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John Whitfield Mecom Sr found success as an independent oilman by acquiring abandoned oil wells and then making them profitable.
Aretha was a devout Christian and the family attended the New Shiloh Baptist Church.He moved to Jacksonville with a couple who were friends of his mother.For over a year, he played the piano for bands at the Ritz Theatre in La Villa, earning $4 a night.After asking a friend to look at a map and note the city in the United States that was farthest from Florida, he moved to Seattle in 1947 (where he first met and befriended, under the tutelage of Robert Blackwell, a 14-year-old Quincy Jones) and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G. Mc Kee and bassist Milton Garrett, achieving his first hit with “Confession Blues” in 1949. In 1950, he played in a Miami hotel, impressing Henry Stone, who recorded a Ray Charles Rockin’ record which never became very popular.During his stay in Miami, Charles was required to stay in the segregated but thriving black community of Overtown. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Ertegün signed him to Atlantic Records.Stone later helped Jerry Wexler find Charles in St. He joined Swing Time Records and under his own name (“Ray Charles” to avoid being confused with the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson) recorded two more R&B hits, “Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand” (No.
known professionally by her mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress.
On April 18, 2013, Fantasia returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience.
Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance.
Pit would care for George, Ray’s brother, so as to take the burden off Aretha.
However, George drowned in Aretha’s laundry tub when he was four years old.
As of February 2012, Fantasia has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States.