Tag Archives: R&B

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Brownie McGhee : musicians

Walter Brown McGhee grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. He contracted polio at the age of four, which left him with a serious limp and plenty of time away from school to practice the guitar chords that he’d learned from... more.

February 21, 2013

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Big Mama Thornton : musicians

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton only notched one national hit in her lifetime, but it was a true monster. “Hound Dog” held down the top slot on Billboard’s R&B charts for seven long weeks in 1953. Alas, Elvis Presley’s... more.

February 21, 2013

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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

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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