Martha and the Vandellas (1960-1974)

Martha Reeves, one of Ruby and Elijah Reeves’s eleven children, was born in Eufaula, Alabama on July 18, 1941. Before her first birthday, they moved to Detroit, Michigan. She grew up performing at her father’s Methodist church, and was vocally trained by Abraham Silver while … Read MoreMartha and the Vandellas (1960-1974)

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (1984- )

The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) is an annual traveling American rodeo which celebrates the Black Cowboys and Black Cowgirls in the sport of rodeo. Through education and entertainment, the BPIR has continued to promote and highlight the role of black rodeo cowboys in American … Read MoreBill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (1984- )

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (1950-1965); (Hank Ballard 1927-2003)

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters was a rhythm and blues band that were a major influence on the rock and roll genre beginning in the 1950s. They recorded a number of hugely popular songs and were known as the most risqué R&B group of their … Read MoreHank Ballard and the Midnighters (1950-1965); (Hank Ballard 1927-2003)

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (1954-1957)

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers began in 1954 as a singing group founded at Edward W. Stitt Junior High School in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan (New York City, New York) by second tenor Jimmy Merchant and bass Sherman Garnes. They initially called themselves the Earth Angels. Eventually they added lead singer, Herman Santiago, and … Read MoreFrankie Lymon and The Teenagers (1954-1957)

Boyz II Men (1988- )

Boyz II Men is one of the most successful R&B male groups of all time. Originally called Unique Attraction, the group was formed in 1988 by Nathan Morris and Mare Nelson at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. Morris and Nelson met with Wanya Morris, Shawn … Read MoreBoyz II Men (1988- )

War (Rhythm & Blues Group) (1969- )

War is an R&B multi-cultural group that was created in 1969 and rose up to fame during the 1970s. The band originated from a high school R&B group called The Creators founded by Harold Brown and Harold E. Scott in 1962 in Long Beach, California. Within a few years Charles … Read MoreWar (Rhythm & Blues Group) (1969- )

The O’Jays (ca. 1960- )

Through the 1970’s, the O’Jays were considered one of the most successful and familiar R&B groups.  Hits like “Love Train”, “For the Love of Money,” and “Back Stabbers” became the anthems of an era. With the help of producer duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the O’Jays … Read MoreThe O’Jays (ca. 1960- )

The Dells/ The Mighty Dells (1952-1998)

The Dells are an R&B vocal group that was formed in 1952 in Harvey, Illinois. The group included Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Johnny Funches, Chuck Barksdale, and Mickey and Lucius McGill. When the group formed, the members were all in high school and were called the El-Rays. They produced … Read MoreThe Dells/ The Mighty Dells (1952-1998)