1. Soul music is often defined as the moment when gospel and blues met and formed a new sound. Ray Charles is often given credit for this, but there were others, most notably the “5” Royales, who had immense success as a live act, but never sold as many records as such a pioneering group should have. With the release of the 131-track collection Soul & Swagger, the Complete “5” Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they’ve deserved, and long-time fan Ed Ward has the story today. View in High-Res

    Soul music is often defined as the moment when gospel and blues met and formed a new sound. Ray Charles is often given credit for this, but there were others, most notably the “5” Royales, who had immense success as a live act, but never sold as many records as such a pioneering group should have. With the release of the 131-track collection Soul & Swagger, the Complete “5” Royales, the group has finally gotten the recognition they’ve deserved, and long-time fan Ed Ward has the story today.

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  1. When record producer and songwriter George “Shadow” Morton died on Valentine’s Day, 2013, he left behind a legacy as murky as his nickname, which he got from disappearing on long benders. He was the producer and writer of Leader of the Pack for the Shangri-Las as well as producing recordings by Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly and the New York Dolls. At the time of his death,  Ace Records in London was busy compiling a collection of his productions, and today rock historian Ed Ward uses it to disentangle the man and his work from the legend. View in High-Res

    When record producer and songwriter George “Shadow” Morton died on Valentine’s Day, 2013, he left behind a legacy as murky as his nickname, which he got from disappearing on long benders. He was the producer and writer of Leader of the Pack for the Shangri-Las as well as producing recordings by Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly and the New York Dolls. At the time of his death,  Ace Records in London was busy compiling a collection of his productions, and today rock historian Ed Ward uses it to disentangle the man and his work from the legend.

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  1. Sly Stone is known to millions from the records he made with Sly and the Family Stone. But his early days, and the recordings he produced for his own Stone Flower label, add another dimension to the career of this enigmatic character, says rock historian Ed Ward. View in High-Res

    Sly Stone is known to millions from the records he made with Sly and the Family Stone. But his early days, and the recordings he produced for his own Stone Flower label, add another dimension to the career of this enigmatic character, says rock historian Ed Ward.

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