Tag: King Records

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...

Billy Ward and His Dominoes

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Soul Serenade: Billy Ward And His Dominoes, “Sixty Minute Man”

Billy Ward launched a new era of frankness in lyrics and the careers of two future superstars...

Bobby Freeman

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Freeman, “Do You Want To Dance”

Bobby Freeman wrote and recorded one of the most covered songs in the history of rock and roll...

Soul Serenade - Joe Tex

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Soul Serenade: Joe Tex, “Show Me”

Joe Tex was famous for his moves, great records, and his feud with James Brown...

Soul Serenade - Charles Brown

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Soul Serenade: Charles Brown, “Please Come Home For Christmas”

R&B pioneer Charles Brown released a Christmas classic in 1960...

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Soul Serenade: James Brown With The Famous Flames, “Please, Please, Please”

The competition for the first single by the Famous Flames was fierce. Federal Records prevailed....

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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: James Brown and the Famous Flames, “I’ll Go Crazy”

To make up for the inexcusable absence of the King of Soul from his Soul Serenade column, Ken Shane offers up a double shot of James Brown....