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Gil Scott-Heron

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Chicago, United States (1970 – 2011)

Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949 in Chicago, died May 27, 2011 in New York City) was an American poet and musician, known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a performer, associated with African American militant activists. Heron is perhaps most well known for his poems/songs “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “What’s the Word - Johannesburg” a movement hit during the 1980’s South Africa college and national divestment movement in the United States of America.

He began recording in 1970 with the LP Small Talk At 125Th And Lenox with the assistance of Bob Thiele Flying Dutchman Records, co-writer Brian Jackson, Hubert Laws, Bernard Purdie (who later recorded “Delights of the Garden” with The Last Poets), Charlie Saunders, Eddie Knowles, Ron Carter and Bert Jones, all musicians (see 1970 in music). The album included the aggressive diatribe against white-owned corporate media and middle-class America’s ignorance of the problems of inner cities in songs such as Whitey on the Moon.

The 1971 Pieces of a Man used more conventional song structures than the loose, spoken word feel of his first, though he didn’t reach the charts until 1975 with “Johannesburg”. His biggest hit was 1978’s “The Bottle”, produced by Heron and longtime partner Brian Jackson, which peaked at #15 on the R&B charts (see 1978 in music).

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  • callitjjazz

    @D_V_A I'll take care of you is a cover, GSH didn't write it

    26 Jun 9:46pm Reply
  • Actium

    Winter in America: story of Belgium after today's elections.

    25 May 8:26pm Reply
  • HipHop1984

    happy birthday my friend. you will always live forever in my heart.

    1 Apr 9:53pm Reply
  • Kexet1

    Class!!

    2 Mar 1:26pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    определющая личность для рок-н-ролла и ведь он едва ли не первый рэппер, многие его вещи начала 70-х звучат как чистый рэп. и фантастическая лирика, это да.

    27 Feb 2:45am Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Everything gone be alright - 'Angel Dust' .... There is not a song/poem that Gil Scott Heron did that was not alright ..... Everything gone be alright ..... The Secretary of Entertainment and let me tell you about the 'Vibrosphere' Don't forget to 'BYOT' - Bring Your Own Thing' .... Always 'Enjoy Yourself' - nothing is no good unless you 'Enjoy Yourself' Come on now y'all stay with us now ..... That was always a part of the 'High' ..... My Politically Correct Poet - Gil Scott Heron

    8 Feb 12:39am Reply
  • digitalform

    Genius

    15 Jan 8:04pm Reply
  • DielikeHussayn

    Fuck I miss him.

    5 Jan 6:18pm Reply
  • JJMMWGDuPree

    D V A: You could try "When you are who you are".

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Amrabart

    shine on

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • leshawntaylor

    http://www.last.fm/music/Gil+Scott-Heron/+images/94274147

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Marcio-Vignoli

    Gil-Scott was rappin' before rappers knew what rappin' was. [9]

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • D_V_A

    I'm gonna ask a question I last asked in February 2010: "Has he written any love songs except "I'll Take Care of You" ? I mean, he has beautiful songs but what I like most is the only love song I could find :D " So... can you guys name a single love song of his besides I'll Take Care of You?

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Konijn22

    Gil-Scott was rappin' before rappers knew what rappin' was. [8]

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hunterdark

    He will be remembered long after his death.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OnyxTreeAtNight

    I heard his music for the first time in my life the day he died...

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    Song of the Wind

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    Lady Day And John Coltrane <33333

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ae318

    Vote up http://www.last.fm/music/Gil+Scott-Heron/+images/88586467

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DivinoGroove

    Divino Groove, respeito com seus ouvidos!!!

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
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