Before Ray Charles or Aretha Franklin, singer Ruth Brown reigned at Atlantic Records, fittingly dubbed in the 1950s as The House That Ruth Built.
His life was filled with drugs, guns and hard time. Before it fell apart, Larry Williams wrote and recorded hits that shaped the future of rock and roll.
Van Morrison, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson all loved him. James Brown was jealous of him. And when you get name-checked in someone’s song, it’s a safe bet that your music is a big deal. So if all you know about Jackie Wilson is that one of his songs plays a role in “Ghostbusters II,” it’s time to pull up to the turntable and learn more about the R&B legend.
The Spaniels are recognized as true originals, one of the most revered 1950s vocal groups among their peers, successors and generations of group harmony fans.
Discoveries columnist Todd Baptista weighs in on a few of the deserving artists who’ve been excluded from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but deserve to be there.
Sure, entertainers are famous. But turns out, they have a lot of the same dreams we do, right down to meeting the president.
From rehearsal to showtime, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Drifters member Charlie Thomas shares an evening in his life.
The Bop Chords went from a street corner to Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater in a matter of weeks. Their career was brief, but they left behind three singles.
“Rhythm and blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll,” Little Richard quipped at the Concert For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1995. So who were the parents? Here are 13 Fabulous ’40s artists who facilitated that birth.
Seeking the fountain of youth? Check out rock and roll. That was the philosophy of Hank Ballard, who rose to fame with The Midnighters and helped shape music.