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At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring Karen Michel hide caption

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Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

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Remembering When Johnny Cash Stopped To Talk To A Young Reporter

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Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

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Committed's 'Home For Christmas' Has Fun Songs And Some Classics

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The Waitresses' members were in the middle of a tour behind "I Know What Boys Like" when "Christmas Wrapping" took over the radio in 1981. David Corio/Redferns hide caption

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Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

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Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

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Los Aldeanos' Aldo Rodriguez (left) and El B. Daniel Hdez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

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Singer Joe Cocker, famous for his powerful and raspy voice, has died at age 70. Ron Wolfson/Landov hide caption

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From 2005: Birthday Tribute to Singer Joe Cocker

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Tinashe, whose hit "2 On" was produced by DJ Mustard, performs on stage in December. Emmerson/Corbis hide caption

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Top 10 Top 40 For 2014

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When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

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How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

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Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, will be out on March 3. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01The Eye

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    The Eye
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    The Eye
    Artist
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    2014

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