Anthony’s Take on Black History Month Music


Anthony Puluse, Staff Writer

Today, music is a key to fame that brings people worldwide to sing and dance together. Black History musicians held a collection of record-breaking hits from the past years while fighting for equality is what we were looking back at this past February. Here are these black musicians that have done a sensational job at music and genres.

Meet Ray Charles, also known as “The Father of Blues.”  He started out playing instruments such as piano, trumpet, organ, saxophone, and clarinet. These instruments he played create a great span of music and combining genres of gospel, country or blues. He achieved the Guinness World Records title for the longest span of US R&B singles and albums charts in the 60s even though he had problems facing African Americans during his peak of music. In 1949, as he began his Maxine Trio as the leader, with the single “Confession Blues,” that filled decades with hits including “Georgia on My Mind” and even a Grammy-Award winning “Hit the Road Jack.” Decades later, he already got placed on the charts as he created a recent album called “Ray Sings Basie Swings” on October 21, 2006.

Here’s this 80s pop sensation that seems to shine very gleaming, Whitney Houston. Between 1985 and 1988, she achieved several No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including “So Emotional” in 1987, “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985, and so much more, even the most popular for the school dance to this day, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” in 1987. Whitney also became the first female arts to debut No. 1 in the Billboard Top Albums Chart on March 24, 1945. The No. 1 singles in the Grammy Awards were nominated as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t we Almost Have it All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” has spent over 11 consecutive weeks and sold more than 80 million copies in the USA.

This is another Black History Musician who was the first woman to receive an “Album of the Year” in the Grammy Awards of 1959. Her name is Ella Fitzgerald. Her success wasn’t always in the frontline of her life, but she really have made it her best thing about it. She started singing in 1938 after her mom and boyfriend both died at an early age when she grew up living in a low income house and home. Ella made friends with a trumpet player named Louis Armstrong who was the Longest US chart album in 1946 and started making albums together. Then she sang with other well-known artists such as Frank Sinatra, and became friends with Marilyn Monroe, a Hollywood celebrity. The album during that year she received an Album of the Year Grammy Nomination as first woman was titled Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Book premiered 1958.

There are many other Black History musicians of the US including Stevie Wonder, youngest solo artist at No. 1 on US album chart, Aretha Franklin, first female to make it to the Hall of Fame, Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff, first recipements of a Rap Grammy, and so many more of them to talk about. These people were the greatest well-known and notorious Black History musicians of 100 years before, and the albums were so interesting to listen to on the radio or anywhere else.