Artists

Sam Cooke

At the age of thirty-three, on December 11th 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed at the Hacienda Motel, in Los Angeles. This article is posted on December 11th 2020 in his memory. Samuel Cook was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931. He was the fifth of eight children born to Charles […]

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William Bell & Judy Clay

William Bell was born William Yarbrough in 1939 in Memphis. Judy Clay was born Judith Grace Guions in St. Pauls, North Carolina, just one year earlier. Around thirty years later they teamed up to cut a track at Stax Records in Memphis, “Private Number”, that achieved success in the UK, reaching number […]

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Johnnie Taylor at Stax

Johnnie Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, but grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas. Like most black kids of his generation, he was introduced to singing and performing through the church. In 1953 he joined a gospel group called The Highway Q.C.’s, replacing Lou Rawls, who had joined in 1951 when Sam Cooke […]

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Dusty In Memphis

“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” was a massive hit for Dusty Springfield in 1966, but it was followed by a fallow year in terms of chart success. So Dusty was looking for a way to regain her popularity in the UK and the USA and came up […]

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Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price was born on March 9th 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana, not far from New Orleans. He was the eighth of eleven children. Like many young kids, he was given music lessons, learning piano and trumpet. He also sang in the local church choir. Price has spoken about learning all the […]

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Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1937 or 1938. He moved to Chicago in 1959 and began working as a chauffeur for Blues legend Freddie King. He also starting singing in local clubs, where he was noticed by Harold Burrage, who helped him record some early tracks for small Chicago record labels, […]

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