Tag: Imperial Records

The Majors

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Majors, “Wonderful Dream”

The Majors scored with a Jerry Ragavoy-produced hit in 1962...

Fats Domino

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Fats Domino, “The Fat Man”

Fats Domino's storied career began with a 1950 hit...

Chris Kenner

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Soul Serenade: Chris Kenner, “I Like It Like That”

Chris Kenner hit it big in '61. Covers of his songs were massive hits for others....

Leon Haywood

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Leon Haywood, “It’s Got To Be Mellow”

Leon Haywood has had more than 20 R&B hits in a long and varied career....

Soul Serenade - Mel Carter

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Mel Carter, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”

One unforgettable song made Mel Carter immortal...

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Soul Serenade: The O’Jays, “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)”

The O'Jays are best known as a hit-making trio, but they started as a quintet, and had one of their earliest hits as a quartet....

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Soul Serenade: The Showmen, “It Will Stand”

When General Norman Johnson died on Oct. 13, the world of soul music suffered another incalculable loss. Ken Shane remembers the great...