Joseph Boulogne Was The "Black Mozart" Before Mozart Was Alive

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Joseph Boulogne Was The "Black Mozart" Before Mozart Was Alive

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart should be known as "the white Joseph Boulogne." Born a decade before Mozart, Boulogne is often referred to as "the black Mozart." Operating under the stage name Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Boulogne was a virtuoso violinist as well as the first known classical music composer of African descent. But his amazing music wasn't his only achievement -- Boulogne was a world-champion fencer, and commanded the first unit of black soldiers in European history. Boulogne did all this despite being born on a Caribbean plantation to a French commoner and an African slave, which, at his time, would have made it exceptionally difficult to achieve his level of fame and success.

Is Elvis Presley Alive? Did He Fake His Death?

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Is Elvis Presley Alive? Did He Fake His Death?

Elvis Presley, or the "King of Rock and Roll," is the subject of many conspiracy theories, but the most popular one is certainly the idea that he is still alive. Many fans firmly believe that Elvis Presley faked his August 16, 1977 death, and they even cite mysterious bits of evidence to prove it. First, his cause of death was listed as irregular heartbeat—a condition that can only be diagnosed in the living—and was later changed to accidental overdose. His stepbrother, David Stanley, claimed it was suicide, and then in 2010 one of Elvis' doctors said the legendary singer's death was caused by untreated constipation. Another strange bit of the tale is that Elvis' father, Vernon, ordered Elvis' autopsy and death certificate to be kept private. However, they are scheduled to become available to the public in 2027, 50 years after his death.

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Key Facts to Know

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    Elvis Presley was found dead on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in August of 1977. 0:00

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    Elvis' father, Vernon, ensured the details of Elvis' autopsy remain hidden from the public until the year 2027. 1:29

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    Elvis Presley, today, has a net worth of $300 million. 4:28

The Life of Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

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The Life of Composer Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach, born in 1685 in Eissenach, Germany, composed thousands of works and is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

The Life and Career of David Bowie

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The Life and Career of David Bowie

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947. He passed away January 10, 2016. Though he began his musical career in the early 1960s as a member of a few blues bands, his first hit didn't come until 1969's "Space Oddity," which was released in time with the moon landing. The 1972 release "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" was Bowie's breakthrough album and involved the creation of his first of several alter egos: the fashion-forward, androgynous Ziggy Stardust. Several hit albums, including "Aladdin Sane" (1973), "Young Americans" (1975), and "Let's Dance" (1983), followed in the next decades. Throughout the course of his career, which also included acting in movies such as "Labyrinth," Bowie was heralded as a visionary.

Musician John Lennon

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Musician John Lennon

John Lennon was born October 9, 1940. Lennon and Paul McCartney made up what is widely considered one of the best songwriting partnerships in musical history. When asked what the best lyrics he ever wrote was, Lennon replied, "That's easy. 'All you need is love.'"

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Key Facts to Know

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    Before The Beatles there was Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen. 0:39

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    "Beatlemania" came to the U.S. in 1964 with the band's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1:53

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    Lennon released four solo albums between 1972 and 1975. 4:02