Darlene Jackson aka DJ Lady D, has been hailed as “Chicago’s House Music Queen” by Chicago Magazine, has toured North America, Europe, Asia, and Russia as DJ, producer, remixer, and in 2004 became a music publisher when she launched her independent record label and marketing brand, D’lectable.
A renowned DJ, she has been featured in numerous print, television, and film media including the music documentaries Girl, The Godfather of Disco, and Slipcue. Her story also is captured in the books, Do You Remember House, How To DJ Right, and Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died
Jackson has also been published in various media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, URB, Discoid, Chicago Public Media, Vocalo.org, NPR, and BBC radio. You can currently hear her on Vocalo.org 91.1 FM-Chicago the last Friday of every month.
Mavis Staples, one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time according to Rolling Stone, is born in Chicago in 1939.
Queen of the Whistle Register (5-octave Range), Minnie Riperton, born in 1947 in Chicago, creates one of the most enduring songs in musical history, Loving You in 1973, changing black music forever.
Singer Chaka Khan, the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and estimated sales of 70 million records worldwide during her over five-decades career is born in Chicago in 1953.
American soul icon Loleatta Holloway becomes the voice of disco and house music with releases such as Run Away, Hit & Run, Crash Goes Love, and her 1980 hit, Love Sensation, which is sampled by Mark Walhberg for his Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch 1991 smash, Good Vibration.
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