spot on Stiff Records, a label which had no shortage of talented artists. Bandleader Clive Gregson's appearance, hardened love songs, and vocal style may have led to comparisons to Elvis Costello, but they were no second-rate rip-off -- each of their four albums revealed a songwriter of unique talent and a more-than-capable band to execute the songs.

Read more about Any Trouble on Last.fm.

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Tony Christie

Tony Christie (AKA Anthony Fitzgerald), a Legend within music as he has had an illustrious career which has spanned over 40 years and is still going strong now. Born 1943, Yorkshire. He started his musical life at the age of 17 (1960) in a duo called the 'Grant Brothers' and until 1969 he simply fronted bands. In 1969 he signed up with MCA records and then came his hits such as 'Amarillo' and 'I did what I did for Maria' and so Many more.

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Astronauts

1. Astronauts was an experimental indie rock band from the Hudson Valley of NY. Astronauts consisted of 4 friends and the desire to create. 2 CDs and a demo were recorded ('Wizards', 'Avanti', and 'Deep Vermont') under the original line up consisting of Chris Bigley, Corey Burleigh, Simon Hegarty, and Steven Markota. Under the stress of juggling school and touring, Corey and Chris parted ways with Astronauts.

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Gladys Knight

Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a legendary American R&B/soul singer and actress. She is best known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s and 1970s, for both the Motown and Buddah Records labels, with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, the most famous incarnation of which also included her brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.

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