You probably grew up listening to a different types of music and have a favorite song or genre. Chances are, your song preferences were strongly influenced by African Americans who shaped and sculpted the musical industry you know today. From jazz to rock, their influences changed the world's musical culture.
This musical influence began before the 20th century, beginning with Ragtime and Blues, heavily inspired from traditional African slave spirituals, work calls and chants. The century ended with enormous transformations in the musical worldwith hip-hop, rap and R&B. All this musical history made your favorite songs possible. Celebrate February by turning on this timeline of music from some of the most influential black artists in U.S. history:
Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.