British Black English (was: "as such")

Damien Hall djh514 at YORK.AC.UK
Sun Feb 14 13:05:35 UTC 2010

>From Tom.


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From: Tom Zurinskas <truespel at>
To: <djh514 at>
Subject: RE: British Black English (was: "as such")
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 12:56:02 +0000

If you listen to Gene McDaniel's old hits, you'd never figure him from his voice as a black man.  I just realized that yesterday, 50 years later.  From wikipedia...

McDaniels grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and went on to have six Top 40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" (#5 on the pop chart) and "A Hundred Pounds of Clay," the latter of which reached #3 on the pop chart, and sold over one million records, earning gold disc status.[1]

I wonder if kids today could identify the black singers from the white singers in 60's music when they don't know the singers?

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

Damien Hall

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