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Rap Artists
The quiz show, Jeopardy had a question regarding an ESPN documentary proposing fighter Cassius Clay, later changing his name to Muhammad Ali, was the first rap artist in the 1960s. I definitely recall the first song I heard that could be termed rap (spoken rhyming words for the verses and singing the chorus) was Pink Shoe Laces by Dotie Stevens in the very early 60s and maybe even the late 50s, prior to Cassius Clay.

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xbrokenx From: xbrokenx Date: October 25th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
i saw that last night! jon goes, MUHAMMAD ALI!!!!! hahaha. he wouldve won that one.
snowblind From: snowblind Date: October 25th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the same thought when Louisville was mentioned as part of the clue, but thought ... probably not. Good for Jon for knowing the Louisville Lip.

In thinking of celebrities from Riverside, I only come up with basketball players Cheryl & Reggie Miller along with baseball player Bobby Bonds (father of Barry), singers Little Richard and R&B singer Etta James. All combined, they don't even come close to the fame of Muhammad Ali.

Oh, and there was swimmer Cynthia Woodhead, predicted to win 6 gold medals in the 1980 Olympic Games that President Carter chose to boycott. I've have never forgiven him for that.

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