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WYEP celebrates Black History Month: 50 Black artists who changed music

For Black History Month, WYEP has chosen a list of “50 Black Artists Who Changed Music.” Throughout the month, we encourage you to explore the music of these important musicians as well as listen to WYEP for songs from artists on the list.

The list:

Louis Armstrong
Harry Belafonte
Chuck Berry
James Brown
Tracy Chapman
Ray Charles
Nat King Cole
Sam Cooke
Betty Davis
Bo Diddley
DJ Kool Herc
Fats Domino
Missy Elliott
Public Enemy
Ella Fitzgerald
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Grandmaster Flash
Donny Hathaway
Jimi Hendrix
Billie Holliday
Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Robert Johnson
Frankie Knuckles
Fela Kuti
Miriam Makeba
Bob Marley
Queen Latifah
Little Richard
Smokey Robinson
Sylvia Robinson
Nile Rogers
Diana Ross
Gil Scott-Heron
Nina Simone
Bessie Smith
The Staple Singers
Sly Stone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
Tina Turner
Muddy Waters
Howlin' Wolf
Stevie Wonder

Mike Sauter started at WYEP in 2004 and held various positions, including Midday Mix host, music director, program director, and station manager.