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“Black sacred music’s influence on popular music was inevitable if you consider that the church was the primary music school for generations of African American singers and musicians.”
In the 1950s a young singer named Mathis James Reed failed his audition for Chess Records. He was a popular musician around Chicago, but his simple playing and straightforward songs didn’t wow the execs. Chess Records would go on to regret that they didn’t sign Jimmy Reed…