Thursday, February 24, 2011

Black History Month


Greetings!!!  Black History Month is currently underway and there is a plethora of events happening.  From the “What It Means To Be Black” Live Forum @ Benedict College (February 22nd) to the “Say It Loud” Black History Celebration @ The Kwanzaa House (February 25th on Monticello Rd.); Black History is HAPPENING!!!  Much love to Columbia City Paper for supporting the various community events through out Columbia.  Since this is Black History Month music, here are 28 Black History music facts.  Let’s get it!!!

Black music is the foundation of not only America’s musical blueprint, but also the world.  Originating in Africa and spreading globally, black music has done much to shape and influence how this world spins.  Gospel, Classical, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, Disco, Zydeco, Folk, Country, Electronic, Hip Hop, and even Rock music can all directly trace their roots straight back to the voice and drumbeat of the African.  Here are some great facts to remember…
Marian Anderson, a gifted contralto singer, was the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
Deford Bailey was a wizard at playing the harmonica, and was most notable for mimicking the sound of locomotives. He was the first African-American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and one of the first African-American stars of country music.
Singer and pianist, Nat ‘King’ Cole was the first black American to host a television variety show.
Baritone opera singer Todd Duncan became the first African-American to sing in a major opera company when he became a member of the New York City Opera in 1945.
In 1959, Ella Fitzgerald became the first African-American woman to earn a Grammy Award. She won five awards that year, including an award for best jazz soloist and one for best female pop vocalist.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first rap group to earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
African-American disc jockey Hal Jackson became the first radio personality to broadcast three daily shows on three different New York stations. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
In 1950, African-American Mahalia Jackson became the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones was the first African-American opera singer to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Black Swan Records, founded in 1921 by Harry Pace in Harlem, was the first U.S. record label owned and operated by African-Americans. It was originally the Pace Phonograph Corporation and was renamed Black Swan Records after the 19th century opera singer Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, who was known as the Black Swan.
Charley Pride (1938 - ) is one of the most successful African-American country singers of all time, with a career spanning over 40 years and 36 number one hits. He is also the first African-American to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Pride was a baseball player with the Negro League and the Memphis Red Sox before becoming a successful musician.
Singer and actress Della Reese was the first black woman to serve as guest host of The Tonight Show.
Hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. became the first rap act to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone and make a video appearance on MTV. (RIP Jam Master Jay)
Musician and composer, William Grant Still, was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra and the first to have a symphony of his own performed by a leading orchestra.
Singer and performer Ethel Waters became the first African-American star of a network television show. The sitcom, Beulah, was about a cook and housekeeper of the same name.
Jazz drummer William “Cozy” Cole broke Billboard records in 1958 with the single “Topsy,” when it became the only drum solo to sell more than one million records.
In 2006 Whitney Houston, a celebrated singer, songwriter and actress, was named the most awarded female artist of all time by the Guinness World Records.
In 1980, singer and performer Michael Jackson secured the highest royalty rate in the music industry—37 percent of the album’s profit. (CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME…RIP MJ)
Pop icon Michael Jackson has earned several Guinness World Records, including Most Successful Entertainer of All Time for his 13 Grammy Awards, 13 No.1 singles, and the sale of over 750 million albums worldwide. (pay attention Elvis)
Music composer and producer, Quincy Jones is the most Grammy-nominated artist in the history of the awards with 76 nominations and 26 awards.
Jazz, an African–American musical form born out of the Blues, Ragtime, and marching bands originated in Louisiana during the turn of the 19th century. The word Jazz is a slang term that at one point referred to a sexual act.
Louis Armstrong bought his first coronet at the age of 7 with money he borrowed from his employers. He taught himself to play while in a home for juvenile delinquents.
Musician and activist Harry Belafonte originally devised the idea for “We Are the World,” a single that he hoped would help raise money for famine relief in Africa. The single became the fastest selling in history, making more than $20 million worldwide.
Before becoming a professional musician and the founder of Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry studied to be a hairdresser.
Chester Arthur “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett was one of the most important blues singers, songwriters and musicians, influencing popular rock groups like The Beatles. Unlike many blues artists, Howlin’ Wolf maintained financial success throughout his life, held a stable marriage, and avoided drugs and alcohol.
Rap artist Chuck D (founder of Public Enemy) has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.  He has also crafted arguably the greatest Hip Hop song ever with ‘Fight The Power’ (from the album Fear Of A Black Planet-1990).
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) were the first rap group ever to win a Grammy for 1988 classic album- He’s The DJ, I’m the Rapper, that included the chart topping single ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’
Know your true history; people get paid big money to lie to you!!!  Any band or artist looking for more exposure, be sure to contact me.  Stay Up!!!!

DJ Kingpin-Villain Of Vinyl

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