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Hits of the 1950s

Born to teenage parents and carried between relatives in a poor section of Baltimore, she had little guidance and took to the streets at a young age. She experienced a lifetime's worth of hardships by the age of 17, including working as a prostitute and being jailed at a correctional facility– before finding herself as a singer. She worked her way up from small nightclubs in New York City to big band tours. Billie Holiday became a pioneer of race relations when she toured with Artie Shaw and his orchestra, becoming one of the first African-Americans to sing with a white band. For all of Billie's musical accomplishments, she was plagued with troubles as her romantic relationships with immoral and abusive men dragged her career down and she sunk into drug addiction. Numerous arrests on drug charges and jail time served in 1947 caused her to lose her cabaret license, barring her from singing in venues serving alcohol for the rest of her career. Despite all of these difficulties, she always presented herself on stage with the eloquence and grace well deserving of her moniker "Lady". Billie Holiday died at the age of 44 in 1959 and is remembered as a legendary singer of jazz and swing music.

Don Everly was born on February 1, 1937 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Phil Everly was born on January 19, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. Their parents Ike Everly and Margaret were known as folk and country music performers. Their accomplished guitarist father taught them. They sang with their family on radio broadcasts in Iowa. They then moved to Evansville, Indiana. As the demand for live radio performers reduced they took to the road traveling from town to town singing at political meetings, county fairs and revivals. They finally settled in Knoxville where they appeared on radio from 1953 to 1955. They signed up with Warner Bros. Records in 1960 for a million-dollar, ten-year contract. Their first single with Warner Brothers ‘Cathy’s Clown’ and sold eight million copies and was their biggest selling record. It was declared in 1961 that Don was addicted to Ritalin, a version of methamphetamine. Consequently Don attempted suicide and underwent electro-shock therapy. November 1961, the brothers joined the Marine Corps Reserve. In 1986, the brothers were instructed into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1997,The Everly Brothers were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, they were into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Born Clara Ann Fowler in Muskogee, OK, she began singing professionally at a radio station in Tulsa and took weekend gigs as well. After being billed as Patti Page for a program sponsored by Page Milk, she decided to take the name even after leaving. Page toured the country with a band led by Jimmy Joy and ended up in Chicago by 1947, where she sang in a small-group outing by Benny Goodman and gained a recording contract with Mercury. Her first hit, "Confess," came that same year and made her the first pop artist to overdub harmony vocals onto her own lead. After a few more successes, Page gained her first million-seller in 1950 for "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming," which cashed in on the novelty effect of overdubbing (the added touch came with listing it as "the Patti Page Quartet"). Also in 1950, "All My Love" became her first number one hit and spent several weeks at the top. That same year produced the biggest hit of her career, "The Tennessee Waltz." Notched at number one for months, it eventually became one of the best-selling singles of all time and prompted no less than six Top 40 covers during the following year.

I choose these three because they all bad nice voices as well as presentation on stage. They remind me of some music that I listen to and some songs my mommy would sing to me and my sister. This is kinda funny but the Elverly Brothers remind me of the Jonas Brothers:) All in all they all have soothing voices and sing what they really mean.



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