Johnnie Johnson was a piano player who would play and record with Chuck Berry. Watch him in this set of interviews as he plays and gives examples of how his rhythm and blues piano style changed to what would become known as rock and roll.
Motown Records had many of their artists take charm school lessons from Maxine Powell, who taught them the importance of appearances and manners. Watch as she talks about instructing singers including, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.
What better way to kick off our 30 Days of Rock and Roll then with WLAC radio DJ, Hoss Allen. Allen was one of the disc jockeys at WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee responsible for exposing people to rhythm and blues and later, rock and roll.
For 30 days, we will be highlighting significant and interesting interviews from producers, critics, and the musicians that were important to music and culture in America.