Tag: Jerry Lieber

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Soul Serenade: The Exciters, “Tell Him”

I’ve written about the Exciters before in this column, back in 2013. But that story was more of a reminiscence about my first band...

The Clovers

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Clovers, “Love Potion No. 9”

The Clovers long, distinguished career began in 1946 and hasn't ended yet...

Big Mama Thornton

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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...

Richard Berry

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Soul Serenade: Richard Berry & the Pharaohs, “Louie Louie”

Richard Berry wrote and recorded the original version of rock's most legendary song...

Young Jessie

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Soul Serenade: Young Jessie, “Mary Lou”

He had never had much commercial success but Young Jessie released one of the coolest records ever in 1955...

Ben E King

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Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “I (Who Have Nothing)”

The world of music lost a giant when Ben E. King died last week...

The Coasters

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Soul Serenade: The Coasters, “Down In Mexico”

A Tarantino film gave a whole new meaning to a '56 Coasters hit...

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Soul Serenade: The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”

The Drifters were legendary for their music, and their story...

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Soul Serenade: The Coasters, “Yakety Yak”

Carl Gardner, the original lead singer of the Coasters died last week. He was the voice on a string of great singles for the group. Ken...

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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”

Everyone knows Ben E. King. He’s the guy who co-wrote and sang the immortal “Stand By Me,” which was a Top Ten hit in...