FW: "Little" xxxx. From early R&B to Rap.
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Mon Mar 10 11:07:32 UTC 2003
To supplement what is mentioned below, it is also the case that Stevie
Wonder, when he first became known as a star solo performer, was billed as
"Little Stevie Wonder", perhaps because he was relatively young at the time;
he was born in 1950. That would have made him in his early teens in the
early 60s, when he had his first hits.
I expect Barry Gordy knows why (former head of Motown Records).
> Why would the appellation "Little or Lil' " be very common in Black
> Because the performers started at a very young age and were truly
That, plus in many instances in the African American community,
especially for males, "big" and "little" were/are used to distinguish
the father from the son with the same name-- Big Joe and Little Joe.
--- Sam Clements <sclements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
> While waiting for my son today, I was listening to "the oldies."
> And heard
> a familiar song by Little Anthony and the Imperials. And then I
> thought of
> Little Richard.
> And then I thought about my son's devotion to Rap and Hip Hop, with
> singers than you can shake your booty at who have the name "Little"
> their given name. There's Little Wayne. Lil' Romeo, Lil' Kim,
> and many
> So I got out my Billboard top 40, and discovered Little
> Caesar(1961), Little
> Eva(1962), Little Joe(1957), Little Joey(1962), Little
> Milton(1965). Most
> are listed as R&B("Black") singers. I don't know how many were
> Afro-American, but that is the question I pose.
Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - English and Linguistics
& University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
e-mail: margaret.lee at hamptonu.edu or mlee303 at yahoo.com
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