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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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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Roxy Music's eight studio albums are now collected in one box set, titled The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982. Keystone/Hulton Archive hide caption

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More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

Ed Ward connects the dots of the British band's eight studio albums, which were just collected in a box set.

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"Son of a Preacher Man" was Dusty Springfield's debut on Atlantic. The entire album that spawned it, Dusty in Memphis, was recorded at American Studios. Stan Meagher/Getty Images hide caption

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Vocal groups like The Ink Spots went on for decades, often without a single member of the original group appearing with them. Fred Ramage/Getty Images hide caption

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Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.

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Autosalvage, a New York quartet, made one album and then stopped playing. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Singer, songwriter and swamp-pop pioneer Bobby Charles poses for a portrait in 1972. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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