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The Accordion by Jim Down

The Accordion

The accordion is a musical instrument patented in 1829 by Cyrillus Damian, a Viennese instrument maker. Demian's instrument bore little resemblance to modern instruments; it only had a left hand keyboard, with the right hand simply operating the bellows. But the first true accordion made its appearance in 1822, when a German instrument maker named Christian Friedrich Buschmann (1775-1832) put some expanding bellows onto a small portable keyboard, with free vibrating reeds inside the instrument itself. He helped spread its fame in 1828 by leaving Berlin and touring with it.

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The Beatles by Jim Down

The Beatles

The Beatles history can be traced back to March 1957, when John Lennon and his childhood friend, Pete Shotton started a group called "The Black Jacks" to play Skiffle and America Rock and Roll. They soon change the name to "The Quarry Men". Their gigs were mostly neighborhood events.

July 6, 1957, John Lennon along with "The Quarry Men" had just finished performing at St. Peter?s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool when fellow group member and childhood friend Ivan Brown introduced him to a guitarist named James Paul McCartney who played "Twenty Flight Rock" for John.

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The Cotton Club by Fotopoulou Sophia

Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra, 1927

The Harlem Renaissance represents a flowering of African-American achievement in music, poetry, painting, photography, and the other arts. An extraordinary number of talented people gathered in Harlem in the 1920s. They enriched each other's art as well as American culture at large. Yet the Renaissance is not simply a story of individual and group achievement. It is also a powerful instance of innumerable obstacles African Americans, even those of great genius, faced.

Harlem was becoming "the Mecca of the New Negro."

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The Yardbirds by Gus Leous

The Yardbirds

They came together in pretty typical fashion -- friends and acquaintances who fell in with fellow bohemians in 60's London, led by their love of American blues and r&b, which had spread among the Brits thanks to American G.I.s and the slightly belated assault of rock`n'roll.

They formed a band and started doing the rounds. After a couple of years, they had their chops down and were pros. This was around 1963, and it was then that their first guitar-slinger, Anthony "Top" Topham, bailed for a quieter life. His replacement was Eric Clapton, who soon started…

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