Category: Music

  • Mon, 1911-05-08

    On this date in 1911, Robert Johnson was born. He was an African American singer, guitarist, and was among the most famous of the blues musicians...

  • Thu, 1911-05-18

    On this date, we celebrate the birth of Big Joe Turner in 1911. He was an African American blues singer, or "shouter," whose records were...

  • Tue, 1911-10-24

    This date marks the birth of Sonny Terry, born in 1911. He was an African American blues singer and harmonica player who became the touring and...

  • Sun, 1911-11-12

    On this date in 1911, Buck Clayton was born. He was an African American jazz musician.

    One of the yeoman trumpeters of the swing era,...

  • Fri, 1912-03-15

    *On this date, in 1912, we remember the birth of Lightnin Hopkins. He was an African American blues artist.

    Sam Hopkins (his real name)...

  • Sun, 1912-05-12

    *Marshal Royal was born on this date in 1912. He was an African American jazz musician.

    From Sapulpa, Oklahoma he was raised in Los...

  • Mon, 1912-10-21

    On this date in 1912, Don Byas was born in Oklahoma. He was an African American tenor jazz saxophonist.

    Byas began playing music as an...

  • Sun, 1912-11-24

    This date marks the birth of Teddy Wilson, an African American musician, in 1912.

    Born in Austin, TX, Wilson began his career in the late...

  • Mon, 1913-03-31

    *Etta Baker was born on this date in 1913. She was an African American singer, composer, and musician one of the last surviving original...

  • Mon, 1913-06-23

    On this date in 1913, Helen Humes was born. She was an African American singer.

    From Louisville, Ky, she came from a happy, close-knit...

  • Sat, 1913-07-05

    Smiley Lewis was born on this date in 1913. He was an African American vocalist and one of the greatest New Orleans R&B artists of the 1950s...

  • Fri, 1914-01-09

    Kenny Clark was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American jazz drummer and bandleader.

    Kenneth Spearman Clark was born into...

  • Mon, 1914-03-30

    *Sonny Boy Williamson was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American Blues musician.

    From Jackson, Tennessee he was also...

  • Wed, 1914-07-08

    This date marks the day Billy Eckstine was born in 1914. He was an African American singer.

    Born William Clarence Eckstein in Pittsburgh...

  • Sat, 1914-10-10

    On this date in 1914, Ivory Joe Hunter was born. He was an African American singer, songwriter, and piano player.

    He was born in...

  • Mon, 1914-12-28

    On this date "Pops" Staples, an African American gospel and blues singer, was born in 1914.

    Roebuck "Pops” Staples’ was born in Winona,...

  • Sun, 1915-01-10

    This is the day of Dean Dixon’s birth on this date in 1915. He was an African American orchestral conductor.

    Born in New York City, he...

  • Thu, 1915-02-11

    *Josh White was born on this date in 1915. He was an influential African American Folk and Blues singer.

    From Greenville, S.C. White...

  • Sat, 1915-03-20

    *Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born on this date in 1915. She was an African American singer and one of the first gospel singers to tour Europe....

  • Sun, 1915-04-04

    *This date marks the birth of Muddy Waters in 1915. He was an African American musician, singer and cultural icon.

    Born in Rolling Fork...