Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

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With a career spanning four decades and over 100M album sales worldwide, award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart is among the most respected and accomplished talents in popular music history. Stewart co-wrote and produced each Eurythmics album in his world-famous duo with Annie Lennox. He has also produced albums and co-written songs with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Gwen Stefani, Damian Marley, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Ferry, A.R. Rahman, Katy Perry, Sinead O’Connor, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Joss Stone, and many others.

Peter Asher

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Peter Asher, CBE was born in London June 22, 1944, the son of a doctor and a professional musician. He went on to act extensively in film, TV, radio and stage productions. His legendary music career began in 1964 as half the singing duo Peter & Gordon, whose debut single, “A World Without Love,” a song given to them by friend and roommate at the time, Paul McCartney, went to number one in over 30 countries, including the U.S. and U.K.

Peter Frampton

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Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton is one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, Frampton co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. After 46 years, Frampton Comes Alive!

Jeff Barry

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Jeff Barry became one of the most respected pop songwriters within the Brill Building complex of the ’60s, with his career kicking into high gear when he met his future wife and songwriting partner, Ellie Greenwich, at a party in 1962. Within a short time of teaming up and being ushered into the business by Leiber & Stoller, Barry and Greenwich began writing and arranging for the groups signed to Phil Spector’s Philles label.

Barry Mann

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One of the most successful songwriting teams in history, Mann and Weil have created a body of work so significant it has often been described as "a soundtrack to our lives." Together, this husband and wife team have written songs like “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling” (with Phil Spector), “On Broadway” with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller), “Walking In The Rain,” “Kicks, “”Soul And Inspiration,” “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” “I Just Can't Help Believing,” “Here You Come Again,” “Never Gonna Let You Go,” “Just Once,” and the Grammy nominated “Don't Know Much” (with Tom Snow), to name a few.

David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple)

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By the age of 14, David was already fronting bands in England, and in 1973, at just 21, he joined hard rock band Deep Purple as lead vocalist, until the band disbanded a few years later. David then embarked on a solo career in the late '70s, releasing two albums, White Snake and Northwinds, which ultimately led to his band Whitesnake's formation. Over the next five decades, Whitesnake released 13 studio albums, including multi-platinum albums Slide It In, Slip of the Tongue, and their 8x platinum self-titled release, which resulted in the iconic music video for No.

Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna)

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In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and rock. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jorma is one of the creators of the San Francisco sound and a progenitor of psychedelic rock.

Patrice Rushen

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Patrice Rushen is an award-winning musician and composer who is also one of the most sought-after artists in the music industry. She is a classically trained pianist who originally found success in the 70’s and 80’s with her signature fusion of jazz, pop and R&B. During this era, she composed and recorded the hit song “Forget Me Nots,” which has been frequently covered and sampled countless times. Rushen is also a three-time Grammy nominee who has composed scores for movies and television.

Stevie Van Zandt

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After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the Asbury Jukes, Stevie Van Zandt became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and went on to become a successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. He co-produced the seminal Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band albums The River, and Born in the U.S.A, and has also produced albums for Darlene Love, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Demolition 23, Arc Angels, Majek Fashek, and many more.

Eddie Levert (The O'Jays)

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Eddie Levert is one of the founders and lead singer of the legendary R&B group, The O'Jays. With a career that spans over 60 years releasing multiple iconic and number one singles including “Backstabber,” “For the Love of Money,” “Love Train,” “I Love Music,” Levert and the O’Jays have received an NAACP Image Award, American Music Award, Soul Train’s Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement, Black Entertainment Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a Trumpet Lifetime Achievement Award.

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