Rob Grayson en Otis Wows 'Em Out West <p></p><p>What do the records “California Dreaming” and “The Rain the Park and Other Things” have in common? Besides being the first big hits for their respective bands, The Mamas &amp; the Papas and The Cowsills, they generated lots of money for songwriters, John Phillips and Artie Kornfeld. Those songwriters would eventually fund two of the major rock music festivals of the 1960s: Monterey Pop and Woodstock. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:12:25 +0000 Rob Grayson 41292 at Otis Wows 'Em Out West Aretha Gets Her Propers <p></p><p>Reverend C. L. Franklin was no stranger to the recording business. &nbsp;In fact, he was a pioneer in using broadcast and recorded media to expand the reach of his pulpit out into the world. His daughter,&nbsp;Aretha, was also no stranger to the business of recording as she grew up. &nbsp;Born in Memphis, she followed as her father’s gifts and calling moved the family from New Salem Baptist Church, first to Friendship Baptist in Buffalo, New York, then to New Bethel Baptist in Detroit.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:46:05 +0000 Rob Grayson 33610 at Aretha Gets Her Propers Muscling In On The Memphis Sound <p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 12:42:20 +0000 Rob Grayson 30864 at Muscling In On The Memphis Sound Elvis Rallied By The Reeds in 1967 <P><SPAN lang=EN>We remember 1967 as a year which brought us “Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds)” as well as “Judy In Disguise With Glasses.” But it was also the year Elvis Presley’s recording career began to wake from a deep slumber.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>To get a perspective on Presley’s music in 1967, you have to go back to sessions in 1966 and 1961. His music career was still being driven by his movie commitments, and still being hamstrung by his management’s insistence on exclusively cutting songs owned by their publishing company. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:47:09 +0000 Rob Grayson 29853 at Elvis Rallied By The Reeds in 1967 Convertible Devilles Box Their Way To The Top <P>Over the course of time, Ronnie And The Devilles had two Ronnies and two Jordans.&nbsp; Eventually they would become the first band to cut a record in Memphis which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but by that time there were no Ronnies, no Jordans, and they weren’t the Devilles any more.&nbsp;</P> <P>Let’s start with that outrageous claim that Memphis had not produced a number one record before 1967.&nbsp; What about all those number one Elvis records?&nbsp; Well, none of them, to that point, had been recorded in Memphis.&nbsp; While Elvis decidedly resided in the City of Good A Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:50:48 +0000 Rob Grayson 28044 at Convertible Devilles Box Their Way To The Top