In the '40s, he and J.B. Blayton established the first black-owned radio station in the United StatesWERD. As a disc jockey and emcee, he built enduring friendships with the royalty of black entertainment: Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Pearl Bailey, Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles. In the '60s and '70s, he worked at Motown, Revelot, and Stax promoting a new generation of stars: Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Isaac Hayes, and The Staple Singers.
During the Civil Rights Movement, he reported history as he lived it. He interviewed both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and reported from Detroit as it burned following Dr. King's assassination.
As publisher of an influential Black trade magazine called the Mello Yello, Gibson contributed to sweeping changes for African Americans in radio and the recording industry. But The Rapper's most long-reaching achievement was his glittering “Family Affair”an annual black music convention and springboard for new talent. The heavy hitters of the music industry always cleared their schedules to lend their talents to The Rapper's big night: Prince, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Hammer, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sinbad, L.L. Cool J, Babyface, Heavy D, Tupac, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, Bobby Brown... And the list goes on like a “Who's Who” of entertainment superstars.
This tell-all book contains the inside stories you have never heard before…
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