Bob Gulla is an American music historian and musicologist, music encyclopedia author, and biographer and writer. He has authored books such as Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists Who Revolutionized Rhythm, Guitar Gods: The 25 Players Who Made Rock History, and has co-written The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History and Piano Love Songs for Dummies, Movie Piano Songs for Dummies and Christmas Piano Songs for Dummies. In his book Icons of R&B and Soul he wrote biographical pieces on artists including Ray Charles, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Ike Turner, Tina Turner, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, and Otis Redding.In Volume 6 of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History, The Grunge and Post-Grunge Years, 1991–2005, Gulla is described as "capturing the many innovations of millennial rock music and culture." He was also a contributing music writer for The Phoenix (now defunct).
Ray Charles Robinson was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles started losing his vision at the age of 5, and by 7 he was blind.
Richard Wayne Penniman, known as Little Richard, is an American recording artist, musician, singer, songwriter and actor.
Antoine "Fats" Domino Jr. was an American pianist and singer-songwriter. One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Domino sold more than 65 million records. Between 1955 and 1960, he had eleven Top 10 hits. His humility and shyness may be one reason his contribution to the genre has been overlooked.
Izear Luster "Ike" Turner, Jr. was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with his then-wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Tina Turner is an American-born Swiss singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. Turner rose to prominence with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm before recording hit singles both with Ike and as a solo performer. One of the world's best-selling recording artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and has sold more than 200 million records worldwide to date. Turner is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, career longevity and trademark legs.
Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic. It was recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit during late 1970 and early 1971, before being released in July 1971 by Westbound Records. Shortly after Maggot Brain was recorded, Tawl Ross, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood left the band for various reasons.
Etta James was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.
What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biographical film directed by Brian Gibson, based on the life of American-born singer Tina Turner. It stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner.
Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo, active during the 1960s and early 1970s, composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike Turner and Tina Turner. They performed live as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, supported by Ike Turner's rhythm and blues (R&B) and soul group, the Kings of Rhythm and backing singers, the Ikettes. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue was regarded as "one of the most potent live acts on the R&B circuit".
The Kings of Rhythm are an American rhythm and blues and soul group formed in the late 1940s in Clarksdale, Mississippi and led by Ike Turner through to his death in 2007. Turner would retain the name of the band throughout his career, although the group has undergone considerable line-up changes over time. The group was an offshoot of a large big band ensemble called "The Tophatters". By the late 1940s Turner had renamed this group the "Kings of Rhythm". Their early stage performances consisted largely of covers of popular jukebox hits of the day. A 1951 line-up of the group recorded the song "Rocket 88 ", which was an early example of rock and roll. In the 1960s they became the band for the "Ike & Tina Turner Revue". For a few years in the early 1970s they were renamed "The Family Vibes", and released 2 albums under this name, both produced by, but not featuring Ike Turner. The band have continued, for a time under the leadership of pianist Ernest Lane, and continues to tour with vocalist Earl Thomas. The group has been running for at least 64 years.
Soul blues is a style of blues music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s that combines elements of soul music and urban contemporary music. Singers and musicians who grew up listening to the traditional electric blues of artists such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Elmore James; soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Otis Redding; and gospel music wanted to bridge their favorite music together. Bobby Bland was one of the pioneers of this style. This is a subgenre of blues that is very popular with African American audiences but less known by white audiences. The style continues to be popular in the new millennium.
The "Chitlin Circuit" was a collection of performance venues throughout the eastern, southern, and upper midwest areas of the United States that provided commercial and cultural acceptance for African-American musicians, comedians, and other entertainers during the era of racial segregation in the United States.
The Rhythm and Blues Foundation is an independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.
Ace Records Ltd. was started in 1978. Initially the company only gained permission from the label based in Mississippi to use the name in the UK, but eventually also acquired the rights to publish their recordings. When Chiswick Records' pop side was licensed to EMI in 1984, Ace switched to more licensing and reissuing work. In the 1980s it also gained the licensing for Modern Records, and its follow-up company Kent Records, whilst in the 1990s, the company bought the label(s) including all original master tapes.
"A Fool in Love" is an American rhythm and blues song by Ike & Tina Turner, released in 1960. Written by bandleader Ike Turner for a male vocalist, singer Art Lassiter, after Lassiter left Turner's band over financial arguments, his protege, "Little Ann" Bullock, sung the song from a female perspective under the assumption it would be a guide vocal. However, when Turner sent the record to New York, he was told to keep Bullock's vocals on, and release the record. It was Tina Turner's first professional release as a recording artist though she had been recording songs since 1958, when she joined Turner's band the Kings of Rhythm.
Rough is Tina Turner's third solo studio album, released in September 1978 on the EMI label in the UK, Ariola Records in West Germany and United Artists in the United States.
Tina Turns the Country On! is the debut solo studio album by Tina Turner, released in 1974 on the United Artists label in the U.S. The album was recorded while Turner still was a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Universal Attractions Agency (UAA) is an American talent agency. It was founded by Ben Bart in 1949. The New York City–based agency is currently under the management of Jeff Allen and Jeff Epstein.
Arthur Lassiter was an American singer, known for his work with Ike Turner.
The Esquire Show Bar is an old rhythm and blues discotheque nightclub in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, popular during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, located in the city's downtown district at 1224 Rue Stanley.
James Edward Beasley is an American rhythm and blues singer, pianist and songwriter.
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