Folk and blues singer Odetta, shown rehearsing at the Prince Charles Theatre in London, is one of the Alabama artists featured by the Oxford American. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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John McLaughlin recorded To the One with his 4th Dimension band, from left: Mark Mondesir, Gary Husband, McLaughlin and Etienne M'Bappe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards onstage in Frankfurt in 1976. Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns hide caption

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Shawn Camp's latest album is named after the year it was almost released: 1994. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Buke and Gass performs live from the Rock 'n' Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. Abby Verbosky/NPR hide caption

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Rooted in local African rhythms, mbalax music has allowed Youssou N'Dour's voice to soar with a whole new freedom. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Keith Richards is ranked 10th on  Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Deborah Feingold hide caption

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Brian May wrote "We Will Rock You," "I Want It All," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Tie Your Mother Down," among other Queen hits. courtesy of Queen hide caption

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A stained glass window in the Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace) basilica in Yamoussourkro, Ivory Coast. Sia Kambou/Getty Images hide caption

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Musician Ben Wilkins says he finds inspiration in recordings from the late 1960s and '70s. Pascal Shefteshy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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