Tuesday, December 12

June is Black History Month!!

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President George W. Bush had plenty of screw-ups in the work of his eight-year term, but he did do a couple things right. One of them was proclaiming June as Black Music Month on May 31, 2002. June is a small over a week away, and to celebrate Black Music Month, I will be featuring one of my favorite artists each day, sharing my first or most personal memory of them, report what their accomplishments are and why I felt they ought to make the Black Music Month Top 30 list. There will be some oldies, some newbie’s and some artists who are in between stages.

My June 5 choice is Tina Turner.

Black Music Month Heat Factor “Why’s this artist hot?”: Bally’s ought to start doing fitness commercials together with her legs alone. She is the baddest woman running in heels, seldom mind all of these young female R&B artists. In the event you need ammunition to get to a health club, look at any picture of her or watch her perform live at the finish of the film based on her life “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” He can do funk, soul, blues and no one rocks a wig like he does.

First Memory, Most Personal Memory of the Artist: I knew I was one time a Tina Turner fan, but when actress Angela Bassett starred in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” I didn’t expect to know the words to every one of her songs. At 11 years elderly, I did though. I recall my parents playing her music on our living room stereo, and apparently the songs stuck. I am not in to her rock songs, but I loved every last one of her R&B and soul jams. But I respect her on a much deeper level. I have known ladies who stayed in abusive relationships for the sake of their kids, but he had the strength to leave. For that alone, he ought to be an eternal role model. Aretha Franklin may have not appreciated Beyoncé calling Tina Turner the Queen of Soul, but I definitely understood. Both ladies are great in their own right, but Tina Turner’s funk and soul factor always grabbed me a small bit more.

Accomplishments from the Artist: Tina Turner made the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year chart in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 2005 with 10 albums. He also made the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Year chart in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1993. He had 16 songs in Hot 100, 13 songs on R&B/Hip-Hop charts, 10 albums on R&B/Hip-Hop albums, 1 pop song, 11 dance/club play songs, 1 European Hot 100 song, 3 European Albums, 1 United King, 1 Canadian and 1 Adult Pop song to make it onto the Billboard charts. Although her success was briefly troubled in the ’70s and people weren’t purchasing her music in the same amount, he bounced right back in the ’80s with 1984’s Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” spent two weeks in Billboard’s number one spot, in addition to hits like “Better Be Nice to Me” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” She won two Grammy’s and was inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


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