Tagged: Rock ‘N’ Roll

Little Richard

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Little Richard

< Jimi Hendrix   /   Death > 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...

Jimi Hendrix

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Jimi Hendrix

< Funkadelic   /   Little Richard >   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...


13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Funkadelic

< Rosetta Tharpe   /   Jimi Hendrix > 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...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Rosetta Tharpe

< Introduction   /   Funkadelic > 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...

13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock: Introduction

Rosetta Tharpe > When looking back at the history of rock ‘n’ roll, you may find it strange that music once created and inspired by black artists is now primarily for and by whites. There are black artists associated with the music throughout the decades. They play rock and roll despite...