During his time in jail, Berry joined a Gospel group and practiced his songwriting abilities. (Gulla 32) . After his release Berry began to get serious about his guitar playing, however he still often worked as a carpenter, took a few manufacturing jobs and trained as a hairdresser. He married Themetta Suggs, purchased their first home in St. Louis, he continued to play popular nightclubs in the area looking for his break. Berry’s friend Ira Harris taught him new guitar techniques that became the basis for the Chuck Berry sound.
His life as a child was difficult because he received only minimal schooling. He had to quit school to help his sharecropping family around the house. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. Influenced by musicians such as Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Blake, Son House, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, Broonzy developed an amalgamated form of the blues. He began playing music at an early age and at the age of ten he made himself a fiddle from a cigar box and learned how to play spiritual and folk songs from his uncle, Jerry Belcher.
Later His father was hit with polio and the family returned to his mother's home town, Hibbing, where Zimmerman spent the rest of his childhood. Robert Zimmerman spent much of his youth listening to the radio. First to blues and country stations broadcasting from Shreveport, Louisiana and, later, to early rock and roll. Bob Dylan started writing poems at the age of ten he also taught himself to play the piano and guitar. His first musical inspirations were by such talents as: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.
Robert Allen Zimmerman[or Bob Dylan] (1941- Still alive) Folk/rocker, songwriter and singer, Robert Allen Zimmerman, was born in May 24, 1941 – in Duluth, Minnesota, United States (A&E). He started playing several instruments as a teenager and began performing as soon as he entered the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1959. He performed in bars, cafes, etc., with his band called “The Golden Chords” (Bob). The instruments he played with his band were the guitar and harmonica (RealNetworks). He gained recognition with the name of Bob Dylan; therefore, he lawfully and officially changed his name to Bob Dylan in August, 1962 (A&E).
Dale L. Baptiste Professor Melinda Rogers Music 123 14 Apr 2013 The Special Magic of Carlos Santana The entire world know the special magic of Carlos Santana as expressed through his music and his guitar playing, which is among the most distinctive and recognizable in all music. Carlos was introduced to "traditional music" by his father, Jose. An accomplished mariachi violinist and experienced musician, he taught Carlos the basics of music theory and gave him an understanding of the value of a note. Although Carlos' excitement for music would be sparked by his first experience, he quickly discovered the limits of its traditional form and wanted more. Carlos wanted to play the kind of music that was filling the radio waves and making people dance.
Bob Marley was more than just a simple musician, or any local artist. He was an icon to the many people he touched with his different styles of music. At the age of 18 his mother Cedella Marley birthed Bob in Rhondan hall.Bob Marley, was only to his teens, when he moved to Kingston in the Fifties. He grew up in some of the roughest parts of Jamaica, Marley was able to escape the ruthless jaws of the jungles in Jamaica, and reach out with his reggae music. His music was recognized as some of the most significant styles of music, and inspirational type of music known.
Blues legend B.B. King is a perfect example of the music’s diversity. In addition to the original blues he has played songs with other artists in the fields of Rap, Rock and Roll and even Reggae. In the nineteen sixties a turning point in the blues themselves sparked a turning point in the nation. The
One artist I admire most, not only in their creativity, but also in technical ability is Django Reinhardt. In the 25 years he was active, he essentially invented a whole new sub genre of jazz and playing styles. When Django was 18, he was badly burnt in a caravan fire and as a result, lost most use of his third and forth fingers on his left hand. This however seemed to be a blessing in disguise as he had to relearn how to play the guitar in a whole new way, creating his unique style. Being a jazz musician in the early to mid 90's, he used acoustic guitars with steel and nylon strings with oddly shaped sound holes taking away more bass than traditional guitars, and giving them an almost staccato sound.
John Coltrane, born 23 September 1926 in a small town in North Carolina, was a dedicated and talented jazz musician. Apart from playing musical instruments and composing new tunes, John served his country by performing in the U. S. Navy Band during WWII. After the war, he became a popular tenor saxophonist. It was his involvement with Jimmy Heath when his passion for experimentation grew, which then lead to performances with Miles Davis, which, in his opinion, was the time when he evolved the most. In 1967, at the age of 41, he was diagnosed with a liver disease and died thereof soon after.
Billie hated his stepfather and dedicated a song to him called "Why do you want him?". It was his first song, he wrote it his self, when he was 14 years old I think, that it is a amazing fact, because not every 14 year old can write good music. Billie Joe Armstrong`s love for music started at a young age. When he was five, he visited hospitals and sung for the patients. It was really awesome!