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How Did Michael Jackson Influence Popular Culture

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The History of Pioneer Black Musicians Music Influence on that of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson was a great singer in his time and one of Americas’ prolific singers to ever grace the music scene. From the time he graced the music scene, he would go on to become a great singer that inspired other great singers during his period and in the future generation. Music has got a unique element that is so unifying and touching depending on the type of music one could be listening. In the history of the United States, black musicians from way back in the early days of singers such as James Brown, Prince, and Smokey Robinson have had an influence on the music culture. There are many genres today that can be traced from black musicians who popularized…show more content…
This kind of music was the source of inspiration for most of the black artists who also played a big role in influencing Michal Jackson and his numerous works. Soul music would be perceived as having an influence on almost every facet present in popular culture. It has its history from Back Power and Civil rights movements that were seen in the 1960s (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 21). Some of the popular genres include blues that are deeply embedded in the black tradition. Blues and specifically country blues has its origin or essence from socially isolated communities in the antebellum period (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 22). It is a vocal genre emphasizing the vocal idiom. There were also urban blue forms that included Dancehall Blues Bands. The migration of the blacks to urban settings during the two World Wars was a period that would see the blacks development preference for blues-derived dance Music (King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, 64). It was then that Jazz bandleaders such as Luck Millender, Todd Rhodes, Buddy Johnson and Tiny Bradshaw, created a type of dance music that would suit them (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 24). Their…show more content…
It was clear that from the very beginning of Jackson’s career that he was one of his favorite artists. Brown engaged in the Rock ‘n’ Roll style of music, and Jackson idolized him as his godfather even though he did not fully get to match Brown’s level of the style. Jackson was more popular in pop music but in later years, it was not hard to see elements of Brown style in some of Jackson’s rock music such as You Rock My World and Give in to Me where the vocal techniques and performances could indeed be traced to those of Brown. Brown was also credited with providing a new direction for R & B that would later evolve into soul in the 1960s (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 33). The style applied vocal and instrumental elements. A little later he would develop his style where the entire instrument accompaniment supported and reinforced his vocal style. The vocal lines were accentuated by instrument arrangements with emphasis placed on the backbeat (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 33). The bass, horns, voices, and drum added the multilayered and polyrhythmic effects (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 33). In essence, his music structure was percussive and rhythmic. Some of these elements would be seen in Jackson’s
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