Barry Eugene Carter/ Barry White (1944-2003)

Barry Eugene Carter, commonly known as Barry White, was a three-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger. His music focused primarily on funk, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco. Over the course of his career he generated 106 gold and 41 platinum albums, 20 gold and … Read MoreBarry Eugene Carter/ Barry White (1944-2003)

Donny Hathaway (1945-1979)

Donny Hathaway—singer, pianist, producer, composer, and one of R&B’s strongest talents—was born Donny Edward Pitts on October 1, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. Hathaway was raised in the Carr Square Housing Projects of St. Louis, Missouri by his grandmother Martha Pitts. At the age of three, Hathaway began singing in … Read MoreDonny Hathaway (1945-1979)

Dorothy Ashby (1932-1986)

Jazz harpist-composer Dorothy Ashby was born Dorothy Jeanne Thompson in Detroit, Michigan, on August 6, 1932, the daughter of self-taught guitarist Wiley Thompson. Raised in the jazz community in the city and tutored by her father to learn harmony and musical instruments, she occasionally provided piano accompaniment for musicians visiting … Read MoreDorothy Ashby (1932-1986)

Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne (1884-1939)

Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne was an early twentieth century African American blues musician from Greenville, Alabama.  Payne was most famous as the older mentor of country music superstar Hank Williams. Rufus Payne was born on February 4, 1884, in Lowndes County, Alabama. His family moved … Read MoreRufus “Tee Tot” Payne (1884-1939)