Women of R&B

Women of R&B Patti LaBelle Early Life Patti LaBelle is referred to as the Godmother of Soul. She was born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. LaBelle’s father, Henry Holte, was a railroad worker and club performer, and her mother, Bertha Holte, was a housewife. At age 10, LaBelle joined the […]

100 Years of Gospel

100 Years of Gospel 1920s—How it started https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJaPrHBDkVM The song “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” was a spiritual written in 1927. Mahalia Jackson sang her version of the song in 1958. Mahalia Jackson was a gospel singer born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 26, 1911. Jackson’s parents were Charity Clark and […]

The Kings of Funk and Soul

The Kings of Funk James Brown Early Life James Joseph Brown, known as James Brown or The Godfather of Soul, was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, on May 3, 1933. His parents were Susie and Joseph Gardner Brown. Initially, his name was supposed to be Joseph James Brown, but it was switched on his birth […]

John Coltrane

John Coltrane Who Is John Coltrane? Early Life John William Coltrane, known as John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. Coltrane was a well known saxophonist and composer. His father was a tailor and part time musician. At a young age, Coltrane studied clarinet and alto saxophone. In 1945, Coltrane […]

Whitney Houston—She Understood the Assignment Everytime

Whitney Houston—She Understood the Assignment Everytime Early Life Family Whitney Houston was a singer and actress born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963. Houston came from a musical family. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a gospel singer. Cissy Houston made her name in the Drinkard Four gospel quartet. Cissy joined the Sweet Inspirations […]

If “Put Some Respect on My Name” Were a Person It Would Be Ma Rainey

If “Put Some Respect on My Name” Were a Person It Would Be Ma Rainey Blues Overview History of the Blues By the end of the 1910s, the new kind of music that formed throughout Southern communities was referred to as the blues. The genre of blues was not a new concept, it was a […]

Shedding Some Light on Underrated Jubilee Quartets

Shedding Some Light on Underrated Jubilee Quartets Jubilee Quartet Background History The Jubilee Quartet genre began in the mid-1800’s, which came from the African American university singing movement. There were three distinct periods throughout the progression of Jubilee Quartets. The first period was from 1880-1929 which is referred to as the jubilee period. The second […]

The Black Church

The Black Church The Difference Between Spirituals and Gospels Although Negro Spirituals and Gospel songs both are about freedom they have a few differences. Negro Spirituals are from the 19th century and Gospel songs began in the 20th century. Spirituals were religious folk songs by slaves that allowed them to speak on freedom when they […]

Folk Music Was Life Support For Slaves

Folk Music Was Life Support For Slaves What does Folk Music consist of? Folk music utilizes the drums, xylophone (also known as the balafo or balaphon), quills (a form of panpipes), horns and banjo. According to J. H. Kwabena Nketia folk music includes multipart rhythmic structures, repetitive choruses, a lead singer and a call-response. Folk […]

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