East Coast DooWop R&B/Soul The California Scene Motown
They were groups that originated on street corners or in urban centers They rarely wrote their own songs, pick the material or set up the recordings. Sung In a group Harmony with simple music and Lyrics. Helped influence genres such as rock, soul and pop groups of the 60’s.
Was made up of many African Americans Didn’t receive as much credit or popularity as less talented white groups because of racial barriers. Some of their songs were sung by popular white performers and became hits. After civil rights movement their music became recognized and enjoyed by many.
Had a specific sound that soon spread across the nation. The surf & drag or fun in the sun. Surf rock took over the musical industry till the mid 1960s then it was replaced with psychedelic rock. Some of the most influential groups were the beach boys and the surfaris.
All of the recording stars were black but it wasn’t considered totally black or soul music. Had a stable group of singers, songwriters, and musicians. Aspiring stars took lessons to smooth out their ghetto upbringing such as dance lessons, table manners and correct vocabulary. Artists were the complete package.
Something that was popular was the message that this new music was presenting. There were many songs created regarding the war in Vietnam, civil rights and the rise of feminism. Many of these songs were used as anthems at protests, rallies and demonstrations.
The main controversy occurred when lead singer John Lennon stated that the Beatles were more well known than Jesus. Elvis went to the president and asked to have them banned from the united states. Their songs supported anti-war and had lifestyles that involved drug use. They were thought to be a bad influence on the youth of that generation.
Many black artists were popular within their own culture. The British Invasion ( the Beatles, and Rolling Stones) knocked many popular blacks off the charts. However soul music remain popular with the black community.
Many blacks had to face the hardships of the times but they were faced with many more than their fellow white Americans. They had to constantly worry about their race and segregation along with drugs and the war in Vietnam. Things began to change in 1964 with the civil rights act and in 1965 when Martin Luther King Jr. appeared.
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THE QUEEN OF SOUL She epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Had huge hits like RESPECT, Chain of fools, and I say a little prayer. She had a big background in gospel and blues and other black musical influences which helped her become such an amazing soul singing artist. She was the first woman inducted into the hall of fame.
Enlisted in the army in 1961 but continued to make music. Became a big hit in Britan In 1969 he performed his rock version of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock and was recognized for his great musical talents. He won over his American audience In 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival with his stunning performance.
Had a huge influence on all different genres of music. He played a big part in the musical messages being promoted during the civil rights movement . He would often cancel his performances in order to perform for black political occasions. He was sponsored by the government to play before the troops in Vietnam.
His music united people from all over the country. He was well known for all the different types of dances he like to perform while singing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGbpuc WLfpE
At the beginning of the 1960s there were many musical groups that were underrepresented and not supported by the public. By the mid to late 60’s many of this had changed. The Beatles were a group that became very popular with the youth in our country but they were not supported by the older generation because of the messages that their music portrayed.
The 60’s was a time for the youth to rebel and go against the grain. It was a time for change. This was no different for the musical community. African American music was not supported or really accepted by the white people in America because blacks were not considered equal. There were a few African American artists that pushed the limits and became very popular within their own race.
After the Civil Rights act was passed in 1964 it changed the way that Americans viewed African American music. The 60s was a decade that completely changed the world that we live in today both with its political and musical movements.