Chicago singer-songwriter RJ Griffith has released a cover of his uncle’s old R&B band the Fabulous Turks.
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.
R&B legend Andre Williams influenced generations of rockers and rappers—and his decades-long comeback ended only with his death at 82.
A great piece of detective work uncovered a great piece of Chicago music history.
Win a piece of Chicago soul history by answering five ridiculously difficult trivia questions!
The year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader
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.
The Jackson Five’s Steeltown and One-derful versions of “Big Boy”: a showdown.
Jake Austen set out to tell the story of the Jackson Five’s first single, cut in Chicago in 1967, and picked up a trail that led to the discovery of their earliest known studio recording.
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.