Buddy Guy

George “Buddy” Guy is a blues guitarist and singer from Lettsworth, Louisiana. He has played an key role in Chicago blues by influencing artists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. In the sixties, Guy played guitar with Muddy Waters at Chess Records and from there he started a partnership with […]

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor was born on July 24th, 1921 and he was an jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator. Taylor was born in North Carolina, but he moved to Washington D.C. when he was five years old. He received classical piano lessons from Henry Grant, who had previously taught Duke Ellington. At age 13, Taylor made […]

Richie Havens

Born in Bed-Stuy New York, Richie Havens was the eldest of nine other children. At the age of 16 he was organizing his friends on the street corner performing with the McCrea Gospel Singers. When Havens was 20 years old, he left Brooklyn in search of an outlet for his artistry in the Greenwich Village […]

Creators of Techno

The three people most associated with the creation of Detroit Techno are Juan Atkins , Kevin Saunderson , and Derrick May. They were known as the Belleville Three as they were three friends that went to high school together in Belleville, Michigan. They made electronic tracks in their basements and one day in college, Atkins […]

General History of Disco

Disco, an abbreviation of the French word discothèque, is a musical genre that came from underground dance venues in New York City during the 1970’s. DJs paved the way for the genre by entertaining African Americans, Latinos, and gay dancers. Originally defined as a musical setting, disco evolved into a style involving certain dance steps […]

What Difference Does It Make?

Music has many different influences on people around the world, but in our case, as African Americans, why is it important to study our music? Throughout our history, music has been used as a source of comfort, creative expression, and a mean of bringing people together in times of celebration as well as in the […]

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was a singer, actress, producer and model and is one of the most best-selling artists of all time with over 200 million records sold. She started her career, at age 11, by performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. In the early 1980’s, […]

Fred Hammond

Fred Hammond was born December 27th,  1960 in Detroit MI. Gospel singer, bass player, and record producer Has won multiple Grammy, Dove, and Stellar awards for his works Discography includes Love Unstoppable, I Will Trust, and  He Lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOIaDqLzRIw