February 26, 1990 Cornelius E. Gunter, rhythm and blues singer, died. Gunter was born November 14, 1936 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He began recording in 1953 singing backup on Big Jay McNeelly’s “Nervous Man Nervous.” In 1957, he sang the title song for the movie “The Green Eyed Blonde.” From 1958 to 1961, Gunter performed as […]
Cornelius E. Gunter – February 26th in African American History
Tags: February 26, November 14, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer
Edward Lee Morgan – February 19th in African American History
February 19, 1972 Edward Lee Morgan, jazz trumpeter, was murdered. Morgan was born July 10, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Morgan received his first trumpet at the age of 13 and at 18 joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band where he was a member for 18 months.
James Louis “J. J.” Johnson – February 4th in African American History
Tags: arranger, composer, February 4, January 22, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Jazz Master
February 4, 2001 James Louis “J. J.” Johnson, jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, died. Johnson was born January 22, 1924 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the age of nine, he started studying the piano, but decided to play the trombone at the age of 14. In 1941, Johnson started his professional career.
Wilson Pickett – March 18th in African American History
Tags: Grammy Award, January 19, March 18, Pioneer Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, songwriter
March 18, 1941 Wilson Pickett, R&B singer and songwriter, was born in Prattville, Alabama. In 1955, Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan where he joined a gospel group and developed his forceful, passionate style of singing.
Sam John “Lightnin” Hopkins – March 15th in African American History
Tags: January 30, March 15, singer, songwriter
March 15, 1912 Sam John “Lightnin” Hopkins, country blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, was born in Centreville, Texas. Hopkins developed a deep appreciation of the blues at the age of eight, but did not make his first recording until 1946.
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. – March 14th in African American History
Tags: Academy Award, Berklee College, Grammy Award, Harvard University, March 14, NEA Jazz Master, record producer
March 14, 1933 Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., trumpeter, music conductor and arranger, record producer, and film composer, was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1951, Jones won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, but abandoned his studies when he received an offer to play in the band of Lionel Hampton.
Ornette Coleman – March 9th in African American History
Tags: composer, Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, jazz, March 9, NEA Jazz Master, Pulitzer Prize, University of Michigan
March 9, 1930 Ornette Coleman, jazz saxophonist, trumpeter and composer, was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Coleman began touring with rhythm and blues shows in 1949 and in 1958 led his first recording session, “Something Else!!!!: The Music of Ornette Coleman.”
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