At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
In General Franco’s Spain, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ artwork was classed as obscene and banned. The record company had to change the sleeve.
On a hot summer’s night on 12 July 1962 at London’s Marquee Jazz Club, The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig.
Louis Jordan was dubbed the King of The Jukebox and rightly so, he was a huge star and one that is sadly much less remembered than he ought to be…
This richly romantic number is one of those timeless love songs that's been covered by a vast array of great vocalists.
The Billboard Hot 100 dated 4 July 1964 showed the Beach Boys climbing to the top of the chart with ‘I Get Around.’
'Blind Owl' Wilson, who died on 3 September 1970 and thus joined the infamous '27 Club,' was co-founder and principal writer with Canned Heat. This is their story.
Bartholomew helped shape the sound of R&B with his recording, writing and production for so many Crescent City artists.
One of the most memorable open-air events of the decade turned into a triumph for the visiting Californian heroes.
Who wrote the first ever blues song and what was the first ever recorded blues song? We dig deep to find out the fascinating history of recorded blues.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
When The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham got the band to record a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’, they made history – and their debut single.
Home taping in the 80s didn’t necessarily kill the record industry but the cassette format gave a voice to those that the mainstream didn’t always have an ear for.
Being ahead of their time, too offbeat for mass consumption, or through plain old bad luck – some artists became wildly influential without becoming household names.
“Nina as you want her – with soul!”, proclaimed a trade advertisement for the 1967 album.