Black Music Month – Timeline of the People
The number of actual contributors to the African-American Music Movement is immeasurable, and the impact of these artists has been astounding. Travel through time from Gospel to Rap and expose yourself to the sights, sounds, and flavors of African-American music in this timeline of the people.
As the son of a revivalist preacher, its only natural he was called the “Father of Gospel Music.” Born in 1899. Died in 1993.
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Born in 1901. Died in 1971.
Nicknamed the ‘Founding
Father of Jazz’, this man was responsible for introducing a uniquely
American art form.
Source: Louis Armstrong House and Archives
Born in 1917. Died in 1996.
The Great American jazz-pop diva has quite a devoted following which encourages the unexposed to take part in her great music, songs, and singing.
Source: GAS Audio Edition
Born in 1926. Died in 1991.
Although many people remember him as an accomplished trumpet player, he was also an innovative bandleader and brilliant composer.
Source: Miles Davis Properties, LLC
Additional Resource: Miles Davis Biography
Born in 1883. Died in 1946.
Dancer, singer, star of the stage and screen, this lady sure earned her title as ‘Queen of the Blues.’
Source: Blues Online
Born in 1911. Died in 1938.
Fluid guitar playing combined with expressive lyrics made this man the subject of intense literary examination even today.
Source: University of Virginia
Rock & Roll
Born in 1939. Died in 1984.
Exuding a duality of sacred vs. profane, the life and music of this Top Ten artist lives on.
Source: Simon Marvin
Born in 1942.
With the ability to meld boundaries between gospel, jazz, and rock, the “Queen of Soul” is an icon of contemporary pop music.
Source: Time 100
Born in 1950.
After selling more than 70 million records, this American phenomenon is an icon for all aspiring singers, songwriters, musicians, and producers.
Source: Stevie Wonder – The Web Site
Entered the scene in 1991.
In a genre notorious for short-lived careers, these international superstars would be an exception.
Source: The Official Website, Naughty By Nature
Entered the scene in 1993.
With a mission to ‘Bring musicality back to the ghetto,” this group paved the way for other acoustic and melodic vocalists and musicians to enter the world of hip-hop.
Source: Sony Music
Pop, Soul, Underground, Rap
An extraordinary example of
how to break down barricades which continue to segregate music, Sean Combs
helped give birth to a new and different form of music.
Source: Yahoo Music
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