Peggy Lee – “Fever”

Peggy Lee

Introduction to Peggy Lee Peggy Lee is one of the most renowned figures in American entertainment history – she was a talented pop/jazz singer, songwriter and actress whose career run spanned six decades. As an actress, she supplied the speaking and singing voices for the Disney animation film Lady And The Tramp; … Read more

Introduction to Steely Dan

Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker – the core of Steely Dan Donald Fagen and Walter Becker first met while attending the same college in New York. The duo struck up a musical partnership as they both loved jazz. They eventually played together first for the jazz/rock outfit The Bad Rock Group who … Read more

History of Julie London

Julie London

Introduction Known for her sultry voice and sensual persona, Julie London was an actress and a singer. She was active during the 50s, where she was also considered as a sex symbol and a pinup girl, mostly judging from the provocative poses in her LP sleeve covers. London tackled pop and jazz … Read more

Norman Connors – “You Are My Starship”

Norman Connors

Short introduction to Norman Connors Norman Connors is a noted American jazz drummer. Among the several R&B hits that have become platinum sellers are: “Valentine Love,” “We Both Need Each Other,” “You Are My Starship,” “Betcha By Golly Wow”, “Once I’ve Been There,” “Melancholy Fire” and many more. He has also served … Read more

El Chicano – “Viva Tirado”

El Chicano

Who are El Chicano? El Chicano are an American music group formed in the 1970s, whose repertoire include chicano rock and “brown-eyed soul.” They released singles that figured on the US Hot 100: “Viva Tirado” (from their 1970 debut album of the same title), their cover of Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” and … Read more

The Crusaders – “Street Life”

The Crusaders

  Introduction to the Crusaders The Crusaders are a group of musicians who are distinctively versatile — having their roots in jazz, they eventually embraced other genres such as soul and funk. Originally as the Jazz Crusaders, in 1971, they changed their name to just The Crusaders. The Crusaders attained crossover appeal … Read more

The Music and Harmonies of the 5th Dimension

5th Dimension

Introduction of the 5th Dimension The 5th Dimension are an American vocal group, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1966. They best-known for their songs “Aquarius” and “Let The Sunshine In” – anthems of the counterculture in the late 1960s. The most famous lineup consisted of Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn Coco, Lamonte … Read more

Teddi King, Pop and Jazz Songstress

Teddi King

A short career introduction to Teddi King American jazz and pop singer Teddi King started her road to a singing career by first winning a competition under the wings of Dinah Shore who hosted the show in Teddi’s hometown in Boston. Eventually she began performing for the soldiers in WW II and … Read more

Introduction to War

War

War had their beginnings in Long Beach, California way back in the early 1960s. High schoolers Howard E. Scott (guitars) and Harold Brown (drums) formed the Creators, an R&B cover band. Three years later these artists were added to expand the lineup: keyboardist Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, bassist Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, and saxophonist/flutist … Read more

History of Little Feat

Little Feat

Formation of the band The formation of Little Feat occurred in Los Angeles, California in 1969. Little Feat was founded by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lowell George (b. 1945 – d. 1979) and bassist Roy Estrada, both of whom had previously been with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Other co-founders were keyboardist Bill … Read more

Introduction to Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Introduction to Rita Coolidge The very versatile and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rita Coolidge is known for her hit songs “We’re All Alone” and the #2 single “(Your Love Has Held Me) Higher and Higher.” Her singles have charted in pop, country, jazz and adult contemporary charts. The Nashville, Tennessee-born Coolidge has also … Read more

King Curtis – The Saxophone Virtuoso

King Curtis

Introduction to King Curtis King Curtis was an American professional saxophone player and sometime bandleader and session musician. He once recorded “Yakety Yak” with the Coasters; he would sometimes record under his own name and for other bands. Curtis achieved his R&B #1 hit with “Soul Twist” in 1962. His move to … Read more

The Legendary Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Introduction Sammy Davis Jr. is considered one of the legendary all-around entertainers. Initially a tap dancer, he fought against all odds that includes racial discrimination and segregation to become one of the top stars during his time. His dynamic versatlility eventually won him legions of fans of all races. Davis appeared in … Read more

Moe Koffman – A Multi-Talented and Respected Jazz Musician

Moe Koffman – A Multi Talented and Respected Jazz Musician

Short career summary on Moe Koffman Moe Koffman was a jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer. In 1950 the Canadian native moved to the US to perform in big bands, especially those of Jimmy Dorsey and Sonny Dunham for about five years until he returned to his hometown Toronto to form a … Read more

History of Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin

A quick overview on Darin’s career Bobby Darin was an American singer-­songwriter and actor. In his time, Darin was considered as one of the most versatile artists, even up to now. His resolve not to commit himself to one genre led him to perform jazz, pop, country, swing and rock songs. He … Read more

Teresa Brewer – the Versatile Singer

Teresa Brewer

Introduction to Teresa Brewer Teresa Brewer was an American popular singer. She started singing when she was quite young, and began her recording career as a novelty singer. Her first big hit was the novelty single “Music! Music! Music!” in 1949, when she was about 18 years old. As a novelty singer … Read more

The Blackbyrds – “Walking in Rhythm”

The Blackbyrds

The Blackbyrds – an introduction The Blackbyrds are an American R&B and jazz/funk group known for their hits such as “Happy Music,” “Rock Creek Park” and their most successful song “Walking In Rhythm.” They first formed in 1973. During their existence in the music business they released very successful albums, most particularly … Read more

Biography of Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

Introduction Natalie Cole was an American African-American singer, songwriter and musician. More than just the daughter of the legendary crooner Nat King Cole, Natalie has established herself as a singer in her own right. As she grew up listening to the usual R&B and soul to pop and psychedelic rock, Cole applied … Read more

Introduction to Al Hibbler

Al Hibbler

Short career summary on Al Hibbler Al Hibbler was a baritone singer, blind from birth. His versatility led him to sing in different styles or genres including R&B, traditional pop, easy listening and jazz. The Mississippi-born Hibbler had worked as a feature vocalist for some of the the big bands, including those … Read more

Biography of Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

Early life and career Blue-eyed soul, classic rock and jazz singer Boz Scaggs was born William Royce Scaggs on June 8, 1944 in Canton, Ohio. His family relocated to Oklahoma before settling in Plano, Texas. He then attended a private school in nearby Dallas where he got the nickname “Bosley” — later … Read more

Eddie Heywood – “Canadian Sunset”

Eddie Heywood

Introduction to Eddie Heywood Oldies music fans may remember Eddie Heywood Jr. as a great jazz pianist. Heywood played with several other jazz musicians before forming his own band in the early 1940s, when they backed Billie Holliday. Heywood also played piano solos for Coleman Hawkins quartet date. Afterwards, he formed a … Read more

Introduction to Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris

Introduction Eddie Harris (born in 1934 – died in 1996) was an American jazz musician and comic recording artist, proficient in saxophone, vibraphone, piano and organ but was most known by playing the tenor saxophone. Born in Chicago, Harris studied under Walter Dyett, a distinguised violinist and music teacher who also mentored … Read more

Ramsey Lewis — the Jazz Piano Master from Chicago

Ramsey Lewis

Career summary on Ramsey Lewis Grammy Award winner Ramsey Lewis is an American jazz pianist and composer who has also been enjoying crossover success, together with his own act the Ramsey Lewis Trio. At 15, already proficient in playing the piano, he was first exposed to jazz when he joined the seven-piece … Read more

Introduction to Deodato

Deodato

Introduction Deodato (born Eumir Deodato de Almeida in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1943), is a Brazilian musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and record producer popularly known for his big hit in “Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)” during the 70s music era. A pianist, he was originally meant to … Read more

Bill Doggett and His “Honky Tonk” Hit

Bill Doggett

Introduction Bill Doggett (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 – died in 1996) was an American R&B jazz pianist, organist and arranger known for his multi-million selling single “Honky Tonk” in during the 50s music era. This song is now an oldies music classic. Gaining his skills in playing the piano from … Read more

Introduction to Al Hirt

Al Hirt

Introduction Alois Maxwell Hirt or Al Hirt was an American trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1922. His reputation as a virtuoso on the trumpet rests on his great technical skill as well as his wide range of notes. Since childhood Hirt had been playing with the instrument, becoming a professional … Read more