Tuesday February 25, 2014
The Diamonds were yet another '50s white pop-vocal group covering R&B and doo-wop hits for the Top 40, but these Canadians were actually really good at it, which is why "Little Darlin'" and "The Stroll" are still considered true rock and roll classics. Learn all about the history, music, and career of the Diamonds here.
Sunday February 23, 2014
The artists, the legacy, the impact, the Sound of Young America: decades later, Motown remains a crucial musical component of African-American history. Find out how Berry Gordy turned the Detroit carmakers' model into a model of pop assembly-line production, changing the face of pop and soul forever -- and also the way music did business, in the process providing a model for black entrepreneurs that's still followed today. Find out everything you ever needed or wanted to know about the Motown label and its music here.
Thursday February 20, 2014
In honor of Black History Month, it's time to take a look back at the journey African-Americans have taken to get to this point. With that in mind, please enjoy my Top Ten list of oldies classics that delineate the fear, prejudice, murder, anger, and hope that have marked that journey. And, despite the controversial nature of these songs, about half of them actually made the American Top 40! Check out my list of oldies that deal with the African-American struggle.
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Jazz and the Blues were both born in the heart of black America, sinful secular music expressly forbidden by churchgoing folks. But a funny thing happened when white America morphed jazz into swing and R&B into rock and roll: African-Americans went back to the church for inspiration, turned their gospel secular, and rebirthed their musical identity yet again. Learn about the complex history, commercial triumph, and various mutations of soul music in this guide.