Solomon Burke

From the age of nine he sings with his father in the choir of the church. At twelve, he preaches already on the radio in Solomon's Temple and turns in the gospel circuit under the name The Wonder Boy Preacher. He recorded gospel discs for Apollo between 1955 and 1958. Jerry Wexler urges at Atlantic in 1960 and named "King of Rock n 'Soul." Aged 24 years, he is married and has nine children.

Wexler comence by him to record a country song: Just Out Of Reach. He goes then resumed country standards and classic rhythm & blues. Cry To Me, a song written by Bert Berns, is the first major success. Others would like Everybody Needs Somebody to Love or If You Need Me, Got To Get You Off My Mind ... His songs have already been taken over by the English group The Rolling Stones or The Moody Blues. Then Burke left Atlantic in 1968.

He signed with Bell for whom he recorded and produced in 1969 the album Proud Mary studios Muscle Shoals. It then migrates at MGM and released a series of new albums, including a tribute to Martin Luther King in 1974. He returned to religion in the years 1980, Embossing securities of pure gospel and preaching at the church under the name of Bishop Burke. In 2002, he recorded an album of songs composed for him by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits. Although he does more frequent charts for a long time, he continues his career, indefatigable, ranging from gospel, soul and country, as in his latest album Nashville.

Solomon Burke is an amazing character. It is a great guy to the powerful voice, finger rings and scepter in hand, a big fan of bourbon. Torn between his musical career and his career écclesiastique, it is also chief of companies funeral directors and rental limousines. His songs have been featured on numerous occasions by the Moody Blues, the Blues Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Southside Johnny, Betty Harris, and so on. The Rolling Stones have recorded no less than four (Everybody Needs Somebody, Cry To Me, You Can Make It If You Try and If You Need Me).

Cry To Me was used in the film Dirty Dancing. He joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues disc for the album Do not Give Up On Me

Still active, he gave his last concert in France on July 13, 2007 at the Jazz Festival at Sète.

The Ronettes

The Ronettes was a female vocal group (girl group) American 1960's produced by Phil Spector. Ronnie Bennett (born August 10, 1943), the leading singer of the group (which takes its name: Ronnie-> Ronettes), was none other than the wife of Phil Spector. The other two singers were his sister Estelle Bennett (born July 22, 1944) and her cousin Nedra Talley, born on January 27, 1944.

Among the success of the group will include Be My Baby, Walking in the Rain, (The Best Part of) Breaking Up etBaby, I Love You.

In 1973, Ronnie Bennett divorced from Phil Spector and embarked on a solo career.

Little Eva

Little Eva (real name Eva Narcissus Boyd) was an American singer (June 29, 1945, Bell Haven, North Carolina-April 10, 2003).

Babysitter couple of songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King, she was an interpreter at seventeen several of their compositions, including the Global hit The Loco-Motion in 1962. This particular piece was reprinted by Sylvie Vartan, Grand Funk Railroad, Tina Turner and Kylie Minogue, and partly by Laurent Voulzy in his medley Rockollection.

Little Eva had stopped his musical career in 1965. She died of cancer.

The Platters

Formed in Los Angeles in 1952, the group moved to Chicago to join the team of Samuel "Buck" Ram, impressario who wrote many songs for the Platters. In 1953, the line of the group is attached to Tony Williams, singer soloist, David Lynch, Herb Reed, and Alex Hodge. They enregitrent a first version of Only You will not see that day. The first discs they publish are met with little support. Buck Ram then urges the singer Zola Taylor and Hodge, imprisoned, is replaced by Paul Robi. Ram manages to make them sign a contract with Mercury Records in conjunction with the Penguins on his own, too. At their first recording session, nobody wants the song Only You. It Buck Ram, which replaces the pianist who returned home. Yet she became a very big hit of the year 1955, ranking for seven weeks at the top of the rhythm and blues charts, and No. 5 rankings all audiences. The next disc, "The Great Pretender, surpasses however, reaching the top place in both rankings. The years 1956 to 1959 will be soothed by their success: (You've Got) The Magic Touch, My Prayer, Twilight Time, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (recorded in Paris) or Harbor Lights "squattent" the top of charts . They occur in stages, turning around the world and appears frequently on television.

Meanwhile, the Platters appear in the film Rock Around The Clock, The Blonde and I Carnival Rock, Girls Town and Europpa di Notte.

From 1960, the formula begins to tire, and they do meet more as successful. Tony Wiliams left the band in 1961, replaced by Charles "Sonny" Turner, then Zola Taylor and Paul Robi go in turn. Having left Mercury for Musicor, he won a final tube through Luther Dixon in 1967 with With This Ring.

The end of the Platters in the dark pathos. In the 1970's, former members divided run each with their version of the group. Buck Ram log-in again their former success in 1993 with a nouvele training. Finally, Tony Williams, Paul Robi and Buck Ram attack to justice for copyright protection.

Side rewards they receive in 1962 the Award of meileures sales for the album Encore Of Golden Hits, and integrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The songs Only You and The Great Pretender are now classics, which continue to spend regularly on the radio, and have been on numerous occasions, including one very famous by Freddie Mercury.

The Orioles

The Orioles, or Sonny Til & The Orioles, is a vocal group of American Rhythm and Blues year 1950. Their harmonies four men makes them one of the groups inventors style Doo-wop. The title of the best known is Crying In The Chapel.

Founded by Sonny Til in 1946, the first quintet called The Vibranaires. Hired by the label It's A Natural, they renamed The Orioles (after the name of a bird, loriot) and released in 1948 the title It's To Soon To Know, the first black disc to enter the Top 20 rankings all American public. The piece will be taken over by The Ravens, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Then they released in 1949 and 1950 several pieces as Tell Me So Forgive or Forget And that rank at the top of the rhythm & blues charts.

In November 1950, a car accident, where Tommy Gaither died, marks a turning point in their careers. George Nelson is understood to leave the group. They are struggling to find the path of success until 1953, when they released their biggest tube, Crying In The Chapel, the resumption of a country song. The song is ranked No. 11 of the pop charts and generate numerous occasions, including that of Elvis Presley. It is also their last success. Alexander Sharp and Johnny Reed joined the Ink Spots.

Til continues with new members. In the 1960's, fashion doo-wop being completed, it must be content to run in the nostalgia circuit. He persevered until 1981, where he died of a heart attack.

The Dominoes

Child, Billy Ward receives a classically trained soprano and steps on stage at the age of six years. He studied various instruments and began composing at the age of fourteen. It forms the Dominoes in New York in 1950. The first singer of the group is tenor Clyde McPhatter. The group is engaged in Federal, subsidiary of King Records, and goes on television in December in the issuance Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, where he interprets the standard blues Goodnight Irene. Their first album, Do Something For Me, reached sixth place ranking rhythm & blues in January. They pattern with Sixty-Minute Man, the biggest R & B hit of the year 1951. True rock 'n' roll, the song even to be classified in the pop charts (No. 17), which is unique for a black at that time. The term rock and roll found in the lyrics ( "I rock 'em, roll' em all night long"). The piece will be taken over by Hardrock Gunter, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rufus and Carla Thomas. In March 1952, the Dominoes is the only vocal group to participate in the Moondog Coronation Ball Alan Freed.

That year, the staff of the group is considerably renewed. Clyde McPhatter, went back to join the Drifters, is replaced by Jackie Wilson. They then renamed Billy Ward & The Dominoes and record another success: Have Mercy Baby. In 1954, they signed with Decca and Jubilee in 1956, where they incorporate a second time with pop classification St. Therese Of The Rose. Jackie Wilson goes to do is turn a brilliant solo career and the group Liberty in hand and gets a last tube in 1958 with Jenny Lee (No. 5). But we never found the success of the debut.

The Clovers

The Clovers, is a vocal group of Rhythm and Blues, Doo-wop and American rock'n'roll, formed in Washington in 1946. They are one of the groups doo-wop the most popular of the 1950 and the creators of Love Potion Number Nine, which has become a standard rhythm & blues.
The group was formed around the baritone Harold Lucas, yet student. He chose the name The Clovers ( "clovers") in the hope that it's their doorstep chance. Soon joined by tenor John "Buddy" Bailey who takes the place of singing solo, 2nd tenor Matthew McQuatter, bass Harold Winley, and guitarist Billy Harris, they would first interpreter directory close to the Ravens and the Orioles.

They leave for New York, where they released a debut CD in 1950 for the firm Rainbow, and then sign early 1951 at Atlantic where they recorded their first single Do not You Know I Love You, written by Ahmet Ertegün. This is the first song doo-wop accompanied by a saxophone. Each of their titles will rank in the top of the R & B charts: Fool, Fool, Fool, One Mint Julep (which will be taken over by Ray Charles), Miss Fanny Hey, I Played The Fool, Ting-A-Ling, Crawlin '. .. From 1953, the Clovers change tenor and twice singing solo, which does not affect their success. They triumph with Lovey Dovey, Blue Velvet, Your Cash Is not Nothing But Trash (written by Charles E. Calhoun).

The Clovers involved in traveling show of Alan Freed and run throughout the United States. They also appear in the movie 1955: Rock 'n' Roll Revue. They crossed a new milestone in June 1956 with the hit Love Love Love, which is ranked at the 30th place ranking the best record sales for all audiences. They finally arrive at the public seduce white, but in return are neglected by the public black. Their next records are no longer able to meileures places R & B. They left for the Atlantic label Poplar specially created for them by their manager, then at United Artists in 1958.

Ironically, at this time they recorded their biggest success. The composition of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Love Potion No.9 ranks No. 23 on pop charts and R & B in 1959. However, it was their last tube. Balayés by the wave of twist, the Clovers split in 1961. Bailey tries to run the New Clovers and Lucas rises Tippie & The Clovers with Roosevelt "Tippie" Hubbard.

The original members were reformeront in 1964 the time to a concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and then one last time in 1988. Bailey and Winley join what is left of the Ink Spots.

In 1965, The Searchers resumed Love Potion No.9, and the record of Clovers was reissued on this occasion.