LGBTQ musicians haven’t always benefitted from today’s attitudes towards sexuality, but many pioneers fought for LGBTQ rights in the mainstream.
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In a world where Black women are consistently expected to compromise, Dinah Washington made few.
From B.B. King to Muddy Waters, these are the 100 greatest blues albums of all-time.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
The Johnnie Taylor album containing 'Cheaper To Keep Her,' ‘Standing In For Jody’ and other gems has become a Stax classic.
This richly romantic number is one of those timeless love songs that's been covered by a vast array of great vocalists.
The vocal stylist took the decision to release the track ahead of schedule because of its all-too-topical poignancy in the issue of American racism.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
Birthing some of the world’s greatest music, the history of New York’s Apollo Theater parallels “the evolution of black American identity”.
Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga has sung from The Great American Songbook – classic songs so familiar they are woven into our cultural fabric.
There is no shortage of talented vocalists, but the best female jazz singers possess unique voices which hold their own against their male counterparts.
Dinah Washington was one of the greatest female vocalists to have sung jazz and popular music in the 20th century.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
In 1960, ‘Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)’ combined one of the hot new male singers and a female vocalist who had been popular since World War II.