Elvis Aaron Presleya (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience.
\ Founded on Jan. 12, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, Motown assembled the soul and pop classics that changed America. Arriving at the height of the civil rights movement, Motown was a black-owned, black-centered business that gave white America something they just could not get enough of. Motown Records released dozens of number-one songs during the 1960s and early 1970s, making it for a time the largest U.S. business owned by an African American. The Motown sound also helped break down a musical wall that kept most African American artists from being played on radio stations that targeted white listeners. The driving force behind Motown was its founder, songwriter-turned-music producer Berry Gordy.
Hess includes many interviews of different artists, one being Run DMC. During these interviews he covers what made him want to start a career in hip hop. Price, Emmett George. “Hip Hop Culture.” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006. George Emmett talks about the evolution of hip hop culture and how it rose and spread.
Stanley Baron's article Rock 'n' Roll Radio, and Race Relations indicates how R&B and Rock 'n' Roll made a difference to Racism and Americans demanded the sound of music.In the Article, Black American music was the source of being borrowed traditional music like Gospel , blues, and sad songs songs over slavery and racial injustice. A situation where while artist covered black hills. Artist like Elvis Presley was a man, white man who had negro sound and could make billions of dollars, said by Sam Phillips , founder of Sun Records.Elvis was the link to white people covering the music of African Americans in the 1950's. This caught the attention of a Clevend DJ, Alon Freed. Freed uncovered music and opened all types of music to the audience .
The host of the show, Ed Sullivan, was one of the first (if not the first) TV presenters to invite black musicians to their shows. That helped a lot to raise people's consciousness that it was the blacks who invented rock'n'roll. Ultimately, this fact is a milestone in terms of popular culture. Sullivan broke the boundaries dividing 'black' and 'white' music, making them appear on one screen. The impact of blacks on the music business has been enormous.
That’s why music is so much heavier than anything you ever felt” (Sinclair 31). That attitude resonants throughout his music and is the challenge that makes it impossible to put Hendrix to rest. Through it all the music is just as fresh now as it was then with its grasp of emphatic technique and bluesy lyricism that people just keep coming back to. By blending all of his musical qualities like jazz, blues, and rock together Hendrix opened music up to a tremendous audience of rising musicians in his era and now today. Of all the performers of the 60's, Hendrix was the most influential in the world of music.
Often political, some of rap's most famous stars have come from street gangs. Its combination of gritty urban storytelling and beat-driven, technologically sophisticated music has gained popularity worldwide. Famous rappers include Run D.M.C, Rick Ross and Jay-z. African American music has influenced many modern musical styles. For example Chuck Berry (1926-) and Little Richard (1932-) transformed urban blues into what we know as rock ‘n' roll; rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) began his career in a rhythm and blues band; and Stevie Wonder (1951-) and Marvin Gaye (1940-1984), transformed the sound of Motown into soul music.
The record sold over 100,000 copies, establishing both the label and the rapper. This was the label's first long-playing release. Up to this day, L.L. is thought out to be one of Def Jam's most prized possessions. When he released his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL came out to be a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes (Internet Source).
The habanera was the first written music to be rhythmically based on an African motif. From the perspective of African American music, the habanera rhythm (also known as congo, tango-congo, or tango. ) can be thought of as a combination of tresillo and the backbeat.  Musicians from Havana and New Orleans would take the twice-daily ferry between both cities to perform and not surprisingly, the habanera quickly took root in the musically fertile Crescent City. John Storm Roberts states that the musical genre habanera, "reached the U.S. 20 years before the first rag was published" (1999: 12).
He always just seemed interested and worried about getting into his music to make sure his music deals were set and his shows were all ready on the road to success. Although, Bob Dylan did end up coming pretty close with some of his workers. For example, George Harrison became good friends. “Bob Dylan never really seemed to play the same song in the same way.” Every time Dylan would play a song either in public or in the recording room, he would some how change the melody or adjust the tune. He also switched some of the lyrics around, or added a few more notes.