Tammi Terrell was one of Motown’s brightest stars of the 1960s. Her duets with Marvin Gaye became instant soul classics, and her tragic death from brain cancer just shy of her 25th birthday helped to cement her status as a musical icon.
With the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood rode the first British Invasion into America’s music scene — and he never left.
While some lucky pop artists scored hits with their very first singles, others — including some outright legends — needed to try and try again before they finally broke through on Billboard Pop Charts. (Connie Francis famously put out 10 singles on MGM before she found success with 1958’s “Who’s Sorry Now?”) Here’s a peek at some other now-famous artists who needed at least two attempts to score chart hits back in the ’50s.
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?