LGBTQ musicians haven’t always benefitted from today’s attitudes towards sexuality, but many pioneers fought for LGBTQ rights in the mainstream.
In 1964, one rock 'n' roll original covered another, as Richard charted with 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.'
Born on 6 September 1925, Jimmy Reed became a best-selling blues artist, regularly making the charts and influencing a string of younger artists in the 60s.
A trademark Hank Williams song was created on 30 August 1949, when Hank recorded ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Gospel music has always had a major influence on R&B, with many of the biggest soul singers having started their vocal careers in gospel church choirs.
On 19 August 1957, Gene entered the US singles chart with what became his only other US top 20 hit, 'Lotta Lovin''.
A runaway success, Jon Bon Jovi’s solo debut, ‘Blaze Of Glory’, was a film soundtrack that pointed the way towards his group’s next album, ‘Keep The Faith’.
His debut album was also the only US top 20 pop chart LP for the Georgia Peach.
Kenny's UK No. 1 arrived as he was in the early stages of redirecting his career into the country arena.
A soulful trip to 'Land Of 1,000 Dances,' courtesy of Wilson Pickett and many others.
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...
A dazzling array of British stars played on Billy's stirring Apple single of 1969.
After ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly,’ Richard was on the radio and in the charts with another unique Specialty single, 'Ooh! My Soul.'
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.
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.