Soul Serenade: Garland Green, “Jealous Kind Of Fella”

Popular songs are a funny thing. What is it that makes some hit songs live on forever, while others are forgotten with the passage of time? Is there something in the melody or lyrics that give a song its staying power? I ...

Soul Serenade: Ashford & Simpson, “Solid”

Nickolas Ashford met Valerie Simpson at the Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1964. He had come to New York from South Carolina, stopping briefly in Michigan to go to college. He wanted to be a dancer, but it wasn’t happening for ...

Soul Serenade: Candy & The Kisses, “The 81″

Dance crazes. There were a lot of them in the ’60s. Chubby Checker sparked a national frenzy with his version of “The Twist,” which was originally recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. Joey Dee & the Starliters had a variation ...

Soul Serenade: Maxine Brown, “Oh No Not My Baby”

My friend Glen Burtnik is a rock and roll hero in my former home state of New Jersey. While people around the world know him for playing in latter-day versions of Styx and the Electric Light Orchestra, in NJ he ...

Jheri Curl Fridays 13 : “Street Corner”

When Nick Ashford passed away on Tuesday, the music world was robbed of a true legend. Nick, along with his partner (and later wife) Valerie Simpson, had a quarter-century run as one of the greatest songwriting teams in pop ...