Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The 20 People Who Changed Black Music Forever in honor of Black Music Month has been doing an exclusive series of articles on the twenty people who changed Black music.

The Prolific Prince, the Fearless, Peerless Rock-Soul Star

Pop Darling Whitney Houston, Queen of the Ballad

James Brown, The First, The Last, The Legend

Veteran Label Executive Sylvia Rhone, the Star-Maker

Revolutionary Poet Gil Scott-Heron, the First Rap Rebel

Famed Pianist Nina Simone, the High Priestess of Soul

Wild Child George Clinton, Funk’s Fearless Godfather

Jazz Trumpeter Miles Davis, the Personification of Cool

Soul-Stirrer Luther Vandross, Balladeer Extraordinaire

Funk Songstress Chaka Khan, the Stand-Out Singer

Michael Jackson, the Child Star-Turned-Adult Enigma

Motown First Lady Diana Ross, the Quintessential Diva

Pioneering Exec Clarence Avant, the Master Mentor

Visionary Artist Stevie Wonder, the Master of Songcraft

Chuck Berry, the Blues Man-Turned-Rock Architect

Rock & Roll Royalty Tina Turner, the Whole Package

Smokey Robinson, the Velvet Voice and Quiet Force

Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, the Standard Bearers

Teddy Pendergrass, R&B’s Romantic Mood-Setter

Operatic Angel Minnie Riperton, the Voice of Perfection

Check it out. It'll definitely give you some insight on some of the artists and behind the scenes peeps that we love. It'll also give you a taste of the variety of elements that encompass Black music.

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