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Jack the RapperMello Yello, the Incredible Life Story of Jack the Rapper, as told to Walker Smith. At last the book is here!

There were other African American deejays before him, but none of them held the distinction of being the voice of the first black-owned radio station in the United States. He turned on the microphone and uttered three historic words: “We are here.”

If ever one man embodied the black experience in America, it was Jack The Rapper Gibson, known to the world as “Jack the Rapper.” Beginning with childhood remembrances of Marcus Garvey in the 1920s, Gibson continued to cross paths with the most famous African-American personalities of the 20th century.

Directly and indirectly, Gibson opened doors and launched the careers of several noted radio personalities and superstars. His long reaching influence began in 1949, when he and J.B. Blayton established the first black-owned radio station in the United States – WERD. Gibson’s popularity on radio paved the way for a lifetime of career moves.

But Gibson’s most long-reaching achievement was the annual black music convention he called “The Family Affair.” As founder and organizer, Gibson not only provided the ultimate springboard for new talent, but he established a forum for discussions, which culminated in sweeping changes for African-Americans in radio and the recording industry.

This tell-all book contains the inside stories you have never heard before…
Mello YelloAvailable on Amazon and wherever books are sold.










Jack and me

Junior, Jack, Will Downing, Kevin Fleming at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, England circa 1991

One Response

  1. Kevin Fleming

    Joan Adrienne
    5:53pm Jan 25
    Kevin, thank you so much for sharing info about Jack’s book. He was a one-of-a-kind music pioneer who contributions to radio impacted Black Music in ways never imaginable. His resounding voice continues to be greatly missed.