Articles by Ian McCann
Introducing hip-hop to the mainstream, the best Sugar Hill Records songs proved rap could sell, and they still get the party started today.
Hip-hop history is as twisted as DNA. From its rise in the Bronx to its future online, it has been a vital force for half a century.
Released at the peak of his fame, Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday is a classic pop song that’s no mere romantic fling - it lasts forever.
Recorded with Otis Redding’s guiding hand, Arthur Conley’s ‘Sweet Soul Music’ album was an all too brief entrée from a shoula-been soul icon.
Ray Charles’ self-titled debut album may not have delivered the bundle of joy singlehanded, but it represents the birth of soul music.
Stuffed with killer soul songs, ‘The Exciting Wilson Pickett’ was a perfectly named album from the ‘Wicked’ soul icon.
Some albums are stuck in time. Some don’t fit any time. A few suit their era yet transcend it. Such is ‘Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul’.
The best Atlantic Records soul albums not only invented soul music, they shaped it over decades, making history with each new record.
Turned into a hit by both The Four Seasons and Spinners, Working My Way Back To You is a pop-soul classic that keeps on returning.
From political calls to arms, to romantic ballads, the best Curtis Mayfield songs made the Chicago-born singer a global soul icon.
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