Est. 1997


Ray Charles had the ability to
cause involuntary toe movements and make people color blind.

Watch Muddy Waters performed Rolling Stone live at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Sam Cooke from Clarksdale, Mississippi wrote and recorded more than a few classic songs in his 33 years. You Send Me, Chain Gang, Twisting The Night Away, Bring It On Home To Me, Having A Party and Cupid and many more.

Booker T. & the M.G.'s from Memphis release Green Onions in 1962

Brenda Lee was 15-year-old when she recorded, I'm Sorry on the Decca label.

Having lent his harmonica skills to Bruce Channel's Hey! Baby, which topped the pop charts in 1962, Delbert McClinton toured Europe with Channel.  While in England, McClinton tutored the leader of a then unknown band on mouth harp, the results of which subsequently were heard around the world on the Beatles hit "Love Me Do."

"I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents. And much more. But I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee, and that made me mad.  - Josephine Baker, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The Rolling Stones reach number one with Willie Dixon's Little Red Rooster in 1964.

In 1965, James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," hit No. 1 on the R & B charts with Papa's Got A Brand New Bag.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe appeared on British Television.

Loretta Lynn was the most popular female country singer in America.

On October 15, 1966, Otis Redding released Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Aretha Franklin, the most underrated piano player in piano playing history, recorded her first single for Atlantic, I Never Loved A Man at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The B- side Do Right Woman, Do Right Man was written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman.

February 17, 1966 Bob Dylan recorded Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again at Columbia Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Watch Bukka White perform Aberdeen Mississippi Blues.

Otis Redding Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Janis Joplin and many others kick off The Summer Of Love at the Monterey International Pop Festival.

Watch Hound Dog Taylor perform Shake Your Money Maker

Dolly Parton made her debut on the Porter Wagner Show.

Kenny Rogers and The First Edition go psychedelic with the 1967 hit Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).

Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry had number one hit with Ode to Billie Joe in 1967.

Jeannie C. Riley covered the Tom T. Hall song, Harper Valley P.T.A.

On East McLemore Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, stood the old Satellite Recording Studio, which Jim Stewart, with help from his sister Estelle Axton, and Jerry Wexler, forged into the legendary powerhouse of soul music, Stax Recording Studio.

Dance to the Music, Everyday People, Stand!, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Everybody Is a Star, all written by Sly Stone from Denton, Texas and performed by Sly and the Family Stone.

In 1969, Bill Lowery was Broadcast Music's number one publisher.

Steve Martin, banjo player extraordinaire and one of the funniest people on the planet was born in Waco, Texas on August 14, 1945.

Tony Joe White had a hit in 1969 with Polk Salad Annie.

Johnny Cash sang A Boy Named Sue at San Quentin Prison.

More than a month before Woodstock, the Atlanta International Pop Festival was held at the Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, Georgia. Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Tommy James and the Shondells, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Staple Singers and Johnny Winter were among the groups who performed to an estimated crowd of 80,000 to 150,000.


By Carl P. McConnell