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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

John Prine

In the vast annals of this country's great builders of songs, John Prine was an indisputable master. An American songwriter of understated genius, his astute grasp of character and story defined his half-century of recordings. Prine, who passed away on April 7, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19 has always been an FUV Essentials artist and we will miss him terribly.

Regina Spektor

There has already been a Regina Spektor Day in New York City, and she's been honored on the Bronx Walk of Fame, but on her 40th birthday, WFUV is saluting this innovative singer, songwriter and pianist as one of our FUV Essentials.

Bob Marley

On what would have been Bob Marley's 75th birthday, on February 6, 2020, we're remembering the legendary reggae icon and FUV Essentials artist.

The Pretenders

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Pretenders' landmark debut album and Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers will be together again, touring with the 2020 lineup of the band with Journey this spring and summer throughout North America. We're celebrating the band (and Hynde as a solo artist) as an FUV Essentials again.

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