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The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

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When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

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The Beach Boys in 1964. Top row: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson. Bottom row: Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nostalgic — But Bumpy — Journey With The Beach Boys

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Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

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The Prisonaires, a band formed in a Memphis-area prison, created one of Sun Records' early hits. Courtesy of Bear Family Records hide caption

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The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

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Barbara Mason had had one minor hit on Arctic by the time "Yes I'm Ready" came out in March 1965, and hit the Top 10 on both the R&B and pop charts. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

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Jerry Lee Lewis shot to fame in the 1950s with hits such as "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Live, Singing As If Life Depended On It

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A new 63-disc box offers a complete retrospective of the Man in Black's storied career. Sony Music hide caption

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Johnny Cash's Columbia Catalog Out Now — As A 63-Disc Box Set

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Before ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons (second from right) was in the more psychedelic Moving Sidewalks. Rancho Deluxe Productions hide caption

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The Moving Sidewalks: Where The British Invasion Met Texas Blues

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Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

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Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s. Johnny Vallis hide caption

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The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

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The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

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No figure in the history of rock 'n' roll is more incongruous than Big Joe Turner. Heinrich Klaffs/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'

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