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TLBSPEDIA: BRIAN MAY

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Brian Harold May was born on July 19 1947, in Hampton, Middlesex, England, to parents Ruth and Harold May. An imaginative teen, May, with the help of his father, built his own homemade guitar, dubbed “The Red Special.” The guitar, which was made from makeshift materials including firewood and was played with a six-pence coin for a pick, would later figure prominently in May’s musical career. He would go on to play it on every Queen album and live show.

The young May received his education at the Hampton Grammar School (now the Hampton School). An exceptional student, after graduation in 1965, he enrolled in the astrophysics program at London Imperial College, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in science. He would finish most of his Ph.D. by 1974 and finally complete it nearly 40 years later in 2007.

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MUSIC TIP: JOHN COLTRANE

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Born September 23 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by music. His father played several instruments sparking Coltrane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. While in high school, Coltrane’s musical influences shifted to the likes of Lester Young and Johnny Hodges prompting him to switch to alto saxophone. He continued his musical training in Philadelphia at Granoff Studios and the Ornstein School of Music. He was called to military service during WWII, where he performed in the U.S. Navy Band in Hawaii.

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TOP 10 SONGS OF THE MONTH (JUNE 2017)

Here you can see the top 10 songs from the month of June 2017, chosen by us.

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TLBSPEDIA: DEAN MARTIN

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Actor and singer Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio on June 7 1917. Martin was the youngest of two sons, the oldest being Bill Crocetti, born to Italian immigrants. He attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio, and took up the drums as a hobby as a teenager.

After dropping out of Steubenville High School in the 10h grade, Martin worked odd jobs, including a part-time job as an amateur welterweight boxer under the name “Kid Crochet.” Martin also dabbled in illegal activities, including driving liquor across state lines during prohibition, selling lottery tickets, acting as a bookie and working as a card dealer and croupier in local gambling joints.

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TOP 10 SONGS OF THE MONTH (MAY 2017)

Here you can see the top 10 songs from the month of May 2017, chosen by us.

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TOP 10 SONGS OF THE MONTH (APRIL 2017)

Here you can see the top 10 songs from the month of April 2017, chosen by us.

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TLBSPEDIA: PULITZER PRIZE

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In the latter years of the 19th century, Joseph Pulitzer stood out as the very embodiment of American journalism. Hungarian-born, an intense indomitable figure, Pulitzer was the most skillful of newspaper publishers, a passionate crusader against dishonest government, a fierce, hawk-like competitor who did not shrink from sensationalism in circulation struggles, and a visionary who richly endowed his profession.

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PLAYLIST: THE BEST SAD SONGS

Here you can see a playlist made by us, with the 100 best sad songs of all time.

TOP 10 SONGS OF THE MONTH (MARCH 2017)

Here you can see the top 10 songs from the month of March 2017, chosen by us.

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