Black Music Month Radio Special Playlist


BMMdraft June is many things great. It’s the start of summer, one of my favorite seasons. It’s the time of year we get outside more and enjoy each other’s company with parties and vacations.
And it’s Black Music Month, which is a fantastic celebration of music from present and the past.
This year we wanted to do something special to honor Black Music Month, so we have this radio special for this week’s program. There are a few things about the presentation of this week’s show that are a little different than normal, but also represent a little shift we’re making in how The Appetizer works. There are a lot more artist insights, stories of the artists and musicians behind the great songs we enjoy, making a richer experience.
Please note, this is a 2 hour radio show, so there are many outstanding African American artists who are not on this special. And we didn’t cover hip-hop or rap on the radio show this time, because that itself has far more music than we can cover.
We do cover some of the truly best in music’s history, artists who have shaped more than their genre or era from Lead Belly to Sam Cooke to Prince to Jimi Hendrix to Ray Charles and even a few indie names like Ruthie Foster. Enjoy!

Hour 1 Playlist

Miles Davis. “It’s About Time-Remix (featuring Carlos Santana)” Cool & Collected. Sony Music, 2006. 01:05
Marvin Gaye. “Chained” Anthology. Motown Records, 1974. 02:36
Marvin Gaye. “I Want You” Anthology. Motown Records, 1974. 03:56

Gregory Porter. “Water Under Bridges” Liquid Spirit. Gregory Porter, 2013. 03:33
Gregory Porter. “Musical Genocide” Liquid Spirit. Gregory Porter, 2013. 03:46

Sam Cooke. “A Change Is Gonna Come” Ain’t It Good News. ABKCO Records & Music, 1964. 03:11
Sam Cooke. “Good Times” Ain’t It Good News. ABKCO Records & Music, 1964. 02:26

Ruthie Foster. “Set Fire To Rain” Let It Burn. Blue Corn Music, 2012. 04:19
Ruthie Foster. “Aim for The Heart” Let It Burn. Blue Corn Music, 2012. 03:27

Barry White. “Just The Way You Are ” Collection. The Island Def Jam Records, 1994. 03:30
Barry White. “Let The Music Play” Collection. The Island Def Jam Records, 1994. 03:30
Ben Harper. “I Want To Be Ready” The Will To Live. Virgin Records America, 1997. 04:03
Ben Harper. “Cryin Won’t Help You Now” Both Sides Of The Gun. Virgin Records America, 2006. 02:36

Jimi Hendrix. “Power Of Soul” South Saturn Delta. Experience Hendrix LLC, 1997. 05:20
Jimi Hendrix. “Sweet Angel (Angle)” South Saturn Delta. Experience Hendrix LLC, 1997. 04:09
Lenny Kravitz. “California” Baptism. Virgin Records America, 2004. 02:37
Lenny Kravitz. “What Did I Do With My LIfe” Baptism. Virgin Records America, 2004. 04:04

Hour 2 Playlist

Miles Davis. “It’s About Time-Remix (featuring Carlos Santana)” Cool & Collected. Sony Music, 2006. 01:05

Robert Cray. “A Memo” Nothin But Love. Mascot Music, 2012. 04:42
Odetta. “Pretty Horses (1957)” Absolutely The Best Of Ballads And Blues. Fuel, 2000. 03:00
Lead Belly. “Go Down, Old Hannah” Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2015. 04:58
Taj Mahal. “Ain’t Gwine Whistle Dixie (Any Mo’)” Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal. Columbia Records, 2012. 07:24

Prince. “Diamonds and Pearls” The Very Best Of Prince. NPG Records Inc, 2001. 04:20
Michael Jackson. “Give in To Me” Dangerous. MJJ Productions, 1991. 05:30
Sly & The Family Stone. “Underdog” The Essential Sly & The Family Stone. Sony Music, 2002. 03:58
Lauryn Hill. “Everything Is Everything” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Ruffhouse Records LP, 1998. 04:55

Alicia Keys. “Karma” The Diary Of Alicia Keys. RCA/Jive Label Group, 2003. 04:16
Ray Charles. “Sinners Prayer (featuring BB King)” Genius Loves Company. The Ray Charles Foundation, 2004. 04:25
B.B. King. “Worry, Worry (live)” Live in Cook County Jail. Geffen Records, 1971. 09:53

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