FLASHBACK: Johnnie Taylor Releases “Disco Lady”
“Disco Lady” is a 1976 single for Crawfordsville native Johnnie Taylor that went on to become his biggest hit. The single was Taylor’s first for Columbia Records, where Taylor signed after his long-time label, Stax Records, went bankrupt. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the U.S.... Read more
Sister Rosette Tharpe To Receive Early Influence Award at Rock Hall Induction
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born in Arkansas in 1915. Despite great odds, it was announced last week that the woman from Cotton Plant would receive the Award for Early Influence at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Before 2010, Rosetta Tharpe was virtually unknown. Since... Read more
Arkansas Composer Jim Johnston Released from WWE after 32 Years
Longtime WWE composer, Jim Johnston (Pocahontas), was quietly released from the company this past week after 32 years. Johnston’s chief role in WWE was providing the soundtrack for WWE programming, in addition to providing musical content for WWE’s large output of video games, website content and entrance themes for WWE Superstars. Johnston achieved... Read more
FLASHBACK: The Band Get “Up On Cripple Creek”
“Up on Cripple Creek” was the lead single from The Band’s eponymous second album, The Band. It was released as an single in November 1969 and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Up on Cripple Creek” was written by Band guitarist and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson, with drummer Levon Helm singing lead vocal. A 1976 live performance... Read more
The 10 Best Moments From “The Last Waltz”
“This film should be played loud!” The white font, the black background, a disclaimer for your ears. Martin Scorsese’s 1978 document of The Band‘s farewell concert, The Last Waltz, has become the most celebrated concert film of all time. There’s annual tribute shows, screenings, and some Arkansans place it... Read more
FLASHBACK: Bobby Whitlock Hits Big With Derek & The Dominoes.
Marmaduke (Greene County) native Bobby Whitlock is best known as a member of Eric Clapton’s post-Blind Faith band Derek and the Dominos. Whitlock’s musical career began with Memphis soul acts such as Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the M.G.’s before he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends in 1968. His association with Delaney & Bonnie bandmate Eric... Read more
Arkansas Blues Pioneer CeDell Davis Passes at Age 90
Delta Blues pioneer and Helena, Arkansas, native CeDell Davis has died at the age of 90. CeDell Davis was born in Helena, where his family worked on a local plantation. He enjoyed music from a young age, playing harmonica and guitar with his childhood friends. At the age of 10, Davis was stricken with polio, leaving him with minimal use... Read more
FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Cracks Billboard Hot 100 With “Jim Dandy”
Released September 23 1973, “High on the Hog” was the most commercially successful album by Black Oak Arkansas. It is mainly known for its cover of the LaVern Baker song “Jim Dandy”, which reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more
FLASHBACK: Conway Twitty Is Born
Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point. Mississippi. The Jenkins family moved to Helena, Arkansas, when Jenkins was ten years old. In Helena, Jenkins formed his first singing group, the Phillips County Ramblers. Two years later, Jenkins had his own local radio show every Saturday morning. Wayne Hause, a neighbor,... Read more
Rockabilly Pioneer Sonny Burgess Dead At 88
Albert Austin “Sonny” Burgess, a 2002 Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee, died Aug. 18. He lived 88 years. Born May 28, 1931 to Albert and Esta Burgess in Anderson, Arkansas, Sonny learned to play guitar at an early age and started playing rhythm guitar with his uncles. A lifelong... Read more
Kristofferson To Headline Johnny Cash Heritage Festival
Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson has been named this week as a headliner at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, scheduled for October 19-21 in Dyess, Arkansas. Best known for his songs “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, and “Help Me Make It Through the... Read more
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