Imitated but never equaled, influential beyond comparison, Cooke was the model for Otis Redding, Brook Benton, Marvin Gaye and countless others.
With 'Broken Hearts & Madmen', Gryphon Trio widened their audience considerably and burnished their enviable reputation.
Of this album Gillian Welch said, "It's a little dark and a little vengeful." And more than a little brilliant, we must add.
With Aretha, popular music achieves the status of high art and "A Song For You" is one of her finest, yet overlooked performances.
It was January of 1967 when the Beatles conducted a 34-hour marathon that resulted in one of the most influential songs in rock history.
Stevie Wonder released five brilliant albums in a row in the 1970s. Such a consistent output in such a short time has not been equaled by any other musician.