December 30 Birthday: Bo Diddley, SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL: THE FOUNDERS OF ROCK AND ROLL


Bo Diddley, musician
Dec. 30, 1928-June 2, 2008

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

A double page spread in this collective bio is devoted to rocker, Bo Diddley. This artist played the violin as a child, and then switched to the guitar as a teen. He is credited with the invention of a thump-thump-a beat on the guitar.

Read more about Bo Diddley at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

December 25 Birthday: BEFORE THERE WAS MOZART: THE STORY OF JOSEPH BOULOGNE, CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGE


Joseph Boulogne, musician
December 25, 1745-June 10, 1799

Before There was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Schwartz & Wade, 2011)

When Boulogne was born the midwife said, “One day this boy will meet the king and queen of France.” A bold prediction for a boy whose father was a white plantation owner in the West Indies and his mother a black slave. But it happened. And music was the reason.

AfriClassical.com provides a photograph of Saint-George along with an extensive biography.

December 5 Birthday: Little Richard, SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL: THE FOUNDERS OF ROCK AND ROLL


Little Richard, musician
Dec. 5, 1932-

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

Little Richard was one of the earliest rockers. This deluxe showman from Georgia made his first record at 18 and found fame in 1955 with his hit called “Tutti Fruitti.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Little Richard in 1986.

November 27 Birthday: Jimi Hendrix: JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW

Jimi Hendrix
November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW: A STORY OF THE YOUNG JIMI HENDRIX
by Gary Golio
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
(Houghton Mifflin, 2010)

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an
innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and
paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a
broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked
himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
     This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and
interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story
of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted
and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix—a groundbreaking performer whose
music shook the very foundations of rock ‘n’ roll.