Black History Month: Legendary Male R&B Singers?
Nothing strikes a cord like a good rhythm accompanied by words that speak to the soul. R&B music has been around for several decades now and there have been many artists who have significantly contributed to it. These artists are pioneers of the genre who have created a legacy and influenced a new generation of R&B singers.
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Since recording his first hit single in 1963, Wonder has won 25 Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Sir Duke,” and “Superstition” are just some of his most acclaimed songs. In 2009, Wonder received the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Marvin Gaye is responsible for “What’s Going On,” a famous song especially during times of distress. In the mid 1970’s, he worked with artists such as Diana Ross and The Miracles. Gaye is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He writes, composes and produces most of his music. “Purple Rain,” “Musicology,” and “3121” are just some his top albums. Prince has ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles and sold over 100 million records worldwide.
Notably known as the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson was able to transcend music genres and produce the best of each kind. In the mid 1990’s, he helped made contemporary R&B mainstream. Jackson also influenced many modern day R&B artists.
His chart-topping song “Dance with My Father” won him four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 2004. In total, Vandross won eight Grammy Awards in his career. Last year, he was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall of Fame.