| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| May 15, 2012
As the bass player on dozens of the most soulful hits in the history of pop music, Donald "Duck" Dunn often found himself out on the road playing to fans who had assumed he was black like the stars he supported, notably Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and...
| Aug 28, 2011
When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther.
"You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
| Jan 28, 2011
When a record label's female vocal groups include the Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas, it's easy to see why the Marvelettes are often relegated to footnote status. But the Detroit group has a unique distinction in the saga of Motown Records —...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:09 PM
Haley Reinhart would like to apologize to the fans who waited for her outside of the Allstate Arena in August.
The Wheeling native — who hasn’t been home much since finishing third on Fox’s “American Idol” in May —...
| Sep 10, 2011
Sitting in the hall that she operates in Leimert Park on a recent afternoon, Barbara Morrison is uncharacteristically sedentary. She recently lost a leg to diabetes. While she speaks with customary grace and cheer, the jazz vocalist is in a period of...
| May 21, 2012
| 2:58 PM
When Black Ensemble Theatre opened its beautiful new building in November, it did so with a show, "The Jackie Wilson Story," that not only was under-rehearsed but was merely a pro forma remount of a hit from the past. The second, far more successful...
| Dec 28, 2010
Long before she became an '80s funk-pop infanta, or Rick James' protégé and lover, Teena Marie was a Motown-enamored schoolgirl in one of L.A.'s last historic black enclaves.
The singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at her Pasadena home at age 54, grew...
| Dec 28, 2010
| 9:57 AM
It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie.
Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers ( Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 4:35 PM
What a difference six years make â€” the small but significant difference in years between when Eric Clapton was born in 1945, near the end of World War II, and the birth of Phil Collins in 1951, shortly before rock......
| Nov 29, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Nelly is struggling to comprehend one particular title bestowed upon him in his 10-year career: the underdog. Despite selling more than 20 million albums in the U.S., having nearly a dozen top 10 singles, being ranked as the third top......