Non-conformist to the core and a peerless satirist who nevertheless took his musicianship very seriously, Zappa left a huge legacy of recorded music.
The world-famous singer-songwriter had already taken part in many vocal pairings on disc by the time the 'Duets' album arrived in 1993.
The history of pioneering Chicago house label DJ International is the history of dance music, taking house music around the world in the 80s and 90s.
Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
The French film noir may be long forgotten, but Miles Davis’ soundtrack for ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud’ remains a groundbreaking development in his exploration of modal jazz.
The final single by The Jam was one of those rare cases where a band really did quit at the top.
A remarkable 1965 for the vocal duo came towards an end with a new hit in December, 'Ebb Tide.'
Prefacing the ambient music which Brian Eno would pursue later on, ‘Before And After Science’ pulled off the feat of uniting “pro” and “anti” punks in 1977.
Often pigeon-holed as AOR, Carpenters were actually musical mavericks, thanks to Richard Carpenter’s forward-thinking arrangements and Karen’s unique voice.
A groundbreaking song in British rock history was born in London on 13 October 1965, followed by the album of the same name on 3 December.
The McCartney composition that has sold more copies in the UK than anything by The Beatles was rising to No. 1 in early December 1977.
'...But Seriously' had Collins moving away from the often poppier style of earlier solo records, and his fans made the journey with him.
The chequered story of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' included Gladys and the group's R&B No. 1 with it before Marvin took ownership of the song.
From Def Leppard to Chuck Berry, U2, Tom Petty, Weezer and Eric Clapton, the best Christmas rock songs are satisfyingly turkey-free.
Recorded across two sessions, ‘The Sermon!’ finds the Hammond organ master Jimmy Smith at his finest for Blue Note, and pointing the future towards soul jazz.