America was on people’s minds: Don McLean with "American Pie" and there was even a band named America. Our nation was at war in Vietnam; we had landed on the moon. African-Americans were emboldened and encouraged by the progress they wer
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Staple Singers were best known for their '70s Stax hits like "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There" and "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)," but in fact the Chicago quartet's recording career dates back to the '50s on the Vee-Jay and Riverside labels. Their fifth effort was a Christmas album titled The 25th Day of December
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - On October 16, Collectors’ Choice will reflect on Bootsy Collins’ evolution as funk’s clown prince. In the 1980s, funk stretched its boundaries under the stewardship of George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band. Collins, a veteran of James Brown’s J.B.’s, learned from the best, fusing
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
Just confirmed as hosts of the show are Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Randy Jackson (renowned producer, songwriter and co-host of "American Idol").
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Vee-Jay Records was the first successful African-American-owned record company. At various times in its 13-year tenure,
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