Record Labels of the Mid-20th century

By the time genres like Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Soul became prominent, there were record labels that grew alongside the popularity and widespread consumption of these genres. By putting music in the hands and homes of consumers, these labels helped to establish the cultural landscape associate with genres and the cities in which they […]

A Toast to the 90s

A Toast to the 90s Origin of Hip Hop and Rap Hip hop emerged specifically in African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino communities in the Bronx, New York in the early 1970s. Eventually it spread to Harlem and then all of New York. Hip hop really popularized and became international during the 1990s because of popularity […]

Music Through the Years: 1960s-2000s

Below are my favorite songs from the 1960s to the 2000s. 1960’s “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (1967) was written by Otis Redding in 1965 and became popular in 1967 when Aretha Franklin recorded it.  This became one of the songs she was most known for during her singing career.  I like this song because it […]

Music from 1970-1975

  1970 – Stevie Wonder – “Signed, Sealed Delivered”    Album: Signed, Sealed & Delivered    Genre: Classic Soul, R&B/Soul, Pop      Composers: Stevie Wonder, Lee Garrett, Syreeta Wright, Lula Mae Hardaway   * This is one of those songs that I don’t remember hearing all the time on the radio or around the house, but somehow […]

Music Timeline

1924- When My Sugar Walks Down the Street The song I chose for 1924 is When My Sugar Walks Down the Street by Nat King Cole. This song is so sweet and made my heart melt. His voice sounds so soothing and the lyrics plus his voice makes you want to fall in love. 1925- […]

Music Timeline 1928-1950

1928- Duke Ellington: Jubilee Stomp. The song just makes you tap your feet and is very easy swinging. The composing was very complex. 1939- Lead Belly; Frankie and Albert. Rhythmic voice and actually tells a story with the delivery of the song. Which I noticed is common to songs in this time period. 1946- Billie Holiday; Good Morning […]

Music Timeline 1918-1928: Khailah Bell

1918-1928 Song Name Artist Year Comments All of No Man’s Land James Reese Europe and Noble Sissle 1919 This song stood out to me because it actually contains vocals. Many of the songs I hear from this era is purely instrumental. The vocals add to the pristine musicality of the instruments. I’m Just Wild About […]

Music Timeline

1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 Bessie Smith Downhearted Blues Its a relatable song when it comes to a heart break. sung with turmoil and pain 1924 1925 1926 Bessie Smith I Ain’t Got Nobdody Its a beautiful sad song 1927 Ma Rainely See See Rider song has a slow swing inflextion 1928 Paul Robeson […]

1928 – 1950 Era by Samara Jefferson

God Bless the Child Artist: Billie Holiday Year Released: 1942 The song titled, “ God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday falls into the genre of Jazz.  The song uses instruments such as a trumpet, alto saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums which combined with Billie Holiday’s voice forms a downtempo song. Holiday’s reasoning for […]

An Armstrong Full of Happiness, With a Dash of Blues

The late 1920s, early 1930s, was a blissful time for Black music. Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey, Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway blessed ears everywhere with euphoric sounds. Get ready for a playlist full of spirit. Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey (Mother of  the Blues) – Prove it on Me: One song I chose to put in my ‘playlist’ is Ma Rainey, […]