Roberta Flack is the only performer ever to win consecutive Record of the Year Grammy Awards, first for “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” in 1971 – and next for “Killing Me Softly with His Song” in 1972.
Winston-Salem native Gail Anderson founded the band The Healing Force with her husband John in 1975, after they met while performing at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. The family band's goal was to bring the music, stories, and dance of traditional African culture to new audiences. Prior to forming the band, Gail and Joe Anderson studied with the National Black Theater of New York and performed with the Afro-American Folkloric Troupe. The Healing Force toured schools across North Carolina and are known for their cover of Yoruba folk song, “Funga Alafia.” Gail Anderson passed away in 2017. Read more about their story here.
Born Arthel Lane Watson, Doc Watson was a prolific guitar player and folk musician. This Deep Gap, North Carolina native received seven Grammys. Watson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards in 2004.
Debra DeMilo fronted the popular ‘80s Raleigh rock band, The Fabulous Knobs. Her style and vocals have been likened to Mick Jagger and Tina Turner's, and after 30 years The Fabulous Knobs have since reunited.
Pop & country songwriter John D. Loudermilk was born in Durham, N.C. in 1913. Loudermilk had a short recording career under the stage name Johnny Dee before "Sittin in the Balcony," the hit song he penned for Eddie Cochran, launched his songwriting career in1957. Loudermilk went on to write songs for Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins. #throwbackthursday #comehearnc
Photo of John D. Loudermilk from the North Carolina Hall of Fame. Learn more about him here.
Classical music roots run deep in North Carolina. In 1943, the North Carolina Symphony became the first continuously funded state symphony in the nation thanks to the passage of the Horn Tootin’ Bill. The bill mandated that the orchestra (e. 1932) tour throughout the state of North Carolina, a practice it continues to this day by performing 175 concerts in over 90 North Carolina counties each year.