The loss of Little Richard has ginned up lots of memories. This one, from a Grammy ceremony, perfectly sums up how he set the tone for rock.
There was certainly a transition in music from the 1950s to the 1960s. But 1950s pop music wasn’t simplistic or sappy as some would have you believe.
Etta James’ “Roll With Me Henry” is another one of those songs that serves as a rock n’ roll building block. Here’s how it came about.