February is Black History Month! We’re excited to spotlight African American musicians throughout the month. Head over to Spotify to listen to the tunes and read on for trivia and tidbits about various songs.

Tough Mary by Etta James

Jamesetta Hawkins, known professionally as Etta James, was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. While one of her all-time favorites appear on this album (At Last), Tough Mary is an underappreciated gem!

Lucille by BB King

Riley B. King, known professionally as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. This song, while not thought of as one of his greatest hits, also holds the name of his guitar which accord to legend was rescued from a fire while he was playing an Arkansas club in 1949.

A Night in Tunisia by Charlie Parker

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and singer whose combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. The song, A Night in Tunisia was written by Dizzy Gillespie around 1941–42 and is considered a signature piece bebop music.