Famous Black Rock Singers

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 1 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 2 Little Richard

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Birthdate: December 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 2020
The Architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard is best known for his track Tutti Frutti, which was included in the National Recording Registry. His music was characterized by energetic piano and back beats. His songs broke all racial barriers and were equally appreciated by white and black listeners.

 3 Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola
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Famous As: Beatboxer
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Kevin Olusola is an illustrious beatboxer of the a capella band Pentatonix. He is also seen playing the cello occasionally in their songs. Scott Hoying spotted him playing the cello in a viral video. The group has released eleven albums, garnered more than two million views on their YouTube channel and sold over two million records.

 4 Frankie Lymon

Frankie Lymon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 27, 1968
Rock and roll/R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Lymon started his career as the lead singer of the group The Teenagers, known for hits such as Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Both his and his band’s popularity declined after he went solo. He was found dead of a heroin overdose at 25.

 5 Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2014

 6 Prince

Prince
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 7 Tina Turner

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

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 8 Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 21, 2003

 9 Alexander O'Neal

Alexander O'Neal
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 10 Tunde Adebimpe

Tunde Adebimpe
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 11 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.