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profile name: Kim Jong Il profile occupation: Dictator
profile id: 241196
profile name: Simon Bolivar profile occupation: Military Leader, Political Leader
profile id: 9542055
profile name: Jennifer Jones profile occupation: Film Actress, Television Actress
profile id: 9496658
profile name: Lee Strasberg profile occupation: Educator
profile id: 9362382
profile name: William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin of Largs profile occupation: Physicist, Academic Author
profile id: 9528169
profile name: Tom Wesselmann profile occupation: Illustrator, Painter
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The Nashville Sound developed in the late 1950s, when recording studios and artists replaced some of the traditional elements of honky-tonk music with more contemporary pop music sounds. Producer and musician Chet Atkins was one of the genre's inventors, and is credited with bringing country music to a much wider audience. With his smooth voice, Charley Pride is one of country music's few African-American stars—and the only one to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Women were also crucial to the popularity of the Nashville sound, with stars like Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynne bringing women's perpectives, as well as glamour, to the genre.
Not only did the Nashville Sound influence the sound of country music, but it also helped to establish Nashville, Tennessee, as the country music capital of the world. Thousands of aspiring artists now flock to the city each year, hoping they might be the next big, musical discovery.
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Left-handed people are a rare breed—only 10 percent of the general population is a lefty. There isn't a definite scientific explanation of why people are left-handed, and although it might be an inconvenience for some, it's actually an advantage in sports. Legendary lefty athletes include baseball player Babe Ruth and basketball star Larry Bird. They're in good company with a wide variety of famous faces from President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey to composer Wolfgang Mozart and entrepreneur Bill Gates.
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