Desi Arnaz Hispanic Actor Hispanic Musician Film Actor, Television Actor, Musician / 1917 - 1986 Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born actor and musician who is remembered for his marriage to Lucille Ball and their TV show, I Love Lucy.
Peggy "Lady Bo" Jones, one of the 1st female lead guitarists in Rock n' Roll. She is most notable for her work in Bo Diddley's backing band, for which she earned the affectionate - and appropriate - nickname Lady Bo. However, her musical resume is much longer, boasting stints as a doo wop singer and an R+B/soul bandleader. She began her career as a professional dancer.
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.
Gladys Bentley was a lively, piano-playing blues and jazz singer. Hailing from Trinidad, Bentley performed at speakeasies (including Clam House, the most notorious gay speakeasy) across the country, clad in her famous tuxedo and top hat, boasting her sexuality, raunchy lyrics, and play on gender identity. Bentley penned a memoir, "If This Be Sin," joining other queer black intellectuals and performers in Harlem.
John Mayall - stellar bandleader who created Chicago style electric blues with an ever evolving lineup of British musicians, called the Bluesbreakers. Some of the notables he discovered were: Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Rolling Stone guitarist Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, and Free's Andy Fraser.