| May 15, 2012
As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and...
| Jun 6, 2012
Herb Reed was in his 20s when he founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953, naming his vocal group after the term used by radio DJs for the vinyl records of the day.
Well into the digital download era — and into his 80s — Reed was still...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Fans of classic disco and early electronic dance music have reason to rejoice: The respected and innovative Italian producer Giorgio Moroder has started offering classic rarities via his new Soundcloud page.
Moroder, 72, is best known for his work with...
| Jun 8, 2012
Guitarist and singer Bob Welch, whose work in the early 1970s for Fleetwood Mac set the stage for the band's multi-platinum success later in the decade, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville. He was 66.
According to a spokesman for the Nashville...
| Jan 19, 2012
Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out.
Born white, the son of Greek immigrant...
| Apr 14, 2012
| 3:58 PM
Trumpeter Wayne Jackson was the personification of mixed emotions in February when he and his longtime musical partner, saxophonist Andrew Love, were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for their work over half a century together as the...
| Mar 1, 2012
Davy Jones was a promising 18-year-old actor from England when he found himself among the guest performers on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964 — the same night about 75 million people tuned in to catch the American debut of the Beatles. Like...
| Apr 20, 2012
Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious...
| Apr 25, 2012
My favorite scene in Carole King's long-awaited "A Natural Woman" comes near the beginning — appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an early starter. The high school student born Carol Klein had just signed a recording contract...
| Apr 27, 2012
Bert Weedon was a legendary British guitar player who influenced a generation of budding rock stars with his popular "Play in a Day" instructional book.
Eric Clapton, Brian May, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison are among...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:04 AM
Adele named her sophomore album "21" after her age at the time she was recording it. This week, the title takes on new significance, as "21" becomes the 21st album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to sell 10 million copies.
Last week the set -- which...