HAPPY FRIDAY!

It’s raining today, and so many people are complaining! Geez! It’s just water! lol Things could be far more worse than rain…Besides the summer is basically here, and I know, I’m not trying to be in a drought! Where there is water, there is life! Be happy, and regardless if it’s cloudy and wet or not, enjoy life! Stop dwelling on the negative people! Let’s be happy! Shoot…Do something different today! Go out and run in the rain! Sing in the rain! The rain is relaxing! Anywho…Today will be a good day for me! I had an awesome breakfast, a great workout, and the day will ONLY get better! The only way it can turn bad, is if I allow it to end that way! But I won’t let anything steal my joy!

Oh yea…It’s June and you know what that means! BLACK MUSIC MONTH! SO in honor…I’ll just blog about 6 influential artists/groups to make up for the days that missed, and the days to follow, I’ll blog about one artist/group that day and whatever else I seem to want to talk about…RIGHT!

In July of this year, Kool & The Gang will “Celebrate” its 40th year in the business as Kool & the Gang. One of the most eclectic bands in the music world, Kool & the Gang are known for such hits as “Let The Music Take Your Mind,” “Ladies Night,” “Joanna,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Celebration,” “Summer Madness,” “Love & Understanding,” “Cherish” “Tonight,” and so many other classics. “Still Kool” is their latest CD. “Most of the songs on “Still Kool” are new. But also features a cover of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.” and a version of Summer Madness’ “Sailing” by Christopher Cross is on the album now available

Charlie Parker is widely considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians, along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Parker acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career, and the shortened form “Bird” remained Parker’s sobriquet for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite” and “Ornithology.” Parker played a leading role in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and improvisation based on harmonic structure. Parker’s innovative approaches to melody, rhythm, and harmony exercised enormous influence on his contemporaries. Several of Parker’s songs have become standards, including “Billie’s Bounce”, “Anthropology”, “Ornithology”, and “Confirmation”.

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s: he played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records; he was partially responsible for the development of hard bop and modal jazz, and both jazz-funk and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s; and his final album blended jazz and rap. Many leading jazz musicians made their names in Davis’s groups, including pianists Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, saxophonists John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, George Coleman, and Kenny Garrett, drummer Tony Williams and guitarist John McLaughlin.

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered “the Father of Chicago blues”. He is also the actual father of blues musicians Big Bill Morganfield and Larry “Mud Morganfield” Williams. Considered one of the greatest bluesmen of all time, Muddy Waters was a huge inspiration for the British beat explosion in the 1960s and considered by many to be one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. In 2004 Waters was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The Pointer Sisters are a Grammy Award-winning Pop/R&B recording act from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades together, their repertoire has included diverse genres from pop and soul to country and rock. Their self titled first album, was released in 1973 and received positive reviews, with the group being lauded for their versatility and originality. In 1983, the Pointer Sisters released what became their biggest-selling album ever with Break Out, which received four Billboard top 10’s in a row for Automatic, I’m So Excited, Jump (for my love) and Neutron Dance.http://www.thepointersistersfans.com/

All information courtesy of Black Music America!

Oh and I forgot about the Mary J concert tonight in Atlantic City! Geez! She’s AWESOME! lol Good Day people! Love.Live.Life

Be Blessed!

TD Moore ♥

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