The 1940s was a watershed decade for labels such Chess, Imperial and Aladdin. But King Records ruled the indie circuit, thanks largely to owner Syd Nathan.
At the dawn of the vocal-group era, several years before adolescent hit-making groups were an industry norm, five Harlem, N.Y., boys formed The Mello-Moods, scored a top 10 R&B hit and ultimately influenced countless youngsters who followed.
Before he crossed over to the Brooklyn Bridge, Maestro made his way through R&B with The Crests.
The man who wrote the biggest hits of the early rock ’n’ roll era recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his signature tune, “Stay,” with a new studio CD.