Bound to Lose Taking a walk through musical history, I hope to convey the areas and many levels of influence Chuck Berry, born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, works have on modern day society and music. This journey will look at race relations in the 50’s and 60’s, sexual presentation on stage, rebellious entertainers and the musical family tree of Berry, which connects artists of multiple generations. Born in St. Louis in 1926, Chuck had a middle class upbringing allowing him to dive into his musical interests, his father a preacher and contractor and his mom a public school principle. Growing up in the church halls gave Berry his vocal range. Berry often imitated Nat king Cole’s crisp vocal lines.
You could say that was the start of his career as a composer. Menken attended Rochelle High School in his home town and after graduation went to Pre-med school to become a dentist. Lucky for us he later changed his major to music. After college Alen attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York where he worked at local clubs writing jingles and songs as an accompanist. Alen Menken got his first big break in January of 1979 with Howard Ashman in the Off-Broadway production “God Bless you, Mr. Rosewater.” Three years later he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music in his Off-Broadway Production “Little Shop of Horrors” and from that in January of 1987 Menken was given his first Oscar nomination for a song with in it called “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space.” In 1990 Menken was nominated for three Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe Nominations and went on to win two of each for his work in the Walt Disney production “The Little Mermaid”.
Bob Marley: Reggae Legend Although Bob Marley didn’t have a formal education, he educated Americans with his music. Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley, at 2:30 am on February 6th 1945, in St. Ann Jamaica to the parents, Captain Norval Marley and Cedalla Booker. Soon after Bob Marley was born, his father left his mother. Although Captain Norval Marley was not there as a father figure for Bob, he did pay financial support and came to visit his son. In 1959 at age 14 Bob Marley quit school.
Page wanted to form a supergroup so he and bassist Chris Dreja began putting a new line up together.Terry Reid (Page's first choice for lead singer of the band) suggested Robert Plant, a Stourbridge singer for the Band of Joy and Hobbstweedle. Plant also recommended John Bonham to be chosen as the drummer when he accepted the position. When Dreja dropped out, John Paul Jones contaced Page about the vacancy which he succeeded in filling due to the fact Page had known Jones from his session days. The four played together for the first time in a room below a record store on Gerrard Street in London. “As soon as I heard John Bonham play”, recalled Jones, “I knew this was going to be great...we locked together as a team immediately.” They played in front of a live audience for the first time at Gladsaxe, Denmark, on 7th September 1968.
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.
(PBS.org) There, he took a music class which made him fall in love with music. In 1914, he was released from the shelter, and (for several years) he made money selling newspapers on the street, hauling coal, and street performing (song and dance). When he was 17 years old, Armstrong began playing at dive bars around town. This public exposure earned him invitations to play in local jazz bands, gaining him a lot of popularity. By 1920, Armstrong had left New Orleans.
This day was portray in one of his essays called, “Notes of a Native Son”. When Baldwin was fifteen, his high-school friend, Emile Capouya, skipped school one day and, while in Greenwich Village he met Beauford Delaney, a painter. Emile gave James the address, and suggested a visit. James, who worked at a sweatshop nearby and dreaded going home after school, visited Beauford. He became a mentor to Baldwin, and Beauford’s influence brought him to his first realization that a black person could be an artist.
Mozart’s father, “a violinist at the court of the prince of Salzburg,” taught him how to play the clavier and encouraged him in his art (“Wolfgang” World History). His parents had seven children, although only two of them, Mozart and his sister Maria Anna Mozart, survived to adulthood. Mozart first showed off his innate abilities in music at age four, when “he began playing his pieces from his elder sister’s clavier lessons” and astonished his entire family (“Wolfgang” World History). After his father heard him play such arduous pieces, he started giving him lessons. Mozart’s sister was also a talented musician.
He constructed wonderful Baroque works with his superb musical skills that he had obtained since childhood. Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany on March 31, 1685, to a family that was well established in music. It is believed that Bach’s first musical lessons came from his father in their hometown. At the young age of 9 both of Bach’s parents passed away and he went to live with his older brother, who was an organist. It was with his brother that he was formally introduced to a keyboard, although it is believed that he already had a versatile knowledge of music at that point.
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.