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As we did last Wednesday, we come to you today in order to place another album under the Black History Month Spotlight, and while this one isn’t quite as iconic as that massive Stax-Volt singles collection, it’s certainly no less historic.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem is one of New York City’s most famous concert venues, and the title of the album APOLLO SATURDAY NIGHT is not a case of false advertising: it does indeed contain live performances which were recorded at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, November 13, 1963. The stars of the show: The Coasters, The Falcons, Ben E. King, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, and Doris Troy. (If you aren’t familiar with The Falcons, you’ll be familiar with a couple of the gentlemen who were serving as members of the group at the time: Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd.)
50 years ago today, the story of the band Chicago began. Yes, for those of you who might’ve been wondering, that story does begin in Chicago. It does not, however, start with Chicago. It starts with…The Big Thing.
Here’s the way things break down. Walt Parazaider, Terry Kath, and Danny Seraphine were members of The Missing Links, a band which played around Chicago, sometimes featuring guest trumpet from Lee Loughnane, a friend of Kath’s.
When putting together a playlist to commemorate Valentine’s Day, it’s not exactly a struggle to come up with love songs for inclusion. Indeed, if anything, it’s more an issue as to what you’re going to leave out of the mix in order to keep it from getting too overwhelming.
Thankfully for you, we’ve spent a lot of time curating Rhino’s Love Songs playlist, and we think we’ve compiled a pretty great mix of classic tracks and new tunes which crosses a variety of genres while still maintaining a cohesion that makes for darned good listening.
Word reached us yesterday that legendary jazz and R&B vocalist and musician Al Jarreau had died at the age of 76. The sad news emerged in time for Jarreau to receive a tribute at last night’s Grammy Awards, but given how much of his back catalog resides here at Rhino, we wanted to pay our respects as well.
Alwin Lopez Jarreau was born on March 12, 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he sang in the choir of his father’s Seventh-day Adventist Church. While attending Ripon College, he was a member of a singing group called The Indigos, and upon relocating to San Francisco, he worked as a rehab counselor by day and a singer for George Duke’s jazz trio by night. It was in 1968 that Jarreau became a full-time jazzman, joining forces with acoustic guitarist Julio Martinez and heading to Los Angeles. After a number of television appearances on such high profile alk shows as The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and the like, Jarreau secured a record deal with Warner Brothers, releasing his debut album, WE GOT BY, in 1975.
On this day in 1942, Peter Halsten Thorkelson entered the world, but you probably know him better by the name he used when he was bassist and keyboardist with The Monkees: Peter Tork. To celebrate Peter’s birthday, we’ve put together a list of nine Monkees songs which were either written or co-written by Tork. Give ‘em a listen, and from there you can check out the official Monkees playlist to reach total Tork-dom.