The blues giant influenced guitar greats ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Derek Trucks. The southpaw's distinctive playing style on his Flying V fueled such classics as "Crosscut Saw" and "Born Under a Bad Sign." He died in 1992 at 69.
The Queen of Disco ruled clubs and charts during the latter half of the 1970s and into the '80s. Her soaring voice drove such dance classics as "Love to Love You Babv," "I Feel Love," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls" and "She Works Hard for the Money." Beloved on both sides of the pond, the versatile singer earned Grammys in the R&B, rock, dance and inspirational fields to go with her hit albums and singles. She died in May at 63.
Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart was the rarest of groups when it rocketed onto the national scene in 1976: a female-fronted band that rocked hard while scoring AM and FM hits. Early tracks including "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Heartless," "Straight On" and "Tell It Like It Is" fueled a string of gold and platinum albums. And after an early '80s lull, the band roared back with a rash of MTV-aided top 10 singles: "What About Love?" "Never," "These Dreams," "Nothin' at All," "Who Will You Run To?" and "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You."
Something of a rock Renaissance man, Lou Adler's career has included no shortage of highlights: He helped produce the Monterey Pop Festival, founded Dunhill Records and Ode Records, produced and won Grammys for Carole King’s landmark 1971 album Tapestry, produced records by Sam Cooke and The Mamas and The Papas, managed Jan & Dean, discovered and recorded Cheech and Chong (later directing their stoner classic Up in Smoke), produced midnight-movie stalwart The Rocky Horror Picture Show and owns The Roxy on the Sunset Strip.
Widely recognized as one of hip-hop's most important groups, the collective led by Chuck D. (right) and featuring future reality TV star Flavor Flav slapped the music world in the face in the late '80s and early '90s with its groundbreaking albums Yo! Bum Rush the Show, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Sample-heavy, angry and not to be taken lightly, the group delivered such street-fueled, politically charged anthems as "911 Is a Joke," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Power to the People" and "Fight the Power."
Arguably the most successful pop producer of the past half-century, Quincy Jones has amassed a record 79 Grammy nominations and 27 wins, tied for second-most all time. He worked as a composer, arranger or producer with many of the biggest names in music, including Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie, and produced the world’s best-selling album (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and one of the biggest-selling singles (USA for Africa’s “We Are the World”). Introducing Jones on Tuesday, Flea said: “To work at the highest level, the most sophisticated music, the stuff that if you’re a musician like me you grow up aspiring to maybe one day touch upon one little hint of the magic these incredible musicians do -- he did it all, at all levels. And then he went and made Thriller.”
Randy Newman's storied 40-year career spans from singer-songwriter to (very) occasional hitmaker to in-demand Hollywood composer. The Los Angeles native wrote and sang such criminally overlooked songs as “Political Science” and “Sail Away” -- Brian Wilson has said Newman's 1972 album Sail Away had a profound impact on him -- and had a pair of hits with the oft-misunderstood “Short People” and MTV favorite “I Love L.A.” He also is a 20-time Oscar-nominated (and twice-victorious) composer of movie scores and songs ranging from Ragtime and Parenthood to Meet the Parents and the Toy Story trilogy.
The polarizing Canadian trio has more than two dozen gold and platinum albums to its credit, including a streak of six consecutive Top 10s. Refining its sound and image from prog-metalists who churned out concept albums and suites during the 1970s into radio-ready songsmiths in the '80s, the band solidifying its place on rock radio and among the genre's greatest live acts. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have been together since 1975 -- spawning such FM staples as "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio" and "Subdivisions" and timeless albums including 2112, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures.
The Amazon -- aka Diana Prince -- has been portrayed by the likes of Lynda Carter, Cathy Lee Crosby, Adrienne Palicki, Keri Russell and, most recently, Gal Gadot, who is set to star in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman vs. Superman." View gallery
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