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Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart

Vocalist, poet, instrumentalist, songwriter, bandleader, sometime collaborator with his hometown pal and rival Frank Zappa, and (in his last decades) a critically acclaimed painter, Don Van Vliet, born with the name Don Glen Vliet, is known to most as Captain … Continue reading

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Toots Thielemans

(Gulp.)  wdydfae here. I must start with a slavish thank you to the incomparable BoFN crew for asking me on! Well, OK, let’s be realistic about this. In fact, it was probably just Amb and Liz cornering Dave and pleading, … Continue reading

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Shania Twain, Just Plain Talented

Born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Sharon and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother moved to Timmons, Ontario. There her mother married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa (First Nation), … Continue reading

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Sara Beth Bareilles

Good morning, funny names fans! Spring is in the air, and if you haven’t already started your day off with a kickin’ soundtrack and pretended that you’re the star of your own romantic comedy film (Doesn’t everyone? No? Just me?) … Continue reading

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Huddie Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly

Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, was one of the key figures of American folk music of the 20th century. Huddie (pronounced “Hugh-Dee“, of course) was born sometime in January of 1888 in Loiusiana. His family soon moved to … Continue reading

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