It's impossible to tell the history of any genre in a single article, but these 20 songs provide a roadmap for listening... and further exploration.
The Neil Sedaka song became a signature tune for two UK entertainers, singer Tony Christie and comedian Peter Kay.
A seventh album in 15 months was just a routine schedule for Bobby and Bill.
The duo were holding on for their first R&B No. 1 with a gem from the Isaac Hayes/David Porter songbook.
An unexpected pairing brought a new Hot 100 entry in 1968.
The newly solo Supreme charts with the album of her first TV special.
The haunting keyboard motif, the tortured vocal and the unforgettable falsetto combined for an early 1960s pop classic.
'Don't Leave Me This Way' prompted Thelma's close-fought UK chart battle with Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, but in the US, she won hands down.
In the spring of 1970, the band's fans got a taste of their in-concert sound on disc.
Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jack McDuff and many others recorded 'Hey Lawdy Mama' before Steppenwolf rocked it up.
More than just the man that discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips know the roots of American music better than most, having grown up in the Deep South.
The album continued Thompson's working relationship with American producer Mitchell Froom, who had taken over the role from Richard's old Fairport Convention colleague Joe Boyd.
The 1973 album 'Eat It' saw the British rock band growing ever more confident and autonomous.
Written by Pam Belford and Dean Dillon, the song was a clever take on the old romantic idea of a pair of lovers who can never quite say goodbye.
The post-Walsh line-up of the Cleveland rock continued with a fifth chart album in 1972.
'Enlightened Rogues' included original material such as Dickey Betts’ ‘Crazy Love’ and a cover of B.B. King’s ‘Blind Love.'