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John Legend: December 28, 1978

John Roger Stevens aka John Legend is R&B musician, songwriter, actor and even Oscar winner. As part of a musical family, he attended the local gospel choir early. He became choir director at the university and became acquainted with today's famous rapper Kanye West, who in turn helped John Legend to collaborate on songs by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. Without a contract John Legend produced his first album. Kanye West finally signed him and in 2004 he released the album Get Lifted. He contributed Who Did That to You to the movie Django Unchained, Glory to the film Selma and was given a role in the film musical La La Land.

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Mary J. Blige: January 11, 1971

The American singer-songwriter Mary Jane Blige is considered one of the most successful interpreters in the field of R&B. She has already sold more than 40 million records and has been awarded the Grammy nine times. At 17, she recorded demo tapes with self-interpreted songs, which were heard by the chairman of the hip-hop label Uptown Records. After a successful audition she got her first record deal with this company. In 1992, the debut album What's the 411? with the singles Real Love and You Remind Me developed into a great success.

Two years later, the equally successful album My Life followed with singles like Be Happy and I'm Goin' Down. Share My World followed in 1997, reaching number one on the album charts thanks to four well-known singles: Love Is All We Need, Seven Days, Everything and I Can Love You. In 2001, the song Family Affair became an international number-one hit. The thirteenth studio album Strengh of a Woman was published by Mary J. Blige in 2017 with songs like U + Me and Thick of It.

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Farewell

Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977

Elvis Aaron Presley is one of the most important representatives of 20th-century rock and pop culture. The "King of Rock ‘n' Roll" sold to date more than a billion records and is considered the most successful solo artist worldwide. He has been successful in various genres such as rock, pop, blues, country and gospel. He also appeared in 31 feature films. 

After finishing fifth at a talent contest at the age of ten, Elvis got the first guitar from his parents. Through events in childhood, he developed a varied musical interest. After graduating from high school, he worked in a machine repair service and from the first salary he recorded songs for a few dollars in a professional recording studio, which were planned as a present for his mother. After switching from regional to nationally known record label RCA records Elvis recorded in Nashville, among other tracks, the song Heartbreak Hotel, which earned him the first Golden Record.

Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear and Jailhouse Rock simultaneously achieved the top rankings in several music charts. After completing military service, he returned to the recording studio and reached with hits such as Stuck on You, Are You Lonesome Tonight or In the Ghetto more hits that made him a legend. Moody Blue was his last number one hit during his lifetime. A Little Less Conversation became a worldwide hit with a 2002 remix.

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Janis Joplin: January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970

The once biggest female rock star of her era died after three albums at the age of 27 years. Janis Joplin had her breakthrough as lead singer of the band Big Brother at the Monterey Pop Festival. In the Billboard Hot 100 charts she appeared with five singles, including the cover song Me and Bobby McGee from 1971.

Other well-known songs of the singer are Piece of My Heart, Down on Me, Ball, ‘n' Chain, Cry Baby, Summertime and of course Mercedes Benz. Janis Joplin is one of the central symbols of hippie culture alongside Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. On the third album are also the hit singles Get It While You Can, Move Over and Buried Alive in the Blues.

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