African-American Musicians

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African-American Musicians

Steveland Hardaway Junkins, also known as Stevie Wonder, was born blind on May 13, 1950. He was discovered at age 11, by Ronnie White of the Motown band the Miracles. Stevie made his debut at 12, and recorded his first hit single in 1963. In 1971, Stevie created a contract with Mowtown that increased his royalty rate. Also, in the 1970s, his four albums won him 15 Grammy Awards, but in the 1980s, his success started to fade. Later, he had a few more hit singles that won him an Academy Award. Over his career, he has won 25 Grammy awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1989, he was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2009, he won the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Currently, he is still making music with producer David Foster.SOURCE:

African-American Muscisians

Louis Armstong is a amazing and unique jazz artist that will allways be a legend. He was born on August 4, 1901 and died at the age of 69 on July 6, 1971. He was a composer, a trumpeter, an astonishing singer. He has made a huge imact on many different jazz eras. Louis Armstrong willl allways be remembered.

Stevie Wonder

The famous Ray Charles was born in Georgia in 1930. At age 7, he was blind and was sent to a deaf and blind school in St. Augustine. At the school, he learned how to play the piano, organ, sax, clarinet and trumpet. At age 16, he moved to Seattle and met Quincy Jones who helped him start his career as an artist. Ray was a legendary musician who built soul music in the 1950s. Ray was called the "Father of Soul", and combined blues, gospel, and jazz.

Ray Charles

Jimi Hendrix was born as James Marshall Hendrix in 1942 Seattle, Washington. He learned how to play guitar when he was a teenager and he played in two bands. he dropped out of highschool and eventually formed a band of his own called Jimmy james and the Blue Flames. While in London, Jimi met Joel Redding and Mitch Mitchell and created The Jimi Hendrix Experience, which split in 1969. Hendrix formed another group, Band of Gypsys. Jimi was only 27 when he died in 1970 from drug-related issues. He has since won 2 Grammy Awards.

Jimi Hendrix

Louis Armstrong


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