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.
Delmark is a stalwart label that is preserving Chicago’s bygone jazz, blues and R&B
Looking for a way to introduce Aretha Franklin to a mainstream audience, Jerry Wexler – who signed the Queen of Soul to Atlantic Records and produced her classic albums – booked the singer for three nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore West in March 1971.
It may be true that nothing is new under the sun, but you can make a pretty convincing case that two unique musical forms — rockabilly and doo-wop — were born during the Fabulous ‘50s. This column is about the latter.
The voice is unmistakably Aretha. Deeply soulful, defiant and proud, at times tender and full of longing and desire, but also wracked with pain — hers is the sound of a woman actually roaring.
You probably remember that LP cover from 1959: The Paragons Meet The Jesters. The LP sleeve showed a stylized version of a couple of street punks about ready to rumble — something right out of West Side Story.
From its beautiful, gold-edged pages to its lovely leather binding, “California Dreaming” by Henry Diltz is clearly a book to be treasured.
But the real treasure lies within this 344-page volume: the rich color photographs of music stars that, literally, no photographer other than Diltz —a musician turned photographer — would’ve been able to capture.
This April 1962 sampler album from Columbia Records includes excerpts from the label’s then-current crop of albums.
Still spry at age 78, Eddie Rich walks and talks with the exuberance and excitement of a teenager when the subject is music. There were many great lead singers in the first generation of rhythm-and-blues vocal groups in the late 1940s and early 50’s. Eddie Rich is one of a precious few still remaining, and even rarer, still singing.
On the bookshelf: "The Sophomores, and Me," "Disco-File," "The R&B Indies" and more. In the CD Tray: Little Willie John, The Coasters, Brian Wilson and more. Plus, Todd Baptista’s book and CD wish lists for 2009.