Fifty years ago today, the Empress of Soul and her Pips released a song that would become a top ten hit and an example of soul perfection- If I Were Your Woman. The song has Gladys begging an acquaintance to be his woman. The song is three minutes of Motown perfection and one of our favorite songs of all time. Only a fool would turn down a woman who could sing like Gladys. And her irresistible vocals prove that fact even today.
Richard Wayne Penniman, better known to the world as Little Richard, has passed away at the age of 87. Much of what we know and love about Rock and Roll, Soul and R&B Music was originated or inspired by Little Richard, whose musical talent, showmanship and eccentricity made him a worldwide superstar, known and beloved the world over. Little Richard loved performing and would often sing the only type of music his strict parents allowed in their house- Gospel music. His singing caught the ear of fellow Rock and Roll trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who he opened for when he was just fourteen. Ms. Tharpe paid him for his performance, which made him believe that he could possibly make a living in show business. Little Richard toured with various acts, often performing in drag, as he began honing his talent and showmanship. Despite recording with such luminaries as Johnny Otis, it would take several years for Little Richard to score a hit, but once he did it would be huge. In 1955, T