Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87


Pianist-singer behind “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Long Tall Sally” set the template that a generation of musicians would follow By David Brown | RollingStone | May 8, 2020 Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of…

Bill Withers, Hall of Fame Soul Singer, Dead at 81


Mellifluous vocalist behind “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” succumbs to heart complications By Andy Greene | RollingStone | April 3, 2020 Bill Withers, the soul legend who penned timeless songs like “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications according to a statement from his…

Curtis Mayfield: where to start in his back catalogue


In Listener’s Digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: influential funk and soul singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield By Alexis Petridis | The Guardian | March 30, 20120 The album to start with Superfly (1972) Curtis Mayfield was an odd choice to write a blaxploitation soundtrack. His reputation was built on…