Celebrating Musicians for Black Music Month

Jazz icon Louis Daniel Armstrong, born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901, was an American trumpeter and vocalist.

Armstrong is one of the most influential figures in jazz. He died on July 6, 1971 in Corona

American jazz vocalist Billie Holiday ranks as one of the leading female jazz singers of all time. Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia.

Holiday is remembered for her sensational swing music singing and unconventional influence on jazz music from the from the 1930s to the '50s. She died on July 17, 1959, in New York

Soul icon Samuel Cooke was born on Jan. 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Miss. One of the most recognzied soul singers and arguably the inventor of soul,

Cooke was a major figure during his time. He died on Dec. 11, 1964 after he was shot three times.

Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman on Dec. 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia.

Some of his greatest hits include "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally". Little Richard died of bone cancer on May 9, 2020, in Tullahoma, Tenn

James Brown, born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, SC, was recognizably the most influential voices of the 20th century.

Known for his exuberant enregy, Brown mastered versatility within vocals. One of his best works was his "live and in concert" album Live at the Apollo (1963).

Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tenn. Franklin was referred to as the "Queen of Soul" and helped pave the way for many black soul artists.

Some of her biggest hists inlude "Chain Of Fools", "Baby I love you", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "Respect". Frankllin died of pancreatic cancer in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2018.

Jimmy Hendrix was born on Nov. 27, 1942 in Seattle. Hendrix is one of the greatest guitarist of all-time and did things with the electric guitar that no one had ever seen before.

Hendrix's versatility with the guitar helped his career shape him as the engine to kickstart a new musical sound in Rock-n-Roll.

Hendrix's versatility with the guitar helped his career shape him as the engine to kickstart a new musical sound in Rock-n-Roll.