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bolero

(Encyclopedia) bolero bəlâr´ō [key], national dance of Spain, introduced c.1780 by Sebastian Zerezo, or Cerezo. Of Moroccan origin, it resembles the fandango . It is in 2–4 or 3–4 time for solo...

Watson, Doc

(Encyclopedia) Watson, Doc (Arthel Lane Watson), 1923–2012, American country-music singer and musician, b. Stony Fork, N.C. Blind from infancy, he learned to play the harmonica, banjo, and guitar in his you...

Abbott and Costello

(Encyclopedia) Abbott and Costello kŏstĕl´ō [key], American comedy team of William Alexander Bud Abbott, 1895–1974, b. Asbury Park, N.J., and Lou Costello, 1906–59, b. Paterson, N.J., as Louis...

Malone, Karl Anthony

(Encyclopedia) Malone, Karl Anthony, 1963–, American basketball player, b. Summerfield, La. He played basketball at Louisiana Tech Univ. and joined the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association in 19...

Laurel and Hardy

(Encyclopedia) Laurel and Hardy, American film comedy team. The duo consisted of Stan Laurel, 1890–1965, b. Ulverson, England, whose real name was Arthur Stanley Jefferson; and Oliver Hardy, 1892–1957, b....

Shearing, Sir George Albert

(Encyclopedia) Shearing, Sir George Albert, 1919–2011, British jazz pianist, b. London. Shearing overcame lifelong blindness to become a world-famous musician, the creator of a style of jazz, and the compos...

Nicholas of Cusa

(Encyclopedia) Nicholas of Cusa (Nicolaus Cusanus), 1401?–1464, German humanist, scientist, statesman, and philosopher, from 1448 cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. The son of a fisherman, Nicholas was ...

Rodgers, Richard Charles

(Encyclopedia) Rodgers, Richard Charles, 1902–79, American composer, b. New York City. Rodgers studied at Columbia and the Institute of Musical Art, New York City. He met both of his future collaborators, L...

Nichols, Mike

(Encyclopedia) Nichols, Mike, 1931–2014, American actor and director, b. Berlin, Germany, as Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky. His family immigrated to the United States in 1939, and he studied (1950–53) at the U...