Music

Composers, musicians, and singers who have contributed to this Black genre.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, a global performer


Dee Dee Bridgewater

*Dee Dee Bridgewater was born on this date in 1950. She is an African American singer, producer and actress. 

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Valerie Capers, musican and educator


Valerie Capers

*Valerie Capers was born on this date in 1935.  She is an African American musician and educator.

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Carlos Posadas, African influence in Tango


Carlos Posadas

*Carlos Posadas was born on this date in 1874. He was an Afro-Argentinean musician and composer.

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Mr. Piano, Billy Taylor


Billy Taylor

*Billy Taylor was born on this date in 1921.  He was an African American composer, educator, broadcaster and piano player.

From Greenville, NC, William Billy Taylor, Sr. graduated from Virginia State College in 1942. He moved to New York and played with such major musicians as Ben Webster, Eddie South, and Slam Stewart among others.   In 1944 he recorded with Stuff Smith. In 1951 he was the house pianist at Birdland and soon afterward Taylor formed his first of many trios.

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Teddy Pendergrass, deep and sexy


Teddy Pendergrass

*Teddy Pendergrass was born on this date 1950. He was an African American singer and entertainer.

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Rev. Gary Davis born


Rev. Gary Davis and Megan Ochs

*Rev. Gary Davis was born on this date in 1896. He was an African American minister and Blues musician.

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Trumpet player and so much more, Hugh Masekela


Hugh Masekela

*Hugh Masekela born this date in 1939.  He is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer.

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Abbey Lincoln, Singer and much more


Abbey Lincoln

*Abbey Lincoln was born on this date in 1930. She was an African American singer, composer and actress.

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Conrad Johnson, Teacher and Musician


Conrad Johnson

*On this date in 1915, Conrad Johnson was born.  He was an African American jazz saxophonist and music teacher.

From Victoria, Texas Conrad O. Johnson was nine when his family moved to Houston. Following studies at Yates High School, he attended Houston College for Negroes and graduated from Wiley College. He was a active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Blind Willie Johnson, gospel singer with power


Blind Willie
Johnson

On this in 1902, date we remember the birth of Blind Willie Johnson. He was an African American gospel singer who performed on the streets of Southern cities.

Johnson grew up near Temple, TX. When he was seven years old, his stepmother, fighting with his father, threw lye in Johnson's face, permanently blinding him. From his youth, he sang gospel songs while accompanying himself on guitar, for donations on the streets of small towns and cities, mostly in Texas. Johnson recorded 30 songs in Dallas, and Atlanta. in 1927-30.

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