WorldWide Entertainment TV celebrates #BlackMusicMonth with a look at some of the greatest lead singers from some of the biggest groups of all time which includes Michael Jackson, Beyonce , New Edition, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and SWV.
Since the modern era of the invention of television, there has been plenty of stars that have been made through the decades. The civil rights movement era saw the rise of music groups, but there would usually be a lead singer that would be the most recognized member of the group.
One of the biggest contributors to what would the pioneering decade for black artists on radio and television. Motown was founded in 1959 as Tamla Records, and it acquired the name Motown in April 1960 – the ideal time to launch a record company built on black music. In the early 60s, the music industry was rapidly expanding. African-American singers would soon reach a bigger audience than ever before. The Civil Rights movement meant that black people’s interests were being voiced and white people were beginning to listen – and music would be a medium for that message.
The label’s first group was The Miracles, featuring a kid called William “Smokey” Robinson who would end up being the songwriter for the Motown Sound. Gordy would eventually have his main star in Diana Ross who was originally apart of The Supremes girl group.
Diana Ross would be the blueprint for future success stories of black women in the industry as three decades later Beyonce would follow suit leading her group Destiny’s Child to critical acclaim and notoriety.
Berry Gordy had classic adult artists and history has it he was fine with that business model. However, his A&R Suzanne DePasse urged the founder of Motown to take an audition from a group of kids from Gary, Indiana. At first he balked at the idea, but when he finally agreed to the audition he had found his newest group that would attract “Young Black America”. Of course, that group was none other than The Jackson Five.
The Jacksons would end up being the blueprint for the 1980’s group, New Edition, which by their namesake meant exactly that. They would be the Jackson teenage sensation for the pop culture of the era when Michael Jackson broke away into superstardom with his solo albums “Off The Wall” and “Thriller’. Ralph Tresvant would lead that group despite Bobby Brown who formed the group.
This would also naturally have breakout stars who would sometimes become bigger than the group they originated from. In the video below, you see some of the biggest stars ever. Who would you consider to be the greatest artist to ever come out of a music group?