June 21 Artist of the Day: John Lee Hooker

June 21 Artist of the day is John Lee Hooker, who joined the ancestors on this day in 2001.  Read about this award winning, legendary blues singer here:

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-lee-hooker-mn0000815039

Rock&Roll Hall of Fame: https://rockhall.com/inductees/john-lee-hooker/bio/

NPR: http://www.npr.org/artists/15404886/john-lee-hooker

National Park Service (NPS): http://www.nps.gov/history/delta/blues/people/johnlee_hooker.htm

Youtube videos: “Boom Boom Boom” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X70VMrH3yBg, “Hobo Blues” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_5bOFVIgIA

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June 20 Artist of the Day: Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith is June 20 Artist of the day.  She was known as the “empress of the blues”.  Read about this trailblazer vocalist here:

Rock&Roll Hall of Fame: http://rockhall.com/inductees/bessie-smith/bio/

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_smith_bessie.htm

NPR: http://www.npr.org/2008/05/07/90206287/bessie-smith-blues-empress

National Park Service (NPS): http://www.nps.gov/history/delta/blues/people/bessie_smith.htm

Youtube videos: “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzU8xM99, “I’m Wild About That Thing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0TDNR3NEY0

June 19 Artist of the Day: Marcus Belgrave

Marcus Belgrave is June 19 Artist of the day.  He is known as a living legend, national treasure and a master trumpeter.  Read about this fascinating musician here:

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/marcus-belgrave-mn0000566895

NPR Blog: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2012/08/29/160257765/detroits-jazz-patriarch-improvised-a-teaching-career

Youtube videos: “Space Odyssey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlyl3GDlHJI, “Marcus Belgrave, An Unsung Hero” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTFx2fGOJnw

June 18 Artist of the Day: Geri Allen

Geri Allen is June 18 Artist of the Day.  Geri Allen is a pianist, composer, educator, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.  Read about this multitalented artist here:

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/geri-allen-mn0000655516

NPR: http://www.npr.org/event/music/167120404/geri-allen-and-timeline-live-from-92y-tribecahttp://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/97538150/geri-allen-on-piano-jazz

Youtube video: “Lush Life” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPW10_Nf5fQ, “Dark Prince” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42X2rb60_Mk, “Dance of the Infidels” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL_SlgDcf_I

June 16 Artist of the Day: Dinah Washington

June 16 Artist of the day is Dinah Washington.  This Grammy-winning “Queen of the Jukeboxes” died at the young age of 39. Read about this talented vocalist here:

NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3872390

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dinah-washington-mn0000260038

Rock&Roll: http://rockhall.com/inductees/dinah-washington/bio/

BlackPast: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/washington-dinah-ruth-lee-jones-1924-1963

Youtube videos: “What a Difference a Day Makes” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmBxVfQTuvI “This Bitter Earth” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=judyCgN2daA

June 15 Artist of the Day: Otis Redding

Otis Redding is June 15 Artist of the day.  Although his career was brief, this singer-songwriter was known as the voice of soul.  Read about this influential vocalist here:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: https://rockhall.com/exhibits/otis-redding/http://rockhall.com/inductees/otis-redding/bio/

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/otis-redding-mn0000414251

NPR: http://www.npr.org/artists/15802310/otis-redding

Youtube videos:”Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4, “Try a Little Tenderness” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPMoAb4y8U

June 13 Artist of the Day: Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke is June 13 Artist of the day.  Considered a trailblazer, Sam Cooke’s songs attracted a diverse audience.  Read about this interesting vocalist here:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: http://rockhall.com/inductees/sam-cooke/bio/

NPR: http://www.npr.org/artists/15402012/sam-cooke

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/sam-cooke/crossing-over/1506/

Youtube videos: “You Send Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX6QlnlMqjE  Frankie & Johnny” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqscpuCogRE  “A Change is Gonna Come” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbO2_077ixs

June 12 Artist of the Day: Minnie Riperton

Born on November 8, 1947, Minnie Riperton, a multi-octave singer, is June 12 Artist of the Day.  Read about this extraordinary vocalist here:

Youtube videos: “Loving You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE0pwJ5PMDg, “Adventures in Paradise” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG2kyAhTxpg, Interview on Mike Douglas Show, 1975 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMhDyghjgOo, “Inside My Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buRwqaIrRD4