Mickey Baker: 5 Funky Facts About ‘Love Is Strange’

The famed rock critic Dave Marsh once called Mickey Baker “the first great rock and roll guitarist.” While that might offend fans of such better-known stars as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, there’s a certain amount of truth to the hype. In the 1950s, Baker was a sought-after studio musician, playing on R&B records such as the Drifters’ “Money Honey,” Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” and Big  Maybelle’s “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On,”  and his aggressive, riveting solos …

Earl Carroll: 5 Facts About the Cadillacs’ Lead Singer

Back in the mid-1950s, if  you walked down the street in just about any urban neighborhood, you might have encountered at least one group of young men sitting on a stoop, harmonizing as they belted out some ode to the joys of romance or the heartbreak that resulted when it went wrong. It was called doo-wop, and everyone who tried it dreamed of being as good as the Cadillacs. The Harlem quintet could not only handle the high and low notes …