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Bob Dylan smiles during a meeting with the British press, April 28, 1965.

Read 'Blowin' In The Wind' Still Asks The Hard Questions

October 21, 2000 – Originally written in 1962, Bob Dylan's civil rights anthem still hits hard 50 years later.

Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton.

Read 'King Porter Stomp'

October 16, 2000 – Morton was the was the first modern musician to use "riffs" as musical building blocks.

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Songwriter and guitarist Bruce Springsteen.

Listen 'Born To Run'

October 9, 2000 – Bruce Springsteen's album Born to Run came out in 1975 to critical and popular acclaim.

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George Gershwin making alterations to the score for 'Porgy and Bess'.

Read 'Porgy and Bess'

October 8, 2000 – Was this work an opera or a musical, a serious work or a patronizing minstrel show?

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Django Reinhardt with his instrument.

Read 'Django'

October 2, 2000 – Two very different musical personalities contributed to the timeless jazz standard.

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Carlos Santana with bassist David Brown performing at Woodstock.

Listen 'Oye Como Va'

September 25, 2000 – Puente's song helped solidify Santana's place in history as one of the fathers of Latin rock.

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Jimi Hendrix during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970.

Watch The Story Behind 'Purple Haze'

September 18, 2000 – For more than three decades, this iconic rocker has inspired and humbled guitar players everywhere.

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An early promotional photo of Otis Redding, circa 1966.

Listen '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'

September 17, 2000 – Otis Redding's 1967 song was finished by co-writer Steve Cropper after Redding's tragic death.

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Country legend Bill Monroe.

Listen 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'

September 11, 2000 – This country classic immediately connected with listeners.

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Willie Nelson performs in 2004.

Listen 'Crazy'

September 4, 2000 – Patsy Cline's 1961 hit, written by Willie Nelson remains the number one jukebox single of all time.

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Composer and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie playing in 1970.

Listen 'A Night In Tunisia'

September 3, 2000 – Dizzy Gillespie's legendary 1942 composition fueled a jazz revolution called bebop.

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American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson singing at the Imperial Palace at Tokyo.

Listen 'His Eye Is On the Sparrow'

September 3, 2000 – Deborah Williams spotlights gospel singer Mahalia Jackson's definitive version of this spiritual.

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The Doors arrive at London Airport in 1968.

Watch Set The Night On Fire: Behind The Doors' 'Light My Fire'

August 28, 2000 – The Doors' 1967 hit "Light My Fire" broke the mold of the conventional hit pop song.

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Charlie Parker.

Listen The Story Of Charlie Parker's 'Ko Ko'

August 27, 2000 – The players, the chords and the producers behind the breakneck bebop classic.

Carole King, composing.

Listen 'Tapestry'

August 24, 2000 – King didn't sing her own songs until after a divorce, but when she did, she sold millions.

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