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Joe Cocker (US)

John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of The Beatles.

Joe Cocker was the youngest son of a civil servant. From 1961 Cocker was by day an apprentice gas fitter and by night, in dark suit and bow tie, he became Vance Arnold singing with The Avengers in rough Sheffield pubs. The set included songs by mentor Ray Charles "What'd I Say" and "Georgia on My Mind." Vance Arnold and the Avengers biggest moment came in 1963 when they supported The Rolling Stones at Sheffield City Hall, and brought the house down.

In 1962 Cocker left the Gas Boa...

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Bo Kaspers Orkester

Bo Kaspers orkester is a Swedish jazz-rock band formed in 1991 consisting of Bo Sundström, Fredrik Dahl, Michael Malmgren and Mats Schubert. Bo Sundström calls himself Bo Kasper while playing with the band, but uses his normal name for his solo project.

Since the first album release in 1993, Bo Kaspers orkester has released nine successful albums and has become one of the most recognized and popular bands in Sweden.

Known for their decently deep lyrics and relaxing jazz sound, Bo Kaspers orkester has become possibly the most well-known Swedish jazz band ever. The band won a Grammis award in 1998 for artist of the year were nominated for a Grammis award in 2007.

Bo Sundström released the solo album "Skåne"...

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Manfred Mann's Earth Band (UK)

Manfred Mann's Earth Band is a British progressive rock group formed in 1971 by Manfred Mann, a South African born keyboard player best known as a founding member and namesake of 60s group Manfred Mann. After the demise of that older band, Mann went on to write advertising jingles. At the same time he continued to work in the group format. Initially he formed Manfred Mann Chapter Three, an experimental group that evolved into Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

The Earth Band was, from a pop perspective, almost deliberately contrary, but combined the stylistic approach of progressive rock with Mann's keen ear for melody. Mann's interest in English 20th century classical music saw him re-create Gustav Holst's Planets Suite, garnering an...

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Ulf Lundell

Ulf Lundell (born November 20, 1949 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish writer, poet, songwriter, composer, musician and artist.

Lundell made his debut in 1975 with the LP "Vargmåne" and was immediately hailed as "Sweden's Bob Dylan". In 1976 his first novel, the autobiographical "Jack" was published. Lundell was influenced by musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other beat poets.

Lundell is one of the central figures in Swedish rock music and he is one of the most important influences on Swedish musicians writing and singing in Swedish.

His biggest hit up until today is "Öppna landskap" from 1982, a song once proposed to be Sweden'...

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