March 9, 1933 Lloyd Price, Rock and Roll and R & B singer, was born in Kenner, Louisiana. As a young man, Price had formal musical training on trumpet and piano and sang in the gospel choir.
March 9th in African American History – Lloyd Price
February 16th in African American History – Otis Blackwell
Tags: National Academy of Popular Music’s Songwriters Hall of Fame, pianist, rock and roll, singer, songwriter
February 16, 1932 Otis Blackwell, singer, pianist, and songwriter, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Blackwell learned to play the piano as a child. In 1952, he won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater, but his real love was songwriting.
May 25th in African American History – Roy James Brown
Tags: Blues Hall of Fame, R&B, rock and roll, singer, songwriter
May 25, 1981 Roy James Brown, pioneering R&B singer, songwriter, and musician, died. Brown was born September 10, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started singing gospel music in the church choir. In 1947, he wrote and recorded “Good Rocking Tonight” which was a hit, reaching number 13 on the Billboard R&B charts. That song […]
May 8th in African American History – Robert Leroy Johnson
Tags: rock and roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer, songwriter
May 8, 1911 Robert Leroy Johnson, Delta blues musician, was born in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. At a very young age, Johnson began traveling up and down the Delta as an itinerant musician. His landmark recordings from 1936 and 1937 display a remarkable combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that have influenced generations of musicians.
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