Dance-music fiend Jerome Derradji Still is restoring dozens of decaying reel-to-reel tapes featuring unissued tracks and mixes from the genre’s early giants.
A great piece of detective work uncovered a great piece of Chicago music history.
The newest Eccentric Soul compilation focuses on the Chicago vocal music that soul historian Bob Abrahamian devoted his life to.
Brian Wilson owes his pop preeminence in part to racial coding that says a sensitive genius can’t be black.
A fund-raiser for the legacy of HWPK soul DJ Bob Abrahamian, a feature-length film from Primo Mendoza, and more
An Emperor veteran launches Studious Amplifiers, Hoyle Brothers guitarist Brian Wilkie gets a benefit for a stolen pedal steel, and more.
A personal farewell to Chicago soul historian and WHPK deejay Bob Abrahamian, who died at age 35 last week
Doug Shorts has been a doorman, a karate instructor, even an extra in an Adam Sandler movie—and now he might finally make it as a soul singer.
In 1967, Larry Blasingaine played on the first studio recording by the Jackson Five. The tape was lost for 42 years. The song still hasn’t been released. But now he can finally listen to it.
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This was supposed to be the story of the Jackson Five’s first single, cut in Chicago in 1967. But while he was writing it, Jake Austen picked up a trail leading to a tape nobody knew existed: the earliest known studio recording of Michael Jackson and his brothers.