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 and a song called “Do-Wah-Diddy” that…
“Sloopy” was a bigger hit for the McCoys but the Vibrations got there first
Barbara Lewis scored some massive hits but her 1968 non-hit is right for today
A new compilation from Omnivore shines a light on an unjustly forgotten soul singer
“That Lady” was a crowning moment in a legendary career
The Pride of Providence scored a big hit in ’66
“Hello Stranger” was the first of several huge hits for Barbara Lewis
The Drifters were legendary for their music, and their story
The Jarmels only had one hit, but it was a big one. “A Little Bit of Soap” climbed to the upper reaches of the Pop Chart in September, 1961.
Ken Shane celebrates the life and music of songwriter/producer Jerry Ragovoy who died this week at age 80.
Just when Freddie Scott decided to give up on recording and focus on songwriting, an opportunity came along to record a song that would change his life.
In 1966 the legendary songwriter/producer Jerry Ragovoy found himself with a full orchestra and free studio time. He certainly made the most of it.
Solomon Burke was known as the King of Rock and Soul. When he died last Sunday, he left behind a long string of soul classics. Ken Shane remembers.
Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters had a massive hit in 1963 with “Cry Baby,” but it’s a less well known 1964 b-side by the group that has stuck in Ken Shane’s memory.