Cholly Atkins talks about being the choreographer for many of the artists at Motown. Watch as he gives behind the scenes accounts of teaching groups like The Supremes and The Miracles how to move.
Memphis guitarist Jack Clement talks about the early days of Elvis-mania and illustrates the musical differences in what Elvis was doing compared to other musicians.
Record executive Larkin Arnold talks about his career working at Columbia, Capitol, and CBS Records and how he made black music more accessible to audiences across America.
Open Vault mourns the loss of Stanley Karnow, award-winning journalist and author of Vietnam: A Television History. Stanley was one of the driving forces behind the multi award-winning 13-part series Vietnam: A Television History. Whether it was on location in Vietnam, or the USA, interviewing politicians, soldiers or civilians caught up in the struggle, Stanley was integral to making the series into landmark television viewing going on to win accolades including six Emmy awards, the DuPont Columbia Award and a Peabody award.
Visit the Vietnam Collection to watch the interviews he created for this television series.
Phil Chess and his nephew Marshall talk about running the successful record company in Chicago, Chess Records. They discuss how their artists inspired the Rolling Stones to come to America and record in their studio to get that distinct sound. Marshall later went on to manage the Stones.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote some of the most famous music of their time. Watch this lengthy interview as they share stories of how they came to meet and became well respected in the music industry.
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Claudette Robinson talks about her singing career in the Miracles as well as the early days of Motown. The former wife of Smokey Robinson also discusses the talent he brought to the group.
Cecil and Margoulef created a synthesizer that was not just one instrument, but all instruments. TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) as it was called was so impressive that it caught the attention of Stevie Wonder who worked with Cecil and Margoulef on albums like, Music of My Mind.
Pioneering bass guitar player, Larry Graham talks about how his trademark “slap bass” guitar sound came to be as well as being a member of Sly and the Family Stone. The fact that this interview takes place on a tropical beach is just icing on the cake.