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Tagged: Black Musicians

Chuck Berry

13 Black Artists that Inspired Rock: Chuck Berry

< Back Born on October 18, 1926, son of a deacon father and a school-teacher mother, Chuck Berry grew up in a hard-working middle-class household. His mother, a skilled piano player, passes on her love of music to her son, but soon he moves away from her baptist hymns and...

Fats Domino

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Fats Domino

< Back   /   Next > Antonio Domino or Fats Domino sold over 65 Million records during his lifetime.[1] Ranked as the 25th greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. There is little doubt of his influence on rock ‘n’ roll. In the 1950s through the early 1960s, no...

Robert Johnson

13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock: Robert Johnson

< Back   /   Next > Robert Johnson and the Devil It’s midnight; two lonely dirt roads cross near the Dockery Plantation in rural Mississippi. It’s there that a young man with a guitar waits. He wants to strike a deal, his soul for great talent. The Faustian legend goes that...

FishBone

13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock: Fishbone

< Back   /   Next > Grab a bag, add ska, punk, rock, funk, reggae, metal, hip-hop, country, social commentary, humor, mohawks, dreds, and unlimited energy, now shake it up. When well-mixed, pour it on a stage and you have arguably the best live band ever. You have Fishbone in its...

Verbib Reid

13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock: Vernon Reid

< Back   /   Next >   Vernon Reid may not be a household name, but if you love music, he should be. After years of struggling to find the right lineup, while attempting to break through the racial barrier of hard rock (a time before social media) he finally convinces...

A Band Called Death

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Death

< Back   /   Next > Death is a story of what was and what should have been. The Detroit based proto-punk band came before the founding fathers of punk music. They were ahead of such legends as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and the Clash. They began five years before the...

Little Richard

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Little Richard

< Back   /   Next > Heavy mascara and an androgynous sexual appeal, he bangs the piano with his groundbreaking style. His songs delivered with a powerful whooping voice. He is the legend, Little Richard. However, before fame, he was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia. Influenced by two uncles...

Jimi Hendrix

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Jimi Hendrix

< Back   /   Next >   Jimi Hendrix may be the best-known artist on our list. He is arguably the greatest electric guitar player of all time. Born left-handed, Jimi would play a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down. Before Jimi, other artists unsuccessfully experimented with feedback and distortion. Hendrix masters...

Funkadelic

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Funkadelic

< Back   /   Next > The lineage of Funkadelic began in the fifties when George Clinton and four Jersey friends create a doo-wop soul group called the Parliaments. The 1960s see them record for various small labels while George is commuting to Detroit to work with Motown. In 1967, after signing...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Rosetta Tharpe

< Back   /   Next > Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists in the development of rock and roll. Sadly, she may not be a household name, but she is one of the original creators of the rock and roll sound. Known as the “Godmother of Rock...