Weekend Jukebox: American Music, Black History

Two takes on US Black History Month:

– Early 20th century black historian Carter Woodson: Teaching black history is essential for the physical and intellectual survival of the race – “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

– Actor Morgan Freeman , almost a century later, “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history. The only way to get rid of racism is to stop talking about it…”

Where would American popular music be without being fed by black music? What songs come to mind as pioneering crossover music? Luckily, we don’t need to write an essay here. Black History month is ending. A Jukebox is overdue!!

So- part of the push- or part of the blend- any faves of yours from before blues and jazz or their many offshoots even beyond rock.:-). Post ‘em if you got ‘em and editors will embed.

Three I love below:

1. Ida Cox: Wild women don’t have the blues (1925)


2. Buddy Holly and the Crickets :

A 2-minute radio interview: here

“Peggy Sue”- live on the Ed Sullivan Show (1957)

3. Ella Fitzgerals: “old”, out of fashion, but still having fun with music history (1974)

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