Tag: Big Mama Thornton

Rufus Thomas

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog”

“His music … brought a great deal of joy to the world, but his personality brought even more, conveying a message of grit,...

Big Mama Thornton

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Big Mama Thornton, “Hound Dog”

Big Mama Thornton was a seminal figure in the development of rock and roll but she's never gotten her due...

Wynonie Harris

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Wynonie Harris, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”

What was the first rock and roll song? It depends on who you talk to and to some extent how you define rock and roll. Some would say it was...

Johnny Ace

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Johnny Ace, “Pledging My Love”

Johnny Ace was one of the biggest stars of the '50s until one fateful Christmas Day in Houston...

Podcast, Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom, Episode 6: Appropriation

The sixth episode of Songs of Freedom focuses on the subject of cultural — especially musical — appropriation, using the inexplicable...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Etta, Johnny, and Jimmy

The world of soul, R&B, and funk lost three of its greatest artists last week. Ken Shane remembers Etta James, Johnny Otis, and Jimmy...