15 Black Musicians You May Not Have Known Had Their Works Preserved in The Library of Congress


John Lee Hooker

“Boogie Chillen'” was a single and debut for Hooker in 1948. It was the first electric blues song to go No. 1 on the R&B charts. The single/album was inducted in 2008.


Ella Fitzgerald

“Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book” was released in 1956. It took almost 50 years for it to be inducted in 2003.


Chuck Berry

“Roll Over Beethoven” was released in 1956 and inducted in 2003. The single was covered and copied by many mainstream white artists like the Beatles. Many of his other songs and his style were duplicated.

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