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March 17, 2017 - 12:26PM

Continuing our look at the early days of Tamla/Motown records, let’s examine what is widely considered to be the fledgling label’s first mon...

January 25, 2017 - 01:43PM

When you think “Motown,” iconic songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through the Grapevine” or the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” come to mi...

December 8, 2016 - 11:54AM

Before I jump into this month’s column, I need to issue some corrections from last month.

December 1, 2016 - 12:13PM

James Brown. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 50-plus years, you have been touched by this man’s genius.

November 4, 2016 - 09:07AM

As often happens while writing this column, one discovery leads to the next, and last month’s exploration of the recording scene in mid-cent...

October 6, 2016 - 01:31PM

Exploring the “thin black line” between R&B and rock & roll, I find there are artists clearly on one side or the other, and ones that stradd...

September 1, 2016 - 06:04PM

Last month, we looked at some famous bass intros from the early years of R&B, but there are many more gems to be found.

September 1, 2016 - 02:58PM

At the turn of the 21st century, lightweight, high-powered amps became the rage when switch-mode power supplies and Class D amp topology wer...

June 29, 2016 - 04:07PM

After our recent R&B vacation in Miami, let’s once again search the genre for early bass lines that eschewed the familiar walking patterns o...

June 8, 2016 - 07:59AM

This month, we’re heading back to Miami for more fun in the sun and soul-shaking grooves.

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