4 months ago | Bayou City
The hottest dance band out of Houston in the late 1930s and early ‘40s was the Milt Larkin Orchestra, led by a collection of former Phyllis Wheatley High School horn players who swung to that “big foot” rhythm. Just 26 when he started the band, La...
7 months ago | History
Houston's Don Robey turned Peacock Records into one of the nation's preeminent gospel labels by pursuing a ruthless business strategy. Roscoe Robinson, who in 1960 replaced Archie Brownlee as lead singer of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi -- on...
8 months ago | History
Houston's Don Deadric Robey -- half black, half Jewish, all gangster -- beat Berry Gordy by ten years to become the first African-American record mogul. A gambler and a hustler, he did not get there by playing fair, but Robey put out some of the g...
2 years ago | Pop Life
From the Shangri La art Tell this guy about the death of the album."The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, wh...
10 years ago
There are few less electrifying scenes than the morning of a big music festival, when no-name acts amplify the air with meandering notes so those first through the gate don't realize that they're way too early. It was in this unpromising setting l...
15 years ago
When Billy Joe Shaver gives directions to his modest house on the outskirts of Waco, he says to disregard the handwritten sign on his front door. "Please do not disturb. I haven't slept in two days," it says. "That's just so some ol' drunks don't ...