Tag Archives: Pop

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Stevie Wonder : musicians

Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder’s heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and... more.

February 21, 2013

Rhino Records

Ray Charles : musicians

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Charles devised a new form of black pop by merging ’50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the ’60s) country.... more.

February 21, 2013

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Sam Cooke : musicians

Sam Cooke was the most important soul singer in history — he was also the inventor of soul music, and its most popular and beloved performer in both the black and white communities. Equally important, he was among the... more.

February 21, 2013

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Ry Cooder : musicians

Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & roll, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex,... more.

February 21, 2013

Soulscape Records

Roscoe Robinson : musicians

Roscoe Robinson was actually the second sighted member of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. Born in Arkansas, Robinson’s family moved to Gary when he was ten. He had a sensational hit in 1966, “That’s Enough.” via Allmusic... more.

February 21, 2013

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John C. Mellencamp : musicians

Mellencamp began his career in the late ’70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar. By the time “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane” became hits in 1982, Mellencamp had created his own variation of the heartland... more.

February 21, 2013

Document Records

Golden Gate Quartet : musicians

Pioneer Virginia gospel/pop quartet of the ’30s and ’40s. Calling their innovative approach to sacred hymns “jubilee” singing, the Golden Gate Quartet, propelled by Willie Johnson and William Langford, enjoyed massive acceptance far outside the church. Their smooth Mills... more.

February 21, 2013