In honor of Black History Month, which African American has personally inspired you most?

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  1. Dr Improbable

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    Chuck Berry
    Charles Mingus
    Big Jack Johnson
    Muddy waters
    Son House
    Hubert Sumlin

    Wow, I could go on for hours!
     
  2. Luvs2yoko

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    Ray Charles
    Stevie Wonder
    Tina Turner
     
  3. dbrian66

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    For me it's Prince. I could listen to Purple Rain forever I think. One of my all time favorite albums. More recently I've been listening to Gary Clark Jr. a lot.

    ^^^^^^I agree^^^^^^
     
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  5. DADGAD

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    The greatest early blues man that I can think of is Robert Johnson.

     
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  6. DADGAD

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    ...and there’s Wes Montgomery....

     
  7. DADGAD

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    A great live video of Freddy King. This man rocks!

     
  8. IronSchef

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    SO many have inspired me, and more than just "musically"...

    two in particular, however - both spent a large part of their short lives spreading the power of love:

    Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Marley

    Me thinks the world could use a bit more love today (hate seems to be gaining strength) :(
     
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  9. so1om

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    Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. "It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission..." And coined the term "bug" relative to computers when a moth was found in a series of relays.

    I don't think any of us would be interacting without her contributions to computer science.
     
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  10. DADGAD

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    Music delivers that love and peace. Barry Gordy's Motown broke down barriers and gave the world something to sing to and dance to. Epic and legendary songs and artists.

    The Temptations
    The Supremes
    Marvin Gaye
    The Four Tops
    Martha and the Vandelas
    The Marvelettes
    Stevie Wonder
    Jackson 5
    Mary Wells
    The Miracles

    I think Barry Gordy had a bigger impact on the world, and music, than The Beatles. But, wow, this thread has reminded me of so many greats...

    James Jamerson
    Stanley Clarke
    Bootsy Collins
    Sly & The Family Stone (First concert I ever went to)
    GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT!
    Tower of Power (I've seen the original band open for Jeff Beck)
    Victor Wooten
    Marcus Miller

    The list is almost endless.
     
  11. Robb

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    Jimi , Billie Holiday and Charley Pride
     
  12. southsidesmoka

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    If I have to be specific and pick...

    From a general perspective: my dear, old dad

    From a musical standpoint: Jimi Hendrix
     
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  13. Afrika61

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    Not a musician but a man utterly without rancor in spite of the system that kept him locked up for 27 years.
     
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  14. MrSinister

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    Elmore James
    Jimmy Reed
     
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  15. theflow

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    Jimi Hedrix . The question said which ONE, he was the first on my long list.:)
     
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    Most of my favorite horn players and other favorite guitar players were already mentioned. Except for my first major guitar player influence - Wes Montgomery. My guitar teacher turned me on to jazz when I was maybe 10 or 12. I was already getting lots of Carlos Santana's melodic lines in my head and I knew about Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. I really liked the way Jimi Hendrix played clean rhythm guitar - you could tell he played with horn bands because he wasn't just slamming out power chords. But when I heard Wes for the first time it was like this was the guy you wanted to hear playing when there was no piano and no horns - he could cover it all - but of course he was great with horns and keys as well. The recordings he did with Jimmy Smith are still fun to listen to. Even today, Wes is never that far away on any gig. But I'll never be able to play the way he did. That was definitely all his own.
     
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  18. KankRat

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    Sonny Sharrock
     
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  19. grizmit

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    Very hard to pick just one. Famous historical and pop culture icons are plenty, but I've had a number of people close to me who have also been a huge inspiration.

    The father of one of my best friends when I was growing up in the 80s was among the first black students (the 5th to be exact) to be enrolled at VA Tech in 1955. This was back during a time when he wasn't allowed to even go out and have coffee with classmates. But he graduated, and went on to become an engineer. Retired not long ago.

    As a kid, he provided great inspiration for me musically by always playing great jazz records around the house. He knew everything about the greats, and turned me and other kids in our friend group on to some fantastic artists.

    What's interesting is that I actually never knew his Tech story until many years later when I was a grown man myself. It wasn't something he or his family ever mentioned. I'm not sure he'd want to be singled out as an inspiring African American figure, but when I found out, I was pretty floored.

    On a side note, my good friend went on to also graduate from VT and years later became the senior executive for alumni relations at VA Tech. He holds the job today.
     
  20. SkeeterSkooter

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    Ms. Eileen.

    She was the best teacher I had in school. The only teacher that I ever had who truly treated every student equally. Not the same, b/c kids need different things to learn, but we were all equals, all of our voices mattered, all of our voices were heard. Nobodies opinion mattered more than anyone else's.

    She taught us so much about life and being a human being without ever lecturing or talking at us. Her actions and body language did all of the work.

    I miss her.