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Single-belled baritones and euphoniums line the ceiling of the V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection to make room for the bigger instruments on the floor and walls. Aiyana Simonetti-Poe/Courtesy of V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection hide caption

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A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

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When Tara Thompson started writing songs, she didn't invoke her country superstar cousin, Loretta Lynn. "I wanted to do it myself," she says. Courtesy of The Valory Music Co. hide caption

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Nashville's New Country Cousin

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Singer Juan Gabriel performs during the Latin Grammy Awards in 2009. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Juan Gabriel, The 'Divo Of Juarez,' Dies At 66

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Fans at the Afropunk Festival Brooklyn, now in its 11th year. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images hide caption

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'It's Punk Rock To Be Black In America': Afropunk Festival Pushes The Movement

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Brother Arnold Hadd, a resident of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, is one of the last remaining Shakers. Susan Sharon hide caption

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The Stewards Of A Disappearing Faith — And 10,000 Songs

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Rudy Van Gelder used his parents' living room in Hackensack, N.J., as his recording studio in the mid-1950s. Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images, LLC hide caption

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Rudy Van Gelder, Definitive Jazz Recording Engineer, Has Died

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Encore: The Science Of Freddie Mercury's Voice

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Yoko Ono, John Lennon and their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes (right), leave the Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City on March 16, 1972. Anthony Camerano/AP hide caption

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John Lennon's Deportation Fight Paved Way For Obama's Deferred Action Policy

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A screen displays the concert of Mexican folk singer Vicente Fernández in Guadalajara, Mexico, in April, when Fernández announced his retirement. Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

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Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2005. Rick Nederstigt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Dies At 94

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A Critical Conversation About Frank Ocean's 'Endless' Video Album

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Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks perform onstage on June 1, 2016, for the DCX World Tour MMXVI Opener. The tour stopped in Nashville Wednesday. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for PMK hide caption

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Bobby Hutcherson performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival, in Monterey, Calif. in 2013. Craig Lovell/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

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