Gil Scott-Heron

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Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron performing in Sweden, 2011
Background information
Birth name Gilbert Scott-Heron
Born April 1, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 27, 2011 (aged 62)
New York City, U.S.
Genres Soul, jazz, blues, proto-rap
Occupations Poet, singer, songwriter, author
Instruments Vocals, electric piano, guitar
Years active 1969–2011
Website http://gilscottheron.net

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)[1] was an American poet, musician, and author. He is best known for his work in spoken-word soul music in the 1960s and 1970s and his work with Brian Jackson.[2]

Scott-Heron is most famous for his poem and song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This piece helped develop the black protest movement and influenced the rap genre.

In 2010, he released an album titled I'm New Here.

Scott-Heron was HIV-positive.

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