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Black History Month Artist Highlights: Stevie Wonder

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Of the countless American musicians to come out of the 20th century, Stevie Wonder is far and above one of the most influential. Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, began his musical journey singing in the choir of his childhood Baptist church. Undeterred by his blindness, which was a result of complications at his birth, he flourished as a musician, eventually performing his own song for Ronnie White of legendary R&B…

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Black History Month Artist Highlights The Fisk Jubilee Singers

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a choral group dating back to 1871. Representing Fisk University, the Jubilee Singers were formed to help raise money for the newly established school. In part, African American slave songs became popularly recognized around the world thanks to this group. The group traveled around the United States for most of the next two years, eventually singing in the White House by 1872. As one of the first African American musical groups to be known worldwide, they encountered prejudice and aggression, all while disrupting the early, crude stereotypes created by the Blackface minstrel troupes. Sure enough, they became recognized for their artistry and the spiritual songs have been granted remembrance in history as, arguably, the first truly American music. The group continues today, having created several recordings and anthologies of music.

Learn more about the Fisk Jubilee Singers on their site.

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Black History Month Artist Highlights: Ice Cube

O'Shea Jackson, known as Ice Cube, is an American Rapper born in Los Angeles, California. He was part of the notorious rap group N.W.A. for some years before he debuted his solo album, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted." He has 10 solo studio albums, aside from N.W.A.'s own. Many say Ice Cube contributed to the popularity of rap with his unique lyricism. On top of his rapping career, Ice Cube is an actor and filmmaker. In 2016, recognized as a member of N.W.A., he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You can find media, books, and more about Ice Cube in both the Lied and Music Library collections.

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Black History Month Artist Highlights: Dr. Dre

Born Andre Romelle Young, Dr. Dre is a record producer, rapper, actor and entrepreneur from Compton, California. Dr. Dre is the founder and CEO of Beats Electronics, Aftermath Entertainment, and the former president and co-founder of Death Row Records. One of Dr. Dre’s biggest contribution to the hip hop genre is the creation of West Coast G-Funk, with it’s slow, heavy beats and synthesizer baseline. Dr. Dre has worked with and helped produce music for artists like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson. Paak to name a few. He has won 6 Grammys, and in 2016, he was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for his work with legendary rap group N.W.A. With hip hop being one of America’s most popular genres of music, it makes sense that this year, 2022, the NFL finally decided to put on a Hip Hop centered Half-time show with Dr. Dre Leading the performance. This year’s halftime show serves as a reminder to all those who forgot, it’s “…

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Prince was a multi-talented and skilled artist that could do anything from sing, dance, write and arrange songs, produce music, and lead a band. An incredible songwriter who released 39 studio albums throughout his nearly 40-year career. The mastermind behind the "Minneapolis sound," that took over in the '80s and beyond. Prince discovered his passion for music from a young age as he came from a family of musicians. His parents, John Nelson and Mattie Shaw, played and performed with the Prince Rogers Band. During his upbringing, he learned how to play several instruments all by himself such as the piano, drums, and guitar, and formed a high school band called Grand Central. He later explained, that expressing himself in flashy and noisy ways was his way of compensating for the way he suffered from epileptic seizures and teasing in school.

Regardless of the obstacles he faced in his personal life, his career took off. He released his…

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Our Valentine's Day Playlists Are Here!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching! The Music Library staff brings you two unique playlists for your listening pleasure. Whether you're feeling a little heartbroken, or absolutely smitten, you can find our "Heartbreak" and "Love" playlists on Spotify and YouTube. The Music Library hopes you have a lovely Valentine's Day!

"Heartbreak" Playlist

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Black History Month Artist Highlights: The Supremes

The Supremes were an all female singing group signed to Motown records in the 1960s. Originally known as The Primettes, the group was founded in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan as the sister act to The Primes, who would later become The Temptations. The group rotated and replaced members often, but the more popular members include Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. The Supremes embodied the younger generation's taste during the 60's. They are said to have rivaled the Beatles at the time because of their roaring popularity amongst the public. Though they did not win a Grammy at the time of their nominations, they are Grammy Hall of Fame inducted, and are listed 97 in Rolling Stone's 2004 One Hundred Greatest Artists of All Time.

To find out more information about The Supremes, check out the following resources! You can also check out CDs from the Music Library containing music from The Supremes.

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