Today America's Music does what it has always done, bring people together. In American Music every aspect of life, ethnicity, and culture is merged, mixed, and highlighted. The rich diversity of American culture and life is reflected in its lively beat filled rhythms. American music is the story of the country, a reflection of a nation alive with change, filled with curiousity and led by hope and excitement. America's music legacy, be it Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, R&B or Folk are the songs and artists who have a special power to express what words alone cannot: hopes, fears, dreams, love, hate, anger, pride, aspirations and disappointments. Because songs span the breadth of human experience, they are uniquely able to communicate across time and space the beliefs and ideas held by their composers, performers and listeners. Soul is music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying. America' Music Legacy showcases the musical legends performing the songs that continue to attract and entice the whole world, because they truly are the best of all that is America.
Tracklisting: 1. James Brown: Rap Payback - Jam - the Man Understands 2. Ben E. King: Spanish Harlem - I Who Have Nothing 3. Mary Bond Davis: This is It 4. Tyrone Davis: Turn Back Ttie Hands of Time - Turning Point - in the Mood 5. Maxine Nightingale: Lead Me On - i Don't Miss You at All - Right Back Where We Started from 6. Gladys Knight and the Pips: I Will Fight - You Are the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Midnight Train! Georgia - Save the Overtime - Neither One of Us 7. Rufus Thomas: Do the Push and Pull - Walking the Dog 8. Carla Thomas: i Like What You Do to Me 9. Jerry Butler: Hey, Western Union Man 10. Freda Payne: Band of Gold - Bring the Boys Home 11. Percy Sledge: You Had to Be There 12. Otis Redding: Satisfaction 13. Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Jerry Butler, Freda Payne & Percy 14. Sledge: i Heard It Through the Grapevine 15. Host: Leon Isaac Kennedy