You know the drill.  Grade the following videos, 5 means you love it, 1 means you would rather listens to cats screaming on a fence.

1) Charles Aznavour is an Armenian-French singer, and actor, born in Paris 1924.  He has appeared in more than 60 movies and composed about 1,000 songs, (In English, French, Italian, Spanish and German).  He has sold over 100 million records.

In 1998, in a world wide CNN/Time Online poll, he was voted Entertainer of the Century, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

Charles Aznavour – She 

2) Polly Jean Harvey was born in Bridport, Dorset, England in 1969.  She grew up on a small sheep farm she still lives near.  In an interview her neighbors describe as a very polite, quiet girl, something that is hard to believe when you see her perform.  She studied sculpture in college before deciding on a career in music.

Rolling Stone Magazine named her the 1995 Songwriter of the Year.  Q magazine, the leading music magazine in the UK, voted her the #1 female rock artiest.

PJ Harvey – Big Exit  You might want to turn your volume down 🙂

3) Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an African-American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre.

She grew up in the Black Pearl section of  Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, in a three-room dwelling shared by thirteen people and a dog. 

When she was five her mother died and she was raised by an aunt.  Forced to work “sun-down to sun-set” cleaning the house.  If the house was not cleaned properly she was beaten with a “cat-o-nine-tails”.

She went on to a career where she sang for Presidents and Kings.  She is in both the Grammy and Gospel Halls of Fame.

Mahalia Jackson – I Believe