My early memories of interest in music really took off in the years 1960to1963. I was given a Pocket Rocket Radio as a gift. I was still in Junior High School. At night when I was ready to go to sleep, I clipped the radio to the venetian blind by my bed, put the ear piece in my ear and would fall asleep listening to the radio. In the middle of night I’d be wakened out of sleep by a loud gravel sounding raspy voice of a man called Wolfman Jack. The rock and roll was blasting on. The next day I talked with my friends and told them about this wild man on the radio late at night. It wasn’t long before the topic of conversation with friends would evolve around Wolfman Jack, rock and roll and the excitement this DJ created. His broadcast would over power all the local radio stations...Read More >
The Cream, one of the major UK’s pioneer rock bands, was formed in the late 60s. The rock band was founded in the year 1966. However, by 1968 the band was no more,
it simply disappeared out of the lime light. The band’s influence in rock music is still felt until today. Their style of rock was described as Blues-Rock and Hard Rock, a style of music that was uncommon in those days but grew popular among the young and the young at heart.
• The Members
The band was a trio comprised of Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. Jack was the lead vocalist; Ginger was a maestro on the drums while Eric worked well with the guitar and vocals. Eric Clapton was originally from the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers while Jack and Ginger from the Graham Bond Organization...Read More >
Do you know the life history of Led Zeppelin? Led Zeppelin were the English rock band that was formed in 1968 in London. This band consisted mainly of the guitarist Jimmy Page, the keyboardist and bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and the drummer John Bonham. This group produced a very heavy and guitar driven
sound that routed in the blues in all their early albums. These are the sounds that drew a lot of recognition as some of the progenitors of the heavy metals although these unique styles are the ones that drew from the wide variety of some basic influences such as the folk music.Read More >
McKinley Morganfield who was born on April 4, 1913 and died on April 30 1983, was known popularly among his fans as Muddy Waters, was a well reputed musician of the American blues genre. He was also generally acknowledged as “the Father of Chicago Blues” and was also a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the
1960s. He was also commonly known as the original Hoochie Coochie Man among his fans.Muddy Waters debuted on harmonica and by the age of 17 he had started playing guitar at parties where he met two very well known famous blues artist Robert Johnson and Son House. Because of the qualities like his rich baritone, his ability to add a lot of embellishment and his ability to add dark coloration to his tone he was noticed at a young age.
The main success phase of Muddy Wat...
Marion Walter Jacobs “Little Walter” was born on 1st May 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana. He is regarded as the best blues harmonica player and was a Creole who spoke French. As a child, he took up the harmonica where he first played the waltzes and the polkas. By the age of twelve, he was working alone in the bars and sidewalks of
New Orleans and with his own instrument. At this time, he had discovered John Lee Williamson’s music and he modeled his blues style on that of Williamson’s.Read More >
William “Smokey” Robinson has a multi talented personality. He has led a successful life. He was born after 2 years of the start World War ll. He belonged to a poor family and was born in the north end of Detroit, Michigan. His mother died due to brain hemorrhage and William was raised by his sister.He says that he developed his interest in
music by listening to the radio when he was young. He was inspired by Nolan Strong and the Diablos. He was called Smokey because in his childhood he loved to watch the Cowboy movies by one of his uncle. He has known Diana Ross since Diana was eight.He has been interested in Music from the beginning of his life. When he was in school he formed a group named Five Chimes. His group includes his best friend named Ronald White and his classmates named Pete ...Read More >
Donny Edward Hathaway an African-American soul musician born on 1st October 1945 in Chicago,Illinois.His first single after he was contracted by Atlantic Records in 1969 was “The Ghetto Part 1″. The Rolling Stone magazine then recognized him as a major upcoming soul musician. Donny Hathaway is however best remembered for his
Grammy Award for Best Performance by a duo or group “Where Is the Love” with his class mate Roberta Flack. Donny’s other hit with Roberta Flack was “You’ve Got a Friend” the two did not do another song until 1978 when they reunited for their biggest ever hit “The Closer I Get to You” which was also nominated for a Grammy which unfortunately he did not attend.
Donny was the son of Drusella Huntley...Read More >
and was discovered at a karaoke booth. After hearing her stuff, Uptown Records signed her up and she sang as a backup singer until the release of her maiden album in 1992; the hit album called ‘What’s the 411?‘ redefined soul music and Mary was on the way to take over the world in this regard.
Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 to a troubled home. Her father was a Vietnam war veteran who also suffered with post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, he was a fine bass guitar player and a jazz musician; his name was Thomas Blige. Mary’s mother was a nurse and was also a raging alcoholic...Read More >
very tender age.It was not until 1996 when she was discovered by producer Kedar Massenburg that she finally got the much deserved recognition.Kedar later paired her with world renowned artist D’angelo of which the duo produced the chart topping hit song “Your Precious Love“.
Her Early life
Born Erykah Abi Wright,the singer was exposed to music pretty early.The name Badu originated from her favorite jazz sound which she later started using as a stage name.The singer was raised by her mother Kolleen Maria Gipson who introduced her to music and dance...Read More >
Robert Sylvester Kelly, R. Kelly referred to as “King of R&B” was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA in the year 1967. He attended Kenwood High school where he was inspired to become a singer through his music teacher and mentor, Lena Mclin. He grew up with his mother where he began singing in the church choir in his young life.
He also sang in the street corners before later on joining a group known as Public Announcement.
R. Kelly is popularly known as a R&B singer, songwriter and producer for his inspirational, spiritual and sexual music. R. Kelly won 3 Grammy awards for his hit song “I Believe I Can Fly,” and held the most top forty songs than any other male in the 90s...Read More >
Jill Scott, born on 4th April 1972, wears many hats. She is a Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter. Besides these hats, Jill Scott plays other roles including that of acting and composing poems. Scott was born to Joyce Scott in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the only child in her family and was brought up by her
mother and grandmother. She is known to have said that she was “very much loved and gifted child”. Like her mother and grandmother, Scott was raised a Jehovah Witness. In her teenage years, she attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls.
After graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, she attended the Temple University. At the time, she was holding two jobs. At the university, she studied secondary education for 3 years...Read More >