Black History Month rss

James Booker Live At The Maple Leaf Bar, October 1983

Wonderful footage of one of the last performances from “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans ever produced.”

Thelma Houston, “Piano Man”

Beforeshe became a disco and R&B star in the late 1970s, Thelma Houston released a handful of underrated records for the short-lived Motown subsidiary MoWest. This is one of her fantastic but obscure singles from that era.

William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful For What You Got”

The unlikeliest candidate for releasing a hit single did just that in 1974, resulting in a one-and-done R&B smash hit that was easily one of the best songs of the decade.

Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Mr. Charlie”

A fantastic and touching blues number from one of the finest Texas bluesmen ever, taken from a fantastic and essential documentary from 1968.

George Walker: Lilacs For Voice And Orchestra

Today we’re excited to share with you a beautiful, Pulitzer Prize winning composition from classical composer George Walker, the first African-American recipient of the prize.

Ella Fitzgerald, “Mack The Knife/How High The Moon”

For Black History Month, we’re paying tribute to the fantastic artists and entertainers who have enriched our culture. The two songs that concluded Ella Fitzgerald’s Berlin concert in 1960 almost single-handedly highlight why she was one of the greatest jazz vocalists of the 20th Century.

Fishbone “? (Modern Industry)”

For Black History Month, we’re paying tribute to the fantastic artists and entertainers who have enriched our culture. First up: the opening salvo from a band who from the get-go proved that they were not going to be anything less than extraordinary.