Jeff "Skunk" Baxter

Submitted by Kayla.Flores@a… on Wed, 05/24/2023 - 20:54
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter has been called ‘the most interesting man in music’ by NPR and it’s not hard to figure out why. A virtuoso guitar play and member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Skunk is a founding member of the iconic Steely Dan, and later joined The Doobie Brothers, bringing his friend Michael McDonald into the band as their new lead singer, leading to the height of their commercial success. His playing on songs like “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “What A Fool Believes” are just two stellar examples of his work with those groups.

Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)

Submitted by Katherine.Hopp… on Wed, 05/10/2023 - 21:05
Having chalked up over fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards.

Lamont Dozier

Submitted by Kayla.Flores@a… on Wed, 04/26/2023 - 22:58
Lamont Dozier, one of the primary architects of the Motown Sound, one-third of Holland-Dozier-Holland and legendary songwriter, producer and recording artist, is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and a host of others. Lamont has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can achieve.

Ann Wilson (Heart)

Submitted by Kayla.Flores@a… on Wed, 04/12/2023 - 17:10
Ann Wilson, known the world over as a founder and the lead singer-songwriter of the barrier-breaking band Heart, is here to stay. Widely praised among the greatest singers in the history of rock, Ann’s extraordinarily powerful voice has been sending chills down her audience’s collective spine for over five decades, earning record sales of more than $35 million, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. “Barracuda,” “Crazy On You,” and “Magic Man” are among the many songs she’s written that now reside in the pantheon of rock’s greatest hits.

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