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Beethoven, Ludwig V.
1770–1827, German composer. He is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers of the Western European music tradition. Beethoven's work crowned the classical period and also effectively initiated the romantic era in music. He is one of the few artists who genuinely may be considered revolutionary. Beethoven's influence on subsequent composers has been immeasurable. Aside from his architectonic innovations and expansion of the classical sonata and symphony, he brought to music a new depth and intensity of emotion that was emulated by later romantic composers but probably never surpassed.
Carlos, Wendy
Electronic music composer. Among her works is the soundtrack to the film A Clockwork Orange.
Day, Johnnie
Rock musician from Pennsylvania who continues to play his drums near Washington, D.C.
Edelman, Randy
Composer-lyricist who composed the music for the film The Last of the Mohicans.
Born October 17, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri. Also known as "Slim Shady." Controversial rap singer who burst upon the hip-hop scene in the late 1990s. He grew up poor in the Detroit, Michigan area and dropped out of school in the ninth grade. In 1998 he signed on with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label and has since produced two successful rap albums. His Marshall Mathers LP released in May 2000 sold more units in its first week than any other hip-hop record to date.
Garcia, Jerry
1942-1995. Arguably one of the most famous rock and roll musicians of all time as lead singer and guitarist of The Grateful Dead. Famous for their mesmerizing live performances, and intriguing blend of pop, rock, bluegrass and folk, The Grateful Dead reached its full expression in albums such as Workingman's Dead (1970), American Beauty (1970), and Blues for Allah (1975).
Gillespie, Dizzy
1917–1993. Cheraw, South Carolina. American jazz musician and composer. He began to play the trumpet at 15 and later studied harmony and theory at Laurinburg Institute, N.C. He played with the bands of Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine. Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker are considered the leaders of the bop (or bebop) movement in modern jazz. Gillespie's playing was characterized by intelligent musicianship and technical facility.
Glass, Phillip
Born January 31, 1937; Baltimore, Maryland. Considered one of the most innovative of contemporary composers, he was a significant figure in the development of minimalism in music. Glass attended the Juilliard School of Music (M.A., 1962) and studied (1964–66) with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. There he also met Indian musicians Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha, whose music was to strongly influence his own compositions. In 1968 he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble, a small group that employs electronically amplified instruments. He is particularly well known for his operas, which include Satyagraha (1980); Akhnaten (1984); The Fall of the House of Usher (1988); Hydrogen Jukebox (1990), a collaboration with Allen Ginsberg; The Voyage (1992); and La Belle et La Bête (1994).
Glinka, Mikhail
1804–57. First of the nationalist school of Russian composers. His two operas, A Life for the Czar (1836) and Russlan and Ludmilla (1842), marked the beginning of a characteristically Russian style of music. His best symphonic work was the incidental music to the play Prince Kholmsky.
Guthrie, Woody
1912-1967. Born Okemah, Oklahoma. Folk singer, composer and songwriter known for his political songs (numbering more than 1,000) about social injustice and poverty. His recordings include This Land Is Your Land (1967) and the collections The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie (1988) and Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child (1993).
Lennon, John
An original member of the English rock and roll band, The Beatles. After the Beatles broke up, Lennon went on to pursue an activist life-style engaging in a variety of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and protests. Lennon was assasinated in New York City by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980.
Littlefield, "Little Willie"
Influential blues and jazz musician.
Morrison, Jim
Born December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. Died July 3, 1971. The lead singer and songwriter for the rock group The Doors, whose hit songs include Light My Fire, People Are Strange, Hello I Love You, Touch Me, and L.A. Woman. Other albums include Morrison Hotel (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971). Morrison's death in Paris in 1971 ended the band's career together.
Nyro, Laura
Born October 19, 1947 in New york City. Died April 8, 1997. Nyro was a child prodigy. Her song And When I Die was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary when Nyro was just 17. Many of her songs, which fused folk, soul, gospel, and Broadway styles, became major hits recorded by other artists, including Eli's Coming (Three Dog Night), Sweet Blindness, and Wedding Bell Blues (both by The Fifth Dimension). Her 1968 album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, was one of the most influential of the 1960s.
Oakenfold, Paul
Born 1963 in London, England. As a teenager Oakenfold went to the United States where he worked in the music business and learned to be a disc jockey. He has since becme one of the leading DJs in the world known for his ability to mix and blend dance, techno and electronica music themes. He has also produced music albums and CDs for bands like the Rolling Stones and he owns the Perfecto music label.
Parker, Charlie
Born August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Missouri. Died March 12, 1955. Grammy Award-winning jazz alto saxophonist credited with releasing the first bebop records with fellow musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Parker is remembered for his brilliant improvisations and his influence on other jazz musicians.
Prankster, Mary
"She sings about tits and whiskey and masturbation and all kinds of cool stuff! And she says "Fuck," man! Heh heh! Cool!" -- Flash Boredom
Presley, Elvis
Born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Died August 16, 1977. Singer and actor whose first recordings fused black rural blues with gospel and country, igniting the rock explosion and making Presley an enduring pop icon. His hits include Heartbreak Hotel (1956), Hound Dog (1956) and Jailhouse Rock (1957). His films include Love Me Tender (1956) and Viva Las Vegas (1964).
Van Vliet, Don
Formerly the musician "Captain Beffheart." Van Vliet retired from the music business in 1982 to pursue a career in painting.
Young, Neil
Born November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Canada. From his work with Buffalo Springfield (1966–68) and Crosby, Stills, and Nash in the 1960s and 1970s, to a prolific and creative solo career spanning three decades, to a successful collaboration with Pearl Jam in 1995, Neil Young's career has been one of the least predictable and most significant in rock music. His albums include Déjà Vu (1970), with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), with Crazy Horse, Harvest (1972), the best-selling album of 1972, Comes a Time (1978), Freedom (1989), and Mirror Ball (1995).
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Joplin, Janis
Born January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joplin started singing in Texas in 1961 and performed for a time at Houston's Purple Onion Club. Her style was inspired by such blues greats as Odetta and Bessie Smith. In 1962 she joined the Waller Creek Boys, an Austin-based act. In 1963 Joplin moved to San Francisco where she became a regular attraction at the North Beach Coffee Gallery. In 1965 as a consequence of amphetamine addiction she went back to Texas but returned to the Bay Area in 1966 and joined the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Because of various group tensions she left Big Brother in 1968 and assembled a new group called the Kozmic Blues Band. Janis' continuing problems with substance addicition led to the collapse of the Kozmic Blues Band and in May 1970 she formed another group called the Full Tilt Boogie Band. In July the group toured Canada with the Grateful Dead and then began work on a 'debut' album, Pearl. The sessions were all but complete when, on 4 October 4, 1970, Joplin died of a heroin overdose at her Hollywood hotel. Pearl was relased posthumously.
Anka, Paul
Born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Canada. In 1956 Paul's parents gave him $100 to go to New York to visit some record companies and music publishers with some of the new songs he had written. In New York he stayed with the Rover Boys at their suite in the President Hotel and they introduced him to Don Costa, a producer from ABC/Paramount. Costa was impressed and Anka recorded "Diana" which topped the charts and sold over 10 million copies. With hit records through 1958-60, Anka became a household word, playing in all corners of the globe including being the first North American pop star to play behind the Iron Curtain. He was the youngest performer ever to play the Copa in June 1960. he wrote the theme song for Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". One of his greatest songs, "My Way", was written for Frank Sinatra in 1966 based on a French song, "Comme d'Habitude" by Claude Francois, which Anka had purchased the copyright to. Anka currently works as the house entertainer in Las Vegas at The Trump Plaza Casino and and lives with his family in Carmel, California.
Ponty, Jean-Luc
Frecnh musician who has pioneered the use of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock and roll music.
Hooker, John Lee
Born August 22, 1922 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. John Lee Hooker's stepfather William Moore who played music with such legendary musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton apparently turned him on to music. Hooker left his Clarksdale home in Mississippi's Coahoma County and went to live in Memphis, Cincinnati and Detroit. In 1948 he released his first tune, "Boogie Chillen" which became a successful hit. He played at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival adapting to the metamorphic musical audience. In her Rock Encyclopedia Lillian Roxon attributes Hooker's appearance at Newport for providing "more exposure to the new generation than most blues artists." That exposure translated into direct influence. Rock and Roll bands such as the Rolling Stones, Ten Years After and Canned Heat were explicit in acknowledging the influence of Hooker and his "endless boogie." Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and a slew of other rockers absorbed Hooker's unique style of music. Carlos Santana calls Hooker "an ocean of inspiration." Hooker has been a remarkably adaptable artist. He underwent a revival of sorts in 1989 when in his 70s he released a series of successful albums beginning with The Healer. He was a 1991 inductee at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In February 2000 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Hooker a Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Rookies on Roster
Wendy Carlos
Johnnie Day
Randy Edelman
Willie Littlefield
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2003 Delta Dragon Rookies

Wendy Carlos
Electronic music composer. Among her works is the soundtrack to the film A Clockwork Orange.
Johnnie Day
Rock musician from Pennsylvania who continues to play his drums near Washington, D.C.
Randy Edelman
Composer-lyricist who composed the music for the film The Last of the Mohicans.
Willie Littlefield
Influential blues and jazz musician.

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