The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '70s
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- Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On"
- James Brown, "The Payback"
- Stevie Wonder, "As"
- Aretha Franklin, "(To Be) Young, Gifted And Black"
- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "The Love I Lost"
R&B music would not exist without America's Black communities. It's an enormously popular genre invented, nurtured and innovated by Black artists.
February is Black History Month, and each week, all month long, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison will be taking you through the history of R&B through the decades, beginning in the '70s. In this session, John considers how his mom would have felt as a 20-year-old, hearing Aretha Franklin singing songs like "(To Be) Young, Gifted and Black."