musicians

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

Posted on 12/3/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThe 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

Posted on 11/27/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack 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 …