Gene Barge has done his most influential work as a sideman or producer, but he’s just as important as any of R&B’s marquee stars.
Chicago soul-funk band Pieces of Peace didn’t put out their only album till 35 years after they broke up.
For two decades, a short stretch of Michigan Avenue hosted a concentration of creative entrepreneurship whose influence on Black popular music is still felt today.
She’s best known for the 1968 hit “Love Makes a Woman,” but she also had a productive songwriting duo with Eugene Record of the Chi-Lites.
Revivals are back—even Sister Act.
As proprietor of Roberts Show Lounge and the 500 Room, Roberts booked the likes of Nat “King” Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton—and responded to segregation and its legacy with ingenuity and class
R&B singer LaVern Baker helped shape rock ‘n’ roll with her raucous 1956 smash “Jim Dandy.”
Black Ensemble’s Jackie Taylor has a new building, but with The Jackie Wilson Story she’s working familiar a formula
Meet Dancin’ Man, who’s shared stages with James Brown and the Jackson Five
Torture by Electroshock: Could it happen in a Chicago police station? Did it happen at Area 2?