aretha franklin, queen of soul (1960s)
Aretha Franklin RIP
Robert Johnson, pioneering bluesman (1930s)
Robert Johnson 'sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads of Mississippi highways ', according to one source.
DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster of Hip Hop (1970s-)
DJ Kool Herc brought his sense of rhythm, penchant for soundsystems, and love for blockparties from Jamaica and implanted them into the USA. He threw legendary parties in the gang-riddled Bronx where he would DJ and, influenced by funk and dancehall music, develop a style that is credited as spawning Hip Hop music and culture.