Music

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

Dorothy Maynor, beautiful voice, generous heart


Dorothy Maynor

*Dorothy Leigh Maynor was born on this date in 1910. She was an African American opera singer and educator.

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HoneyBoy Edwards, a Delta original


David HoneyBoy
Edwards

*David "Honeyboy" Edwards was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American blues musician.

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Nick Ashford wrote many great songs


Nick Ashford

*Nick Ashford was born on this date in 1941. He was an African American songwriting/production and recording artist.

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A versatile musician, Billy Preston


Billy Preston

*Billy Preston was born on this date in1946. He was an African American musician and singer.

From Houston, Texas, and raised mostly in Los Angeles, California. William Everett Preston in addition to his successful, Grammy-winning career as a solo artist, Preston collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Sammy Davis Jr., Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Blues pioneer, Sonny Boy Williamson


Sonny Boy Williamson

*Sonny Boy Williamson was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American Blues musician.

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From the Delta to the world, Cassandra Wilson


Cassandra Wilson

*Cassandra Wilson was born on this date in 1955. She is an African American singer, and songwriter.

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Ornette Coleman, more than Jazz


Ornette Coleman

*Ornette Coleman was born on this date in 1930. He is an African American musician and composer.

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From "E" Street to the world, Clarence Clemons


Clarence Clemons, 2009

*Clarence Clemons was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American musician.

Clarence Anicholas Clemons was from Norfolk, VA. His father owned a fish market and his grandfather was a Southern Baptist preacher, and although he grew up surrounded by gospel music, the young Clemons was captivated by rock ’n’ roll. He was given an alto saxophone at age 9 as a Christmas gift; later, following the influence of King Curtis whose many credits include the jaunty sax part on the Coasters’ 1958 hit “Yakety Yak” he switched to the tenor.

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Terence Blanchard, a son of New Orleans


Terence Blanchard

*Terence Blanchard was born on this date in 1962. He is an African American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer.

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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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