Cool Stuff

  • RHYTHM AND BLUES was said to have been a term created by Jerry Wexler of Billboard magazine in 1948 as a more digestible substitute for “Race Music”.
  • Like Lieber and Stoller, RUDY TOOMBS wrote a bucketfulla classic Beach Music songs. Teardrops From My Eyes- Ruth Brown, One Mint Julep- Clovers, 5-10-15 Hours- Ruth Brown, One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer- Amos Milburn, Nip Sip- Clovers. Sometimes talent alone won’t save you. He was mugged...
  • RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS got their name when black marines called them righteous at the Black Derby Club.
  • ROY HAMILTON from Leesburg Ga, won an amateur contest at Apollo Theater in 1947 singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. Six years later that same song became his first single and a #1 hit. One of richest voices in history, Hamilton described his style, “My style is 50% gospel, 30% popular...
  • RONALD ISLEY of the Isley Brothers won a $25 war bond in a gospel contest in a Baptist church as a 3-yr-old. Can’t start too young.
  • RICHARD PENNIMAN (Little Richard ) was asked by Jeff Tamarkin what radio stations he listened to. “Use to listen to a station out of Nashville called WLAC. Listened to a guy named Gene Nobles. That’s where I first heard Tutti Frutti. My mother didn’t know my name was Little...
  • Who wrote Jackie Wilson’s first solo hit, REET PETITE, released in 1957? It was a songwriting team by the name of Tyron Carlo and Berry Gordy. The royalties from this song help Berry Gordy launch Motown. They later would write That’s Why I love You So and Lonely Teardrops.
  • What two groups more that any other probably captured the coming-of-age and REBELLIOUS SPIRIT of the teenagers of the 50s? Had to be the backbeats, stage antics and teen situation lyrics of the Coasters and duck-walkin Chuck Berry. Even when the songs weren’t danceable, both were wailing...
  • THE RAVENS, maybe the first successful “bird” group, were formed by two Harlem waiters, Jimmy Ricks and Warren Suttles in 1945. One of the very first groups to use a bass vocalist as lead. And the first to turn White Christmas into a dance song.
  • RAGS TO RICHES was a smash hit for Tony Bennett in ’53 but if you want to hear a hauntingly romantic version, then YOUTUBE The Dominoes with Jackie Wilson in lead.