Awesome African-American Rock and Soul Musicians by David Aretha

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 track from their earliest hits, and their affects are nonetheless felt this present day. each one brief biography ends with a quick timeline of the person's existence and achievements.

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June 1, 1972 Amazing Grace, a powerful gospel album, is released. July 27, 1985 “Freeway of Love” tops the R&B chart for the first of five straight weeks. January 21, 1987 Becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. April 18, 1987 Hits No. 1 on the pop chart with “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” (with George Michael). December 4, 1994 Becomes the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors (at age fifty-two). March 1, 1995 Bestowed with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

To me, Chuck Berry always was the epitome of rhythm and blues playing, rock and roll playing,” Richards said. “It was beautiful, effortless, and his timing was perfection. ”6 Though the style of rock music changed dramatically in the mid-1960s, Berry still found some success. “No Particular Place to Go” (No. 10 on the pop chart) was one of his five top-100 releases in 1964–1965. Afterward, his career declined. Except for the 1972 novelty song “My Ding-a-Ling,” which ironically was the only No.

He was generous toward charities and his children. Before dying from liver cancer in 2004, he willed $1 million to each of his children, plus $1 million to Dillard University and $2 million each to Morehouse College and Albany State University. That same year, the film and music industry made sure that his legend lived on. Five months after his death, the movie Ray—starring Jamie Foxx in an Oscar-winning performance—appeared in theaters. Also, Charles’s final album, Genius Loves Company, was released.

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