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Pictured above (from left to right, top to bottom): Walter “Junie” Morrison, Clyde Stubblefield, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thorton, Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne’s memorial plaque and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

This past week we’ve lost two musical greats, each of whom left a lasting impact on music history, despite the fact that they spent much of their careers outside of the spotlight—Walter “Junie” Morrison (songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, one-man studio band and funk master) and Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’).

In honor of African American History month, today we’re celebrating the contributions of these musical masters, as well as a few of the many unsung African American talents who’ve helped pave the way for musicians of all backgrounds, changing the landscape of American music in the process. Continue reading

Header_2With the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards show just around the corner, we’re kicking off this year’s African American History Month by celebrating the lives and legacies of the first two African American GRAMMY Award winners—musical legends Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. Both artists took home two GRAMMY Awards after the inaugural GRAMMY Awards show in 1958. Continue reading