The rhythm and blues singer turns 60 years old this week. He was a member of the Drifters in the late 50s. His smooth vocals graced such popular hits as "There Goes My Baby" and "Save The Last Dance for Me." His solo career has produced hits like "I (Who Have Nothing)," "Spanish Harlem" and, his best-known song, which enjoyed a revival three years ago, "Stand By Me." (REBROADCAST FROM 9/2/88)
Cultural critic Greil Marcus. He is the author of "The Dustbin of History" (Harvard University Press) about the history embedded in cultural moments. He'll talk with Terry about one of the essays in the book about the song, "Too Soon to Tell," written by Deborah Chessler and recorded by the Orioles in 1948.
Rock historian Ed Ward begins a special series on the contribution of various cities to rock and roll. He begins with Los Angeles. Artists discussed Roy Milton, Johnny Otis, Esther Phillips, Richie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Beach Boys, Phil Spector, The Ronettes, and The Byrds.
Singer Little Anthony In the late 50s and 60s, he led the doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials. Among their hits were "Tears on my Pillow," and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop." (Originally aired 3/17/89)
Dion - 1989 R&R Hall of Fame Inductee. Singer Dion. In the 60s, he was the leader of Dion and Belmonts. They performed such hits as "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer." Dion is expected to release his 39th album next year (Originally aired 8/24/87)
Rhythm and Blues singer Ben E. King. He was a member fo the Drifters in the late 50s. His smooth vocals graced such popular hits as "There Goes My Baby" and "Save The Last Dance for Me." His solo career has produced hits like "I (Who Have Nothing)," "Spanish Harlem" and, his best-known song,"Stand By Me." (Originally aired 9/2/88)
Rock historian Ed Ward looks at some of the early integrated doo-wop groups. He says unlike today's white acts which appropriate black styles, those early groups truly mixed black and white performers and black and white musical styles.