Rufus Thomas at Wattstax

Rufus Thomas Performing The BREAKDOWN Live In Front Of 77,000 People

Mar. 12, 2014 by

Rufus Thomas performed his classic song “The Breakdown,” in front of over 70,000 people during the Wattstax concert of 1972. Rufus Thomas was 53-years-old when he began a new run of hits for Stax Records in the early 1970s, with

James Brown

JAMES BROWN’S BAND QUITS; BOOTSY COLLINS HIRED

Mar. 9, 2014 by

Members of James Brown’s backing band were fired today (March 9, 1970), after they threatened to quit on the godfather of soul over back wages. The dispute began after a performance the night before, in Jacksonville, Florida. Members of the

Ronald Isley

RONALD ISLEY BEGINS TAX EVASION TRIAL

Mar. 8, 2014 by

The trial of Ronald Isley of The Isley Brothers was scheduled for today¬†(March 8, 2005). The 63-year-old singer was accused of avoiding paying millions in taxes, from the years 1976-1996. The Isley’s were no stranger to issues with the tax

Natalie Cole

NATALIE COLE GETS MARRIED – ON THE WAY TO A FUNERAL

Feb. 14, 2014 by

Natalie Cole announced her marriage to her producer, Reverned Marvin Yancey Jr. today (February 14, 1977). The pair married in secret the previous year, on July 31, 1976. Natalie Cole and Marvin Yancey Jr. met in the fall of 1974,

arthuralexander

Happy Birthday Arthur Alexander: Soul Singer’s Influence On The Beatles Examined

Feb. 14, 2014 by

Singer Arthur Alexander was born today (May 10th), 1940. Almost as prevalent as the age old adage “who came first, the chicken or the egg?” is the famous question considered the dividing line of musical taste: “The Beatles or the