Leon Haywood has had more than 20 R&B hits in a long and varied career.
A career of brilliant variety came to an end when Wilton Felder died this week
New York City had one big hit and a history of legendary connections
The Zombies were the second English group to have a #1 single in the US, trailing only the Beatles for that distinction, when their 1964 debut single “She’s Not There” reached the top of the Cashbox chart in this country. Now, more than 50 years later, the Zombies are still going strong. Their latest album, Still Got That Hunger, will be released on October 9. On September 30 the band will embark on their latest US tour. In recent years lead singer Colin Blunstone and keyboard player Rod Argent, both founding members of the Zombies, have been touring with a band that includes bass player Jim Rodford (formerly of Argent, and the Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve on drums, and guitar player Tom Toomey. The upcoming tour will be special in that the band will be playing their fabled 1968 album Odessey & Oracle in its entirety for the first time in the US, and they will be doing it with original Zombies drummer Hugh Grundy, and songwriter/bass player Chris White who joined the band in …
James & Bobby Purify launched their career with a Muscle Shoals classic
An overlooked group, a legendary producer, and a songwriter I should have gotten to know better
A new compilation unearths obscure soul gems
In 1965 the jazz pianist scored the first in a string of pop hits
The brothers from Providence had their first big hit in 1973
Legends, upstarts, and an honored but absent guest at this year’s festival.
The Persuaders recorded a big hit of their own and original versions of hits for others
Superstars, secret stars, rising stars, and a ghost from the past hovering over it all.
The Manhattans were leading purveyors of romantic soul over a decades-long career
After two quick smash hits the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose began to fade from view
The one single that Frank Wilson released is one of the most collectible records in history
Brenton Wood scored back-to-back hits in ’67
Brian Wilson and his band played a dazzling show in Boston last week
A new compilation from Omnivore shines a light on an unjustly forgotten soul singer
Timmy Thomas’ 1972 plea for understanding remains as timely today as ever
Norman Whitfield and the Velvelettes were a match made in soul music heaven
The new film about Brian Wilson is a triumph
“I’d Rather Go Blind” was a B-side that practically defined the R&B genre
All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King died at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.
Dorothy Moore delivered a big hit in 1976 and didn’t stop there
Rare Earth scored big with two Temptations covers, and more
The world of music lost a giant when Ben E. King died last week
The 5th Dimension had one of their biggest hits with a Bacharach-David classic
“Will It Go Round In Circles” was one of the biggest hits in a legendary career
Ken Shane pays tribute to Percy Sledge, the great Southern soul singer who we lost this week
No Pier Pressure is another triumph in a legendary career