Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) Jamesetta Hawkins was born to a Los Angeles prostitute, brought up..
Ruth Brown ran away from home at 17 to follow her dream of singin’ in a band. After a DJ..
He lived fast, died young, and left behind a legacy of incredible—but largely forgotten—recordings. Little Willie John was just five..
Ray Charles shook up the nation when he took sacred music and made it sexy. There’s one track he wrote..
At age three Billy Preston taught himself to play piano. By age ten he’d graduated to the organ—backing the likes..
It’s 1955. A man named Titus Turner, an east coast-based R&B composer and singer, pens a track he calls “All..