[JPL] Gil Scott-Heron Receives Lifetime Achievement Grammy
jazz at jazzcorner.com
Fri Dec 23 15:58:09 EST 2011
Gil Scott-Heron, who died in May at the age of 62, will be honoured with a
Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Grammy awards.
George Jones, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell will also receive the same
Scott-Heron, whose Jamaican father Gilbert had been the first black man to
play for Celtic, was born in Chicago on 1 April 1949. He was raised by his
mother and grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee, and learned to love poetry
and playing the piano.
In 1968, aged 19, he wrote his most famous work, The Revolution Will Not Be
Televised. It was one of a number of bitingly satirical spoken-word pieces
that became an unmistakable influence on an emerging generation of rappers
and hip hop artists.
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