Way Back 2017

Hidden Figures
Rocks the Rhythm,
Bye Bye Man Slashes It

The number one movie in American theaters is Hidden Figures...and that means classic rhythm and blues has returned to the top of the charts! The award-nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe about the contributions of African-American women to the space race offers an intriguing selection of recordings from the '50s and early '60s. Ruth Brown's "Have a Good Time" from 1952, "Don't ... MORE ››

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Raymond Lefevre

Raymond Lefevre "coaxed" his way to #76 on the list of the Top 100 Instrumental Artists of the '50s and '60s! See the other 99 bands and bandleaders ... MORE ››

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Patsy Cline

"Is she a country singer or a pop singer?" That's a question unlikely to have been asked about anyone prior to the 1950s; attempting a career in pop music just wasn't something western style singers considered. But Patsy Cline had an exceptional gift, a voice that lent itself easily to pop-style ballads despite her preference for country. It wasn't her idea to gradually move from fiddle and steel guitar accompaniment to stringed orchestras and elegant background vocalists but rather the people she worked with, some with an ear for what makes a star and at least one with a nose for the scent for greenbacks but a lack of foresight. What matters in the long run is that she recorded a little more than one hundred songs during her regrettably short, accident-prone life, and her entire output ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Willie Mabon

I Don't Know
by Willie Mabon

He was a well-groomed, sharply-dressed piano-man-about-town. The way he communicated on his best known songs, on the other hand, was tough, streetwise and scornful. Willie Mabon grew up in the Hollywood district on the north end of Memphis, Tennessee; moving to Chicago in 1942, he set out to show off his formidable piano and harmonica ... MORE ››