As a young up-and-comer, Billy Lee Riley earned a reputation as a wild man both on and off stage. But that fighting spirit served him well in his career.
World-class songwriting skills, an ear for experimenting and feral stage presence: Just imagine how Eddie Cochran would’ve shaped music had he lived longer.
Clever songwriting and soulful phrasing made Lefty Frizzell a country legend, but personal demons exacted a harsh toll on the man behind the music.
By Mike Greenblatt One of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of 1956 is “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which also is Gene Vincent’s only major hit of his career. But the song had many lives beyond its time with Vincent. The Beatles, Carl …
Wynonie Harris passed up Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” in 1947. But after two other artists recorded it, Mr. Blues changed his mind — and rock history.
The Doors, The Boss, The King and The Killer all put their stamp on ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight.’ And they all owe a debt to Roy Brown, the R&B artist who wrote and recorded the rock and roll classic way back in 1947.
From Tina to Dino, The Stones to The Beatles and The Possum to Pearl Jam, popular artists have long turned to country-soul pioneer Arthur Alexander’s music. So why do we know their names, but not his?
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.