The Beatles discussing hip hop's pervasive effects on contemporary songwriting. Ringo looks away, nonplussed.

The Beatles discussing hip hop's pervasive effects on contemporary songwriting. Ringo looks away, nonplussed.

love this closeup of Billie Holiday on fine and mellow with james p. johnson on piano. photo © Gjon Mili / LIFE

love this closeup of Billie Holiday on fine and mellow with james p. johnson on piano. photo © Gjon Mili / LIFE

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife in front of the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. (I'd accept my future husband playing the kazoo if it meant I could go to Egypt.)

Louis Armstrong playing for his wife in front of the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. (I'd accept my future husband playing the kazoo if it meant I could go to Egypt.)

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