Musical History

The singers and musicians who have entertained us.
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Believed to have been in existence for over 55,000 years, music has been some part of every culture, everywhere. From the human voice (which may have been the first "instrument") to pipes, flutes, and drums and then into full blown orchestras, music has evolved but its purpose remains the same - to express, and support, the human psyche.

While music today depends on technological advancements, a couple of centuries ago almost everyone played an instrument or even had a family band. Before radio and television, the evening entertainment consisted of games and music - both supplied by the family. These are pictures of some of those family bands and some of the musicians who supplied entertainment to those of us who were less talented!
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A photo of John Severin Rabitaile
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 27, 2016 by: Richard Rabitaille
Richard Rabitaille
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This is an early photo of Mr Riley B. King (1925 - 2015) described as a blues singer, song writer, and guitarist - but better described as legend. B.B. King (his stage name) was born in Mississippi on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena. His parents were sharecroppers. His recording career began with his first single in 1949. It took a couple of years for him to catch on, but when he did, a legend was born. He was married twice and had between 11 and 15 children. At the time of his death, on May 14th, 2015, he was living in Las Vegas. You could say "the thrill is gone" but his music and his guitar, Luciille, will be with us forever. Thank you, B.B!
People in this photo:
Sep 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015
A photo of Gerald "Jerry" Lee Byers
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Feb 14, 2015 by: Jeri Scott
Jeri Scott
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A photo of Ruth Kaiser
People in this photo:
Feb 2, 1911 - Jul 19, 2010
Added Dec 12, 2014 by: Charles Karelitz
Charles Karelitz
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A photo of Helen & Madeline Martz
People in this photo:
around Mar 14, 1925 - around Mar 17, 1998
Added Aug 21, 2014 by: Miranda Gerholt
Miranda Gerholt
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A photo of Knut Paul Ourom in his flat in Oslo in the early fitfies
People in this photo:
Feb 4, 1922 - Oct 15, 2010
This is a photo of Charlie Daniels added by Kathy Pinna on July 6, 2020.
People in this photo:
Oct 28, 1936 - Jul 6, 2020
Added Jul 6 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Younger David Sadler
People in this photo:
Sep 29, 1901 - May 26, 1990
Added Jun 12 by: Lisa Simonok
Lisa Simonok
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THE KINGSMEN...JOSEPH F DOMENICE JR (CENTER) PAT TOLLAND
People in this photo:
Oct 25, 1937 - Jun 8, 2015
Added May 30 by: Tina Domenice
Tina Domenice
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This is a photo of Sailor Girl Band? added by Kat Schwartz on May 15, 2020.
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of Gene Krupa added by Amanda S. Stevenson on April 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 15, 1909 - Oct 16, 1973
Added Apr 27 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of William King Mead Rahmlow added by Stephenie Rahmlow on April 26, 2020.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 26 by: Stephenie Rahmlow
Stephenie Rahmlow
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This is a photo of Dizzy Gillespie added by Amanda S. Stevenson on April 22, 2020.
People in this photo:
Oct 21, 1917 - Jan 6, 1993
Added Apr 22 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Charles Mingus added by Amanda S. Stevenson on April 22, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 22, 1922 - Jan 5, 1979
Added Apr 22 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Charles Mingus added by Amanda S. Stevenson on April 22, 2020.
People in this photo:
Apr 22, 1922 - Jan 5, 1979
Added Apr 22 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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great uncle Henry is holding the sax
People in this photo:
Jul 8, 1898 - September 1978
Added Apr 9 by: Bill Carlson
Bill Carlson
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This is a photo of Sandy Wilson added by Amanda S. Stevenson on April 3, 2020.
People in this photo:
May 19, 1924 - Aug 27, 2014
Added Apr 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Joe Nez added by JoeNez Heritage on March 13, 2020. Joe Nez Snr of the blessed memory Singer, songwriter & musician from Owerri, Nigeria.Born January 1939 Died March 13 1982
People in this photo:
Jan 27, 1939 - Mar 13, 1982
Added Mar 13 by: JoeNez Heritage
JoeNez Heritage
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A photo of Gilbert Corsia
Added Jan 22 by: Vincent Corsia
Vincent Corsia
17 favorites
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A photo of Pablo Casals
People in this photo:
Dec 29, 1876 - Oct 23, 1973
Added Nov 16, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Igor Stravinsky
People in this photo:
Jun 18, 1882 - April 1971
Added Aug 8, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Joseph Francis Domenice Jr. Center "THE KINGSMEN"
People in this photo:
Oct 25, 1937 - Jun 8, 2015
Added Jul 13, 2019 by: Tina Domenice
Tina Domenice
39 favorites
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A photo of William Carridine
People in this photo:
Sep 8, 1898 - Nov 11, 1958
Added Apr 28, 2019 by: Henry Da Massa
Henry Da Massa
7 favorites
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A photo of William Carridine
People in this photo:
Sep 8, 1898 - Nov 11, 1958
Added Apr 28, 2019 by: Henry Da Massa
Henry Da Massa
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A photo of Misha Bichkoff
People in this photo:
Oct 14, 1888 - Apr 6, 1970
Added Apr 26, 2019 by: Lisa Foreman
Lisa Foreman
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A photo of Eduard Balsereit ist ca. 30 Jahre alt. Edurard Balsereit liebte Musik. Er konnte nur 3% sehen. Aber auf den Instrumenten war er der Meister. Die Liebe zur Musik und zu den Instrumenten hat er versucht seinen acht Kindern und drei Stiefkindern nahe zu bringen. Nur einer wurde Geigenbauer und übt diesen Beruf bis heute aus.
People in this photo:
Jun 4, 1912 - 1984
Added Mar 28, 2019 by: Helmut Balsereit
Helmut Balsereit
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A photo of Johnny Mercer
People in this photo:
1909 - 1976
Added Mar 8, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Johan Severin Svendsen
People in this photo:
Sep 30, 1840 - Jun 14, 1911
Added Mar 8, 2019 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Paul Francis Webster
People in this photo:
Dec 20, 1907 - Mar 18, 1984
Added Sep 5, 2018 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of a "cowboy band"? Found in an old photo in photo album. Don't know anything else about them. Back says Laughead Photographers 6411 Hillcrest Dallas
Added Aug 8, 2018 by: Charlotte Chaffin
Charlotte Chaffin
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A photo of Kenneth Sigars' album. Found this record with his signature. With not finding anything about the item I thought it could resourcefully for his descendants.
People in this photo:
May 18, 1931 - December 1981
Added Jul 21, 2018 by: Alicia Walker
Alicia Walker
4 favorites
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A photo of Edwin Sellen
People in this photo:
Jan 2, 1896 - November 1966
Added Jun 29, 2018 by: Jim Campbell
Jim Campbell
6 favorites
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A photo of Geoffrey Ellis
People in this photo:
May 10, 1927 - August 1977
Added Jun 14, 2018 by: Judy Ellis
Judy Ellis
4 favorites
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A photo of Danny Leon Willhite
People in this photo:
Oct 26, 1936 - Unknown
Added Jun 3, 2018 by: Kat Willhite
Kat Willhite
18 favorites
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A photo of the Toledo Ohio Marine Band, looks to be 1880s to 1890s - SUITCASE in the ATTIC Photo.
Added Mar 5, 2018 by: Jon Henderson
Jon Henderson
116 favorites
A photo of the Coronado Tent City Band circ 1900 - Found photo in SUITCASE in the ATTIC
Added Mar 3, 2018 by: Jon Henderson
Jon Henderson
116 favorites
A photo of Edward Capolongo
People in this photo:
May 28, 1913 - December 1975
Added Feb 28, 2018 by: Neil Capolongo
Neil Capolongo
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A photo of James B Elder
People in this photo:
around 1917 - Unknown
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A photo of The Gondoliers dance band, 1925. My mother played the piano in this band in 1924.
Added Jan 18, 2018 by: Frank Comyn
Frank Comyn
3 favorites
A photo of Edmund Gratz
People in this photo:
Aug 12, 1901 - May 1973
Added Dec 7, 2017 by: L H
L H
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Ruth WILLIAMS of Ironwood, MI. The photograph was taken in the early 1900's with Ruth appearing to be in her teens or 20's. She is pictured with a friend and both are holding violins. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Ruth and her family: Ruth WILLIAMS was b. 1901-1903 in Wisconsin to parents William Pascoe WILLIAMS (1864-1948) and Emma Johanna POAD (1866-1938). Ruth had a brother Chester Henry WILLIAMS (1895-1982). Ruth married Harry BOND Jr. (1904-1970) and together they had two children, David Lee (1938-1975) and Emmajean (1939-1998). Ruth died in 1970. Census records provide the following details: 1910 census of Knight, WI: William P. WILLIAMS, age 48, married 16 years, born England, parents born England, to USA 1890, a Blacksmith in Iron Mines Emma WILLIAMS, wife, age 43, married 16 years, 5 children/2 living, born WI, parents born England/IL Chester WILLIAMS, son, age 15, born MI Ruth WILLIAMS, dau, age 8, born WI 1920 census of Ironwood, MI: William WILLIAMS, age 57, to USA 1872, born England, parents born England Emma WILLIAMS, wife, age 53, born WI, parents born England/IL Chester H. WILLIAMS, son, age 24, born MI, a Hospital Intern Ruth E. WILLIAMS, dau, age 18, born WI + 3 Lodgers I’m hoping to locate someone from this WILLIAMS Family so that the photograph can be returned to its rightful place, with family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
People in this photo:
1901 - 1970
Added Aug 14, 2017 by: Shelley Cardiel
Shelley Cardiel
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A photo of the Red Tops band in 1932.
Added Apr 6, 2017 by: Celeste Stevens Graham
A photo of Elvis Presley dressed as a cowboy at age 13.
People in this photo:
Jan 8, 1935 - Aug 16, 1977
Added Mar 22, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Elvis Presley performing in 1956.
People in this photo:
Jan 8, 1935 - Aug 16, 1977
Added Mar 22, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of the cover page of a Civil War book of songs. (Ulysses S. Grant on the cover.) Date on booklet is 1911.
Added Feb 13, 2017 by: Marlene Christopher
Marlene Christopher
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This is a photo of a cover sheet and advertisement to provide music for the sailors in WW1. It says that by special arrangement with the Dept. of Navy Recreation of the Woman;s Naval Services, both talking machines and records can be secured at special rates.
Added Feb 13, 2017 by: Marlene Christopher
Marlene Christopher
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