The Godfather of Soul’s politics were a reflection of himself: a Black man who’d risen to superstardom out of the Jim Crow South.
'Funky President,' episode two of the three-part series, follows the opening 'Funky Drummer,' released in July.
The great jazz singer-pianist's sixth album for Philips was named after a much-covered song that also links Johnny Mathis and David Bowie.
'Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)' became an R&B smash and an anthem of the Civil Rights era.
A treasured Chess Records artist made her R&B chart debut on September 5, 1960.
From indelible images to perfect portraits, the 100 greatest album covers provoke and awe just as much as the contents inside.
Joining the British beat groups and US favourites on the Hot 100 of August 15, 1964 was the Hardest Working Man In Show Business.
In salute to a blues great, multiple Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
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...
The history of ‘Fever’ includes some strange tales and unlikely artists. Here are some of the best cover versions of the song made famous by Peggy Lee.
He wrote the classic that's been covered hundreds of times, and made other fine records of his own.
Long before there were million-dollar studios or Pro Tools, there were great singing voices, whether they came out of barbershop quartets, Baptist churches or street corner doo-wop groups.
Endlessly funky, the best James Brown samples reveal why the hardest working man in show business became the most-sampled artist in history.
The musician also played with James Brown, Billy Joel and others, and leads his own jazz trio, but will always be best known as the first drummer in Paul McCartney's Wings.
The power of the protest song looks set to be exploited as politics takes center stage again. That music is used as a means to raise awareness and share a common goal...