Black Music Pioneers
The rap group NWA leans upon the hood of a California police car, from left to right, they are: Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Eazy-E, and DJ Yella, 1990.
January 01, 1990 Licence
Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones with Grammy Awards Jackson won at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, February 28, 1984 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
February 28, 1984 Licence
Photo of Tina TURNER and Ike TURNER and Ike & Tina TURNER; Ike Turner & Tina Turner, B&W Posed, studio, c.1966,
January 01, 1960 Licence
Marian Anderson singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the Easter Sunday Open Air concert.
January 01, 1900 Licence
Entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. makes an acrobatic leap on a rooftop overlooking a cityscape in 1959..
January 01, 1959 Licence
Rock and roll musician Chuck Berry does the splits as he plays his Gibson hollowbody electric guitar in circa 1968.
January 01, 1968 Licence
Guitarist Bo Diddley poses for a portrait with his Gretsch electric guitar and Jerome Green on his right playing maracas in circa 1958 in New York City, New York.
January 01, 1958 Licence
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14, 2015 - Berry Gordy Jr. is photographed for Los Angeles Times on April 14, 2015 in Belair, California. PUBLISHED IMAGE.
April 14, 2015 Licence
Poster for a performance by Jackie Brenston at the WC Handy Theatre of his hit song 'Rocket 88' with Ike Turner in circa 1952.
January 01, 1952 Licence
Photo of Grandmaster Flash; Grandmaster Flash photographed in New York City, 1985
January 01, 1985 Licence
Record producer and DJ Tom Wilson in the studio recording his radio show 'The Music Factory' at ABC studios on June 21, 1967 in New York, New York.
June 21, 1967 Licence
American soul and blues musician Ray Charles (1930 -2004) at the piano, 1964.
January 01, 1964 Licence
Photo of Maya Angelou Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
January 01, 1956 Licence
Blues musician Howlin' Wolf poses for a portrait session holding an Epiphone hollowbody electric guitar behind the Fillmore in July 1968 in San Francisco, California.
July 01, 1968 Licence
Count Basie, appearing in MGM's 1966 movie, Made in Paris.
The recordings of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five would prove to be some of the most influential in Jazz. The Hot Five, from left to right, were, Armstrong, banjoist Johnny St. Cyr, clarinetist Johnny Dodds, trombonist Kid Ory, and pianist...More
South African singer Miriam Makeba performs at The Bitter End folk club in Greenwich Village in 1961 in New York City, New York.
January 01, 1961 Licence
Soul singer James Brown sings in to a vintage microphone as he performs onstage in 1962 in New York, New York.
January 01, 1962 Licence
Photo of Willie Dixon Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
January 01, 1970 Licence
Photo of Nina Simone Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Portrait of pioneering American hip hop group The Sugar Hill Gang, from left, Guy 'Master Gee' O'Brian, Henry 'Big Bank' Jackson, and Michael 'Wonder Mike' Wright, New York, 1980.
January 01, 1980 Licence
Jazz musician Miles Davis plays his trumpet at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969 in Newport, Rhode Island.
January 01, 1969 Licence
Jazz singer Billie Holiday performs at the Club Downbeat in February 1947 in New York City, New York.
February 01, 1947 Licence
Jimi Hendrix photographed among smoke and flames for his album 'Electric Ladyland', London, 1968.
American singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe performing on stage with her guitar, November 1957.
November 01, 1957 Licence
O'Shea Jackson Jr.