There are a handful of songs that can be credited for moving the needle on rock music. The 1951 single, “Rocket 88,” is one of ’em as Kit O’Toole explains.
From “Twisting the Night Away” to “A Change Is Gonna Come,” a new collection captures the wide-ranging genius of Sam Cooke.
Ruth Brown helped establish Atlantic Records as a hub for R&B. But like many artists of the day, she was mistreated. Let’s give her her due.
There’s no form of American music NOT influenced by New Orleans. “Up From the Streets” is a loving documentary and tribute to this unique city.