Awesome African-American Rock and Soul Musicians by David Aretha

By David Aretha

Author David Aretha explores the lives of 9 influential musicians in remarkable AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROCK AND SOUL MUSICIANS. From Chuck Berry, "the father of rock 'n' roll," to James Brown, "the godfather of soul," those musicians impacted track from their earliest hits, and their impacts are nonetheless felt this present day. each one brief biography ends with a quick timeline of the person's existence and achievements.

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1 The song didn’t end until Hendrix set his guitar on fire and smashed it repeatedly on the stage. From then on, everyone knew about Jimi Hendrix. Young and Restless Born in Seattle, Washington, on November 27, 1942, Hendrix endured an unusual and troubled childhood. His mother was just seventeen years old when he was born, and his father was serving in the army. Originally named Johnny Hendrix, he was later renamed James (and Jimmy) by his father. Three of his four siblings had physical disabilities, including a sister who was blind.

Fans may not recognize her. Dressed conservatively, with a white woman’s hairdo, Franklin smiles and plays the piano. ” The pleasing, mild song had been popularized in the 1920s by Al Jolson, a white singer who performed in blackface. Franklin finishes the song and bows to the nearly all-white audience. A nice performance, but she could have done better. She just needed the opportunity to express herself. For five years, Franklin had played the mild music that Columbia Records insisted she play.

May 31, 1961 Opens an amusement park, called Berryland, outside St. Louis. October 21, 1972 “My Ding-a-Ling” becomes his first, and only, No. 1 record. June 1, 1979 Performs for President Jimmy Carter. February 26, 1985 Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys. January 23, 1986—Is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1987 Is honored in the film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll. 2004 Is ranked #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of “rock immortals”. 2011 Performes at a New Year’s Day concert in Chicago.

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