| Oct 29, 2012
| 2:39 PM
The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with producer Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1967.
"My idea was to make good tracks, use the best players,...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 7:52 AM
Let’s get to the first oft-asked question: What’s with the name “Lionel”? No last name? Nope. Mononymous, like God. Get over it.
The nom de radio actually comes from Al Pacino’s character in the 1973 film classic “...
| Aug 23, 2011
Jerry Leiber, who with his songwriting partner, Mike Stoller, created a songbook that infused the rock 'n' roll scene of the 1950s and early '60s with energy and mischievous humor, has died. He was 78.
Leiber, the words half of the duo, died Monday at...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 4:06 PM
Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday. She was 73.
She died at...
| Apr 13, 2011
Roger Nichols, the recording engineer who gave the music of Steely Dan the lustrous sheen that became the popular group's sonic signature, died Saturday at his Burbank home after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 66....
| Oct 11, 2010
Solomon Burke, a pioneering singer-songwriter of so-called sweet soul music whose powerful ballads in the 1960s were a major influence on a generation of rock, R&B and pop vocalists, has died. He was in his early 70s.
Burke died early Sunday morning of...
| May 13, 2011
Cornell Dupree, a versatile guitarist whose long, productive career included performances and recordings with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Miles Davis and Lena Horne, died Sunday at his home in Fort Worth. Dupree, who had emphysema, was...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:51 AM
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (CNN) -- Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.
The Rev. Al Sharpton presided over her funeral in southern California where she was...
| Oct 10, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Solomon Burke, the robust, regal preacher-turned-singer who defined soul music in the â60s and continued to perform and minister for decades afterward, died Sunday in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Burke died on a plane after arriving on a flight from...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Jerry Leiber, with partner Mike Stoller, wrote many of the hits that helped define rock music....
| Aug 23, 2011
| 9:36 PM
An appreciation of Jerry Leiber who, writing for Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, The Coasters and more as the lyricist half of the Leiber and Stoller songwriting team, helped change pop music and set the template for future artists....
| May 21, 2012
| 10:23 AM
It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...