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Born Farrokh Bulsara, the Queen frontman chose a stage name in perfect harmony with his voice.
Just in time for the vernal equinox, hear a recording of the Rite that roars like thunder.
Aretha Franklin's anthem, written by Otis Redding, had a powerful effect on audiences everywhere.
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Armstrong exuded joy and exuberance as a trumpet player and singer as he rose to worldwide fame.