Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians […]

Max Roach

Maxwell Lemuel “Max” Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer. Roach moved with has family to New York as a four year old. A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important […]

Metro Area

Metro Area is a Brooklyn-based house and nu-disco duo composed of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. Geist grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, while Jesrani is from upstate New York. Both arrived at electronic music through their interest in rock music. Morgan Geist also works under the name “Storm Queen” and is best known for […]

Danger Mouse

Brian Joseph Burton (born July 29, 1977), better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, is an American musician, songwriter and producer. He was born in White Plains, New York and spent much of his childhood in Spring Valley, New York. He came to prominence in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which combined vocal […]


Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969), also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Combs was born in Harlem and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding Bad Boy Records […]

The Parliaments

Parliament, originally The Parliaments, was a soul funk band most prominent during the 1970s, though originally based at a Plainfield, New Jersey barbershop. Both Parliament and its sister act, Funkadelic, were led by George Clinton. The group had their initial hit single in 1967 with “(I Wanna) Testify” on Revilot Records.

The Crystals

The Crystals are an American vocal group based in New York, considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era of the first half of the 1960s. Their 1961–1964 chart hits, including “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”, “Uptown”, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”, “He’s a Rebel”, “Da Doo Ron Ron (When […]

The Cramps

The Cramps were an American punk rock band, formed in 1976. Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband and wife duo of Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy the only permanent members. The addition of guitarist Bryan Gregory and drummer Pam Ballam comprised the first complete band in April 1976. They were part of […]

The Cover Girls

The Cover Girls is a New York City-based freestyle girl group that achieved the majority of its chart success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among the group’s best-known songs are “Show Me”, “We Can’t Go Wrong”, “Funk Boutique” and “Wishing on a Star”. The Cover Girls also released a New York based Christmas […]

The Chiffons

The Chiffons were an all-girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960. With their trademark tight harmonies, high-stepping confidence and the hit machine of Goffin and King writing songs such as “One Fine Day”, the Chiffons made music that helped define the girl-group sound of the era. The group was originally […]