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1. This man's signature song and first hit was written and composed from real life experiences after a move from New York to California. Which of these performers plays to "a pretty good crowd for a Saturday"?
2. This man has been producing albums since "Empty Sky" in 1969, and has written scores for several musical productions as well. Which of these sell-out performers is also known for his costumes, including glasses?
3. This performer's career was rocked by his marriage to a girl only thirteen years old. A rock and roll and country music singer, he was working at the studio with Carl Perkins when Elvis Presley dropped in for a social visit. A jam session started and the tape was left running. Which of these pianists completed the "Million Dollar Quartet"?
4. I first began to recognize this man's name with the movie release of "The Sting", though he had worked in film before that. He is involved in music, theater, and films as a composer, conductor, songwriter and performer. Who is this, one of a few to have achieved EGOT?
5. Known as "Mr. Showmanship" and "The King of Bling" this performer began his classical piano training at the age of four. In his twenties he began playing to smaller audiences in night clubs and modified his act to "pop with a bit of classics". He built a house in 1953 which included a pool that was shaped like the top of a piano. Which of these flamboyant performers was also known for his candelabrum prop?
6. This performer released "Scarlet's Walk" in 2002, a production which features her alter ego during a cross-country tour after 9/11/01. Which of these performers purportedly lost her scholarship to Peabody Conservatory of Music because of her dislike of reading sheet music?
7. This man learned to play by ear and had no formal training until he attended the Toledo School of Music. He began performing in 1927 on radio station WSPD. His performances usually included Broadway and popular standards. Who was this self-contained artist that significantly influenced the way that jazz was played?
8. Duke Ellington called this man the "Maharaja of the keyboard". He played solo, duo, trio, etc., and he provided accompaniment for many other singers. One legend has it that when his father played a recording by Art Tatum, he became disconsolate and refused to play for several weeks. Who was this Canadian born performer?
9. Our next pianist, spent his first performing years as a classical concert pianist. However, in 1933 he began an act that combined the piano with physical comedy and jokes. Which of these performers escaped to the US in 1940 with less than $30 is his pocket?
10. Born in Georgia in 1930, this man was influenced by a wide variety of styles. He started playing in bands when he was fifteen, and his first hit single was "Mess Around" in 1953. His music has crossed the recognized categories many times. "Genius Loves Company" was released posthumously for which of these performers?
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