African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville

April 9, 2014

A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of artists from Otis Redding to Marvin Gaye is set to be built in Nashville. The planned National Museum of African American Music will also honor black musicians who were local to Music City—Frank...



Paul Rodgers Wails Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long'

December 13, 2013

On his new studio album, The Royal Sessions, rock legend Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) pays tribute to the iconic soul music of Memphis, Tennessee. The LP, recorded at Willie Mitchell's revered Royal Studios, finds Rodgers tackling classics from artists...


Paul McCartney, Straight No Chaser Tackle 'Wonderful Christmas Time'

October 16, 2013

We're still a few weeks from Halloween, but that doesn't mean it's too early to get into the Christmas spirit with Straight No Chaser.  The a cappella group is readying a star-studded EP, Under the Influence: Holiday Edition, for release on October...



Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison Estates Working on Holograms

June 12, 2012

The estates of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix may stage future holographic live performances, Billboard reports. "We're trying to get to a point where 3-D characters will walk around," Jeff Jampol, who manages both artists' estates, told Billboard....


Andrew Love, Memphis Horns Saxophonist, Dead at 70

April 14, 2012

Andrew Love, the tenor saxophonist who made his mark on hundreds of recordings as half of the Memphis Horns, died on Thursday at the age of 70, the Los Angeles Times reports.  His wife, Willie, says that he died from complications of Alzheimer's...



'Glee' Recap: Try a Little Tenderness

May 18, 2011

With one week to go until Nationals, Mr. Schuester has done the logical thing and brought on Jesse St. James as the New Directions' show choir consultant. Jesse determines the glee kids need to audition for the chance to solo in New York, leading to a...


Album Review

Live on the Sunset Strip (Reissue)

May 24, 2010

When Otis Redding hit L.A.'s Whisky for four nights in 1966, the 24-year-old Georgia kid was still, as Carla Thomas once sang, "pure country," addressing the crowd as "ladies and gentlemans." This disc is a notch less exciting than his 1967 Monterey Pop...


Album Review

Live in London & Paris

October 16, 2008

Otis Redding didn't simply "play concerts." The soul giant was a human Mount Vesuvius: He erupted. Redding was at the height of his fame in March 1967, when he played these two brief shows in London and Paris. (He would die in a plane crash in December...

Album Review

Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector's Edition]

May 15, 2008

This two — cd set doubles the pleasure of Otis Redding's third album with B sides, outtakes, period live tracks and the entire record in mono and stereo versions. But Otis Blue was already perfect in its original 11 — song edition when released...



Southern Rock Pioneer Walden Dies

April 24, 2006

Music impresario Phil Walden, who managed Otis Redding and helped define Southern rock through his work with the Allman Brothers, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and many other acts, died Sunday after a long bout with cancer. He was...



50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll: Otis and Jimi Burn it Up

June 24, 2004

I'd like to introduce a very good friend, a fellow countryman of yours," said Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival on the California coast. "He's the most exciting performer I've ever heard – the Jimi...



Stones Get Soulful in London

August 28, 2003

Outside the Astoria, on Charing Cross Road, tickets were changing hands for $1500. Inside, in front of the luckiest 2,000 people in London, the Rolling Stones played the most intimate show of the British leg of their world tour Wednesday night. After...


Album Review

Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

November 11, 1993

April 1960: In Nashville, Tenn., frisky from two years of GI life and his first post-Army studio sessions two weeks earlier, Elvis wails a version of "O Sole Mio" entitled "It's Now or Never" and croons "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" But then, along with...



Monterey Pop Festival 1967 Live Tapes to Air

March 24, 1988

Over the July 4th weekend, Radio Express will syndicate a nine-hour re-creation of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Drawing from tapes of the actual event, the program will include at least half of the festival's onstage performances. Janis Joplin, the...


Album Review

The Otis Redding Story

September 24, 1987
Not Rated

Otis Redding packed a whole lot of get-down and a lifetime's worth of testifyin' into the five short years that he recorded for Stax/Volt Records, and now the legacy is given its first serious reissue treatment in this generous four-record box (sixty...



Memphis Magic: The Al Green Sound

October 25, 1973

Among the first of the innumerable roadside billboards which greet visitors arriving in Memphis, Tennessee, is one which proclaims a hearty Welcome to Memphis – Home of the Memphis Sound. The air is heavy, warm; the hickory smoke of a hundred...


Album Review

Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival

October 15, 1970
Not Rated

This album has to be judged as three-year-old music or simply as a most welcome souvenir. If you were there, you'll probably like it more than if you weren't. But even if you weren't, you'll find some very satisfying music by two of our most gifted artists....

Album Review

Tell The Truth

September 17, 1970
Not Rated

This is not the posthumous masterpiece that Love Man was, that great album that was in the can when Otis died nearly three years ago. This is where the anthologists start reaching back into the vaults for the not-so-brilliant material that was left off...



Bob Dylan Talks: A Raw and Extensive First Rolling Stone Interview

November 29, 1969

They say Bob Dylan is the most secretive and elusive person in the entire rock & roll substructure, but after doing this interview, I think it would be closer to the point to say that Dylan, like John Wesley Harding, was "never known to make a foolish...