To mark the release of this year’s additions to the National Recording Registry, we’re going to feature registry recordings with ties to Kansas City.
Producer Jerry Wexler attended what is now Kansas State University and regularly drove to Kansas City to hear jazz.
Producer Jerry Wexler is the Kansas City connection to these historic recordings. Wexler is the legendary producer at Atlantic Records who worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin.
Niki Sullivan (far left) was the rhythm guitarist for the Crickets, Buddy Holly’s backup band. After retiring from the music business, Sullivan relocated to the Kansas City area, where he lived until he died in 2004.
The late Niki Sullivan, the original rhythm guitarist in Buddy Holly’s backup band the Crickets, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in mid-April.
The Crickets were inducted with several legendary backing bands, all of whom were excluded when their stars were inducted.
Posted in April Milestones, Halls of Fame, Jazz, R&B, Rock
Tagged Big Joe Turner, Buddy Holly, Gene Clark, Jerry Wexler, Jesse Stone, Niki Sullivan, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Byrds, the Crickets
One of the most important records in the development of rock ‘n’ roll was recorded on Feb. 15, 1954.
Big Joe Turner
Shake, Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Turner made him one of the great R&B stars of the era. The record itself is a milestone, as rhythm and blues began to be combined with other elements to form rock ‘n’ roll.
The song has deep Kansas City roots, and I think you can make a case that you can’t have rock ‘n’ roll without the influence of Kansas City music. Continue reading