Father of Funk

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} INTRODUCTION This post will examine James Brown’s contributions to the music industry, influence on genres; such as funk, and the elements that create the sound of funk.  The GodFather of Funk /*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a […]

King Records

/*! elementor – v3.7.8 – 02-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction to King Records In 1943, King Records was founded by Syd Nathan in Cincinnati, Ohio. The label originally specialized in country music, the most popular sing being, “I’m Using My Bible for a Road Map” by Reno and Smiley.  /*! […]

James Brown

Father of Funk: James Brown By: Alexia Khalil Funky James Born in South Carolina in 1933, James Brown lived an interesting life and left an incredible legacy. In his early adolescence, Brown stole a car and served time in prison where he became the leader of the church choir on the inside. While in prison, […]

Charles Bradley – The Legendary Late Bloomer

Charles Bradley – The Legendary Late Bloomer Charles Bradley is the perfect example of an artist searching for their musical dreams in America. In comparison to many succesful artists, Charles struggled through poverty his entire life and did not make his first single until 2002. His story of fight, mental health, poverty, and talent is […]

That Funky Funk

That Funky Funk by Lila Gilliam Funk music was born in the late 60s and continued to be popular during the 70s from Soul and Jazz fusion genres. The genre uses Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Rock elements of rhythm, soloing, vocal phrasing and styling, and even improvisation, making it a genre that is fully influenced […]

Funk: Getting Socially Active with James Brown

by Avane Ervin The mid-1960’s was the place to be as a Black person. Toward the end of the Civil Rights Movement, more artists were celebrating the idea of being Black in America- a place where Black people were considered outcasts. James Brown began his music career in the mid 1950’s when Black people were […]

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 […]

James Brown and Funk

James Brown and FUNK Play Play Previous Next Bio Born: May 3, 1933 (Barnwell, South Carolina) Died: December 25, 2006 (Atlanta, Georgia) The Beginning of a Legacy: James Brown was arrested for stealing a car, which ultimately leads to him leading a church choir in prison. This is where he met Bobby Byrd. Sometime after […]

Funk It Up

Funk It Up It was the 1960s. Racial, economic, and political tensions ran high during this period. However, a new genre was sweeping the nation. It captivated many audiences with its new exciting sounds that consists of wavy melodies. Powerhouses such as Chaka Khan, James Brown, and Earth Wind & Fire ruled the music scene. […]

Evolution of Funk

Evolution of Funk What was Funk Music ? Funk music has a groovy urban dance style sound that was most popular in the ’70s and ’80s. However, it was first created around the early ’60s and was developed from jazz. It was meant to be more modern jazz mixed with soul music, something you would […]

What’s that Funky sound?

What’s that Funky Sound? About Funk is important because it was the first time African-American artists were so uncensored and allowed room for authenticity to share stories of the Black American experience. Thesis In the 1960s, Black America gave birth to the musical genre of Funk. Funk was inspired by and incorporated influences from Jazz, […]

For the FUNK of It

For the FUNK of It https://blackmusicscholar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/videoplayback.mp4 Funk music; that groovy, hypnotic music that makes your body move against its will. Funk music; music for the nation. Beginnings Funk music became popular in the mid-1970s. Before then, the most prominent music of African Americans came from the pop soul records of Motown Records in the 1960s. […]

For the FUNK of It

For the FUNK of It https://blackmusicscholar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/videoplayback.mp4 Funk music; that groovy, hypnotic music that makes your body move against its will. Funk music; music for the nation. Beginnings Funk music became popular in the mid-1970s. Before then, the most prominent music of African Americans came from the pop soul records of Motown Records in the 1960s. […]

James Brown meets Disco

An article by soulandfunk.com reads, “Disco music owed a great deal to funk. Many early disco songs and performers came directly from funk-oriented backgrounds.” An artist that came directly from Funk music to Disco was James Brown. During the first half of the 70’s, James Brown’s music scored heavily on the R&B charts. At the […]