LOS ANGELES, Calif. It was 1972, the turbulent ‘60s were winding down, and the music world was about to fork off in several directions: the Soft Rock of James Taylor and Carole King, the Outlaw Country of Waylon and Willie and soon . . . Disco.

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

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the pantheon of blues, Howlin’ Wolf was in a category of his own. At 6’3" and 275 pounds, he had a voice that resonated with menace - not every bluesman could make a song like "I Asked Her for Water (She Brought Me Gasoline)" convincing. The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee made several classic recordings for the Sun, RPM, Crown and Chess labels in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The soon-to-be-released Rockin’ the Blues: Live in Germany 1964, due out
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Chuck Berry and Sly & the Family Stone and Chuck Berry are the headliners ofwill headline the 29th annual Long Beach Blues Festival, set to take place Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2008 at a brand new locationvenue. The Festival will move relocate from its long-time home site at the Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) athletic field to a breezy new oceanfront locationhome, the Rainbow Lagoon at Linden Ave. and Shoreline Dr. in adjacent downtown to the Long B
Long lost album featuring traditional spirituals - recorded a decade before their breakthrough on Stax - found Mavis Staples in excellent voice

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

Stretchin’ Out In Bootsy’s Rubber Band; The Boot Is Made for Fonk-N; Ultra Wave; and The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away on boards for October 16 street date

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

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

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