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.

Got my Mojo Working by Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield was known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war blues scene, and is often cited as the father of modern Chicago blues. While “Got My Mojo Working” was originally written by Preston “Red” Foster in 1956, Waters adapted the song in 1957vwith some different lyrics and a new musical arrangement. Considered one of his better performances throughout his career, Waters’ rendition has received several awards and otherwise recognized by various organizations and publications. As a blues standard, it has been recorded by numerous blues and other artists.

Black Soul by Bo Diddly

Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. From the 1970 release, Black Gladiator, the album would modernize blues-rock sound with a rugged funk edge, while retaining the spirit and humor of his finest work.

Giant Steps by John Coltrane

Often overlooked in comparison to the critically acclaimed album “A Love Supreme,” Coltrane’s Giant Steps is special in its own right. In 2003, the album was ranked number 102 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Fun Fact: John Coltrane is also considered by many to be the greatest saxophone player of all time!