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May

Vanessa Mae

 

1988- present

Who was she?

Vanessa Mae is a British violinist.

 

Fascinating Facts

  • Vanessa Mae was born in Singapore, before moving to London when she was 4.
  • She started playing the violin at 4, however, she was already playing the piano before this.
  • At age 13, Vanessa Mae became the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos.
  • At the age of 16, she set a record as the youngest person to address the Oxford Union.
  • She was managed by her mother until 1999.
  • In 2002 she performed during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Paralympics.
  • After music, Vanessa Mae's second passion is skiing. She is an Olympian, having qualified for and participated at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
  • She has sold over 10 million albums, holding over 40 international awards for both pop and classical recordings.
  • Her concert specials have been broadcast in over 100 countries.
  • Vanessa Mae collaborated with Walt Disney Pictures on the music of Mulan.

  

The Supremes

 

vThe Supremes were an American female singing group in the 1960s.
 
vThe group founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959.
 
vThe group was made up of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Betty McGlown and Diana Ross initially. In 1960 Barbara Martin replaced McGlown and the group signed to Motown the following year as The Supremes.
 
vBarbara Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard and Wilson carried on as a trio.

The Supremes "Where did our love go?"

Performed live on the Steve Allen show during 1964

The Beatles

 

vThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
 
vThe band are regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time.

 

vThe band were active 1960 – 1970, after the group broke up in 1970 all four members enjoyed success as solo artists.

 

vJohn Lennon died in 1980 and George Harrison in 2001. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both remain musically active.

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

Ray Charles

 

 

  •   Ray Charles was born Ray Charles Robinson, he was born 23rd September 1930.
 
  •  He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer who was performing from 1947 until 2004.
 
  • His biggest hits were 'Georgia on my Mind', 'Hit the Road Jack' and 'I Can't Stop Loving You'.
 
  •  He won 17 Grammy Awards and was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

 

 

Hit the Road Jack!

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