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By the young age of sixteen, Al Green had formed his first R&B group, Al Green & the Creations. Al Green would go on to bridge the gap between smooth Philadelphia soul and deep southern soul, becoming one of the most successful performers of the 1970’s and beyond. Al Green & The Creations, comprised of many of Al Green’s high school friends, were eventually re-named the Soul Mates. “Back Up Train,” one of their first singles, climbed to number...Al Green Bio Continue
Aretha Franklin’s early influences in music began while still a little girl, singing at a Detroit church, where her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, served as a minister. Aretha Franklin was only fourteen when she made her first gospel recordings. She eventually signed to Columbia Records, and would record on that label throughout the first half of the 1960’s. She left Columbia for Atlantic a few years later, by the late 1960’s, Aretha Franklin had established h...Aretha Franklin Bio Continue
Art Garfunkel was born in 1941 in Queens, New York. Long before Garfunkel went on to become an iconic figure in American music as a member of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, he developed a love of music when he was still in elementary school. By the time he was a teenager, Garfunkel had begun performing for his family, and a friendship with classmates Paul Simon led to the duo performing together at a number of school events when they were young teenagers.Art Garfunkel Bio Continue
The legendary American actress and singer Barbra Streisand was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. Streisand’s father was a well-respected educator who focused on helping the underserved, but sadly he passed away just a few months after Barbra’s first birthday, thrusting the young child and her mother into poverty. Young Barbra was a highly intelligent, inquisitive child, and s...Barbra Streisand Bio Continue
The American R&B group known as the Bar-Kays was founded in the mid 1960’s in Memphis, Tennessee. Initially, the members of the Bar-Kays were studio session musicians who played for such notable performers as Booker T. Jones and Otis Redding. Eventually, the musicians decided to create their own group, releasing the debut single “Soul Finger” in 1967. The song rose into the top five on the R&B charts, but shortly thereafter a tragic pl...BarKays Bio Continue
"Surfin'" was the Beach Boys first release, in 1961. The band, at that time consisting of Al Jardine, the three Wilson brothers (Brian, Dennis, and Carl), and their cousin Mike Love, became instantly known for their vocal harmonies. Brian Wilson's compositional and studio genius was at an all-time high in the middle of the 1960's. Their production quality was unparalleled, as evidenced by their 1966 album Pet Sounds with its number one single "Good Vib...Beach Boys Bio Continue
The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs,the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early '50s but also in the decad...Bill Pinkney's Drifters Bio Continue
Al Kooper formed Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1967, following his departure from the Blues Project. Alongside Steve Katz, Jim Fielder, and Bobby Colomby, the band released Child is Father to the Man, their album debut, to great success. Shortly after, however, Kooper left the band, along with some other musicians who had been added, but Blood, Sweat, and Tears regrouped with Katz, Colomby, and David Clayton-Thomas as vocalist. This combination seemed to be the winner, and the band...Blood, Sweat & Tears Bio Continue
Bob Dylan was born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He began performing while still attending college at the University of Minnesota, and then shortly after moving to New York, began performing around the Greenwich Village area. When he wasn’t frequenting the local folk clubs in the area, he was visiting Woody Guthrie, one of his heroes, in the hospital. Bob Dylan caught the eye of Columbia Records and they signed him in the early 1960’s. By 1962, his debut album was re...Bob Dylan Bio Continue
Bob Newhart was born in 1929 in Chicago. He grew up in a working-class household, and after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago in 1952, he was drafted into the army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he began working as an accountant and then as an advertising copywriter. It was here that a friendship with a co-worker inadvertently launched Newhart’s acting career; the two of them would frequently record comedic conversations and send them out to radio stations...Bob Newhart Bio Continue
Bobby Vinton was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a musical household, with a father who was a band leader, and so his pursuit of music as a career was encouraged when he was a young boy. Vinton formed his own band when he was only sixteen, playing in local bars and clubs to earn money for college. Bobby attended Duquesne University and majored in music, with a focus on composition. During his studies, he perfected his skills on a variety of instruments, including drums, pia...Bobby Vinton Bio Continue
The singer and songwriter Brenda Holloway was born in 1946 in California. Young Holloway grew up studying a number of different instruments and performing in her local church choir as a child. She began taking the pursuit of a career in music seriously when she was barely into her teens, writing her own music and recording demos when she was only fourteen years old. By the early 1960’s, Brenda had already released her debut song, “Hey Fool.” A...Brenda Holloway Bio Continue
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