Scotty Moore: 10 Essential Songs

June 29, 2016

"People don't know what they want until they hear it," Scotty Moore once said. After the world heard Moore, who died Tuesday at age 84, it became clear that his sound was in high demand. As Elvis Presley's lead guitarist in the Fifties and Sixties, he...

Funk's Founding Father: James Brown, 1933-2006

January 25, 2007

On Christmas morning, James Brown breathed his last in an Atlanta hospital. For a man whose trademark soul scream – black, American and proud – upended a half century of popular music, the end was uncharacteristically quiet. Congestive heart...