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Notable African-American Musicians


Bessie Smith

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The following list includes African-American singers, composers, rappers, pianists, and other musicians who have contributed to the world of music, including Count Basie, Akon, Natalie Cole, Missy Elliot, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and more.



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On July 5, 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.