By David Aretha
Author David Aretha explores the lives of 9 influential musicians in remarkable AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROCK AND SOUL MUSICIANS. From Chuck Berry, "the father of rock 'n' roll," to James Brown, "the godfather of soul," those musicians impacted song from their earliest hits, and their affects are nonetheless felt this day. every one brief biography ends with a quick timeline of the person's lifestyles and achievements.
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1 on the R&B (rhythm and blues) chart and No. 5 on the pop chart. Chuck Berry had become an overnight sensation. Rhythm Supreme In the mid-to-late 1950s, rock ’n’ roll exploded onto the scene. Stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Buddy Holly rocked the airwaves and performed in movies and on television. With his electric guitar, bopping beat, and showmanship, Berry epitomized rock ’n’ roll. He engaged audiences with his smile and facial expressions, and he created a “duck walk” dance with his guitar that drove fans wild.
August 1959 Releases the revolutionary song “What’d I Say,” which will soar to No. 1 on the R&B chart. November 1960 “Georgia on My Mind” reaches No. 1 on the pop chart. ” October 1961 “Hit the Road Jack” lands at No. 1 on the pop chart. January 1985 Contributes to the song “We Are the World,” the proceeds of which go to hunger relief in Africa. January 23, 1986 Among the first group of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. February 13, 2005 Genius Loves Company wins eight Grammy Awards.
3 From Boyhood to “Maybellene” On October 18, 1926, Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was born into a middle-class family in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a church deacon, and his mother and five siblings loved to sing hymns. “As far back as I can remember, mother’s household chanting of those gospel tunes rang through my childhood,” Berry remembered. “The members of the family, regardless of what they were doing at the time, had a habit of joining with another member who would start singing, following along and harmonizing.
Awesome African-American Rock and Soul Musicians by David Aretha