LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Arthur Alexander was the only songwriter to be covered by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. The Beatles and Stones both modeled their early sound after him. "When the Beatles and the Rolling Stones got their first chance to record," says Keith Richards, "one did ‘Anna’ and the other did ‘You Better Move On.’ That should tell you enough." Yet by 1980 he had mysteriously vanished. Alexander was driving a bus in Cleveland when he was rediscovered in the early ’90s, an
Classic Hits By Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, And Others Chart The Rise Of The "Memphis Sound" During The Heart Of The Civil Rights Movement

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- In 1957, a square, white bank teller who knew nothing about African- American music launched a record label with only a tape recorder in a barn on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. Over the next two decades, the racially-integrated Stax studio which had moved to a theater in South Memp

MEMPHIS, Tenn. In an unparalleled celebration of Stax Records’ 50th anniversary, the heart and soul of the legendary label’s lineup will reunite onstage for "50 Years of Stax: A Concert To Benefit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music." The event will be held Friday, June 22 at Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theater at the foot of Beale Street.

Just confirmed as hosts of the show are Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Randy Jackson (renowned producer, songwriter and co-host of "American Idol").


Deluxe four-CD box set with extensive liner notes features such Vee-Jay Records hitmakers as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, The Four Seasons, Jerry Butler & the Impressions, The Staple Singers, Betty Everett, Little Richard, Billy Preston, Gene Chandler, Rosco Gordon, J.B. Lenoir, Joe Simon, The El Dorados, The Dells, Jimmy Hughes, The Spaniels and more

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Vee-Jay Records was the first successful African-American-owned record company. At various times in its 13-year tenure,

‘60s San Francisco band helped pioneer country-rock, adding British Invasion influence

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The Beau Brummels are best known for their chart topping 1965 single "Laugh Laugh" on the indie Autumn label. The band featured a great songwriter in Ron Elliott and a gem of a singer in Sal Valentino, both of whom helmed the group through many personnel changes. When the band signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1966, they made a curious decision to record an album of cover songs. This alb

Short Stax Digital EPs each featuring two best-known tracks and one lost gem by classic Stax artists ...Also, five digital only full album reissues slated. All due May 22

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Stax Records, the classic soul label that has been reactivated this year by Concord Music Group on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, has announced plans to offer gems from its catalog for digital download exclusively through iTunes in North America for 90 days. The music will be offered on other dig

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The only songwriter whose songs were covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley was Arthur Alexander. One of the greatest soul singers of all time, if not the best known, he penned "Anna," "Sally Sue Brown" and "You Better Move On" among many others. The Beatles modeled their early sound after him. Yet by 1980 a young man, just 40 Alexander had left the music industry and was driving a bus and working at a center for disadvantaged kids in Clevelan
LOS ANGELES "Ask me about my religion," writes Michelle Shocked in her "womanifesto" for her forthcoming album. "Of course, no one ever does." But it’s all part of her long musical journey: "I was moved by the power of rock ‘n’ roll. And if you follow the trail from rock ‘n’ roll, it always leads you back to the blues, sweet soul music and finally to the churches and gospel music." In Shocked’s case, it led to the West Angeles COGIC mass choir in the heart of South Central Los Angeles, where she
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over his four-decade career, David Olney has built a reputation not as a kind-hearted troubadour but rather as a performing songwriter possessed of a sharp literary mind that cuts to the bone of the human condition. Whether the subject matter is heartbreak or armed robbery, Olney’s cinematic style and fearless approach to lyric writing have won him renown as kind of a musical outlaw. Listening to his latest CD, One Tough Town, due out on June 5 on Red Parlor, is like watching
Set to Rock are Roky Erickson, Dan Penn, Dave Bartholomew, Little Jimmy Scott, Dale Hawkins, Barbara Lynn, Bobby Rush, Roy Head, Augie Meyers, Wardell Quezergue, Lazy Lester, Willie Tee and Henry Gray

NEW ORLEANS, La. Ponderosa Stomp, the renowned New Orleans roots festival has announced its artist schedule (see below.) The sixth annual Stomp is set to roll on Wednesday, May 2, at New Orleans’ House of Blues, encompassing three separate stages with non-stop music from 5:30 p.m. til 2 a.m. Tic

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