R&B first stream was in Los Angeles (late 1940s) and this genre came out of jazz. An electrical guitar was played and modernized the music to sound louder. Charlie Parker and Miles Davis were popular artists during this time.
This genre started the second stream; Rock and Roll (1950s). Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Etta James were apart of Chess Records during this stream.
R&B had a third stream in the 1960s and included Soul. Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, and Gerald Levert were some popular artists during this stream.
Also known as "Yardbird" or "Bird" Jazz saxophonist and composer; leading figure in the development of Bebop Jazz. Quote: "They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art"
Musician and singer-songwriter. Influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Laid the foundation for rock and roll Quote: "I don't think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength."
Performed in various genres including gospel, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, etc. Gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" Quote: "Long as I was riding in a big Cadillac and dressed nice and had plenty of food, that's all I cared about."
Singer, Songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Began her career as a child singing gospel at her fathers church in Detroit, MI Quote: "Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away!"
Singer-songwriter. Started her career with the funk band Chapte 8 and later released her first album called The Songstress. Quote: "I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun, I'm not going to do it."