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“[Nat King] Cole and [Frank] Sinatra became the first and second performers to record concept albums; LPs with a theme, more than just a collection of singles.” -From, “Nat King Cole” By: Daniel Epstein
In her autobiography, Beverly Johnson discusses falling in love with samba music during her month-and-a-half photo soot on Brazil: “We shot a variety of photo layouts during the six weeks in Brazil, but I also managed to fit in samba classes every day. I fell in love with samba, a distinctive kind of music with African roots that really took off at the beginning of the twentieth century in Rio de Janeiro. That music was strongly influenced by the immigrant population from the Brazilian state of Bahia, and it later inspired the dance that shares its name. Learning it brought me a great deal of joy.”
In her autobiography, Natalie Cole briefly talked about going to college with OJ Simpson. They both attended USC. Natalie Cole said that she became friends with OJ Simpson. She also said she was impressed by him. He was the school’s football hero. She said that they first met each other when he almost ran over her in front of the school’s library. They remained friends since their first meeting on campus. She even visited him, and his first wife, when he played for the Buffalo Bills.
“There had, of course, been slave music and dancing in the city in the colonial period, but there had always been limits to these activities: No matter how successful black New Yorkers were at testing the limits of their bondage, they were still slaves, usually living under their owners’ direct supervision. The exhilaration of recently won freedom, the shucking off of petty restrictions, the establishment of independent households, and the influx of blacks with diverse experiences in Africa, the Caribbean, or elsewhere in the United States was a potent mix that would influence the contours of black New York culture, particularly music and dance. As slavery gradually wound down, black music and dance found a new venue and, in the case of New York, that venue was literally underground.”-From, “Slavery in New York”
According to a biography written by Marvin Gaye’s wife, Jan Gaye, in addition to giving Marvin Gaye health and nutrition advice, Dick Gregory also gave Marvin Gaye the title to his album, “Here, My Dear.”