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Apr

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Born in South Carolina in 1941, Linda Martell began singing in church at age 5. She first recorded in 1962 as a member of a R&B girl group called Linda Martell and The Anglos. Drawn to country music at a young age, in addition to blues, jazz and R&B, Martell caught her big break in 1969, when a stunning performance at the Charleston Air Force Base landed her a meeting with producer/label owner Shelby Singleton. He signed her to his Plantation label soon after. That same year, Martell made the Top 25 with Color Him Father and became the first African-American woman to appear on the Grand Ole Opry.

Early Life and Career

Famed country/blues singer Linda Martell was born on June 4, 1941, in Leesville, South Carolina, one of five children. Her father was a minister. Growing up in nearby Columbia, Martell developed an appreciation for many different musical genres—most notably country, blues, jazz and R&B—at a young age. She began singing in the choir at St. Mark’s Baptist Church at the age of 5, and began performing R&B tunes with a small group in clubs around Columbia, including numerous stints at the Charleston Air Force Base, in her late teens.

During one of her performances at the Air Force Base, Martell was harassed by officers in the crowd, who insisted that she sing a country song. She quieted the crowd when she finally gave in, and blew them away with her performance. Martell caught her big break when a serviceman who’d been in the audience that day told a friend, Duke Rayner, from Nashville, Tennessee, about the singer. Knowing only her name and town of residence, Rayner, a businessman, contacted Martell and persuaded her to fly to Nashville for a demo recording session. The resulting demo tape was taken to American record producer/label owner Shelby Singleton, who was highly impressed with the singer. Shortly thereafter, Martell signed with Singleton’s Plantation label—the home of country star Jeannie C. Riley (Harper Valley PTA) fame.

Commercial Success

In the summer of 1969, Linda Martell’s song Color Him Father from her debut album, Color Me Country (released by Plantation Records in 1970) was an instant hit, making the Top 25. After being introduced to American country musician/promoter Roy Acuff, in August 1969, Martell made history as the first African-American woman to appear on the Grand Ole Opry; she shared the stage with Acuff for her debut Opry performance. (She would make 11 more appearances on the internationally aired, legendary radio program throughout her career.)

Martell went on to make many local television appearances, including on widely aired syndicates such as Country Carnival, 16th Avenue South, Midwestern Hayride and the Bill Anderson Show, and on major network programs like Hee Haw.

In 1970, two singles released by Martell, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Bad Case of the Blues,” made the Top 60. Martell did not appear on the country music charts again during her career. Following her 12th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, the singer retired in 1974.

Personal Life

Martell resides in Nashville. Her hobbies include fishing, camping, reading, sewing and listening to music. According to the singer, she has a “secret” desire to act and her greatest fear is losing her voice.

Additional article: Ebony, March 1970 page 66-72

Discography:

1962 A Little Tear (Was Falling From My Eyes) / The Things I Do For You (45 single only release as Linda Martell And The Anglos)

1970 Color Me Country

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22

Apr

Truth Tuesday!!!!

Some of us are so oblivious to how we are viewed in the world. It’s funny how everyone can see the poor decisions we make but us. Just because other races are influenced by our “swagger” doesn’t mean they value us as people. We hustle n flaunt our nigga richness whilw failing to realize we’re making other people’s money for them.

Have you noticed the black community is the only community that can’t flourish let alone sustain itself. 
Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Hispanic, Latin ect: You can drive all throughout SoCal and see the different racial demographics in neighborhoods and they all can sustain themselves with business’ from mechanics, plumbers & barbers to schools, insurance/tax offices & medical offices. Not only that they’ll open business’ in our neighborhood and get our money also. To top it off they hire their own to keep money in house.
What kind of all black businesses do you see open in our neighborhoods? Clothing stores/boutiques, smoke shops, salons, and….?….don’t worry I’ll wait….exactly 

We focus on the temporary basic hustle for ourselves but we don’t strive for greater things for the betterment of our culture (or what little of it we have left) and the saddest of all for those that do we feel we have to leave our people (and look down on our people) and assimilate/move/do business with other races just to be safe, sustained and successful because we tear each other down rather than build and support. 

I dont say this to knock other races because the take care of their own, i don’t say this to say it’s not good to work with other races. I say this to say we are behind and need to switch focus to not only catch up but survive. 

We are slowly taking OURSELVES out of the game completely ….and others are profitting from watching us do it

#Blackpeople #liquidmoney #wasted #finances #misappropriatedfunds #blackpower #today #is #foolishness #wheresyourheadat #howareyouhelping #whatwillyouleavebehind #whereisyoursenseof #pride #values #family #culture #education 
#blackwallstreet #is #attainable
#Weneedless #rappers #strippers #hustlers #realniggas #andmore #educated #businessowners #doctors

Truth Tuesday!!!!

Some of us are so oblivious to how we are viewed in the world. It’s funny how everyone can see the poor decisions we make but us. Just because other races are influenced by our “swagger” doesn’t mean they value us as people. We hustle n flaunt our nigga richness whilw failing to realize we’re making other people’s money for them.

Have you noticed the black community is the only community that can’t flourish let alone sustain itself.
Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, Hispanic, Latin ect: You can drive all throughout SoCal and see the different racial demographics in neighborhoods and they all can sustain themselves with business’ from mechanics, plumbers & barbers to schools, insurance/tax offices & medical offices. Not only that they’ll open business’ in our neighborhood and get our money also. To top it off they hire their own to keep money in house.
What kind of all black businesses do you see open in our neighborhoods? Clothing stores/boutiques, smoke shops, salons, and….?….don’t worry I’ll wait….exactly

We focus on the temporary basic hustle for ourselves but we don’t strive for greater things for the betterment of our culture (or what little of it we have left) and the saddest of all for those that do we feel we have to leave our people (and look down on our people) and assimilate/move/do business with other races just to be safe, sustained and successful because we tear each other down rather than build and support.

I dont say this to knock other races because the take care of their own, i don’t say this to say it’s not good to work with other races. I say this to say we are behind and need to switch focus to not only catch up but survive.

We are slowly taking OURSELVES out of the game completely ….and others are profitting from watching us do it

#Blackpeople #liquidmoney #wasted #finances #misappropriatedfunds #blackpower #today #is #foolishness #wheresyourheadat #howareyouhelping #whatwillyouleavebehind #whereisyoursenseof #pride #values #family #culture #education
#blackwallstreet #is #attainable
#Weneedless #rappers #strippers #hustlers #realniggas #andmore #educated #businessowners #doctors

20

Apr

If I See One More Pothead 4/20 Post!

It’s sad that some of you would even have the nerve to glorify your stupid lil smoke day more than you would it being resurrection day

The things people idolize SMH

#Wtf #Worldgonemad #worshiping #falseidols #foolishness #chooselife #eastersunday #jesusislord #stop #chasinghighs #420isnotaholiday #highlife #notliving #potheads #thelord #givesmelife #notaplant 
#resurrection > #smoking

If I See One More Pothead 4/20 Post!

It’s sad that some of you would even have the nerve to glorify your stupid lil smoke day more than you would it being resurrection day

The things people idolize SMH

#Wtf #Worldgonemad #worshiping #falseidols #foolishness #chooselife #eastersunday #jesusislord #stop #chasinghighs #420isnotaholiday #highlife #notliving #potheads #thelord #givesmelife #notaplant
#resurrection > #smoking

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Apr

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