Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Maxine Elliot Theater 39th & Broadway New York, NY 10018 When: November 20, 1955 What: Bo-Diddley becomes the first black performer on the most popular program on American television, “The Ed Sullivan Show.” «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding […]

Dame Dash is no stranger to being apart of a winning team. Before Roc-A-fella, he started a group called “Best Out” in Harlem. The crew wore jackets and T-shirts that said “Best Out.” They were known for dope parties and wearing the latest fits. Basically meaning the best crew out in New York City. Check […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)Philadelphia International Records’ Offices 309A South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 When: February, 1971 What: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were already certified hitmakers. But when Clive Davis of Columbia Records infused the songwriting and production duo with the cash to form Philadelphia International Records, they had the […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 1743 Academy Place, Dayton, OH 45406 When: 1959 What: The Ohio Players are one of the greatest R&B and funk groups to come out of the Dayton scene in the 70s. The band’s grooves, fortified in funk, are still being raided by Hip-Hop producers today. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106-3338 When: September, 1961 What: Founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the small record label founded by brother and sister, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, changed its name to Stax, and becomes a major player in the creation of the Southern […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)5750 Wilshire Blvd #300 Los Angeles, CA 90036 When: 1971 What: The House of Hits closes its Detroit home for good, moving its creative headquarters to Hollywood. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black Music” presents 100 Rewarding Black Music Moments, sponsored by […]

Usher has been very successful in the music business and if you ask around some may even say he holds the crown. There is always a few bumps getting to the the top and Usher has seen his share of hard times. At the age of 11, Usher joined a r&B local quintet called Nu […]

Stars in the 1970s looked far out, from Funkadelic Parliament, Stevie Wonder and his Applejack to Ron Isley’s colorful jump suits. Take a look back at the decade that shaped many young artists to come. Times were wild and self expression reigned in this decade. But what do they look like now? Check it out: […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)1605 East 174th Street, Bronx NY 10460 When: November 12, 1973 What: Wanting to combine his love for music with his influence on fellow gang members and other local kids to create a force for positive change, Afrika Bambaataa organizes one of the largest gangs in New York […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) The Warehouse206 South Jefferson Street, Chicago, IL 60661 When: March, 1977 What: When the Warehouse club opened in Chicago, New York DJ Frankie Knuckles, known for his  soul, disco and R&B mixes, was invited to play on a regular basis, planting the seeds for what would eventually […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)201 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 When: 1989 What: Bernie Rabinowitz’s Music Liberated record stores come up time and time again when any history of the Baltimore club and music scene is being recounted. Up until Rabinowitz’s death in a car accident in January 2003, the last […]

Rakim, who’s real name is William Michael Griffin, Jr. is known as one of hip hop’s most influential and skilled MCs of all time. Rakim has always been praised for his lyrical content and flow. At the age of 16, William Michael Griffin joined The Nation of Gods and Earths also known as the 5 Percent […]