She’s one of the innovators of Rock n Roll. She has influenced Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley….but not many know about her. Do yourself a favor and hip yourself to Sister Rosetta Tharpe! Sister ROSETTA WAS BAD!!!
At the 26th Grammy Awards, 25 Year old singer, songwriter, humanitarian, dancer, entertainer, “The King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, won a record of 8 Grammys the night of Feb. 28, 1984 for his best selling album of all time worldwide, Thriller:
Album of the Year — Thriller
Record of the Year — Beat It
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male — Thriller
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male — Billie Jean
Best R&B Song (awarded to songwriter) — Billie Jean
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male — Beat It
Best Video Album — Thriller
Best Recording for Children — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Check out the KING taking EVERY award in the building. He probably should have just stayed on the stage the entire night:
Famous contralto, Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Feb. 27,1897. According to music critic, "Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty." She was a prominent figure against racial inequality in the mid twentieth century.
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Marian was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. Instead, and at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harold Ickes permitted her to perform at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939.
Check out this 1939 Newsreel provided by UCLA:
In 1964, former boxer and three-time Heavy Weight Champion, Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) defeats Sonny Liston at 22 years of age. In 1965, they had a rematch and Muhammad Ali put the smack down for the second time! Both fight, were by far, the most anticipated events in sports history.
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Check out the full fight in 1964:
Check out the full remach fight in 1965:
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince won the 1st ever “Best Rap Performance Award” at the Grammys for their single, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” The nominees included some 1st generation luminaries: LL Cool J (“Going Back To Cali”), Salt N Pepa (“Push It”), Kool Moe Dee (“Wild Wild West”), and J. J. Fad (“Supersonic” produced by Dr. Dre).
HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY TO NINA SIMONE!
Singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, pianist, and arranger, Nina Simone (Eunice Kathleen Waymon) was born Tryon, North Carolina on February 21, 1933. She is one of my favorites. Her ability to merge jazz and classical is simply amazing! Her intensity, passion, boldness, and vulnerability captivated and challenged many. She was not afraid to simply be nothing but NINA SIMONE!
Check out some of my favorite Nina Simone videos:
"Four Women" by Nina Simone
Recording session: August 17, 1969 in Harlem, NY:
"Be My Husband" by Nina Simone
Recording session: Live in Antibes, July 24-25, 1965.