In the spirit of Black History Month, I decided to do a playlist exploring the contributions of Black musicians in rock music. These pioneers of rock have, through their innovation and creativity, invented my favorite genre of music. Every (White) rock star from Elvis to Bono to John Lennon to Mick Jagger to Axl Rose has built on the contributions of Black musicians. This playlist is here to give credit where credit is due.
Pioneers of Rock includes early rock musicians such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. However, this playlist also shows the contributions of funk and disco artists such as Bootsy Collins, Kool & The Gang, Parliament, and The Ohio Players. This playlist presents Motown artists such as The Supremes and Aretha Franklin, This playlist also looks at more recent artists, such as Alabama Shakes and Tamar-Kali. Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and so many more Pioneers of Rock.
I hope you enjoy this week’s playlist, pioneers of rock. And again, I hope you learn about the contributions of black musicians throughout the decades.
Which Pioneers of Rock did I miss?
Folks, there are a lot of names not on this list. Some I left off intentionally, some were left off because of lack of space, and some were just left off out of forgetfulness. So, who would you have included in Pioneers of Rock? Let me know in the comments below.
I have to admit, I had no idea who Sister Rosetta Tharpe was before creating this playlist, but it sounds like she was one of the key people in inventing rock music. I want to know more about Tharpe, so my next article will probably be an exploration of her music and her life.
Did you read my last article? It’s been a long time since I published anything but a playlist. But I feel it was worth the wait! Check it out if you haven’t already. And again, I should be publishing more often, so keep checking back. Better yet, join my email subscription list and get everything I published delivered to your inbox!
I hope you enjoyed Pioneers of Rock. And I hope you learned something about Rock history, and Black history as well! Stay safe everyone, and as always, Rock on, and rocksteady!