Topic: Ray Charles

Icon: Ray Charles

By John Morthland on 01.07.10

Even as a teenager, Ray Charles was an old soul. He never cut rock 'n 'roll, instead beginning his career with the trio cocktail blues of Charles Brown and Nat King Cole. And when he found his own sou...

Remembering Snooks Eaglin

By John Morthland on 02.23.09

Snooks Eaglin, who died on February 18 at age 72, was a quintessential New Orleans character - the "Human Jukebox," as he was known locally, a guitarist and singer who claimed a repertoire of 2500 son...

Big Daddy

By John Morthland on 01.01.05

You'd think more people would be aware of jump-blues pioneer Louis Jordan as one of the fathers of postwar American music, and particularly of rock & roll. The good-timing "King of the Jukeboxes"...

Grilling Gillett

By Richard Gehr on 11.01.04

Has a musical genre ever been stuck with a more ethnocentric and just plain silly name than "world music"? If folk music is music performed and passed along by folks, world music is made, well, somewh...