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.
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.