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Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White

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Barry White was born in Galveston, TX but grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his mother. At the time of his birth, his father was married to another woman. Whit grew up in poverty and also got involved in gangs as a teenager. His mother gave him music lessons. Disabled by arthritis, she also gave lessons to make extra money. White learned to play on his mother’s second hand $50 upright piano. She wanted to teach him how to read music. But he asked her to let him learn his own way and she did! He never learned to read music but became an accomplished composer and arranger.  As a youth he was placed in juvenile detention after stealing tires that were worth thousands of dollars. While in detention, he heard the Elvis Presley song, “It’s Now or Never” and decided to turn his life around. Continue reading “Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White”

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: 1st Rap Artists To Win A Grammy Award

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Jeffrey Townes aka “DJ Jazzy Jeff” (left), Will Smith aka “The Fresh Prince” (right)

On February 22, 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Townes) and The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) won the first Rap Grammy Award, for “Best Rap Performance” for their hit single, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” written by Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes).  The group eventually sold over 5 million albums worldwide.  The rap group formed in 1986.  At the time the group launched, the Grammy Awards did not include a hip hop category.  This did not occur until 1989.  Though the group was nominated the category nomination was not going to be televised.  The group was however, asked to perform their hit single at the Grammy Awards Show.  Continue reading “DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: 1st Rap Artists To Win A Grammy Award”

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