Ed Ward Ed Ward is the rock-and-roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
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The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival

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A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

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The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

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James Govan (left) with producer and engineer Mickey Buckins in the studio. Courtesy of Ace Records hide caption

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The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

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Label for Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp" on Sun Records. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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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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'Fresh Air' On Aretha Franklin's Columbia Years

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