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ORIGIN Gabriella ‘Gabi’ Wilson was born in Vallejo, CA on June 27, 1997  She got her start as a ‘child prodigy’. She can sing and play the guitar, piano, bass and drums She first appeared on the Today Show covering ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys. She participated in Radio Disney’s The Next […]

Bay Area Rap

BAY AREA? Although there are many regions in the U.S. with a bay, the San Francisco Bay Area claims the title, ‘The Bay Area’ or ‘The Bay’ The Bay Area is a region surrounding San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun Bay located in the northern part of the state, California. The Bay Area includes the […]

Disco Origin

ORIGIN Disco started in the 1970s Disco os formally known as a genre of music, specifically dance Disco has R&B and funk elements It heavily influenced the cultural of the day which includes fashion Disco represented liberation and freedom which was why it was so heavily influenced by the LGBTQ+ community and minorities including black […]

The Techno Story

ORIGIN Techno is computerized music first created in the 1980s in Detroit, MI Juan Atkins is credited with being the originator Techno music was dance/club music For a time you could only got to underground dance parties to hear it Techno gained popularity in the UK before the US Techno came right after Disco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxWzoYQb5gUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2gr73FQ9-s […]

Black & Blues: B.B. King

Origin BB King was born Riley B. King on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi on September 16, 1925  As a child, he played locally in his town for money King moved to Memphis, TN in 1947 to pursue his music career King was able to grow as an artist when he moved in with […]

Frankie Lymon: 1954-1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx7kFKMTWAg Origin Career Lymon was born on September 30, 1942 in Harlem, New York Lymon played under the genre American rock and roll/rhythm and blues.  He was a singer and songwriter but he was best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the group The Teenagers. The Teenagers was signed to Gee Records, and […]

LEE MORGAN: The Sidewinder

Origin Career Lee Morgan was born Edward Lee Morgan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1938. Growing up, Morgan liked playing the vibraphone and saxophone but eventually settled on mainly playing the trumpet. His music started to become popular when he was in his late teens. Morgan recorded the “Sidewinder” in 1956 which became his […]

Jubilee Quartet-THE FAIRFIELD FOUR

Origin & History The Fairfield Four started out at a trio at Fairfield Baptist Church which is located in Nashville, Tennessee in 1921 which means they existed for over 90 years! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcKY_nDHBBAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elMv2BxHDQchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PFjX8ZCTv0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or5bdZuGBgohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fOmKNOeJpc Current Members Reverend Sam McCraryJames Hill (baritone)Isaac Freeman (bass)Willie RichardsonRobert HamlettEd HallJoe ThompsonEdward Thomas (tenor)Willie Frank Lewis (utility) Past Members Harold Carrethers (baritone) Rufus Carrethers (bass) John Battle (lead)Lattimer Green (second […]

Negro SPIRITuals!

Origin Negro spirituals were songs that were a reflection of what black people were going through at the time. They started with slavery. Africans were kidnapped from their homes and forced into slavery in a New World. They worked on plantations and in houses. Slaves were allowed to meet for Christian services only. They used […]

FOLK MUSIC-The Beginning

What is folk music? African-American folk music was the first type of music created by African Americans. It was a combination of African elements and American elements created by slaves. Folk music was all about using/making the most of what you had. That can be seen with the elements of folk music. Folk music is […]

The Godmother of Rock n Roll: Rosetta Tharpe

Godmother? Being labeled a pioneer is not an easy or light-hearted action. It takes a lot to become a pioneer. A pioneer is the first to apply or develop a new method, area of knowledge, or activity. A pioneer paves the way for future generations. Pioneers changes the way something is done, so much in […]