A question of boundaries lays at the heart of music censorship, but artists have always pushed back, fighting for the freedom to express themselves.
For Chuck's first recording session, he tried to hide his identity from his disapproving and highly religious father.
Listen to some of the well-known and more obscure entries on Billboard's first-ever Hot 100, for the week of 4 August 1958.
The group followed 'Surfin' Safari' with the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote.
The song wasn't a chart entry for Chuck, but would win notoriety when an up-and-coming group called the Rolling Stones chose to cover it as their first single in 1963.
Three lucky audiences on EC's 1974 tour saw him joined on stage by half of The Who.
Confessin’ The Blues collects together the greatest ever bluesmen, such as Chuck Berry, B.B King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.
Chess Records had its first hit record on 29 July 1950, Gene Ammons' My Foolish Heart, then went on to provide the soundtrack to Black America in the 1950s.
Great songs are a compelling soundtrack to our inner worlds, and any list of key singles will be personal rather than definitive, but the 45 45s in our playlist still inspire and...
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.
Tony Visconti tells the story of the time he and Marc Bolan arrived in Los Angeles and created a pop classic.
At the dawn of rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues vocal groups from street corners across America dominated the teenage-dream world of radio.
'You Go To My Head' is one of those timeless love songs that's been covered by a vast array of great vocalists.
Blind Owl Wilson, born on 4 July 1943, but who died at the age of just 27, was the co-founder and principal writer with Canned Heat. This is their story.
One of the most memorable open-air events of the decade turned into a triumph for the visiting Californian heroes.