Sunday, June 7, 2015


June has been designated as Black Music Month or otherwise known under the current, more P.C. term, African-American Music Appreciation Month. Started in 1979 under President Jimmy Carter, it was created as a way to celebrate and honor the long, rich history of music that is quite uniquely American.

I shall do my own personal celebration throughout the month with posts of wonderful music by some of my favorite African-American performers. I hope you enjoy this first round:

"Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)" - Jackie Wilson (1957) mp3

"Everybody Is a Star" - Sly & The Family Stone (1969) mp3
"Close the Door" - Teddy Pendergrass (1978) mp3

"Planet Rock" - Afrika Bambaataa (1982) mp3

"Let Me Return the Favor" - Andrea Martin (1998) mp3


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