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Edith Piaf, “The little Sparrow” by Fotopoulou Sophia

Copyright 2002-2003 and on,

Legend has it that Edith Piaf was born on 19 December 1915 (as Edith Giovanna Gassion) on a Parisian street corner with two policemen attending. This is not a far-fetched idea, however, and may be true. Edith's mother was an alcoholic Italian street singer and part-time prostitute who neglected her for all of two months and then abandoned her to her father. Edith's father, Jean Gassion, was a famous acrobat who hadn't the time nor the skills to nurture an infant. He dropped the child off with his mother, the madam of a bordello, and she raised Edith through the…

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Ennio Morricone by Gus Leous

Ennio Morricone

With his peerless versatility and productivity, Ennio Morricone has been one of the most famous and influential film composers since the 1960s.
Drawing from classical, jazz, rock, Italian folk, and avant-garde influences, Morricone's 400-plus scores have accompanied every conceivable movie genre; his innovative soundscapes for Sergio Leone's 1960s Westerns, however, were enough to ensure his lasting reputation.

His list of directorial collaborators a veritable Who's Who of post-1960 international cinema, Morricone's music has masterfully accompanied the films of most notably Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Tornatore, Roland Joffe, Brian De Palma, and…

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Francisco Tarrega by Fotopoulou Sophia

Francisco Tarrega, (1852-1909)

Francisco de Assis T?rrega Eixea, is referred to as the "Father of Modern Guitar". He was born in Villareal, Castellon, Spain, November 21, 1852 and died in Barcelona, December 5, 1909. His teacher was a local performer in Villareal by the name of Manuel Gonzales, popularly known as the "blind sailor". Other teachers followed, Julian Arcas and Damas Tomas. In October, 1874, he entered the Madrid Conservatory and commenced the study of composition where he was eventually awarded first place in composition. After completing his education he settled down to teach at both the Conservatories in Madrid and Barcelona. He…

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Giorgio Moroder by Gus Leous

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder is remarkably multi-faceted. An Academy Award-winning composer, a world-recognized songwriter, a prolific producer, a stunning artist, a skillful designer, an innovative filmmaker, and entrepreneur, he is best known for his much-awarded and chart-topping music.

Moroder has worked with many of the most famous names in music including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Janet Jackson, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie and Pat Benatar. And among his hit singles are Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" and "I Feel Love," Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone," Irene Cara's "Flashdance (What a Feeling!)," David Bowie's "Putting Out the Fire" and…

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