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Charles Rosenberg

who played in the original lineup of the Funk Brothers, often lacking the recognition accorded to star vocalists, was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Ollie and Maudie Thomas Cosby. His father, who worked as a porter, was born in Missouri, and his mother, who worked as a maid, in Georgia; they married in Detroit on 20 January 1927 at the ages of twenty-four and eighteen. Cosby may have been the couple’s only child.

Little has been documented about Cosby’s early years, but he graduated from Northern High School in Detroit, where he played in the school band. He also served in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s, during the Korean War, playing in a military band with jazz musician Cannonball Adderly, learning to play the tenor saxophone.

After the war Cosby joined the jazz combo featuring pianist Joe Hunter, alongside James Jamerson on bass Benny ...

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SaFiya D. Hoskins

musician, singer, and songwriter, was born Darius Rucker in Charleston, South Carolina, one of three sons and three daughters of Carolyn Rucker, a nurse. He was raised by his mother and grandmother; his father belonged to a gospel band named The Rolling Stones and was absent with the exception of Sunday morning visits before church. Rucker lived, at times, in a three bedroom house with his mother, grandmother, two aunts and fourteen children. As a young boy he was exposed to the music of Al Green, Otis Redding, and Gladys Knight played by his mother around the house Rucker was fond of singing the tunes his mother played in addition to other genres of music he heard on the radio and at school he had early aspirations of becoming a singer and would mimic playing a guitar with the household broomstick Upon graduating ...