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Hank Ballard

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Day of Joy: Remembering Houston's First Outdoor Music Fest

    "It was definitely a labor of love. It cost me $5,000, I'll put it that way; and, looking back on it, I'm not sure I didn't get my money's worth." -- Jim Tucker We're living in the festival era of popular music. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 200 major music festivals annually. Some, like B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Ex-Black Crowe Luther Dickinson Has Plenty "Mojo, Mojo" of His Own

    If the general rules of parent/child relationships hold, most members of the latter group will find the former's music tastes "uncool" at some point. However, how can that be the case when your dad is Luther Dickinson, the rock/country/blues singer-guitarist and current solo artist, member of the N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    How the Mafia Helped Your Mama Do the Twist

    Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s By Joel Selvin & John Johnson, Jr. with Dick Cami Thomas Dunne Books, 304 pp., $24.99 As far as dance crazes go, the Twist might go down (swiveling, of course) as the best known of all time. In 1961 and 1962, the sligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    RIP Johnny Otis, the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues

    Johnny Otis, one of the creators of rock and roll but primarily remembered as the godfather of rhythm and blues, has passed away at 90. Otis died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. A consummate band leader and showman who was of Greek descent and changed his actual last name, Veliot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Etta James: A Closer Look Into One Of The Greatest Voices Ever Heard

    Etta James, almost universally praised as one of the finest voices of our era, has passed away at 73. Ironically, Ms. James had been discovered and recorded by rhythm and blues pioneer Johnny Otis, who passed away only two days ago. Ms. James, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ‚Äč For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Between Darius Rucker and Charley Pride, There Was Otis Williams

    Darius Rucker's award as the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year recently made him the first black artist to take a significant country award since Charley Pride ruled Nashville in the early '80s. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" marked the first time a black artist had e ... More >>

  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    Ronny Elliott, Ramsay Midwood, Dan Colehour

    Thursday, September 14, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    The Detroit Cobras

    Thursday, October 27, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Rock Death in 2003

    Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises

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