Tuesday November 26, 2013
It was one of the major driving forces in early rock and roll, but the very nature of doo-wop's humble origins, combined with a music industry that barely understood what to do with it, led to a lot of faceless one-hit wonders, confusing lineup changes, and classic artists nearly lost to history. This list is where the new doo-wop fan should get started learning all about the genre... though it was a phenomenon so rich and pervasive that parts of its history are still being uncovered today. Check out my list of essential doo-wop discs, books, videos, and more!
Sunday November 24, 2013
Before the advent of soul-blues, African-American music had a dual nature for hundreds of years: the sacred and the secular, the glorified and the vulgar. But when gospel met R&B, it birthed soul, and when soul met blues, the first generation of an aging black middle class found its true voice. Read all about, and hear all about, the history of "soul-blues" here.
Saturday November 23, 2013
They've all had one giant hit everyone knows by heart, but these 27 artists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s also managed to make it back to the Top 40, often with a similar song that got airplay at the time but has since become completely forgotten to history. So are these songs just pale imitations of the "one hit"? Sometimes they are. More often than not, though, they're good enough to make you wonder what might have happened. Hear and purchase these "two hit wonder" songs in my latest playlist!
Friday November 22, 2013
The assassination of John F. Kennedy was an event so traumatic it didn't produce a US top 40 hit for five years -- and even then, radio only faced reality because of a series of similar shocks, a former doo-wop idol, a Louisiana swamp-popper, and, tangentially, a cartoon dog. Read all about the history and recording of "Abraham, Martin and John" right here.