The Isley Brothers

Biography The Isley Brothers group was formed from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their father, O’Kelly Isley, Sr., a former United States Navy sailor and vaudeville performer and mother Sallye, guided the elder four Isley boys, Ronald, Rudolph, O’Kelley, and Vernon in their singing while at church. The brothers began performing together in 1954 and scored the opportunity […]

Snoop Dogg: Pioneer of West Coast Rap

Childhood Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born in Long Beach, California on October 20, 1971. He was the second of three sons and was named after his stepfather. His father was pretty absent in his life. His mother is Beverly Broadus (née Tate). His father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who was frequently absent from […]

The Belleville Three: The Creators of Techno

Who Is The Belleville Three The Belleville Three is made up of three men by the names of Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson and these Detroit musicians are credited with creating Detroit techno. All three met each other at went to Belleville High School in Belleville, a small town outside of Detroit, where they attended and were among the […]

Let’s Get Funky

Funk and Its Beginnings Funk also referred to as party music emerged in the late 1960’s but didn’t become popular until the 70’s. It is an urban form of dance music and uses elements from genres such as jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues. It’s groove was formed by a mesh of multiple instruments that […]

Gospel: Out With The Old And In With The New

Brief History of Gospel Gospel began in the early 1900s after the Great Migration of black people after the World Wars. It was influenced by negro spirituals and hymns and did not start off very popular. Blacks thought the gospel should be preached and not sing. It wasn’t until the 1930s when Gospel became known […]

The Isley Brothers

Origins of the Isley Brothers The Isley Brothers group was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1954. Their career was sparked by their father who had a gospel singing career of his own and he wanted the same for his children. From an early age, he started training his children to sing and perform. The brothers […]

Black and Blues

The Start of Blues Blues began in the black communities of the deep south with center origins in the Mississippi Delta. It was formed as a secular genre in the beginning of the 20th century. Blues as a genre was a musical outlet for African Americans to express their hardships and sorrows they experienced in […]

Charlie Parker

Who is Charlie Parker? Charles Parker Jr was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. Charlie and his parents to Kansas City, Missouri when he was 7 years old. The city was a lively center for African-American music at the time. While still in school, Charlie started playing with bands on the local […]

Let’s Get Into Ragtime

Origin The musical type ragtime existed long before it was widely known as the written form of ragtime. It did not emerge widely into the public eye until the 1890s. The term “ragtime” is partially derived from the verb phrase ” to rag” which explains the performance element of the genre. “To rag” means to […]

The Swan Silvertones

The Start of The “Four Harmony Kings” The a capella quartet originally named the “Four Harmony Kings” was formed by Claude Jeter in 1938 in Coaland, West Virginia. Claude always had a passion for singing, he sang in his church choir as well as his high school choir. He formed his first gospel singing group […]

Negro Spirituals: From the Heart of Slaves

Where Did Spirituals Come From? Spirituals are considered the earliest form of religious music developed by the African Americans during slavery. The creation of spirituals can be attributed to the converting of slaves to Christianity during the Great Awakening period. The slaves began to exhibit the Christian beliefs through their music all while including their […]

African American Folk Music

The Beginning of Folk Music The start of folk music can be attributed to blacks arrival in the New World. Music has always been apart of the daily lives of Africans in Africa so it was no different for them once they were brought to North America as slaves. Although Africans arrived during the 1600s […]

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My name is Jordan Peters. I’m a first year Health Science Major from Anniston, Alabama.