Music: Situation Report: Music

WITH spirituals, the blues, jazz and all its offshoots, blacks created the basis for American popular music. The list of famous black performers reads like a musical honor roll: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles make hardly a beginning. Despite the success of Motown, the black-owned Detroit record company (the Supremes, the Temptations), black musicians have yet to win a proportionate share of credit or cash. Symptomatic statistics: from 1960 to 1970, of the twelve popular soloists or groups receiving ten or more gold records (signifying sales of...

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