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…
The Clovers long, distinguished career began in 1946 and hasn’t ended yet
Big Mama Thornton was a seminal figure in the development of rock and roll but she’s never gotten her due
Richard Berry wrote and recorded the original version of rock’s most legendary song
He had never had much commercial success but Young Jessie released one of the coolest records ever in 1955
The world of music lost a giant when Ben E. King died last week
A Tarantino film gave a whole new meaning to a ’56 Coasters hit
The Drifters were legendary for their music, and their story
Jerry Leiber, a founding father of rock and roll, and one of the greatest songwriters in the history of popular music, died this week. Ken Shane pays tribute.
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 Shane pays tribute.
In 1964, Bessie Banks released the great soul ballad “Go Now.” Before her version had a chance to climb the charts, the Moody Blues had it covered in a big way.
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 1961, and again in 1987. True…